Friendly Hills Bank Reports Second Quarter Results

WHITTIER, Calif., Aug. 07, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Friendly Hills Bank (the “bank”) (OTCBB: FHLB) reported results for the second quarter of 2015.

For the six month period ending June 30, 2015, the bank reported net income of $174,000 or $0.11 per diluted share of common stock. This figure includes a $22,000 increase in the value of the interest rate caps, a $31,000 gain on securities sold, and a $43,000 gain on other real estate owned. The bank reported net income of $268,000 or $0.17 per diluted share of common stock for the six months ended June 30, 2014. This figure includes a $68,000 loan referral fee, a $45,000 increase in the value of the interest rate caps, and a $17,000 gain on securities sold.

As of June 30, 2015, the bank reported total assets of $129.5 million, an 18% increase from $110.0 million as of June 30, 2014. The bank’s loan portfolio, net of unearned income, increased 19% from $56.8 million as of June 30, 2014, to $67.8 million as of June 30, 2015. The portfolio remains diversified with $33.0 million or 49% in Commercial & Industrial Loans to local businesses (including $19.7 million in Owner Occupied Commercial Real Estate Loans), $16.9 million or 25% in Residential Real Estate Loans to investors and $9.6 million or 14% in Commercial Real Estate Loans to investors. The bank has an additional $19.2 million in unfunded loan commitments.

The bank’s overall deposit base has increased 15% in the twelve months ended June 30, 2015, from $87.7 million as of June 30, 2014, to $100.9 million as of June 30, 2015. Non-interest bearing deposits continue to form a substantial part of the deposit base (47%), growing from $36.0 million to $47.2 million as of June 30, 2015. During the same time period interest-bearing deposits increased from $51.7 million to $53.7 million on June 30, 2015. The bank has no deposits which were sourced through brokers or other wholesale funding sources.

At June 30, 2015, shareholders’ equity was $15.1 million and the bank’s total risk-based capital ratio was 18%, significantly exceeding the “well-capitalized” level of 10% prescribed under regulatory requirements. The bank also continues to maintain substantial liquidity positions, retaining significant balances of liquidity as well as available collateralized borrowings and other potential sources of liquidity.

Effective April 1, 2015, the bank established a payroll division which provides payroll and timekeeping solutions to small business clients. To facilitate this expansion of product lines the bank acquired the service contracts of a local payroll provider and employed the operations staff of the same entity.

“Despite challenging market conditions attributable to the continued low interest rate environment the bank was able to attain meaningful growth in both loans and deposits during the second quarter,” commented Jeffrey K. Ball, Chief Executive Officer. “This growth is expected to improve the core earnings of the bank and is complimented by the additional fee income associated with our recent expansion into payroll services. Integration of the payroll services is progressing well and we anticipate strong revenue synergy opportunities which will help to diversify our revenue sources beyond traditional net interest income. This is a meaningful component in our effort to increase earnings and build sustainable shareholder value.”

Company Profile:
Friendly Hills Bank is a community bank which was formed to primarily serve the Southern California communities of eastern Los Angeles County and northern Orange County. The bank was established in 2006 by prominent members of the local community who were seeking an alternative to the larger financial institutions in the area. The bank is headquartered in Whittier, California with an additional branch office in Santa Fe Springs, California and a loan production office in Irvine, California. For more information on the bank, please visit or call 562-947-1920.

Forward Looking Statements:
The numbers in this press release are unaudited. Statements such as those regarding the anticipated development and expansion of Friendly Hills Bank's business, and the intent, belief or current expectations of the bank, its directors or its officers, are "forward looking" statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to the local and national economy, the bank's performance, including its ability to generate loan and deposit growth, changes in interest rates, and regulatory matters.

Friendly Hills Bank
Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share information)
6/30/15 12/31/14 6/30/14
Cash and due from banks$ 4,058 $ 4,912 $ 4,981
Interest bearing deposits with other financial institutions 9,515 5,617 5,682
Cash and Cash Equivalents 13,573 10,529 10,663
Investment securities available-for-sale 43,030 42,829 38,916
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 753 677 677
Federal Reserve Bank stock 455 393 0
Loans, net of unearned income 67,796 60,868 56,815
Allowance for loan losses (1,595) (1,595) (1,587)
Net Loans 66,201 59,273 55,228
Premises and equipment, net 288 362 526
Accrued interest receivable and other assets 5,180 5,840 3,964
Total Assets$129,480 $119,903 $109,974
Noninterest-bearing deposits$47,207 $ 39,220 $ 36,036
Interest-bearing deposits 53,672 56,339 51,710
Total Deposits 100,879 95,559 87,746
FHLB advances 13,000 8,750 8,750
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities 466 422 376
Total Liabilities 114,345 104,731 96,872
Shareholders’ Equity
Common stock, no par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized:
1,616,000 shares issued and outstanding 15,958 15,958 15,958
Additional paid-in-capital 1,091 1,091 1,091
Accumulated deficit (1,871) (2,045) (4,028)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (43) 168 81
Total Shareholders’ Equity 15,135 15,172 13,102
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity$129,480 $119,903 $109,974
Book Value Per Share$ 9.37 $ 9.39 $ 8.11

Friendly Hills Bank
Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share information)
For the six For the six
months ended months ended
6/30/15 6/30/14
Interest Income$ 2,128 $ 2,077
Interest Expense (159) (187)
Net Interest Income 1,969 1,890
Provision for Loan Losses 0 0
Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses 1,969 1,890
Noninterest Income 177 143
Noninterest Expense (1,974) (1,895)
Non-Recurring Items 96 130
Income before Provision for Income Taxes 268 268
Provision for Income Taxes (94) 0
Net Income$ 174 $ 268
Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share$ 0.11 $ 0.17

Contacts: Jeffrey K. Ball (President & CEO) Daniel L. Erickson (EVP & CFO) (562) 947-1920

Source:Friendly Hills Bank