West Bancorporation, Inc. Declares Quarterly Dividend; Net Income Available To Common Shareholders For First Nine Months Of 2012 Improves 32 Percent

Oct 26, 2012, 08:30 ET from West Bancorporation, Inc.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- West Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ: WTBA), parent company of West Bank, reported today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share.  The dividend is payable on November 27, 2012, to shareholders of record on November 7, 2012. 

For the first nine months of 2012, net income available to common shareholders was $12.11 million or $0.69 per diluted common share.  Net income available to common shareholders for the first nine months of 2011 was $9.15 million or $0.53 per diluted common share.  The most significant difference from last year was the payment of preferred stock dividends and accretion of discount totaling $2.39 million.  The preferred stock was redeemed on June 29, 2011, so there were no such preferred stock dividends or accretion of discount in 2012 or the third quarter of 2011. 

For the third quarter of 2012, net income available to common shareholders was $3.75 million, or $0.22 per diluted common share, compared to $3.08 million, or $0.18 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2011.  Gains and fees from the sale of residential mortgages totaled $816,000 in the third quarter of 2012, more than double the amount earned in the same period in 2011.  The low interest rate environment continues to result in higher volumes of mortgage activity. The provision for loan losses was $300,000 for the third quarter of 2012 while there was no such provision in the same period last year.  Other real estate owned expense was $240,000 this quarter, significantly lower than the $1,650,000 of expense in the third quarter of 2011. 

In commenting on the Company's results, David Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of West Bancorporation, Inc. said, "We are proud of our results this year.  While the low interest rate environment puts pressure on our net interest margin, it has contributed to a favorable environment for our customers to purchase or refinance a home.  We are also pleased to continue the higher level of quarterly dividend payments.  Also, as previously announced, our Company was named a 'Small Cap All-Star' by the investment banking firm Sandler O'Neill and Partners during the third quarter.  This was a list of the 25 top performing publicly traded community banks and thrifts in the country according to the criteria set by Sandler.  It is an honor to receive that type of recognition by people who understand the banking industry." 

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 third quarter 2012 results during a conference call scheduled for this afternoon, Friday, October 26, 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 November 12, 2012, at 877-344-7529, pass code: 10008360. 

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 including rules recently jointly proposed by the Federal bank regulatory agencies to implement Basel III; 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

September 30, 2012

September 30, 2011

Assets

Cash and due from banks

$

37,707

$

44,851

Short-term investments

4,120

7,922

Securities

322,750

258,428

Loans held for sale

6,471

3,416

Loans

854,205

866,615

Allowance for loan losses

(15,637)

(17,476)

Loans, net

838,568

849,139

Bank-owned life insurance

25,563

25,506

Other real estate owned

8,894

12,402

Other assets

23,893

24,935

Total assets

$

1,267,966

$

1,226,599

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Deposits:

Noninterest-bearing

$

291,497

$

258,024

Interest-bearing:

Demand

151,686

149,910

Savings

316,931

290,109

Time of $100,000 or more

88,957

126,733

Other time

79,855

93,763

Total deposits

928,926

918,539

Short-term borrowings

73,084

54,648

Long-term borrowings

125,619

125,619

Other liabilities

7,694

6,657

Stockholders' equity

132,643

121,136

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,267,966

$

1,226,599

 

 

Financial Information (continued) (unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

2012

2011

2012

2011

Interest income

Loans, including fees

$

10,928

$

11,674

$

33,324

$

35,101

Securities

1,589

1,592

4,702

5,006

Other

36

43

129

170

Total interest income

12,553

13,309

38,155

40,277

Interest expense

Deposits

1,054

1,735

3,604

5,343

Short-term borrowings

23

42

89

131

Long-term borrowings

1,219

1,207

3,636

3,588

Total interest expense

2,296

2,984

7,329

9,062

Net interest income

10,257

10,325

30,826

31,215

Provision for loan losses

300

300

950

Net interest income after provision for loan

losses

9,957

10,325

30,526

30,265

Noninterest income

Service charges on deposit accounts

768

864

2,236

2,419

Debit card usage fees

403

368

1,193

1,093

Trust services

201

175

595

601

Gains and fees on sales of residential mortgages

816

358

2,144

814

Increase in cash value of bank-owned life insurance

181

223

571

667

Gain from bank-owned life insurance

841

637

Investment securities impairment losses

(6)

(22)

(179)

(22)

Realized investment securities gains, net

246

Other income

185

245

648

789

Total noninterest income

2,548

2,211

8,295

6,998

Noninterest expense

Salaries and employee benefits

3,686

3,373

10,893

9,598

Occupancy

880

841

2,612

2,478

Data processing

576

500

1,582

1,430

FDIC insurance expense

183

216

516

1,111

Other real estate owned expense

240

1,650

1,228

1,930

Professional fees

276

297

855

756

Consulting fees

191

98

498

198

Other expense

1,072

1,343

3,598

3,669

Total noninterest expense

7,104

8,318

21,782

21,170

Income before income taxes

5,401

4,218

17,039

16,093

Income taxes

1,649

1,135

4,927

4,557

Net income

3,752

3,083

12,112

11,536

Preferred stock dividends and accretion of discount

(2,387)

Net income available to common stockholders

$

3,752

$

3,083

$

12,112

$

9,149

  

 

PER COMMON SHARE

MARKET INFORMATION (1)

Net Income

Basic and Diluted

Dividends

High

Low

2012

1st Quarter

$

0.23

$

0.08

$

10.46

$

8.71

2nd Quarter

0.25

0.08

10.22

9.02

3rd Quarter

0.22

0.10

12.35

9.38

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 September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

SELECTED FINANCIAL MEASURES

2012

2011

2012

2011

Return on average equity

11.36

%

10.12

%

12.61

%

11.03

%

Return on average assets

1.14

%

0.97

%

1.23

%

1.19

%

Net interest margin

3.45

%

3.64

%

3.46

%

3.61

%

Efficiency ratio

51.92

%

51.17

%

50.98

%

48.51

%

As of September 30,

2012

2011

Texas ratio

12.99

%

15.47

%

Allowance for loan losses ratio

1.83

%

2.02

%

Tangible common equity ratio

10.46

%

9.87

%

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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