Community West Bancshares Earnings Increase 31% to $4.0 Million, or $0.45 Per Diluted Share, in 1Q22 Compared to 1Q21; Declares Increased Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.075 Per Common Share

Community West Bancshares Earnings Increase 31% to $4.0 Million, or $0.45 Per Diluted Share, in 1Q22 Compared to 1Q21; Declares Increased Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.075 Per Common Share

GOLETA, Calif., April 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community West Bancshares (“Community West” or the “Company”), (NASDAQ: CWBC), parent company of Community West Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income increased 31.1% to $4.0 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $3.0 million, or $0.35 diluted share, for the first quarter of 2021, and increased 36.8% compared to $2.9 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2021.

The increase in earnings during the first quarter of 2022, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, included a $549,000 tax exempt payout on a bank owned life insurance (“BOLI”) policy and collection and legal expense recovery of $992,000 as a result of a legal settlement. Results for the first quarter of 2022 reflect lower interest and fees on Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans compared to the prior quarter and the year ago quarter, due to slowing PPP loan forgiveness as the program nears its conclusion.

The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per common share, payable May 31, 2022 to common shareholders of record on May 13, 2022.

“We generated solid earnings for the first quarter, highlighted by top-and bottom-line revenue growth, steady year-over-year deposit growth and improved operating efficiencies,” stated Martin E. Plourd, Chief Executive Officer. “Return on average assets, return on average common equity and our efficiency ratio all improved as we continue to deepen our presence throughout California’s Central Coast. The success of our client outreach during the current quarter, including the new banking relationships brought over throughout the PPP process, generated increased income. Our net interest margin also improved on a linked quarter basis, primarily due to higher yields on interest earning assets. With the recent and anticipated rate increases by the Federal Reserve, we anticipate continued improvement in our net interest margin in future periods.”

First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:

  • Net income increased 36.8% to $4.0 million, or $0.45 per diluted share in the first quarter, compared to $2.9 million, or $0.33 per diluted share in fourth quarter 2021, and increased 31.1% compared to $3.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share in first quarter 2021.
  • Net interest income was $10.7 million for first quarter 2022 and fourth quarter 2021, and $10.0 million in first quarter 2021.
  • Net interest margin was 3.86% for the first quarter, compared to 3.77% in fourth quarter 2021, and 4.19% in first quarter 2021.
  • Return on Average Assets was 1.39%, compared to 0.99% in fourth quarter 2021, and 1.22% in first quarter 2021.
  • Return on Average Equity was 15.52%, compared to 11.42% in fourth quarter 2021, and 13.48% in first quarter 2021.
  • The Company recorded a negative provision for loan loss expense for the first quarter of $284,000 compared to a provision expense of $26,000 in the prior quarter, and a $173,000 negative provision expense in the first quarter of 2021.
  • The Allowance for Loan Losses (“ALL”) was 1.22% of total loans held for investment at March 31, 2022, and 1.23% of total loans held for investment, excluding the $7.5 million of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans which are 100% guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).*
  • Non-interest-bearing demand deposits increased $16.2 million to $226.1 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $209.9 million at December 31, 2021, and increased $29.5 million compared to $196.6 million at March 31, 2021.
  • Book value per common share increased to $12.07 at March 31, 2022, compared to $11.72 at December 31, 2021, and $10.77 at March 31, 2021.
  • The Bank’s Tier 1 leverage ratio was 8.88% at March 31, 2022, compared to 8.56% at December 31, 2021, and 8.97% at March 31, 2021.
  • Net non-accrual loans improved to $536,000 at March 31, 2022, compared to $565,000 at December 31, 2021, and $1.8 million at March 31, 2021.

*Non GAAP

Income Statement

Net interest income totaled $10.7 million in first quarter 2022, and in the preceding quarter, and was $10.0 million in first quarter of 2021. The Company recognized $399,000 of income in net fees related to PPP loans during first quarter, compared to $552,000 of income in net fees during fourth quarter 2021, and $1.1 million in the first quarter 2021. As of March 31, 2022, there was $107,000 remaining in net unrecognized fees related to PPP loans that will be recognized as income through amortization or once the loans are paid off or forgiven by the SBA.

Net interest margin was 3.86% for first quarter 2022, a nine-basis point increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, and a 33-basis point contraction compared to first quarter of 2021. “Higher yields on loans and proactive deposit cost management contributed to net interest margin expansion for the first quarter of 2022,” said Richard Pimentel, Chief Financial Officer. The cost of funds for the first quarter decreased one-basis point to 0.30%, compared to 0.31% for the fourth quarter, and improved by 16-basis points compared to 0.46% for the first quarter of 2021. PPP loans, including fees, accounted for 10 basis points of net interest margin for the first quarter compared to 10-basis points in the fourth quarter, and 9 basis points in the first quarter of 2021.

Non-interest income totaled $1.3 million in first quarter, compared to $944,000 in fourth quarter, and $897,000 in first quarter of 2021. The increase during first quarter 2022 included a $549,000 tax exempt payout on a BOLI policy. Other loan fees were $246,000 for first quarter, compared to $343,000 in fourth quarter and $313,000 in first quarter of 2021. Gain on sale of loans was $60,000 in first quarter, compared to $109,000 in fourth quarter of 2021 and $118,000 in first quarter of 2021.

Non-interest expense totaled $7.0 million in first quarter, compared to $7.7 million in fourth quarter, and $6.9 million in first quarter of 2021. The decrease in non-interest expense for first quarter 2022, compared to the prior quarter, reflects collection and legal expense recovery of $992,000 as a result of a legal settlement. Salaries and employee benefits, the Company’s largest component of non-interest expense, decreased $19,000 compared to fourth quarter 2021, and increased $300,000 compared to first quarter 2021. The Company’s efficiency ratio improved to 57.97% for first quarter, compared to 65.23% for fourth quarter 2021, and 62.71% for first quarter 2021. The Company continues to focus on expense control and gaining efficiencies through use of technology and process improvement.

Balance Sheet

Total assets decreased $20.4 million, or 1.8%, to $1.14 billion at March 31, 2022, compared to $1.16 billion, at December 31, 2021, and increased $118.6 million, or 11.6%, compared to $1.02 billion, at March 31, 2021. Total loans decreased by $1.8 million, to $890.3 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $892.1 million, at December 31, 2021, and increased $2.5 million compared to $887.8 million, at March 31, 2021. Total loans, excluding PPP loans, increased $12.0 million during the quarter and increased $89.5 million compared to March 31, 2021.

Commercial real estate loans outstanding (which include SBA 504, construction and land) were up 20.8% from year ago levels to $492.2 million at March 31, 2022, and comprise 55.3% of the total loan portfolio. Manufactured housing loans were up 5.4% from year ago levels to $300.0 million and represent 33.7% of total loans. Commercial loans (which include agriculture loans) were down 9.2% from year ago levels to $70.5 million and represent 7.9% of the total loan portfolio. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had 35 PPP loans totaling $7.5 million remaining on its balance sheet from both the first and second rounds of PPP funding. PPP loans of $7.5 million represent less than one percent of total loans at March 31, 2022, down from $21.3 million at December 31, 2021, and $94.5 million at March 31, 2021.

Total deposits decreased $24.4 million, or 2.6%, to $925.7 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $950.1 million at December 31, 2021, and increased $121.2 million, or 15.1%, compared to $804.5 million at March 31, 2021. Non-interest-bearing demand deposits were $226.1 million at March 31, 2022, a $16.2 million increase compared to $209.9 million at December 31, 2021, and a $29.5 million increase compared to $196.6 million at March 31, 2021. Interest-bearing demand deposits decreased $33.3 million to $504.2 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $537.5 million at December 31, 2021, and increased $63.7 million compared to $440.5 million at March 31, 2021. Certificates of deposit, which include brokered deposits, decreased $7.8 million during the quarter to $171.2 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $179.1 million at December 31, 2021, and increased $23.7 million compared to $147.5 million at March 31, 2021.

Stockholders’ equity increased to $104.8 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $101.4 million at December 31, 2021, and $91.8 million at March 31, 2021. Book value per common share increased to $12.07 at March 31, 2022, compared to $11.72 at December 31, 2021, and $10.77 at March 31, 2021.

Credit Quality

“Credit quality metrics continue to improve during the quarter, with a substantial decrease in net-nonaccrual loans compared to a year ago,” said Plourd. “We continue to closely monitor our loan portfolio and have elevated credit monitoring structures in place. Our conservative loan grading system for managing potential problem loans early has helped to keep us from incurring losses, and is reflective in our historic low loss ratio.”

At March 31, 2022, asset quality reflected improvement due to positive loan risk rating migrations during the first quarter. Total classified loans and net non-accrual loans decreased year-over-year due to improvements in the loan portfolio and payoffs in these categories. All loans rated “Watch” or worse are monitored monthly and proactive measures are taken when any signs of deterioration to the credit are discovered. Net loan recoveries totaled $427,000 during the first quarter of 2022, compared to net loan recoveries of $96,000 in the preceding quarter and net loan recoveries of $212,000 in first quarter 2021.

The Company recorded a negative provision expense of $284,000 in first quarter compared to a provision expense of 26,000 in fourth quarter 2021, and a negative provision expense of $173,000 in first quarter 2021. The allowance for loan losses was $10.5 million, or 1.22% of total loans held for investment, at March 31, 2022, and 1.23% of total loans held for investment excluding PPP loans. Net non-accrual loans, plus net other assets acquired through foreclosure, decreased 5.1% to $2.9 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $3.1 million at December 31, 2021, and decreased 33.5% compared to $4.4 million at March 31, 2021.

There was $536,000 in net non-accrual loans as of March 31, 2022, compared to $565,000 at December 31, 2021, and $1.8 million at March 31, 2021. Of the $536,000 of net non-accrual loans at March 31, 2022, $1,000 were SBA 504 loans, $286,000 were manufactured housing loans, and $249,000 were single family real estate loans.

There was $2.4 million in other assets acquired through foreclosure as of March 31, 2022, compared to $2.5 million at December 31, 2021, and $2.6 million at March 31, 2021. The majority of this balance relates to one property in the amount of $2.3 million.

Stock Repurchase Program

On August 27, 2021, the Company announced that its Board of Directors had extended the stock repurchase plan until August 31, 2023. The Company did not repurchase shares during the first quarter of 2022, leaving $1.4 million available under the previously announced repurchase program.

Company Overview

Community West Bancshares is a financial services company with headquarters in Goleta, California. The Company is the holding company for Community West Bank, the largest publicly traded community bank serving California’s Central Coast area of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Community West Bank has seven full-service California branch banking offices in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Paso Robles. The principal business activities of the Company are Relationship Banking, Manufactured Housing lending and Government Guaranteed lending.

Industry Accolades

Community West was named to Piper Sandler’s Bank and Thrift Sm-All Stars – Class of 2021. This award recognized Community West as one of the top 35 best performing small capitalization institutions from a list of publicly traded banks and thrifts in the U.S. with market capitalizations less than $2.5 billion.

Community West Bank was awarded a “Super Premier Performance” rating by The Findley Reports. For 52 years, The Findley Reports has been recognizing the financial performance of banking institutions in California and the Western United States. Community West Bank is rated 5-star Superior by Bauer Financial.

Safe Harbor Disclosure

This release contains certain forward-looking statements about the Company and the Bank that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for “forward-looking statements” provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical or current facts, including statements about future financial and operational results, expectations, or intentions are forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect management's current views of future events and operations. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company as of the date of this release. It is important to note that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve and are subject to significant risks, contingencies, and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond our control including, but not limited to, risks from the COVID-19 pandemic, the strength of the United States economy in general and of the local economies in which we conduct operations, the effect of, and changes in, trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including changes in interest rate policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, inflation, weather, natural disasters, climate change, increased unemployment, deterioration in credit quality of our loan portfolio and/or the value of the collateral securing the repayment of those loans, reduction in the value of our investment securities, the costs and effects of litigation and of adverse outcomes of such litigation, the cost and ability to attract and retain key employees, a breach of our operational or security systems, policies or procedures including cyber-attacks on us or third party vendors or service providers, regulatory or legal developments, United States tax policies, including our effective income tax rate, and our ability to implement and execute our business plan and strategy and expand our operations as provided therein. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth or implied in the forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including the risk factors contained in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are available in the “Investor Relations” section of our website, https://www.communitywest.com/sec-filings/documents/default.aspx. The Company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

 
COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited)
(in 000's, except per share data)
       
  March 31, December 31, March 31,
   2022   2021   2021 
       
Cash and cash equivalents $2,043  $1,621  $2,607 
Interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions  191,145   206,754   71,128 
Investment securities  21,805   22,774   21,570 
Loans:      
Commercial  70,480   72,423   77,579 
Commercial real estate  492,181   480,801   407,336 
SBA  8,403   8,580   11,566 
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)  7,504   21,317   94,507 
Manufactured housing  299,969   297,363   284,583 
Single family real estate  8,824   8,663   10,845 
HELOC  3,475   3,579   3,846 
Other (1)  (528)  (643)  (2,414)
Total loans  890,308   892,083   887,848 
       
Loans, net      
Held for sale  24,193   23,408   29,767 
Held for investment  866,115   868,675   858,081 
Less: Allowance for loan losses  (10,547)  (10,404)  (10,233)
Net held for investment  855,568   858,271   847,848 
NET LOANS  879,761   881,679   877,615 
       
Other assets  41,849   44,224   45,102 
       
TOTAL ASSETS $1,136,603  $1,157,052  $1,018,022 
       
Deposits      
Non-interest-bearing demand $226,073  $209,893  $196,617 
Interest-bearing demand  504,209   537,508   440,502 
Savings  24,239   23,675   19,858 
Certificates of deposit ($250,000 or more)  13,197   17,612   20,072 
Other certificates of deposit  158,022   161,443   127,472 
Total deposits  925,740   950,131   804,521 
Other borrowings  90,000   90,000   105,000 
Other liabilities  16,035   15,546   16,710 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  1,031,775   1,055,677   926,231 
       
Stockholders' equity  104,828   101,375   91,791 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
 $1,136,603  $1,157,052  $1,018,022 
       
Common shares outstanding  8,682   8,650   8,524 
       
Book value per common share $12.07  $11.72  $10.77 
       
(1) Includes consumer, other loans, securitized loans, and deferred fees


COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
(unaudited)
(in 000's, except per share data)
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31, December
 September
 June 30, March 31,
   2022  31, 2021
 30, 2021
  2021   2021 
Interest income          
Loans, including fees $11,194  $11,258  $11,576  $11,433  $10,856 
Investment securities and other  306   279   259   218   199 
Total interest income  11,500   11,537   11,835   11,651   11,055 
           
Deposits  570   614   708   771   742 
Other borrowings  194   206   198   194   271 
Total interest expense  764   820   906   965   1,013 
Net interest income  10,736   10,717   10,929   10,686   10,042 
Provision (credit) for loan losses  (284)  26   7   (41)  (173)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  11,020   10,691   10,922   10,727   10,215 
Non-interest income          
Other loan fees  246   343   383   310   313 
Gains from loan sales, net  60   109   118   130   118 
Document processing fees  101   123   145   138   106 
Service charges  88   84   77   74   67 
Other  796   285   317   220   293 
Total non-interest income  1,291   944   1,040   872   897 
Non-interest expenses          
Salaries and employee benefits  4,865   4,884   4,478   4,379   4,565 
Occupancy, net  997   893   802   780   779 
Professional services  399   441   434   430   340 
Data processing  310   251   292   332   340 
Depreciation  183   186   191   198   205 
FDIC assessment  171   146   127   121   91 
Advertising and marketing  258   198   189   164   183 
Stock-based compensation  92   129   63   58   68 
Other  (304)  478   284   207   289 
Total non-interest expenses  6,971   7,606   6,860   6,669   6,860 
Income before provision for income taxes  5,340   4,029   5,102   4,930   4,252 
Provision for income taxes  1,380   1,135   1,467   1,379   1,231 
Net income $3,960  $2,894  $3,635  $3,551  $3,021 
Earnings per share:          
Basic $0.46  $0.34  $0.42  $0.42  $0.36 
Diluted $0.45  $0.33  $0.41  $0.41  $0.35 


  Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2022 December 31, 2021 March 31, 2021
  Average
Balance
InterestAverage
Yield/Cost
 Average
Balance
InterestAverage
Yield/Cost
 Average
Balance
InterestAverage
Yield/Cost
Interest-Earning Assets            
Federal funds sold and interest-earning deposits $205,815 $109 0.21% $210,293 $85 0.16% $71,287 $39 0.22%
Investment securities  26,897  197 2.97%  27,661  194 2.78%  25,892  160 2.51%
Loans (1)  894,539  11,194 5.08%  888,519  11,258 5.03%  875,766  10,856 5.03%
Total earnings assets  1,127,251  11,500 4.14%  1,126,473  11,537 4.06%  972,945  11,055 4.61%
Nonearning Assets            
Cash and due from banks  2,161     2,154     2,076   
Allowance for loan losses  (10,615)    (10,314)    (10,230)  
Other assets  39,138     39,596     39,820   
Total assets $1,157,935    $1,157,909    $1,004,611   
Interest-Bearing Liabilities            
Interest-bearing demand deposits $519,454 $319 0.25% $523,212 $343 0.26% $410,615 $481 0.48%
Savings deposits  23,931  16 0.27%  22,248  18 0.32%  19,327  21 0.44%
Time deposits  175,448  235 0.54%  181,638  253 0.55%  173,541  240 0.56%
Total interest-bearing deposits  718,833  570 0.32%  727,098  614 0.34%  603,483  742 0.50%
Other borrowings  90,000  194 0.87%  90,003  206 0.91%  105,000  271 1.05%
Total interest-bearing liabilities $808,833 $764 0.38% $817,101 $820 0.40% $708,483 $1,013 0.58%
Noninterest-Bearing Liabilities            
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits  227,980     223,503     189,019   
Other liabilities  17,640     16,726     16,203   
Stockholders' equity  103,482     100,579     90,906   
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $1,157,935    $1,157,909     1,004,611   
Net interest income and margin  $10,736 3.86%  $10,717 3.77%  $10,042 4.19%
Net interest spread   3.76%   3.66%   4.04%
             
Cost of total deposits   0.24%   0.26%   0.38%
Cost of funds   0.30%   0.31%   0.46%


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Dollars and shares in thousands except per share amounts)(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND RATIOS March 31, 
2022
 December 31,
2021
 March 31,
2021
Return on average common equity  15.52%  11.42%  13.48%
Return on average assets  1.39%  0.99%  1.22%
Efficiency ratio  57.97%  65.23%  62.71%
Net interest margin  3.86%  3.77%  4.19%
       
  Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
AVERAGE BALANCES March 31,
2022
 December 31,
2021
 March 31,
2021
Average assets $1,157,935  $1,157,909  $1,004,611 
Average earning assets  1,127,251   1,126,473   972,945 
Average total loans  894,539   888,519   875,766 
Average deposits  946,813   950,601   792,502 
Average common equity  103,482   100,579   90,906 
       
EQUITY ANALYSIS March 31,
2022
 December 31,
2021
 March 31,
2021
Total common equity $104,828  $101,375  $91,791 
Common stock outstanding  8,682   8,650   8,524 
       
Book value per common share $12.07  $11.72  $10.77 
       
ASSET QUALITY March 31,
2022
 December 31,
2021
 March 31,
2021
Nonaccrual loans, net $536  $565  $1,825 
Nonaccrual loans, net/total loans  0.06%  0.06%  0.21%
Other assets acquired through foreclosure, net $2,389  $2,518  $2,572 
       
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net $2,925  $3,083  $4,397 
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net/total assets  0.26%  0.27%  0.43%
Net loan (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter $(427) $(96) $(212)
Net (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter/total loans  (0.05%)  (0.01%)  (0.02%)
       
Allowance for loan losses $10,547  $10,404  $10,233 
Plus: Reserve for undisbursed loan commitments  90   94   82 
Total allowance for credit losses $10,637  $10,498  $10,315 
Allowance for loan losses/total loans held for investment  1.22%  1.20%  1.19%
Allowance for loan losses/total loans held for investment excluding PPP loans  1.23%  1.23%  1.34%
Allowance for loan losses/nonaccrual loans, net  1966.82%  1842.50%  560.71%
       
Community West Bank *      
Community bank leverage ratio  N/A   N/A   8.97%
Tier 1 leverage ratio  8.88%  8.56%  8.97%
Tier 1 capital ratio  11.33%  11.02%  11.28%
Total capital ratio  12.50%  12.19%  12.53%
       
INTEREST SPREAD ANALYSIS March 31,
2022
 December 31,
2021
 March 31,
2021
Yield on total loans  5.08%  5.03%  5.03%
Yield on investments  2.97%  2.78%  2.51%
Yield on interest earning deposits  0.21%  0.16%  0.22%
Yield on earning assets  4.14%  4.06%  4.61%
       
Cost of interest-bearing deposits  0.32%  0.34%  0.50%
Cost of total deposits  0.24%  0.26%  0.38%
Cost of borrowings  0.87%  0.91%  1.05%
Cost of interest-bearing liabilities  0.38%  0.40%  0.58%
Cost of funds  0.30%  0.31%  0.46%
       
* Capital ratios are preliminary until the Call Report is filed.
       

Contact:
Richard Pimentel, EVP & CFO
805.692.4410
www.communitywestbank.com