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Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results


SPOKANE, Wash., April 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. (OTC Pink: NBCT) (the "Company"), the holding company of Inland Northwest Bank (the "Bank" or "INB"), today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Net income for the first quarter of 2016 was $839 thousand, compared to $726 thousand for the previous quarter and $697 thousand for the first quarter of 2015.  Excluding nonrecurring first quarter acquisition expenses of $238 thousand, net of tax, earnings for the first quarter of 2016 would have been $1.077 million.  Earnings per diluted share increased 18.2%, from $0.11 for the fourth quarter of 2015, to $0.13 for the first quarter of 2016, but are down $0.03 from the first quarter of last year due to a 53% increase in the number of shares outstanding resulting from the Company's capital raise during the third quarter of 2015.  Earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2016, excluding the nonrecurring acquisition expenses, would have been $0.17 per share.

Company President and CEO, Russell Lee, commented, "We are very happy with our first quarter financial results and their reflection of our acquisition of Fairfield Financial Holdings Corp. and the Bank of Fairfield in 2015.  This should be the last quarter to be significantly impacted by one-time expenses related to this acquisition, and we are looking forward to continuing our efforts to integrate all of our new customers into the legacy INB business"

Balance sheet

As of March 31, 2016, the Company had total assets of $604.3 million, compared to $610.8 million on December 31, 2015 and $447.5 million on March 31, 2015.  The decrease in assets of $6.5 million, or 1.1%, during the first quarter is primarily related to a decrease in deposits.  Year over year, assets are up $156.8 million, or 35.0%; this increase is primarily related to the acquisition of Fairfield Financial Holdings Corp. ("Fairfield") during the fourth quarter of 2015.

The investment portfolio was $37.1 million as of March 31, 2016, down $12.1 million, or 24.5%, from $49.2 million at December 31, 2015.  The decrease is primarily due to the maturity of short-term investments acquired from Fairfield.  The net unrealized gain in the portfolio was $958 thousand, 10.0% higher than the $871 thousand net unrealized gain at year-end 2015.

The net loan portfolio was $476.5 million on March 31, 2016.  This represents a decrease of $855 thousand, or 0.2%, over last quarter and is related to the seasonality of our agriculture loan portfolio.  Year over year, the net loan portfolio was up $126.3 million, or 36.1%.

Deposits at March 31, 2016 were $518.7 million, a decrease of $7.2 million, or 1.4%, compared to December 31, 2015 and an increase of $135.2 million, or 35.3%, compared to March 31, 2015.  The increase over last year is primarily due to the acquisition of Fairfield's deposits.  Noninterest bearing deposits were $143.3 million at quarter end, representing 27.6% of total deposits.  This compares to noninterest bearing deposits of $158.6 million, or 30.2% of total deposits, at December 31, 2015, and to $94.1 million, or 24.5% of total deposits, at March 31, 2015.

Asset quality, provision and allowance for loan losses

The Bank's nonperforming assets ("NPAs") were $2.2 million at quarter end, representing 0.36% of total assets.  NPAs are defined as loans on which the Bank has stopped accruing interest and includes foreclosed real estate.  NPAs at the end of 2015 were $1.6 million, representing 0.25% of total assets, and at March 31, 2015, NPAs were $1.5 million, representing 0.34% of total assets.

The Bank had net loan charge offs of $41 thousand, representing 0.10% of average loans, for the three-month period ending on March 31, 2016, compared to net loan recoveries of $6 thousand for the comparable period in 2015.  The provision for loan losses was $182 thousand for the three-month period ending on March 31, 2016, compared to $60 thousand for the comparable period in 2015.  As of March 31, 2016, the allowance for loan losses was $6.2 million, or 1.27% of gross loans; this is slightly higher than on December 31, 2015 when it was $6.0 million and represented 1.24% of the loan portfolio.


Shareholders' equity increased $993 thousand, or 1.6%, during the first quarter of 2016.  The increase primarily reflects earnings retention and an increase in accumulated other comprehensive income.  Tangible book value of the Company's common stock was $8.50 per share on March 31, 2016, up $0.16, or 1.9%, over the $8.34 per share on December 31, 2015.

The Bank continues to maintain capital levels in excess of the requirements to be categorized as "well-capitalized" under newly implemented Basel III and Dodd Frank regulatory standards.  As of March 31, 2016, the Bank's Tier 1 leverage capital to average assets ratio was 10.7%, its common equity Tier 1 ("CET1") capital ratio was 11.3%, and its total capital to risk-weighted assets ratio was 12.5%.  The regulatory requirements to be considered "well-capitalized" for these three ratios are 5.0%, 6.5%, and 10.0%, respectively.

Total revenue

Total revenue was $7.1 million for the first quarter of 2016, representing an increase of $188 thousand, or 2.7%, from the previous quarter, and representing an increase of $2.1 million, or 42.8%, over the comparable quarter in 2015.  Total revenue is defined as net interest income plus noninterest income.

Net interest income

Net interest income was $6.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, an increase of $142 thousand, or 2.4%, from the previous quarter and an increase of $1.9 million, or 46.5%, from the first quarter of 2015.  The net interest margin (interest income minus interest expense, divided by average earning assets) improved from 4.14% in the first quarter of 2015 to 4.36% in the first quarter of 2016.

Noninterest income

Noninterest income was $1.1 million during the first quarter of 2016, up $46 thousand, or 4.6%, from the previous quarter.  This increase in noninterest income was primarily related to higher debit and credit card revenues, partially offset by decreases in deposits account fee income and revenues from sales of residential mortgage loans.

Noninterest expense

Noninterest expense totaled $5.7 million during the first quarter of 2016, down $107 thousand, or 1.8%, from the previous quarter.  Included in noninterest expense during the quarter are nonrecurring acquisition costs totaling $361 thousand, which were down from the $618 thousand reported for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Without these acquisition costs, noninterest expense would have increased $150 thousand, or 2.9% over the previous quarter.  The primary contributors to this rise in noninterest expenses during the quarter were higher occupancy costs, advertising costs, and FDIC assessments.

Key ratios

Return on average assets ("ROA") for the first quarter in 2016 was 0.55%, compared to 0.57% in the previous quarter and 0.65% in the first quarter last year.  Return on average equity ("ROE") was 5.47% for the first quarter in 2016, compared to 4.80% in the previous quarter and 7.12% for the first quarter last year.  Excluding the nonrecurring acquisition expenses, ROA would have been 0.71% and ROE would have been 7.02% for the first quarter of 2016.  Yield on earning assets was 4.76% and 4.66% for the quarters ended March 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and the cost of funds was 0.57% and 0.71%, respectively.

About Northwest Bancorporation, Inc.

Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. is the parent company of Inland Northwest Bank, a state-chartered community bank which currently operates eleven branches in Eastern Washington, and four branches in Northern Idaho.  INB specializes in meeting the financial needs of individuals and small to medium-sized businesses, including professional corporations and agriculture-related operations, by providing a full line of commercial, retail, agricultural, and mortgage and private banking products and services.  More information about INB can be found on its website at  The Company's stock is quoted on the OTC Market's Pink Marketplace,, under the symbol NBCT.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts and that are intended to be "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about the Company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this release that are not historical facts and pertain to the Company's future operating results.  When used in this release, the words "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in these forward-looking statements, because such statements are inherently subject to significant assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the Company's control.  These include but are not limited to: the possibility of adverse economic developments that may, among other things, increase default and delinquency risks in the Company's loan portfolios; shifts in interest rates; shifts in the rate of inflation; shifts in the demand for the Company's loan and other products; unforeseen increases in costs and expenses; lower-than-expected revenue or cost savings in connection with acquisitions; changes in accounting policies; changes in the monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; and changes in laws, regulations and the competitive environment.  Unless legally required, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. 
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition 
   Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Mar. 31, 
(dollars in thousands) 2016   2015   2015  
 Cash and due from banks$19,717  $21,253  $13,428  
 Interest bearing deposits 33,885   24,781   17,044  
 Time deposits held for investment 4,797   14,946   2,185  
 Securities available for sale 32,337   34,242   38,131  
 Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 1,075   1,041   1,135  
 Loans receivable, net 476,481   477,336   350,222  
 Loans held for sale 683   1,971   2,277  
 Premises and equipment, net 14,256   14,080   14,775  
 Bank-owned life insurance 6,971   6,924   4,228  
 Accrued interest receivable 2,517   2,706   1,363  
 Goodwill 6,290   6,290   -  
 Core deposit intangible 1,435   1,493   -  
 Foreclosed real estate 308   308   1,050  
 Other assets 3,567   3,430   1,649  
Total assets$604,319  $610,801  $447,487  
  Noninterest bearing deposits$143,312  $158,576  $94,058  
  Interest bearing transaction and savings deposits 258,207   248,441   194,882  
  Time deposits 117,162   118,867   94,530  
    518,681   525,884   383,470  
 Accrued interest payable 120   131   121  
 Borrowed funds 19,600   19,947   20,982  
 Other liabilities 4,049   3,963   3,361  
  Total liabilities 542,450   549,925   407,934  
Shareholders' equity:      
 Common stock 52,391   52,294   33,019  
 Retained earnings 8,846   8,007   5,644  
 Accumulated other comprehensive income 632   575   890  
  Total shareholders' equity 61,869   60,876   39,553  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$604,319  $610,801  $447,487  

Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. 
Consolidated Statements of Operations 
   Three Months Ended 
   Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Mar. 31, 
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) 2016   2015   2015  
Interest and dividend income:      
 Loans receivable$6,322  $6,177  $4,364  
 Investment securities 252   274   297  
 Other 62   41   12  
  Total interest and dividend income 6,636   6,492   4,673  
Interest expense:      
 Deposits 373   369   339  
 Borrowed funds 183   185   184  
  Total interest expense 556   554   523  
Net interest income 6,080   5,938   4,150  
Provision for loan losses 182   40   60  
Noninterest income:      
 Service charges on deposits 212   234   217  
 Gains from sale of loans, net 225   259   244  
 Other noninterest income 621   519   389  
  Total noninterest income 1,058   1,012   850  
Noninterest expense:      
 Salaries and employee benefits 2,862   2,912   2,086  
 Occupancy and equipment 441   387   316  
 Depreciation and amortization 302   299   277  
 Advertising and promotion 237   177   116  
 FDIC assessments 103   79   61  
 Acquisition-related costs 361   618   -  
 Other noninterest expense 1,440   1,381   1,026  
  Total noninterest expense 5,746   5,853   3,882  
Income before income taxes 1,210   1,057   1,058  
Income tax expense 371   331   361  
NET INCOME$839  $726  $697  
Earnings per common share - basic$0.13  $0.11  $0.17  
Earnings per common share - diluted$0.13  $0.11  $0.16  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 6,368,798   6,341,958   4,157,632  
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 6,432,280   6,392,056   4,250,854  

Northwest Bancorporation, Inc.
Key Financial Ratios and Data
   Three Months Ended 
   Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Mar. 31, 
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) 2016   2015   2015  
PERFORMANCE RATIOS (annualized)      
 Return on average assets 0.55%  0.57%  0.65% 
 Return on average equity 5.47%  4.80%  7.12% 
 Yield on earning assets 4.76%  5.67%  4.66% 
 Cost of funds 0.57%  0.69%  0.71% 
 Net interest margin 4.36%  5.19%  4.14% 
 Noninterest income to average assets 0.70%  0.80%  0.79% 
 Noninterest expense to average assets 3.79%  4.60%  3.61% 
 Provision expense to average assets 0.12%  0.03%  0.06% 
 Efficiency ratio (1) 80.5%  84.2%  77.6% 
   Mar. 31, Dec. 31, Mar. 31, 
    2016   2015   2015  
 Nonaccrual loans$1,884  $1,242  $476  
 Foreclosed real estate$308  $308  $1,050  
 Nonperforming assets$2,192  $1,550  $1,526  
 Loans 30-89 days past due and on accrual$2,180  $630  $4,343  
 Restructured loans$5,453  $5,942  $5,820  
 Allowance for loan losses$6,165  $6,024  $5,794  
 Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.36%  0.25%  0.34% 
 Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.27%  1.24%  1.65% 
 Allowance for loan losses to nonaccrual loans 327.2%  485.0%  1217.2% 
 Net charge-offs$41 (2)$(4)(2)$(6)(2)
 Net charge-offs to average loans (annualized) 0.10%(2) -0.01%(2) -0.01%(2)
 Common shares outstanding at period end 6,368,798   6,368,798   4,157,632  
 Tangible common equity$54,144  $53,093  $39,553  
 Tangible book value per common share$8.50  $8.34  $9.51  
 Shareholders' equity to total assets 10.2%  10.0%  8.8% 
 Total capital to risk-weighted assets (3) 12.5%  12.5%  12.6% 
 Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets (3) 11.3%  11.3%  11.4% 
 Tier 1 common equity ratio (3) 11.3%  11.3%  11.4% 
 Tier 1 leverage capital ratio (3) 10.7%  11.1%  11.2% 
 Core deposits (4)$401,519  $407,017  $288,940  
 Core deposits to total deposits 77.4%  77.4%  75.3% 
 Noninterest bearing deposits to total deposits 27.6%  30.2%  24.5% 
 Net loan to deposit ratio 91.9%  90.8%  91.3% 
 (1)Efficiency ratio is defined as noninterest expense divided by total revenue (net interest income and noninterest income).
 (2)Net charge-offs for the three-month period.      
 (3)Regulatory capital ratios are reported for Inland Northwest Bank.   
 (4)Core deposits include all deposits except time deposits.     
For more information contact: Russell A. Lee, President and CEO Holly Poquette, Chief Financial Officer 509.456.8888

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