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Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

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SPOKANE, Wash., July 22, 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 June 30, 2016.

Net income for the second quarter of 2016 was $1.27 million, compared to $839 thousand for the previous quarter and $902 thousand for the second quarter of 2015.  Earnings per diluted share increased 53.8%, from $0.13 for the first quarter of 2016, to $0.20 for the second quarter of 2016, but are down $0.01 from the second 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.  Excluding nonrecurring second quarter acquisition expenses of $67 thousand, net of tax, earnings for the second quarter of 2016 would have been $1.34 million and earnings per diluted share would have been $0.21 per share.

For the six months ended June 30, 2016, net income was $2.11 million, compared to $1.60 million for the corresponding period in 2015, representing an increase of $515 thousand, or 32.2%.  Earnings per diluted share decreased 15.8%, from $0.38 for the first six months of 2015, to $0.32 for the first six months of 2016.  Excluding nonrecurring acquisition expenses of $306 thousand, net of tax, earnings for the first six months of 2016 would have been $2.42 million and earnings per diluted share would have been $0.37 for the first six months of 2016.

Company President and CEO, Russell Lee, commented, "We are very pleased with our results for the second quarter of 2016, which is essentially the first quarter after our merger with Bank of Fairfield that was, for the most part, unaffected by one-time acquisition-related expenses.  This quarter allowed us to begin to show the prospects for increased shareholder value that we knew this business combination would deliver."

Balance sheet

As of June 30, 2016, the Company had total assets of $594.0 million, compared to $604.3 million on March 31, 2016 and $449.2 million on June 30, 2015.  The decrease in assets of $10.3 million, or 1.7%, during the second quarter was primarily related to a decrease in deposits.  Year over year, assets are up $144.8 million, or 32.2%; this increase was primarily related to the acquisition of Fairfield Financial Holdings Corp. ("Fairfield") during the fourth quarter of 2015.

The investment portfolio was $32.6 million as of June 30, 2016, down $4.5 million, or 12.1%, from $37.1 million at March 31, 2016.  The net unrealized gain in the portfolio was $1.0 million, 7.3% higher than the $958 thousand net unrealized gain at March 31, 2016.

The net loan portfolio was $479.1 million on June 30, 2016.  This represents an increase of $2.6 million, or 0.5%, over last quarter.  Year over year, the net loan portfolio was up $116.1 million, or 32.0%.

Deposits at June 30, 2016 were $507.3 million, a decrease of $11.3 million, or 2.2%, compared to March 31, 2016 and an increase of $122.7 million, or 31.9%, compared to June 30, 2015.  The decrease during the second quarter was primarily related to seasonal deposit outflow from our agricultural customers.  Noninterest bearing deposits were $141.4 million at quarter end, representing 27.9% of total deposits.  This compares to noninterest bearing deposits of $143.3 million, or 27.6% of total deposits, at March 31, 2016, and to $94.6 million, or 24.6% of total deposits, at June 30, 2015.

Asset quality, provision and allowance for loan losses

The Bank's nonperforming assets ("NPAs") were $1.6 million at quarter end, representing 0.27% 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 last quarter were $2.2 million, representing 0.36% of total assets, and at June 30, 2015, NPAs were $0.5 million, representing 0.12% of total assets.

The Bank had net loan charge offs of $62 thousand and $103 thousand for the three and six-month periods ending on June 30, 2016, compared to net loan recoveries of $56 thousand and $62 thousand for the comparable periods in 2015.  The provision for loan losses was $121 thousand and $303 thousand for the three and six-month periods ending on June 30, 2016, compared to $60 thousand and $120 thousand for the comparable periods in 2015.  As of June 30, 2016, the allowance for loan losses was $6.2 million, or 1.28% of gross loans; this was slightly higher than on December 31, 2015 when it was $6.0 million and represented 1.25% of the loan portfolio.

Capital

Shareholders' equity increased $1.4 million, or 2.3%, during the second quarter of 2016, which was mostly related to earnings retention.  Tangible book value of the Company's common stock was $8.73 per share on June 30, 2016, up $0.23, or 2.7%, over the $8.50 per share on March 31, 2016.

The Bank continues to maintain capital levels in excess of the requirements to be categorized as "well-capitalized" under regulatory standards.  As of June 30, 2016, the Bank's Tier 1 leverage capital to average assets ratio was 11.0%, its common equity Tier 1 ("CET1") capital ratio was 11.5%, and its total capital to risk-weighted assets ratio was 12.6%.  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 $7.4 million for the second quarter of 2016, representing an increase of $256 thousand, or 3.6%, from the previous quarter, and representing an increase of $2.1 million, or 38.9%, over the comparable quarter in 2015.  Total revenue was $14.5 million for the first six months of 2016, compared to $10.3 million for the same period in 2015, representing an increase of $4.2 million, or 40.8%.  Total revenue is defined as net interest income plus noninterest income.

Net interest income

Net interest income was $6.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, an increase of $151 thousand, or 2.5%, from the previous quarter and an increase of $2.0 million, or 45.8%, from the second quarter of 2015.  Net interest income was $12.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016, an increase of $3.9 million, or 46.1%, from the comparable period in 2015.  The net interest margin (interest income minus interest expense, divided by average earning assets) improved from 4.36% in the first quarter of 2016 to 4.52% in the second quarter of 2016.  Year to date, the NIM was 4.44% compared to 4.04% last year through June; excluding net purchased loan discount accretion, the year-to-date NIM was 4.27%.

Noninterest income

Noninterest income was $1.2 million during the second quarter of 2016, up $105 thousand, or 9.9%, from the previous quarter; this increase was largely related to higher revenues from sales of residential mortgage loans.  Noninterest income for the first six months of 2016 was $2.2 million, an increase of $322 thousand, or 17.0%, over the same period in 2015.  This year over year increase in noninterest income was primarily due to increased revenues from the Fairfield acquisition, as well as an increase in debit card interchange income related to a conversion from Visa to MasterCard.

Noninterest expense

Noninterest expense totaled $5.4 million during the second quarter of 2016, down $372 thousand, or 6.5%, from the previous quarter.  Included in noninterest expense during the quarter were nonrecurring acquisition costs totaling $102 thousand, which were down from $361 thousand in the first quarter of 2016.  Without these acquisition costs, noninterest expense would have decreased $113 thousand, or 2.1% over the previous quarter primarily due to savings realized in salaries and occupancy related costs.  Noninterest expense for the first six months of 2016 was $11.1 million, an increase of $3.3 million, or 41.5%, over the same period in 2015.  This year over year increase in noninterest expense was primarily due to increased operating expenses related to the Fairfield acquisition, higher advertising costs, lower gains on sales of foreclosed real estate and higher nonrecurring acquisition-related costs.

Key ratios

Return on average assets ("ROA") for the second quarter in 2016 was 0.85%, compared to 0.55% in the previous quarter and 0.82% in the second quarter last year.  Return on average equity ("ROE") was 8.15% for the second quarter in 2016, compared to 5.47% in the previous quarter and 9.04% for the second quarter last year.  Excluding the nonrecurring acquisition expenses, ROA would have been 0.90% and 0.80% for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2016, and ROE would have been 8.58% and 7.80% for the same periods, respectively.  Yield on earning assets was 4.93% and 4.72% for the quarters ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and the cost of funds was 0.58% and 0.74%, 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 www.inb.com.  The Company's stock is quoted on the OTC Market's Pink Marketplace, www.otcmarkets.com, 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
(Unaudited)
        
        
   Jun. 30, Mar. 31, Jun. 30,
(dollars in thousands) 2016   2016   2015 
        
Assets:     
 Cash and due from banks$19,458  $19,717  $13,502 
 Interest bearing deposits 24,715   33,885   9,972 
 Time deposits held for investment 2,862   4,797   2,185 
 Securities available for sale 29,764   32,337   35,996 
 Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 1,061   1,075   890 
 Loans receivable, net 479,098   476,481   363,039 
 Loans held for sale 1,636   683   1,256 
 Premises and equipment, net 14,108   14,256   14,609 
 Bank-owned life insurance 6,999   6,971   4,255 
 Accrued interest receivable 2,742   2,517   1,375 
 Goodwill 6,290   6,290   - 
 Core deposit intangible 1,378   1,435   - 
 Foreclosed real estate 308   308   200 
 Other assets 3,551   3,567   1,872 
Total assets$593,970  $604,319  $449,151 
        
Liabilities:     
 Deposits:     
  Noninterest bearing deposits$141,408  $143,312  $94,584 
  Interest bearing transaction and savings deposits 249,226   258,207   196,173 
  Time deposits 116,699   117,162   93,850 
    507,333   518,681   384,607 
 Accrued interest payable 140   120   128 
 Borrowed funds 19,257   19,600   20,637 
 Other liabilities 3,945   4,049   3,500 
  Total liabilities 530,675   542,450   408,872 
        
Shareholders' equity:     
 Common stock 52,494   52,391   33,048 
 Retained earnings 10,121   8,846   6,546 
 Accumulated other comprehensive income 680   632   685 
  Total shareholders' equity 63,295   61,869   40,279 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$593,970  $604,319  $449,151 
        

 

Northwest Bancorporation, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
          
            
   Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
   Jun. 30, Mar. 31, Jun. 30, Jun. 30, Jun. 30,
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) 2016   2016   2015   2016   2015 
            
Interest and dividend income:         
 Loans receivable$6,514  $6,322  $4,544  $12,836  $8,908 
 Investment securities 229   252   275   481   572 
 Other 53   62   16   115   28 
  Total interest and dividend income 6,796   6,636   4,835   13,432   9,508 
            
Interest expense:         
 Deposits 377   373   374   750   713 
 Borrowed funds 188   183   186   371   370 
  Total interest expense 565   556   560   1,121   1,083 
            
Net interest income 6,231   6,080   4,275   12,311   8,425 
            
Provision for loan losses 121   182   60   303   120 
            
Noninterest income:         
 Service charges on deposits 210   212   229   422   446 
 Gains from sale of loans, net 335   225   375   560   619 
 Other noninterest income 618   621   445   1,239   834 
  Total noninterest income 1,163   1,058   1,049   2,221   1,899 
            
Noninterest expense:         
 Salaries and employee benefits 2,809   2,862   2,159   5,671   4,245 
 Occupancy and equipment 409   441   347   850   663 
 Depreciation and amortization 303   302   279   605   556 
 Advertising and promotion 263   237   171   500   287 
 FDIC assessments 91   103   64   194   125 
 Gain on foreclosed real estate, net -   -   (142)  -   (142)
 Acquisition-related costs 102   361   -   463   - 
 Other noninterest expense 1,397   1,440   1,099   2,837   2,125 
  Total noninterest expense 5,374   5,746   3,977   11,120   7,859 
            
Income before income taxes 1,899   1,210   1,287   3,109   2,345 
Income tax expense 624   371   385   995   746 
            
NET INCOME$1,275  $839  $902  $2,114  $1,599 
            
Earnings per common share - basic$0.20  $0.13  $0.22  $0.33  $0.38 
Earnings per common share - diluted$0.20  $0.13  $0.21  $0.32  $0.38 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 6,369,282   6,368,798   4,157,632   6,369,040   4,157,632 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 6,509,374   6,432,280   4,255,889   6,505,918   4,251,179 
            

 

Northwest Bancorporation, Inc.
Key Financial Ratios and Data
(Unaudited)
             
             
   Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 
   Jun. 30, Mar. 31, Jun. 30, Jun. 30, Jun. 30, 
(dollars in thousands, except per share data) 2016   2016   2015   2016   2015  
             
PERFORMANCE RATIOS (annualized)          
 Return on average assets 0.85%  0.55%  0.82%  0.70%  0.72% 
 Return on average equity 8.15%  5.47%  9.04%  6.82%  8.09% 
 Yield on earning assets 4.93%  4.76%  4.72%  4.84%  4.55% 
 Cost of funds 0.58%  0.57%  0.74%  0.58%  0.70% 
 Net interest margin 4.52%  4.36%  4.18%  4.44%  4.04% 
 Noninterest income to average assets 0.78%  0.70%  0.96%  0.74%  0.85% 
 Noninterest expense to average assets 3.59%  3.79%  3.62%  3.69%  3.52% 
 Provision expense to average assets 0.08%  0.12%  0.05%  0.10%  0.05% 
 Efficiency ratio (1) 72.7%  80.5%  74.7%  76.5%  76.2% 
             
             
   Jun. 30, Mar. 31, Jun. 30,     
    2016   2016   2015      
ASSET QUALITY RATIOS AND DATA          
 Nonaccrual loans$1,278  $1,884  $333      
 Foreclosed real estate$308  $308  $200      
 Nonperforming assets$1,586  $2,192  $533      
 Loans 30-89 days past due and on accrual$186  $2,180  $2,369      
 Restructured loans$4,837  $5,453  $5,791      
 Allowance for loan losses$6,224  $6,165  $5,910      
 Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.27%  0.36%  0.12%     
 Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.28%  1.27%  1.60%     
 Allowance for loan losses to nonaccrual loans 487.0%  327.2%  1774.8%     
 Net charge-offs$62  (2)$41  (2)$(56) (2)$103  (3)$(62) (3)
 Net charge-offs to average loans (annualized) 0.15% (2) 0.10% (2) -0.06% (2) 0.02% (3) -0.03% (3)
             
             
CAPITAL RATIOS AND DATA          
 Common shares outstanding at period end 6,370,798   6,368,798   4,157,632      
 Tangible common equity$55,627  $54,144  $40,279      
 Tangible book value per common share$8.73  $8.50  $9.69      
 Shareholders' equity to total assets 10.7%  10.2%  9.0%     
 Total capital to risk-weighted assets (3) 12.6%  12.5%  12.8%     
 Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets (3) 11.5%  11.3%  11.6%     
 Tier 1 common equity ratio (3) 11.5%  11.3%  11.6%     
 Tier 1 leverage capital ratio (3) 11.0%  10.7%  11.0%     
             
             
DEPOSIT RATIOS AND DATA          
 Core deposits (4)$390,634  $401,519  $290,757      
 Core deposits to total deposits 77.0%  77.4%  75.6%     
 Noninterest bearing deposits to total deposits 27.9%  27.6%  24.6%     
 Net loan to deposit ratio 94.4%  91.9%  94.4%     
             
             
             
Notes:          
 (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 nbct@inb.com

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