West Bancorporation, Inc. Announces Record Second Quarter Net Income and Declares Quarterly Dividend

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, July 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- West Bancorporation, Inc. (Nasdaq:WTBA), parent company of West Bank, is pleased to report that second quarter 2015 net income was $5.3 million, or $0.33 per diluted common share. This is the highest net income ever recorded by the Company for the second quarter of any year. This compares to second quarter 2014 net income of $4.7 million, or $0.30 per diluted common share. On July 22, 2015, the Company's Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.16 per common share. The dividend is payable on August 19, 2015, to stockholders of record on August 5, 2015.

For the first six months of 2015, net income was $10.4 million, or $0.65 per diluted common share, up from $9.1 million, or $0.57 per diluted common share, for the first six months of 2014.

"Our momentum accelerated in the second quarter," commented Dave Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of West Bancorporation, Inc. "This is the fourth consecutive quarter we have had record earnings for each respective quarter. In addition, our stock price attained a new record high of $20.99 on July 15, 2015, as reported by Nasdaq."

Mr. Nelson added, "We were able to add new customers and generate new revenue without proportionally increasing our costs. This was a benefit for both stockholders and customers."

Brad Winterbottom, West Bank President, said, "Loan growth resumed in the second quarter after taking a breather in the first quarter. Our pipeline of potential new business continues to be strong. At June 30, 2015, our loans were 13 percent higher than a year ago, and our deposits were 8 percent higher than a year ago. We look forward to the second half of 2015."

Lynn Rowat, Eastern Iowa Market President, commented, "We continue to see solid growth in the loan portfolio in our eastern Iowa market, which increased by over 12 percent during the second quarter. The loan pipeline is strong, and we expect this growth to continue. The retail side of our operation is making significant strides with our expanded presence in Coralville, and we are pleased with their efforts."

"Our strong momentum in the Rochester market continued through the second quarter with local businesses continuing to choose West Bank as their primary bank," said Mike Zinser, Rochester Market President. "Our loans outstanding increased to over $68 million at the end of the quarter, an increase of 33 percent since December 31, 2014. We fueled that loan growth in part with local deposits." Mr. Zinser continued, "In addition to offering full service business banking, we've added about a dozen Rochester clients to our Trust Department, which is a nice complement to the banking services we are offering for our business customers. Of course, our community bank board and local team are very excited about the upcoming groundbreaking for our new bank building, which is planned for the third quarter of 2015."

The Company filed its report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission this morning. Please refer to that document for a more in-depth discussion of our results. The Form 10-Q document is available on the Investor Relations section of West Bank's website at www.westbankstrong.com.

The Company will discuss its results in a conference call scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Central Time today, Friday, July 24, 2015. The telephone number for the conference call is 888-339-0814. A recording of the call will be available until August 8, 2015, by dialing 877-344-7529. The replay passcode is 10058096.

About West Bancorporation, Inc. (Nasdaq:WTBA)

West Bancorporation, Inc. is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. Serving Iowans since 1893, West Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Bancorporation, Inc., is a community bank that focuses on lending, deposit services, and trust services for consumers and small- to medium-sized businesses. West Bank has eight offices in the Des Moines metropolitan area; one in Iowa City, Iowa; one in Coralville, Iowa; and one office in Rochester, Minnesota.

Certain statements in this press release, other than purely historical information, including estimates, projections, statements relating to our business plans, objectives and expected operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are based, are "forward-looking statements" within the meanings of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements may appear throughout this press release. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "projects," "future," "may," "should," "will," "strategy," "plan," "opportunity," "will be," "will likely result," "will continue," or similar references, or references to estimates, predictions or future events. Such forward-looking statements are based upon certain underlying assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Because of the possibility that the underlying assumptions are incorrect or do not materialize as expected in the future, actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that may affect future results include: interest rate risk; competitive pressures; pricing pressures on loans and deposits; changes in credit and other risks posed by the Company's loan and investment portfolios, including declines in commercial or residential real estate values or changes in the allowance for loan losses dictated by new market conditions or regulatory requirements; actions of bank and non-bank competitors; changes in local and national economic conditions; changes in regulatory requirements, limitations and costs; changes in customers' acceptance of the Company's products and services; cyber-attacks; and any other risks described in the "Risk Factors" sections of reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update such forward-looking statements to reflect current or future events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Financial Information (unaudited)
(in thousands)
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS June 30, 2015 June 30, 2014
Cash and due from banks $ 61,682 $ 54,659
Federal funds sold 20,386 3,916
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value 245,201 337,561
Investment securities held to maturity, at amortized cost 51,302
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 12,168 12,132
Loans 1,217,378 1,076,042
Allowance for loan losses (14,364) (13,213)
Loans, net 1,203,014 1,062,829
Premises and equipment, net 10,921 9,477
Bank-owned life insurance 32,474 31,712
Other assets 17,313 23,407
Total assets $ 1,654,461 $ 1,535,693
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Noninterest-bearing $ 424,558 $ 349,038
Demand 225,442 229,712
Savings 593,369 528,313
Time of $250,000 or more 14,179 27,929
Other time 109,062 127,440
Total deposits 1,366,610 1,262,432
Short-term borrowings 6,910 3,940
Long-term borrowings 129,296 131,059
Other liabilities 6,254 6,185
Stockholders' equity 145,391 132,077
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,654,461 $ 1,535,693
Financial Information (continued) (unaudited)
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
Interest income
Loans, including fees $ 12,999 $ 11,672 $ 25,621 $ 23,002
Investment securities 1,798 1,970 3,687 3,976
Other 22 19 32 29
Total interest income 14,819 13,661 29,340 27,007
Interest expense
Deposits 551 637 1,122 1,259
Short-term borrowings 3 5 31 18
Long-term borrowings 911 903 1,870 1,806
Total interest expense 1,465 1,545 3,023 3,083
Net interest income 13,354 12,116 26,317 23,924
Provision for loan losses 200 150 200 150
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 13,154 11,966 26,117 23,774
Noninterest income
Service charges on deposit accounts 651 714 1,271 1,393
Debit card usage fees 469 453 904 863
Trust services 317 332 642 650
Revenue from residential mortgage banking 52 376 87 602
Increase in cash value of bank-owned life insurance 178 182 367 336
Realized investment securities gains, net 36 47 506
Other income 219 261 464 521
Total noninterest income 1,922 2,318 3,782 4,871
Noninterest expense
Salaries and employee benefits 4,005 3,987 7,995 8,098
Occupancy 1,010 1,024 2,059 2,035
Data processing 569 558 1,143 1,080
FDIC insurance expense 209 190 411 371
Other real estate owned expense 109 395
Other expenses 1,650 1,496 3,281 3,387
Total noninterest expense 7,443 7,364 14,889 15,366
Income before income taxes 7,633 6,920 15,010 13,279
Income taxes 2,361 2,181 4,635 4,140
Net income $ 5,272 $ 4,739 $ 10,375 $ 9,139
Financial Information (continued) (unaudited)
Net Income
Basic Diluted Dividends High Low
2nd Quarter $0.33 $0.33 $0.16 $20.46 $17.98
1st Quarter 0.32 0.32 0.14 19.94 16.00
4th Quarter $0.36 $0.36 $0.14 $17.05 $14.00
3rd Quarter 0.32 0.32 0.12 15.68 14.01
2nd Quarter 0.30 0.30 0.12 16.45 13.53
1st Quarter 0.28 0.27 0.11 15.98 13.64
(1) The prices shown are the high and low sale prices for the Company's common stock, which trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, under the symbol WTBA. The market quotations, reported by Nasdaq, do not include retail markup, markdown or commissions.
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
Return on average assets 1.28% 1.26% 1.28% 1.24%
Return on average equity 14.64% 14.62% 14.61% 14.40%
Net interest margin 3.59% 3.55% 3.59% 3.60%
Efficiency ratio* 46.88% 48.52% 47.55% 51.09%
As of June 30,
2015 2014
Texas ratio* 3.43% 6.54%
Allowance for loan losses ratio 1.18% 1.23%
Tangible common equity ratio 8.79% 8.60%
* A lower ratio is more desirable.

Definitions of ratios:

  • Return on average assets - annualized net income divided by average assets.
  • Return on average equity - annualized net income divided by average stockholders' equity.
  • Net interest margin - annualized tax-equivalent net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
  • Efficiency ratio - noninterest expense (excluding other real estate owned expense) divided by noninterest income (excluding net securities gains and gains/losses on disposition of premises and equipment) plus tax-equivalent net interest income.
  • Texas ratio - total nonperforming assets divided by tangible common equity plus the allowance for loan losses.
  • Allowance for loan losses ratio - allowance for loan losses divided by total loans.
  • Tangible common equity ratio - common equity less intangible assets divided by tangible assets.
CONTACT: For more information contact: Doug Gulling, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (515) 222-2309

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