Community West Bancshares Reports Full Year Earnings and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.08 Per Common Share

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GOLETA, Calif., Jan. 26, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community West Bancshares (“Community West” or the “Company”), (NASDAQ: CWBC), parent company of Community West Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income of $7.3 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2023, compared to $13.4 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2022.   For the quarter ended December 31, 2023, the Company reported $479,000, or $0.05 per diluted share compared to $2.3 million or $0.25 per diluted share for the preceding quarter and $3.4 million, or $0.38 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2022. The earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2023 were negatively impacted by expenses associated with the pending merger with Central Valley Community Bancorp.  

The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per common share, payable February 29, 2024, to common shareholders of record on February 9, 2024.

“While 2023 proved to be a challenging year for our industry, we are pleased with our 2023 operating results as we continue benefiting from the tremendous efforts our team has put into this organization,” stated Martin E. Plourd, President & Chief Executive Officer. “Steady loan growth during the year was a result of focused efforts by our team of bankers, and asset quality continues to reflect minimal delinquencies. Our earnings for the year reflected lower net interest income, which was impacted by higher deposit costs and higher expenses associated with our pending merger, partially offset by higher asset yields.”

Recent Events

On October 10, 2023, the Company announced the signing of an Agreement of Reorganization and Merger with Central Valley Community Bancorp (“Central Valley”), (NASDAQ: “CVCY”), headquartered in Fresno, California, together with its banking subsidiary, Central Valley Community Bank (“CVCB”)., pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, Community West Bancshares will merge with and into Central Valley Community Bancorp and Community West Bank will merge with and into Central Valley Community Bank.

We are pleased to report the merger with Central Valley has received all customary regulatory approvals and final preparations for a second quarter close are underway. We look forward to merging with the professional bankers at Central Valley to create further shareholder value as we serve our clients and markets in California from the Sierras to the sea.

“Since opening in 1989, Community West Bank has become the premier community bank serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Combining forces with Central Valley is the next logical step in our growth strategy, particularly as both banks share so many fundamental values and practices,” said Plourd. “Both companies are equally committed to our communities, clients and employees, and both have fostered the same essential corporate culture focused on client advocacy by professional bankers and a legacy of deeply rooted stability.”

Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights:

  • Net income was $479,000, or $0.05 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2023, compared to $2.3 million, or $0.25 per diluted share in third quarter 2023, and $3.4 million, or $0.38 per diluted share in fourth quarter 2022.
  • Net interest margin was 3.87% for the fourth quarter 2023, compared to 3.98% in third quarter 2023, and 4.58% in fourth quarter 2022.
  • Return on average assets was 0.18% for the fourth quarter 2023, compared to 0.83% in third quarter 2023, and 1.24% in fourth quarter 2022.
  • Return on average common equity was 1.63% for the fourth quarter 2023, compared to 7.72% in third quarter 2023, and 11.98% in fourth quarter 2022.
  • The Allowance for Credit Losses (“ACL”) was 1.31% of total loans held for investment at December 31, 2023, compared to 1.30% at September 30, 2023, and 1.15% at December 31, 2022.  
  • Net non-accrual loans were $4.0 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $3.2 million at September 30, 2023, and $211,000 at December 31, 2022.
  • The Bank’s uninsured deposits totaled approximately 22% of total deposits at December 31, 2023, and 21% at September 30, 2023.
  • Book value per common share was $13.10 at December 31, 2023, compared to $13.11 at September 30, 2023, and $12.80 at December 31, 2022.
  • The Bank’s capital position remains well-capitalized with a Tier 1 leverage ratio* of 10.88% at December 31, 2023, compared to 10.84% at September 30, 2023, and 10.34% at December 31, 2022.

* Capital Ratios are preliminary.

Income Statement

Total interest income increased $116,000 in the fourth quarter 2023 to $14.7 million, compared to $14.6 million in the preceding quarter, and increased by $1.4 million compared to $13.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. Interest income from loans increased $244,000 to $13.6 million compared to the prior quarter. Interest income from securities and interest-earning deposits decreased $128,000 to $1.1 million compared to the prior quarter, primarily due to decreased average interest-earning deposit balances. Total interest expenses for the quarter increased $494,000 to $4.5 million compared to the prior quarter due to the deposit portfolio mix and higher rates paid on interest-bearing demand deposits and time deposits. Total wholesale deposits at the end of the fourth quarter were $252.9 million compared to $284.1 million at the end of the third quarter.

For the year, total interest income increased $8.4 million to $57.5 million compared to $49.1 million in 2022. Interest income from loans increased $5.9 million to $52.6 million for the year, compared to the prior year, and interest income from securities and interest-bearing deposit balances increased $2.5 million to $5.0 million. Total interest expense increased $11.8 million to $15.1 million during the year 2023 compared to $3.3 million in 2022. The increase was primarily due to deposit costs increasing $11.6 million to $14.2 million, compared to $2.5 million in 2022.

Net interest income decreased $378,000 to $10.1 million in the fourth quarter 2023, compared to $10.5 million in the preceding quarter and decreased $2.0 million compared to $12.1 million in fourth quarter 2022. The decrease in net interest income for the quarter was attributable to less revenue from interest-bearing deposits, increased levels of wholesale funding and increased deposit costs. For the year, net interest income decreased $3.4 million to $42.4 million, compared to $45.8 million in 2022. The decrease in net interest income for the year was due to less revenue from interest-bearing deposits and increased deposit costs.

The yield on earning assets was 5.59% for the fourth quarter of 2023, an eight basis-point improvement compared to the third quarter 2023 and a fifty-eight basis-point improvement compared to the fourth quarter 2022. The yield on loans for the fourth quarter 2023 increased ten basis-points to 5.63%, compared to 5.53% for third quarter 2023 and increased forty-two basis-points compared to the fourth quarter 2022, due to increased average balances and increased loan rates. The yield on investment securities increased five basis-points to 5.66% during the fourth quarter due to higher rates earned on investments from variable rate securities. The yield on federal funds and interest-bearing-deposits decreased three basis-points to 5.05%, compared to 5.08% for the third quarter 2023 and increased 166 basis-points compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. The year-over-year increase was due to increases in average balances and rates earned for overnight deposits and interest-earning deposits. The cost of funds for the fourth quarter increased twenty-three basis-points to 1.93%, compared to 1.70% for the preceding quarter due to higher rates paid on deposit accounts and changes in the portfolio mix. Net interest margin was 3.87% for fourth quarter 2023, an eleven basis-point decrease compared to third quarter 2023 and a seventy-one basis-point decrease compared to the fourth quarter 2022. The increase in yield on earning assets was offset by an increase in the total cost of funds. The increased yield earned on earning assets was due to higher average balances and rates earned from loans and increased rates earned on interest-bearing liabilities as a result of higher market rates.

Non-interest income for the fourth quarter 2023 decreased $203,000 to $878,000 compared to the third quarter 2023. The decrease was attributable to less revenue from loan fees partially offset by increased gains from loan sales and service charges. Other loan fees were $241,000 for the fourth quarter 2023 compared to $248,000 for third quarter 2023 due to less loan originations during the quarter. Gain on sale of loans was $61,000 in the fourth quarter 2023 compared to $24,000 in the third quarter of 2023 as a result of more loan sales during the quarter. Other non-interest income decreased $236,000 to $336,000 for the fourth quarter 2023, compared to $572,000 in the third quarter of 2023, due to a $278,000 OREO gain at the time of foreclosure recorded in the third quarter.

Total non-interest income for the year decreased $111,000 to $3.9 million, compared to $4.0 million in 2022. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease of $86,000 in lower gain on loan sales and $217,000 less in loan and document processing fees.

Non-interest expenses increased $1.3 million to $9.7 million in the fourth quarter 2023 compared to $8.4 million in third quarter 2023. The increase was primarily due to a $627,000 increase in salaries and employee benefits, a $614,000 increase in professional fees and a $173,000 increase in other non-interest expenses. The increase in salaries and employee benefits was due to increases in benefits, contract labor and merger related expense. The increase in professional fees was primarily due to merger-related expenses incurred during the quarter. For the full year, non-interest expense was $35.7 million, compared to $31.3 million in 2022. The increase over prior year was due to a $2.0 million increase in salaries and benefits due to wage competition, increased benefit and insurance costs, an $805,000 increase in professional services due to higher audit and accounting fees and $964,000 in merger related transaction costs for legal and consulting expenses, a $436,000 increase in FDIC assessment charges as a result of changes in funding mix, and a $901,000 increase in other expenses. The increase in other expenses is primarily related to a $992,000 collection and legal expense recovery in 2022. The total expense for the year includes $1.0 million in merger-related expenses.

Income tax expenses decreased $482,000 to $460,000 in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to $942,000 in the third quarter of 2023. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 49.0% compared to 29.5% in the third quarter of 2023. The increase in the effective tax rate is due to merger-related expenses that are not deductible for income tax purposes.

Balance Sheet

Total assets decreased $52.3 million, or 4.6%, to $1.09 billion at December 31, 2023, compared to $1.14 billion at September 30, 2023, and was nearly unchanged compared to December 31, 2022. Total interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions decreased $68.0 million to $70.7 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $138.8 million at September 30, 2023, and increased $7.4 million compared to $63.3 million at December 31, 2022. Total investment securities were $17.7 million at quarter end, compared to $17.6 million at September 30, 2023.

Total loans increased $14.8 million, or 1.6%, during the quarter to $967.5 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $952.7 million at September 30, 2023, and increased $12.1 million, or 1.3%, compared to $955.3 million at December 31, 2022. Commercial real estate loans (which include SBA 504, construction and land) increased $3.4 million during the quarter to $560.4 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $557.0 million at September 30, 2023, and increased $15.1 million compared to $545.3 million at December 31, 2022. Manufactured housing loans increased $5.3 million during the quarter to $330.4 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $325.1 million at September 30, 2023, and increased $14.5 million compared to $315.8 million at December 31, 2022. Commercial loans increased $6.5 million during the quarter to $58.4 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $52.0 million at September 30, 2023, and decreased $16.5 million compared to $74.9 million at December 31, 2022.

Other assets increased $1.5 million to $43.0 million on December 31, 2023, compared to $41.5 million on September 30, 2023, and decreased $9.8 million compared to $52.8 million at December 31, 2022. The increase in the fourth quarter of 2023 was related to increased income tax receivables related to the prior year.  

Total deposits decreased $63.2 million to $852.9 million on December 31, 2023, compared to $916.1 million at September 30, 2023, and decreased $22.1 million compared to $875.1 million at December 31, 2022. Non-interest-bearing demand deposits were $168.6 million at December 31, 2023, a $22.2 million decrease compared to $190.8 million at September 30, 2023, and a $47.9 million decrease compared to $216.5 million at December 31, 2022. Interest-bearing demand deposits decreased $79.3 million to $377.5 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $456.8 million at September 30, 2023, and decreased $50.6 million compared to $428.2 million at December 31, 2022. Certificates of deposit, which include wholesale deposits, increased $39.0 million during the quarter to $290.5 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $251.6 million at September 30, 2023, and increased $83.6 million compared to $206.9 million at December 31, 2022.

Total borrowings were $100.0 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $90.0 million at September 30, 2023, and at December 31, 2022.

Stockholders’ equity increased to $116.2 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $116.1 million at September 30, 2023, and $112.7 million at December 31, 2022. Book value per common share was $13.10 at December 31, 2023, compared to $13.11 at September 30, 2023, and $12.80 at December 31, 2022.

Credit Quality

The Company recorded a provision for credit loss expense of $386,000 in the fourth quarter of 2023, compared to a provision for credit loss expense of $43,000 in third quarter 2023, and a negative provision for loan loss expense of $461,000 in fourth quarter 2022. The provision expense for the fourth quarter included a $103,000 negative provision related to available-for-sale investments, a $114,000 provision related to an OREO write-down and a $375,000 provision expense related to loans and unfunded commitments. The allowance for credit losses was $12.5 million, or 1.31% of total loans held for investment, at December 31, 2023. Net non-accrual loans, plus net other assets acquired through foreclosure, were $5.0 million at December 31, 2023, compared to $4.7 million at September 30, 2023, and $2.5 million at December 31, 2022.

Net non-accrual loans were $4.0 million as of December 31, 2023, compared to $3.2 million at September 30, 2023, and $211,000 at December 31, 2022. Of the $4.0 million of net non-accrual loans at December 31, 2023, $2 million were construction loans, $990,000 were manufactured housing loans, $800,000 were commercial real estate loans and $138,000 were single family loans.

There was $982,000 in other assets acquired through foreclosure as of December 31, 2023, compared to $1.5 million at September 30, 2023, and $2.3 million at December 31, 2022.

Stock Repurchase Program

On August 30, 2023, the Company announced that its Board of Directors has extended the stock repurchase plan until August 31, 2025. The Company did not repurchase shares during the fourth quarter of 2023, leaving $1.4 million available under the previously announced repurchase program.

Company Overview

Community West Bancshares is a financial services company with headquarters in Goleta, California. The Company is the holding company for Community West Bank, the largest publicly traded community bank (by assets) serving California’s Central Coast area of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Community West Bank has seven full-service California branch banking offices in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Paso Robles. The principal business activities of the Company are Relationship Banking, Manufactured Housing lending and Government Guaranteed lending.

Safe Harbor Disclosure

This release contains certain forward-looking statements about the Company and the Bank that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for “forward-looking statements” provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not historical or current facts, including statements about future financial and operational results, expectations, or intentions are forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect management's current views of future events and operations. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company as of the date of this release. It is important to note that these forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve and are subject to significant risks, contingencies, and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond our control, which may cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in such statements, including, but not limited to, the following: deterioration in the strength of the United States economy in general and of the local economies in which we conduct operations, the effect of, and changes in, trade, monetary and fiscal policies and laws, including changes in the interest rate policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; continued high inflation; disruptions in credit and capital markets and government policies that could lead to a tightening of credit and an increase in credit losses; our ability to attract and retain deposits and other sources of funding and liquidity, the impact of bank failures in 2023 and other adverse developments to financial institutions and the general reaction by bank customers and by investors in the capital markets regarding the stability and ability of banks to meet ongoing liquidity demands; the effect of international conflicts and the potential involvement of the United States in such conflicts; weather, natural disasters, and climate change; increased unemployment; deterioration in credit quality of our loan portfolio and/or the value of the collateral securing the repayment of those loans, including those involving real estate; reduction in the value of our investment securities; risks from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic; the costs and effects of litigation and of adverse outcomes of such litigation; the cost and ability to attract and retain key employees; a breach of our operational or security systems, policies or procedures including cyber-attacks on us or third party vendors or service providers; regulatory or legal developments, including any requirement to increase capital levels imposed by law or regulation; United States tax policies, including our effective income tax rate; and our ability to implement and execute our business plan and strategy and expand our operations as provided therein. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth or implied in the forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors including the risk factors contained in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are available in the “Investor Relations” section of our website, https://www.communitywest.com/sec-filings/documents/default.aspx. The Company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or alter such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

Additional Information about the Proposed Transaction and Where to Find It

Investors and security holders are urged to carefully review and consider each of Central Valley and Community West public filings with the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including but not limited to their respective Annual Reports on Form 10-K, its Proxy Statements, Current Reports on Form 8-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Central Valley’s documents filed with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at Central Valley’s website at www.cvcb.com or at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Central Valley’s documents may also be obtained free of charge from Central Valley by requesting them in writing to Central Valley Community Bancorp, 7100 N. Financial Drive, Suite 101, Fresno, California 93720; Attention: Corporate Secretary, or by telephone at (559)298-1775. Community West documents filed with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at Community West’s website at www.communitywestbank.com or at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Community West documents may also be obtained free of charge from Community West by requesting them in writing to Community West Bancshares, 445 Pine Avenue, Goleta, California 93117, or by telephone at (805) 692-5821; Attention Corporate Secretary.

Central Valley has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC which was declared effective on or about December 27, 2023 and which includes a joint proxy statement/prospectus which was distributed to the shareholders of Central Valley and Community West in connection with their vote on the merger. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and security holders of Central Valley and Community West are urged to carefully read the entire joint proxy statement/prospectus, as well as any amendments or supplements thereto, because it contains important information about the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders are able to obtain the joint proxy statement/prospectus free of charge from the SEC’s website or from Central Valley or Community West by writing to the applicable address provided in the paragraph above.

The directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees at Central Valley and Community West may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies in favor of the merger from their respective shareholders. Information about the directors and executive officers of Central Valley is included in the proxy statement for its 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 31, 2023. Information about the directors and executive officers of Community West is included in the proxy statement for its 2023 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 17, 2023.

COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES         
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS         
(unaudited)         
(in 000's, except per share data)         
          
 December 31, September 30,  December 31,   
  2023   2023    2022    
          
Cash and cash equivalents$1,471  $1,855   $1,379    
Interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions 70,727   138,764    63,311    
Investment securities 17,749   17,591    29,470    
Loans:         
Commercial 58,437   51,968    74,929    
Commercial real estate 560,373   556,945    545,317    
SBA 6,034   6,169    6,855    
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 160   192    1,773    
Manufactured housing 330,358   325,068    315,825    
Single family real estate 10,327   10,590    8,678    
HELOC 2,556   2,556    2,613    
Other (1) (773)  (806)   (648)   
Total loans 967,472   952,682    955,342    
          
Loans, net         
Held for sale 16,648   18,435    21,033    
Held for investment 950,824   934,247    934,309    
Less: Allowance for credit losses (12,451)  (12,135)   (10,765)   
Net held for investment 938,373   922,112    923,544    
NET LOANS 955,021   940,547    944,577    
          
Other assets 43,015   41,542    52,765    
          
TOTAL ASSETS$1,087,983  $1,140,299   $1,091,502    
          
Deposits         
Non-interest-bearing demand$168,603  $190,817   $216,494    
Interest-bearing demand 377,530   456,808    428,173    
Savings 16,257   16,905    23,490    
Certificates of deposit ($250,000 or more) 13,892   14,911    6,693    
Other certificates of deposit 276,656   236,652    200,234    
Total deposits 852,938   916,093    875,084    
Other borrowings 100,000   90,000    90,000    
Other liabilities 18,801   18,144    13,768    
       TOTAL LIABILITIES 971,739   1,024,237    978,852    
          
Stockholders' equity 116,244   116,062    112,650    
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY         
$1,087,983  $1,140,299   $1,091,502    
          
Common shares outstanding 8,875   8,850    8,798    
          
Book value per common share$13.10  $13.11   $12.80    
          
(1) Includes consumer, other loans, securitized loans, and deferred fees         
          

COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES               
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS               
(unaudited)               
(in 000's, except per share data)               
                
  Three Months Ended     
  December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,     
   2023  2023  2023  2023   2022      
Interest income               
Loans, including fees $13,575 $13,331 $13,161 $12,489  $12,467      
Investment securities and other  1,094  1,222  1,554  1,096   811      
Total interest income  14,669  14,553  14,715  13,585   13,278      
                
Deposits  4,302  3,830  3,751  2,277   913      
Other borrowings  226  204  247  278   224      
Total interest expense  4,528  4,034  3,998  2,555   1,137      
Net interest income  10,141  10,519  10,717  11,030   12,141      
Provision for credit losses  386  43  12  (722)  (461)     
Net interest income after provision for credit losses  9,755  10,476  10,705  11,752   12,602      
Non-interest income               
Other loan fees  241  248  286  169   246      
Gains from loan sales, net  61  24  56  30   12      
Document processing fees  84  88  102  78   85      
Service charges  156  149  167  154   143      
Other  336  572  535  331   278      
Total non-interest income  878  1,081  1,146  762   764      
Non-interest expenses               
Salaries and employee benefits  5,741  5,114  5,302  5,448   4,853      
Occupancy, net  1,054  1,093  1,135  1,098   1,116      
Professional services  1,286  672  851  919   1,236      
Data processing  332  349  377  349   346      
Depreciation  184  180  183  180   176      
FDIC assessment  224  331  276  182   111      
Advertising and marketing  255  179  282  210   234      
Other  618  445  448  448   507      
Total non-interest expenses  9,694  8,363  8,854  8,834   8,579      
Income before provision for income taxes  939  3,194  2,997  3,680   4,787      
Provision for income taxes  460  942  876  1,216   1,411      
Net income $479 $2,252 $2,121 $2,464  $3,376      
Earnings per share:               
Basic $0.05 $0.25 $0.24 $0.28  $0.38      
Diluted $0.05 $0.25 $0.24 $0.27  $0.38      
                

COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES         
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS         
(unaudited)         
(in 000's, except per share data)         
          
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31, December 31, December 31, December 31, 
   2023  2022   2023   2022  
          
Interest income         
Loans, including fees $13,575 $12,467  $52,556  $46,657  
Investment securities and other  1,094  811   4,966   2,481  
Total interest income  14,669  13,278   57,522   49,138  
          
Deposits  4,302  913   14,160   2,511  
Other borrowings  226  224   955   817  
Total interest expense  4,528  1,137   15,115   3,328  
Net interest income  10,141  12,141   42,407   45,810  
Provision for credit losses  386  (461)  (281)  (195) 
Net interest income after provision for credit losses  9,755  12,602   42,688   46,005  
Non-interest income         
Other loan fees  241  246   944   1,161  
Gains from loan sales, net  61  12   171   257  
Document processing fees  84  85   352   422  
Service charges  156  143   626   438  
Other  336  278   1,774   1,700  
Total non-interest income  878  764   3,867   3,978  
Non-interest expenses         
Salaries and employee benefits  5,741  4,853   21,605   19,637  
Occupancy, net  1,054  1,116   4,380   4,180  
Professional services  1,286  1,236   3,728   2,923  
Data processing  332  346   1,407   1,265  
Depreciation  184  176   727   711  
FDIC assessment  224  111   1,013   577  
Advertising and marketing  255  234   926   921  
Other  618  507   1,959   1,058  
Total non-interest expenses  9,694  8,579   35,745   31,272  
Income before provision for income taxes  939  4,787   10,810   18,711  
Provision for income taxes  460  1,411   3,494   5,262  
Net income $479 $3,376  $7,316  $13,449  
Earnings per share:         
Basic $0.05 $0.38  $0.83  $1.54  
Diluted $0.05 $0.38  $0.81  $1.51  
          

COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES                 
Average Balance, Average Yield Earned, and Average Rate Paid              
(unaudited)                
(in 000's)                
                 
 Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Three Months Ended     
 December 31, 2023 September 30, 2023 December 31, 2022     
 Average BalanceInterestAverage Yield/Cost Average BalanceInterestAverage Yield/Cost Average BalanceInterestAverage Yield/Cost     
  Interest-Earning Assets                
Federal funds sold and interest-earning deposits$60,851 $7755.05% $70,564 $9035.08% $48,512 $4153.39%     
Investment securities 22,348  3195.66%  22,568  3195.61%  54,022  3962.91%     
Loans (1) 957,403  13,5755.63%  955,609  13,3315.53%  949,007  12,4675.21%     
    Total earnings assets 1,040,602  14,6695.59%  1,048,741  14,5535.51%  1,051,541  13,2785.01%     
  Nonearning Assets                
Cash and due from banks 1,729     2,114     2,145        
Allowance for credit losses (12,138)    (12,107)    (11,204)       
Other assets 37,162     35,121     36,432        
        Total assets$1,067,355    $1,073,869    $1,078,914        
  Interest-Bearing Liabilities                
Interest-bearing demand deposits$377,720 $1,9722.07% $388,385 $1,9081.95% $442,313 $5910.53%     
Savings deposits 16,120  150.37%  17,797  130.29%  22,801  130.23%     
Time deposits 260,016  2,3153.53%  242,794  1,9093.12%  152,249  3090.81%     
Total interest-bearing deposits 653,856  4,3022.61%  648,976  3,8302.34%  617,363  9130.59%     
Other borrowings 91,313  2260.98%  90,217  2040.90%  92,391  2240.96%     
Total interest-bearing liabilities$745,169 $4,5282.41% $739,193 $4,0342.17% $709,754 $1,1370.64%     
  Noninterest-Bearing Liabilities                
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits 185,871     200,804     241,759        
Other liabilities 19,564     18,209     15,555        
Stockholders' equity 116,751     115,663     111,846        
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$1,067,355    $1,073,869    $1,078,914        
Net interest income and margin $10,1413.87%  $10,5193.98%  $12,1414.58%     
Net interest spread  3.18%   3.34%   4.37%     
                 
Cost of total deposits  2.03%   1.79%   0.42%     
Cost of funds  1.93%   1.70%   0.47%     
                 
(1) Includes nonaccrual and held for sale loans.               
                 

COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES             
Average Balance, Average Yield Earned, and Average Rate Paid           
(unaudited)             
(in 000's)             
 Twelve Months Ended Twelve Months Ended      
 December 31, 2023 December 31, 2022      
 Average BalanceInterestAverage Yield/Cost Average BalanceInterestAverage Yield/Cost      
  Interest-Earning Assets             
Federal funds sold and interest-earning deposits$76,314 $3,6994.85% $119,524 $1,2261.03%      
Investment securities 24,265  1,2675.22%  47,949  1,2552.62%      
Loans (1) 954,492  52,5565.51%  921,638  46,6575.06%      
    Total earnings assets 1,055,071  57,5225.45%  1,089,111  49,1384.51%      
  Nonearning Assets             
Cash and due from banks 1,959     2,169         
Allowance for credit losses (12,184)    (10,906)        
Other assets 36,928     37,751         
        Total assets$1,081,774    $1,118,125         
  Interest-Bearing Liabilities             
Interest-bearing demand deposits$395,328 $7,0041.77% $480,472 $1,5080.31%      
Savings deposits 19,133  530.28%  24,317  600.25%      
Time deposits 241,633  7,1032.94%  160,788  9430.59%      
Total interest-bearing deposits 656,094  14,1602.16%  665,577  2,5110.38%      
Other borrowings 92,838  9551.03%  90,795  8170.90%      
Total interest-bearing liabilities$748,932 $15,1152.02% $756,372 $3,3280.44%      
  Noninterest-Bearing Liabilities             
Noninterest-bearing demand deposits 199,968     237,849         
Other liabilities 18,046     16,151         
Stockholders' equity 114,828     107,753         
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$1,081,774    $1,118,125         
Net interest income and margin $42,4074.02%  $45,8104.21%      
Net interest spread  3.43%   4.07%      
              
Cost of total deposits  1.65%   0.28%      
Cost of funds  1.59%   0.33%      
              
(1) Includes nonaccrual and held for sale loans.             
              

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION           
(Dollars and shares in thousands except per share amounts)(Unaudited)           
 Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Twelve Months EndedTwelve Months Ended  
PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND RATIOSDecember 31, 2023 September 30, 2023 December 31, 2022 December 31, 2023December 31, 2022   
Return on average common equity 1.63%  7.72%  11.98%  6.37% 12.48%   
Return on average assets 0.18%  0.83%  1.24%  0.68% 1.20%   
Efficiency ratio 87.98%  72.09%  66.48%  77.25% 62.81%   
Net interest margin 3.87%  3.98%  4.58%  4.02% 4.21%   
            
 Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Twelve Months EndedTwelve Months Ended  
AVERAGE BALANCESDecember 31, 2023 September 30, 2023 December 31, 2022 December 31, 2023December 31, 2022   
Average assets$1,067,355  $1,073,869  $1,078,914  $1,081,774 $1,118,125    
Average earning assets 1,040,602   1,048,741   1,051,541   1,055,071  1,089,111    
Average total loans 957,403   955,609   949,007   954,492  921,638    
Average deposits 839,727   849,780   859,122   856,062  903,426    
Average common equity 116,751   115,663   111,846   114,828  107,753    
            
EQUITY ANALYSISDecember 31, 2023 September 30, 2023 December 31, 2022      
Total common equity$116,244  $116,062  $112,650       
Common stock outstanding 8,875   8,850   8,798       
            
Book value per common share$13.10  $13.11  $12.80       
            
ASSET QUALITYDecember 31, 2023 September 30, 2023 December 31, 2022      
Nonaccrual loans, net$4,007  $3,195  $211       
Nonaccrual loans, net/total loans 0.41%  0.34%  0.02%      
Other assets acquired through foreclosure, net$982  $1,511  $2,250       
            
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net$4,989  $4,706  $2,461       
Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net/total assets 0.46%  0.41%  0.23%      
Net loan (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter$25  $(45) $(113)      
Net (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter/total loans 0.00%  (0.00%)  (0.01%)      
            
Allowance for credit losses - loans$12,451  $12,135  $10,765       
Plus: Reserve for undisbursed loan commitments 458   424   94       
Allowance for credit losses - loans / total loans held for investment$12,909  $12,559  $10,859       
Allowance for credit losses - loans 1.31%  1.30%  1.15%      
Allowance for credit losses/nonaccrual loans, net 310.73%  379.81%  5101.90%      
            
Community West Bank *           
Tier 1 leverage ratio 10.88%  10.84%  10.34%      
Tier 1 capital ratio 11.88%  12.09%  11.44%      
Total capital ratio 13.08%  13.27%  12.56%      
            
INTEREST SPREAD ANALYSISDecember 31, 2023 September 30, 2023 December 31, 2022      
Yield on total loans 5.63%  5.53%  5.21%      
Yield on investments 5.66%  5.61%  2.91%      
Yield on interest earning deposits 5.05%  5.08%  3.39%      
Yield on earning assets 5.59%  5.51%  5.01%      
            
Cost of interest-bearing deposits 2.61%  2.34%  0.59%      
Cost of total deposits 2.03%  1.79%  0.42%      
Cost of borrowings 0.98%  0.90%  0.96%      
Cost of interest-bearing liabilities 2.41%  2.17%  0.64%      
Cost of funds 1.93%  1.70%  0.47%      
            
* Capital ratios are preliminary until the Call Report is filed.           
            

Contact:        

Richard Pimentel, EVP & CFO805.692.4410www.communitywestbank.com

 

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