WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, April 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- West Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTBA), parent company of West Bank, is pleased to report that first quarter 2017 net income was $6.1 million, or $0.37 per diluted common share. This is the highest net income ever recorded by the Company for the first quarter of any year. This compares to first quarter 2016 net income of $5.7 million, or $0.35 per diluted common share. On April 26, 2017, the Company's Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.18 per common share. The dividend is payable on May 24, 2017, to stockholders of record on May 10, 2017. 

"We are excited about our first quarter 2017 results," commented Dave Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "We have had eleven consecutive record quarters for each respective quarter.  Our strong performance gives us a great start to 2017 and has allowed us to increase our second quarter dividend to $0.18 per common share. This is the highest quarterly dividend ever paid by the Company." 

Brad Winterbottom, West Bank President, said, "We continue to focus on expanding services to our valued customer base and fostering new relationships. Those efforts have resulted in 13.5 percent growth in outstanding loan balances as of March 31, 2017 compared to  March 31, 2016.  Deposits have grown 5.7 percent during the same time period. Our bankers are having great success in growing and adding new relationships while maintaining strong credit quality." 

Eastern Iowa Market President, Jim Conard, commented, "In the first quarter of 2017, total loans for the eastern Iowa market increased by 7.6 percent and total deposits increased by 13.4 percent. Our bankers have been successful in originating a number of larger commercial and residential construction loans, many of which are starting to be drawn upon now that the spring building season has begun. Our outlook is positive for the second quarter as we continue to fund these projects and originate new loans." 

"We have rounded out the staffing of our prominent new bank building in Rochester with a team of six seasoned bankers who are all well-known in the Rochester market," said Mike Zinser, Rochester Market President. "While our business and consumer banking activity continues to gain momentum, we are now rolling out a new personal banking model that is specifically geared toward professionals, executives and business owners."  Zinser continued, "This new model was designed to complement how we do business banking and builds on our success as well as the personal relationships that we have built over the years." Zinser concluded, "West Bank has differentiated itself in the Rochester market, and we are encouraged by the community's enthusiasm for how we do business.  We believe this bodes well for our continued growth." 

The Company filed its report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 27, 2017. Please refer to that document for a more in-depth discussion of our financial results. The Form 10-Q document is available on the Investor Relations section of West Bank's website at www.westbankstrong.com. 

The Company will discuss its financial results on a conference call scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Central Time tomorrow, Friday, April 28, 2017. The telephone number for the conference call is 888-339-0814. A recording of the call will be available until May 12, 2017, by dialing 877-344-7529. The replay passcode is 10098202. 

As previously reported, the 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held at 4:00 p.m. Central Time this afternoon at the Company's headquarters. 

About West Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ:WTBA)West Bancorporation, Inc. is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. Serving Iowans since 1893, West Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Bancorporation, Inc., is a community bank that focuses on lending, deposit services, and trust services for consumers and small- to medium-sized businesses. West Bank has eight offices in the Des Moines metropolitan area, one office in Iowa City, Iowa, one office in Coralville, Iowa and one office in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Certain statements in this report, other than purely historical information, including estimates, projections, statements relating to the Company's business plans, objectives and expected operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are based, are "forward-looking statements" within the meanings of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements may appear throughout this report. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "projects," "future," "may," "should," "will," "strategy," "plan," "opportunity," "will be," "will likely result," "will continue" or similar references, or references to estimates, predictions or future events. Such forward-looking statements are based upon certain underlying assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Because of the possibility that the underlying assumptions are incorrect or do not materialize as expected in the future, actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that may affect future results include: interest rate risk; competitive pressures; pricing pressures on loans and deposits; changes in credit and other risks posed by the Company's loan and investment portfolios, including declines in commercial or residential real estate values or changes in the allowance for loan losses dictated by new market conditions or regulatory requirements; actions of bank and nonbank competitors; changes in local, national and international economic conditions; changes in regulatory requirements, limitations and costs; changes in customers' acceptance of the Company's products and services; cyber-attacks; unexpected outcomes of existing or new litigation involving the Company; and any other risks described in the "Risk Factors" sections of other reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update such forward-looking statements to reflect current or future events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


Financial Information (unaudited)          
(in thousands)          
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS     March 31, 2017   March 31, 2016
Cash and due from banks     $ 34,994     $ 48,919  
Federal funds sold     7,536     7,804  
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value     261,426     311,335  
Investment securities held to maturity, at amortized cost     48,366     50,526  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost     12,110     12,353  
Loans     1,446,735     1,274,929  
Allowance for loan losses     (16,427 )   (15,280 )
Loans, net     1,430,308     1,259,649  
Premises and equipment, net     23,005     17,298  
Bank-owned life insurance     33,121     32,688  
Other assets     16,953     14,547  
Total assets     $ 1,867,819     $ 1,755,119  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity          
Noninterest-bearing     $ 453,604     $ 457,409  
Demand     256,777     247,300  
Savings     699,338     632,934  
Time of $250 or more     12,456     13,248  
Other time     106,579     94,856  
Total deposits     1,528,754     1,445,747  
Short-term borrowings     37,425     18,685  
Long-term borrowings     124,956     126,738  
Other liabilities     6,912     7,023  
Stockholders' equity     169,772     156,926  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity     $ 1,867,819     $ 1,755,119  

Financial Information (continued) (unaudited)            
(in thousands)            
        Three Months Ended March 31,
Interest income            
Loans, including fees       $ 14,969     $ 13,466  
Investment securities       1,805     2,038  
Other       17     20  
Total interest income       16,791     15,524  
Interest expense            
Deposits       1,195     705  
Short-term borrowings       46     16  
Long-term borrowings       1,161     1,104  
Total interest expense       2,402     1,825  
Net interest income       14,389     13,699  
Provision for loan losses           200  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses       14,389     13,499  
Noninterest income            
Service charges on deposit accounts       600     596  
Debit card usage fees       440     447  
Trust services       392     297  
Increase in cash value of bank-owned life insurance       154     168  
Gain from bank-owned life insurance       307     443  
Realized investment securities losses, net       (3 )    
Other income       270     279  
Total noninterest income       2,160     2,230  
Noninterest expense            
Salaries and employee benefits       4,337     4,256  
Occupancy       1,097     951  
Data processing       688     579  
FDIC insurance       213     218  
Other expenses       1,708     1,795  
Total noninterest expense       8,043     7,799  
Income before income taxes       8,506     7,930  
Income taxes       2,400     2,234  
Net income       $ 6,106     $ 5,696  

Financial Information (continued) (unaudited)                
    Net Income            
    Basic   Diluted   Dividends   High   Low
1st Quarter   $ 0.38   $ 0.37   $ 0.17   $ 24.90   $ 20.60
4th Quarter   $ 0.37   $ 0.37   $ 0.17   $ 25.05   $ 18.75
3rd Quarter     0.36     0.36     0.17     20.52     17.65
2nd Quarter     0.34     0.34     0.17     19.65     17.33
1st Quarter     0.35     0.35     0.16     19.58     16.04

(1)  The prices shown are the high and low sale prices for the Company's common stock, which trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol WTBA. The market quotations, reported by Nasdaq, do not include retail markup, markdown or commissions. 
    Three Months Ended March 31,
Return on average assets   1.35 %   1.31 %
Return on average equity   14.80 %   14.77 %
Net interest margin   3.48 %   3.51 %
Efficiency ratio*   46.84 %   46.91 %
    As of March 31,
    2017   2016
Texas ratio*   0.49 %   0.76 %
Allowance for loan losses ratio   1.14 %   1.20 %
Tangible common equity ratio   9.09 %   8.94 %

* A lower ratio is more desirable. 

Definitions of ratios: 

  • Return on average assets - annualized net income divided by average assets.
  • Return on average equity - annualized net income divided by average stockholders' equity.
  • Net interest margin - annualized tax-equivalent net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
  • Efficiency ratio - noninterest expense (excluding other real estate owned expense) divided by noninterest income (excluding net securities gains and gains/losses on disposition of premises and equipment) plus tax-equivalent net interest income.
  • Texas ratio - total nonperforming assets divided by tangible common equity plus the allowance for loan losses.
  • Allowance for loan losses ratio - allowance for loan losses divided by total loans.
  • Tangible common equity ratio - common equity less intangible assets (none held) divided by tangible assets.
For more information contact:Doug Gulling, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (515) 222-2309

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