FHLBank Topeka Announces 2020 First Quarter Operating Results, COVID-19 Assistance to Members
April 29, 2020
FHLBank Topeka (FHLBank) is reporting net income computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) of $11.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, a decrease of $41.0 million compared to $52.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The decrease was largely due to unrealized net losses on trading securities and derivatives and, to a smaller degree, a decrease in net interest income. The temporary declines in the fair values of derivatives resulted from market volatility related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as spreads between investments and their associated swaps widened considerably, therefore impacting fair values at the end of the quarter, which are recorded in net interest income for qualifying hedges. Net interest settlements on interest rate swaps declined as interest rates declined, which impacted net interest income for qualifying hedges and other income for economic swaps. Net interest income was also impacted by the tightening of portfolio spreads on mortgage assets due to factors related to the decline in market interest rates, including accelerated amortization of mortgage loan premiums and concessions on called consolidation obligation bonds, offset somewhat by the lower cost of newly refinanced debt.
Adjusted income, a non-GAAP measure that excludes certain gains/losses and prepayment penalty income, decreased $10.2 million to $41.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 compared to $52.1 million for the prior year period primarily as a result of this spread tightening and the decline in net interest settlements on qualifying hedges. See further details below under Non-GAAP Measures, including a reconciliation of adjusted income.
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