FHLBank Topeka Announces 2020 Second Quarter Operating Results
July 29, 2020
FHLBank Topeka (FHLBank) is reporting net income computed in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) of $20.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $31.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, FHLBank is reporting net income of $32.1 million compared to $84.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease for both the three- and six-month periods was largely due to net losses on derivatives and hedging activities and trading securities due to the continued market disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, although some stabilization was observed during the second quarter of 2020 as the financial markets began a modest and uneven recovery. Net interest income increased $7.5 million for the quarter, from $49.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 to $56.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Net interest income remained relatively flat for the comparative six-month periods, from $112.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 to $111.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The change in net interest income for both periods is attributed primarily to the decrease in the cost of debt and continued growth in the mortgage loan portfolio. FHLBank's cost of debt decreased as a result of unswapped callable debt refinanced in the current and prior periods combined with a decline in the cost of discount notes, floating rate debt, and net interest settlements as market interest rates declined, partially offset by accelerated concession amortization on the called debt. Prepayments on mortgage-related assets and the associated premium amortization remained elevated, but the increase in premium amortization was largely offset by the reduction in debt cost from approximately $9 billion in unswapped consolidated obligation bonds called and then re-issued at a lower cost during the first half of 2020.
True to its mission, FHLBank continues to serve as a reliable source of funding for members both during times of economic stability and in periods of crisis. While the nation has seen a number of market disruptions during FHLBank's long history, management believes the speed of the tightening and deterioration of market and economic conditions during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. Credit and market conditions began to modestly improve in the second quarter of 2020 as a result of economic stimulus, business resumption and the initial flattening of the curve of new infection.
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