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First Community Financial Partners, Inc. Reports Net Income Applicable to Common Shareholders of $5.4 Million for the Year Ended December 31, 2014

JOLIET, Ill., Jan. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Community Financial Partners, Inc. (OTCQB:FCMP) ("First Community"), the parent company of First Community Financial Bank (the "Bank"), today reported that its net income applicable to common shareholders for the three months ended December 31, 2014, was $1.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, which was flat when compared with the results of $1.9 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2014. Net income applicable to common shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2014, was $5.4 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared with $20.6 million, or $1.29 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2013. The results for 2013 included an income tax benefit of $14.6 million primarily related to the reversal of a previously established deferred tax valuation allowance and $4.9 million related to gains on redemption of preferred stock. Income before income taxes was $8.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, as compared to $2.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2013.

2014 Highlights

  • Loans increased $37.1 million, or 5.69%, from $652.1 million at December 31, 2013 to $689.2 million at December 31, 2014.
  • Noninterest bearing deposit accounts increased $46.4 million, or 41.42%, from $112.0 million at December 31, 2013 to $158.3 million at December 31, 2014.
  • Pre-tax pre-provision income was $11.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to $10.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. In addition, pre-tax pre-provision income was $3.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014, compared to $2.8 million for the same period in 2013.
  • Book value per common share increased 5.34% from $5.24 at December 31, 2013 to $5.52 at December 31, 2014, and increased $0.10 per common share since September 30, 2014.
  • Nonperforming assets were 1.03% of total assets at December 31, 2014, compared to 3.18% at December 31, 2013.
  • The Company repurchased all of its remaining outstanding shares of Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B (the "Series B Preferred Stock"), and Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series C (the "Series C Preferred Stock").

"We are very pleased with the progress our Company made in 2014," said Roy C. Thygesen, CEO. "Core earnings reflected a greatly improved and growing balance sheet," he added, "and the work done this past year has positioned the Company for continued performance improvement in the years ahead."

2014 Financial Performance

Balance sheet

  • In 2014, commercial loans increased $12.0 million and residential 1-4 family loans increased by $14.0 million. Additionally, commercial real estate loans increased by $11.7 million while construction and land development loan balances decreased by $2.0 million. In the fourth quarter of 2014, loans stayed fairly flat as new loan fundings during the quarter were substantially offset with approximately $30.0 million in normal course of business loan payoffs. As a result, total loans at September 30, 2014 of $689.1 million were about even with the $689.2 million total loan balance at December 31, 2014.
  • Noninterest bearing deposit accounts increased $46.4 million, or 41.42%, year over year, and $18.1 million, or 12.90%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The Company's increased focus on commercial business depositors, a mix of new businesses and increases in the balances of existing depositors has led to the improvement in noninterest bearing deposits. NOW and money market accounts increased $29.4 million year over year, and $4.6 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2014. This growth has reduced First Community's overall reliance on time deposits for funding its asset growth. Time deposits decreased $37.6 million year over year and $14.0 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2014.
  • First Community's ratio of tangible common shareholder's equity to tangible assets was 9.96% at December 31, 2014, compared to 9.78% at September 30, 2014, and 9.86% at December 31, 2013.
  • First Community Financial repurchased all of its remaining outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock, and Series C Preferred Stock, that were originally issued to the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the Troubled Asset Relief Program Capital Purchase Program. On December 9, 2014, First Community repurchased 5,176 shares of Series B Preferred Stock and 1,100 shares of Series C Preferred Stock, with a liquidation preference of $1,000 per share, from certain third-party investors at an aggregate purchase price of $6.3 million. The proceeds from First Community's 7.0% subordinated debt raise that closed on October 31, 2014, were used to fund the repurchase of the preferred stock. With the Series B Preferred Stock dividend rate increasing from 5% to 9% in 2015, the repurchase of the preferred stock will result in an estimated annual savings of $301,000, due to the elimination of payment of dividends on the repurchased shares.

Income and Expenses

  • Net interest income was $7.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $7.3 million for the third quarter of 2014, and $7.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Net interest income was $28.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to $28.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2013.
    • Interest income on loans was $8.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, compared to $8.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, and $8.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Interest income on loans was $32.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to $32.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. The year over year interest income on the increased loan balances was offset by newer loans being booked at lower yields due to current competitive market conditions. As the year has progressed, we have seen improvement in income related to loans as a result of growth, despite the lower yields.
    • Interest income on securities was $3.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to $2.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Interest income on securities was fairly consistent at $848,000 in the quarter ended September 30, 2014, and $844,000 in the quarter ended December 31, 2014, compared to $650,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The increase in interest income on securities was the result of $27.4 million of growth in the portfolio, along with improvement in the overall yield of the portfolio based on new investment strategies implemented during 2014.
    • Interest expense on deposits was $4.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to $4.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Interest expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was $1.0 million, compared to $1.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, and $1.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The overall improvement was the result of time deposit run off of $37.6 million, which was replaced with $46.4 million in noninterest bearing deposits along with $35.3 million in lower cost NOW, money market and savings accounts.
  • Noninterest income was $3.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to $1.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2013.
    • Service charges on deposit accounts increased $241,000 year over year as a result of increases in noninterest bearing deposit and money market accounts which provide greater fee income. In addition, the Bank experienced higher levels of overdrafts during 2014 which resulted in significantly higher overdraft fee collection during the year. Service charges on deposits were slightly lower during the fourth quarter of 2014 at $184,000 as compared to $210,000 for the third quarter of 2014. This decrease related primarily to overdraft fees as overdrafts were at their peak during the third quarter of 2014.
    • Gains on sales of securities were up $908,000. This was the result of investment sales during 2014 as a part of changes in the overall investment strategy and repositioning the investment portfolio. Gains on sales of securities were slightly higher at $467,000 during the fourth quarter as compared to $407,000 during the third quarter. This difference related to the timing of the securities sales and the implementation of the new investment strategy.
    • Mortgage fee income was $34,000 higher in 2014 compared to 2013, in the first full year of mortgage operations. The fee income for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 was $196,000, as compared to $66,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.
    • Other noninterest income was up $766,000 over the prior year. This was primarily the result of $483,000 of income related to proceeds received from a bank owned life insurance policy. In addition, $288,000 of income was recognized from an earnest money deposit for a loan sale that did not occur. Other noninterest income was $138,000 for the fourth quarter of 2014, as compared to $153,000 for the third quarter of 2014.
  • Noninterest expense was $20.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to $20.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013.
    • Salaries and benefits increased $525,000 year over year. This increase was the result of additions to the mortgage lending staff and the addition of two market presidents in late 2013. Salaries and benefits were consistent from $2.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 to $2.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.
    • Professional fees decreased $141,000 in 2014, which was the result of improvement in asset quality and loan related legal fees along with the continued cost savings experienced subsequent to the 2013 charter consolidation.
    • Losses and write downs on foreclosed assets were up $266,000 for 2014. The write downs were related to updated appraisals on properties being held in addition to losses incurred on the sale of properties during the year. The focus on reducing nonperforming assets included the disposition $1.6 million of foreclosed assets during 2014.
    • Other expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, was $1.5 million, up from $782,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. This increase related primarily to restricted stock units issued to directors during the period.

Continued Aggressive Cleanup of Loan Portfolio

  • Nonperforming assets declined by $18.1 million, or 65.49% from December 31, 2013, and $3.0 million, or 24.11% from September 30, 2014, to $9.5 million at December 31, 2014.
    • Nonperforming loans decreased $16.2 million or 69.83% since December 31, 2013. Nonperforming loans decreased $2.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 as a result of charge-offs and paydowns throughout the quarter.
    • Provisions for loan losses decreased from $8.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 to $3.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. This decrease reflected the substantial improvement in asset quality since December 31, 2013, and overall improvement in the three year loss history, which is the starting point in the allowance for loan loss calculation and in turn loan loss provisions. While there was no loan loss reserve taken in the third quarter of 2014, there was a provision in the fourth quarter of $333,000.
    • Net charge-offs were $300,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, compared to $511,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, and $8.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Total net charge-offs for 2014 were $4.9 million, an improvement over the $15.1 million in net charge-offs taken in 2013. The reduction in net charge-offs was also the result of improved asset quality and strides made to improve the loan portfolio over the past two years.
    • The allowance for loan losses represented 2.02% of total loans and 198.73% of nonperforming loans at December 31, 2014. These ratios have changed year over year from 2.43% and 68.21%, respectively, at December 31, 2013, as a result of the continued improvement in asset quality.

About First Community Financial Partners, Inc.: First Community Financial Partners, Inc., headquartered in Joliet, Illinois, is a bank holding company whose common stock trades on the OTCQB marketplace (OTCQB:FCMP). First Community Financial Partners has one bank subsidiary, First Community Financial Bank. First Community Financial Bank, based in Plainfield, Illinois, is a wholly owned banking subsidiary of First Community Financial Partners, with locations in Joliet, Plainfield, Homer Glen, Channahon, Naperville and Burr Ridge, Illinois. The Bank is dedicated to its founding principles by being actively involved in the communities it serves and providing exceptional personal service delivered by experienced local professionals.

Special Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Any statements in this release other than statements of historical facts, including statements about management's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. These statements are made on the basis of management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance. Words such as "estimate," "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "target," "project," "should," "may," "will" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements (including oral representations) involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include the ability of First Community and its wholly owned bank subsidiary to realize the synergies from the recent merger of its non-wholly owned bank subsidiaries, as well as a number of other factors related to the businesses of First Community and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, including: risks associated with First Community's possible pursuit of acquisitions; economic conditions in First Community's, and its wholly owned bank subsidiary's service areas; system failures; losses of large customers; disruptions in the relationship with third party vendors; losses of key management personnel and the inability to attract and retain highly qualified management and personnel in the future; the impact of legislation and regulatory changes on the banking industry, including the implementation of the Basel III capital reforms; losses related to cyber-attacks; and liability and compliance costs regarding banking regulations. These and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in more detail in First Community's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including First Community's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 20, 2014.

Many of these risks are beyond management's ability to control or predict. All forward-looking statements attributable to First Community, and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, or persons acting on behalf of each of them are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements and risk factors contained in this communication. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required under the federal securities laws or the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, First Community does not undertake any obligation to update or review any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

First Community Financial Partners, Inc.
Selected Quarterly Financial Data
2014 2013
Fourth
Quarter
Third
Quarter
Second
Quarter
First Quarter Fourth
Quarter
Selected Operating Data (dollars in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited)
Interest income $ 9,191 $ 8,859 $ 8,842 $ 8,356 $ 8,800
Interest expense 1,604 1,578 1,582 1,584 1,601
Net interest income 7,587 7,281 7,260 6,772 7,199
Provision for loan losses 333 667 1,999 4,086
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 7,254 7,281 6,593 4,773 3,113
Noninterest income 861 966 845 621 424
Noninterest expense 5,417 5,088 5,411 4,657 4,853
Income (loss) before income taxes 2,698 3,159 2,027 737 (1,316)
Income tax (benefit) expense 800 1,149 557 231 (572)
Net income (loss) applicable to First Community Financial Partners, Inc. 1,898 2,010 1,470 506 (744)
Dividends and accretion on preferred shares (93) (145) (144) (145) (177)
Gain on redemption of preferred shares 5 $ —
Net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders $ 1,810 $ 1,865 $ 1,326 $ 361 $ (921)
Per Share Data
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.11 $ 0.11 $ 0.08 $ 0.02 $ (0.06)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.11 $ 0.11 $ 0.08 $ 0.02 $ (0.06)
Book value per common share $ 5.52 $ 5.42 $ 5.32 $ 5.22 $ 5.24
Weighted average common shares - basic 16,563,405 16,549,096 16,548,399 16,398,348 16,231,167
Weighted average common shares - diluted 16,800,247 16,770,189 16,740,390 16,642,021 16,231,167
Common shares outstanding - end of period 16,668,002 16,552,063 16,548,563 16,548,313 16,333,582
Performance Ratios
Return on average assets 0.78% 0.81% 0.60% 0.17% (0.42)%
Return on average common equity 7.57% 7.81% 5.66% 1.67% (3.40)%
Net interest margin 3.46% 3.34% 3.45% 3.29% 3.52%
Interest rate spread 3.23% 3.14% 3.26% 3.10% 3.32%
Efficiency ratio (1) 64.12% 61.70% 66.76% 62.99% 63.66%
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities 131.12% 127.65% 124.87% 125.03% 125.67%
Average loans to average deposits 91.74% 88.19% 89.68% 90.95% 92.97%
Footnotes:
(1) We calculate our efficiency ratio by dividing noninterest expense by the sum of net interest income and noninterest income.
First Community Financial Partners, Inc.
Selected Year-to-Date Financial Data
Year-to-Date
December 31,
2014 2013
Selected Operating Data (dollars in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited)
Interest income $ 35,248 $ 34,898
Interest expense 6,348 6,206
Net interest income 28,900 28,692
Provision for loan losses 3,000 8,002
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 25,900 20,690
Noninterest income 3,293 1,639
Noninterest expense 20,573 20,247
Income before income taxes 8,620 2,082
Income tax (benefit) expense 2,737 (14,640)
Income before non-controlling interest 5,883 16,722
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests 54
Net income applicable to First Community Financial Partners, Inc. 5,883 16,668
Dividends and accretion on preferred shares (526) (963)
Gain on redemption of preferred shares 5 4,933
Net income applicable to common shareholders $ 5,362 $ 20,638
Per Share Data
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.32 $ 1.31
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.32 $ 1.29
Book value per common share $ 5.52 $ 5.24
Weighted average common shares - basic 16,512,631 15,772,940
Weighted average common shares - diluted 16,738,357 15,973,852
Common shares outstanding-end of period 16,668,002 16,333,582
Performance Ratios
Return on average assets 0.60% 2.34%
Return on average common equity 5.68% 26.20%
Net interest margin 3.46% 3.37%
Interest rate spread 3.23% 3.20%
Efficiency ratio (1) 63.91% 66.80%
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities 127.19% 122.27%
Average loans to average deposits 90.13% 86.87%
Footnotes:
(1) We calculate our efficiency ratio by dividing noninterest expense by the sum of net interest income and noninterest income.
First Community Financial Partners, Inc.
Summary of Selected Period-End Financial Data
December 31,
2014
September 30,
2014
June 30,
2014
March 30,
2014
December 31,
2013
Select Balance Sheet Data (dollars in thousands) (unaudited)
Total assets $ 924,075 $ 917,891 $ 922,128 $ 870,058 $ 867,576
Total securities (1) 170,054 157,093 168,072 149,902 142,283
Loans 689,193 689,144 664,390 661,898 652,131
Allowance for loan losses (13,905) (13,871) (14,383) (16,351) (15,820)
Net loans 675,288 675,273 650,007 645,547 636,311
Total deposits 769,410 758,115 763,632 729,426 725,401
Subordinated debt 29,133 19,326 19,319 19,312 19,305
Other borrowed funds 29,529 40,506 30,890 25,798 25,563
Shareholders' equity (2) 92,053 95,981 94,266 92,534 91,587
Asset Quality Ratios
Nonperforming loans (3) 6,997 9,065 8,486 15,264 23,194
Nonperforming assets (4) 9,527 12,554 12,414 19,465 27,610
Nonperforming loans(3) to total loans 1.02% 1.32% 1.28% 2.31% 3.56%
Nonperforming assets(4) to total assets 1.03% 1.37% 1.35% 2.24% 3.18%
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 198.73% 153.02% 169.49% 107.12% 68.21%
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 2.02% 2.01% 2.16% 2.47% 2.43%
Capital Ratios
Tangible common equity to tangible assets(5) 9.96% 9.78% 9.55% 9.93% 9.86%
Average equity to average total assets 10.36% 10.37% 10.54% 10.66% 10.85%
Tier 1 leverage 8.55% 8.81% 8.79% 8.76% 8.87%
Tier 1 risk-based capital 10.27% 10.85% 10.52% 9.61% 9.77%
Total risk-based capital 15.28% 14.64% 14.44% 13.37% 13.55%
Footnotes:
(1) Includes available for sale securities recorded at fair value and Federal Home Loan Bank stock at cost.
(2) All periods other than December 31, 2014 include shareholders' equity attributable to outstanding shares of Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B, and Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series C.
(3) Non-performing loans include loans on nonaccrual status and those past due more than 90 days and still accruing interest.
(4) Non-performing assets consist of non-performing loans and other real estate owned.
(5) Tangible common equity to tangible assets is total shareholders' equity less preferred stock divided by total assets
First Community Financial Partners, Inc.
Composition of Loan Portfolio
A summary of the Company's balances of loans follows:
December 31,
2014
Percent
of Gross
Loans
September 30,
2014
Percent
of Gross
Loans
December 31,
2013
Percent
of Gross
Loans
(dollars in thousands) (unaudited)
Construction and Land Development $ 18,700 2.71% $ 15,898 2.31% $ 20,745 3.18%
Farmland and Agricultural Production 9,350 1.36% 9,393 1.36% 8,505 1.30%
Residential 1-4 Family 100,773 14.62% 100,716 14.61% 86,770 13.30%
Multifamily 24,426 3.54% 24,496 3.55% 21,939 3.36%
Commercial Real Estate 353,973 51.35% 353,456 51.27% 344,750 52.84%
Commercial 171,452 24.87% 176,627 25.62% 159,427 24.44%
Consumer and other 10,706 1.55% 8,846 1.28% 10,315 1.58%
689,380 100.00% 689,432 100.00% 652,451 100.00%
Net deferred loan (fees) costs (187) (288) (320)
Allowance for loan losses (13,905) (13,871) (15,820)
$ 675,288 $ 675,273 $ 636,311
Mortgage loans held for sale $ 738 $ — $ —
Loans Held for Sale $ — $ — $ 2,619
A summary of the Company's commercial real estate portfolio follows:
Commercial Real Estate December 31,
2014
Percent
of Total
September 30,
2014
Percent
of Total
December 31,
2013
Percent
of Total
(dollars in thousands) (unaudited)
Retail $ 91,725 25.91% $ 85,071 24.07% $ 94,254 27.34%
Office 44,255 12.50% 46,009 13.02% 36,095 10.47%
Industrial and Warehouse 59,317 16.76% 64,884 18.36% 64,176 18.62%
Health Care 26,974 7.62% 33,335 9.43% 34,771 10.09%
Other 131,702 37.21% 124,157 35.13% 115,454 33.48%
Total Commercial Real Estate Loans $ 353,973 100.00% $ 353,456 100.00% $ 344,750 100.00%
Commercial Real Estate December 31,
2014
Percent
of Total
September 30,
2014
Percent
of Total
December 31,
2013
Percent
of Total
(dollars in thousands) (unaudited)
Loans secured by owner-occupied nonfarm nonresidential properties $ 159,706 45.12% $ 160,380 45.37% $153,870 44.63%
Loans secured by other nonfarm nonresidential properties 194,267 54.88% 193,076 54.63% 190,880 55.37%
Total Commercial Real Estate Loans $ 353,973 100.00% $ 353,456 100.00% $ 344,750 100.00%
Deposit Liabilities
A summary of the Company's balances of deposits follows:
December 31,
2014
Percent
of
Deposits
September 30,
2014
Percent of
Deposits
December 31,
2013
Percent of
Deposits
(dollars in thousands) (unaudited)
Noninterest bearing accounts $ 158,329 20.58% 140,252 18.50% $ 111,955 15.43%
NOW and money market accounts 269,977 35.09% 265,420 35.01% 240,537 33.16%
Savings 30,211 3.93% 27,546 3.63% 24,399 3.36%
Time deposit certificates, $100,000 or more 196,188 25.50% 204,593 26.99% 223,436 30.80%
Other time deposit certificates 114,705 14.91% 120,304 15.87% 125,074 17.24%
Total Deposits $ 769,410 100.00% $ 758,115 100.00% $ 725,401 100.00%
First Community Financial Partners, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Selected Quarterly Financial Data
2014 2013
Fourth Quarter Third
Quarter
Second
Quarter
First Quarter Fourth
Quarter
Selected Operating Data (dollars in thousands) (unaudited)
Net interest income $ 7,587 $ 7,281 $ 7,260 $ 6,772 $ 7,199
Noninterest income 861 966 845 621 424
Noninterest expense 5,417 5,088 5,411 4,657 4,853
Adjusted pre-tax pre-provision income $ 3,031 $ 3,159 $ 2,694 $ 2,736 $2,770
Year-to-Date
December 31,
2014 2013
Selected Operating Data (dollars in thousands) (unaudited)
Net interest income $ 28,900 $ 28,692
Noninterest income 3,293 1,639
Noninterest expense 20,573 20,247
Adjusted pre-tax pre-provision income $ 11,620 $ 10,084

CONTACT: Glen L. Stiteley, Chief Financial Officer - (815) 725-1885

Source:First Community Financial Partners, Inc.