2. Southwest Bancorp
Shares of Southwest Bancorp (OKSB - Get Report) of Stillwater, Okla., closed at $12.86 Wednesday, returning 15% this year, following an 88% return during 2012. The shares trade just above tangible book value, and for 16.8 times the consensus 2014 EPS estimate of 77 cents. The consensus 2013 EPS estimate is 59 cents.
Southwest Bancorp had $2.1 billion in total assets as of March 31. The company on April 24 reported first-quarter net income available to common shareholders of $2.4 million, or 12 cents a share, compared to $972 thousand, or 5 cents a share, in the fourth quarter and $4.2 million, or 21 cents a share, in the first quarter of 2012.Net interest income decline to $15.6 million in the first quarter from $17.3 million the previous quarter and $20.8 million a year earlier. The net interest margin narrowed to 3.16% in the first quarter from 3.41% in the fourth quarter and 3.82% in the first quarter of 2012. The company said its core loan portfolio declined sequentially by $49.4 million, or 4%, during the first quarter. On a brighter note, the provision for loan losses declined to 498 thousand in the first quarter from $3.1 million in the fourth quarter and $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2012.
Southwest Bancorp's first-quarter ROA was 0.46% and its return on average tangible common equity was 3.90%. Southwest CEO Mark Funke said in the earnings release that "2013 will continue to be a positive rebuilding year for Southwest," and that "during the first quarter several new talented bankers were added into key commercial lending, treasury management, and mortgage positions, building a base for future revenue generation and more diversification in the loan portfolio." Rodis said in a note following Southwest's earnings announcement that "while the 1Q13 results were below our estimate