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

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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