GOLETA, Calif., Jan. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community West Bancshares (Community West or the Company), (NASDAQ:CWBC), parent company of Community West Bank (Bank), today reported that following a revaluation of its net deferred tax asset due to the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Bill of 2017" which resulted in additional tax expense of $1.3 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, net income was $449,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17).  This compares to net income of $1.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17) and $1.3 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16).  Pre-tax income for 4Q17 was $3.0 million, which was a 16.4% increase compared to the preceding quarter and a 28.0% increase compared to 4Q16. 

For the full year 2017 net income was $4.9 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, compared to $5.2 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, in 2016.  Pre-tax income for the year increased 18.3% to $10.5 million, compared to $8.8 million, in 2016.

"The organic expansion in our market along California's Central Coast and the loan and deposit growth generated as a result of this expansion was a highlight of our 2017 results," stated Martin E. Plourd, President and Chief Executive Officer.   "Total loans increased 16.5% year over year and our above-industry net interest margin fueled our core operating results during the quarter.  The strength of the economy in our marketplace continues to sustain and build our community banking franchise with strong on-going demand for our high-service approach to lending, deposit and cash management programs. Our focus in the coming year remains on the local markets and expanding our franchise. We will continue to look for local opportunities to grow while adding long-term shareholder value."

Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Net loans increased $11.8 million to $726.2 million at December 31, 2017, compared to $714.4 million three months earlier and increased $102.8 million compared to $623.4 million a year ago.
  • Net income was $449,000, or $.05 per diluted share, net of $1.3 million, or $0.15 per diluted share revaluation of net deferred tax asset.
  • Net interest margin for 2017 was 4.34%.
  • Book value per common share increased to $8.55 at December 31, 2017, compared to $8.07 a year ago. 
  • The Bank continues to be well-capitalized per banking regulations with its total capital ratio at 11.31% and Tier 1 leverage ratio at 8.83% at December 31, 2017.

As a result of the Tax Cuts and Job Act enacted December 22, 2017, the Company revalued its deferred tax assets and liabilities to account for the decrease in the federal corporate rate to 21%.  The Company recorded a one-time net tax charge of $1.3 million, or $0.15 per share. This increase in income tax expense was reflected in Community West's operating results for the fourth quarter of 2017 and was in addition to the normal provision for income tax related to pre-tax net operating income.

Income Statement "Our net interest margin remained stable during the quarter and remains well-above industry averages, despite compression compared to the fourth quarter of 2016," said Susan C. Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Fourth quarter net interest margin was 4.26% compared to 4.27% in 3Q17 and 4.63% in 4Q16.  For all of 2017, Community West's net interest margin was 4.34% compared to 4.60% in 2016 which included eight basis points of asset yields attributable to one large past due relationship which paid in full.

Net interest income for 4Q17 was $8.5 million, a 1.2% increase compared to $8.4 million in the preceding quarter and a 9.2% increase compared to $7.8 million in 4Q16.  For the year, net interest income increased 12.3% to $32.7 million compared to $29.1 million in 2016.  Non-interest income increased 25.1% to $896,000 in 4Q17, compared to $716,000 in 3Q17 and increased 66.5% compared to $538,000 in 4Q16.  For the year, non-interest income increased 30.9% to $3.0 million compared to $2.3 million in 2016.

Non-interest expenses totaled $6.4 million in 4Q17, which were unchanged compared to the preceding quarter. Non-interest expenses totaled $5.9 million in 4Q16.  For the year, non-interest expenses were $24.7 million compared to $22.5 million in 2016.  The increase was largely due to costs associated with the expansion of the Bank's Northern and Southern regions. 

Balance Sheet "Loan growth was robust during the quarter, fueled by our strong local economy," said Plourd. "We continue to see strong loan demand in our local markets, with loan originations totaling $38.2 million during the quarter."

Net loans increased 1.7% to $726.2 million at December 31, 2017, compared to $714.4 million at September 30, 2017, and increased $102.8 million, or 16.5% compared to $623.4 million a year ago.  Commercial real estate loans outstanding were up 30.3% from year ago levels to $354.6 million at December 31, 2017, and comprise 48.3% of the total loan portfolio.  Manufactured housing loans were up 14.9% from year ago levels to $223.1 million and represent 30.4% of total loans.  Commercial loans increased 5.9% from year ago levels to $111.5 million and represent 15.2% of the total loan portfolio.

Deposits increased modestly to $699.7 million at December 31, 2017, compared to $697.2 million at September 30, 2017, and increased 14.3% compared to $612.2 million a year earlier.  Non-interest-bearing demand deposits increased 8.1% to $108.5 million, at December 31, 2017, when compared to the prior year. Core deposits, defined as non-interest-bearing checking, interest-bearing checking, money market accounts, savings accounts and retail certificates of deposit totaled $452.2 million at December 31, 2017 and comprise 64.6% of total deposits.

Total assets were $833.3 million at December 31, 2017, a $4.2 million increase compared to three months earlier and a $122.7 million, or 17.3% increase compared to $710.6 million one year ago.  Stockholders' equity improved to $70.1 million at December 31, 2017, compared to $69.8 million at September 30, 2017, and $65.3 million a year ago.  Book value per common share improved to $8.55 at December 31, 2017, compared to $8.54 at September 30, 2017, and $8.07 a year ago. 

Credit Quality "Due to another quarter of net credit recovery, we recorded a negative provision for loan losses of $12,000 in the fourth quarter," added Plourd.  The provision for loan losses was $159,000 in 3Q17, and $116,000 in 4Q16.  For the year, the provision for loan losses was $411,000, compared to a net provision credit of $48,000 in 2016.  Net loan recoveries were $120,000 in 4Q17 compared to $159,000 in 3Q17 and $158,000 in 4Q16.

The allowance for loan losses was $8.4 million at December 31, 2017, or 1.24% of total loans held for investment, compared to 1.25% at September 30, 2017, and 1.31% a year ago.  Net nonaccrual loans were $4.5 million, or 0.61% of total loans at December 31, 2017, compared to $1.8 million, or 0.25% of total loans, three months earlier, and to $2.4 million, or 0.38% of total loans, a year ago.  The increase in nonaccrual loans was primarily in the commercial loan segment.

Of the $4.5 million in net nonaccrual loans, $2.6 million were commercial loans, $565,000 were commercial agricultural loans, $418,000 were manufactured housing loans, $214,000 were home equity loans, $184,000 were SBA 504 1st loans, $176,000 were single-family real estate loans, $170,000 were SBA 7A loans and $122,000 were commercial real estate loans.

Other assets acquired through foreclosure totaled $372,000 at December 31, 2017, compared to $486,000 three months earlier and $137,000 a year earlier.  Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net of SBA/USDA guarantees, totaled $4.8 million, or 0.58% of total assets, at December 31, 2017, compared to $2.3 million, or 0.28% of total assets, three months earlier and $2.5 million, or 0.35% of total assets, a year ago. 

Cash Dividend Declared The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per common share, payable February 28, 2018 to common shareholders of record on February 9, 2018.  The current annualized yield, based on the closing price of CWBC shares of $10.65 on December 31, 2017, was 1.50%.

Stock Repurchase Program On August 24, 2017, the Board of Directors extended the common stock repurchase program of up to $3.0 million for two additional years.  As of December 31, 2017, 187,569 shares had been cumulatively repurchased at an average price of $7.25 per share.  The last repurchase was in 3Q16.

Company Overview Community West Bancshares is a financial services company with headquarters in Goleta, California. The Company is the holding company for Community West Bank, the largest publicly traded community bank serving California's Central Coast area of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.  Community West Bank has seven full-service California branch banking offices, in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura, Westlake Village, San Luis Obispo and Oxnard and a loan production office in Paso Robles. The principal business activities of the Company are Relationship business banking, Manufactured Housing lending and Government Guaranteed lending.

Industry Accolades In April 2017, Community West was awarded a "Super Premier" rating by The Findley Reports, the highest ranking for a community bank.  For 50 years, The Findley Reports has been recognizing the financial performance of banking institutions in California and the Western United States.  In making their selections, The Findley Reports focuses on these four ratios: growth, return on beginning equity, net operating income as a percentage of average assets, and loan losses as a percentage of gross loans.

In September 2016, Community West was named to Sandler O'Neill and Partners Bank and Thrift Sm-All Stars - Class of 2016.  This award recognized Community West as one of the top 27 best performing small capitalization institutions from a list of publicly traded banks and thrifts in the U.S. with market capitalizations less than $2.5 billion.  In making their selections, Sandler focused on growth, profitability, credit quality and capital strength.

Safe Harbor Disclosure  This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current views of future events and operations.  These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company as of the date of this release.  It is important to note that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the ability of the Company to implement its strategy and expand its lending operations.

 
COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS 
(unaudited) 
(in 000's, except per share data) 
                     
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,   December 31,   December 31,
      2017       2017     2016     2017     2016  
                     
Interest income                    
Loans, including fees   $   9,622     $   9,340   $   8,280   $   36,192   $   31,097  
Investment securities and other       305         355       302       1,199       1,119  
Total interest income       9,927         9,695       8,582       37,391       32,216  
Interest expense                    
Deposits       1,299         1,185       763       4,283       2,851  
Other borrowings       152         134       57       446       276  
Total interest expense       1,451         1,319       820       4,729       3,127  
Net interest income       8,476         8,376       7,762       32,662       29,089  
Provision (credit) for loan losses       (12 )       159       116       411       (48 )
Net interest income after provision for loan losses       8,488         8,217       7,646       32,251       29,137  
Non-interest income                    
Other loan fees       301         354       215       1,300       1,042  
Service charges       132         118       95       458       403  
Document processing fees       128         146       115       558       496  
Other       335         98       113       634       312  
Total non-interest income       896         716       538       2,950       2,253  
Non-interest expenses                    
Salaries and employee benefits        3,773         3,839       3,628       15,339       14,383  
Occupancy, net       777         754       633       2,862       2,264  
Professional services       310         281       220       1,069       873  
Advertising and marketing       262         137       169       750       616  
FDIC assessment       203         172       106       664       376  
Data processing       200         192       280       725       793  
Depreciation        166         168       192       685       678  
Stock-based compensation       83         283       77       537       338  
Loan servicing and collection       57         35       11       253       209  
Other        590         526       554       1,854       2,018  
Total non-interest expenses       6,421         6,387       5,870       24,738       22,548  
Income before provision for income taxes       2,963         2,546       2,314       10,463       8,842  
Provision for income taxes       2,514         992       974       5,548       3,613  
Net income   $   449     $   1,554   $   1,340   $   4,915   $   5,229  
Earnings per share:                    
Basic   $   0.05     $   0.19   $   0.16   $   0.60   $   0.64  
Diluted   $   0.05     $   0.18   $   0.16   $   0.57   $   0.62  
                     

 
             
COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(unaudited) 
(in 000's, except per share data) 
             
    December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
      2017       2017       2016  
             
Cash and cash equivalents   $   3,651     $   2,356     $   2,401  
Time and interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions       42,218         49,215         31,715  
Investment securities       36,348         38,117         31,683  
Loans:            
Commercial       111,459         112,399         105,290  
Commercial real estate       354,617         343,770         272,142  
SBA       26,219         30,944         36,488  
Manufactured housing       223,115         216,572         194,222  
Single family real estate       10,346         10,022         12,750  
HELOC       9,422         9,656         10,292  
Other       (569 )       (668 )       (365 )
Total loans       734,609         722,695         630,819  
             
Loans, net            
Held for sale       55,094         58,561         61,416  
Held for investment       679,515         664,134         569,403  
Less: Allowance for loan losses       (8,420 )       (8,312 )       (7,464 )
Net held for investment       671,095         655,822         561,939  
 NET LOANS       726,189         714,383         623,355  
             
Other assets       24,909         25,079         21,418  
             
 TOTAL ASSETS   $   833,315     $   829,150     $   710,572  
             
Deposits            
Non-interest-bearing demand   $   108,500     $   116,170     $   100,372  
Interest-bearing demand       256,717         266,835         253,023  
Savings       14,085         14,619         14,007  
Certificates of deposit ($250,000 or more)       86,985         81,160         77,509  
Other certificates of deposit       233,397         218,370         167,325  
Total deposits       699,684         697,154         612,236  
Other borrowings       56,843         55,843         29,000  
Other liabilities       6,718         6,387         4,000  
  TOTAL LIABILITIES       763,245         759,384         645,236  
             
Stockholders' equity       70,070         69,766         65,336  
             
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $   833,315     $   829,150     $   710,572  
             
Shares outstanding       8,193         8,169         8,096  
             
Book value per common share   $   8.55     $   8.54     $   8.07  
             

 
                   
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
(Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)(Unaudited) 
                   
  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended  
PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND RATIOS Dec. 31, 2017   Sep. 30, 2017   Dec. 31, 2016   Dec. 31, 2017 Dec. 31, 2016  
Return on average common equity    2.51 %     8.88 %     8.17 %     7.16 %   8.19 %  
Return on average assets    0.22 %     0.78 %     0.78 %     0.64 %   0.81 %  
Efficiency ratio   68.51 %     70.25 %     70.72 %     69.47 %   71.94 %  
Net interest margin   4.26 %     4.27 %     4.63 %     4.34 %   4.60 %  
                   
  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended  
AVERAGE BALANCES Dec. 31, 2017   Sep. 30, 2017   Dec. 31, 2016   Dec. 31, 2017 Dec. 31, 2016  
Average assets $   805,105     $   792,279     $   679,201     $   766,834   $   644,549    
Average earning assets     789,111         778,412         666,280         753,120       633,054    
Average total loans     729,865         708,244         607,989         690,658       573,084    
Average deposits     697,500         687,794         598,197         664,878       566,046    
Average common equity     71,038         69,438         65,247         68,684       63,857    
                   
EQUITY ANALYSIS Dec. 31, 2017   Sep. 30, 2017   Dec. 31, 2016        
Total common equity $   70,070     $   69,766     $   65,336          
Common stock outstanding     8,193         8,169         8,096          
                   
Book value per common share $   8.55     $   8.54     $   8.07          
                   
ASSET QUALITY Dec. 31, 2017   Sep. 30, 2017   Dec. 31, 2016        
Nonaccrual loans, net $   4,472     $   1,837     $   2,375          
Nonaccrual loans, net/total loans   0.61 %     0.25 %     0.38 %        
Other assets acquired through foreclosure, net $   372     $   486     $   137          
                   
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net $   4,844     $   2,323     $   2,512          
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net/total assets   0.58 %     0.28 %     0.35 %        
Net loan (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter $   (120 )   $   (159 )   $   (158 )        
Net (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter/total loans    (0.02 %)     (0.02 %)     (0.03 %)        
                   
Allowance for loan losses $   8,420     $   8,312     $   7,464          
Plus: Reserve for undisbursed loan commitments     95         96         125          
Total allowance for credit losses $   8,515     $   8,408     $   7,589          
Allowance for loan losses/total loans held for investment   1.24 %     1.25 %     1.31 %        
Allowance for loan losses/nonaccrual loans, net   188.28 %     452.48 %     314.27 %        
                   
Community West Bank *                  
Tier 1 leverage ratio   8.83 %     8.90 %     10.08 %        
Tier 1 capital ratio   10.10 %     10.26 %     11.04 %        
Total capital ratio   11.31 %     11.48 %     12.27 %        
                   
INTEREST SPREAD ANALYSIS Dec. 31, 2017   Sep. 30, 2017   Dec. 31, 2016        
Yield on total loans   5.23 %     5.23 %     5.42 %        
Yield on investments   2.53 %     2.60 %     3.23 %        
Yield on interest earning deposits   0.92 %     1.10 %     0.43 %        
Yield on earning assets   4.99 %     4.94 %     5.12 %        
                   
Cost of interest-bearing deposits   0.89 %     0.44 %     0.60 %        
Cost of total deposits   0.74 %     0.68 %     0.54 %        
Cost of borrowings   2.05 %     1.79 %     2.00 %        
Cost of interest-bearing liabilities   0.94 %     0.87 %     0.63 %        
                   
* Capital ratios are preliminary until the Call Report is filed.                  
                   

Contact:

Susan C.Thompson, EVP & CFO805.692.5821 www.communitywestbank.com