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West Bancorporation, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend; Net Income Available To Common Shareholders For First Nine Months Of 2012 Improves 32 Percent

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- West Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ: WTBA), parent company of West Bank, reported today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share.  The dividend is payable on November 27, 2012, to shareholders of record on November 7, 2012. 

For the first nine months of 2012, net income available to common shareholders was $12.11 million or $0.69 per diluted common share.  Net income available to common shareholders for the first nine months of 2011 was $9.15 million or $0.53 per diluted common share.  The most significant difference from last year was the payment of preferred stock dividends and accretion of discount totaling $2.39 million.  The preferred stock was redeemed on June 29, 2011, so there were no such preferred stock dividends or accretion of discount in 2012 or the third quarter of 2011. 

For the third quarter of 2012, net income available to common shareholders was $3.75 million, or $0.22 per diluted common share, compared to $3.08 million, or $0.18 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2011.  Gains and fees from the sale of residential mortgages totaled $816,000 in the third quarter of 2012, more than double the amount earned in the same period in 2011.  The low interest rate environment continues to result in higher volumes of mortgage activity. The provision for loan losses was $300,000 for the third quarter of 2012 while there was no such provision in the same period last year.  Other real estate owned expense was $240,000 this quarter, significantly lower than the $1,650,000 of expense in the third quarter of 2011. 

In commenting on the Company's results, David Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of West Bancorporation, Inc. said, "We are proud of our results this year.  While the low interest rate environment puts pressure on our net interest margin, it has contributed to a favorable environment for our customers to purchase or refinance a home.  We are also pleased to continue the higher level of quarterly dividend payments.  Also, as previously announced, our Company was named a 'Small Cap All-Star' by the investment banking firm Sandler O'Neill and Partners during the third quarter.  This was a list of the 25 top performing publicly traded community banks and thrifts in the country according to the criteria set by Sandler.  It is an honor to receive that type of recognition by people who understand the banking industry." 

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

The Company will discuss its third quarter 2012 results during a conference call scheduled for this afternoon, Friday, October 26, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time.  The telephone number for the conference call is 877-317-6789.  A recording of the call will be available until November 12, 2012, at 877-344-7529, pass code: 10008360. 

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 full-service offices in the Des Moines metropolitan area, two full-service offices in Iowa City, and one full-service office in Coralville.

Certain statements in this press release, other than purely historical information, including estimates, projections, statements relating to our 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, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward-looking statements may appear throughout this press release.  These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "should," "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 non-bank competitors; changes in local and national economic conditions; changes in regulatory requirements including rules recently jointly proposed by the Federal bank regulatory agencies to implement Basel III; limitations, and costs; changes in customers' acceptance of the Company's products and services; and any other risks described in the "Risk Factors" sections of reports made by the Company to 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.

 


WEST BANCORPORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY









Financial Information (unaudited)









(in thousands, except per share data)



















CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CONDITION



September 30, 2012



September 30, 2011

Assets









Cash and due from banks



$

37,707





$

44,851



Short-term investments



4,120





7,922



Securities



322,750





258,428



Loans held for sale



6,471





3,416



Loans



854,205





866,615



Allowance for loan losses



(15,637)





(17,476)



Loans, net



838,568





849,139



Bank-owned life insurance



25,563





25,506



Other real estate owned



8,894





12,402



Other assets



23,893





24,935



Total assets



$

1,267,966





$

1,226,599













Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity









Deposits:









Noninterest-bearing



$

291,497





$

258,024



Interest-bearing:









Demand



151,686





149,910



Savings



316,931





290,109



Time of $100,000 or more



88,957





126,733



Other time



79,855





93,763



Total deposits



928,926





918,539



Short-term borrowings



73,084





54,648



Long-term borrowings



125,619





125,619



Other liabilities



7,694





6,657



Stockholders' equity



132,643





121,136



Total liabilities and stockholders' equity



$

1,267,966





$

1,226,599



 

 

Financial Information (continued) (unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)





Three months ended September 30,



Nine months ended September 30,

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS



2012



2011



2012



2011

Interest income

















Loans, including fees



$

10,928





$

11,674





$

33,324





$

35,101



Securities



1,589





1,592





4,702





5,006



Other



36





43





129





170



Total interest income



12,553





13,309





38,155





40,277



Interest expense

















Deposits



1,054





1,735





3,604





5,343



Short-term borrowings



23





42





89





131



Long-term borrowings



1,219





1,207





3,636





3,588



Total interest expense



2,296





2,984





7,329





9,062



Net interest income



10,257





10,325





30,826





31,215



Provision for loan losses



300









300





950



Net interest income after provision for loan

















losses



9,957





10,325





30,526





30,265



Noninterest income

















Service charges on deposit accounts



768





864





2,236





2,419



Debit card usage fees



403





368





1,193





1,093



Trust services



201





175





595





601



Gains and fees on sales of residential mortgages



816





358





2,144





814



Increase in cash value of bank-owned life insurance



181





223





571





667



Gain from bank-owned life insurance











841





637



Investment securities impairment losses



(6)





(22)





(179)





(22)



Realized investment securities gains, net











246







Other income



185





245





648





789



Total noninterest income



2,548





2,211





8,295





6,998



Noninterest expense

















Salaries and employee benefits



3,686





3,373





10,893





9,598



Occupancy



880





841





2,612





2,478



Data processing



576





500





1,582





1,430



FDIC insurance expense



183





216





516





1,111



Other real estate owned expense



240





1,650





1,228





1,930



Professional fees



276





297





855





756



Consulting fees



191





98





498





198



Other expense



1,072





1,343





3,598





3,669



Total noninterest expense



7,104





8,318





21,782





21,170



Income before income taxes



5,401





4,218





17,039





16,093



Income taxes



1,649





1,135





4,927





4,557



Net income



3,752





3,083





12,112





11,536



Preferred stock dividends and accretion of discount















(2,387)



Net income available to common stockholders



$

3,752





$

3,083





$

12,112





$

9,149





















































  

 





PER COMMON SHARE



MARKET INFORMATION (1)





Net Income

















Basic and Diluted



Dividends



High



Low

2012

















1st Quarter



$

0.23





$

0.08





$

10.46





$

8.71



2nd Quarter



0.25





0.08





10.22





9.02



3rd Quarter



0.22





0.10





12.35





9.38





















2011

















1st Quarter



$

0.23





$





$

8.00





$

6.75



2nd Quarter



0.12





0.05





8.89





6.94



3rd Quarter



0.18





0.05





10.00





7.31



4th Quarter



0.21





0.07





10.39





7.92





























(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 September 30,



Nine months ended September 30,

SELECTED FINANCIAL MEASURES



2012



2011



2012



2011

Return on average equity



11.36

%



10.12

%



12.61

%



11.03

%

Return on average assets



1.14

%



0.97

%



1.23

%



1.19

%

Net interest margin



3.45

%



3.64

%



3.46

%



3.61

%

Efficiency ratio



51.92

%



51.17

%



50.98

%



48.51

%































As of September 30,













2012



2011

Texas ratio











12.99

%



15.47

%

Allowance for loan losses ratio











1.83

%



2.02

%

Tangible common equity ratio











10.46

%



9.87

%

Definitions of ratios:

  • Return on average equity - annualized net income divided by average stockholders' equity.
  • Return on average assets - annualized net income divided by average assets.
  • 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 net impairment losses) 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 divided by tangible assets.

SOURCE West Bancorporation, Inc.


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