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First Financial Northwest, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Net Income of $2.1 Million or $0.16 Per Diluted Share and $9.2 Million or $0.67 Per Diluted Share for the Year Ended December 31, 2015

RENTON, Wash., Jan. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:FFNW), the holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, of $2.1 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, and $2.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter in 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, net income was $9.2 million or $0.67 per diluted share, compared to $10.7 million or $0.71 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2014.

A recapture of the provision for loan losses continued to contribute significantly to net income. Specifically, the Company recognized a $900,000 recapture of provision for loan losses in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to a recapture of $700,000 in the quarter ended September 30, 2015, and a recapture of $1.2 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the recapture of the provision for loan losses totaled $2.2 million compared to $2.1 million in the prior year. These recaptures were due primarily to the continued credit quality improvement of the Company’s loan portfolio and recoveries of amounts previously charged-off received during the past two years.

“The improvement in the credit quality of the Company’s loan portfolio continued in 2015, with nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets declining to 0.48% at December 31, 2015, from 1.13% one year earlier and nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans, net of undisbursed funds, declining to 0.16% at December 31, 2015, from 0.20% at December 31, 2014. With these improvements, the Company’s Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses as a percent of total loans, net of undisbursed funds, declined to 1.36% at December 31, 2015, from 1.55% at December 31, 2014,” stated Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“In addition to these credit quality improvements, we were able to grow the balance sheet in 2015, with net loans receivable increasing to $685.1 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $663.9 million at December 31, 2014. On the liability side of the balance sheet, interest bearing deposits increased to $646.0 million and noninterest bearing deposits increased 105% to $29.4 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $599.8 million and $14.4 million, respectively, at December 31, 2014,” continued Kiley.

“We previously reported additional significant accomplishments in 2015, including our conversion to an improved core data processor, changing the Bank’s name to First Financial Northwest Bank and the opening of our first branch office in Mill Creek, Washington. I am pleased to report that the Mill Creek office finished 2015 with $6.3 million in core deposits in its first four months of operation, thanks to the efforts of our team of experienced bankers in that market. In the first quarter of 2016, we intend to continue this strategy with our plan to open an additional office in Edmonds, Washington. This new branch office will utilize the same strategy we used in our Mill Creek, Washington location, utilizing an efficient design, improved technology, and a team of experienced bankers in our effort to increase core deposits and leverage our expertise while managing expenses appropriately as we expand,” concluded Kiley.

Highlights for the quarter ended December 31, 2015:

  • We repurchased 364,054 shares of our common stock during the quarter under the share repurchase plan approved by the Board in October 2015, at an average price of $12.61 per share. The share repurchase plan authorized the repurchase of 1.4 million shares through April 27, 2016.
  • The Company’s book value per share at December 31, 2015, increased to $12.40 from $12.32 at September 30, 2015, and $11.96 at December 31, 2014.
  • The Bank’s Tier 1 leverage and total risk-based capital ratios at December 31, 2015, were 11.6% and 17.6%, respectively, compared to 11.7% and 17.8% at September 30, 2015, and 11.8% and 19.6% at December 31, 2014. The year over year decline was primarily related to asset growth during the year ended December 31, 2015.

Based on management’s evaluation of the adequacy of the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (“ALLL”), there was a $900,000 recapture of provision for loan losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The following items contributed to this recapture during the quarter:

  • The Company received recoveries of amounts previously charged off totaling $217,000. These recoveries, combined with no charge-offs during the quarter, contributed to its ALLL balances.
  • Delinquent loans (loans over 30 days past due) decreased to $1.3 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $3.5 million at September 30, 2015, and $4.4 million at December 31, 2014.
  • Nonperforming loans decreased to $1.1 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $2.4 million at September 30, 2015, and $1.3 million at December 31, 2014.
  • Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans remained low at 0.16% at December 31, 2015, compared to 0.35% at September 30, 2015, and 0.20 % at December 31, 2014.

The ALLL represented 872% of nonperforming loans and 1.36% of total loans receivable, net of undisbursed funds, at December 31, 2015, compared to 418% and 1.48%, respectively, at September 30, 2015, and 784% and 1.55%, respectively, at December 31, 2014.

Nonperforming assets totaled $4.7 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $6.7 million at September 30, 2015, and $10.6 million at December 31, 2014. The decline in the Company’s nonperforming assets during these periods was primarily due to sales of Other Real Estate Owned (“OREO”) along with payoffs of nonperforming loans received during the year.

The following table presents a breakdown of our nonperforming assets:

Dec 31, Sep 30, Dec 31, Three Month One Year
2015 2015 2014 Change Change
(Dollars in thousands)
Nonperforming loans:
One-to-four family residential$ 996 $ 655 $ 830 $ 341 $ 166
Multifamily - 1,683 - (1,683) -
Commercial real estate - - 434 - (434)
Consumer 89 91 75 (2) 14
Total nonperforming loans 1,085 2,429 1,339 (1,344) (254)
OREO 3,663 4,235 9,283 (572) (5,620)
Total nonperforming assets (1)$ 4,748 $ 6,664 $ 10,622 $ (1,916) $ (5,874)
Nonperforming assets as a
percent of total assets 0.48% 0.68% 1.13%

(1) The difference between nonperforming assets reported above, and the totals reported by other industry sources, is due to their inclusion of all Troubled Debt Restructured Loans ("TDRs") as nonperforming loans, although 99.7% of our TDRs were performing in accordance with their restructured terms at December 31, 2015. The remaining 0.3% of TDRs that were nonperforming at December 31, 2015, are reported above as nonperforming loans. For the quarters ended September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, all of our TDRs were performing in accordance with their restructured terms.

The following table presents a breakdown of our OREO by county and property type at December 31, 2015:

County Total Number of Percent of
Pierce Kitsap All Other OREO Properties Total OREO
(Dollars in thousands)
OREO:
Commercial real estate (1)$ 2,048 $ 755 $ 687 $ 3,490 6 95.3%
Construction/land development 173 - - 173 1 4.7
Total OREO$ 2,221 $ 755 $ 687 $ 3,663 7 100.0%
(1) Of the six properties classified as commercial real estate, three are office/retail buildings, and three are undeveloped lots.

OREO decreased to $3.7 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $4.2 million at September 30, 2015, and $9.3 million at December 31, 2014, as sales and write-downs of OREO exceeded transfers of properties into OREO during the quarter and the preceding 12 months. We continue to actively market our OREO properties in an effort to minimize holding costs.

In circumstances where a customer is experiencing significant financial difficulties, the Bank may elect to restructure the loan so the customer can continue to make payments while minimizing the potential loss to the Bank. Such restructures must often be classified as TDRs.

The following table presents a breakdown of our TDRs:

Dec 31,
2015
Sep 30,
2015
Dec 31,
2014
Three Month
Change
One Year
Change
(Dollars in thousands)
Nonperforming TDRs:
One-to-four family residential$ 131 $ - $ - $ 131 $ 131
Total nonperforming TDRs$ 131 $ - $ - $ 131 $ 131
Performing TDRs:
One-to-four family residential$ 35,099 $ 37,221 $ 42,908 $ (2,122) $ (7,809)
Multifamily 1,594 1,602 2,172 (8) (578)
Commercial real estate 5,392 7,740 9,118 (2,348) (3,726)
Consumer 43 43 43 - -
Total performing TDRs 42,128 46,606 54,241 (4,478) (12,113)
Total TDRs$ 42,259 $ 46,606 $ 54,241 $ (4,347) $ (11,982)
% TDRs classified as performing 99.7% 100.0% 100.0%

Net interest income remained relatively unchanged at $7.7 million for both the fourth and third quarters of 2015, compared to $8.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2015, was $30.4 million compared to $32.4 million in 2014. These decreases were largely due to a decline in the yield on our loan portfolio as loans originated in this low-interest rate environment were at rates lower than the rates on loans being repaid; excess liquidity in the form of low yielding interest-earning deposits; and increased interest expenses due to an increase in interest-bearing deposits and higher interest costs associated with acquiring longer term brokered deposits as part of our interest rate risk management efforts.

Interest income totaled $9.5 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $9.4 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2015, and $9.6 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The increase in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2015, related to growth in average balances in loans outstanding, including continued growth in construction lending, and an increase in balances in the Bank’s investment securities portfolio. For the year ended December 31, 2015, interest income totaled $37.2 million compared to $38.7 million in 2014. This decline was due in large part to repayments received on higher yielding loans throughout 2015, resulting in a decline in the Company’s average balances of loans receivable and a decline in our loan portfolio yield compared to the prior year.

Interest expense increased to $1.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $1.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, and $1.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. These quarterly increases are primarily the result of increasing levels of average interest bearing liabilities outstanding each quarter, compared to the prior quarters. Interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2015, totaled $6.8 million, compared to $6.2 million in 2014. Brokered deposits averaged $64.9 million during 2015, versus $15.9 million during 2014. This higher level of brokered deposits contributed to the increase interest expense in each quarter of 2015. These brokered deposits were obtained with maturities ranging from three to six years in an effort to help mitigate the Bank’s interest rate risk in a rising rate environment. This interest rate risk protection comes at a cost to current earnings as the rates paid on these longer term deposits are higher than shorter term deposit rates.

Our net interest margin was 3.33% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to 3.38% for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, and 3.61% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2015, net interest margin was 3.38% compared to 3.77% in 2014. These declines, as discussed above, were due in large part to repayments received on higher yielding loans, the acquisition of higher cost brokered deposits, and the low yields received from the large amount of interest earning deposits we hold. Repayments on loans were higher than anticipated during the year ended December 31, 2015, resulting in a relatively high balance of interest earning deposits throughout the year.

Noninterest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, totaled $384,000, compared to $447,000 in the quarter ended September 30, 2015, and $156,000 in the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The decline in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2015, related to higher levels of net gains on sales of investments and increased income on legacy Bank Owned Life Insurance (“BOLI”) policies in the previous quarter. These declines were partially offset by an increase in other noninterest income, including an increase in income from our wealth management services to $119,000 in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $42,000 in the quarter ended September 30, 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2015, noninterest income totaled $1.3 million, compared to $498,000 in 2014. The primary contributor to the increase in noninterest income in the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014, was the increased income relating to the purchase of $20.0 million in BOLI in April 2015, along with the introduction of the wealth management services during the second quarter of 2015.

Noninterest expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, decreased to $5.3 million from $5.4 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2015, compared to $4.8 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Increases in salaries and employee benefits, occupancy expenses related to the Bank’s growth strategy, the opening of a new branch office in Mill Creek, Washington, and expenses related to the conversion to an improved core data processor, were largely offset by decreases in most other noninterest expenses, including other general and administrative expenses due to a reduction in the reserve for unfunded commitments during the fourth quarter. For the year ended December 31, 2015, noninterest expense totaled $19.9 million, compared to $18.5 million in the prior year. Significant contributing factors to the increased expenses during the year included costs relating to the core data processor conversion, the opening of the Mill Creek, Washington branch office, name change related expenses, and increased compensation expense relating to the growth of the Company. These increased expenses were partially offset by net gains relating to OREO totaling $484,000, compared to net expenses relating to OREO of $669,000 for the prior year.

First Financial Northwest, Inc. is the parent company of First Financial Northwest Bank; a Washington State chartered stock savings bank headquartered in Renton, Washington, serving the Puget Sound Region through its two full-service banking offices. During the third quarter of 2015, the Bank changed its name from First Savings Bank Northwest in an effort to communicate that it is more than just a ‘savings’ bank. We are a part of the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index. For additional information about us, please visit our website at www.ffnwb.com and click on the “Investor Relations” section.

Forward-looking statements:

When used in this press release and in other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in press releases or other public stockholder communications, or in oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer, the words or phrases “believe,” “will,” “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimate,” “project,” “plans,” or similar expressions are intended to identify “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent management's current expectations and forecasts regarding future events many of which are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. Actual results may differ, possibly materially from those currently expected or projected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to, the following: increased competitive pressures; changes in the interest rate environment; changes in general economic conditions and conditions within the securities markets; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors described in the Company’s latest annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission - which are available on our website at www.ffnwb.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

Any of the forward-looking statements that we make in this Press Release and in the other public statements are based upon management's beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made and may turn out to be wrong because of the inaccurate assumptions we might make, because of the factors illustrated above or because of other factors that we cannot foresee. Therefore, these factors should be considered in evaluating the forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. We do not undertake and specifically disclaim any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. These risks could cause our actual results for 2016 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, us and could negatively affect our operating and stock performance.

FIRST FINANCIAL NORTHWEST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)
Assets Dec 31, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Three Month Change One Year Change
Cash on hand and in banks$ 5,713 $ 5,435 $ 5,920 5.1% (3.5)%
Interest-earning deposits 99,998 116,919 98,129 (14.5) 1.9
Investments available-for-sale, at fair value 129,565 125,897 120,374 2.9 7.6
Loans receivable, net of allowance of $9,463, $10,146, and $10,491, respectively 685,072 674,820 663,938 1.5 3.2
Premises and equipment, net 17,707 17,515 16,734 1.1 5.8
Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") stock, at cost 6,137 6,537 6,745 (6.1) (9.0)
Accrued interest receivable 2,968 3,072 3,265 (3.4) (9.1)
Deferred tax assets, net 4,556 5,216 8,338 (12.7) (45.4)
Other real estate owned ("OREO") 3,663 4,235 9,283 (13.5) (60.5)
Bank owned life insurance ("BOLI"), net 23,309 23,145 2,776 0.7 739.7
Prepaid expenses and other assets 1,225 1,278 1,495 (4.1) (18.1)
Total assets$979,913 $984,069 $ 936,997 (0.4)% 4.6%
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Deposits
Noninterest-bearing deposits$ 29,392 $ 30,081 $ 14,354 (2.3)% 104.8%
Interest-bearing deposits 646,015 634,986 599,773 1.7 7.7
Total deposits 675,407 665,067 614,127 1.6 10.0
Advances from the FHLB 125,500 135,500 135,500 (7.4) (7.4)
Advance escrow payments from borrowers 1,794 2,939 1,707 (39.0) 5.1
Accrued interest payable 135 142 142 (4.9) (4.9)
Other liabilities 6,404 5,466 4,109 17.2 55.9
Total liabilities$809,240 $809,114 $755,585 0.0% 7.1%
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares; no shares issued or outstanding$ - $ - $ - n/a n/a
Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 90,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 13,768,814 shares at Dec 31, 2015; 14,199,677 at Sep 30, 2015; and 15,167,381 at Dec 31, 2014 138 142 151 (2.8)% (8.6)%
Additional paid-in capital 136,338 141,625 153,395 (3.7) (11.1)
Retained earnings, substantially restricted 42,892 41,543 36,969 3.2 16.0
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax (1,077) (455) (357) 136.7 201.7
Unearned Employee Stock Ownership Plan ("ESOP") shares (7,618) (7,900) (8,746) (3.6) (12.9)
Total stockholders' equity 170,673 174,955 181,412 (2.4) (5.9)
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$979,913 $984,069 $936,997 (0.4)% 4.6%


FIRST FINANCIAL NORTHWEST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Income Statements
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended
Dec 31,
2015
Sep 30,
2015
Dec 31,
2014
Three
Month
Change
One
Year
Change
Interest income
Loans, including fees$ 8,680 $ 8,698 $ 9,010 (0.2)% (3.7)%
Investments available-for-sale 657 578 544 13.7 20.8
Interest-earning deposits with banks 78 67 50 16.4 56.0
Dividends on FHLB stock 49 15 2 226.7 2350.0
Total interest income 9,464 9,358 9,606 1.1 (1.5)
Interest expense
Deposits 1,462 1,369 1,285 6.8 13.8
FHLB advances 310 325 324 (4.6) (4.3)
Total interest expense 1,772 1,694 1,609 4.6 10.1
Net interest income 7,692 7,664 7,997 0.4 (3.8)
Recapture of provision for loan losses (900) (700) (1,200) 28.6 (25.0)
Net interest income after recapture of provision for loan losses 8,592 8,364 9,197 2.7 (6.6)
Noninterest income
Net gain on sale of investments 7 85 - (91.8) n/a
BOLI income 164 213 22 (23.0) 645.5
Other 213 149 134 43.0 59.0
Total noninterest income 384 447 156 (14.1) 146.2
Noninterest expense
Salaries and employee benefits 3,787 3,488 3,294 8.6 15.0
Occupancy and equipment 401 387 346 3.6 15.9
Professional fees 347 472 332 (26.5) 4.5
Data processing 236 176 194 34.1 21.6
Net (gain) loss on sale of OREO property 5 - (6) n/a (183.3)
OREO market value adjustments 36 - 45 n/a (20.0)
OREO related expenses (income), net (16) 24 2 (166.7) (900.0)
Regulatory assessments 119 119 112 0.0 6.3
Insurance and bond premiums 89 89 96 0.0 (7.3)
Marketing 21 103 20 (79.6) 5.0
Other general and administrative 308 523 334 (41.1) (7.8)
Total noninterest expense 5,333 5,381 4,769 (0.9) 11.8
Income before federal income tax provision 3,643 3,430 4,584 6.2 (20.5)
Federal income tax provision 1,526 984 1,644 55.1 (7.2)
Net income$ 2,117 $ 2,446 $ 2,940 (13.5)% (28.0)%
Basic earnings per share$ 0.16 $ 0.18 $ 0.20
Diluted earnings per share$ 0.16 $ 0.18 $ 0.20
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 12,961,238 13,372,573 14,287,939
Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding 13,115,562 13,528,322 14,421,592


FIRST FINANCIAL NORTHWEST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Income Statements
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)
Year Ended December 31,
2015 2014 2013
Interest income
Loans, including fees$ 34,612 $ 36,280 $ 36,207
Investments available-for-sale 2,242 2,287 2,250
Interest-earning deposits with banks 274 115 79
Dividends on FHLB stock 69 7 3
Total interest income 37,197 38,689 38,539
Interest expense
Deposits 5,478 5,063 6,794
FHLB advances 1,273 1,178 732
Total interest expense 6,751 6,241 7,526
Net interest income 30,446 32,448 31,013
Recapture of provision for loan losses (2,200) (2,100) (100)
Net interest income after recapture of provision for loan losses 32,646 34,548 31,113
Noninterest income
Net gain (loss) on sale of investments 92 (20) (38)
BOLI income 533 123 140
Other 654 395 789
Total noninterest income 1,279 498 891
Noninterest expense
Salaries and employee benefits 13,940 11,987 13,966
Occupancy and equipment 1,440 1,365 1,384
Professional fees 1,631 1,540 1,619
Data processing 759 662 662
Net (gain) loss on sale of OREO property (526) 86 (1,112)
OREO market value adjustments 41 393 403
OREO related expenses, net 1 190 601
Regulatory assessments 470 396 693
Insurance and bond premiums 359 401 518
Proxy contest and related litigation - - 106
Marketing 211 97 104
Prepayment penalty on FHLB advances - - 679
Other general and administrative 1,552 1,386 1,459
Total noninterest expense 19,878 18,503 21,082
Income before federal income tax provision 14,047 16,543 10,922
Federal income tax provision 4,887 5,856 (13,543)
Net income$ 9,160 $ 10,687 $ 24,465
Basic earnings per share$ 0.67 $ 0.72 $ 1.47
Diluted earnings per share$ 0.67 $ 0.71 $ 1.46
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 13,528,393 14,747,086 16,580,882
Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding 13,685,982 14,887,198 16,609,867

The following table presents a breakdown of our loan portfolio (unaudited):

Dec 31,
2015
Dec 31,
2014
Amount Percent Amount Percent
(Dollars in thousands)
One-to-four family residential:
Permanent owner occupied$ 147,229 19.6% $ 161,013 22.9%
Permanent non-owner occupied 106,543 14.2 112,180 15.9
Construction non-owner occupied - - 500 0.1
253,772 33.8 273,693 38.9
Multifamily:
Permanent 122,747 16.3 116,014 16.5
Construction 21,115 2.8 4,450 0.6
143,862 19.1 120,464 17.1
Commercial real estate:
Permanent 244,211 32.5 239,211 34.0
Construction - - 6,100 0.9
Land 8,290 1.1 2,956 0.4
252,501 33.6 248,267 35.3
Construction/land development: (1)
One-to-four family residential 52,233 7.0 19,860 2.8
Multifamily 25,551 3.4 17,902 2.5
Commercial - - 4,300 0.6
Land development 8,768 1.2 8,993 1.3
86,552 11.6 51,055 7.2
Business 7,604 1.0 3,783 0.5
Consumer 6,979 0.9 7,130 1.0
Total loans 751,270 100.0% 704,392 100.0%
Less:
Loans in Process ("LIP") 53,854 27,359
Deferred loan fees, net 2,881 2,604
ALLL 9,463 10,491
Loans receivable, net$ 685,072 $ 663,938

(1) Excludes construction loans that will convert to permanent loans. The Company considers these loans to be "rollovers" in that one loan is originated for both the construction loan and permanent financing. These loans are classified according to the underlying collateral categories in the table above instead of in the construction/land development category. At December 31, 2015, and December 31, 2014, $8.3 million and $3.0 million, respectively, of land loans were not included in the construction/land development category because the Company classifies raw land or buildable lots (where it does not intend to finance the construction) as commercial real estate land loans.

FIRST FINANCIAL NORTHWEST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Key Financial Measures
At or For the Quarter Ended
Dec 31, Sep 30, Jun 30, Mar 31, Dec 31,
2015 2015 2015 2015 2014
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Performance Ratios:
Return on assets 0.86% 1.01% 1.00% 0.96% 1.27%
Return on equity 4.87 5.50 5.28 4.94 6.73
Dividend payout ratio 36.86 33.33 35.29 37.97 24.42
Equity-to-assets ratio 17.42 17.78 18.80 18.93 19.36
Interest rate spread 3.18 3.22 3.26 3.23 3.46
Net interest margin 3.33 3.38 3.42 3.40 3.61
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities 119.77 120.33 120.01 121.74 120.92
Efficiency ratio 66.04 66.34 61.50 56.35 58.49
Noninterest expense as a percent of average total assets 2.17 2.22 2.06 1.84 2.06
Book value per common share$ 12.40 $ 12.32 $ 12.20 $ 12.10 $ 11.96
Capital Ratios: (1)
Tier 1 leverage ratio 11.61% 11.74% 11.70% 11.64% 11.79%
Common equity tier 1 capital ratio 16.36 16.57 17.26 17.33 n/a
Tier 1 capital ratio 16.36 16.57 17.26 17.33 18.30
Total capital ratio 17.62 17.83 18.52 18.59 19.56
Asset Quality Ratios: (2)
Nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans 0.16 0.35 0.36 0.39 0.20
Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets 0.48 0.68 0.72 0.86 1.13
ALLL as a percent of total loans 1.36 1.48 1.58 1.54 1.55
ALLL as a percent of nonperforming loans 872.17 417.70 439.05 392.68 783.50
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans receivable, net (0.03) (0.04) (0.09) (0.02) -
Allowance for Loan Losses:
ALLL, beginning of the quarter$ 10,146 $ 10,603 $ 10,508 $ 10,491 $ 11,660
Recapture of provision (900) (700) (500 ) (100) (1,200)
Charge-offs - (22) - (340) -
Recoveries 217 265 595 457 31
ALLL, end of the quarter$ 9,463 $ 10,146 $ 10,603 $ 10,508 $ 10,491
Nonperforming Assets:
Nonperforming loans: (2) (3)
Nonaccrual loans$ 954 $ 2,429 $ 2,415 $ 2,676 $ 1,339
Nonaccrual TDRs 131 - - - -
Total nonperforming loans 1,085 2,429 2,415 2,676 1,339
OREO 3,663 4,235 4,416 5,575 9,283
Total nonperforming assets$ 4,748 $ 6,664 $ 6,831 $ 8,251 $ 10,622
Performing TDRs$ 42,128 $ 46,606 $ 47,606 $ 51,390 $ 54,241
(1) Capital ratios are for First Financial Northwest Bank only.
(2) Loans are reported net of undisbursed funds.
(3) There were no loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing interest.


FIRST FINANCIAL NORTHWEST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Key Financial Measures
At or For the Year Ended December 31,
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Performance Ratios:
Return on assets 0.96% 1.17% 2.73% 0.27% 0.37%
Return on equity 5.15 5.85 13.12 1.47 2.36
Dividend payout ratio 35.57 27.73 8.11 0.00 0.00
Equity-to-assets 17.42 19.36 20.02 19.85 17.12
Interest rate spread 3.23 3.62 3.49 2.85 2.78
Net interest margin 3.38 3.77 3.68 3.08 3.01
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities 120.45 121.15 121.77 118.12 113.33
Efficiency ratio 62.66 56.37 66.08 84.22 74.62
Noninterest expense as a percent of average total assets 2.07 2.03 2.36 2.54 2.29
Book value per common share$ 12.40 $ 11.96 $ 11.25 $ 9.95 $ 9.64
Capital Ratios: (1)
Tier 1 leverage ratio 11.61% 11.79% 18.60% 15.79% 13.54%
Common equity tier 1 capital ratio 16.36 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Tier 1 capital ratio 16.36 18.30 27.18 26.11 23.49
Total capital ratio 17.62 19.56 28.44 27.37 24.76
Asset Quality Ratios:
Nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans, net of undisbursed funds 0.16 0.20 0.59 3.42 3.28
Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets 0.48 1.13 1.68 4.25 4.69
ALLL as a percent of total loans, net of undisbursed funds 1.36 1.55 1.91 1.89 2.29
ALLL as a percent of nonperforming loans, net of undisbursed funds 872.17 783.50 325.26 55.11 69.89
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans receivable, net (0.18) 0.06 (0.08) 1.07 1.39
Allowance for Loan Losses:
ALLL, beginning of the year$ 10,491 $12,994 $12,542 $16,559 $22,534
Provision (recapture of provision) (2,200) (2,100) (100) 3,050 4,700
Charge-offs (362) (642) (1,596) (9,591) (11,025)
Recoveries 1,534 239 2,148 2,524 350
ALLL, end of the year$ 9,463 $10,491 $12,994 $12,542 $16,559
Nonperforming Assets:
Nonperforming loans: (2) (3)
Nonaccrual loans$ 954 $1,339 $3,027 $18,231 $18,613
Nonaccrual TDRs 131 - 968 4,528 5,079
Total nonperforming loans 1,085 1,339 3,995 22,759 23,692
OREO 3,663 9,283 11,465 17,347 26,044
Total nonperforming assets$ 4,748 $10,622 $15,460 $40,106 $49,736
Performing TDRs$42,128 $54,241 $60,170 $65,848 $66,225
(1) Capital ratios are for First Financial Northwest Bank only.
(2) Loans are reported net of undisbursed funds.
(3) There were no loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing interest.


For more information, contact: Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer Rich Jacobson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (425) 255-4400

Source:First Financial Northwest