Community West Bancshares Earns $1.6 Million in 3Q17; Highlighted by 20% Loan Growth and 32% Non-Interest Demand Deposit Growth YOY; Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.04 Per Share

GOLETA, Calif., Oct. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community West Bancshares (Community West or the Company), (NASDAQ:CWBC), parent company of Community West Bank (Bank), today reported net income was $1.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17), unchanged from earnings in the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17) and increased 4.9% compared to $1.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16).

In the first nine months of 2017 net income increased 14.8% to $4.5 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared to $3.9 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2016.

“Our expansion in our market in California’s Central Coastal region continues to deliver strong loan and deposit growth and is supporting our strong net interest margin,” stated Martin E. Plourd, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Profitability in our third quarter was consistent with our strong results posted in the preceding quarter, and year-to-date earnings grew 14.8% compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2016, reflecting the growth initiatives we are implementing.”

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Net income was $1.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share.
  • Net interest margin was 4.27%.
  • Net loans increased $29.5 million to $714.4 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $684.8 million three months earlier and increased $119.7 million compared to $594.7 million a year ago.
  • Non-interest-bearing deposits increased 32.0% to $116.2 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $88.0 million a year ago.
  • Book value per common share increased to $8.54 at September 30, 2017, compared to $7.93 a year ago.
  • Annualized return on average assets was 0.78%.
  • Annualized return on average common equity was 8.88%.
  • The Bank continues to be well-capitalized per banking regulations with its total capital ratio at 11.48% and Tier 1 leverage ratio at 8.90% at September 30, 2017.

Income Statement
“While our net interest margin remains well above industry averages, net interest margin contracted in the third quarter, due to the current interest rate environment which raised our cost of funds,” said Susan C. Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Third quarter net interest margin was 4.27% compared to 4.39% in 2Q17 and 4.81% in 3Q16, which included a 39 basis point asset yield increase from one large relationship which paid in full. In the first nine months of 2017, Community West’s net interest margin was 4.36% compared to 4.58% in the first nine months of 2016.

Net interest income for 3Q17 was $8.4 million, a 4.2% increase compared to $8.0 million in the preceding quarter and a 8.7% increase compared to $7.7 million in 3Q16. In the first nine months of 2017, net interest income increased 13.4% to $24.2 million compared to $21.3 million in the first nine months of 2016.

Non-interest income increased 2.7% to $716,000 in 3Q17, compared to $697,000 in 2Q17 and increased 28.1% compared to $559,000 in 3Q16, primarily due to increased loan originations. Year-to-date, non-interest income increased 19.8% to $2.1 million compared to $1.7 million in the first nine months of 2016.

Third quarter non-interest expenses totaled $6.4 million, compared to $6.0 million in 2Q17 and $5.8 million in 3Q16. The increase was largely due to costs associated with the expansion of the Bank’s Northern and Southern regions.

Balance Sheet
“Balance sheet growth reflects the solid demographics in our home markets, which are generating population growth and household incomes above both the state and national averages,” said Plourd. “Commercial real estate and manufactured housing loans continue to generate the majority of loan growth in both the quarter and year-to-date periods.”

Net loans increased 4.3% to $714.4 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $684.8 million at June 30, 2017, and increased 20.1% compared to $594.7 million a year ago. Commercial real estate loans outstanding were up 52.4% from year ago levels to $343.8 million at September 30, 2017, and comprise 47.6% of the total loan portfolio. Manufactured housing loans were up 12.8% from year ago levels to $216.6 million and represent 30.0% of total loans. Commercial loans decreased 6.4% from year ago levels to $112.4 million and represent 15.6% of the total loan portfolio.

Deposits increased 4.0% to $697.2 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $670.3 million at June 30, 2017, and increased 18.0% compared to $590.6 million a year earlier. Non-interest bearing demand deposits increased to $116.2 million, or 8.5% compared to June 30, 2017 and increased by 32% compared to the prior year. Core deposits, defined as non-interest-bearing checking, interest-bearing checking, money market accounts, savings accounts and retail certificates of deposit totaled $476.2 million at September 30, 2017 and comprise 68.2% of total deposits, compared to $427.3 million, or 72.2% of total deposits, a year ago.

Total assets were $829.5 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $785.0 million three months earlier and $664.5 million one year ago. Stockholders’ equity improved to $69.8 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $68.2 million at June 30, 2017, and $64.2 million a year ago. Book value per common share improved to $8.54 at September 30, 2017, compared to $8.36 at June 30, 2017, and $7.93 a year ago.

Credit Quality
“Asset quality continues to improve on every metric, reflecting the strong economy in our market. We continue to increase reserves to provide for the strong growth in the loan portfolio,” said Plourd. The loan loss provision was $159,000 in 3Q17, compared to $120,000 in 2Q17, and $22,000 in 3Q16. Net loan recoveries were $159,000 in 3Q17 compared to $88,000 in 2Q17 and $140,000 in 3Q16.

The allowance for loan losses was $8.3 million at September 30, 2017, or 1.25% of total loans held for investment, compared to 1.27% at June 30, 2017, and 1.33% a year ago. Net nonaccrual loans decreased 7.6% to $1.8 million, or 0.25% of total loans at June 30, 2017, compared to $2.0 million, or 0.29% of total loans, three months earlier, and decreased 39.3% compared to $3.0 million, or 0.50% of total loans, a year ago.

Of the $1.8 million in net nonaccrual loans, $526,000 were commercial loans, $488,000 were manufactured housing loans, $219,000 were home equity loans, $194,000 were SBA 504 1st loans, $180,000 were single family real estate loans, $127,000 were commercial real estate loans and $104,000 were SBA 7A loans.

Other assets acquired through foreclosure totaled $486,000 at September 30, 2017, compared to $362,000 three months earlier and $55,000 a year earlier.

Cash Dividend Declared
The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per common share, payable November 30, 2017 to common shareholders of record on November 14, 2017. The current annualized yield, based on the closing price of CWBC shares of $10.40 on September 30, 2017, was 1.54%.

Stock Repurchase Program
On August 24, 2017, the Board of Directors extended the common stock repurchase program of up to $3.0 million for two additional years. As of September 30, 2017, 187,569 shares had been cumulatively repurchased at an average price of $7.25 per share. The last repurchase was in 3Q16.

Company Overview
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.

Industry Accolades
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
(unaudited)
(in 000's, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, June 30, September 30, September 30, September 30,
2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
Interest income
Loans, including fees $ 9,340 $ 8,788 $ 8,228 $ 26,570 $ 22,817
Investment securities and other 355 278 288 894 817
Total interest income 9,695 9,066 8,516 27,464 23,634
Interest expense
Deposits 1,185 941 733 2,984 2,088
Other borrowings 134 89 74 294 219
Total interest expense 1,319 1,030 807 3,278 2,307
Net interest income 8,376 8,036 7,709 24,186 21,327
Provision (credit) for loan losses 159 120 22 423 (164)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 8,217 7,916 7,687 23,763 21,491
Non-interest income
Other loan fees 354 342 270 999 827
Document processing fees 146 151 130 430 381
Service charges 118 112 100 326 292
Other 98 92 59 299 215
Total non-interest income 716 697 559 2,054 1,715
Non-interest expenses
Salaries and employee benefits 3,839 3,796 3,809 11,566 10,755
Occupancy, net 754 686 564 2,085 1,631
Stock-based compensation 283 87 97 454 261
Professional services 281 299 196 759 653
Data processing 192 165 173 525 513
FDIC assessment 172 179 74 461 270
Depreciation 168 188 162 519 486
Advertising and marketing 137 195 154 488 447
Loan servicing and collection 35 55 108 196 198
Other 526 357 499 1,264 1,464
Total non-interest expenses 6,387 6,007 5,836 18,317 16,678
Income before provision for income taxes 2,546 2,606 2,410 7,500 6,528
Provision for income taxes 992 1,050 929 3,034 2,639
Net income $ 1,554 $ 1,556 $ 1,481 $ 4,466 $ 3,889
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.19 $ 0.19 $ 0.18 $ 0.55 $ 0.48
Diluted $ 0.18 $ 0.18 $ 0.18 $ 0.52 $ 0.46

COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited)
(in 000's, except per share data)
September 30, June 30, September 30, December 31,
2017 2017 2016 2016
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,356 $ 1,919 $ 2,595 $ 2,401
Time and interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions 49,215 36,085 15,164 31,715
Investment securities 38,117 39,326 31,200 31,683
Loans:
Commercial 112,399 111,655 120,043 105,290
Commercial real estate 343,770 317,793 225,572 272,142
SBA 30,944 34,670 39,295 36,488
Manufactured housing 216,572 209,119 191,946 194,222
Single family real estate 10,022 10,161 14,335 12,750
HELOC 9,656 9,974 10,789 10,292
Other (668) (542) (78) (365)
Total loans 722,695 692,830 601,902 630,819
Loans, net
Held for sale 58,561 60,933 62,381 61,416
Held for investment 664,134 631,897 539,521 569,403
Less: Allowance for loan losses (8,312) (7,994) (7,190) (7,464)
Net held for investment 655,822 623,903 532,331 561,939
NET LOANS 714,383 684,836 594,712 623,355
Other assets 25,079 22,806 20,865 21,418
TOTAL ASSETS $ 829,150 $ 784,972 $ 664,536 $ 710,572
Deposits
Non-interest-bearing demand $ 116,170 $ 107,049 $ 88,024 $ 100,372
Interest-bearing demand 266,835 262,475 258,360 253,023
Savings 14,619 14,011 14,388 14,007
Certificates of deposit ($250,000 or more) 81,160 82,156 92,319 77,509
Other certificates of deposit 218,370 204,589 137,510 167,325
Total deposits 697,154 670,280 590,601 612,236
Other borrowings 55,843 41,800 5,500 29,000
Other liabilities 6,387 4,676 4,223 4,000
TOTAL LIABILITIES 759,384 716,756 600,324 645,236
Stockholders' equity 69,766 68,216 64,212 65,336
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
$ 829,150 $ 784,972 $ 664,536 $ 710,572
Shares outstanding 8,169 8,160 8,094 8,096
Book value per common share $ 8.54 $ 8.36 $ 7.93 $ 8.07

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Dollars in thousands except per share amounts) (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND RATIOSSep. 30, 2017 Jun. 30, 2017 Sep. 30, 2016 Sep. 30, 2017Sep. 30, 2016
Return on average common equity 8.88% 9.20% 9.17% 8.80% 8.19%
Return on average assets 0.78% 0.83% 0.91% 0.79% 0.82%
Efficiency ratio 70.25% 68.79% 70.59% 69.81% 72.38%
Net interest margin 4.27% 4.39% 4.81% 4.36% 4.58%
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
AVERAGE BALANCESSep. 30, 2017 Jun. 30, 2017 Sep. 30, 2016 Sep. 30, 2017Sep. 30, 2016
Average assets$ 792,279 $ 747,790 $ 649,134 $ 754,140 $ 632,946
Average earning assets 778,412 735,041 637,525 740,990 621,899
Average total loans 708,244 672,677 581,477 677,445 561,365
Average deposits 687,794 646,316 571,094 653,885 555,250
Average common equity 69,438 67,820 64,260 67,891 63,395
EQUITY ANALYSISSep. 30, 2017 Jun. 30, 2017 Sep. 30, 2016
Total common equity$ 69,766 $ 68,216 $ 64,212
Common stock outstanding 8,169 8,160 8,094
Book value per common share$ 8.54 $ 8.36 $ 7.93
ASSET QUALITYSep. 30, 2017 Jun. 30, 2017 Sep. 30, 2016
Nonaccrual loans, net$ 1,837 $ 1,988 $ 3,026
Nonaccrual loans, net/total loans 0.25% 0.29% 0.50%
Other assets acquired through foreclosure, net$ 486 $ 362 $ 55
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net$ 2,323 $ 2,350 $ 3,081
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net/total assets 0.28% 0.30% 0.46%
Net loan (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter$ (159) $ (159) $ (140)
Net (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter/total loans (0.02%) (0.01%) (0.02%)
Allowance for loan losses$ 8,312 $ 7,994 $ 7,190
Plus: Reserve for undisbursed loan commitments 96 99 83
Total allowance for credit losses$ 8,408 $ 8,093 $ 7,273
Allowance for loan losses/total loans held for investment 1.25% 1.27% 1.33%
Allowance for loan losses/nonaccrual loans, net 452.48% 402.11% 237.61%
Community West Bank *
Tier 1 leverage ratio 8.90% 9.23% 10.48%
Tier 1 capital ratio 10.26% 10.39% 11.83%
Total capital ratio 11.48% 11.62% 13.08%
INTEREST SPREAD ANALYSISSep. 30, 2017 Jun. 30, 2017 Sep. 30, 2016
Yield on total loans 5.23% 5.24% 5.63%
Yield on investments 2.60% 2.31% 3.10%
Yield on interest earning deposits 1.10% 0.83% 0.45%
Yield on earning assets 4.94% 4.95% 5.31%
Cost of interest-bearing deposits 0.44% 0.69% 0.60%
Cost of total deposits 0.68% 0.58% 0.51%
Cost of borrowings 1.79% 1.22% 2.82%
Cost of interest-bearing liabilities 0.87% 0.72% 0.65%
* 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