Mon, 27 Sep 2021

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA / ACCESSWIRE / July 23, 2021 / FS Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSBW) (the 'Company'), the holding company for 1st Security Bank of Washington (the 'Bank') today reported 2021 second quarter net income of $8.5 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared to $10.0 million, or $1.15 per diluted share for the same period last year. All share data throughout this earnings release has been adjusted to reflect the two-for-one stock split announced June 25, 2021, and issued July 14, 2021 to shareholders of record on July 6, 2021.

'The second quarter reflects diversified lending growth funded by our focus on operational, relationship-based deposits,' stated Joe Adams, CEO. 'We are also pleased that our Board of Directors approved our thirty-fourth consecutive quarterly cash dividend which was increased to $0.28 from $0.27 per share as previously announced in our press release issued on June 25, 2021. The two-for-one stock split adjusted dividend of $0.14 will be paid on August 6, 2021, to shareholders of record as of July 23, 2021.'

CFO Matthew Mullet noted, 'The implemented two-for-one stock split allows for more retail investors to purchase shares at a lower price while the improved cash dividends and our continued stock repurchases reflect our long-term commitment to maximize shareholder returns and the liquidity of our shares of common stock.'

Updated response to the novel coronavirus of 2019 ('COVID-19') pandemic:

The Company is following the Federal Housing Finance Agency guidelines for forbearance, foreclosure relief, and late payment reporting for the COVID-19 pandemic on all serviced loans and a modified format for portfolio loans. For portfolio loans, the primary method of relief is to allow the borrower up to 90-days of interest only payments and/or loan payment deferments, and, on a more limited basis, waived interest, late fees, or interest only loan payments and suspended foreclosure proceedings. As of June 30, 2021, the amount of portfolio loans under payment/relief agreements included commercial real estate loans of $24.4 million, commercial business loans of $9.3 million, and consumer loans of $147,000. Of these loans, $33.4 million, or 98.9% are making interest only payments. Additional detail is provided below in the 'Credit Quality' discussion.

During the second quarter of 2021, we continued our participation in the U.S. Small Business Administration's ('SBA') Paycheck Protection Program ('PPP') which ended on May 31, 2021. Cumulative to date as of June 30, 2021, PPP loan balances totaling $53.7 million were submitted for approval and forgiven by the SBA. As of June 30, 2021, there was a total of 412 PPP loans outstanding totaling $73.2 million.

2021 Second Quarter Highlights

  • Net income was $8.5 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $11.9 million in the previous quarter, and $10.0 million for the comparable quarter one year ago;
  • Net interest income increased to $21.2 million from $20.1 million in the previous quarter, and improved from $17.9 million in the comparable quarter one year ago;
  • Total net loans increased $52.6 million, or 3.3%, to $1.65 billion at June 30, 2021, compared to $1.59 billion at March 31, 2021, and increased $201.2 million, or 13.9% from $1.44 billion at June 30, 2020;
  • Originated $396.9 million of one-to-four-family loans including a 76.8% increase in purchase production from the comparable quarter in 2020 and sold $378.0 million of these loans at a gross margin of 3.82%;
  • Deposits increased $77.8 million during the quarter to $1.86 billion, compared to $1.78 billion in the previous quarter, including an increase of $24.1 million in relationship-based transactional deposits (noninterest-bearing checking, interest-bearing checking, and escrow accounts related to mortgages serviced) in line with management's focus on increasing relationship demand deposits;
  • Repurchased 200,588 shares during the second quarter for $7.0 million. As of July 22, 2021, the Company has $5.8 million remaining of the $15.0 million share repurchase plan approved in the first quarter of 2021;
  • On June 25, 2021, the Company announced a two-for-one stock split in the form of a 100% stock dividend consisting of one additional common share for each outstanding common share. The stock dividend was distributed on July 14, 2021, to shareholders of record as of July 6, 2021;
  • On June 25, 2021, the Company announced a pre-stock-split increase in the dividend of $0.01 per share to $0.28 per share, an increase from $0.27 per share. Post stock split, the dividend is now $0.14 per share; and
  • The Community Bank Leverage Ratio ('CBLR') was 11.9% and 10.8% for the Bank and the Company, respectively, at June 30, 2021.

Asset Summary

Total assets increased $47.0 million, or 2.2%, to $2.22 billion at June 30, 2021, compared to $2.18 billion at March 31, 2021, and increased $213.9 million, or 10.6%, from $2.01 billion at June 30, 2020. The quarter over linked quarter increase in total assets was primarily due to increases in loans receivable, net of $52.6 million, securities available-for-sale of $31.3 million, total cash and cash equivalents of $1.1 million, premises and equipment, net of $796,000, and servicing rights of $621,000, partially offset by decreases in loans held for sale ('HFS') of $34.9 million, other assets of $2.7 million, and Federal Home Loan Bank ('FHLB') stock of $1.4 million. The year over year increase was primarily due to increases in loans receivable, net of $201.2 million, securities available-for-sale of $63.9 million, securities held-to-maturity of $7.5 million, servicing rights of $5.7 million, accrued interest receivable of $1.0 million, and other assets of $873,000, partially offset by decreases in total cash and cash equivalents of $39.6 million, loans HFS of $18.0 million, certificates of deposit ('CDs') at other financial institutions of $6.1 million, and FHLB stock of $2.6 million.

Loans receivable, net increased $52.6 million to $1.65 billion at June 30, 2021, from $1.59 billion at March 31, 2021, and increased $201.2 million from $1.44 billion at June 30, 2020. The quarter over linked quarter increase in total real estate loans was $52.1 million, including increases in one-to-four-family loans of $36.1 million, multi-family loans of $11.2 million, commercial real estate loans of $4.4 million and construction and development loans of $1.0 million, offset by a decrease in home equity loans of $634,000. Consumer loans increased $15.0 million, primarily due to an increase of $14.0 million in indirect home improvement loans. Commercial business loans decreased $14.1 million, primarily due to a decrease in commercial and industrial loans of $19.6 million, partially due to a net decrease in PPP loans of $10.6 million.

Originations of one-to-four-family loans to purchase and to refinance a home for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021, and for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, and 2020 were as follows:

During the quarter ended June 30, 2021, the Company sold $378.0 million of one-to-four-family loans compared to sales of $414.0 million during the previous quarter, and sales of $427.0 million during the same quarter one year ago. During the six months ended June 30, 2021, the Company sold $792.0 million of one-to-four-family loans compared to sales of $639.4 million during the same period last year. Growth in purchase activity was driven by a strong housing market in the Pacific Northwest as well as the Company's focus on purchase originations to support housing demand.

Gross margins on home loan sales decreased to 3.82% for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to 4.60% at March 31, 2021 and increased slightly from 3.81% for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Gross margins are defined as the margin on loans sold (cash sales) without the impact of deferred costs.

Liabilities and Equity Summary

Changes in deposits at the dates indicated are as follows:

The increase in deposits between the periods presented was primarily driven by organic growth in customer relationships, proceeds from PPP loans and government stimulus checks deposited directly into customer accounts, and reduced withdrawals from deposit accounts due to a change in spending habits as a result of COVID-19.

At June 30, 2021, non-retail CDs, which include brokered CDs, online CDs, and public funds CDs, increased $23.9 million to $211.9 million, compared to $188.1 million at March 31, 2021, due to increases of $16.7 million in brokered CDs and $7.2 million in online CDs. The year over year increase in non-retail CDs of $16.8 million from $195.1 million at June 30, 2020, was primarily the result of a $6.8 million increase in brokered CDs, a $6.5 million increase in online CDs, and a $3.5 million increase in public funds CDs. Growth in non-retail CDs is directly tied to the Company utilizing the wholesale market to manage interest rate risk and balance the funding of longer-term asset growth through wholesale term certificates.

At June 30, 2021, borrowings decreased $30.0 million, or 41.4%, to $42.5 million, from $72.5 million at March 31, 2021, and decreased $107.7 million, or 71.7% from $150.3 million at June 30, 2020. The decrease in borrowings from the linked quarter was due to the maturity of $30.0 million of FHLB borrowings, replaced in part by the growth in non-retail CDs mentioned above. Management will utilize wholesale deposits when the cost of borrowings is higher than the cost of wholesale certificates. The decrease in borrowings from the prior year is primarily due to the repayment of $63.0 million of Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility ('PPPLF') borrowings, due in part to SBA forgiveness of the underlying PPP loans and the maturity of the FHLB borrowings mentioned above.

Total stockholders' equity increased $1.4 million, to $241.8 million at June 30, 2021, from $240.3 million at March 31, 2021, and increased $33.1million, from $208.6 million at June 30, 2020. The increase in stockholders' equity during the current quarter was primarily due to net income of $8.5 million, partially offset by dividends of $1.1 million and common stock repurchases of $7.0 million. On June 25, 2021, the Company announced a two-for-one stock split in the form of a share distribution of one additional common share for each outstanding common share. The stock dividend was distributed on July 14, 2021, to shareholders of record as of July 6, 2021. The Company repurchased 200,588 shares of its common stock during the quarter ended June 30, 2021, at an average price of $34.96 per share. Book value per common share was $29.49 at June 30, 2021, compared to $28.90 at March 31, 2021, and $25.04 at June 30, 2020.

The Bank is well capitalized under the minimum capital requirements established by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ('FDIC') at June 30, 2021 with a CBLR of 11.9%, compared to the normally required CBLR of greater than 9.0% and the regulatory approved reduced CBLR of 8.5% due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company's CBLR was 10.8% at June 30, 2021.

Credit Quality

The allowance for loan and lease losses at June 30, 2021, decreased to $27.2 million, or 1.62% of gross loans receivable, excluding loans HFS, compared to $27.4 million, or 1.68% of gross loans receivable, excluding loans HFS at March 31, 2021, and increased from $21.5 million, or 1.47% of gross loans receivable, excluding loans HFS, at June 30, 2020. Nonperforming loans decreased $3.0 million to $6.3 million at June 30, 2021, from $9.3 million at March 31, 2021 and decreased from $7.9 million at June 30, 2020. The decrease in nonperforming loans quarter over linked quarter was primarily related to the payoff of a commercial construction and development loan of $1.9 million and a commercial business loan of $1.2 million. The year over year decrease was primarily due to a commercial real estate loan of $1.1 million reinstated to accruing status.

Loans classified as substandard increased $1.4 million to $22.3 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $20.9 million at March 31, 2021, and increased $9.9 million from $12.4 million at June 30, 2020. The quarter over linked quarter increase in substandard loans was attributable to a $3.2 million increase in commercial and industrial loans, partially offset by the payoff of the $1.9 million construction and development loan. The year over year increase in substandard loans was primarily due to an increase of $6.2 million in commercial and industrial loans and one-to-four-family loan increases of $5.9 million, partially offset by a decrease of $2.1 million in commercial real estate loans. There was no other real estate owned ('OREO') property at June 30, 2021 or March 31, 2021, compared to one OREO property in the amount of $90,000 at June 30, 2020.

Included in the carrying value of gross loans are net discounts on loans purchased in the Anchor Bank acquisition in November 2018 ('Anchor Acquisition'). The remaining net discount on loans acquired was $1.0 million, $1.3 million, and $2.0 million, on $100.2 million, $121.9 million, and $168.7 million of gross loans at June 30, 2021, March 31, 2021, and June 30, 2020, respectively.

Management has identified loans that have either been directly or indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and downgraded the risk classification and/or increased the monitoring of these loans. Commercial loans (non homogeneous loans) originally reported at a risk rating below 'pass' or receiving elevated risk monitoring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and their respective industries at the dates indicated are as follows:

Management recognizes the potential impact of COVID-19 on all of our customers and will continue to prudently reserve for probable loan losses, including reserves against our homogenous residential and consumer portfolios.

Operating Results

Net interest income increased $3.4 million, to $21.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $17.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. This comparable quarter over quarter increase was primarily the result of an improved mix of loans versus other interest-bearing assets and increased balances in higher yielding loans funded by lower cost deposits. Interest income increased $2.1 million, primarily due to an increase of $1.9 in interest income on loans receivable, including fees, impacted primarily by loan growth with low market interest rates on new loan originations, including low yielding PPP loans, resetting adjustable-rate instruments, refinances of higher yielding one-to-four-family portfolio loans, and SBA forgiveness of PPP loans. Interest expense decreased $1.3 million, primarily as a result of repricing deposit rates. For the three months ended June 30, 2021, the total recognition of net deferred fees on forgiven and amortizing PPP loans was $436,000. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, net interest income increased by $6.0 million, to $41.3 million, from $35.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 in a similar manner as for the three-month comparison described above, with decreases in interest expense of $3.1 million, and an increase in interest income of $2.9 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, the total recognition of net deferred fees on forgiven and amortizing PPP loans was $1.1 million.

The net interest margin ('NIM') increased 18 basis points to 4.09% for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from 3.91% for the same period in the prior year, and decreased five basis points to 4.04% for the six months ended June 30, 2021, from 4.09% for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The comparable quarter over quarter increase in NIM was impacted by higher yielding loans, including higher interest rates on new fixed-rate real estate loan originations and adjustable-rate commercial loans. During the quarter ended June 30, 2021, $128,000 in premium was amortized on purchased loans with early payoffs, partially offset by $271,000 in discount accretion from the Anchor Acquisition. The slight decrease in NIM between the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 reflects the change in our asset mix, including increased investment securities, commercial business loans, and one-to-four-family loans that carry lower yields than other interest-earning products.

The average total cost of funds, including noninterest-bearing checking, decreased 37 basis points to 0.54% for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from 0.91% for the three months ended June 30, 2020. This decrease was predominantly due to the decline in cost for market rate deposits and borrowings as well as a managed runoff of higher cost CD funding. The average cost of funds decreased 48 basis points to 0.56% for the six months ended June 30, 2021, from 1.04% for the six months ended June 30, 2020, also reflecting decreases in market interest rates over last year. Management remains focused on matching deposit/liability duration with the duration of loans/assets where appropriate.

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, the provision for loan losses was $0.0 and $1.5 million, respectively, compared to $4.6 million and $8.3 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, respectively. The reduction of the provision for loan losses reflects improvements in watch classified loans that were downgraded based on the COVID-19 pandemic and have shown loan-level improvements at June 30, 2021, compared to the same time last year. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, net charge-offs totaled $141,000 compared to net recoveries of $3,000 for the same period last year. The increase in net charge-offs was primarily due to increased consumer loan charge-offs, including overdraft charge-offs. Net charge-offs totaled $439,000 during the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to net charge-offs of $40,000 during the six months ended June 30, 2020, due to the same reason mentioned above.

Noninterest income decreased $5.9 million, to $8.2 million, for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $14.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The decrease during the period primarily reflects a $7.0 million decrease in gain on sale of loans due primarily to a reduction in the amount of loans sold, partially offset by a $1.1 million increase in service charges and fee income due to the Company's prior period COVID-19 related relief temporarily waiving on a case-by-case basis, customer-related service charges and fees. During the current quarter, a pool of United States Department of Agriculture ('USDA') loans with a principal balance of $2.4 million were sold with a gain on sale of $106,000, net of unamortized premium. Noninterest income decreased $1.8 million, to $21.2 million, for the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $23.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. This decrease was the result of a $1.4 million decrease in other noninterest income due to the one- time sale of Class B Visa stock shares of $1.5 million during the same period last year and a $1.2 million decrease in gain on sale of loans, partially offset by a $933,000 increase in service charges and fee income.

Noninterest expense increased $4.3 million, to $18.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, from $14.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020. The increase in noninterest expense reflects a $4.5 million increase in salaries and benefits, primarily attributable to additional staffing costs to support growth of $1.3 million and a decrease in recognized deferred costs on direct loan origination activities of $3.4 million. Other increases included loan costs of $196,000, data processing of $152,000, operation expenses of $136,000, and professional and board fees of $118,000, partially offset by a reduction in the impairment of servicing rights of $799,000. Noninterest expense increased $4.5 million, to $35.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, from $30.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. The increase during this period was primarily due to increases of $6.6 million in salaries and benefits, mostly attributable to increases in compensation and benefits of $5.0 million, including incentives and commissions of $1.3 million, partially offset by a decrease in recognized deferred costs on direct loan origination activities of $1.5 million. Other increases included $479,000 in data processing, $259,000 in professional and board fees, $220,000 in loan costs, and $156,000 in operation expenses, partially offset by the $3.4 million net change on servicing rights which reflect a recovery of servicing rights of $2.0 million in 2021. In the comparable period for 2020, we recognized an impairment of $1.3 million on our servicing rights asset due to falling interest rates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About FS Bancorp

FS Bancorp, Inc., a Washington corporation, is the holding company for 1st Security Bank of Washington. The Bank provides loan and deposit services to customers who are predominantly small- and middle-market businesses and individuals in Western Washington through its 21 Bank branches, one headquarters office that produces loans and accepts deposits, and ten loan production offices in various suburban communities in the greater Puget Sound area, and one loan production office in the market area of the Tri-Cities, Washington. The Bank services home mortgage customers throughout Washington State with an emphasis in the Puget Sound and Tri-Cities home lending markets.

Forward-Looking Statements

When used in this press release and in other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 'SEC'), in press releases or other public stockholder communications, or in oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer, the words or phrases 'believe,' 'will,' 'will likely result,' 'are expected to,' 'will continue,' 'is anticipated,' 'estimate,' 'project,' 'plans,' or similar expressions are intended to identify 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward‑looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent management's current expectations and forecasts regarding future events, many of which are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. Actual results may differ, possibly materially from those currently expected or projected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, include but are not limited to, the following: the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, including on the Company's credit quality and business operations, as well as its impact on general economic and financial market conditions and other uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the extent and duration of the impact on public health, the U.S. and global economies, and consumer and corporate customers, including economic activity, employment levels and market liquidity; increased competitive pressures; changes in the interest rate environment; changes in general economic conditions and conditions within the securities markets, the Company's ability to execute its plans to grow its residential construction lending, mortgage banking, and warehouse lending operations, and the geographic expansion of its indirect home improvement lending; secondary market conditions for loans and the Company's ability to originate loans for sale and sell loans in the secondary market; legislative and regulatory changes, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and other factors described in the Company's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings with the SEC which are available on its website at www.fsbwa.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Any of the forward-looking statements that the Company makes in this press release and in the other public statements are based upon management's beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made and may turn out to be incorrect because of the inaccurate assumptions the Company might make, because of the factors illustrated above or because of other factors that cannot be foreseen by the Company. Therefore, these factors should be considered in evaluating the forward‑looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. These risks could cause the Company's actual results for 2021 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of the Company and could negatively affect its operating and stock performance.

FS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except share amounts) (Unaudited)

Share data has been adjusted to reflect a two-for-one stock split effective July 14, 2021.

FS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)

Share data has been adjusted to reflect a two-for-one stock split effective July 14, 2021.

FS BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)

Share data has been adjusted to reflect a two-for-one stock split effective July 14, 2021.

Share data has been adjusted to reflect a two-for-one stock split effective July 14, 2021.

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  1. Annualized.
  2. Total noninterest expense as a percentage of net interest income and total noninterest income.
  3. Non-performing assets consist of non-performing loans (which include non-accruing loans and accruing loans more than 90 days past due), foreclosed real estate and other repossessed assets.
  4. Non-performing loans consist of non-accruing loans and accruing loans 90 days or more past due.
  5. Common shares were calculated using shares outstanding of 8,333,566 at June 30, 2021, less 110,184 unvested restricted stock shares, and 25,921unallocated ESOP shares.
  6. Common shares were calculated using shares outstanding of 8,466,080 at March 31, 2021, less 110,184 unvested restricted stock shares, and 38,882 unallocated ESOP shares.
  7. Common shares were calculated using shares outstanding of 8,490,082 at June 30, 2020, less 80,430 unvested restricted stock shares, and 77,763 unallocated ESOP shares.
  8. Tangible book value per share using outstanding common shares excludes intangible assets. This ratio represents a non-GAAP financial measure. See also, 'Non-GAAP Financial Measures' below.

(1) Includes loans held for sale.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

In addition to financial results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles utilized in the United States ('GAAP'), this earnings release contains the tangible book value per share, a non-GAAP financial measure. Tangible common stockholders' equity is calculated by excluding intangible assets from stockholders' equity. For this financial measure, the Company's intangible assets are goodwill and core deposit intangible. Tangible book value per share is calculated by dividing tangible common shareholders' equity by the number of common shares outstanding. The Company believes that this non-GAAP measure is consistent with the capital treatment utilized by the investment community, which excludes intangible assets from the calculation of risk-based capital ratios and presents this measure to facilitate comparison of the quality and composition of the Company's capital over time and in comparison to its competitors.

This non-GAAP financial measure has inherent limitations, is not required to be uniformly applied, and is not audited. Further, this non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for book value per share or total stockholders' equity determined in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Reconciliation of the GAAP book value per share and non-GAAP tangible book value per share is presented below.

CONTACT:
Joseph C. Adams,
Chief Executive Officer
Matthew D. Mullet,
Chief Financial Officer
(425) 771-5299
www.FSBWA.com
SOURCE: 1st Security Bank of Washington



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