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Westbury Bancorp, Inc. Reports Net Income for the Three Months and Year Ended September 30, 2017

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WEST BEND, Wis., Oct. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Westbury Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX:WBBW), the holding company (the "Company") for Westbury Bank (the "Bank"), today announced net income of $536,000, or $0.14 per common share for the three months ended September 30, 2017, and $2.8 million, or $0.78 per common share, for the year ended September 30, 2017, compared to net income of $653,000, or $0.18 per common share for the three months ended September 30, 2016, and net income of $3.5 million, or $0.94 per common share, for the year ended September 30, 2016. 

Kirk Emerich, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President-Investor Relations, said, "While our earnings declined year over year, we believe that the actions taken during the year have positioned us for improved earnings in the quarters ahead.  After adjusting for non-core income and expense items such as gains on sales of investments, the gain on the sale of our wealth management operation, valuation losses on real estate held for sale and the termination of contracts, net income for the year ended September 2017 was an adjusted $3.4 million compared to an adjusted $3.3 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.  In addition, 2017 was the first full year of operation of our Madison commercial loan office which achieved growth to $42 million in outstanding loan balances as of September 30, 2017." 

Highlights for the year included:

  • During the year ended September 30, 2017, our net loan portfolio grew by $68.2 million, or 12.8%. The portfolio growth consisted primarily of growth in commercial real estate, multifamily, commercial and industrial, and single family loans.  As a result of this loan growth, we experienced an increase in total interest and dividend income of $2.3 million, or 10.0%, to $25.2 million for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to $22.9 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.
  • During the year ended September 30, 2017, our deposits increased by $83.8 million, or 14.2%. This deposit growth was the primary cause of an increase in total interest expense of  $807,000, or 31.0%, to $3.4 million for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to $2.6 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.
  • Net interest income increased $1.5 million, or 7.3%, to $21.8 million for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to $20.3 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.  Our net interest margin was 3.27% for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to 3.38% for the year ended September 30, 2016.  The average yield on interest-earning assets decreased 3 basis points between years while the average cost of funds increased by 8 basis points.
  • Non-performing assets decreased by $378,000, or 57.2%, to $283,000, or 0.04% of total assets, at September 30, 2017, compared to $661,000, or 0.09% of total assets, at September 30, 2016. 
  • Classified assets increased $101,000, or 5.2%, to $2.1 million, or 0.26% of total assets, at September 30, 2017, compared to $2.0 million, or 0.28% of total assets, at September 30, 2016.
  • Loans past due 30-89 days increased $260,000, or 36.4%, to $975,000, or 0.16% of net loans, at September 30, 2017 from $715,000, or 0.13% of net loans, at September 30, 2016.
  • Net recoveries were 0.01% of average loans for the year ended September 30, 2017, compared to net charge-offs of 0.03% of average loans for the year ended September 30, 2016.
  • Due to the decrease in non-performing loans and the decrease in net charge-offs compared to fiscal 2017, the ratio of our allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans increased to 2,035.3% at September 30, 2017 compared to 933.1% at September 30, 2016.
  • Non-interest income was $6.1 million for the year ended September 30, 2017, compared to $6.8 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.  The decrease was primarily the result of decreases in each of gains on sales of securities of $538,000, gains on sales of loans of $216,000, other income of $145,000, insurance and securities sales commissions of $77,000 and service fees on deposit accounts of $65,000, which amounts were offset by increases in servicing fee income of $243,000.
  • Non-interest expense was $22.9 million for the year ended September 30, 2017, compared to $20.9 million for the year ended September 30, 2016.  The increase was primarily related to the startup of our Madison commercial loan office.  Madison related non-interest expense, consisting primarily of compensation expense and occupancy expense, was $951,000 for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to $232,000 for the year ended September 30, 2016.  In addition, during fiscal 2017 we incurred $240,000 in expenses related to the termination of an employment contract.  Additionally, non-recurring non-interest expense, consisting of expenses related to valuation adjustments on real estate designated as held for sale, was $702,000 for the year ended September 30, 2017 compared to $276,000 for the year ended September 30, 2016.
  • We have been an active buyer of our stock since the implementation of our first stock repurchase program in May 2014.  For the year ended September 30, 2017, we purchased 130,226 shares.  In total, since we began our stock repurchase programs in May 2014, we have repurchased 1,379,350 shares, or 26.82% of the shares outstanding in May 2014. 
  • Our stock repurchase activity has reduced our average equity to average assets ratio to 9.79% at September 30, 2017 from 16.65% at March 31, 2014, the last quarter end before we began our first stock repurchase program.  Additionally, our tangible book value per share increased by $1.18, or 6.1%, to $20.61 at September 30, 2017 from $19.43 at September 30, 2016.  Based on our closing share price of $19.95 on September 30, 2017, our price to tangible book value was 96.80% compared to 100.51% on September 30, 2016 based on the closing share price of $19.53 at that date.

Highlights for the fourth quarter include:

  • During the three months ended September 30, 2017, our net loan portfolio grew by $30.7 million, or 21.5% annualized growth. The loan portfolio growth consisted primarily of growth in commercial real estate, commercial and industrial, and multifamily loans.  Loan growth was the primary driver of an increase in total interest and dividend income of $345,000, or 5.4%, to $6.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $6.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and an increase of $906,000, or 15.4%, compared to $5.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.
  • During the three months ended September 30, 2017, our deposits decreased by $11.7 million, or 6.8% annualized. Growth in average deposit balances was the primary cause of the increase in total interest expense of  $85,000, or 9.4%, to $991,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $906,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and an increase of $297,000, or 42.8%, compared to $694,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2016.
  • Net interest income increased $260,000, or 4.7%, to $5.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $5.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and an increase of $609,000, or 11.7%, compared to $5.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.  Our net interest margin was 3.27% for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 3.26% for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 3.34% for the three months ended September 30, 2016.
  • Non-performing assets decreased to $283,000, or 0.04% of total assets, at September 30, 2017, compared to $318,000, or 0.04% of total assets, at June 30, 2017. 
  • Classified assets decreased to $2.1 million, or 0.26% of total assets, at September 30, 2017, compared to $2.5 million, or 0.32% of total assets, at June 30, 2017.
  • Loans past due 30-89 days increased $414,000, or 73.8%, to $975,000, or 0.16% of net loans, at September 30, 2017 from $561,000, or 0.10% of net loans, at June 30, 2017.
  • Annualized net recoveries were 0.03% of average loans for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to 0.00% of average loans for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and annualized net charge-offs of 0.05% of average loans for the three months ended September 30, 2016. 
  • The ratio of our allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans decreased to 2,035.3% at September 30, 2017 compared to 2,806.0% at June 30, 2017.
  • Non-interest income was $1.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to $1.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and $2.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.
  • Non-interest expense was $6.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 compared to $5.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and $5.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016.  The increase is primarily related to the valuation allowance on real estate held for sale which was recorded during the three months ended September 30, 2017.  This allowance relates to a property which was transferred from office properties and equipment to real estate held for sale based on a viable offer to purchase received during the quarter ended September 30, 2017.  The sale of the property is expected to be completed in the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

About Westbury Bancorp, Inc.

Westbury Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Westbury Bank.  The Company's common shares are traded on the OTCQX Premier Market under the symbol "WBBW".

Westbury Bank is an independent community bank serving communities in Washington, Waukesha, Dane and Outagamie Counties through its eight full service offices and two loan production offices providing deposit and loan services to individuals, professionals and businesses throughout its markets.

Forward-Looking Information

Information contained in this press release, other than historical information, may be considered forward-looking in nature as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is subject to various risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements in this release are inherently subject to many uncertainties arising in the Company's operations and business environment.  Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated or expected. Among the key factors that may have a direct bearing on the Company's operating results, performance or financial condition are competition, the demand for the Company's products and services, the Company's ability to maintain current deposit and loan levels at current interest rates, deteriorating credit quality, including changes in the interest rate environment reducing interest margins, changes in prepayment speeds, loan origination and sale volumes, charge-offs and loan loss provisions, the Company's ability to maintain required capital levels and adequate sources of funding and liquidity, the Company's ability to secure confidential information through the use of computer systems and telecommunications networks, and other factors as set forth in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company's expectations. Certain tabular presentations may not reconcile because of rounding.

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WEBSITE:  www.westburybankwi.com

Contact:    Kirk Emerich- Executive Vice President and CFO

                  Greg Remus - President and CEO

                  262-334-5563

    At or For the Three Months Ended:
    September
30, 2017
June 30,
2017
March 31,
2017
December
31, 2016
September
30, 2016
Selected Financial Condition Data:     (Dollars in thousands)
Total assets   $ 790,289   $ 795,915   $ 755,541   $ 732,996   $ 702,625  
Loans receivable, net   601,988   571,281   551,611   543,220   533,759  
Allowance for loan losses   5,760   5,612   5,560   5,451   5,244  
Securities available for sale   122,601   122,338   115,208   101,997   93,772  
Total liabilities   709,205   716,124   676,461   654,684   622,996  
Deposits   675,797   687,486   645,313   629,852   591,977  
Stockholders' equity   81,084   79,791   79,080   78,312   79,629  
             
Asset Quality Ratios:            
Non-performing assets to total assets   0.04 % 0.04 % 0.07 % 0.10 % 0.09 %
Non-performing loans to total loans   0.05 % 0.03 % 0.09 % 0.13 % 0.10 %
Total classified assets to total assets   0.26 % 0.32 % 0.85 % 0.47 % 0.28 %
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans   2,035.34 % 2,806.00 % 1,079.61 % 775.39 % 933.10 %
Allowance for loan losses to total loans   0.95 % 0.97 % 1.00 % 0.99 % 0.97 %
Net charge-offs (recoveries) to average loans - annualized   (0.03 )% 0.00 % (0.01 )% (0.01 )% 0.05 %
             
Capital Ratios:            
Average equity to average assets   9.79 % 10.08 % 10.28 % 10.76 % 11.07 %
Equity to total assets at end of period   10.26 % 10.03 % 10.47 % 10.68 % 11.33 %
Total capital to risk-weighted assets (Bank only)   12.66 % 12.76 % 12.87 % 13.01 % 13.54 %
Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets (Bank only)   11.76 % 11.86 % 11.95 % 12.10 % 12.61 %
Tier 1 capital to average assets (Bank only)   9.58 % 9.77 % 10.03 % 10.17 % 10.23 %
CETI capital to risk-weighted assets (Bank only)   11.76 % 11.86 % 11.95 % 12.10 % 12.61 %
             
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