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Northrim BanCorp Earns $13.2 million, or $1.88 per Diluted Share, in 2017 Gain from Sale of Subsidiary, Revaluation of Deferred Tax Assets, and Other Non-Operating Items Impact Profits

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ANCHORAGE, Ala., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrim BanCorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NRIM) ("Northrim" or the "Company") today reported profits for both the fourth quarter and full year in 2017. Net income attributable to the Company ("net income") was $13.2 million, or $1.88 per diluted share, in 2017, compared to $14.4 million, or $2.06 per diluted share, in 2016.  In the fourth quarter of 2017, Northrim's net income was $214,000, or $0.03 per diluted share compared to $5.5 million, of $0.79 per diluted share in the preceding quarter and $3.6 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2016. Net income was reduced by $0.16 per share in 2017 and by $0.41 per share in 2016 due to a number of one-time or non-operating items, detailed in the table below.

"We recorded additional tax expense of $2.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, due to the downward revision to our net deferred tax asset ("DTA") value in the fourth quarter of 2017 to comply with the recently enacted federal tax legislation," said Joe Schierhorn, President and CEO. "Going forward, we expect we will recoup this write-down in approximately one year, reflecting the lower tax rates effective in 2018.  We believe our effective tax rate will decline to between 19% and 20% from 32% in 2017 (excluding the fourth quarter 2017 DTA charge), and that earnings will increase between 15% and 16% based on the 21% top tax rate applicable to earnings in 2018 and beyond."

Several items impacted the quarterly and full year comparisons including:

  • The revaluation of the DTA reduced net income by $2.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • The sale of Northrim's interest in Northrim Benefits Group (NBG) contributed $4.4 million pretax and $2.6 million after tax, or $0.38 per diluted share, to both third quarter and full year 2017 net income.  NBG contributed revenues of $2.5 million in 2017, $609,000 in the third quarter of 2017, and $871,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • There was no fourth quarter 2017 provision for loan losses compared to $2.5 million recorded in the third quarter of 2017 and $743,000 in the fourth quarter a year ago.  In 2017, the provision for loan losses was $3.2 million compared to $2.3 million in 2016.  The increase in the provision for loan losses in 2017 is the result of the increase in nonperforming loans and an increase in the specific allowance for impaired loans of $352,000 in 2017.
  • The conversion to a new core banking system was successfully completed in May of 2017.  The conversion added one-time costs of $943,000, or $0.14 per diluted share in 2017 and $179,000, or $0.03 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2017.
  • The third quarter of 2016 includes a non-cash, one-time accounting correction which resulted in an increase in expenses, net of tax, of $1.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share due to a change in accounting treatment for the earn-out payments associated with the Company's 2014 acquisition of Residential Mortgage, LLC ("RML").
  • In the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company wrote down the carrying value of its minority ownership interest in another mortgage origination business owned by RML by $686,000, or $404,000 after tax, or $0.06 per diluted share.

The following tables summarize one-time and other non-operating items for the periods presented:

  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 June 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 214   $ 5,523   $ 3,589   $ 3,825   $ 3,590  
Impact of one-time and other non-operating items:          
  Gain on sale of Northrim Benefits Group   (2 )   (4,443 )            
  Core conversion costs       179     633     131      
  Writedown minority interest in equity method investment   686                  
  Compensation expense, net RML acquisition payments   (193 )   149         174     708  
  Provision for income taxes related to above one-time items   (202 )   1,692     (260 )   (125 )   (291 )
  Provision for income taxes, change in DTA valuation   2,678                  
  Operating net income* $ 3,181   $ 3,100   $ 3,962   $ 4,005   $ 4,007  
Average diluted shares   6,963,125     6,959,035     6,997,727     6,993,726     6,983,771  
Operating diluted earnings per share* $ 0.46   $ 0.45   $ 0.57   $ 0.57   $ 0.57  


  Year-to-date
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017 December 31, 2016 One Year % Change
Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 13,151   $ 14,411   -9 %
Impact of one-time and other non-operating items:      
  Gain on sale of Northrim Benefits Group   (4,445 )     NM  
  Core conversion costs   943       NM  
  Writedown minority interest in equity method investment   686       NM  
  Compensation expense, net RML acquisition payments   130     4,775   -97 %
  Provision for income taxes related to above items   1,104     (1,963 )  
  Provision for income taxes, change in DTA valuation   2,678        
  Operating net income* $ 14,247   $ 17,223   -17 %
Average diluted shares   6,977,910     6,974,864   %
Operating diluted earnings per share* $ 2.04   $ 2.47   -17 %

 

Other highlights for the fourth quarter and full year in 2017 include the following:

  • The allowance for loan losses was $21.5 million at December 31, 2017, which equates to 100% of total nonperforming loans at December 31, 2017.
  • The Company repurchased 58,341 shares of its common stock in the third quarter of 2017 at an average price of $27.56, leaving 168,901 shares available under the previously announced repurchase authorization.
  • Northrim redeemed $8.0 million in junior subordinated debt held at Northrim Capital Trust 1. This liability bore interest at a floating rate of 90-day LIBOR plus 3.15%, or 4.33% at the time it was redeemed, and had a final maturity of May 15, 2033.  In 2016, total interest expense on this debt was $310,000.  Interest expense on this debt in 2017 through the date of redemption on August 15, 2017 was $212,000. This redemption decreased Tier 1 Capital to Risk Adjusted Assets and Total Capital to Risk Adjusted Assets by 62 basis points each.
  • An interest rate swap executed in September 2017 effectively converts the floating rate of interest on the remaining $10.0 million in outstanding junior subordinated debt from 90-day LIBOR plus 1.37%, or 2.96% as of December 31, 2017, to a fixed rate of 3.72% through the junior subordinated debt's final maturity date of March 15, 2036.

"In addition to increasing cash dividends to shareholders, we plan to invest future tax savings in infrastructure, enhanced employee benefits, and additions to our branch network in 2018," Schierhorn said.  "We are also introducing new products and services to better meet the needs of our customers, by leveraging the improved features of our new core operating system.  And, we are expanding our expertise in several areas by hiring team members with experience in lending, technology, and financial management. While the economic recession in Alaska continues to reduce employment statewide, the rate of job losses is expected to be slower in 2018 than it was in either 2017 or 2016.  While, growth of loans and deposits remains a challenge, we believe that these planned investments will position us to grow through increased market share."

Financial Highlights Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 June 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Total assets $ 1,519,109   $ 1,523,341   $ 1,493,205   $ 1,512,580   $ 1,526,540  
Total portfolio loans $ 955,667   $ 989,253   $ 991,209   $ 960,832   $ 975,015  
Average portfolio loans $ 980,351   $ 1,003,751   $ 969,051   $ 970,493   $ 977,678  
Total deposits $ 1,258,283   $ 1,258,317   $ 1,234,310   $ 1,247,073   $ 1,267,653  
Average deposits $ 1,254,566   $ 1,262,808   $ 1,244,583   $ 1,230,947   $ 1,265,214  
Total shareholders' equity $ 192,802   $ 194,427   $ 191,777   $ 189,452   $ 186,712  
Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 214   $ 5,523   $ 3,589   $ 3,825   $ 3,590  
Operating net income* $ 3,181   $ 3,100   $ 3,962   $ 4,005   $ 4,007  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.03   $ 0.79   $ 0.51   $ 0.55   $ 0.51  
Operating diluted earnings per share* $ 0.46   $ 0.45   $ 0.57   $ 0.57   $ 0.57  
Return on average assets   0.06 %   1.44 %   0.96 %   1.04 %   0.94 %
Operating return on average assets*   0.83 %   0.81 %   1.05 %   1.09 %   1.05 %
Return on average shareholders' equity   0.43 %   11.25 %   7.43 %   8.30 %   7.96 %
Operating return on average shareholders' equity*   6.40 %   6.32 %   8.21 %   8.69 %   8.88 %
Net interest margin ("NIM")   4.25 %   4.28 %   4.20 %   4.15 %   4.01 %
Tax equivalent NIM*   4.31 %   4.34 %   4.26 %   4.22 %   4.07 %
Efficiency ratio   80.92 %   61.31 %   76.95 %   72.95 %   75.57 %
Operating efficiency ratio*   78.74 %   71.26 %   74.36 %   71.62 %   72.65 %
Total shareholders' equity/total assets   12.69 %   12.76 %   12.84 %   12.53 %   12.23 %
Tangible common equity/tangible assets*   11.75 %   11.82 %   11.88 %   11.57 %   11.28 %
Book value per share $ 28.06   $ 28.37   $ 27.75   $ 27.42   $ 27.07  
Tangible book value per share* $ 25.70   $ 26.00   $ 25.40   $ 25.06   $ 24.70  
Dividends per share $ 0.22   $ 0.22   $ 0.21   $ 0.21   $ 0.20  

* References to operating net income, operating diluted earnings per share, operating return on average assets, operating return on average shareholders' equity, tax equivalent NIM, operating efficiency ratio, tangible book value per share, tangible common equity and tangible assets (all of which exclude intangible assets) represent non-GAAP financial measures. Management has presented these non-GAAP measurements in this earnings release, because it believes these measures are useful to investors. See the end of this release for reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures.

  • Total revenue, which includes net interest income plus other operating income, was $22.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $28.8 million in the third quarter of 2017, and $24.3 million in the same period a year ago.  For the full year in 2017, total revenues were $98.2 million compared to $99.6 million in 2016.
    •  Community Banking contributed 75% to total revenues and 92% to net income in 2017.
    •  Home Mortgage Lending contributed 25% to total revenues and 8% of net income in 2017.
  • Net interest income in the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 6% to $14.7 million as compared to $13.9 million in the year ago quarter, mainly as a result of a change in the mix of assets, and was down 2% from $14.9 million in the preceding quarter due to a change in the mix of assets and a decline in average interest-earning assets.
  • Both net interest margin ("NIM") at 4.25% and net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis ("NIMTE")* at 4.31% increased in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to 4.01% and 4.07%, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2016, primarily due to an improved mix of assets in the current quarter.  The Company's NIMTE* remains above peer averages1.
  • Northrim paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share in December 2017, up from the $0.20 per share dividend paid in December 2016.  The dividend provides an annual yield of approximately 2.6% at current market share prices.
  • Book value per share increased 3.7% to $28.06 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 from $27.07 a year ago, while tangible book value per share* increased 4.0% to $25.70 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 from $24.70 a year ago.
  • At year end, total non-performing assets, net of government guarantees increased to $28.7 million, or 1.89% of assets, compared to $26.2 million, or 1.72% of assets, at September 30, 2017 and $19.3 million, or 1.27% of assets a year ago. Total adversely classified loans remained consistent at $33.8 million at year end 2017, compared to $33.8 million at September 30, 2017 and decreased slightly from $35.6 million a year ago.
  • Following net charge-offs of $1.4 million in 2017, the allowance for loan losses to portfolio loans grew to 2.25% at year end, compared to 2.02% a year ago.
  • Northrim remains well-capitalized with Tier 1 Capital to Risk Adjusted Assets of 14.65%, total shareholders' equity to total assets of 12.69%, and tangible common equity to tangible assets* of 11.75% at December 31, 2017.

1As of September 30, 2017, the SNL US Bank Index tracked 150 banks with assets between $1 billion and $5 billion with averages for the following ratios: NIM (tax equivalent) 3.69%, loan loss reserves to gross loans of 0.95%, return on average assets (ROAA) 1.01%, and return on average equity (ROAE) 9.31%.

Alaska Economic Update
(Note: sources for information included in this section are included on page 13.)

"Alaska is expected to lose jobs again in 2018, although the losses appear to be tapering. Total employment is forecasted to decline by 0.5% in 2018 (-1,800 jobs) after falling 1.1% in 2017 and 1.9% in 2016," said Karinne Wiebold of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.  "Losses were deepest in 2016 when the state's economy shed 6,300 jobs, primarily in oil and gas and in state government. Then in 2017, Alaska lost an estimated 3,600 jobs. If it hadn't been for strong health care growth, the overall job loss would have been deeper. If employment follows the forecasted pattern this year, that would put Alaska's total loss from 2015 through 2018 at 11,700 jobs (-3.5 %)."

Preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment in December was 7.3% compared to 4.1% for the United States.  Not seasonally adjusted unemployment in Alaska in December was also 7.3%, up from 7.1% in November compared to 3.9% for the nation, placing Alaska at 50th in the country for both unemployment and job growth.  However, Alaska's ranking rose to 8th on per capita personal income, and also improved to 8th for average hourly earnings in the leisure and hospitality sectors in November 2017.

Throughput in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System increased in 2017, marking the second straight year-over-year increase in volume of oil transported following thirteen years of declining volume.  "More oil flowing through TAPS means a safer, more efficient and more sustainable pipeline system," said Tom Barrett, Alyeska President. "Increased throughput also signals a stronger economy for Alaska and more opportunities for Alaskans."

"This winter will be the biggest exploration drilling program that ConocoPhillips, formerly Alaska's top explorer, has conducted on the North Slope since 2002," said Joe Marushack, ConocoPhillips Alaska President.

"The increase in drilling activity this winter is a good sign for the long-term health of the Alaska economy, bringing high-paying jobs and new tax revenues for the state and local communities," said Schierhorn.

Northrim Bank sponsors the Alaskanomics blog to provide news, analysis, and commentary on Alaska's economy.  Join the conversation at Alaskanomics.com, or for more information on the Alaska economy, visit: www.northrim.com and click on the "Business Banking" link and then click "Learn". Information from our website is not incorporated into, and does not form a part of this press release.

Review of Income Statement

Consolidated Income Statement

In the fourth quarter of 2017, Northrim generated return on average assets ("ROAA") of 0.06% and a return on average equity ("ROAE") of 0.43%, compared to 0.94% and 7.96%, respectively in the fourth quarter of 2016. Excluding the one-time and other non-operating items detailed above, ROAA* was 0.83% and ROAE* was 6.40% in the fourth quarter of 2017.  These results were below the average 1.01% ROAA and the 9.31% ROAE posted by the 150 banks that make up the SNL U.S. Bank Index with assets between $1 billion and $5 billion as of September 30, 2017.   NIM and NIMTE* for the fourth quarter of 2017 were 4.25% and 4.31%, respectively, compared to 3.69% NIMTE* for the index peers1.

For the full year in 2017, ROAA was 0.87% and ROAE was 6.81%, compared to 0.96% and 7.93%, respectively, for 2016.  Excluding the one-time and other non-operating items detailed above, ROAA* was 0.94% and ROAE* was 7.38% for 2017 compared to 1.14% and 9.48%, respectively, in 2016. The decline in these ratios is primarily due to lower net income from the Home Mortgage Lending segment and the increase in the provision for loan losses.

Net Interest Income/Net Interest Margin

Net interest income grew 6% to $14.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $13.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and was down 2% from $14.9 million in the third quarter of 2017. For the full year in 2017, net interest income increased 2% to $57.7 million from $56.4 million in 2016.

Higher total interest income, coupled with lower total interest expense, contributed to the increases in net interest income and NIMTE* in the fourth quarter and for the full year compared to the same periods in 2016 primarily due to a higher yield on interest-earning assets.  Net interest income and NIMTE* declined in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the third quarter of 2017 primarily due to lower average earning-asset balances and a less favorable mix.  The cost of funds declined in the fourth quarter compared to the preceding quarter and compared to the same quarter last year, and also declined for the full year 2017 compared to 2016.

NIMTE* was 4.31% in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to 4.34% in the preceding quarter and 4.07% from the same quarter a year ago.  For 2017, NIMTE* improved to 4.28% from 4.20% in 2016. The following table summarizes the components of these changes:

  4Q17 vs. 3Q17 4Q17 vs. 4Q16
Nonaccrual interest adjustments 0.01 % 0.04 %
Interest rates and loan fees 0.02 % 0.19 %
Volume and mix of interest-earning assets (0.06 )% 0.01 %
Change in NIMTE* (0.03 )% 0.24 %


  YTD17 vs.YTD16
Nonaccrual interest adjustments %
Interest rates and loan fees 0.08 %
Volume and mix of interest-earning assets %
Change in NIMTE* 0.08 %

"The repayment of one of our higher-cost floating rate liabilities, completed in August of this year, is expected to reduce interest expense going forward by at least $300,000 per year, and the impact is higher in the future if interest rates continue to rise," said Jed Ballard, Chief Financial Officer.  "We believe the elimination of this interest expense will help to sustain or improve NIM in the coming quarters."

"We expect NIM will continue to increase in 2018 to 4.40% and NIMTE* to increase to approximately 4.45%  in 2018, as we anticipate that interest rates will continue to rise, and that our earning assets will continue to reprice higher throughout the year. Our investment portfolio has an average duration of 1.9 years, with approximately $160 million in securities either maturing or repricing in 2018," Ballard continued.

Provision for Loan Losses

There was  no provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2017 primarily due to decreases in portfolio loans, nonperforming loans, and the portion of the allowance specific to impaired loans, which decreased by $548,000 in the third quarter.  The decrease in the reserve on impaired loans is the result of principal pay downs on several impaired loans, and the receipt of additional collateral for one impaired loan.

For the full year in 2017, the provision for loan losses increased to $3.2 million as a result of an increase in nonperforming loans, net of government guarantees, during the year and a $350,000 increase in the portion of the allowance specific to impaired loans compared to December 31, 2016.

The allowance for loan losses is 100% of nonperforming loans, net of government guarantees, at December 31, 2017.

Other Operating Income

In addition to home mortgage lending, Northrim has interests in other businesses that complement its core community banking activities.  It provides financial services to businesses and individuals through these interests, including purchased receivables financing and wealth management.  In August 2017, Northrim sold its interest in NBG recognizing a gain of $4.4 million, or $2.6 million net of tax, which represents approximately 7 times 2016 net profits from NBG.  In addition, revenues from two months prior to the sale contributed $609,000 to third quarter 2017 revenues. This income stream will not recur in future quarters.  These complementary business activities, including home mortgage lending and other noninterest income, contributed $8.0 million, or 35% of total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2017, as compared to $13.9 million, or 48% of revenues in the third quarter of 2017 and $10.4 million, or 43% of revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016.

For 2017, other operating income decreased 6% to $40.5 million from $43.3 million in 2016. The decrease in other operating income for 2017 compared to a year ago is primarily due to a decline in mortgage banking income in 2017, partially offset by the gain on sale from NBG.

Other Operating Expenses

Operating expenses were $18.3 million in the fourth quarter 2017, compared to $17.7 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $18.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  Items impacting the comparative periods include a $686,000 write down of the carrying value the Company's minority ownership interest in another mortgage origination business owned by RML, which is included in other operating expense in the fourth quarter of 2017, a $563,000 write down on one land development project included in other real estate owned ("OREO") in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the changes in compensation expense related to the acquisition of RML that fluctuate with expected earnings from RML.  In addition, $179,000 of the one-time costs related to the core conversion were recorded in the third quarter of 2017.

Operating expenses for 2017 decreased 7% to $71.2 million, from $76.3 million for 2016, primarily due to the accounting adjustment in 2016 related to the acquisition of RML and a decrease in expenses in the home mortgage lending segment, net of the write down on the carrying value of the equity method investment noted above due to lower variable costs on lower production volume.  These decreases were only partially offset by the OREO valuation adjustment noted above and the $943,000 in one-time costs related to the core conversion.

Community Banking

"We believe that we are well positioned to capitalize on opportunities in the greater Alaska market despite the slowdown in the economy, which has impacted growth in both our loan and deposit portfolios," said Schierhorn.  "With the continuing commitments to the development of North Slope oil reserves, we believe that our economy will recover from the recessionary pressures currently impacting our market.  Net interest income in the Community Banking segment increased 6% in the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter in 2016, demonstrating the strength of our core franchise."

Net income generated in the Community Banking segment increased to $10.2 million in 2017 from $9.9 million in 2016, primarily due to the gain on the sale of NBG in 2017 and the accounting correction recorded in 2016, net of the increase in the provision for loan losses and the one-time costs associated with the core conversion, as well as the write down of net deferred tax assets resulting from the recently enacted federal tax legislation.

The following table provides highlights of the Community Banking segment of Northrim, and detail significant one-time and other non-operating items impacting the periods presented:

  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 June 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Net interest income $ 14,381   $ 14,566   $ 13,952   $ 13,549   $ 13,584  
Provision for loan losses       2,500     300     400     743  
Other operating income   2,685     7,635     3,412     3,455     3,399  
Compensation expense, net RML acquisition payments   (193 )   149         174     708  
Other operating expense   13,113     12,252     13,284     11,622     12,151  
  Income before provision for income taxes   4,146     7,300     3,780     4,808     3,381  
Provision for income taxes   4,754     2,452     871     1,422     727  
  Net income   (608 )   4,848     2,909     3,386     2,654  
  Less: net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest       78     152     97     105  
  Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp ($608 ) $ 4,770   $ 2,757   $ 3,289   $ 2,549  
Average diluted shares   6,963,125     6,959,035     6,997,727     6,993,726     6,983,771  
Diluted earnings per share ($0.09 ) $ 0.69   $ 0.39   $ 0.47   $ 0.36  


  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 June 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp ($608 ) $ 4,770   $ 2,757   $ 3,289   $ 2,549  
Impact of one-time and other non-operating items:          
  Gain on sale of Northrim Benefits Group   (2 )   (4,443 )            
  Core conversion costs       179     633     131      
  Compensation expense, net RML acquisition payments   (193 )   149         174     708  
  Provision for income taxes related to above items   80     1,692     (260 )   (125 )   (291 )
  Provision for income taxes, change in DTA valuation   3,411                  
  Operating net income* $ 2,688   $ 2,347   $ 3,130   $ 3,469   $ 2,966  
Average diluted shares   6,963,125     6,959,035     6,997,727     6,993,726     6,983,771  
Operating diluted earnings per share* $ 0.39   $ 0.34   $ 0.45   $ 0.50   $ 0.42  


  Year-to-date
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017       December 31, 2016
Net interest income $ 56,448         $ 55,247  
Provision for loan losses   3,200           2,298  
Other operating income   17,187           13,756  
Compensation expense, net RML acquisition payments   130           4,775  
Other operating expense   50,271           48,610  
  Income before provision for income taxes   20,034           13,320  
Provision for income taxes   9,499           2,867  
  Net income   10,535           10,453  
  Less: net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest   327           579  
  Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 10,208         $ 9,874  
Average diluted shares   6,977,910           6,974,864  
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.46         $ 1.41  


  Year-to-date
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017       December 31, 2016
Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 10,208         $ 9,874  
Impact of one-time and other non-operating items:          
  Gain on sale of Northrim Benefits Group   (4,445 )          
  Core conversion costs   943            
  Compensation expense - RML acquisition payments   130           4,775  
  Provision for income taxes related to above items   1,386           (1,963 )
  Provision for income taxes, change in DTA valuation   3,411            
  Operating net income* $ 11,633         $ 12,686  
Average diluted shares   6,977,910           6,974,864  
Operating diluted earnings per share* $ 1.67         $ 1.82  

Home Mortgage Lending

"The mortgage market that generated very strong revenues in the past few years has cooled noticeably this year for all originators.  Northrim's Home Mortgage Lending segment in 2017 was no exception, with loans funded down 18% in the quarter and 22% for the year which was primarily the result of the general slowing of the Alaska economy, rising interest rates and normal market cycles," said Ballard. "Despite this decline, the housing market in Alaska remains stable due to balanced supply and demand for homes in most price ranges, and we expect the Home Mortgage Lending segment to remain profitable despite the slowdown.

Ballard continued, "We are continuing to build our mortgage servicing business, which was initiated in the fourth quarter of 2015 to service loans for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.  Northrim now services 1,630 loans in its $406.3 million home mortgage servicing portfolio, which is a 49% increase from the $272.4 million serviced a year ago." Mortgage servicing contributed $1.5 million to fourth quarter of 2017 revenues up from $701,000 in the third quarter of 2017 and $1.2 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. Total mortgage servicing income fluctuates based on the amount of mortgage servicing rights originated during the period, and also based on changes in the fair value of mortgage servicing rights, which are driven by interest rate volatility and fluctuations in estimated prepayment speeds, which are based on industry averages.

Lastly, the $686,000 pre-tax write down of the carrying value of the Company's minority ownership interest in another mortgage origination business owned by RML discussed above is recorded in the Home Mortgage Lending segment.

The following table provides highlights of the Home Mortgage Lending segment of Northrim:

  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 June 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Mortgage commitments $ 43,602   $ 68,601   $ 80,068   $ 67,589   $ 62,421  
Mortgage loans funded for sale $ 132,606   $ 162,470   $ 143,944   $ 115,058   $ 169,235  
Mortgage loan refinances to total fundings   17 %   12 %   12 %   24 %   25 %
Mortgage loans serviced for others $ 406,291   $ 362,983   $ 332,485   $ 307,502   $ 272,442  
           
Net realized gains on mortgage loans sold $ 4,084   $ 5,218   $ 4,990   $ 3,721   $ 5,987  
Change in fair value of mortgage loan commitments, net   (551 )   (23 )   299     128     (551 )
Total production revenue   3,533     5,195     5,289     3,849     5,436  
Mortgage servicing revenue   1,450     997     838     1,153     1,194  
Change in fair value of mortgage servicing rights, net2   64     (296 )   (48 )   282     (3 )
Total mortgage servicing revenue, net   1,514     701     790     1,435     1,191  
Other mortgage banking revenue   220     323     272     166     333  
  Total mortgage banking income $ 5,267   $ 6,219   $ 6,351   $ 5,450   $ 6,960  
           
Net interest income $ 303   $ 352   $ 291   $ 284   $ 307  
Provision for loan losses                    
Other operating income   5,267     6,219     6,351     5,450     6,960  
Other operating expense   5,417     5,290     5,226     4,819     5,495  
  Income before provision for income taxes   153     1,281     1,416     915     1,772  
Provision for income taxes   (669 )   528     584     379     731  
  Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 822   $ 753   $ 832   $ 536   $ 1,041  
           
Average diluted shares   6,963,125     6,959,035     6,997,727     6,993,726     6,983,771  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.12   $ 0.11   $ 0.12   $ 0.08   $ 0.15  

2Principally reflects changes in discount rates and prepayment speed assumptions, which are primarily affected by changes in interest rates, net of collection/realization of expected cash flows over time.

  Three Months Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 June 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 822   $ 753   $ 832   $ 536   $ 1,041  
Impact of one-time and other non-operating items:          
  Writedown minority interest in equity method investment   686                  
  Provision for income taxes related to above items   (282 )                
  Provision for income taxes, change in DTA valuation   (733 )                
  Operating net income* $ 493   $ 753   $ 832   $ 536   $ 1,041  
Average diluted shares   6,963,125     6,959,035     6,997,727     6,993,726     6,983,771  
Operating diluted earnings per share* $ 0.07   $ 0.11   $ 0.12   $ 0.08   $ 0.15  


  Year-to-date
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017       December 31, 2016
Mortgage loans funded for sale $ 554,077         $ 735,799  
Mortgage loan refinances to total fundings   16 %         21 %
           
Net realized gains on mortgage loans sold $ 18,013         $ 25,413  
Change in fair value of mortgage loan commitments, net   (147 )         (354 )
Total production revenue   17,866           25,059  
Mortgage servicing revenue   4,438           3,710  
Change in fair value of mortgage servicing rights, net2   2           (526 )
Total mortgage servicing revenue, net   4,440           3,184  
Other mortgage banking revenue   981           1,264  
  Total mortgage banking income $ 23,287         $ 29,507  
           
Net interest income $ 1,230         $ 1,110  
Other operating income   23,287           29,507  
Other operating expense   20,752           22,895  
  Income before provision for income taxes   3,765           7,722  
Provision for income taxes   822           3,185  
  Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 2,943         $ 4,537  
           
Average diluted shares   6,977,910           6,974,864  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.42         $ 0.65  

2Principally reflects changes in discount rates and prepayment speed assumptions, which are primarily affected by changes in interest rates, net of collection/realization of expected cash flows over time.

  Year-to-date
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) December 31, 2017       December 31, 2016
Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 2,943         $ 4,537  
Impact of one-time and other non-operating items:          
  Writedown minority interest in equity method investment   686            
  Provision for income taxes related to above items   (282 )          
  Provision for income taxes, change in DTA valuation   (733 )          
  Operating net income* $ 2,614         $ 4,537  
Average diluted shares   6,977,910           6,974,864  
Operating diluted earnings per share* $ 0.37         $ 0.65  

Balance Sheet Review

Northrim's assets were $1.52 billion at December 31, 2017, virtually unchanged from both preceding and year ago quarters.  Average interest earnings assets were also relatively unchanged in the quarter and full year periods.

Average investment securities increased 1% in the fourth quarter of 2017 from the preceding quarter and decreased 7% from the fourth quarter a year ago.  The investment portfolio generated an average net tax equivalent yield of 1.77% for the fourth quarter of 2017. The average estimated duration of the investment portfolio was 1.9 years, at December 31, 2017.

Average loans held for sale decreased 25% to $43.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the preceding quarter and decreased 20% from the same quarter a year ago, primarily reflecting the seasonality of the mortgage business and the reduced demand for home loans in the Alaska marketplace.

Portfolio loans were down to $955.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to both the preceding and year ago quarters.  Average portfolio loans in the fourth quarter of 2017 were $980.4 million, up slightly from a year ago and down 2.3% from the preceding quarter. Seasonality, the slowing Alaska economy, and some larger loan payoffs contributed to moderate declines in all loan categories for the quarter and the year.

Alaskans account for substantially all of Northrim's deposit base, which is primarily made up of low-cost transaction accounts.  Balances in transaction accounts at December 31, 2017, represented 92% of total deposits.  At December 31, 2017, total deposits were $1.26 billion, unchanged from the immediate prior quarter and down slightly from $1.27 billion from a year ago.

Average total deposits were stable in both the fourth quarter and full year in 2017 compared to the respective periods in 2016.

Shareholders' equity increased 3% to $192.8 million, or $28.06 per share, at December 31, 2017, compared to $186.7 million, or $27.07 per share, a year ago.  Tangible book value per share* was $25.70 at December 31, 2017, compared to $24.70 per share a year ago.  Northrim continues to maintain capital levels in excess of the requirements to be categorized as "well-capitalized" under the Basel III and Dodd Frank regulatory standards with Tier 1 Capital to Risk Adjusted Assets of 14.65% at December 31, 2017.  "The repayment of the $8 million in junior subordinated debt in August brought our capital ratios down, which is expected to improve profitability without reducing liquidity significantly," said Schierhorn.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets, net of government guarantees, increased to $28.7 million at December 31, 2017, compared to $26.2 million at the end of the preceding quarter due to a $4.4 million addition to OREO, net of government guarantees, from a previously disclosed single lending relationship that was previously accruing but adversely classified at the end of the third quarter of 2017.  The $4.4 million that was previously adversely classified but still accruing interest was categorized in this manner because the real estate loan was collateralized and payments of principal and interest were covered by rental income being generated from the property. This increase in OREO was partially offset by principal paydowns on nonaccrual loans, net of government guarantees, and the $563,000 writedown on one OREO property discussed above.

Nonperforming assets, net of government guarantees increased to $28.7 million at December 31, 2017, compared to $19.3 million a year ago, due to one $8.3 million commercial business and one commercial relationships for $2.9 million, in the medical industry.  These relationships, along with one other $7.7 million commercial relationship in the medical industry, represent 88% of total nonperforming loans, net of government guarantees, as of December 31, 2017.  The additions to nonperforming assets in 2017 were partially offset by pay downs on nonaccrual loans and the sale of several OREO properties totaling $2.5 million in 2017 for a net gain on sales of $371,000.

Adversely classified loans, net of government guarantees, were $33.8 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared to $33.8 million at the end of the third quarter of 2017 and $35.6 million one year ago.  Net charge-offs in the fourth quarter of 2017 were minimal and $1.4 million for the full year. "None of these charge-offs were related directly to the oil sector," said Ballard.

The following table details loan charge-offs, by industry:

(Dollars in thousands) Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017 September 30, 2017 December 31, 2016
Charge-offs:      
Construction $   $   $ 535  
Transportation and warehousing   24     339      
Other services   5     48     31  
Retail trade           4  
News media       731      
Consumer   26     85     21  
  Total charge-offs $ 55   $ 1,203   $ 591  

Performing restructured loans that were not included in nonaccrual loans at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 were $7.7 million, unchanged from the preceding quarter and up from $6.1 million a year ago.  The increase in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the year ago quarter is primarily due to the addition of one commercial loan. Borrowers who are in financial difficulty and who have been granted concessions that may include interest rate reductions, term extensions, or payment alterations are categorized as restructured loans. The Company presents restructured loans that are performing separately from those that are classified as nonaccrual to provide more information on this category of loans and to differentiate between accruing performing and nonperforming restructured loans.

Adversely classified loans are loans that Northrim has classified as substandard, doubtful, and loss, net of government guarantees.  As of December 31, 2017, $25.2 million, or 74% of adversely classified loans net of government guarantees are attributable to five relationships in the following sectors; two commercial businesses, two medical businesses, and one oilfield services commercial business.

Northrim estimates that $70.8 million, or approximately 7% of portfolio loans as of December 31, 2017, had direct exposure to the oil and gas industry in Alaska, and $4.2 million of these loans are adversely classified.  Northrim has an additional $53.5 million in unfunded commitments to companies with direct exposure to the oil and gas industry in Alaska, and none of these unfunded commitments are considered to be adversely classified loans.  "We continue to have no loans to oil producers or exploration companies," added Ballard.  "We define direct exposure to the oil and gas sector as loans to borrowers that provide oilfield services and other companies that we have identified as significantly reliant upon activity in Alaska related to the oil and gas industry, such as lodging, equipment rental, transportation and other logistics services specific to this industry."

About Northrim BanCorp

Northrim BanCorp, Inc. is the parent company of Northrim Bank, an Alaska-based community bank with 14 branches in Anchorage, the Matanuska Valley, Juneau, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, and Sitka serving 90% of Alaska's population; and an asset based lending division in Washington; and a wholly-owned mortgage brokerage company, Residential Mortgage Holding Company, LLC. The Bank differentiates itself with its detailed knowledge of Alaska's economy and its "Customer First Service" philosophy. Pacific Wealth Advisors, LLC is an affiliated company of Northrim BanCorp.

www.northrim.com


Forward-Looking Statement

This release may contain "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined for purposes of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  These statements are, in effect, management's attempt to predict future events, and thus are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management's views only as of the date hereof. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, regarding our financial position, business strategy and management's plans and objectives for future operations are forward-looking statements.  When used in this report, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," and "intend" and words or phrases of similar meaning, as they relate to Northrim and its management are intended to help identify forward-looking statements.  Although we believe that management's expectations as reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure readers that those expectations will prove to be correct.  Forward looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from our expectations as indicated in the forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include: our ability to maintain strong asset quality and to maintain or expand our market share or net interest margins; and our ability to execute our business plan.  Further, actual results may be affected by our ability to compete on price and other factors with other financial institutions; customer acceptance of new products and services; the regulatory environment in which we operate; and general trends in the local, regional and national banking industry and economy as those factors relate to our cost of funds and return on assets.  In addition, there are risks inherent in the banking industry relating to collectability of loans and changes in interest rates.  Many of these risks, as well as other risks that may have a material adverse impact on our operations and business, are identified in the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, and from time to time are disclosed in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  However, you should be aware that these factors are not an exhaustive list, and you should not assume these are the only factors that may cause our actual results to differ from our expectations.  These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release, and Northrim does not undertake any obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or conditions after the date of this release.

References:

http://labor.alaska.gov/trends/

http://labor.state.ak.us/news/2018/news18-02.pdf

http://www.petroleumnews.com/pntruncate/992348319.shtml

http://www.alyeska-pipe.com/assets/uploads/pagestructure/NewsCenter_MediaResources_PressRelease_Entries
/636504966895432028_pr1470_2017ThroughputIncrease%202.pdf


Income Statement          
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended
(Unaudited) December 31, September 30, Three Month December 31, Year-Over-Year
    2017   2017 % Change   2016 % Change
Interest Income:          
  Interest and fees on loans $ 13,861   $ 14,341   -3 % $ 13,423   3 %
  Interest on portfolio investments   1,168     1,060   10 %   1,032   13 %
  Interest on deposits in banks   203     118   72 %   67   203 %
  Total interest income   15,232     15,519   -2 %   14,522   5 %
Interest Expense:          
  Interest expense on deposits   382     429   -11 %   447   -15 %
  Interest expense on borrowings   166     173   -4 %   184   -10 %
  Total interest expense   548     602   -9 %   631   -13 %
  Net interest income   14,684     14,917   -2 %   13,891   6 %
           
Provision for loan losses       2,500   -100 %   743   -100 %
  Net interest income after provision for loan losses   14,684     12,417   18 %   13,148   12 %
           
Other Operating Income:          
  Mortgage banking income   5,267     6,219   -15 %   6,960   -24 %
  Gain on sale of Northrim Benefits Group   2     4,443   NM       NM  
  Employee benefit plan income       609   -100 %   871   -100 %
  Purchased receivable income   758     752   1 %   703   8 %
  Bankcard fees   694     664   5 %   675   3 %
  Service charges on deposit accounts   360     406   -11 %   473   -24 %
  Loss on sale of securities       (3 ) NM       NM  
  Other income   871     765   14 %   677   29 %
  Total other operating income   7,952     13,855   -43 %   10,359   -23 %
           
Other Operating Expense:          
  Salaries and other personnel expense   10,971     11,115   -1 %   11,332   -3 %
  Occupancy expense   1,761     1,706   3 %   1,590   11 %
  Data processing expense   1,340     1,509   -11 %   1,293   4 %
  Professional and outside services   457     674   -32 %   780   -41 %
  Marketing expense   833     332   151 %   596   40 %
  Insurance expense   239     475   -50 %   179   34 %
  OREO expense, net rental income and gains on sale   621     (44 ) -1,511 %   28   2,118 %
  Gain on disposal of premises and equipment         %   (13 ) -100 %
  Intangible asset amortization expense   21     26   -19 %   29   -28 %
  Compensation expense, net RML acquisition payments   (193 )   149   -230 %   708   -127 %
  Other operating expense   2,287     1,749   31 %   1,832   25 %
  Total other operating expense   18,337     17,691   4 %   18,354   %
           
  Income before provision for income taxes   4,299     8,581   -50 %   5,153   -17 %
  Provision for income taxes   4,085     2,980   37 %   1,458   180 %
  Net income   214     5,601   -96 %   3,695   -94 %
  Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest       78   -100 %   105   -100 %
  Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 214   $ 5,523   -96 % $ 3,590   -94 %
           
  Basic EPS $ 0.03   $ 0.80   -96 % $ 0.52   -94 %
  Diluted EPS $ 0.03   $ 0.79   -96 % $ 0.51   -94 %
  Average basic shares   6,865,753     6,872,273   0 %   6,897,890   0 %
  Average diluted shares   6,963,125     6,959,035   0 %   6,983,771   0 %



Income Statement  
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) Twelve months ended December 31,
(Unaudited)     Year-Over-Year
    2017   2016 % Change
Interest Income:      
  Interest and fees on loans $ 55,041   $ 54,777   0 %
  Interest on portfolio investments   4,634     3,936   18 %
  Interest on deposits in banks   433     205   111 %
  Total interest income   60,108     58,918   2 %
Interest Expense:      
  Interest expense on deposits   1,707     1,870   -9 %
  Interest expense on borrowings   723     691   5 %
  Total interest expense   2,430     2,561   -5 %
  Net interest income   57,678     56,357   2 %
       
Provision for loan losses   3,200     2,298   39 %
  Net interest income after provision for loan losses   54,478     54,059   1 %
       
Other Operating Income:      
  Mortgage banking income   23,287     29,507   -21 %
  Gain on sale of Northrim Benefits Group   4,445       NM  
  Employee benefit plan income   2,506     3,770   -34 %
  Purchased receivable income   2,975     2,347   27 %
  Bankcard fees   2,597     2,670   -3 %
  Service charges on deposit accounts   1,614     1,998   -19 %
  Gain (loss) on sale of securities   11     (11 ) 200 %
  Other income   3,039     2,982   2 %
  Total other operating income   40,474     43,263   -6 %
       
Other Operating Expense:      
  Salaries and other personnel expense   44,721     46,752   -4 %
  Occupancy expense   6,752     6,462   4 %
  Data processing expense   5,549     4,879   14 %
  Marketing expense   2,566     2,449   5 %
  Professional and outside services   2,365     2,797   -15 %
  Insurance expense   1,161     1,023   13 %
  OREO expense, net rental income and gains on sale   837     98   754 %
  Compensation expense - RML acquisition payments   130     4,775   -97 %
  Intangible asset amortization expense   100     135   -26 %
  Loss on disposal of premises and equipment   3     352   -99 %
  Other operating expense   6,969     6,558   6 %
  Total other operating expense   71,153     76,280   -7 %
       
  Income before provision for income taxes   23,799     21,042   13 %
  Provision for income taxes   10,321     6,052   71 %
  Net income   13,478     14,990   -10 %
  Less: Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interest   327     579   -44 %
  Net income attributable to Northrim BanCorp $ 13,151   $ 14,411   -9 %
       
  Basic EPS $ 1.91   $ 2.09   -9 %
  Diluted EPS $ 1.88   $ 2.06   -9 %
  Average basic shares   6,889,621     6,883,663   0 %
  Average diluted shares   6,977,910     6,974,864   0 %



Balance Sheet          
(Dollars in thousands)          
(Unaudited) December 31, September 30, Three Month December 31, One Year
    2017   2017 % Change   2016 % Change
           
Assets:          
  Cash and due from banks $ 25,016   $ 13,960   79 % $ 34,485   -27 %
  Interest bearing deposits in other banks   52,825     73,309   -28 %   16,066   229 %
  Portfolio investments   312,750     271,248   15 %   332,118   -6 %
  Investment in Federal Home Loan Bank stock   2,115     2,116   0 %   1,965   8 %
           
  Loans held for sale   43,778     59,214   -26 %   43,596   %
           
  Portfolio loans   955,667     989,253   -3 %   975,015   -2 %
  Allowance for loan losses   (21,461 )   (21,464 ) 0 %   (19,697 ) 9 %
  Net portfolio loans   934,206     967,789   -3 %   955,318   -2 %
  Purchased receivables, net   22,231     12,930   72 %   20,491   8 %
  Mortgage servicing rights   7,305     6,181   18 %   4,157   76 %
  Other real estate owned, net   8,651     3,505   147 %   6,574   32 %
  Premises and equipment, net   37,867     40,046   -5 %   39,318   -4 %
  Goodwill and intangible assets   16,224     16,245   0 %   16,324   -1 %
  Other assets   56,141     56,798   -1 %   56,128   %
  Total assets $ 1,519,109   $ 1,523,341   0 % $ 1,526,540   0 %
           
Liabilities:          
  Demand deposits $ 414,686   $ 426,946   -3 % $ 449,206   -8 %
  Interest-bearing demand   252,009     240,274   5 %   201,349   25 %
  Savings deposits   247,458     251,266   -2 %   241,088   3 %
  Money market deposits   243,603     233,768   4 %   244,295   %
  Time deposits   100,527     106,063   -5 %   131,715   -24 %
  Total deposits   1,258,283     1,258,317   0 %   1,267,653   -1 %
  Securities sold under repurchase agreements   27,746     31,084   -11 %   27,607   1 %
  Other borrowings   7,362     7,387   0 %   4,338   70 %
  Junior subordinated debentures   10,310     10,310   %   18,558   -44 %
  Other liabilities   22,606     21,816   4 %   21,672   4 %
  Total liabilities   1,326,307     1,328,914   0 %   1,339,828   -1 %
           
Shareholders' Equity:          
  Northrim BanCorp shareholders' equity   192,802     194,427   -1 %   186,594   3 %
  Noncontrolling interest         %   118   -100 %
  Total shareholders' equity   192,802     194,427   -1 %   186,712   3 %
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,519,109   $ 1,523,341   0 % $ 1,526,540   0 %
           


Additional Financial Information
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

Composition of Portfolio Investments              
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
  Balance % of total   Balance % of total   Balance % of total
U.S. Treasury securities $ 49,877   15.9 %   $ 30,012   11.1 %   $ 30,063   9.1 %
U.S. Agency securities   199,583   63.9 %     179,088   65.9 %     233,298   70.2 %
U.S. Agency mortgage-backed securities     0.0 %       0.0 %     2   %
Corporate bonds   42,863   13.7 %     40,883   15.1 %     49,699   15.0 %
Collateralized loan obligations   6,005   1.9 %     3,002   1.1 %       %
Alaska municipality, utility, or state bonds   9,752   3.1 %     13,502   5.0 %     14,296   4.3 %
Other municipality, utility, or state bonds   4,670   1.5 %     4,761   1.8 %     4,760   1.4 %
  Total portfolio investments $ 312,750       $ 271,248       $ 332,118    
                 



Composition of Portfolio Loans                        
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
  Balance % of total   Balance % of total   Balance % of total   Balance % of total   Balance % of total
Commercial loans $ 313,769   33 %   $ 315,512   32 %   $ 309,493   31 %   $ 275,809   29 %   $ 278,178   28 %
CRE owner occupied loans   132,097   14 %     135,053   14 %     139,475   14 %     140,102   15 %     152,178   16 %
CRE nonowner occupied loans   359,871   37 %     386,294   39 %     401,662   40 %     408,472   41 %     402,003   41 %
Construction loans   111,294   12 %     111,427   11 %     98,713   10 %     94,004   10 %     98,220   10 %
Consumer loans   42,792   4 %     44,942   4 %     46,010   5 %     46,838   5 %     48,870   5 %
  Subtotal   959,823         993,228         995,353         965,225         979,449    
Unearned loan fees, net   (4,156 )       (3,975 )       (4,144 )       (4,393 )       (4,434 )  
  Total portfolio loans $ 955,667       $ 989,253       $ 991,209       $ 960,832       $ 975,015    
                             



Composition of Deposits                        
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
  Balance % of total   Balance % of total   Balance % of total   Balance % of total   Balance % of total
Demand deposits $ 414,686   33 %   $ 426,946   34 %   $ 395,310   32 %   $ 421,867   33 %   $ 449,206   36 %
Interest-bearing demand   252,009   20 %     240,274   19 %     231,073   19 %     194,414   16 %     201,349   16 %
Savings deposits   247,458   20 %     251,266   20 %     249,275   20 %     252,218   20 %     241,088   19 %
Money market deposits   243,603   19 %     233,768   19 %     231,780   19 %     244,881   20 %     244,295   19 %
Time deposits   100,527   8 %     106,063   8 %     126,872   10 %     133,693   11 %     131,715   10 %
  Total deposits $ 1,258,283       $ 1,258,317       $ 1,234,310       $ 1,247,073       $ 1,267,653    



Additional Financial Information
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

Asset Quality            
  December 31,   September 30,   December 31,  
    2017     2017     2016  
  Nonaccrual loans $ 21,626     $ 24,317     $ 13,893    
  Loans 90 days past due and accruing   252       214       456    
  Total nonperforming loans   21,878       24,531       14,349    
  Nonperforming loans guaranteed by government   (467 )     (1,846 )     (1,413 )  
  Net nonperforming loans   21,411       22,685       12,936    
  Other real estate owned   8,651       3,505       6,574    
  Other real estate owned guaranteed by government   (1,333 )           (195 )  
  Net nonperforming assets $ 28,729     $ 26,190     $ 19,315    
  Nonperforming loans / portfolio loans, net of government guarantees   2.24   %   2.29   %   1.33   %
  Nonperforming assets / total assets, net of government guarantees   1.89   %   1.72   %   1.27   %
             
  Performing restructured loans $ 7,668     $ 7,687     $ 6,131    
  Nonperforming loans plus performing restructured loans, net of government            
  guarantees $ 29,079     $ 30,372     $ 19,067    
  Nonperforming loans plus performing restructured loans / portfolio loans, net of            
  government guarantees   3.04   %   3.07   %   1.96   %
  Nonperforming assets plus performing restructured loans / total assets, net of            
  government guarantees   2.48   %   2.22   %   1.68   %
             
  Adversely classified loans, net of government guarantees $ 33,845     $ 33,789     $ 35,634    
  Loans 30-89 days past due and accruing, net of government guarantees /            
  portfolio loans   0.22   %   0.70   %   0.22   %
             
  Allowance for loan losses / portfolio loans   2.25   %   2.17   %   2.02   %
  Allowance for loan losses / nonperforming loans, net of government guarantees   100   %   95   %   152   %
             
  Gross loan charge-offs for the quarter $ 55     $ 1,203     $ 591    
  Gross loan recoveries for the quarter ($53 )   ($106 )   ($66 )  
  Net loan charge-offs (recoveries) for the quarter $ 2     $ 1,097     $ 525    
  Net loan charge-offs year-to-date $ 1,435     $ 1,433     $ 754    
  Net loan charge-offs for the quarter / average loans, for the quarter   0.00   %   0.11   %   0.05   %
  Net loan charge-offs year-to-date / average loans,            
  year-to-date annualized   0.15   %   0.19   %   0.08   %



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Nonperforming Assets Rollforward              
  Balance at Additions Payments Writedowns Transfers to Transfers to Sales Balance at
  September 30, 2017 this quarter this quarter /Charge-offs
 this quarter
OREO Performing Status
this quarter
this quarter December 31, 2017
Commercial loans $ 22,794   $ 321   ($1,440 ) ($29 ) ($1,333 ) ($156 ) $   $ 20,157  
Commercial real estate   1,331                             1,331  
Construction loans                                
Consumer loans   406     12     (2 )   (26 )               390  
Non-performing loans guaranteed by government   (1,846 )       23         1,333     23         (467 )
  Total non-performing loans   22,685     333     (1,419 )   (55 )       (133 )       21,411  
Other real estate owned   3,505     5,744         (563 )           (35 )   8,651  
Other real estate owned guaranteed                
by government       (1,333 )                       (1,333 )
  Total non-performing assets,                
  net of government guarantees $ 26,190   $ 4,744   ($1,419 ) ($618 ) $   ($133 ) ($35 ) $ 28,729  



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(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

Average Balances, Yields, and Rates                
  Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
    Average     Average     Average
  Average Tax Equivalent   Average Tax Equivalent   Average Tax Equivalent
  Balance Yield/Rate   Balance Yield/Rate   Balance Yield/Rate
Assets                
Interest bearing deposits in other banks $ 61,030   1.30 %   $ 37,349   1.24 %   $ 37,328   0.54 %
Portfolio investments   287,393   1.77 %     284,806   1.63 %     309,519   1.48 %
Loans held for sale   43,259   4.28 %     57,346   3.74 %     54,266   3.54 %
Portfolio loans   980,351   5.45 %     1,003,751   5.49 %     977,678   5.31 %
  Total interest-earning assets   1,372,033   4.46 %     1,383,252   4.51 %     1,378,791   4.25 %
Nonearning assets   147,832         142,226         142,987    
  Total assets $ 1,519,865       $ 1,525,478       $ 1,521,778    
                 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity                
Interest-bearing deposits $ 829,295   0.18 %   $ 839,743   0.20 %   $ 804,334   0.22 %
Borrowings   48,376   1.35 %     49,223   1.36 %     51,879   1.38 %
  Total interest-bearing liabilities   877,671   0.25 %     888,966   0.27 %     856,213   0.29 %
                 
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits   425,271         423,065         460,880    
Other liabilities   19,857         18,744         25,247    
Shareholders' equity   197,066         194,703         179,438    
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,519,865       $ 1,525,478       $ 1,521,778    
  Net spread   4.21 %     4.24 %     3.96 %
  Net interest margin ("NIM")   4.25 %     4.28 %     4.01 %
  Tax equivalent NIM*   4.31 %     4.34 %     4.07 %
  Average portfolio loans to average                
  interest-earning assets   71.45 %       72.56 %       70.91 %  
  Average portfolio loans to average total deposits   78.14 %       79.49 %       77.27 %  
  Average non-interest deposits to average                
  total deposits   33.90 %       33.50 %       36.43 %  
  Average interest-earning assets to average                
  interest-bearing liabilities   156.33 %       155.60 %       161.03 %  



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(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

Average Balances, Yields, and Rates          
  Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
    Average     Average
  Average Tax Equivalent   Average Tax Equivalent
  Balance Yield/Rate   Balance Yield/Rate
Assets          
Interest bearing deposits in other banks $ 36,944   1.15 %   $ 37,074   0.50 %
Portfolio investments   305,211   1.66 %     296,214   1.46 %
Loans held for sale   44,047   3.95 %     52,012   3.59 %
Portfolio loans   981,001   5.47 %     976,613   5.46 %
  Total interest-earning assets   1,367,203   4.46 %     1,361,913   4.38 %
Nonearning assets   143,849         144,609    
  Total assets $ 1,511,052       $ 1,506,522    
           
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity          
Interest-bearing deposits $ 829,918   0.21 %   $ 803,877   0.23 %
Borrowings   50,523   1.40 %     50,095   1.35 %
  Total interest-bearing liabilities   880,441   0.27 %     853,972   0.30 %
           
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits   418,415         446,366    
Other liabilities   19,067         24,556    
Shareholders' equity   193,129         181,628    
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,511,052       $ 1,506,522    
  Net spread   4.19 %     4.08 %
  NIM   4.22 %     4.14 %
  NIMTE*   4.28 %     4.20 %
  Average portfolio loans to average interest-earning assets   71.75 %       71.71 %  
  Average portfolio loans to average total deposits   78.58 %       78.11 %  
  Average non-interest deposits to average total deposits   33.52 %       35.70 %  
  Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities   155.29 %       159.48 %  


Capital Data (At quarter end)            
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016  
Book value per share $ 28.06     $ 28.37     $ 27.07    
Tangible book value per share* $ 25.70     $ 26.00     $ 24.70    
Total shareholders' equity/total assets   12.69   %   12.76   %   12.23   %
Tangible Common Equity/Tangible Assets*   11.75   %   11.82   %   11.28   %
Tier 1 Capital / Risk Adjusted Assets   14.65   %   13.50   %   14.54   %
Total Capital / Risk Adjusted Assets   15.90   %   14.75   %   15.80   %
Tier 1 Capital / Average Assets   12.41   %   11.54   %   12.59   %
Shares outstanding   6,871,963       6,852,338       6,897,890    
Unrealized gain (loss) on AFS securities, net of income taxes ($369 )   $ 147     ($397 )  



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(Dollars and shares in thousands)
(Unaudited)

Profitability Ratios                    
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016  
For the quarter:                    
  Net interest margin ("NIM") 4.25   % 4.28   % 4.20   % 4.15   % 4.01   %
  Tax equivalent NIM* 4.31   % 4.34   % 4.26   % 4.22   % 4.07   %
  Efficiency ratio 80.92   % 61.40   % 76.95   % 72.95   % 75.57   %
  Return on average assets 0.06   % 1.44   % 0.96   % 1.04   % 0.94   %
  Return on average equity 0.43   % 11.25   % 7.43   % 8.30   % 7.96   %


  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016  
Year-to-date:                    
  NIM 4.22   %             4.14   %
  NIMTE* 4.28   %             4.20   %
  Efficiency ratio 72.39   %             76.44   %
  Return on average assets 0.87   %             0.96   %
  Return on average equity 6.81   %             7.93   %



*Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Tax equivalent NIM

Tax equivalent NIM is a non-GAAP performance measurement in which interest income on non-taxable investments and loans is presented on a tax equivalent basis using a combined federal and state statutory rate of 41.11% in both 2017 and 2016. The most comparable GAAP measure is net interest margin and the following table sets forth the reconciliation of tax equivalent NIM to net interest margin.

  Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Net interest income $ 14,684     $ 14,917     $ 14,244     $ 13,833     $ 13,891  
Divided by average interest-bearing assets   1,372,033       1,383,252       1,360,961       1,352,171       1,378,791  
Net interest margin ("NIM")3   4.25 %     4.28 %     4.20 %     4.15 %     4.01 %
                   
Net interest income $ 14,684     $ 14,917     $ 14,244     $ 13,833     $ 13,891  
Plus: reduction in tax expense related to                  
  tax-exempt interest income   204       220       224       224       209  
  $ 14,888     $ 15,137     $ 14,468     $ 14,057     $ 14,100  
Divided by average interest-bearing assets   1,372,033       1,383,252       1,360,961       1,352,171       1,378,791  
Tax equivalent NIM3   4.31 %     4.34 %     4.26 %     4.22 %     4.07 %


(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016
Net interest income $ 57,678                 $ 56,357  
Divided by average interest-bearing assets   1,367,203                   1,361,913  
Net interest margin ("NIM")4   4.22 %                 4.14 %
                   
Net interest income $ 57,678                 $ 56,357  
Plus: reduction in tax expense related to                  
  tax-exempt interest income   872                   808  
  $ 58,550                 $ 57,165  
Divided by average interest-bearing assets   1,367,203                   1,361,913  
Tax equivalent NIM4   4.28 %                 4.20 %

3Calculated using actual days in the quarter divided by 365 for quarters ended in 2017 and actual days in the quarter divided by 366 for quarters ended in 2016.

4Calculated using actual days in the year divided by 365 for year-to-date period ended in 2017 and actual days in the year divided by 366 for year-to-date period ended in 2016.


Tangible Book Value

Tangible book value is a non-GAAP measure defined as shareholders' equity, less intangible assets, divided by shares outstanding.  The following table sets forth the reconciliation of tangible book value per share and book value per share.

  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
                   
Total shareholders' equity $ 192,802     $ 194,427     $ 191,177     $ 189,452     $ 186,712  
Divided by shares outstanding   6,872       6,852       6,911       6,910       6,898  
Book value per share $ 28.06     $ 28.37     $ 27.66     $ 27.42     $ 27.07  


  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
                   
Total shareholders' equity $ 192,802     $ 194,427     $ 191,777     $ 189,452     $ 186,712  
Less: goodwill and intangible assets   16,224       16,245       16,271       16,298       16,324  
  $ 176,578     $ 178,182     $ 175,506     $ 173,154     $ 170,388  
Divided by shares outstanding   6,872       6,852       6,911       6,910       6,898  
Tangible book value per share $ 25.70     $ 26.00     $ 25.40     $ 25.06     $ 24.70  


(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Tangible Common Equity to Tangible Assets

Tangible common equity to tangible assets is a non-GAAP ratio that represents total equity less goodwill and intangible assets divided by total assets less goodwill and intangible assets. This ratio has received more attention over the past several years from stock analysts and regulators.  The most comparable GAAP measure of shareholders' equity to total assets is calculated by dividing total shareholders' equity by total assets.

Northrim BanCorp, Inc. December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
                   
Total shareholders' equity $ 192,802     $ 194,427     $ 191,777     $ 189,452     $ 186,712  
Total assets   1,519,109       1,523,341       1,493,205       1,512,580       1,526,540  
Total shareholders' equity to total assets   12.69 %     12.76 %     12.84 %     12.53 %     12.23 %


Northrim BanCorp, Inc. December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
                                       
Total shareholders' equity $ 192,802     $ 194,427     $ 191,777     $ 189,452     $ 186,712  
Less: goodwill and other intangible assets, net   16,224       16,245       16,271       16,298       16,324  
Tangible common shareholders' equity $ 176,578     $ 178,182     $ 175,506     $ 173,154     $ 170,388  
                   
Total assets $ 1,519,109     $ 1,523,341     $ 1,493,205     $ 1,512,580     $ 1,526,540  
Less: goodwill and other intangible assets, net   16,224       16,245       16,271       16,298       16,324  
Tangible assets $ 1,502,885     $ 1,507,096     $ 1,476,934     $ 1,496,282     $ 1,510,216  
Tangible common equity ratio   11.75 %     11.82 %     11.88 %     11.57 %     11.28 %


Operating diluted earnings per share

Operating diluted earnings per share is a non-GAAP ratio that represents operating net income divided by average diluted shares. The most comparable GAAP measure is diluted earnings per share. The following table provides a reconciliation of operating diluted earnings per share with diluted earnings per share:

Northrim BanCorp, Inc. Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Net income $ 214     $ 5,523     $ 3,589     $ 3,825     $ 3,590  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,963,125       6,959,035       6,997,727       6,993,726       6,983,771  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.03     $ 0.79     $ 0.51     $ 0.55     $ 0.51  


Northrim BanCorp, Inc. Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 3,181     $ 3,100     $ 3,962     $ 4,005     $ 4,007  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,963,125       6,959,035       6,997,727       6,993,726       6,983,771  
Operating diluted earnings per share $ 0.46     $ 0.45     $ 0.57     $ 0.57     $ 0.57  


(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Northrim BanCorp, Inc. Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016
Net income $ 13,151                 $ 14,411  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,977,910                   6,974,864  
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.88                 $ 2.06  


Northrim BanCorp, Inc. Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 14,247                 $ 17,223  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,977,910                   6,974,864  
Operating diluted earnings per share $ 2.04                 $ 2.47  


Community Banking Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Net income ($608 )   $ 4,770     $ 2,757     $ 3,289     $ 2,549  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,963,125       6,959,035       6,997,727       6,993,726       6,983,771  
Diluted earnings per share   ($0.09 )   $ 0.69     $ 0.39     $ 0.47     $ 0.36  


Community Banking Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 2,688     $ 2,347     $ 3,130     $ 3,469     $ 2,966  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,963,125       6,959,035       6,997,727       6,993,726       6,983,771  
Operating diluted earnings per share $ 0.39     $ 0.34     $ 0.45     $ 0.50     $ 0.42  


Community Banking Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016
Net income $ 10,208                 $ 9,874  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,977,910                   6,974,864  
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.46                 $ 1.41  


Community Banking Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 11,633                 $ 12,686  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,977,910                   6,974,864  
Operating diluted earnings per share $ 1.67                 $ 1.82  


(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Home Mortgage Lending Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Net income $ 822     $ 753     $ 832     $ 536     $ 1,041  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,963,125       6,959,035       6,997,727       6,993,726       6,983,771  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.12     $ 0.11     $ 0.12     $ 0.08     $ 0.15  


Home Mortgage Lending Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 493     $ 753     $ 832     $ 536     $ 1,041  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,963,125       6,959,035       6,997,727       6,993,726       6,983,771  
Operating diluted earnings per share $ 0.07     $ 0.11     $ 0.12     $ 0.08     $ 0.15  


Home Mortgage Lending Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016
Net income $ 2,943                 $ 4,537  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,977,910                   6,974,864  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.42                 $ 0.65  


Home Mortgage Lending Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 2,614                 $ 4,537  
Divided by weighted-average diluted shares outstanding   6,977,910                   6,974,864  
Operating diluted earnings per share $ 0.37                 $ 0.65  


(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Operating efficiency ratio

The operating efficiency ratio is a non-GAAP ratio that is calculated by dividing operating other operating expense (which exclude certain non-operating expense items), exclusive of intangible asset amortization, by the sum of net interest income and operating other operating income (which exclude certain non-operating income items). The following tables set forth the calculation of the operating efficiency ratio:

Northrim BanCorp, Inc. Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Total other operating expense $ 18,337     $ 17,691     $ 18,510     $ 16,615     $ 18,354  
Less: core conversion costs         179       633       131        
Less: writedown minority interest in equity method investment   686                          
Less: compensation expense, net RML acquisition payments   (193 )     149             174       708  
Operating other operating expense $ 17,844     $ 17,363     $ 17,877     $ 16,310     $ 17,646  
Less: intangible asset amortization   21       26       27       26       29  
  $ 17,823     $ 17,337     $ 17,850     $ 16,284     $ 17,617  
Other operating income $ 7,952     $ 13,855     $ 9,762     $ 8,905     $ 10,359  
Less: gain on sale of Northrim Benefits Group   2       4,443                    
Operating other operating income $ 7,950     $ 9,412     $ 9,762     $ 8,905     $ 10,359  
Plus: net interest income   14,684       14,917       14,244       13,833       13,891  
  $ 22,634     $ 24,329     $ 24,006     $ 22,738     $ 24,250  
  Operating efficiency ratio   78.74 %     71.26 %     74.36 %     71.62 %     72.65 %


Operating return on average assets ratio

The operating return on average assets ratio is a non-GAAP ratio that is calculated by dividing operating net income (which exclude certain non-operating income and expense items) by average assets. The following tables set forth the calculation of the operating return on average assets ratio:

Northrim BanCorp, Inc. Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 3,181     $ 3,100     $ 3,962     $ 4,005     $ 4,007  
Divided by average assets   1,519,865       1,525,478       1,506,820       1,491,576       1,521,778  
Operating return on average assets ratio   0.83 %     0.81 %     1.05 %     1.09 %     1.05 %


Northrim BanCorp, Inc. Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 14,247                 $ 17,223  
Divided by average assets   1,511,052                   1,506,522  
Operating return on average assets ratio   0.94 %                 1.14 %


(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Operating return on average equity ratio

The operating return on average equity ratio is a non-GAAP ratio that is calculated by dividing operating net income (which exclude certain non-operating income and expense items) by average shareholders' equity. The following tables set forth the calculation of the operating return on average equity ratio:

Northrim BanCorp, Inc. Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2017   September 30, 2017   June 30, 2017   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 3,181     $ 3,100     $ 3,962     $ 4,005     $ 4,007  
Divided by average shareholders' equity   197,066       194,703       193,656       186,960       179,438  
Operating return on average equity ratio   6.40 %     6.32 %     8.21 %     8.69 %     8.88 %


Northrim BanCorp, Inc. Year-to-date
  December 31, 2017               December 31, 2016
Operating net income $ 14,247                 $ 17,223  
Divided by average shareholders' equity   193,129                   181,628  
Operating return on average equity ratio   7.38 %                 9.48 %


 

Contact: Joe Schierhorn,  President, CEO, and COO
  (907) 261-3308
  Jed Ballard, Chief Financial Officer
  (907) 261-3539

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