West Town Bancorp, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- West Town Bancorp, Inc. (OTC PINK: WTWB) (the “Company” or “West Town”), the multi-bank financial holding company for West Town Bank & Trust and Sound Bank, announced today its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018.  Highlights for the fourth quarter of 2018 and the Company’s year-to-date performance include the following:

Eric Bergevin, President and CEO commented, “The Company’s record earnings in 2018 was the result of execution on our strategic initiatives deployed over the past two years, including the acquisition of Windsor Advantage LLC (“Windsor”) and the expansion of our governmental guaranteed loan (“GGL”) department.  As discussed in our second quarter press release, we recorded a gain of $4,776,000 on completion of the Windsor acquisition on April 30, 2018 and earned $2.0 million in net income from operations in the remaining 8 months of 2018 (not including the $933,000 in noninterest income earned prior to the acquisition date). We earned $10.2 million in GGL revenue, a record year for the Company in large part to the ‘originate and hold’ strategy that was put in place during the 4 quarter of 2017 that helped us better leverage our capital and enhance earnings.  Additionally, we are quite pleased with the $40.2 million growth in total deposits from the prior year-end, with noninterest-bearing deposit balances accounting for $13.6 million of that total increase.  Heading into 2019, the management team is focused on the continued growth of shareholder value.”

Noninterest-bearing deposits increased $13,599,000 or 16% year over year, while interest-bearing deposits increased $26,584,000 or 9% during the same time period. 

The following table presents details of the Company’s acquired loan portfolio:

In comparison to December 31, 2017, the performing acquired loan pool decreased $47,246,000 or 36% due to principal payments and renewals.  The PCI loan pool decreased $988,000 or 18% year-over-year due to principal payments, charge-offs and foreclosures.  

At December 31, 2018, both banks’ capital ratios exceeded the minimum thresholds established for well-capitalized banks by regulatory measures.

The book value per common share increased from $22.21 at December 31, 2017 to $25.52 at December 31, 2018.  The tangible book value per common share (a non-GAAP financial measure) decreased from $19.07 at December 31, 2017 to $15.68 at December 31, 2018 due to the Company’s acquisition of the remaining 56.5% of Windsor which occurred on April 30, 2018.  The tangible book value per common share increased from $14.96 at June 30, 2018 (post acquisition) to $15.68 at December 31, 2018.

The Company recorded a $434,000 provision for loan losses during the fourth quarter of 2018, as compared to a provision of $1,129,000 in fourth quarter 2017.  The Company recorded $334,000 in net charge-offs during the 2018 fourth quarter with the remaining provision expense due to volume growth.

(1) Non-GAAP financial measure.  Tangible common equity is calculated by subtracting intangible assets from common shareholders’ equity.

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Contact: Eric Bergevin, 252-482-4400

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Globe Newswire: 21:00 GMT Monday 11th February 2019

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