OAK HARBOR, Wash., April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Banking Company (Nasdaq:WBCO), the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, today reported it earned $4.6 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, even with the preceding quarter and down slightly from $4.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012. Continuing improvement in asset quality, solid contribution from mortgage originations and the ongoing shift of deposits into lower cost transaction accounts contributed to first quarter 2013 earnings.
- Return on average assets (annualized) was 1.11% and return on average common equity was 10.18% in 1Q13.
- On a consolidated basis, Total Risk-Based Capital to risk-adjusted assets was 19.78% compared to 19.94% a year ago. The minimum ratio to be considered well-capitalized under FDIC rules is 10%.
- Nonperforming non-covered assets/total assets improved to 1.03%, compared to 1.10% in the preceding quarter and 1.42% a year ago. Classified loans declined to $73.9 million at March 31, 2013, from $77.3 million at December 31, 2012.
- The $1.5 million provision for covered loan losses in the first quarter was mostly offset by a reduction in the change in the FDIC indemnification asset. While the cash flows associated with several acquired loans have deteriorated, the Bank remains covered by the FDIC loss-share agreement for these assets.
- Tangible book value per common share increased to $11.50, compared to $10.85 a year ago.
- Low-cost demand, money market, savings and NOW accounts were $1.02 billion, or 70% of total deposits.
- Loan loss reserves were 2.01% of non-covered loans, and 2.20% a year ago.
- The interest income generated from the loan portfolios in the FDIC-assisted acquisitions contributed $6.7 million to first quarter revenues.
- In the first quarter, net interest margin fell 39 basis points to 4.84% compared to 5.23% in the preceding quarter, and fell 97 basis points from 5.81% in the year ago quarter, reflecting declines in both the yields and balances of covered loans.