WSFS Reports 4th Quarter 2014 EPS of $1.32 Reflecting Strong Revenue Growth; and Reports Full Year 2014 EPS of $5.78, a 14% Increase Over 2013

WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WSFS Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:WSFS), the parent company of WSFS Bank, reported net income of $12.7 million, or $1.32 per diluted common share for the final quarter of 2014 compared to net income of $11.4 million, or $1.23 per share for the third quarter of 2014 and net income of $12.1 million, or $1.33 per share for the fourth quarter of 2013. Results for both the third and fourth quarter of 2014 included significant corporate development costs primarily related to the merger integration of The First National Bank of Wyoming (FNBW).

Net income for the full year of 2014 was $53.8 million, up from $46.9 million for 2013. Earnings per share were $5.78 per diluted common share in 2014, 14% greater than the $5.06 per share reported for the full year 2013.

Highlights for the fourth quarter of 2014:

  • Core(o) net revenues increased $4.5 million, or 8% above the fourth quarter 2013.
  • Net interest margin increased by five basis points to 3.78% from 3.73% in the third quarter of 2014, and improved ten basis points from 3.68% in the fourth quarter 2013. This improvement resulted from fundamental positive trends in pricing and mix, together with the margin impact of the acquisition of FNBW.
  • Major credit quality statistics showed continued strong improvement during the quarter including classified assets which decreased by $46.5 million or 29% and stood at 21.5% of Tier 1 capital plus allowance for loan losses.

Notable items:

  • WSFS recorded $1.0 million (pre-tax), or $0.07 per diluted common share (after-tax) in expenses related to corporate development activities. The majority were attributable to the acquisition of FNBW (no additional material integration costs are expected from the FNBW transaction in future periods). This compares to $2.6 million, or $0.18 per share in corporate development expense in the third quarter of 2014 and $525,000, or $0.04 per share in the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • WSFS recorded $565,000 (pre-tax), or $0.04 per diluted common share (after-tax) adjustment in benefit expense for its post-retirement health plan obligations, which was the result of a number of factors, including changes in assumptions to expected lower long-term interest rates (affecting the discount rate) and longer life expectancy of participants from a recent actuarial update to mortality tables. These updates are evaluated on an annual basis.
  • WSFS realized $58,000 (pre-tax), or less than $0.01 per diluted common share (after-tax) in net gains on securities sales during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $36,000 (pre-tax), or less than $0.01 per share (after-tax) in in the third quarter of 2014 and $660,000, or $0.05 per share in the fourth quarter of 2013.

CEO outlook and commentary:

"The fourth quarter of 2014 capped a year of continued investment and growth in our franchise. This successful growth continues our trend of strong year-over-year earnings improvement. Core revenue growth and continued credit quality improvement both played a part in our success.

"2014 was highlighted by our successful combination with FNBW in September, propelling us to a strong second place market share in Kent County, DE. In addition we added four seasoned relationship managers to our Commercial team, two business development professionals in our Wealth Management team and a business development professional in our Cash Connect division which will help continue our strong organic growth through 2015. We also created an innovation team in our company and invested in compliance, operations and other support professionals which will help support our continued success.

"These additions combined to further our core revenue expansion. Core revenues for the year increased 8% from last year as net interest income expanded 11% and core fee income improved 4%.

"We head into 2015 encouraged by our successes and working hard to meet our long term goal of becoming a sustainably high-performing bank by the end of this year. For the last two years we have provided quarterly updates in our investor presentations towards our target of a core ROA of at least 1.20% by the end of 2015, and we will continue to do so. Our successful strategy of 'Engaged Associates delivering Stellar Service growing Customer Advocates and value for our Owners' is key in achieving this goal."

Fourth Quarter 2014 Discussion of Financial Results

Successful combination with FNBW helps further elevate net interest income and margin

Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $38.2 million, a $1.5 million, or 4% (not annualized), improvement from the third quarter of 2014. The linked quarter improvement is attributable to the first full quarter impact of the FNBW merger and continued balance sheet mix and pricing management. The net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2014 was 3.78%, a 5 basis point increase (4 basis points were attributable to the FNBW acquisition) from the 3.73% reported for the third quarter of 2014.

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, net interest income increased $3.7 million, or 11%, and the net interest margin improved 10 basis points. As with the quarterly increase, the annual increase occurred despite yield curve and competitive pressures, and was primarily due to growth, including the combination with FNBW, improved balance sheet mix and continued focus on pricing discipline.

Loan portfolio grows 9% over prior year with the combination of FNBW

At December 31, 2014, the Company's loan portfolio was $3.2 billion, an increase of $248.7 million, or 9%, over the amount at December 31, 2013. This growth included $176.0 million (net fair market value) in loans from the FNBW combination during the third quarter. Excluding the impact of the FNBW acquisition, loans for the year increased by $72.7 million. Originations far outpaced this number as growth was partially offset by commercial customer prepayments, including the advantageous payoff and paydown of a significant amount of problem loans during the year.

Total net loans increased $17.3 million to $3.2 billion compared to September 30, 2014. Increases in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) and Commercial & Industrial (C&I) loans of 5% (annualized) were offset by decreases in Construction and Residential loans. Quarter-to-quarter growth was also impacted by $26.0 million of problem loan payoffs and paydowns.

The following table summarizes loan balances and composition at December 31, 2014 compared to prior periods.

At At At
(Dollars in thousands) December 31, 2014 September 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
Commercial & industrial $ 1,707,454 54% $ 1,689,272 53% $ 1,595,888 54%
Commercial real estate 799,785 25 788,189 25 718,972 24
Construction 141,241 4 146,833 5 105,460 4
Total commercial loans 2,648,480 83 2,624,294 83 2,420,320 82
Residential mortgage 247,650 8 256,349 8 254,324 9
Consumer 328,455 10 326,674 10 303,067 10
Allowance for loan losses (39,426) (1) (39,484) (1) (41,244) (1)
Net Loans $ 3,185,159 100 % $ 3,167,833 100 % $ 2,936,467 100 %

Credit quality key metrics continue favorable trends

Credit quality statistics continued their positive trends. Classified loans decreased $46.5 million, or 29%, from September 30, 2014 and the ratio of total classified loans to Tier 1 capital plus allowance for loan losses (ALLL) improved to 21.5% from 28.7% at September 30, 2014 and 29.69% at December 31, 2013 driven by upgrades and the aforementioned payoff/pay down of problem loans.

Total loan portfolio delinquencies decreased by $17.6 million, or 50%, from September 30, 2014, to 0.55% of total loans and includes delinquent nonperforming loans. The improvement in delinquent loans includes the $18.0 million highly seasonal relationship mentioned as delinquent in the third quarter earnings release which was subsequently brought current.

Total nonperforming assets increased $5.1 million in the quarter to $52.4 million, the result of modifying two commercial relationships, moving them to accruing troubled debt restructurings which increased $8.3 million during the quarter. This increase was offset by a $2.7 million decrease in nonaccruing loans. The ratio of non-performing assets to total assets was 1.08% as of December 31, 2014 compared to 0.98% as of September 30, 2014 and 1.06% as of December 31, 2013.

Net charge-offs improved to $624,000, or only 8 basis points of gross loans annualized, compared to $2.2 million for the third quarter of 2014 and $1.5 million for the same quarter in 2013.

As a result, total credit costs (provision for loan losses, loan workout expenses, OREO expenses and other credit provisions) were only $991,000 during the quarter ended December 31, 2014, a small increase from $862,000 in the previous quarter and a notable decrease from $2.2 million in the same quarter of 2013.

The allowance for loan loss (ALLL) of $39.4 million was essentially flat with the third quarter of 2014 and the ratio of the ALLL to total gross loans at December 31, 2014 was 1.23%, and was 164% of nonaccruing loans.

Customer funding changes reflect continued strength in core deposits and seasonal year-end trust accounts

Total customer funding increased $431.3 million, or 14%, from December 31, 2013 to $3.5 billion. Included in this growth was $230.3 million (net fair market value) from FNBW and a $73.0 million increase in temporary trust-related money market deposits. The remaining increase reflects the strong organic growth of our core banking business.

Total customer funding increased $195.3 million, or 6% (not annualized), over levels reported at September 30, 2014. The linked-quarter increase in deposits was driven by an increase in core deposits of $228.6 million, or 8% (not annualized), over the same period, and included $188.5 million in temporary trust-related money market deposits. Partially offsetting this increase was a $27.3 million reduction in higher-cost, generally single-service CDs, as part of continued margin management.

The following table summarizes customer funding balances and composition at December 31, 2014 compared to prior periods.

At At At
(Dollars in thousands) December 31, 2014 September 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
Noninterest demand $ 804,678 23% $ 814,203 25% $ 650,256 21%
Interest-bearing demand 688,370 20 689,544 21 638,403 21
Savings 402,032 11 405,157 12 383,731 13
Money market 1,066,224 31 823,781 25 887,715 29
Total core deposits 2,961,304 85 2,732,685 83 2,560,105 84
Customer time 500,974 14 528,257 16 458,110 15
Total customer deposits 3,462,278 99 3,260,942 99 3,018,215 99
Customer sweep accounts 10,986 1 16,978 1 23,710 1
Total customer funding $ 3,473,264 100% $ 3,277,920 100% $ 3,041,925 100%

Noninterest income reflects business growth and wealth management success

During the fourth quarter of 2014, noninterest income was $20.0 million compared to $19.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Excluding net securities gains in both periods, core noninterest income increased $793,000 million, or 4%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. This increase was the result of growth in the Wealth Management and Cash Connect business segments as discussed later in this release. These increases were partially offset by a decline in deposit service charges related to: ongoing changes in customer behavior; the impact of previously disclosed breaches at merchants on card activation and usage; as well as a negative impact in the quarter from an internal system change, which had been rectified by the end of the year.

Noninterest income decreased $317,000 over the third quarter of 2014. The decrease was mainly attributable to lower deposit service charges as discussed above, as well as seasonally lower mortgage banking revenues. Offsetting these decreases was growth in the Wealth Management and Cash Connect businesses, which are each discussed more later.

Noninterest expense increase reflects investment for current and future growth

Noninterest expense for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $38.7 million, an increase of $4.1 million from $34.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Excluding notable items in both periods, noninterest expense increased $3.0 million or 9%. Contributing to the year-over-year growth were growth in operating costs from two recently acquired companies (FNBW and Array/Arrow), organic hiring of additional revenue-generating professionals, investment in the related infrastructure and staffing costs to support these activities and additional compliance personnel. In addition, the Company also incurred an elevated level of professional fees in the fourth quarter of 2014, related to short-lived internal projects, which are not expected to re-occur at these levels after the fourth quarter.

When compared to the third quarter of 2014, noninterest expense decreased $791,000 from $39.5 million. After adjusting for notable items in both periods, noninterest expense increased $1.3 million or 4% (not annualized). The overall growth is due mainly to ongoing operating costs associated with the recent FNBW acquisition, organic growth and infrastructure and compliance costs.

Selected Business Segments (included in previous results):

Wealth Management division fee-based revenue grew by 24% over the prior year

The Wealth Management division provides a broad array of fiduciary, investment management, credit and deposit products to clients through four businesses. WSFS Wealth Investments, (formerly known as WSFS Investment Group, Inc.) provides insurance and brokerage products primarily to our retail banking clients. Cypress Capital Management, LLC is a registered investment advisor with over $660 million in assets under management. Cypress' primary market segment is high net worth individuals, offering a 'balanced' investment style focused on preservation of capital and current income. Christiana Trust, with $8.8 billion in assets under management and administration,provides fiduciary and investment services to personal trust clients, and trustee, agency, bankruptcy, custodial and commercial domicile services to corporate and institutional clients. WSFS Private Banking serves high net worth clients by delivering credit and deposit products and partnering other business units to deliver investment management, mortgage and fiduciary products and services.

Total wealth management revenue (net interest income, investment management and fiduciary revenue plus other noninterest income generated by the segment) was $8.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2014. This represented an increase of $1.0 million, or 14%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and an increase of $675,000 or 9% (not annualized), compared to the third quarter of 2014. Fee based revenue increased $1.0 million, or 24%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and increased $630,000 or 14% (not annualized) compared to the third quarter of 2014. This year-over-year growth reflects increases in revenue across many Wealth Management lines-of-business, with particular strength at Christiana Trust and WSFS Wealth Investments due to the recruiting of a local, experienced sales Associate, to assist our high net worth clients.

Total segment noninterest expense (including intercompany allocations of expense and provision for loan losses) was $3.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $3.8 million during fourth quarter 2013 and $3.3 million during the third quarter of 2014. The decrease from prior periods was mainly the result of fluctuations in credit costs allocated to the division. Excluding credit costs, expenses increased $19,000 or 1%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. The small year-over-year increase was mostly due to highly effective expense management, including stringent vendor management with emphasis on volume pricing concessions from vendors. In addition, the fourth quarter of 2013 included one-time expenses resulting from the simplification of the organizational structure. When compared to the third quarter of 2014, expenses increased $278,000, or 9% (not annualized). These increases are due to the addition of business development Associates, related infrastructure necessary to support the division's growth and an increase in variable expenses that are directly tied to revenue growth, including commissions and transaction charges.

Pre-tax income for the Wealth Management division in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $3.7 million compared to $2.1 million in the fourth quarter 2013 and $2.9 million in the third quarter 2014. Excluding more-variable credit costs, pre-tax income for the fourth quarter 2014 was $3.5 million compared to $2.6 million in the fourth quarter 2013 and $3.2 million in the third quarter 2014.

Cash Connect continues growth in 2014

The Cash Connect® division is a premier provider of ATM vault cash and related services in the United States. Cash Connect® services over $507 million in vault cash in over 15,000 non-bank ATMs nationwide and operates more than 450 ATMs for WSFS Bank, which has the largest branded ATM network in Delaware.

Cash Connect® recorded $6.5 million in net revenue (fee income less funding costs) during the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of $394,000, or 6%, compared to $6.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 due to growth and additional product and service offerings. Current period net revenue increased $78,000, or 1% (not annualized) from the $6.5 million reported in the third quarter of 2014. Noninterest expenses (including intercompany allocations of expense) were $4.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of $717,000 from the fourth quarter of 2013, to support growth and development costs of new products, and an increase of $124,000 compared to the third quarter of 2014. Cash Connect® reported pre-tax income of $1.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $2.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Income taxes

The Company recorded a $6.3 million income tax provision in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to a $5.8 million tax provision in the third quarter of 2014 and a $6.4 million income tax provision in the fourth quarter of 2013. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2014 was 33.1% compared to 33.8% in the third quarter of 2014 and 34.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013. The rate decrease was the result of additional tax exempt income arising from the recent combination with FNBW.

Capital management

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company strengthened its capital while also returning a larger portion of its earnings to stockholders. The Company's tangible common equity(o) increased to $431.5 million from $418.1 million at September 30, 2014. Tangible common book value per share was $45.89 at December 31, 2014, a $1.39, or 3% (not annualized), increase from September 30, 2014. The Company's tangible common equity to asset ratio(o) increased by 15 basis points to 9.00%.

At December 31, 2014, WSFS Bank's Tier 1 leverage ratio of 10.52%, Tier 1 risk-based ratio of 12.54%, and total risk-based capital ratio of 13.56%, all decreased from the prior quarter because of a dividend from the Bank to the holding company to support its announced share buyback program; but all ratios still maintained a substantial cushion in excess of "well-capitalized" regulatory benchmarks. There was $54.5 million in cash remaining at the holding company as of December 31, 2014 to support the share repurchase plan and normal parent company cash needs.

The Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock. This dividend will be paid on February 27, 2015, to shareholders of record as of February 13, 2015.

During the third quarter of 2014, the Board of Directors approved a stock buyback program of up to 5% of total outstanding shares of common stock. Related to this authorization, the Company repurchased 116,421 common shares and common share equivalents at an average implied price of $77.18 during the fourth quarter. These buybacks included 81,233 common share equivalents related to the repurchase of 129,310 warrants to purchase common stock issued in conjunction with a 2009 equity offering. The Company has approximately 353,000 shares (4% of its 9.4 million shares outstanding), remaining to repurchase under its current authorization.

Fourth quarter 2014 earnings release conference call

Management will conduct a conference call to review fourth quarter results at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on January 30, 2015. Interested parties may listen to this call by dialing 1-877-312-5857. A rebroadcast of the conference call will be available two hours after the completion of the call, until February 14, 2015, by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and using Conference ID 67777309.

Immediately following the regular earnings conference call, management will hold the first in a series of periodic topical discussions. This first session will provide an overview of WSFS' Wealth Division and include a brief presentation followed by an open Q and A. Future topics may include updates on other WSFS businesses and initiatives that support our business model.

About WSFS Financial Corporation

WSFS Financial Corporation is a multi-billion dollar financial services company. Its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank, is the largest and oldest bank and trust company headquartered in the Delaware Valley with $4.9 billion in assets on its balance sheet and $9.4 billion in fiduciary assets, including over $1 billion in assets under management. WSFS operates from 55 offices located in Delaware (45), Pennsylvania (8), Virginia (1) and Nevada (1) and provides comprehensive financial services including commercial banking, retail banking and trust and wealth management. Other subsidiaries or divisions include Christiana Trust, WSFS Investment Group, Inc., Cypress Capital Management, LLC, Cash Connect®, Array Financial and Arrow Land Transfer. Serving the Delaware Valley since 1832, WSFS is the seventh oldest bank in the United States continuously operating under the same name. For more information, please visit wsfsbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

This press release contains estimates, predictions, opinions, projections and other "forward-looking statements" as that phrase is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, without limitation, references to the Company's financial goals, management's plans and objectives for future operations, financial and business trends, business prospects, and management's outlook or expectations for earnings, revenues, expenses, capital levels, liquidity levels, asset quality or other future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations. Such forward-looking statements are based on various assumptions (some of which may be beyond the Company's control) and are subject to risks and uncertainties (which change over time) and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to the economic environment, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, including an increase in unemployment levels; the volatility of the financial and securities markets, including changes with respect to the market value of financial assets; changes in market interest rates may increase funding costs and reduce earning asset yields thus reducing margin; increases in benchmark rates would increase debt service requirements for customers whose terms include a variable interest rate, which may negatively impact the ability of borrowers to pay as contractually obligated; changes in government regulation affecting financial institutions, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the rules being issued in accordance with this statute and potential expenses and elevated capital levels associated therewith; possible additional loan losses and impairment of the collectability of loans; seasonality, which may impact customer, such as construction-related businesses, the availability of public funds, and certain types of the Company's fee revenue, such as mortgage originations; possible changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies, laws and regulations and other activities of governments, agencies, and similar organizations, may have an adverse effect on business; possible rules and regulations issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or other regulators which might adversely impact our business model or products and services; possible stresses in the real estate markets, including possible continued deterioration in property values that affect the collateral value of underlying real estate loans; the Company's ability to expand into new markets, develop competitive new products and services in a timely manner and to maintain profit margins in the face of competitive pressures; possible changes in consumer and business spending and savings habits could affect the Company's ability to increase assets and to attract deposits; the Company's ability to effectively manage credit risk, interest rate risk market risk, operational risk, legal risk, liquidity risk, reputational risk, and regulatory and compliance risk; the effects of increased competition from both banks and non-banks; the effects of geopolitical instability and risks such as terrorist attacks; the effects of weather and natural disasters such as floods, droughts, wind, tornadoes and hurricanes, and the effects of man-made disasters; possible changes in the speed of loan prepayments by the Company's customers and loan origination or sales volumes; possible acceleration of prepayments of mortgage-backed securities due to low interest rates, and the related acceleration of premium amortization on prepayments on mortgage-backed securities due to low interest rates; the Company's ability to timely integrate any businesses it may acquire and realize any anticipated cost savings from those acquisitions; and the costs associated with resolving any problem loans, litigation and other risks and uncertainties, discussed in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Forward looking statements are as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Three months ended Twelve months ended
(Unaudited) December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31,
2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
Interest income:
Interest and fees on loans $ 36,677 $ 34,850 $ 32,871 $ 137,048 $ 129,138
Interest on mortgage-backed securities 3,381 3,317 3,270 13,511 12,834
Interest and dividends on investment securities 842 837 693 3,285 1,692
Interest on reverse mortgage related assets (n) 1,212 1,323 1,242 5,129 2,867
Other interest income 228 472 257 1,364 391
42,340 40,799 38,333 160,337 146,922
Interest expense:
Interest on deposits 1,958 1,823 1,666 7,151 7,180
Interest on Federal Home Loan Bank advances 577 663 498 2,427 1,874
Interest on trust preferred borrowings 333 332 336 1,321 1,342
Interest on Senior Debt 942 941 942 3,766 3,771
Interest on Bonds Payable -- -- 60 15 60
Interest on other borrowings 291 293 285 1,150 1,107
4,101 4,052 3,787 15,830 15,334
Net interest income 38,239 36,747 34,546 144,507 131,588
Provision for loan losses 567 333 1,292 3,580 7,172
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 37,672 36,414 33,254 140,927 124,416
Noninterest income:
Credit/debit card and ATM income 6,134 6,219 6,119 24,129 24,350
Deposit service charges 3,979 4,477 4,571 17,071 17,208
Investment management and fiduciary revenue 4,911 4,332 3,905 17,364 15,528
Mortgage banking activities, net 928 1,229 1,143 3,994 3,980
Loan fee income 515 466 558 1,921 1,959
Securities gains, net 58 36 660 1,037 3,516
Bank-owned life insurance income 233 185 108 700 270
Reverse mortgage consolidation gain -- -- -- -- 3,801
Other income 3,229 3,360 2,732 12,062 9,539
19,987 20,304 19,796 78,278 80,151
Noninterest expense:
Salaries, benefits and other compensation 19,953 19,292 17,780 76,387 70,866
Occupancy expense 3,438 3,456 3,317 14,192 13,486
Equipment expense 2,095 2,063 2,332 7,705 8,322
Data processing and operations expense 1,494 1,609 1,633 6,105 5,924
Professional fees 1,714 1,762 1,304 6,797 4,016
FDIC expenses 642 666 425 2,653 3,492
Loan workout and OREO expense 623 664 1,104 2,542 2,536
Marketing expense 819 643 660 2,403 2,428
Corporate development 999 2,620 525 4,031 717
Other operating expenses 6,889 6,682 5,518 25,004 21,142
38,666 39,457 34,598 147,819 132,929
Income before taxes 18,993 17,261 18,452 71,386 71,638
Income tax provision 6,285 5,848 6,378 17,629 24,756
Net income 12,708 11,413 12,074 53,757 46,882
Dividends on preferred stock and accretion of discount -- -- -- -- 1,633
Net income allocable to common stockholders $ 12,708 $ 11,413 $ 12,074 $ 53,757 $ 45,249
Diluted earnings per share of common stock:
Net income allocable to common stockholders $ 1.32 $ 1.23 $ 1.33 $ 5.78 $ 5.06
Weighted average shares of common stock
outstanding for diluted EPS 9,623,226 9,308,817 9,078,228 9,302,733 8,943,246
Performance Ratios:
Return on average assets (a) 1.07% 0.99% 1.09% 1.17% 1.07%
Return on average equity (a) 10.40 10.17 12.64 12.21 11.60
Return on tangible common equity (a) (o) 12.04 11.60 14.50 13.80 13.60
Net interest margin (a)(b) 3.78 3.73 3.68 3.68 3.56
Efficiency ratio (c) 65.84 68.65 63.13 65.76 62.42
Noninterest income as a percentage
of total net revenue (b) 34.03 35.26 36.12 34.82 37.64
See "Notes"
WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Continued)
SUMMARY STATEMENT OF CONDITION
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited) December 31, September 30, December 31,
2014 2014 2013
Assets:
Cash and due from banks $ 93,717 $ 95,473 $ 94,734
Cash in non-owned ATMs 414,188 375,555 389,360
Investment securities (d) 156,200 153,525 132,343
Other investments 23,412 30,054 36,201
Mortgage-backed securities (d) 710,164 689,835 684,773
Net loans (e)(f)(l) 3,185,159 3,167,833 2,936,467
Reverse mortgage related assets (n) 29,298 29,392 37,327
Bank owned life insurance 76,509 76,276 63,185
Goodwill and intangibles 57,593 58,176 38,978
Other assets 107,080 106,609 102,395
Total assets $ 4,853,320 $ 4,782,728 $ 4,515,763
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Noninterest-bearing deposits $ 804,678 $ 814,203 $ 650,256
Interest-bearing deposits 2,657,599 2,446,740 2,367,959
Total customer deposits 3,462,277 3,260,943 3,018,215
Brokered deposits 186,958 243,167 168,727
Total deposits 3,649,235 3,504,110 3,186,942
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 405,894 517,160 638,091
Other borrowings 261,881 240,079 265,740
Other liabilities 47,259 45,055 41,940
Total liabilities 4,364,269 4,306,404 4,132,713
Stockholders' equity 489,051 476,324 383,050
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 4,853,320 $ 4,782,728 $ 4,515,763
Capital Ratios:
Equity to asset ratio 10.08% 9.96% 8.48%
Tangible equity to asset ratio (o) 9.00 8.85 7.69
Tangible common equity to asset ratio (o) 9.00 8.85 7.69
Tier 1 leverage (g) (required: 4.00%; well-capitalized: 5.00%) 10.52 11.01 10.35
Tier 1 risk-based capital (g) (required: 4.00%; well-capitalized: 6.00%) 12.54 13.65 13.16
Total Risk-based capital (g) (required: 8.00%; well-capitalized: 10.00%) 13.56 14.70 14.36
Asset Quality Indicators:
Nonperforming Assets:
Nonaccruing loans $ 24,051 $ 26,776 $ 30,950
Troubled debt restructuring (accruing) 22,600 14,215 12,332
Assets acquired through foreclosure 5,734 6,307 4,532
Total nonperforming assets $ 52,385 $ 47,298 $ 47,814
Past due loans (h) $ -- $ 678 $ 533
Allowance for loan losses $ 39,426 $ 39,484 $ 41,244
Ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets 1.08% 0.99% 1.06%
Ratio of nonperforming assets (excluding accruing TDR) to total assets 0.61 0.69 0.79
Ratio of allowance for loan losses to total gross loans (i) 1.23 1.24 1.40
Ratio of allowance for loan losses to nonaccruing loans 164 147 133
Ratio of quarterly net charge-offs/(recoveries) to average gross loans (a)(e) 0.08 0.29 0.20
Ratio of year-to-date net charge-offs to average gross loans (a)(e) 0.18 0.21 0.34
See "Notes"
WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Continued)
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited) Three months ended
December 31, 2014 September 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
Yield/ Yield/ Yield/
Average Interest & Rate Average Interest & Rate Average Interest & Rate
Balance Dividends (a)(b) Balance Dividends (a)(b) Balance Dividends (a)(b)
Assets:
Interest-earning assets:
Loans: (e) (j)
Commercial real estate loans $ 942,372 $ 11,380 4.83% $ 885,953 10,670 4.82% $ 815,671 $ 9,700 4.76%
Residential real estate loans (l) 246,462 2,537 4.12 245,085 2,345 3.83 256,418 2,452 3.83
Commercial loans 1,672,848 19,078 4.50 1,639,318 18,276 4.40 1,557,022 17,302 4.38
Consumer loans 326,174 3,682 4.48 317,053 3,559 4.45 297,219 3,417 4.56
Total loans (l) 3,187,856 36,677 4.62 3,087,409 34,850 4.53 2,926,330 32,871 4.51
Mortgage-backed securities (d) 697,346 3,381 1.94 689,123 3,317 1.93 674,586 3,270 1.94
Investment securities (d) 158,317 842 3.03 158,087 837 3.07 129,577 693 3.16
Reverse mortgage and related assets (n) 29,294 1,212 16.55 31,435 1,323 16.83 39,971 1,242 12.43
Other interest-earning assets 23,784 228 3.80 34,535 472 5.42 33,304 257 3.06
Total interest-earning assets 4,096,597 42,340 4.18 4,000,589 40,799 4.13 3,803,768 38,333 4.09
Allowance for loan losses (39,597) (41,694) (41,817)
Cash and due from banks 86,435 84,647 85,972
Cash in non-owned ATMs 384,099 377,879 387,164
Bank owned life insurance 76,358 67,089 63,115
Other noninterest-earning assets 155,784 133,567 130,857
Total assets $ 4,759,676 $ 4,622,077 $ 4,429,059
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Interest-bearing liabilities:
Interest-bearing deposits:
Interest-bearing demand $ 670,379 $ 162 0.10% $ 640,401 155 0.10% $ 634,274 $ 160 0.10%
Money market 873,635 461 0.21 783,561 374 0.19 790,602 292 0.15
Savings 404,644 54 0.05 400,049 58 0.06 383,637 56 0.06
Customer time deposits 511,342 1,089 0.84 472,853 1,031 0.87 481,148 1,018 0.84
Total interest-bearing customer deposits 2,460,000 1,766 0.28 2,296,864 1,618 0.28 2,289,661 1,526 0.26
Brokered deposits 223,195 192 0.34 221,298 205 0.37 174,056 140 0.32
Total interest-bearing deposits 2,683,195 1,958 0.29 2,518,162 1,823 0.29 2,463,717 1,666 0.27
FHLB of Pittsburgh advances 451,674 577 0.50 611,327 663 0.42 611,473 498 0.32
Trust preferred borrowings 67,011 333 1.94 67,011 332 1.94 67,011 336 1.96
Reverse mortgage bonds payable -- -- -- -- -- -- 25,550 60 0.92
Senior Debt 55,000 942 6.85 55,000 941 6.84 55,000 942 6.85
Other borrowed funds 148,062 291 0.79 149,939 293 0.78 147,322 285 0.77
Total interest-bearing liabilities 3,404,942 4,101 0.48 3,401,439 4,052 0.48 3,370,073 3,787 0.45
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits 826,817 734,490 638,716
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities 39,243 37,137 38,073
Stockholders' equity 488,674 449,011 382,197
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 4,759,676 $ 4,622,077 $ 4,429,059
Excess of interest-earning assets
over interest-bearing liabilities $ 691,655 $ 599,150 $ 433,695
Net interest and dividend income $ 38,239 $ 36,747 $ 34,546
Interest rate spread
3.70% 3.65% 3.63%
Net interest margin
3.78% 3.73% 3.68%
See "Notes"
WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Continued)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
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Stock Information: 2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
Market price of common stock:
High $ 79.97 $ 75.67 $ 79.11 $ 79.97 $ 79.11
Low 70.14 68.69 58.02 65.66 43.75
Close 76.89 71.61 77.53 76.89 77.53
Book value per share of common stock 52.01 50.70 43.06
Tangible book value per share of common stock (o) 45.89 44.50 38.68
Tangible common book value per share of common stock (o) 45.89 44.50 38.68
Number of shares of common stock outstanding (000s) 9,403 9,396 8,895
Other Financial Data:
One-year repricing gap to total assets (k) 0.63% 1.32% 3.28%
Weighted average duration of the MBS portfolio 4.0 years 4.8 years 5.3 years
Unrealized gains (losses) on securities available-for-sale, net of taxes $ 2,653 $ (3,384) $ (20,822)
Number of Associates (FTEs) (m) 841 822 762
Number of offices (branches, LPO's, operations centers, etc.) 55 55 51
Number of WSFS owned ATMs 456 467 457
Notes:
(a) Annualized.
(b) Computed on a fully tax-equivalent basis.
(c) Noninterest expense divided by (tax-equivalent) net interest income and noninterest income.
(d) Includes both securities held-to-maturity and securities available-for-sale at fair value.
(e) Net of unearned income.
(f) Net of allowance for loan losses.
(g) Represents capital ratios of Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB and subsidiaries.
(h) Accruing loans which are contractually past due 90 days or more as to principal or interest.
(i) Excludes loans held-for-sale.
(j) Nonperforming loans are included in average balance computations.
(k) The difference between projected amounts of interest-sensitive assets and interest-sensitive liabilities repricing within one year divided by total assets, based on a current interest rate scenario
(l) Includes loans held-for-sale.
(m) Includes seasonal Associates, when applicable.
(n) Includes all reverse mortgage related revenue from the reverse mortgage loans and related interest income from Class O certificates and the BBB-rated traunch of a reverse mortgage security.
(o) The Company uses non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial information in its analysis of the Company's performance. This non-GAAP data should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and is not a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.
WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Continued)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
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Non-GAAP Reconciliation (o): Three months ended Twelve months ended
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2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
Net Interest Income (GAAP) $ 38,239 $ 36,747 $ 34,546 $ 144,507 $ 131,588
Noninterest Income (GAAP) 19,987 20,304 19,796 78,278 80,151
Less: Reverse mortgage consolidation gains -- -- -- -- (3,801)
Less: Securities gains (58) (36) (660) (1,037) (3,516)
Core noninterest income (non-GAAP) 19,929 20,269 19,136 77,240 72,834
Core net revenue (non-GAAP) $ 58,168 $ 57,015 $ 53,682 $ 221,748 $ 204,422
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2014 2014 2013
Total assets $ 4,853,320 $ 4,782,728 $ 4,515,763
Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets (57,593) (58,176) (38,978)
Total tangible assets $ 4,795,727 $ 4,724,552 $ 4,476,786
Total Stockholders' equity $ 489,051 $ 476,324 $ 383,050
Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets (57,593) (58,176) (38,978)
Total tangible common equity $ 431,458 $ 418,148 $ 344,073
Calculation of tangible common book value:
Book Value (GAAP) $ 52.01 $ 50.70 $ 43.06
Tangible book value (non-GAAP) 45.89 44.50 38.68
Tangible common book value (non-GAAP) 45.89 44.50 38.68
Calculation of tangible common equity to assets:
Equity to asset ratio (GAAP) 10.08% 9.96% 8.48%
Tangible equity to asset ratio (non-GAAP) 9.00 8.85 7.69
Tangible common equity to asset ratio (non-GAAP) 9.00 8.85 7.69
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2014 2014 2013 2014 2013
GAAP net income allocable to common stockholders $ 12,708 $ 11,413 $ 12,074 $ 53,757 $ 45,249
Add/(less): notable items (p) 994 2,382 (88) (3,138) (4,289)
Non-GAAP net income $ 13,702 $ 13,795 $ 11,986 $ 50,619 $ 40,960
Return on Average Assets (ROA) (a) 1.07% 0.99% 1.09% 1.17% 1.04
Add/(less): notable items (a)(p) 0.08 0.20 (0.01) (0.07) (0.10)
Non-GAAP ROA (a) 1.15% 1.19% 1.08% 1.10% 0.94
GAAP EPS $ 1.32 $ 1.23 $ 1.33 $ 5.78 $ 5.06
Add/(less): notable items (p) 0.11 0.25 (0.01) (0.34) (0.48)
Non-GAAP EPS $ 1.43 $ 1.48 $ 1.32 $ 5.44 $ 4.57
(p) Notable items consist of: security gains, corporate development costs, post-retirement benefit obligation catch-up, corporate litigation costs, fraud costs, reverse mortgage consolidation gains and related income tax benefit, net of taxes

CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact: Stephen A. Fowle (302) 571-6833 sfowle@wsfsbank.com Media Contact: Stephanie Heist (302) 571-5259 sheist@wsfsbank.com

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