Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. (OTC Pink:NBCT) (the “Company”), the holding company of Inland Northwest Bank (the “Bank” or “INB”), today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
Net income for the first quarter of 2017 was $970 thousand, compared to $839 thousand for the first quarter of 2016 and $1.41 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. Earnings per diluted share increased 15.4% year over year, from $0.13 in the first quarter of 2016 to $0.15 in the first quarter of 2017, but are down $0.06 from the previous quarter.
Company President and CEO, Russell Lee, commented, “We are pleased with our results to date in 2017. We have accomplished a considerable amount of infrastructure development in the past year and still achieved our targets for financial performance. This should place the Company in an excellent position to complete our recently announced acquisition of CenterPointe Community Bank and to begin to welcome its employees and customers to INB.”
As of March 31, 2017, the Company had total assets of $641.7 million, compared to $636.5 million on December 31, 2016 and $604.3 million on March 31, 2016. This represents an increase of $5.1 million, or 0.8% over the previous quarter and $37.3 million, or 6.2%, year over year.
The investment portfolio was $27.4 million as of March 31, 2017, down $2.5 million, or 8.4%, from $30.0 million at December 31, 2016. The net unrealized gain in the portfolio was $339 thousand, 8.4% lower than the $370 thousand net unrealized gain at December 31, 2016.
The net loan portfolio was $494.2 million on March 31, 2017. This represents an increase of $3.4 million, or 0.7%, from last quarter. Year over year, the net loan portfolio was up $17.7 million, or 3.7%.
Deposits at March 31, 2017 were $552.1 million, an increase of $3.6 million, or 0.7%, compared to December 31, 2016 and an increase of $33.4 million, or 6.4%, compared to March 31, 2016. Noninterest bearing deposits were $162.3 million at quarter end, representing 29.4% of total deposits. This compares to noninterest bearing deposits of $164.0 million, or 29.9% of total deposits, at December 31, 2016, and to $143.3 million, or 27.6% of total deposits, at March 31, 2016.
Asset quality, provision and allowance for loan losses
The Bank’s nonperforming assets (“NPAs”) were $1.7 million at quarter end, representing 0.26% of total assets. NPAs are defined as loans on which the Bank has stopped accruing interest and includes foreclosed real estate. NPAs at the end of last quarter were $1.5 million, representing 0.23% of total assets, and at March 31, 2016, NPAs were $2.2 million, representing 0.36% of total assets.
The Bank had net loan charge-offs of $95 thousand, representing 0.23% of average loans, for the three-month period ending on March 31, 2017, compared to net loan charge-offs of $41 thousand for the comparable period in 2016. The provision for loan losses was $203 thousand for the three-month period ending on March 31, 2017, compared to $182 thousand for the comparable period in 2016. As of March 31, 2017, the allowance for loan losses was $6.4 million, or 1.27% of gross loans; this was slightly higher than on December 31, 2016 when it was $6.3 million and represented 1.26% of the loan portfolio.
Shareholders’ equity increased $1.1 million, or 1.6%, during the first quarter of 2017, which was mostly related to earnings retention. Tangible book value of the Company’s common stock was $9.30 per share on March 31, 2017, up $0.17, or 1.9%, over the $9.13 per share on December 31, 2016; year over year, tangible book value is up $0.80 per share, or 9.4%.
The Bank continues to maintain capital levels in excess of the requirements to be categorized as “well-capitalized” under regulatory standards. As of March 31, 2017, the Bank’s Tier 1 leverage capital to average assets ratio was 11.1%, its common equity Tier 1 (“CET1”) capital ratio was 11.8%, and its total capital to risk-weighted assets ratio was 13.0%. The regulatory requirements to be considered “well-capitalized” for these three ratios are 5.0%, 6.5%, and 10.0%, respectively.
Total revenue was $7.1 million for the first quarter of 2017, representing a decrease of $337 thousand, or 4.5%, from the previous quarter, and representing a decrease of $16 thousand, or 0.2%, over the comparable quarter in 2016. Total revenue is defined as net interest income plus noninterest income.
Net interest income
Net interest income was $6.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, a decrease of $158 thousand, or 2.6%, from the previous quarter and a decrease of $36 thousand, or 0.6%, from the first quarter of 2016. The decrease in net interest income is primarily due to declining levels of purchased loan discount accretion. The net interest margin (interest income minus interest expense, divided by average earning assets) decreased from 4.21% in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 4.13% in the first quarter of 2017; excluding net purchased loan discount accretion, the net interest margin was 4.01% and 4.00%, respectively.
Noninterest income was $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2017, down $179 thousand, or 14.2%, compared to the previous quarter, but up $20 thousand, or 1.9%, compared to the first quarter of 2016. The decrease in noninterest income during the first quarter of 2017 was largely related to lower revenues from sales of residential mortgage loans which is normal for the first quarter of the year.
Noninterest expense totaled $5.5 million for the first quarter of 2017, up $80 thousand, or 1.5%, compared to the previous quarter, but down $284 thousand compared to the first quarter of 2016 which included $361 thousand of nonrecurring acquisition-related costs. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, salaries and employee benefits increased $106 thousand, or 3.5%, and other noninterest expenses decreased $189 thousand, or 12.8%.
Return on average assets (“ROA”) for first quarter 2017 was 0.61%, compared to 0.88% in the previous quarter and 0.55% in the first quarter last year. Return on average equity (“ROE”) was 5.83% for first quarter 2017, compared to 8.59% in the previous quarter and 5.47% for the first quarter last year. Excluding nonrecurring acquisition expenses, ROA would have been 0.71% and ROE would have been 7.02% for the first quarter of 2016.
About Northwest Bancorporation, Inc.
Northwest Bancorporation, Inc. is the parent company of Inland Northwest Bank, a state-chartered community bank which currently operates eleven branches in Eastern Washington, one branch in Central Washington and four branches in Northern Idaho. INB specializes in meeting the financial needs of individuals and small to medium-sized businesses, including professional corporations and agriculture-related operations, by providing a full line of commercial, retail, agricultural, and mortgage and private banking products and services. More information about INB can be found on its website at www.inb.com. The Company’s stock is quoted on the OTC Market’s Pink Marketplace, www.otcmarkets.com, under the symbol NBCT.
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For more information contact:
Russell A. Lee, President and CEO
Holly Poquette, Chief Financial Officer