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Washington Banking Company Earns $2.9 Million, Or $0.19 Per Share, In 2Q13

OAK HARBOR, Wash., July 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Banking Company (Nasdaq:WBCO), the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, today reported it earned $2.9 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, down from $4.6 million or $0.30 per diluted share, in the preceding quarter and up 2% from $2.8 million, or $0.18 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2012. For the first six months of 2013, Washington Banking earned $7.5 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to $7.6 million, or $0.49 per diluted share in the first half of 2012. The quarterly reforecast of expected cash flows of covered loans prompted additional provisions for these loans, particularly in the hospitality sector, as cash flows are now projected to be lower than previously expected. The net costs associated with the covered loan portfolio were $1.0 million, or $0.07 per share, in the second quarter of 2013 and $1.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2013. Despite these adjustments, Washington Banking remains solidly profitable, non-covered asset quality continues to improve and loan growth is accelerating.

"While we have predicted that the impact of the FDIC-assisted transactions would taper off as the portfolio ages, that was not the case this quarter," said Jack Wagner, President and Chief Executive Officer, "as the $61 million pool of covered hospitality loans deteriorated considerably in the second quarter. Consequently, we booked a $10.9 million provision for covered loans, partially offset by an $8.7 million write-up of the FDIC indemnification asset and a $626,000 reversal of the clawback accrual in the quarter." For the first six months of 2013, the provision for covered loans totaled $12.4 million, and for the life of both FDIC-assisted acquisitions, the provision for covered loans has been $15.9 million. Offsetting these provisions were changes in the FDIC indemnification asset and a reduction in the clawback expense, bringing the net costs down to $1.0 million in the second quarter and $1.2 million year to date. The following table details the impact of these items:
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, March 31, June 30, June 30,
Impact of Reforecast of Cashflows of Covered Assets 2013 2013 2012 2013 2012
($ in thousands, except per share data)          
Provision for Loan Losses, Covered Loans  $ 10,914  $ 1,500  $ 398  $ 12,414  $ 398
Write-up of FDIC Indemnification Asset  (8,731)  (1,200)  --   (9,931)  -- 
Reversal of Accrued FDIC Clawback Liability  (626)  --  --   (626)  -- 
Impact of Reforecast of Cashflows  1,557  300  398  1,857  398
Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes  (545)  (105)  (139)  (650)  (139)
Net Impact of Reforecast of Cashflows  $ 1,012  $ 195  $ 259  $ 1,207  $ 259
Fully Diluted Average Common and Equivalent Shares Outstanding   15,552,000  15,519,000  15,446,000  15,529,000  15,449,000
Fully diluted Earning per Share Impact  $ (0.07)  $ (0.01)  $ (0.02)  $ (0.08)  $ (0.02)

"There is no doubt that the CityBank and North County Bank acquisitions made meaningful contributions to our profitability and franchise value over the past three years," Wagner continued. "Since the two FDIC-assisted acquisitions, we have generated covered interest income of over $100 million, produced a net interest margin well above the industry averages, and have several full-service locations in the fastest growing parts of the region."

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