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WSFS Reports 2Q 2017 EPS of $0.64, a 10% Increase Over 2Q 2016; Net Revenue Improves 20% Over 2Q 2016, Driven by Strong Organic and Acquisition Growth in Loans, Deposits, and Fee Income

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WILMINGTON, Del., July 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WSFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:WSFS), the parent company of WSFS Bank, reported net income of $20.6 million, or $0.64 per diluted common share for 2Q 2017 compared to net income of $17.5 million, or $0.58 per share for 2Q 2016 and net income of $18.9 million, or $0.59 per share for 1Q 2017.

Net revenues (which includes interest income and noninterest income) were $86.0 million for 2Q 2017, an increase of $14.1 million, or 20% from 2Q 2016. The strong increase in net revenues included balanced growth in both net interest income and noninterest income. Net interest income was $54.3 million, an increase of $7.9 million, or 17% from 2Q 2016; and noninterest income was $31.7 million, an increase of $6.2 million, or 24% from 2Q 2016. Noninterest expenses were $52.7 million in 2Q 2017, an increase of $8.0 million, or 18% from 2Q 2016. This combination resulted in positive operating leverage and an improved efficiency ratio of 60.8% in 2Q 2017 compared with 61.5% in 2Q 2016.  Return on average assets (ROA) was 1.23% for both 2Q 2017 and 2Q 2016.  Return on average equity was 11.56% for 2Q 2017, compared with 11.60% for 2Q 2016.

Highlights for 2Q 2017:

  • Core earnings per share(1) of $0.63 increased 9% from $0.58 in 2Q 2016.

  • Core ROA(1) was 1.22% for 2Q 2017, compared to 1.23% for 2Q 2016.  Core return on average tangible common equity(1) was 15.95% for 2Q 2017, compared to 13.97% for 2Q 2016.

  • Core net revenue(1) increased $13.9 million, or 19.5% from 2Q 2016, including a $7.9 million, or 17.0% increase in core net interest income(1) and a $6.0 million, or 24.1% increase in core fee income (noninterest income)(1), reflecting both continued strong organic and acquisition growth.

  • Core noninterest expenses(1) increased $8.2 million, or 18.6% from 2Q 2016, creating positive operating leverage and resulting in a strong core efficiency ratio(1) of 60.9%.

Notable items in the quarter:

  • WSFS realized $0.7 million (pre-tax), or approximately $0.01 per share (after-tax) in net gains on sales of securities in 2Q 2017, compared to $0.5 million, or approximately $0.01 per share in 2Q 2016.

  • WSFS recorded $0.4 million (pre-tax), or approximately $0.01 per share (after-tax) in corporate development expenses during 2Q 2017, compared to $0.5 million or $0.01 per share in 2Q 2016.

  • A large temporary trust deposit of $352.4 million that was received late in 1Q 2017 was withdrawn from the bank, as anticipated, in late April 2017.  The impact of this deposit on our 2Q 2017 results is discussed in the net interest income and customer funding sections.

(1) Core earnings per share, core return on average assets (ROA), core return on average tangible common equity, core net revenue, core net interest income, core fee income, core noninterest expenses and core efficiency ratio are non-GAAP financial measures. For a reconciliation of these measures to their comparable GAAP measures, see "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" at the end of this press release.

CEO outlook and commentary

Mark A. Turner, President and CEO, said, "Our strong second quarter results demonstrate our disciplined approach in executing on our strategic goals, including the continued success in integrating and optimizing our recent business combinations and investments. Earnings growth was well balanced across our businesses highlighted by a 24.1% increase in core fee income from 2Q 2016, including 13% from organic growth.  Our strong net interest income results reflect our rigorous approach to growing loans and deposits in a competitive environment.  Expenses were well managed, with our core efficiency ratio improving from 1Q 2017 and 2Q 2016, while our credit quality metrics were strong and improved across all key ratios.  We reported a core ROA of 1.22%, which keeps us well on track to meet or exceed our Strategic Plan goals, including our core and sustainable ROA goal of 1.30% by the fourth quarter of 2018.

"Importantly, during the quarter and for the second year in a row, we were honored to receive the 2017 Gallup Great Workplace Award.  Focusing our efforts on engagement continues to be the main ingredient of our sustainable high-performance, and provides us the ability to better serve our communities.  Our continued strong financial performance and market recognitions demonstrate the success of our strategy, 'Engaged Associates delivering stellar experiences growing Customer Advocates and value for our Owners'."

Second Quarter 2017 Discussion of Financial Results

Net interest income and margin reflects good growth and disciplined pricing

Net interest income for 2Q 2017 was $54.3 million, an increase of $7.9 million, or 17% compared to 2Q 2016 due to both organic and acquisition-related growth.

The net interest margin for 2Q 2017 was 3.93%, a 3 bps increase from 3.90% for 2Q 2016.  This includes a 6 bps negative impact due to our issuance of $100.0 million senior notes in late 2Q 2016, which will be substantially  recovered as we plan to use part of the proceeds to pay off older, higher-cost debt in 3Q 2017.  The year-over-year increase in the net interest margin reflects the positive effects of our combination with Penn Liberty, disciplined pricing of loans and deposits, and higher short-term interest rates.  These increases were offset somewhat by higher wholesale borrowing costs to support increased fee income business from Cash Connect®.

Compared with 1Q 2017, net interest income increased $1.2 million or 2% (not annualized) and net interest margin increased 3 bps due to the positive effect of loan and deposit growth, disciplined pricing, rising interest rates, and the aforementioned $352.4 million trust deposit. These positive impacts were offset somewhat by a decrease of $0.7 million, or 5 bps of net interest margin, in acquisition-related interest income accretion in 2Q 2017.

Loan portfolio growth continues

At June 30, 2017, WSFS' net loan portfolio was $4.62 billion, an increase of $33.6 million, or 3% (annualized) compared to March 31, 2017.  The increase resulted from a $28.2 million, or 24% (annualized) increase in consumer loans and a $7.6 million, or 1% (annualized) increase in total commercial loans, partially offset by a $2.0 million decrease in residential mortgages.  The second quarter included an anticipated large number of commercial loan pay-downs and pay-offs. Nevertheless, net loan growth for the first six months of 2017 was $116.0 million, or 5% (annualized).

Compared to June 30, 2016, net loans increased $756.0 million, or 20%.  This increase includes the loans acquired from Penn Liberty and organic loan growth of $272.5 million, or 7%.  The majority of the year-over-year organic growth was in C&I loans, which increased $149.2 million, or 7%, consumer loans, which increased $66.1 million, or 18%, and construction loans, which increased $61.8 million, or 31%. These increases were partially offset by a decline in residential mortgages of $28.8 million, or 10%, reflecting our ongoing strategy of selling most newly-originated residential mortgages in the secondary market.

The following table summarizes loan balances and composition at June 30, 2017 compared to March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016:

(Dollars in thousands)     June 30, 2017
    March 31, 2017
    June 30, 2016
Commercial & industrial     $ 2,433,256       52 %     $ 2,431,442       53 %     $ 2,044,802       53 %
Commercial real estate     1,139,840       25       1,158,221       25       983,116       26  
Construction     278,349       6       254,229       6       197,461       5  
Total commercial loans     3,851,445       83       3,843,892       84       3,225,379       84  
Residential mortgage     307,983       7       309,972       7       295,191       7  
Consumer     495,717       11       467,507       10       376,304       10  
Allowance for loan losses     (40,005 )     (1 )     (39,826 )     (1 )     (37,746 )     (1 )
Net Loans     $ 4,615,140       100 %     $ 4,581,545       100 %     $ 3,859,128       100 %
                                                       

Credit quality trends improve and remain favorable

Credit quality metrics improved during 2Q 2017, and reflect continued strength in portfolio performance.

Total delinquencies, which include nonperforming delinquencies, were only $23.9 million at June 30, 2017, a low 0.52% of gross loans, and represent a slight decrease from $24.2 million and 0.53% of gross loans at March 31, 2017.  Excluding nonperforming delinquencies, performing-loan delinquencies were a very low 0.11% at June 30, 2017, near the lowest level in the past several years.

Total problem loans (all criticized, classified and nonperforming loans) decreased to $161.7 million, or 23.2% of Tier 1 capital plus the allowance for loan losses (ALLL) at June 30, 2017, compared to $184.0 million, or 27.1% at March 31, 2017.

Total nonperforming assets were $58.6 million at June 30, 2017, a $1.9 million decrease from March 31, 2017. The nonperforming assets to total assets ratio was 0.86% at June 30, 2017 compared to 0.88% at March 31, 2017.  At June 30, 2017 and March 31, 2017, nonperforming assets included the impact of a $9.7 million locally-based, C&I participation that was downgraded during 1Q 2017 after a targeted energy sector review.  The loan relationship has been, and continues to be, paying current, and positive resolution is expected in the near term.

Net charge-offs for 2Q 2017 were $1.7 million or only 0.15% of total net loans on an annualized basis, a decrease from $2.1 million, or 0.19% (annualized) in 1Q 2017, and an increase from $1.1 million, or 0.11% (annualized) during 2Q 2016.

Total credit costs (provision for loan losses, loan workout expenses, other real estate owned (OREO) expenses and other credit costs) were $2.3 million for 2Q 2017, a decrease from $2.8 million during 1Q 2017 and an increase from $1.3 million during 2Q 2016.

The ratio of the ALLL to total gross loans was 0.87% at June 30, 2017, which was flat when compared to March 31, 2017. Excluding the balances for acquired loans (marked-to-market at acquisition), the ALLL to total gross loans ratio would have been 1.02% at June 30, 2017 and 1.04% at March 31, 2017. The ALLL was 104% of nonaccruing loans at June 30, 2017 compared to 100% at March 31, 2017 and 259% at June 30, 2016.

Customer funding reflects a decline in both seasonal public funding and higher-cost deposit balances

Total customer funding was $4.65 billion at June 30, 2017, a $448.4 million decrease from March 31, 2017.  Customer funding balances at March 31, 2017 were positively impacted by one large temporary trust deposit of $352.4 million that was received late in 1Q 2017 and withdrawn from the bank, as anticipated, in April 2017.  Excluding the impact of this deposit, customer funding decreased $96.0 million compared to March 31, 2017.  The decrease was primarily due to a $40.7 million seasonal decline in public funding account balances and a purposeful decrease in higher-cost CDs during the quarter in order to enhance the net interest margin.  These decreases were partially offset by a $9.3 million increase in low-cost relationship checking deposit accounts.  Core deposits increased $110.3 million during the first six months of 2017, or 5% (annualized).

Customer funding increased $818.8 million, or 21% compared to June 30, 2016.  In addition to deposits acquired from Penn Liberty of $574.8 million (fair market value at acquisition), organic customer funding growth was $244.0 million, or 6%, including organic core deposit growth of $306.8 million, or 9%, over the prior year, offset by purposeful run-off of higher-cost CDs.

Core deposits were 88% of total customer deposits, and no- and low-cost checking deposit accounts represent 48% of total customer deposits at June 30, 2017.  These core deposits predominantly represent longer-term, less price-sensitive customer relationships, which are very valuable in a rising-rate environment.  The loan to customer deposit ratio was 99% at June 30, 2017.  

The following table summarizes customer funding balances and composition at June 30, 2017  compared to March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016:

(Dollars in thousands)     June 30, 2017     March 31, 2017     June 30, 2016
Noninterest demand     $ 1,319,749     28 %     $ 1,658,111     33 %     $ 977,154     26 %
Interest-bearing demand     927,465     20       932,284     18       796,294     21  
Savings     572,476     12       597,186     12       427,843     11  
Money market     1,297,024     28       1,342,464     26       1,091,306     28  
Total core deposits     4,116,714     88       4,530,045     89       3,292,597     86  
Customer time deposits     535,115     12       570,186     11       540,418     14  
Total customer deposits     $ 4,651,829     100 %     $ 5,100,231     100 %     $ 3,833,015     100 %
                                                 

Strong fee income growth continues

Core fee income (noninterest income) increased by $6.0 million, or 24.1%, to $31.0 million compared to 2Q 2016.  This was the result of good growth across most of our businesses and included increases in investment management and fiduciary revenue of $2.6 million and credit/debit card and ATM income of $1.7 million, as well as $0.8 million from the gain on sale of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.  Our organic fee income growth was a healthy 13%, or more than half of the 24.1% year-over-year growth. 

When compared to the seasonally-slow 1Q 2017, core fee income increased $3.2 million, or 12% (not annualized), including a $0.8 million increase in credit/debit card and ATM income, a $0.8 million increase in investment management and fiduciary revenue, and $0.7 million of higher mortgage banking revenue.

For 2Q 2017, fee income was 36.5% of total revenue (computed on a fully tax-equivalent basis), a meaningful increase when compared to 35.1% for 2Q 2016, and was well diversified among various sources, including traditional banking, mortgage banking, wealth management and ATM services (Cash Connect®).

Noninterest expense reflects recent combinations and franchise growth

Core noninterest expense(2) for 2Q 2017 was $52.4 million, an increase of $8.2 million or 18.6% from $44.1 million in 2Q 2016.  Contributing to the year-over-year increase was $4.2 million of ongoing operating costs from our late 2016 combinations with Penn Liberty, Powdermill, and West Capital. The remaining increase primarily reflects higher compensation and related costs due to added staff to support overall franchise growth.

When compared to 1Q 2017, core noninterest expense increased $1.2 million, primarily due to a $1.0 million increase in legal and professional fees, which can be uneven, and higher operating expenses associated with seasonally stronger revenues.  These higher costs were partially offset by a decline in compensation, occupancy, and related expenses due to higher 1Q 2017 costs due to typical seasonality.

(2) Core noninterest expense is a non-GAAP financial measure. For a reconciliation of this measure to its comparable GAAP measure, see "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" at the end of this press release.

Selected Business Segments (included in previous results):

Wealth Management segment fee revenue grew 39% over the prior year

The Wealth Management segment provides a broad array of fiduciary, investment management, credit and deposit products to clients through six businesses. WSFS Wealth Investments, with $172.0 million in assets under management (AUM), provides insurance, asset management, and brokerage products primarily to our retail banking clients. Cypress Capital Management, LLC is a registered investment adviser with $822.0 million in AUM (includes $110.0 million of Christiana Trust assets for which Cypress serves as sub-adviser).  Cypress is a fee-only wealth management firm offering a "balanced" investment style focused on preservation of capital and providing current income whose primary market segment is high net worth individuals. West Capital Management is a registered investment adviser with $796.7 million in AUM.  West Capital is a fee-only wealth management firm which operates under a multi-family office philosophy and provides fully customized solutions tailored to the unique needs of institutions and high net worth individuals. Christiana Trust, with $15.72 billion in assets under management and administration (includes $110.0 million of Christiana Trust assets for which Cypress serves as sub-adviser), provides fiduciary and investment services to personal trust clients; and trustee, agency, bankruptcy administration, custodial and commercial domicile services to corporate and institutional clients. Powdermill Financial Solutions, LLC is a multi-family office that specializes in providing unique, independent solutions to high net worth individuals, families and corporate executives. WSFS Private Banking serves high net worth clients by delivering credit and deposit products and partnering with other business units to deliver investment management and fiduciary products and services.

Total Wealth Management revenue (net interest income, fiduciary fees and other fee income) was $12.7 million for 2Q 2017. This was an increase of $3.2 million, or 34% compared to 2Q 2016 and an increase of $1.1 million compared to 1Q 2017.  Included in the year-over-year increase, fee revenue increased $2.6 million, or 39%, compared to 2Q 2016. The year-over-year increase reflects continued growth in several Wealth business lines in addition to the combinations with Powdermill Financial Solutions LLC, which occurred in mid-August 2016, and West Capital Management, which occurred in mid-October 2016.

Total noninterest expense (including intercompany allocations and provision for loan losses and credit costs) was $9.1 million during 2Q 2017 compared to $6.1 million during 2Q 2016 and $8.3 million during 1Q 2017. The year-over-year increase in costs was due to higher legal and consulting costs on a few legacy trust matters, increased compensation expense due to higher revenue, other infrastructure costs necessary to support the continuing growth of the business, higher loan loss provision in Private Banking as well as the ongoing operational costs from the combinations with Powdermill and West Capital.

Pre-tax income in 2Q 2017 was $3.6 million compared to $3.4 million in 2Q 2016 and $3.3 million in 1Q 2017 and was driven by the above-mentioned factors.

Cash Connect net revenue increases 9% over same quarter 2016

Cash Connect® is a premier provider of ATM vault cash and smart safe and cash logistics services in the United States. Cash Connect® services 21,000  non-bank ATMs and retail safes nationwide with over $900 million in cash and other fee-based services.  Cash Connect® also operates over 440 ATMs for WSFS Bank, which has the largest branded ATM network in Delaware.

Our Cash Connect® division recorded $9.1 million in net revenue (fee income less funding costs) in 2Q 2017, an increase of $0.8 million or 9% from 2Q 2016 and an increase of $0.7 million from 1Q 2017, primarily due to continued growth in the bailment, cash management and smart safe lines of business, partially offset by higher funding costs.  Noninterest expense (including intercompany allocations of expense) was $7.3 million during 2Q 2017, an increase of $1.1 million from 2Q 2016 and an increase of $0.4 million compared to 1Q 2017.  The year-over-year increase in expenses was primarily due to higher operating costs associated with higher fee income as well as increased investments for several new features and enhancements to our managed services and smart safe products. Cash Connect® reported pre-tax income of $1.9 million for 2Q 2017, which was a decrease of $0.3 million, or 13% from 2Q 2016 as a result of margin compression from rising interest rates and loss of floor rate benefit.  An increase of $0.3 million, or 16%, when compared to 1Q 2017 was primarily driven by business growth from Cash Connect®'s largest customers, more managed service business and growing momentum in its smart safe service offering.

Cash Connect® continues to focus on expanding both ATM and smart safe managed services to offset margin compression resulting from industry consolidation and increased expense pressure on our customers caused by the rising interest rate environment. Cash Connect® is also improving funding costs by optimizing cash usage throughout our network. Cash Connect® has a growing smart safe pipeline generated by several smart safe channel partners actively marketing our program, in addition to over 1,000 safes as of June 30, 2017, up from just over 100 safes at the end of 2015.

Income taxes

The Company recorded a $10.9 million income tax provision in 2Q 2017, compared to provisions of $8.6 million in 1Q 2017 and $8.5 million in 2Q 2016.

The effective tax rate was  34.5% in 2Q 2017, 31.2% in 1Q 2017, and 32.7% in 2Q 2016.  The effective tax rate increased in 2Q 2017 in comparison with 1Q 2017 and 2Q 2016.  The lower effective tax rate in prior quarters included higher tax benefits realized on stock-based compensation due to typical higher transaction volumes and the initial adoption of ASU No. 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718) in 2Q 2016.

Capital management

WSFS' total stockholders' equity increased $18.6 million, or 3% (not annualized), to $722.6 million at June 30, 2017 from $704.0 million at March 31, 2017, primarily due to quarterly earnings and improvement in net unrealized losses in the investment portfolio, partially offset by stock buybacks and the payment of the common stock dividend during the quarter.

WSFS' tangible common equity(3) increased by 4% (not annualized) to $532.6 million at June 30, 2017 from $513.6 million at March 31, 2017 due to the reasons noted in the paragraph above.  

WSFS' common equity to assets ratio was 10.59% at June 30, 2017, and its tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio(3) increased by 32 bps during the quarter to 8.03%. At June 30, 2017, book value per share was $22.99, a $0.61, or 2.7% (not annualized), increase from March 31, 2017, and tangible common book value per share(3) was $16.94, a $0.61, or 3.7% (not annualized) increase from March 31, 2017.

At June 30, 2017, WSFS Bank's Tier I leverage ratio of 10.06%, Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio and Tier 1 capital ratio of 11.42%, and Total Capital ratio of 12.14%, were all substantially in excess of the "well-capitalized" regulatory benchmarks.

In 2Q 2017, WSFS repurchased 71,000 shares of common stock at an average price of $45.18 as part of our 5% buyback program approved by the Board of Directors in 4Q 2015. WSFS has 821,194 shares, or nearly 3% of outstanding shares, remaining to repurchase under this current authorization.  In addition, the Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per share of common stock. This dividend will be paid on August 25, 2017 to shareholders of record as of August 11, 2017.

(3) Tangible common equity, tangible common equity to assets and tangible common book value per share are non-GAAP financial measures. For a reconciliation of these measures to their comparable GAAP measures, see "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" at the end of this press release.

Second quarter 2017 earnings release conference call

Management will conduct a conference call to review 2Q 2017 results at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, July 28, 2017. Interested parties may listen to this call by dialing 1-877-312-5857.  A rebroadcast of the conference call will be available two hours after the completion of the call until Friday, August 11, 2017, by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and using Conference ID 52250061.

About WSFS Financial Corporation

WSFS Financial Corporation is a multi-billion dollar financial services company. Its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank, is the oldest and largest locally-managed bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Delaware Valley. As of June 30, 2017, WSFS Financial Corporation had $6.82 billion in assets on its balance sheet and $17.40 billion in assets under management and administration. WSFS operates from 76 offices located in Delaware (45), Pennsylvania (29), Virginia (1) and Nevada (1) and provides comprehensive financial services including commercial banking, retail banking, cash management and trust and wealth management. Other subsidiaries or divisions include Christiana Trust, WSFS Wealth Investments, Cypress Capital Management, LLC, West Capital Management, Powdermill Financial Solutions, Cash Connect®, WSFS Mortgage and Arrow Land Transfer. Serving the Delaware Valley since 1832, WSFS Bank is one of the ten oldest banks in the United States continuously operating under the same name. For more information, please visit wsfsbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

This press release contains estimates, predictions, opinions, projections and other "forward-looking statements" as that phrase is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, without limitation, references to the Company's predictions or expectations of future business or financial performance as well as its goals and objectives for future operations, financial and business trends, business prospects, and management's outlook or expectations for earnings, revenues, expenses, capital levels, liquidity levels, asset quality or other future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations. Such forward-looking statements are based on various assumptions (some of which may be beyond the Company's control) and are subject to risks and uncertainties (which change over time) and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to difficult market conditions and unfavorable economic trends in the United States generally, and particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates and in which its loans are concentrated, including the effects of declines in housing markets, an increase in unemployment levels and slowdowns in economic growth; the Company's level of nonperforming assets and the costs associated with resolving any problem loans including litigation and other costs; changes in market interest rates which may increase funding costs and reduce earning asset yields thus reducing margin; the impact of changes in interest rates and the credit quality and strength of underlying collateral and the effect of such changes on the market value of the Company's investment securities portfolio; the credit risk associated with the substantial amount of commercial real estate, construction and land development, and commercial and industrial loans in our loan portfolio; the extensive federal and state regulation, supervision and examination governing almost every aspect of the Company's operations including changes in regulations affecting financial institutions, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the rules and regulations being issued in accordance with this statute and potential expenses associated with complying with such regulations; possible additional loan losses and impairment of the collectability of loans; the Company's ability to comply with applicable capital and liquidity requirements (including the finalized Basel III capital standards), including our ability to generate liquidity internally or raise capital on favorable terms; possible changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies, laws and regulations and other activities of governments, agencies, and similar organizations; any impairment of the Company's goodwill or other intangible assets; failure of the financial and operational controls of the Company's Cash Connect division; conditions in the financial markets that may limit the Company's access to additional funding to meet its liquidity needs; the success of the Company's growth plans, including the successful integration of past and future acquisitions; negative perceptions or publicity with respect to the Company's trust and wealth management business; system failure or cybersecurity breaches of the Company's network security; the Company's ability to recruit and retain key employees; the effects of problems encountered by other financial institutions that adversely affect the Company or the banking industry generally; the effects of weather and natural disasters such as floods, droughts, wind, tornadoes and hurricanes as well as effects from geopolitical instability and manmade disasters including terrorist attacks; possible changes in the speed of loan prepayments by the Company's customers and loan origination or sales volumes; possible acceleration of prepayments of mortgage-backed securities due to low interest rates, and the related acceleration of premium amortization on prepayments on mortgage-backed securities due to low interest rates; regulatory limits on the Company's ability to receive dividends from its subsidiaries and pay dividends to its shareholders; the effects of any reputational, credit, interest rate, market, operational, legal, liquidity, regulatory and compliance risk resulting from developments related to any of the risks discussed above; and the costs associated with resolving any problem loans, litigation and other risks and uncertainties, discussed in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Forward-looking statements are as of the date they are made, and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

             
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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)
             
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)     Three months ended     Six months ended
      June 30, 2017     March 31, 2017     June 30, 2016     June 30, 2017     June 30, 2016
Interest income:
Interest and fees on loans     $ 56,073     $ 54,681     $ 45,983     $ 110,754     $ 90,545
Interest on mortgage-backed securities     4,782     4,395     3,910     9,177     7,804
Interest and dividends on investment securities     1,136     1,249     1,226     2,385     2,446
Other interest income     343     501     384     844     754
      62,334     60,826     51,503     123,160     101,549
Interest expense:                              
Interest on deposits     3,341     3,075     2,204     6,416     4,322
Interest on senior debt     2,121     2,121     1,175     4,242     2,117
Interest on Federal Home Loan Bank advances     1,797     1,858     1,124     3,655     2,172
Interest on trust preferred borrowings     472     446     397     918     768
Interest on other borrowings     289     223     189     512     400
      8,020     7,723     5,089     15,743     9,779
Net interest income     54,314     53,103     46,414     107,417     91,770
Provision for loan losses     1,843     2,162     1,254     4,005     2,034
Net interest income after provision for loan losses     52,471     50,941     45,160     103,412     89,736
                               
Noninterest income:                              
Credit/debit card and ATM income     8,925     8,131     7,253     17,056     14,154
Investment management and fiduciary revenue     8,835     8,039     6,282     16,874     11,536
Deposit service charges     4,560     4,397     4,342     8,957     8,618
Mortgage banking activities, net     1,844     1,185     1,816     3,029     3,470
Loan fee income     451     549     480     1,000     957
Investment securities gains, net     708     320     545     1,028     850
Bank-owned life insurance income     302     276     211     578     442
Other income     6,051     5,195     4,578     11,246     9,149
      31,676     28,092     25,507     59,768     49,176
Noninterest expense:                              
Salaries, benefits and other compensation     28,223     28,836     23,509     57,059     46,385
Occupancy expense     4,684     5,162     3,955     9,846     8,225
Equipment expense     3,498     3,124     2,516     6,622     4,989
Professional fees     2,669     1,635     2,934     4,304     5,337
Data processing and operations expense     1,750     1,618     1,522     3,368     3,064
Marketing expense     932     624     801     1,556     1,465
FDIC expenses     594     529     773     1,123     1,611
Corporate development expense     366     338     549     704     1,118
Loan workout and OREO expense     499     521     45     1,020     548
Other operating expenses     9,512     9,119     8,081     18,631     15,741
      52,727     51,506     44,685     104,233     88,483
Income before taxes     31,420     27,527     25,982     58,947     50,429
Income tax provision     10,850     8,590     8,504     19,440     17,181
Net income     $ 20,570     $ 18,937     $ 17,478     $ 39,507     $ 33,248
Diluted earnings per share of common stock:                              
Net income allocable to common stockholders     $ 0.64     $ 0.59     $ 0.58     $ 1.22     $ 1.10
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding for fully diluted EPS     32,311,571     32,348,571     30,150,904     32,324,214     30,190,079
                               
See "Notes"                              


         
WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
STATEMENTS OF INCOME - continued
(Unaudited)
         
    Three months ended   Six months ended
    June 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 June 30, 2016   June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
Performance Ratios:              
Return on average assets (a)   1.23 % 1.12 % 1.23 %   1.17 % 1.18 %
Return on average equity (a)   11.56   11.00   11.60     11.28   11.16  
Return on average tangible common equity (a)(o)   16.12   15.59   13.97     15.86   13.52  
Net interest margin (a)(b)   3.93   3.90   3.90     3.91   3.88  
Efficiency ratio (c)   60.81   62.87   61.49     61.81   62.11  
Noninterest income as a percentage of total net revenue (b)   36.53   34.29   35.10     35.44   34.52  
                         
See "Notes"                        


                   
WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Continued)
SUMMARY STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION (Unaudited)
                   
(Dollars in thousands)     June 30, 2017     March 31, 2017     June 30, 2016
Assets:                  
Cash and due from banks     $ 118,555       $ 120,913       $ 104,507  
Cash in non-owned ATMs     623,232       730,747       599,114  
Investment securities (d)     166,211       197,206       205,625  
Other investments     39,356       23,605       38,754  
Mortgage-backed securities (d)     814,882       755,530       727,232  
Net loans (e)(f)(l)     4,615,140       4,581,545       3,859,128  
Bank owned life insurance     102,007       101,700       91,491  
Goodwill and intangibles     189,983       190,372       94,073  
Other assets     153,061       151,281       114,183  
Total assets     $ 6,822,427       $ 6,852,899       $ 5,834,107  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:                  
Noninterest-bearing deposits     $ 1,319,749       $ 1,658,111       $ 977,154  
Interest-bearing deposits     3,332,080       3,442,120       2,855,859  
Total customer deposits     4,651,829       5,100,231       3,833,013  
Brokered deposits     182,221       276,599       159,126  
Total deposits     4,834,050       5,376,830       3,992,139  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances     823,651       298,095       886,767  
Other borrowings     339,103       402,754       282,035  
Other liabilities     103,000       71,219       55,970  
Total liabilities     6,099,804       6,148,898       5,216,911  
Stockholders' equity     722,623       704,001       617,196  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity     $ 6,822,427       $ 6,852,899       $ 5,834,107  
Capital Ratios:                  
Equity to asset ratio     10.59 %     10.27 %     10.58 %
Tangible common equity to tangible asset ratio (o)     8.03       7.71       9.11  
Common equity Tier 1 capital (g) (required: 4.5%; well capitalized: 6.5%) (p)     11.42       11.25       12.26  
Tier 1 leverage (g) (required: 4.00%; well-capitalized: 5.00%) (p)     10.06       9.60       10.48  
Tier 1 risk-based capital (g) (required: 6.00%; well-capitalized: 8.00%) (p)     11.42       11.25       12.26  
Total Risk-based capital (g) (required: 8.00%; well-capitalized: 10.00%) (p)     12.14       11.97       13.05  
Asset Quality Indicators:                  
Nonperforming Assets:                  
Nonaccruing loans     $ 38,382       $ 39,678       $ 14,581  
Troubled debt restructuring (accruing)     18,109       17,260       14,070  
Assets acquired through foreclosure     2,121       3,582       2,935  
Total nonperforming assets     $ 58,612       $ 60,520       $ 31,586  
Past due loans (h)     $ 92       $ 1,765       $ 720  
Allowance for loan losses     40,005       39,826       37,746  
Ratio of nonperforming assets to total assets     0.86 %     0.88 %     0.54 %
Ratio of nonperforming assets (excluding accruing TDRs) to total assets     0.59       0.63       0.30  
Ratio of allowance for loan losses to total gross loans (i)(n)     0.87       0.87       0.98  
Ratio of allowance for loan losses to nonaccruing loans     104       100       259  
Ratio of quarterly net charge-offs to average gross loans (a)(e)(i)(n)     0.15       0.19       0.11  
Ratio of year-to-date net charge-offs to average gross loans (a)(e)(i)(n)     0.17       0.19       0.07  


       
WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Continued)
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited)
       
(Dollars in thousands)     Three months ended
      June 30, 2017     March 31, 2017     June 30, 2016
      Average
Balance
    Interest &
Dividends
    Yield/
Rate
(a)(b)
    Average
Balance
    Interest &
Dividends
    Yield/
Rate
(a)(b)
    Average
Balance
    Interest &
Dividends
    Yield/
Rate
(a)(b)
Assets:
Interest-earning assets:
Loans: (e) (j)                                                      
Commercial real estate loans     $ 1,418,957       $ 17,725       5.01 %     $ 1,392,925       $ 17,023       4.96 %     $ 1,207,324       $ 14,952       4.98 %
Residential real estate loans     274,114       3,980       5.81       281,953       4,981       7.07       272,792       4,312       6.38  
Commercial loans     2,434,437       28,455       4.72       2,391,817       26,897       4.59       2,016,604       22,328       4.49  
Consumer loans     478,326       5,589       4.69       457,373       5,408       4.80       367,769       4,074       4.46  
Loans held for sale     32,339       324       4.01       41,092       372       3.62       31,270       317       3.56  
Total loans     4,638,173       56,073       4.86       4,565,160       54,681       4.87       3,895,759       45,983       4.77  
Mortgage-backed securities (d)     783,007       4,782       2.44       759,159       4,395       2.32       727,359       3,910       2.15  
Investment securities (d)     166,536       1,136       4.05       228,841       1,249       3.17       205,944       1,226       3.48  
Other interest-earning assets     33,155       343       4.14       42,910       501       4.67       32,465       384       4.73  
Total interest-earning assets     5,620,871       62,334       4.50 %     5,596,070       60,826       4.46 %     4,861,527       51,503       4.32 %
Allowance for loan losses     (40,546 )                 (40,556 )                 (37,351 )            
Cash and due from banks     127,848                   145,712                   96,784              
Cash in non-owned ATMs     574,348                   683,138                   510,684              
Bank owned life insurance     101,809                   101,522                   91,310              
Other noninterest-earning assets     343,216                   348,582                   207,305              
Total assets     $ 6,727,546                   $ 6,834,468                   $ 5,730,259              
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:                                                      
Interest-bearing liabilities:                                                      
Interest-bearing deposits:                                                      
Interest-bearing demand     $ 914,915       $ 453       0.20 %     $ 919,456       $ 385       0.17 %     $ 784,507       $ 254       0.13 %
Money market     1,286,977       1,061       0.33       1,323,969       1,026       0.31       1,100,449       787       0.29  
Savings     588,610       276       0.19       574,252       213       0.15       436,929       113       0.10  
Customer time deposits     550,373       1,060       0.77       581,547       1,090       0.76       550,661       750       0.55  
Total interest-bearing customer deposits     3,340,875       2,850       0.34       3,399,224       2,714       0.32       2,872,546       1,904       0.27  
Brokered deposits     211,751       491       0.93       175,789       361       0.83       231,509       300       0.52  
Total interest-bearing deposits     3,552,626       3,341       0.38       3,575,013       3,075       0.35       3,104,055       2,204       0.29  
FHLB of Pittsburgh advances     639,147       1,797       1.13       866,780       1,858       0.87       714,271       1,124       0.63  
Trust preferred borrowings     67,011       472       2.83       67,011       446       2.70       67,011       397       2.38  
Senior Debt     152,231       2,121       5.57       152,103       2,121       5.58       74,114       1,175       6.34  
Other borrowed funds     127,381       289       0.91       142,292       223       0.64       135,017       189       0.56  
Total interest-bearing liabilities     4,538,396       8,020       0.71 %     4,803,199       7,723       0.65 %     4,094,468       5,089       0.50 %
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits     1,404,186                   1,255,950                   981,033              
Other noninterest-bearing liabilities     71,183                   76,845                   48,543              
Stockholders' equity     713,781                   698,474                   606,215              
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity     $ 6,727,546                   $ 6,834,468                   $ 5,730,259              
Excess of interest-earning assets over interest-bearing liabilities     $ 1,082,475                   $ 792,871                   $ 767,059              
Net interest and dividend income           $ 54,314                   $ 53,103                   $ 46,414        
                                                       
Interest rate spread                 3.79 %                 3.81 %                 3.82 %
                                                       
Net interest margin(o)                 3.93 %                 3.90 %                 3.90 %
                                                             
See "Notes"                                                            


         
WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Continued)
(Unaudited)
         
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)   Three months ended   Six months ended
Stock Information:   June 30,
2017
  March 31,
2017
  June 30,
2016
  June 30,
2017
  June 30,
2016
Market price of common stock:                    
High   $ 50.55     $ 48.20     $ 37.10     $ 50.55   $ 37.10
Low     42.90       43.25       30.56       42.90     26.40
Close     45.35       45.95       32.19       45.35     32.19
Book value per share of common stock     22.99       22.38       20.89          
Tangible common book value per share of common stock (o)     16.94       16.33       17.70          
Number of shares of common stock outstanding (000s)     31,435       31,458       29,549          
Other Financial Data:                    
One-year repricing gap to total assets (k)     (2.66 )%     1.15 %     2.22 %        
Weighted average duration of the MBS portfolio    5.0 years    5.3 years    3.6 years        
Unrealized (losses) gains on securities available-for-sale, net of taxes   $ (4,342 )   $ (7,145 )   $ 12,841          
Number of Associates (FTEs) (m)     1,216       1,138       1,017          
Number of offices (branches, LPO's, operations centers, etc.)     76       77       63          
Number of WSFS owned ATMs     445       446       445          


Notes:    
(a)   Annualized.
(b)   Computed on a fully tax-equivalent basis.
(c)   Noninterest expense divided by (tax-equivalent) net interest income and noninterest income.
(d)   Includes securities held to maturity (at amortized cost) and securities available for sale (at fair value).
(e)   Net of unearned income.
(f)   Net of allowance for loan losses.
(g)   Represents capital ratios of Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB and subsidiaries.
(h)   Accruing loans which are contractually past due 90 days or more as to principal or interest.
(i)   Excludes loans held for sale.
(j)   Nonperforming loans are included in average balance computations.
(k)   The difference between projected amounts of interest-sensitive assets and interest-sensitive liabilities repricing within one year divided by total assets, based on a current interest rate scenario.
(l)   Includes loans held for sale and reverse mortgages.
(m)   Includes seasonal Associates, when applicable.
(n)   Excludes reverse mortgage loans.
(o)   The Company uses non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial information in its analysis of the Company's performance. The Company's management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide a greater understanding of ongoing operations, enhance comparability of results of operations with prior periods and show the effects of significant gains and charges in the periods presented. The Company's management believes that investors may use these non-GAAP measures to analyze the Company's financial performance without the impact of unusual items or events that may obscure trends in the Company's underlying performance. This non-GAAP data should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and is not a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures see the end of this press release.
(p)   Calculated for Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB


             
WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Continued)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
             
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (o):     Three months ended     Six months ended
      June 30, 2017     March 31, 2017     June 30, 2016     June 30, 2017     June 30, 2016
Net interest income (GAAP)     $ 54,314       $ 53,103       $ 46,414       $ 107,417       $ 91,770  
Core net interest income (non-GAAP)     54,314       53,103       46,414       107,417       91,770  
Noninterest Income (GAAP)     31,676       28,092       25,507       59,768       49,176  
Less: Securities gains     708       320       545       1,028       850  
Core fee income (non-GAAP)     30,968       27,772       24,962       58,740       48,326  
Core net revenue (non-GAAP)     $ 85,282       $ 80,875       $ 71,376       $ 166,157       $ 140,096  
Core net revenue (non-GAAP)(tax-equivalent)     $ 86,000       $ 81,607       $ 72,125       $ 167,607       $ 141,603  
Noninterest expense (GAAP)     52,727       51,506       44,685       104,233       88,483  
Less: Corporate development costs     366       338       549       704       1,118  
Core noninterest expense (non-GAAP)     $ 52,361       $ 51,168       $ 44,136       $ 103,529       $ 87,365  
Core efficiency ratio (c)     60.9 %     62.7 %     61.2 %     61.8 %     61.7 %
                               
      End of period            
      June 30, 2017     March 31, 2017     June 30, 2016            
Total assets     $ 6,822,427       $ 6,852,899       $ 5,834,107              
Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets     189,983       190,372       94,073              
Total tangible assets     $ 6,632,444       $ 6,662,527       $ 5,740,034              
Total stockholders' equity     $ 722,623       $ 704,001       $ 617,196              
Less: Goodwill and other intangible assets     189,983       190,372       94,073              
Total tangible common equity (non-GAAP)     $ 532,640       $ 513,629       $ 523,123              
Calculation of tangible common book value per share:                        
Book value per share (GAAP)     $ 22.99       $ 22.38       $ 20.89              
Tangible common book value per share (non-GAAP)     16.94       16.33       17.70              
Calculation of tangible common equity to tangible assets:                        
Equity to asset ratio (GAAP)     10.59 %     10.27 %     10.58 %            
Tangible common equity to tangible assets ratio (non-GAAP)     8.03       7.71       9.11              


      Three months ended     Six months ended
      June 30,
2017
    March 31,
2017
    June 30,
2016
    June 30,
2017
    June 30,
2016
GAAP net income     $ 20,570       $ 18,937       $ 17,478       $ 39,507       $ 33,248  
Pre-tax adjustments: Sec. gains, corp. dev. costs     (342 )     18       4       (324 )     268  
Tax impact of adjustments     120       8             128       23  
Non-GAAP net income     $ 20,348       $ 18,963       $ 17,482       $ 39,311       $ 33,539  
                               
GAAP return on average assets (ROA)     1.23 %     1.12 %     1.23 %     1.17 %     1.18 %
Pre-tax adjustments: Sec. gains, corp. dev. costs     (0.02 )                 (0.02 )     0.01  
Tax impact of adjustments     0.01                   0.01        
Core ROA (non-GAAP)     1.22 %     1.12 %     1.23 %     1.16 %     1.19 %
                               
GAAP EPS     $ 0.64       $ 0.59       $ 0.58       $ 1.22       $ 1.10  
Pre-tax adjustments: Sec. gains, corp. dev. costs     (0.01 )                 (0.01 )     0.01  
Tax impact of adjustments                              
Core EPS (non-GAAP)     $ 0.63       $ 0.59       $ 0.58       $ 1.21       $ 1.11  
                               
Calculation of return on average tangible common equity:                        
GAAP net income     $ 20,570       $ 18,937       $ 17,478       $ 39,507       $ 33,248  
Plus: Tax effected amortization of intangible assets     474       589       300       1,063       655  
Net tangible income (non-GAAP)     $ 21,044       $ 19,526       $ 17,778       $ 40,570       $ 33,903  
Average shareholders' equity     $ 713,781       $ 698,474       $ 606,215       $ 706,169       $ 599,131  
Less: average goodwill and intangible assets     190,125       190,600       94,434       190,361       94,754  
Net average tangible common equity     $ 523,656       $ 507,874       $ 511,781       $ 515,808       $ 504,377  
Return on average tangible common equity (non-GAAP)     16.12 %     15.59 %     13.97 %     15.86 %     13.52 %
                               
Calculation of core return on average tangible common equity:                              
Non-GAAP net income     $ 20,348       $ 18,963       $ 17,482       $ 39,311       $ 33,539  
Plus: Tax effected amortization of intangible assets     474       589       300       1,063       655  
Core net tangible income (non-GAAP)     $ 20,822       $ 19,552       $ 17,782       $ 40,374       $ 34,194  
Net average tangible common equity     $ 523,656       $ 507,874       $ 511,781       $ 515,808       $ 504,377  
Core return on average tangible common equity (non-GAAP)     15.95 %     15.61 %     13.97 %     15.78 %     13.63 %
   

 

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