GOLETA, Calif., July 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community West Bancshares (Community West or the Company), (NASDAQ:CWBC), parent company of Community West Bank (Bank), today reported net income increased 14.7% to $1.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17) compared to $1.4 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17) and increased 38.3% compared to $1.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16).
In the first six months of 2017 net income increased 20.9% to $2.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to $2.4 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2016.
“Although we have been focused on organically growing our franchise (opening in San Luis Obispo last November, Oxnard in January, and a loan production office in Paso Robles in June 2017) we’ve concurrently delivered improved operating results,” stated Martin E. Plourd, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The strong year-over-year loan growth of 21% together with 28% non-interest-bearing deposits growth was a result of our expansion. We remain focused on competing for business in our local markets and expanding our franchise throughout California’s Central Coast. We also appreciate the continued support of our shareholders as we pursue these market share growth opportunities.”
Second Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights
- Net income was $1.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share.
- Net interest margin was 4.39%.
- Net loans increased $24.1 million to $684.8 million at June 30, 2017, compared to $660.8 million three months earlier and increased $120.0 million compared to $564.8 million a year ago.
- Non-interest-bearing deposits increased 28.2% to $107.0 million at June 30, 2017, compared to $83.5 million a year ago.
- Book value per common share increased to $8.36 at June 30, 2017, compared to $7.81 a year ago.
- The Bank continues to be well-capitalized per banking regulations with its total risk-based capital ratio at 11.62% and Tier 1 leverage ratio at 9.23% at June 30, 2017.
- Annualized return on average assets was 0.83%.
- Annualized return on average common equity was 9.20%.
“Our net interest margin, although contracting slightly during the quarter, still remains above industry averages due to our higher loan yields,” said Susan C. Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Second quarter net interest margin was 4.39% compared to 4.45% in 1Q17 and 4.47% in 2Q16. In the first six months of 2017, Community West’s net interest margin was 4.42% compared to 4.46% in the first six months of 2016.
Net interest income for 2Q17 was $8.0 million, a 3.4% increase compared to $7.8 million in the preceding quarter and a 16.5% increase compared to $6.9 million in 2Q16.
Non-interest income increased 8.7% to $697,000 in 2Q17, compared to $641,000 in 1Q17 and increased 20.8% compared to $577,000 in 2Q16, primarily due to increased loan volumes.
Second quarter non-interest expenses totaled $6.0 million, compared to $5.9 million in 1Q17 and $5.5 million in 2Q16. The increase is largely due to costs associated with the expansion of the Bank’s Northern region, and the addition of the Oxnard location in the Southern region.
Total assets were $785.0 million at June 30, 2017, a 4.9% increase compared to three months earlier and a 22.2% increase compared to $642.6 million one year ago.
“The loan portfolio continues to benefit from a strong regional economy and demand for our diverse lending products,” said Plourd. “The commercial real estate loan portfolio and manufactured housing portfolio generated the most increases during the current quarter.”
Net loans increased 3.1% to $684.8 million at June 30, 2017, compared to $660.8 million at March 31, 2017, and increased 21.2% compared to $564.8 million a year ago. Commercial real estate loans outstanding were up 53.0% from year ago levels to $317.8 million at June 30, 2017, and comprise 45.9% of the total loan portfolio. Manufactured housing loans were up 11.0% from year ago levels to $209.1 million and represent 30.2% of total loans. Commercial loans increased 4.7% from year ago levels to $111.7 million and represent 16.1% of the total loan portfolio and SBA loans decreased 15.8% from a year ago to $34.7 million and represent 5.0% of the total loan portfolio.
Deposits increased 4.7% to $670.3 million at June 30, 2017, compared to $640.1 million at March 31, 2017, and increased 18.6% compared to $565.2 million a year earlier. Core deposits, defined as non-interest-bearing checking, interest-bearing checking, money market accounts, savings accounts and retail certificates of deposit totaled $463.6 million at June 30, 2017 and comprise 69.1% of total deposits, compared to $419.1 million, or 73.9% of total deposits, a year ago.
Stockholders’ equity was $68.2 million at June 30, 2017, compared to $66.6 million at March 31, 2017, and $63.2 million a year ago. Book value per common share improved to $8.36 at June 30, 2017, compared to $8.22 at March 31, 2017, and $7.81 a year ago.
“Due to another quarter of robust loan growth, we recorded a provision for loan losses for the fifth consecutive quarter,” said Plourd. The loan loss provision was $120,000 in 2Q17, compared to $144,000 in 1Q17, and $61,000 in 2Q16. Net loan recoveries were $88,000 in 2Q17 compared to $177,000 in 1Q17 and $148,000 in 2Q16.
The allowance for loan losses was $8.0 million at June 30, 2017, or 1.27% of total loans held for investment, compared to 1.28% at March 31, 2017, and 1.37% a year ago. Net nonaccrual loans decreased 13.6% to $2.0 million, or 0.29% of total loans at June 30, 2017, compared to $2.3 million, or 0.34% of total loans, three months earlier, and decreased 50.2% compared to $4.0 million, or 0.70% of total loans, a year ago.
Of the $2.0 million in net nonaccrual loans, $560,000 were manufactured housing loans, $527,000 were commercial loans, $263,000 were home equity loans, $203,000 were SBA 504 1st loans, $183,000 were single family real estate loans, $144,000 were commercial real estate loans and $108,000 were SBA 7A loans.
Other assets acquired through foreclosure totaled $362,000 at June 30, 2017, compared to $145,000 three months earlier and $129,000 a year earlier.
Cash Dividend Declared
The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per common share, payable August 31, 2017 to common shareholders of record on August 14, 2017. The current annualized yield, based on the closing price of CWBC shares of $10.10 on June 30, 2017, was 1.6%.
Stock Repurchase Program
On August 31, 2015, the Company announced that the Board of Directors authorized a common stock repurchase program of up to $3.0 million. As of June 30, 2017, 187,569 shares (none in 2Q17) had been cumulatively repurchased (last repurchase was in 3Q16) at an average price of $7.25 per share.
Community West Bancshares is a financial services company with headquarters in Goleta, California. The Company is the holding company for Community West Bank, the largest publicly traded community bank serving California’s Central Coast area of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Community West Bank has seven full-service California branch banking offices, in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura, Westlake Village, San Luis Obispo and Oxnard and a loan production office in Paso Robles. The principal business activities of the Company are Relationship business banking, Manufactured Housing lending and Government Guaranteed lending.
In April 2017, Community West was awarded a “Super Premier” rating by The Findley Reports, the highest ranking for a community bank. For 50 years, The Findley Reports has been recognizing the financial performance of banking institutions in California and the Western United States. In making their selections, The Findley Reports focuses on these four ratios: growth, return on beginning equity, net operating income as a percentage of average assets, and loan losses as a percentage of gross loans.
In September 2016, Community West was named to Sandler O’Neill and Partners Bank and Thrift Sm-All Stars – Class of 2016. This award recognized Community West as one of the top 27 best performing small capitalization institutions from a list of publicly traded banks and thrifts in the U.S. with market capitalizations less than $2.5 billion. In making their selections, Sandler focused on growth, profitability, credit quality and capital strength.
Safe Harbor Disclosure
This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current views of future events and operations. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company as of the date of this release. It is important to note that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the ability of the Company to implement its strategy and expand its lending operations.
|COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS|
|(in 000's, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||March 31,||June 30,||June 30,||June 30,|
|Loans, including fees||$||8,788||$||8,442||$||7,414||$||17,230||$||14,589|
|Investment securities and other||278||261||260||539||529|
|Total interest income||9,066||8,703||7,674||17,769||15,118|
|Other borrowings and convertible debt||89||71||73||160||145|
|Total interest expense||1,030||929||777||1,959||1,500|
|Net interest income||8,036||7,774||6,897||15,810||13,618|
|Provision (credit) for loan losses||120||144||61||264||(186||)|
|Net interest income after provision for loan losses||7,916||7,630||6,836||15,546||13,804|
|Other loan fees||342||303||282||645||557|
|Document processing fees||151||133||136||284||251|
|Total non-interest income||697||641||577||1,338||1,156|
|Salaries and employee benefits||3,796||3,931||3,494||7,727||6,946|
|Advertising and marketing||195||156||212||351||293|
|Loan servicing and collection||55||106||(89||)||161||90|
|Total non-interest expenses||6,007||5,923||5,506||11,930||10,842|
|Income before provision for income taxes||2,606||2,348||1,907||4,954||4,118|
|Provision for income taxes||1,050||992||782||2,042||1,710|
|Earnings per share:|
|COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(in 000's, except per share data)|
|June 30,||March 31,||June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||1,919||$||1,811||$||2,665||$||2,401|
|Time and interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions||36,085||28,366||24,604||31,715|
|Commercial real estate||317,793||303,795||207,664||272,142|
|Single family real estate||10,161||11,728||17,203||12,750|
|Held for sale||60,933||59,811||60,086||61,416|
|Held for investment||631,897||608,735||511,768||569,403|
|Less: Allowance for loan losses||(7,994||)||(7,785||)||(7,028||)||(7,464||)|
|Net held for investment||623,903||600,950||504,740||561,939|
|Certificates of deposit ($250,000 or more)||82,156||80,293||74,622||77,509|
|Other certificates of deposit||204,589||181,204||142,829||167,325|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Book value per common share||$||8.36||$||8.22||$||7.81||$||8.07|
|ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION|
|(Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)(Unaudited)|
|Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND RATIOS||Jun. 30, 2017||Mar. 31, 2017||Jun. 30, 2016||Jun. 30, 2017||Jun. 30, 2016|
|Return on average common equity||9.20||%||8.28||%||7.15||%||8.75||%||7.69||%|
|Return on average assets||0.83||%||0.76||%||0.72||%||0.80||%||0.78||%|
|Net interest margin||4.39||%||4.45||%||4.47||%||4.42||%||4.46||%|
|Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|AVERAGE BALANCES||Jun. 30, 2017||Mar. 31, 2017||Jun. 30, 2016||Jun. 30, 2017||Jun. 30, 2016|
|Average earning assets||735,041||708,751||620,125||721,969||613,999|
|Average total loans||672,677||650,784||558,841||661,791||551,198|
|Average common equity||67,820||66,381||63,277||67,105||62,958|
|EQUITY ANALYSIS||Jun. 30, 2017||Mar. 31, 2017||Jun. 30, 2016|
|Total common equity||$||68,216||$||66,567||$||63,238|
|Common stock outstanding||8,160||8,103||8,098|
|Book value per common share||$||8.36||$||8.22||$||7.81|
|ASSET QUALITY||Jun. 30, 2017||Mar. 31, 2017||Jun. 30, 2016|
|Nonaccrual loans, net||$||1,988||$||2,302||$||3,988|
|Nonaccrual loans, net/total loans||0.29||%||0.34||%||0.70||%|
|Other assets acquired through foreclosure, net||$||362||$||145||$||129|
|Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net||$||2,350||$||2,447||$||4,117|
|Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net/total assets||0.30||%||0.33||%||0.64||%|
|Net loan (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter||$||(88||)||$||(177||)||$||(148||)|
|Net (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter/total loans||(0.01||%)||(0.03||%)||(0.03||%)|
|Allowance for loan losses||$||7,994||$||7,785||$||7,028|
|Plus: Reserve for undisbursed loan commitments||99||113||89|
|Total allowance for credit losses||$||8,093||$||7,898||$||7,117|
|Allowance for loan losses/total loans held for investment||1.27||%||1.28||%||1.37||%|
|Allowance for loan losses/nonaccrual loans, net||402.11||%||338.18||%||176.23||%|
|Community West Bank *|
|Tier 1 leverage ratio||9.23||%||9.41||%||10.53||%|
|Tier 1 capital ratio||10.39||%||10.38||%||12.28||%|
|Total capital ratio||11.62||%||11.60||%||13.53||%|
|INTEREST SPREAD ANALYSIS||Jun. 30, 2017||Mar. 31, 2017||Jun. 30, 2016|
|Yield on total loans||5.24||%||5.26||%||5.34||%|
|Yield on investments||2.31||%||2.48||%||2.57||%|
|Yield on interest earning deposits||0.83||%||0.74||%||0.46||%|
|Yield on earning assets||4.95||%||4.98||%||4.98||%|
|Cost of interest-bearing deposits||0.69||%||0.66||%||0.59||%|
|Cost of total deposits||0.58||%||0.56||%||0.51||%|
|Cost of borrowings||1.22||%||1.20||%||2.80||%|
|Cost of interest-bearing liabilities||0.72||%||0.68||%||0.64||%|
|* Capital ratios are preliminary until the Call Report is filed.|
Contact: Susan C.Thompson, EVP & CFO 805.692.5821 www.communitywestbank.com
Source:Community West Bancshares