West Bancorporation, Inc. Announces Increase In Quarterly Dividend; Results For First Half Of 2012

27 Jul, 2012, 08:30 ET from West Bancorporation, Inc.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, July 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  West Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ: WTBA), parent company of West Bank, today reported that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per common share.  This amount represents a 25 percent increase over the previous quarterly dividend.  The dividend is payable on August 28, 2012, to shareholders of record on August 8, 2012. 

For the first half of 2012, net income available to common shareholders was $8.36 million, or $0.48 per common share.  Net income available to common shareholders for the first half of 2011 was $6.07 million, or $0.35 per common share.  The significant improvement in 2012 is mostly attributable to no longer having preferred stock dividends and accretion of discount which totaled $2.39 million in 2011.  The preferred stock was redeemed on June 29, 2011, so there were no such dividends and accretion of discount in 2012. 

For the second quarter of 2012, net income available to common shareholders was $4.38 million, or $0.25 per common share, compared to $2.11 million, or $0.12 per common share, for the second quarter of 2011.  Preferred stock dividends and accretion of discount totaled $1.82 million in the second quarter of last year. 

In commenting on the Company's results, David Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of West Bancorporation, Inc. said, "We are particularly pleased to report an increase in the quarterly dividend for our shareholders.  We are able to do this because of the strong capital position of the Company and the continued optimistic outlook for earnings.  There certainly continue to be challenges in the economy, but we believe the outlook for the foreseeable future supports a dividend increase." 

The loan portfolio totaled $858 million at the end of the second quarter. That is $9 million higher than the end of the first quarter of 2012 and $20 million higher than a year ago. Nelson added, "We would like to see stronger loan growth, but the uncertainty surrounding various aspects of the economy have many good customers waiting for more clarity before borrowing more money to expand their business or purchase assets."

As reported in previous quarters, credit quality continues to show improvement.  Total nonperforming assets declined 18.6 percent to $18.9 million as of June 30, 2012, compared to $23.2 million as of June 30, 2011.  As a result, there was no provision for loan losses in the second quarter and first half of 2012.  In the second quarter and first half of 2011, the provision for loan losses was $450,000 and $950,000, respectively.

Gains and fees from the sale of residential mortgages totaled $581,000 in the second quarter and $1,328,000 for the first half of 2012.  These numbers were significantly higher than the same periods in 2011. The low interest rate environment continues to result in higher volumes of mortgage activity. West Bank plans to expand its mortgage origination staff to capitalize on the opportunities in its local markets.

The Company's other real estate owned expense was higher in the second quarter than in recent quarters.  Most of that expense related to writing down the carrying value of certain properties owned through foreclosure.  Most of those properties consist of undeveloped land.  While there has been increased interest in certain of these properties from potential buyers, there has not been stabilization in the values.

The Company filed its quarterly report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission this morning.  Please refer to that document for a more in-depth discussion of our results.  The Form 10-Q document is available on the Investor Relations section of West Bank's website at www.westbankiowa.com.

The Company will discuss its second quarter 2012 results during a conference call scheduled for this afternoon, Friday, July 27, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time.  The telephone number for the conference call is 877-317-6789.  A recording of the call will be available until August 6, 2012, at 877-344-7529, pass code: 10008423. 

West Bancorporation, Inc. is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa.  Serving Iowans since 1893, West Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Bancorporation, Inc., is a community bank that focuses on lending, deposit services, and trust services for consumers and small- to medium-sized businesses.  West Bank has eight full-service offices in the Des Moines metropolitan area, two full-service offices in Iowa City, and one full-service office in Coralville.

Certain statements in this press release, other than purely historical information, including estimates, projections, statements relating to our business plans, objectives, and expected operating results, and the assumptions upon which those statements are based are "forward-looking statements" within the meanings of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward-looking statements may appear throughout this press release.  These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "should," "anticipates," "projects," "future," "may," "should," "will," "strategy," "plan," "opportunity," "will be," "will likely result," "will continue," or similar references, or references to estimates, predictions, or future events.  Such forward-looking statements are based upon certain underlying assumptions, risks, and uncertainties.  Because of the possibility that the underlying assumptions are incorrect or do not materialize as expected in the future, actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements.  Risks and uncertainties that may affect future results include: interest rate risk; competitive pressures; pricing pressures on loans and deposits; changes in credit and other risks posed by the Company's loan and investment portfolios, including declines in commercial or residential real estate values or changes in the allowance for loan losses dictated by new market conditions or regulatory requirements; actions of bank and non-bank competitors; changes in local and national economic conditions; changes in regulatory requirements, limitations, and costs; changes in customers' acceptance of the Company's products and services; and any other risks described in the "Risk Factors" sections of reports made by the Company to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update such forward-looking statements to reflect current or future events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

WEST BANCORPORATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY

Financial Information (unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CONDITION

June 30, 2012

June 30, 2011

Assets

Cash and due from banks

$

36,555

$

37,944

Short-term investments

76,303

64,537

Securities

329,597

271,040

Loans held for sale

3,777

116

Loans

858,414

838,076

Allowance for loan losses

(15,373)

(17,790)

Loans, net

843,041

820,286

Bank-owned life insurance

25,386

25,284

Other real estate owned

9,241

14,693

Other assets

26,119

27,236

Total assets

$

1,350,019

$

1,261,136

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Deposits:

Noninterest-bearing

$

280,398

$

236,859

Interest-bearing:

Demand

161,770

143,078

Savings

423,254

316,450

Time of $100,000 or more

77,239

169,554

Other time

84,473

95,992

Total deposits

1,027,134

961,933

Short-term borrowings

60,711

48,064

Long-term borrowings

125,619

125,619

Other liabilities

6,523

6,330

Stockholders' equity

130,032

119,190

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,350,019

$

1,261,136

Financial Information (continued) (unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

 

 

2012

2011

2012

2011

Interest income

Loans, including fees

$

11,206

$

11,634

$

22,396

$

23,427

Securities

1,639

1,696

3,113

3,414

Other

51

66

93

127

Total interest income

12,896

13,396

25,602

26,968

Interest expense

Deposits

1,271

1,743

2,550

3,608

Short-term borrowings

29

43

66

89

Long-term borrowings

1,205

1,197

2,417

2,381

Total interest expense

2,505

2,983

5,033

6,078

Net interest income

10,391

10,413

20,569

20,890

Provision for loan losses

450

950

Net interest income after

provision for loan losses

10,391

9,963

20,569

19,940

Noninterest income

Service charges on deposit accounts

738

805

1,468

1,555

Debit card usage fees

412

378

790

725

Trust services

190

207

394

426

Gains and fees on sales of residential mortgages

581

272

1,328

456

Increase in cash value of bank-owned life insurance

191

223

390

444

Gain from bank-owned life insurance

841

841

637

Investment securities impairment losses

(127)

(173)

Realized investment securities gains, net

279

246

Other income

241

231

463

544

Total noninterest

income

3,346

2,116

5,747

4,787

Noninterest expense

Salaries and employee benefits

3,571

3,170

7,207

6,225

Occupancy

875

821

1,732

1,637

Data processing

505

479

1,006

930

FDIC insurance expense

167

346

333

895

Other real estate owned expense

906

93

988

280

Professional fees

287

237

579

459

Other expense

1,502

1,230

2,833

2,426

Total noninterest

expense

7,813

6,376

14,678

12,852

Income before income

taxes

5,924

5,703

11,638

11,875

Income taxes

1,541

1,780

3,278

3,422

Net income

4,383

3,923

8,360

8,453

Preferred stock dividends and accretion of discount

(1,816)

(2,387)

Net income available

to common

stockholders

$

4,383

$

2,107

$

8,360

$

6,066

PER COMMON SHARE

MARKET INFORMATION (1)

Net Income

Dividends

High

Low

2012

1st Quarter

$

0.23

$

0.08

$

10.46

$

8.71

2nd Quarter

0.25

0.08

10.22

9.02

2011

1st Quarter

$

0.23

$

$

8.00

$

6.75

2nd Quarter

0.12

0.05

8.89

6.94

3rd Quarter

0.18

0.05

10.00

7.31

4th Quarter

0.21

0.07

10.39

7.92

(1)  The prices shown are the high and low sale prices for the Company's common stock, which trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, under the symbol WTBA. The market quotations, reported by Nasdaq, do not include retail markup, markdown, or commissions.

 

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

SELECTED FINANCIAL MEASURES

2012

2011

2012

2011

Return on average equity

13.69

%

10.36

%

13.26

%

11.40

%

Return on average assets

1.32

%

1.21

%

1.28

%

1.30

%

Net interest margin

3.44

%

3.58

%

3.47

%

3.60

%

Efficiency ratio

49.31

%

48.33

%

50.52

%

47.20

%

As of June 30,

2012

2011

Texas ratio

13.00

%

16.94

%

Allowance for loan losses ratio

1.79

%

2.12

%

Tangible common equity ratio

9.63

%

9.45

%

Definitions of ratios:

  • Return on average equity - annualized net income divided by average stockholders' equity.
  • Return on average assets - annualized net income divided by average assets.
  • Net interest margin - annualized tax-equivalent net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
  • Efficiency ratio - noninterest expense (excluding other real estate owned expense) divided by noninterest income (excluding net securities gains and net impairment losses) plus tax-equivalent net interest income.
  • Texas ratio - total nonperforming assets divided by tangible common equity plus the allowance for loan losses.
  • Allowance for loan losses ratio - allowance for loan losses divided by total loans.
  • Tangible common equity ratio - common equity less intangible assets divided by tangible assets.

SOURCE West Bancorporation, Inc.



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