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Community West Bancshares Earns $3.1 Million In Fourth Quarter And $9.0 Million In 2013; Year Highlighted By Improved Credit Quality Metrics, Strong Loan Growth And Subsequent OCC Agreement Termination

GOLETA, Calif., Jan. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community West Bancshares (Community West or the Company) (Nasdaq:CWBC), parent company of Community West Bank (Bank), today reported net income was $3.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13) compared to $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13) and $2.3 million in the fourth quarter a year ago (4Q12). For the full year, Community West earned $9.0 million compared to $3.2 million a year ago. Community West's results for 4Q13 include a $2.8 million tax benefit as a result of the reversal of its deferred tax asset valuation allowance.

"Our operational restructuring plan is delivering favorable results, with our fourth quarter results marking our sixth consecutive quarter of profitability. Our team's success in executing this plan enabled us to end 2013 on a high note, with nonaccrual loans and net loan charge-offs declining substantially compared to 2012, while net REO and repossessed assets also decreased. As a result of this improvement in profitability and asset quality, we reversed the deferred tax asset valuation allowance in the fourth quarter, reflecting our expectation of sustainable profitability in the future," stated Martin E. Plourd, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Another highlight of the quarter was our balance sheet growth. The loan portfolio increased 5% during the quarter compared to three months earlier, and core deposits remained strong at 82% of total deposits. We continue to improve our capital ratios and credit quality metrics compared to a year ago, while maintaining a strong net interest margin. We will continue to increase our marketing outreach in the communities we serve while focusing on increasing shareholder value."

Yesterday, the Company announced that, as a result of improvement of its financial condition over the past 24 months, and the Bank's effective compliance with the Written Consent Agreement (Agreement), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), its primary regulator, has terminated its Agreement with Community West Bank entered into on January 26, 2012. Effective immediately, the Bank will no longer be subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement. "The termination of our Agreement with the OCC is an independent confirmation of the improvements we have achieved over the past two years. This important milestone substantiates that our efforts to reduce problem assets, document the allowance for loan losses and return to profitability have been successful," said Plourd.

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