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First Community Financial Partners, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

JOLIET, Ill., April 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Community Financial Partners, Inc. (OTCQB:FCMP) ("First Community" or the "Company"), the parent company of First Community Financial Bank (the "Bank"), today reported financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2015.

Net income applicable to common shareholders for the three months ended March 31, 2015 was $1.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared with $361,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2014. Earnings in the first quarter of 2015 reflected year-over-year growth in net interest income, stable interest expense and no loan loss provision compared with a $2.0 million loan loss provision in the first quarter of 2014.

Roy C. Thygesen, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our first quarter earnings reflect the positive impact of First Community's decisive actions taken in recent years to strengthen the Company's balance sheet and capital position, cut expenses through bank charter consolidation, reduce non-performing loans, and prepare the Company for healthy growth. We are building the First Community franchise, expanding lending activities, and establishing commercial banking relationships, which have contributed to strong growth in low-cost core deposits. We are managing expenses prudently while continuing to invest in hiring experienced bankers and enhancing our operational and business capabilities.

"By establishing aggressive goals for quality growth, productivity and profitability, we believe our shareholder value appreciated considerably year-over-year. Our first quarter was a solid start to the year, and we anticipate that as we continue to execute our plan, we have a tremendous opportunity to continue building value for all our shareholders."

First Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Total shareholders' equity at March 31, 2015 was $95.0 million, a 2.7% increase from $92.5 million at March 31, 2014, reflecting growth and a strengthened balance sheet.
  • Return on average assets ("ROAA") improved to 0.69% in the first quarter of 2015 from 0.17% in the first quarter of 2014, while return on average equity ("ROAE") rose sharply to 6.87% in the first quarter of 2015 compared with 1.56% in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Tangible book value per share rose to $5.59 from $5.22 a year earlier, and was up from $5.52 at December 31, 2014.
  • Pre-tax core net operating income, a non-GAAP measure, rose to $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared with $737,000 in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Net interest income before provision for loan losses increased to $7.2 million in first quarter 2015, up 5.9% compared with $6.8 million in first quarter 2014, reflecting higher interest income, higher returns generated by investments, and flat year-over-year total interest expense.
  • Total assets reached a Company-record $959.1 million at March 31, 2015.
  • Total loans increased 7.5% to $711.8 million at March 31, 2015 from $661.9 million at March 31, 2014, with year-over-year growth in all loan categories led by commercial real estate, commercial, and residential 1-4 family.
  • Total deposits were $801.1 million at March 31, 2015, up 9.4% from $729.4 million at March 31, 2014. Core demand deposits comprised 61.2% of total deposits in the first quarter of 2015 compared with 52.5% of total deposits in the first quarter of 2014. Noninterest bearing deposit accounts, an important source of lower-cost funding to support loan activity, increased to $167.7 million in the first quarter of 2015 from $115.7 million in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Asset quality measures improved dramatically, including a decline in the ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets to 0.92% from 2.24% a year earlier.

Income Statement Highlights

Net interest income was $7.2 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $6.8 million for the first quarter of 2014. The Company's net interest margin was 3.23% in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 3.29% in the first quarter of 2014, while the net interest spread was 3.00% compared to 3.10% in the prior year's first quarter.

Interest income on loans was $7.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, compared to $7.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, reflecting contributions from $49.9 million in loan growth, partially offset by newer loans being booked at lower average yields due to the ongoing low interest rate environment and competitive market conditions.

"Our primary focus has been on credit quality, and strong borrowers are able to obtain attractive pricing," noted Mr. Thygesen. "Our continued focus to grow commercial demand deposit accounts as part of our client banking relationships has facilitated interest expense management on the deposit side, helping mitigate some of the margin pressure in loan pricing."

Interest income on securities was $951,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, compared to $675,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. The increase in interest income on securities was the result of growth in the portfolio, along with improvement in the overall yield of the government sponsored enterprises and state and political subdivision portfolios.

Interest expense on deposits was $977,000 in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2014, which primarily reflected a decline in time deposits, that were replaced by growth in noninterest bearing deposits, along with an increase in lower cost NOW, money market and savings accounts.

Noninterest income was $445,000 in the first quarter of 2015, which included year-over-year growth in service charges on deposit accounts resulting from growth in noninterest bearing deposits that provide greater fee income, a $21,000 gain on securities sales, and mortgage fee income of $103,000, which rose 80.7% compared with a year earlier. Noninterest income in the first quarter of 2014 was $621,000, which included other income of $288,000 from an earnest deposit on loan sale that did not occur.

Noninterest expense was $5.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 compared to $4.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Salaries and benefits were consistent year-over-year and lower occupancy expense reflected the purchase of the Channahon, Illinois branch in mid-2014. Expenses in the first quarter of 2014 included a reversal of $210,000 related to a reserve for a problem letter of credit.

Balance Sheet Highlights

Total assets were $959.1 million at March 31, 2015, up 10.2% from $870.1 million at March 31, 2014, and up 3.8% from $924.1 million at December 31, 2014.

Net loans (after allowance for loan losses) were $698.1 million at March 31, 2015, an 8.1% increase from $645.5 million at March 31, 2014, and a 3.4% increase from $675.3 million at December 31, 2014, reflecting balanced growth in all lending categories and a lower allowance for loan losses. Commercial real estate loans increased $19.4 million to $369.1 million year-over-year, and reflected a strong first quarter of 2015 in which the Company added $15.1 million in new commercial real estate loans. Construction and land development loans increased 27.0% year-over-year despite a decline of 0.8% in the first quarter of 2015 to $18.6 million, while commercial loans rose $11.1 million year-over-year, an increase of 2.8% to $176.3 million. Residential 1-4 family loans, which grew steadily throughout 2014, were $102.4 million at March 31, 2015, up 14.4% from $89.6 million at March 31, 2014, and up 1.6% from $100.8 million at December 31, 2014.

"The Company's lending activity reflects our ongoing strategy to build a strong, diversified and risk-resistant loan portfolio across numerous sectors and within each category," explained Mr. Thygesen. "Commercial real estate, our largest loan category, reflects contributions in a variety of sectors such as retail, industrial and warehouse, health care and office. Residential real estate lending, which completed its first full year of operation in 2014, further diversifies our loan mix and demonstrated significant traction throughout 2014 and in the first quarter of 2015."

Year-over-year asset comparisons include growth of investment securities to $190.9 million at March 31, 2015, compared with $149.9 million at March 31, 2014 and $168.7 million at December 31, 2014. Strong gains in low-cost deposits facilitated some of the growth. Average duration of the Company's investment portfolio remains modest at approximately four years.

Total deposits, which increased to $801.1 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $769.4 million at December 31, 2014, and $729.4 million at March 31, 2014, reflected the Company's focus on growing core deposits from commercial business depositors. Approximately $48.5 million of the year-over-year growth, and $9.4 million in the first quarter has come from commercial noninterest bearing demand deposits. Noninterest bearing demand deposits increased 45.0% year-over-year and 5.9% in the first quarter of 2015, savings deposits increased 26.2% year-over-year and 9.6% in the first quarter, NOW accounts were relatively flat in both periods and money market accounts increased to $217.6 million at March 31, 2015 from $167.7 million at March 31, 2014 and $196.2 million at December 31, 2014. This growth has reduced First Community's overall reliance on time deposits for funding its asset growth. Ongoing rebalancing of the Company's deposit portfolio resulted in a decline in time deposits to $310.7 million at March 31, 2015 from $310.9 million at December 31, 2014 and $346.2 million at March 31, 2014.

Asset Quality and Performance Metrics

Total nonperforming assets declined by 54.9% to $8.8 million at March 31, 2015 from $19.5 million at March 31, 2014, and 7.4% from $9.5 million at December 31, 2014. The improvement reflected a decline in total nonperforming loans to $6.2 million from $15.3 million a year earlier, and from $7.0 million at December 31, 2014, while foreclosed assets were $2.6 million at March 31, 2015, down from $4.2 million at March 31, 2014 and up slightly from $2.5 million at December 31, 2014. Net charge-offs, which declined sharply beginning in the third quarter of 2014, were $127,000 in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2014.

The Company had no provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2015 compared with $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2014, reflecting significantly improved asset quality. The Company's allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans was 221.83% at March 31, 2015, compared to 198.73% at December 31, 2014 and 107.12% at March 31, 2014.

The Bank was well capitalized according to applicable regulatory standards at March 31, 2015, with a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.70%, Tier 1 risk based ratio of 11.47%, a total risk-based capital ratio of 15.08%, and a common equity Tier 1 ratio of 11.47%. Measures of shareholder value, ROAA, ROAE, total shareholders' equity and tangible book value per share all increased in the first quarter of 2015. First Community's ratio of tangible common shareholder's equity to tangible assets was 9.90% at March 31, 2015, compared to 9.96% at December 31, 2014 and 9.93% at March 31, 2014.

Mr. Thygesen concluded, "We are enthusiastic about First Community's prospects and opportunities as we move forward in 2015 and beyond. Our primary goals for the year are to generate quality organic loan growth, build commercial client relationships that incorporate deposit and fee-based treasury services, and to maintain the asset quality that has enabled the Company to deliver accelerating earnings and increased shareholder value."

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 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 relationships with third party vendors; losses of key management personnel and the inability to attract and retain highly qualified management 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 13, 2015.

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.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY
2015 2014
First Quarter Fourth Quarter Third Quarter Second Quarter First Quarter
Income Statement Data
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
Interest income:
Loans, including fees $ 7,815 $ 8,332 $ 7,988 $ 8,086 $ 7,664
Securities 951 843 848 737 675
Federal funds sold and other 13 16 23 19 17
Total interest income 8,779 9,191 8,859 8,842 8,356
Interest expense:
Deposits 977 1,041 1,130 1,133 1,135
Federal funds purchased and other borrowed funds 14 17 16 17 17
Subordinated debt 603 546 432 432 432
Total interest expense 1,594 1,604 1,578 1,582 1,584
Net interest income 7,185 7,587 7,281 7,260 6,772
Provision for loan losses 333 667 1,999
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 7,185 7,254 7,281 6,593 4,773
Noninterest income:
Service charges on deposit accounts 183 184 210 152 131
Gain on sale of loans 6 28 5
Gain on sale of securities 21 466 407 38
Gain on foreclosed assets, net 19
Mortgage fee income 103 66 196 83 57
Other 138 139 153 544 409
445 861 966 845 621
Noninterest expenses:
Salaries and employee benefits 2,884 2,739 2,812 2,785 2,854
Occupancy and equipment expense 492 542 543 577 612
Data processing 224 243 238 249 229
Professional fees 380 228 345 372 324
Advertising and business development 189 282 223 213 127
Losses on sale and writedowns of foreclosed assets, net 78 369
Foreclosed assets, net of rental income 72 30 55 55 80
Other expense 916 1,353 794 791 431
5,157 5,417 5,088 5,411 4,657
Income before income taxes 2,473 2,698 3,159 2,027 737
Income taxes 867 800 1,149 557 231
Net income attributable to First Community Financial Partners 1,606 1,898 2,010 1,470 506
Dividends and accretion on preferred shares (93) (145) (144) (145)
Gain on redemption of preferred shares 5
Net income applicable to common shareholders $ 1,606 $ 1,810 $ 1,865 $ 1,326 $ 361
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.10 $ 0.11 $ 0.11 $ 0.08 $ 0.02
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.09 $ 0.11 $ 0.11 $ 0.08 $ 0.02
FINANCIAL SUMMARY
March 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
September 30,
2014
June 30,
2014
March 31,
2014
Period-End Balance Sheet
(Dollars in thousands)
Assets
Mortgage loans held for sale $ 1,729 $ 738 $ — $ 1,990 $ —
Loans held for sale 2,539
Construction and land development 18,555 18,700 15,898 15,060 14,618
Farmland and agricultural production 8,869 9,350 9,393 7,659 7,557
Residential 1-4 family 102,432 100,773 100,716 95,284 89,566
Multifamily 26,015 24,426 24,496 23,873 25,077
Commercial real estate 369,113 353,973 353,456 345,981 349,686
Commercial 176,281 171,452 176,627 166,975 165,234
Consumer and other 10,570 10,519 8,558 9,558 10,160
Total loans 711,835 689,193 689,144 664,390 661,898
Allowance for credit losses 13,778 13,905 13,871 14,383 16,351
Net loans 698,057 675,288 675,273 650,007 645,547
Investment securities 190,909 170,054 157,094 168,072 149,902
Other earning assets 14,447 23,990 31,581 42,905 19,318
Other non-earning assets 53,997 54,005 53,943 59,154 52,752
Total Assets $ 959,139 $ 924,075 $ 917,891 $ 922,128 $ 870,058
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Noninterest bearing deposits $ 167,733 $ 158,329 $ 140,252 $ 125,233 $ 115,704
Savings deposits 33,101 30,211 27,546 26,590 26,225
NOW accounts 71,983 73,755 75,383 73,141 73,540
Money market accounts 217,637 196,222 190,037 187,263 167,713
Time deposits 310,674 310,893 324,897 351,405 346,244
Total deposits 801,128 769,410 758,115 763,632 729,426
Total borrowings 57,953 58,662 59,832 50,209 45,110
Other liabilities 5,140 3,950 3,963 14,021 2,988
Shareholders' equity - preferred 6,233 6,177 6,122
Shareholders' equity - common 94,918 92,053 89,748 88,089 86,412
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 959,139 $ 924,075 $ 917,891 $ 922,128 $ 870,058
COMMON STOCK DATA
2015 2014
First Quarter Fourth Quarter Third Quarter Second Quarter First Quarter
Market value (1):
End of period $ 5.47 $ 5.20 $ 4.73 $ 4.30 $ 4.20
High 5.75 5.43 4.78 4.39 4.35
Low 5.14 4.60 4.30 4.00 3.90
Book value (end of period) 5.59 5.52 5.42 5.32 5.22
Tangible book value (end of period) 5.59 5.52 5.42 5.32 5.22
Average shares outstanding 16,768,908 16,563,405 16,549,096 16,548,399 16,398,348
Average diluted shares outstanding 16,958,466 16,800,247 16,770,189 16,740,390 16,642,021
(1) The prices shown are as reported on the OTCQB Marketplace.
INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
(Dollars in thousands) As of March 31, 2015
Cost Unrealized Gains Unrealized Loss Fair Value Yield (%) Duration (Years)
Investment Securities
Government sponsored enterprises $ 30,852 $ 435 $ — $ 31,287 1.69% 2.93
Residential collateralized mortgage obligations 44,829 686 5 45,510 2.33% 3.00
Residential mortgage backed securities 37,509 448 48 37,909 2.04% 3.69
State and political subdivisions 73,460 1,548 172 74,836 2.41% 4.46
Total debt securities 186,650 3,117 225 189,542 2.20% 4.10
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 1,367 1,367 — %
Total Investment Securities $ 188,017 $ 3,117 $ 225 $ 190,909 2.20% 4.10
(Dollars in thousands) As of December 31, 2014
Cost Unrealized Gains Unrealized Loss Fair Value Yield (%) Duration (Years)
Investment Securities
Government sponsored enterprises $ 30,904 $ 83 $ 36 $ 30,951 1.69% 2.80
Residential collateralized mortgage obligations 44,095 241 62 44,274 2.35% 2.71
Residential mortgage backed securities 27,208 137 128 27,217 2.26% 4.10
State and political subdivisions 65,240 1,096 91 66,245 2.48% 4.16
Total debt securities 167,447 1,557 317 168,687 2.27% 3.85
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 1,367 1,367 — %
Total Investment Securities $ 168,814 $ 1,557 $ 317 $ 170,054 2.27% 3.85
ASSET QUALITY DATA
2015 2014
March 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
September 30,
2014
June 30,
2014
March 31,
2014
(Dollars in thousands)
Loans identified as nonperforming $ 6,211 $ 6,947 $ 9,065 $ 8,025 $ 14,948
Other nonperforming loans 50 461 316
Total nonperforming loans 6,211 6,997 9,065 8,486 15,264
Foreclosed assets 2,550 2,530 3,489 3,928 4,201
Total nonperforming assets $ 8,761 $ 9,527 $ 12,554 $ 12,414 $ 19,465
Net chargeoffs $ 127 $ 300 $ 512 $ 2,635 $ 1,468
Allowance for loan losses losses 13,778 13,905 13,871 14,383 16,351
Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.91% 1.03% 1.37% 1.35% 2.24%
Nonperforming loans to total assets 0.65% 0.76% 0.99% 0.92% 1.75%
Net chargeoff percentage (annualized) 0.07% 0.17% 0.30% 1.58% 0.89%
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans 221.83% 198.73% 153.02% 169.49% 107.12%
Allowance for loan losses rollforward
Three months ended March 31,
2015 2014
Beginning balance $ 13,905 $ 15,820
Chargeoffs 335 2,255
Recoveries 208 787
Net chargeoffs 127 1,468
Provision for loan losses 1,999
Ending Balance $ 13,778 $ 16,351
OTHER DATA (1)
March 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
September 30,
2014
June 30,
2014
March 31,
2014
Tangible common equity $ 94,918 $ 92,053 $ 89,748 $ 88,089 $ 86,412
Return on average assets 0.69% 0.78% 0.81% 0.60% 0.17%
Return on average equity 6.87% 7.57% 7.81% 5.66% 1.67%
Net yield on earning assets 3.23% 3.46% 3.34% 3.45% 3.29%
Average loans to assets 74.37% 75.80% 73.51% 74.87% 76.04%
Average loans to deposits 89.38% 91.74% 88.19% 89.68% 90.95%
Average noninterest bearing deposits to total deposits 20.48% 20.16% 17.90% 15.83% 15.46%
Average equity to assets 9.75% 10.36% 10.37% 10.55% 10.65%
Tier 1 leverage ratio 9.70% 8.55% 8.81% 8.79% 8.76%
Common equity tier 1 capital ratio 11.47% n/a n/a n/a n/a
Tier 1 capital ratio 11.47% 10.27% 10.85% 10.52% 9.61%
Total capital ratio 15.08% 15.28% 14.64% 14.44% 13.37%
(1) The March 31, 2015 capital ratios are calculated under the Basel III capital rules that became effective on January 1, 2015. Prior period capital ratios were calculated under the prompt corrective action capital rules that were in effect for those periods.
OTHER NON-GAAP MEASURES
Pre-tax core net operating income
(Dollars in thousands)
Three months ended
March 31,
2015
December 31,
2014
September 30,
2014
June 30,
2014
March 31,
2014
Pre-tax net income $ 2,473 $ 2,698 $ 3,159 $ 2,027 $ 737
Gain on sale of investment securities 21 466 407 38
Gain on sale of foreclosed asset 19
Pre-tax core net operating income $ 2,452 $ 2,232 $ 2,752 $ 1,989 $ 737
* This is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company's management believes the presentation of pre-tax core net operating income provides investors with a greater understanding of the Company's operating results, in addition to the results measured in accordance with GAAP.

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

Source:First Community Financial Partners, Inc.