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Community West Bancshares Reports Second Quarter Results; Highlighted by Strong Loan Growth and Decrease in Nonaccrual Loans, net, to Lowest Level Since 2007; Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.03 Per Common Share Declared

20:00 EDT 22 Jul 2015 | Globe Newswire

GOLETA, Calif., July 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community West Bancshares (Community West or the Company), (NASDAQ:CWBC), parent company of Community West Bank (Bank), today reported that following a net $7.2 million loan litigation settlement, it had a net loss of $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15) compared to net income of $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) and $1.7 million in the second quarter a year ago (2Q14). In the first six months of the year, Community West reported a net loss of $572,000 compared to net income of $3.1 million in the first six months of 2014. Excluding the net loan litigation settlement, Community West's net income for the second quarter and the six-month period would have been $1.9 million and $3.6 million, respectively. (See section on "NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION")

"Community West's second quarter results included solid loan and deposit growth and strong top-line results," said Martin E. Plourd, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are making meaningful progress in building our franchise, and we believe that we are well positioned in our market place to continue to grow. Our results for the quarter again showed strong operating results (excluding net loan litigation settlement - see section on "NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION"), improving asset quality trends, including a substantial decrease in nonaccrual loans, and year-over-year loan and deposit growth. We continue to position the Bank for future growth by strengthening our balance sheet, liquidity and capital base and exploring all growth opportunities."

2Q15 Financial Highlights

  • Nonaccrual loans, net, decreased 49.6% to $7.9 million at June 30, 2015, compared to $15.8 million a year ago, representing the lowest level since 3Q07.
  • Net interest margin was 5.08% in 2Q15, a 43 basis point improvement compared to 1Q15 and a 53 basis point improvement compared to 2Q14. Two large past due loan relationships were paid off during the quarter and back interest was recorded, increasing yield on earning assets by 51 basis points.
  • Net loans increased 5.7% to $511.9 million at June 30, 2015, compared to $484.1 million a year earlier.
  • Total deposits increased 6.0% to $500.6 million at June 30, 2015, compared to $472.3 million a year ago.
  • Other assets acquired through foreclosure totaled $267,000 at June 30, 2015, a decrease of 56.2% compared to $610,000 a year earlier.
  • The Company redeemed $421,000 of its preferred stock during 2Q15, leaving a remaining balance of $5,574,000.
  • Book value per common share was $7.19 at June 30, 2015, compared to $6.90 a year ago.
  • Community West Bank's capital ratios continue to be strong with its total risk-based capital ratio at 14.40% and Tier 1 leverage ratio at 11.06% at June 30, 2015.

Including $26,000 of preferred stock dividends and discount on partial redemptions, the net loss attributable to common stockholders was $2.4 million, or $0.29 loss per diluted share, in 2Q15 compared to net income available to common stockholders of $1.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in 1Q15 and $1.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in 2Q14.

Income Statement

"Higher than industry average loan yields and loan interest recoveries continue to contribute to a strong net interest margin," said Charles G. Baltuskonis, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Community West's second quarter net interest margin improved 43 basis points to 5.08%, compared to 4.65% in 1Q15 and improved 53 basis points compared to 4.55% in 2Q14. Of the increase in asset yields in 2Q15, 51 basis points was attributable to two large past due loan relationships which were paid in full. In the first six months of the year, the net interest margin improved 27 basis points to 4.87% compared to 4.60% in the first six months of 2014. Of the increase in asset yields in the first six months of 2015, the same two loans contributed 26 basis points.

Second quarter net interest income increased 12.0% to $7.1 million, compared to $6.4 million in the preceding quarter and increased 13.4% compared to $6.3 million in 2Q14. Year-to-date, net interest income increased 9.0% to $13.5 million compared to $12.4 million in the same period a year ago. 

Non-interest income was $753,000 in 2Q15 compared to $481,000 in 1Q15 and $846,000 in 2Q14.  The increase compared to the preceding quarter was largely due to higher loan fees associated with the robust loan growth during the current quarter. In the first six months of 2015, non-interest income declined modestly to $1.2 million compared to $1.3 million in the first six months of 2014.

Primarily due to the $7.2 million loan litigation settlement, Community West's first quarter non-interest expenses totaled $12.4 million. This compares to $4.8 million in 1Q15 and $5.2 million in 2Q14. Excluding the loan litigation settlement, non-interest expenses would have been approximately $5.2 million. (See section on "NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION") Year-to-date non-interest expenses were $17.2 million compared to $10.7 million in the like period a year ago.

Balance Sheet

"The loan portfolio grew in 2Q15, with a $26 million increase in total loans, which included a $27.7 million increase in commercial and commercial real estate loans, as we continue to emphasize growing this relationship banking line," said Baltuskonis. Net loans increased 5.4% to $511.9 million at June 30, 2015, compared to $485.8 million at March 31, 2015, and increased 5.7% compared to $484.1 million a year ago. Manufactured housing loans remained relatively unchanged from year ago levels at $170.9 million and represent 32.9% of total loans. Commercial real estate loans outstanding were up 8.0% from year ago levels to $171.3 million at June 30, 2015, and comprise 33.0% of the total loan portfolio. Commercial loans increased 35.3% from year ago levels to $93.6 million and represent 18.0% of the total loan portfolio and SBA loans decreased 20.5% from a year ago to $53.4 million and represent 10.3% of the total loan portfolio.

Deposits totaled $500.6 million at June 30, 2015, a modest increase compared to $495.7 million at March 31, 2015 and a 6.0% increase compared to $472.3 million a year earlier. Non-interest-bearing deposit accounts increased 27.2% to $72.3 million at June 30, 2015, compared to $56.8 million a year earlier. Core deposits, defined as non-interest-bearing checking, interest-bearing checking, money market accounts, savings accounts and retail certificates of deposit totaled $392.8 million at June 30, 2015 and comprise 78.5% of total deposits, compared to $380.0 million, or 80.4% of total deposits, a year ago. 

Community West's total assets were $587.3 million at June 30, 2015, a 2.6% increase compared to three months earlier and a 5.3% increase compared to a year earlier. Stockholders' equity was $64.5 million at June 30, 2015, compared to $67.5 million at March 31, 2015, and $64.3 million a year ago. Book value per common share was $7.19 at June 30, 2015 compared to $7.50 at March 31, 2015, and $6.90 a year ago.

Credit Quality

"As a result of strong asset quality, including the solid loan loss reserves already in place, we recorded a negative provision for loan losses in the last six quarters and net loan loss recoveries in five of the past six quarters," said Plourd. The negative loan loss provision was $584,000 in 2Q15, compared to $968,000 in 1Q15, and $1.0 million in 2Q14. Net loan recoveries were $552,000 in 2Q15 compared to $366,000 in 1Q15 and $151,000 in 2Q14. 

The total allowance for loan losses was $7.3 million at June 30, 2015, or 1.60% of total loans held for investment, compared to 1.69% at March 31, 2015, and 2.48% a year ago. Nonaccrual loans, net, decreased 24.2% to $7.9 million, or 1.53% of total loans at June 30, 2015, compared to $10.5 million, or 2.13% of total loans, three months earlier, and decreased 49.6% compared to $15.8 million, or 3.19% of total loans, a year ago. 

Of the $7.9 million in net nonaccrual loans, $2.8 million were commercial loans, $1.8 million were manufactured housing loans, $691,000 were SBA loans, $1.3 million were SBA 504 1st loans, $890,000 were commercial real estate loans, $448,000 were single family real estate loans and $74,000 were home equity line of credit loans.

Other assets acquired through foreclosure totaled $267,000 at June 30, 2015, a decrease of 56.2% compared to $610,000 a year earlier. Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net of SBA/USDA guarantees, totaled $8.2 million, or 1.40% of total assets, at June 30, 2015, compared to $10.8 million, or 1.89% of total assets, three months earlier and $16.4 million, or 2.94% of total assets, a year ago. 

Announces Partial Redemption of Preferred Stock

In furtherance of its previously announced Preferred Stock Repayment Strategy, the Company redeemed another $421,000 of its 9% Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, on June 29, 2015, leaving a remaining balance of $5,574,000. The Company's Board of Directors will continue to consider redemptions, and that any such redemptions are subject to regulatory approvals and will be based on the Company's financial condition and results of operations and overall corporate strategy at the time.  It is anticipated that any future redemptions would be payable from future earnings.

Declares Cash Dividend of $0.03 Per Common Share

The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03 per common share.  The dividend will be payable August 31, 2015, to common shareholders of record on August 12, 2015.

Recent Developments

As previously announced, on June 8, 2015, Community West Bank reached a settlement with Residential Funding Company, LLC ("RFC") resolving the litigation concerning residential mortgage loans it sold to RFC. Under the settlement, Community West Bank paid RFC $7.5 million, which fully resolved the case against the Company. This action was just one of many filed by RFC against various banks still pending in courts in New York and Minnesota. "After extensive consideration, including the costs involved, we believe that this settlement resolved the uncertainties inherent in complex litigation, eliminated any additional exposure and put this issue behind us," said Plourd. "We believe that this decision to settle was in the best interest of shareholders to move forward and focus our efforts on the future."

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, which has five full-service California branch banking offices, in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura and Westlake Village. The principal business activities of the Company are Relationship banking, Mortgage lending and SBA lending.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains both financial measures based on accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") and non-GAAP based financial measures, which are used where management believes it to be helpful in understanding the Company's results of operations or financial position. Where non-GAAP financial measures are used, the comparable GAAP financial measure, as well as the reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measure, can be found in this press release. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for operating results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.

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 Six Months Ended 
  June 30, March 31, June 30, June 30, June 30,
  2015 2015 2014 2015 2014
           
Interest income          
Loans, including fees  $ 7,410  $ 6,712  $ 6,911  $ 14,122  $ 13,672
Investment securities and other  285  305  211  590  411
Total interest income  7,695  7,017  7,122  14,712  14,083
Interest expense          
Deposits  569  605  688  1,174  1,330
Other borrowings and convertible debt  15  61  161  76  398
Total interest expense  584  666  849  1,250  1,728
Net interest income  7,111  6,351  6,273  13,462  12,355
Provision for loan losses  (584)  (968)  (1,011)  (1,552)  (2,382)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  7,695  7,319  7,284  15,014  14,737
Non-interest income          
Other loan fees  370  175  266  545  441
Document processing fees  131  92  116  223  194
Service charges  87  73  71  160  143
Gains from loan sales, net  71  36  28  107  93
Net gain on sales/writedowns of foreclosed real estate and repossessed assets  16  1  190  17  150
Other  78  104  175  182  303
Total non-interest income  753  481  846  1,234  1,324
Non-interest expenses          
Salaries and employee benefits   3,202  3,115  3,193  6,317  6,420
Occupancy, net  487  445  459  932  898
Professional services  276  248  371  524  731
Stock options  218  42  30  260  241
Loan servicing and collection  182  89  134  271  399
Advertising and marketing  152  80  179  232  300
Data processing  134  119  109  253  281
Depreciation   96  91  81  187  156
FDIC assessment  82  71  90  153  170
Loan litigation settlement, net  7,153  --  --  7,153  --
Other   415  472  575  887  1,110
Total non-interest expenses  12,397  4,772  5,221  17,169  10,706
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes  (3,949)  3,028  2,909  (921)  5,355
Provision (benefit) for income taxes  (1,607)  1,258  1,203  (349)  2,207
Net Income (loss)  (2,342)  1,770  1,706  (572)  3,148
Dividends and accretion on preferred stock   136  140  329  276  602
Discount on partial redemption of preferred stock  (110)  (19)  (144)  (129)  (144)
Net income (loss) available (attributable) to common stockholders  $ (2,368)  $ 1,649  $ 1,521  $ (719)  $ 2,690
Earnings per share:          
Basic  $ (0.29)  $ 0.20  $ 0.19  $ (0.09)  $ 0.33
Diluted  $ (0.29)  $ 0.19  $ 0.18  $ (0.09)  $ 0.33
         
         
COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES        
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS        
(unaudited)        
(in 000's, except per share data)        
         
  June 30, March 31, June 30, December 31,
  2015 2015 2014 2014
         
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 1,379  $ 1,689  $ 1,807  $ 1,631
Time and interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions  22,008  33,857  15,695  17,427
Investment securities  31,940  31,054  30,030  30,641
Loans:        
Commercial  93,582  73,938  69,149  74,792
Commercial real estate  171,258  163,163  158,594  159,432
SBA  53,381  57,718  67,119  61,963
Manufactured housing  170,860  169,752  170,712  169,662
Single family real estate  18,215  15,349  13,696  15,744
HELOC  11,226  13,130  15,179  13,481
Other  595  26  109  59
Total loans  519,117  493,076  494,558  495,133
         
Loans, net        
Held for sale  65,484  63,724  70,530  66,759
Held for investment  453,633  429,352  424,028  428,374
Less: Allowance  (7,243)  (7,275)  (10,496)  (7,877)
Net held for investment  446,390  422,077  413,532  420,497
NET LOANS  511,874  485,801  484,062  487,256
         
Other assets  20,073  19,870  26,147  20,363
         
TOTAL ASSETS  $ 587,274  $ 572,271  $ 557,741  $ 557,318
         
Deposits        
Non-interest-bearing demand  $ 72,256  $ 71,278  $ 56,796  $ 57,364
Interest-bearing demand  251,238  265,000  275,418  275,631
Savings  14,312  15,283  15,917  15,265
Certificates of deposit ($250,000 or more)  44,694  30,705  16,065  13,601
Other certificates of deposit  118,097  113,404  108,098  115,223
Total deposits  500,597  495,670  472,294  477,084
Other borrowings  20,000  5,000  18,000  10,000
Other liabilities  2,129  4,098  3,167  3,227
 TOTAL LIABILITIES  522,726  504,768  493,461  490,311
         
Stockholders' equity  64,548  67,503  64,280  67,007
         
         
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  $ 587,274  $ 572,271  $ 557,741  $ 557,318
         
Shares outstanding  8,204  8,204  8,190  8,203
         
Book value per common share  $ 7.19  $ 7.50  $ 6.90  $ 7.31
           
           
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION          
(Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)(Unaudited)          
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Six Months Ended
PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND RATIOS Jun. 30, 2015 Mar. 31, 2015 Jun. 30, 2014 Jun. 30, 2015 Jun. 30, 2014
Return on average common equity  -15.07% 11.78% 12.30% -1.87% 11.65%
Return on average assets  -1.64% 1.27% 1.21% -0.20% 1.14%
Efficiency ratio 157.64% 69.84% 72.61% 116.83% 78.02%
Net interest margin 5.08% 4.65% 4.55% 4.87% 4.60%
           
  Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Quarter Ended Six Months Ended
AVERAGE BALANCES Jun. 30, 2015 Mar. 31, 2015 Jun. 30, 2014 Jun. 30, 2015 Jun. 30, 2014
Average assets  $ 572,077  $ 564,336  $ 567,147  $ 568,198  $ 556,521
Average earning assets  561,447  553,940  552,653  557,714  541,791
Average total loans  496,691  493,959  489,338  495,333  482,875
Average deposits  493,414  481,531  469,963  487,506  456,118
Average equity (including preferred stock)  68,322  67,218  70,469  67,773  69,684
Average common equity (excluding preferred stock)  62,336  60,934  55,641  61,639  54,472
           
EQUITY ANALYSIS Jun. 30, 2015 Mar. 31, 2015 Jun. 30, 2014    
Total equity  $ 64,548  $ 67,503  $ 64,280    
Less: senior preferred stock  (5,574)  (5,995)  (7,796)    
Total common equity  $ 58,974  $ 61,508  $ 56,484    
           
Common stock outstanding  8,204  8,204  8,190    
Book value per common share  $ 7.19  $ 7.50  $ 6.90    
           
ASSET QUALITY Jun. 30, 2015 Mar. 31, 2015 Jun. 30, 2014    
Nonaccrual loans, net  $ 7,949  $ 10,482  $ 15,772    
Nonaccrual loans, net/total loans 1.53% 2.13% 3.19%    
Other assets acquired through foreclosure, net  $ 267  $ 320  $ 610    
           
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net  $ 8,216  $ 10,802  $ 16,382    
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net/total assets 1.40% 1.89% 2.94%    
Net loan (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter  $ (552)  $ (366)  $ (151)    
Net (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter/total loans  -0.11% -0.07% -0.03%    
           
Allowance for loan losses  $ 7,243  $ 7,275  $ 10,496    
Plus: Reserve for undisbursed loan commitments  40  37  57    
Total allowance for credit losses  $ 7,283  $ 7,312  $ 10,553    
Total allowance for loan losses/total loans held for investment 1.60% 1.69% 2.48%    
Total allowance for loan losses/nonaccrual loans 91.12% 69.40% 66.55%    
           
Community West Bank *          
Tier 1 leverage ratio 11.06% 11.72% 11.13%    
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 13.14% 14.51% 14.30%    
Total risk-based capital ratio 14.40% 15.77% 15.57%    
           
INTEREST SPREAD ANALYSIS Jun. 30, 2015 Mar. 31, 2015 Jun. 30, 2014    
Yield on total loans 5.98% 5.51% 5.66%    
Yield on investments 2.98% 3.48% 2.28%    
Yield on interest earning deposits 0.32% 0.30% 0.31%    
Yield on earning assets 5.50% 5.14% 5.17%    
           
Cost of interest-bearing deposits 0.54% 0.58% 0.66%    
Cost of total deposits 0.46% 0.51% 0.59%    
Cost of FHLB advances 0.94% 2.06% 2.79%    
Cost of interest-bearing liabilities 0.55% 0.63% 0.78%    
           
* Capital ratios are preliminary until the Call Report is filed.          
     
     
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION    
(Unaudited)    
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES Jun. 30, 2015 Jun. 30, 2015
Return on average common equity, excluding loan litigation settlement, net (1) 12.02% 11.90%
Return on average assets, excluding loan litigation settlement, net (1) 1.31% 1.29%
Efficiency ratio, excluding loan litigation settlement, net (2) 66.68% 68.15%
     
     
NON-GAAP EARNINGS PER SHARE    
Basic (3)  $ 0.22  $ 0.43
Diluted (3)  $ 0.22  $ 0.41
     
     
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES    
(Unaudited)    
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  Jun. 30, 2015 Jun. 30, 2015
  (in thousands)
Net Income (loss)  $ (2,342)  $ (572)
Loan litigation settlement, net  7,153  7,153
Tax effect on loan litigation settlement, net  (2,943)  (2,943)
Net Income, excluding loan litigation settlement, net (3)  $ 1,868  $ 3,638
     
     
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  Jun. 30, 2015 Jun. 30, 2015
  (in thousands)
Total non-interest expenses  $ 12,397  $ 17,169
Loan litigation settlement, net  (7,153)  (7,153)
Total non-interest expenses, excluding loan litigation settlement, net (3)  $ 5,244  $ 10,016
     
     
     
(1) The Company believes these non-GAAP ratios provide a useful metric with which to analyze and evaluate the financial condition of the Company
(2) The Company believes this non-GAAP ratio provides a useful metric to measure the operating efficiency of the Company
(3) The Company believes these non-GAAP measurements are a key indicator of the ongoing earnings power of the Company
CONTACT: Charles G. Baltuskonis, EVP & CFO
         805.692.5821
         www.communitywestbank.com
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