ATLANTA, Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (the Bank) today released unaudited financial highlights for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. All numbers reported below for 2017 are approximate until the Bank announces 2017 audited financial results in its Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is expected to be filed on or about March 8, 2018.

The Bank reported net income of $93 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of $4 million from net income of $89 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. The Bank reported net income of $349 million for 2017, an increase of $71 million from net income of $278 million for 2016. The increase in net income during the fourth quarter and year ended 2017 was primarily attributable to an increase in interest rates.

As of December 31, 2017, the Bank had total assets of $146.6 billion, an increase of $7.9 billion, or 5.69 percent, from December 31, 2016. The Bank's advances were $102.4 billion as of December 31, 2017, an increase of $3.4 billion, or 3.39 percent, from December 31, 2016. The Bank's retained earnings balance was $2.0 billion as of December 31, 2017, an increase of $111 million, or 5.82 percent, from December 31, 2016. Capital stock was $5.2 billion as of December 31, 2017, an increase of $199 million, or 4.03 percent, from December 31, 2016.

The Bank's 2017 performance resulted in a return on average equity (ROE) of 4.97 percent as compared to 4.08 percent for 2016. The ROE spread to average three-month LIBOR increased in 2017 compared to 2016, equaling 371 basis points for 2017, as compared to 334 basis points for 2016. The Bank continues to meet its regulatory capital requirements.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in millions)

   
  As of December 31,
Statements of Condition2017 2016
 Investments$40,378  $36,510 
 Advances102,440  99,077 
 Mortgage loans held for portfolio, net435  523 
 Total assets146,566  138,671 
 Consolidated obligations, net137,662  129,939 
 Total capital stock5,154  4,955 
 Retained earnings2,003  1,892 
 Accumulated other comprehensive income110  104 
 Total capital7,267  6,951 
 Capital-to-assets ratio (GAAP)4.96% 5.01%
 Capital-to-assets ratio (Regulatory)4.88% 4.94%
       


      
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Years Ended December 31, 
Operating Results and Performance Ratios2017 2016 2017 2016 
 Net interest income$122  $68  $157  $334 
 Reversal of provision for credit losses      (1)
 Net impairment losses recognized in earnings  (1) (2) (3)
 Standby letters of credit fees6  7  26  28 
 Other income12  63  343  86 
 Total noninterest expense36  38  136  137 
 Affordable Housing Program assessments11  10  39  31 
 Net income93  89  349  278 
 Return on average assets0.26% 0.26% 0.25% 0.20%
 Return on average equity5.16% 5.23% 4.97% 4.08%
             

Additional financial information concerning the Bank's results of operations for the most recently completed quarter and year ended December 31, 2017, will be available in the Bank's Form 10-K that the Bank expects to file on or about March 8, 2018, with the Securities and Exchange Commission and will be available at  www.fhlbatl.com or www.sec.gov.

About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
FHLBank Atlanta offers competitively-priced financing, community development grants, and other banking services to help member financial institutions make affordable home mortgages and provide economic development credit to neighborhoods and communities. The Bank's members—its shareholders and customers—are commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. FHLBank Atlanta is one of 11 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Since 1990, the FHLBanks have awarded approximately $5.4 billion in Affordable Housing Program funds, assisting more than 827,000 households.

For more information, visit our website at www.fhlbatl.com.

Some of the statements made in this announcement are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which include statements with respect to the Bank's beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, anticipations, assumptions, estimates, intentions, and future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which may be beyond the Bank's control, and which may cause the Bank's actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from the future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements may not be realized due to a variety of factors, including without limitation any one or more of the following factors: legislative, regulatory and accounting actions, changes, approvals or requirements; completion of the Bank’s financial closing procedures and final accounting adjustments for the fourth quarter of 2017; future economic and market conditions (including the housing market); changes in demand for advances or consolidated obligations of the Bank and/or the FHLBank System; changes in interest rates; changes in prepayment speeds, default rates, delinquencies, and losses on mortgage-backed securities; political, national, and world events; disruptions in information systems; and adverse developments or events affecting or involving other Federal Home Loan Banks or the FHLBank System in general. Additional factors that might cause the Bank's results to differ from these forward-looking statements are provided in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.sec.gov.

New factors may emerge, and it is not possible for us to predict the nature of each new factor, or assess its potential impact, on our business and financial condition. Given these uncertainties, we caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date that they are made, and the Bank has no obligation and does not undertake to publicly update, revise, or correct any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this announcement, or after the respective dates on which such statements otherwise are made, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

CONTACT: Peter E. Garuccio
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
pgaruccio@fhlbatl.com
404.888.8143