Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. Earns $3.9 Million or $1.50 per Share in 2013, Capping Record Year of Profitability

Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.05 per Share

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SEATTLE, Jan. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SFBC), the holding company (the "Company") for Sound Community Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $3.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, or $1.50 per diluted common share, as compared to net income of $2.6 million, or $1.00 per diluted common share, for 2012. For the fourth quarter 2013, the Company reported net income of $1.0 million, or $0.39 per diluted common share, as compared to net income of $994,000, or $0.38 per diluted common share, for the third quarter of 2013, and $888,000, or $0.34 per diluted common share, for the same period in the prior year.

"This was the most profitable year in the history of the Company," said President and CEO Laurie Stewart. "Compared to 2012, loan growth, credit quality and earnings per share all improved. We remain focused on being a full service community financial institution in the communities where we do business. We are fortunate to be in such excellent markets and we anticipate expanding market share in each of our markets in 2014."

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend on Sound Financial Bancorp common stock of $0.05 per share, payable on February 27, 2013 to stockholders of record as the close of business on February 13, 2013.

Highlights for the fourth quarter of 2013 include:

  • Net interest income increased 3.6% to $4.5 million
  • Provision for loan losses decreased 55.6% to $200,000
  • Loans increased 2.9% to $390.9 million
  • Deposits increased 2.0% to $348.3 million
  • Nonperforming loans decreased 20.3% to $1.5 million
  • Annualized net charge-offs decreased 39 basis points to 0.14% for the quarter
  • Tier 1 leverage ratio of 10.00%; Total risk-based capital of asset ratio of 14.32%

Highlights for the full year of 2013 include:

  • Net interest income increased 9.5% to $17.3 million
  • Provision for loan losses decreased 70.2% to $1.4 million
  • Loans increased $64.2 million, or 19.6% to $390.9 million
  • Deposits increased $36.3 million, or 11.6% to $348.3 million
  • Nonperforming assets decreased 57.8% to $2.7 million
  • Net charge-offs decreased 115 basis points to 0.40%

Capital ratios exceeded regulatory requirements for a well-capitalized financial institution on a holding company and bank level at December 31, 2013.

Operating Results

Net interest income increased by $601,000, or 15.4% to $4.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $3.9 million in the fourth quarter a year ago, primarily due to higher average loan balances. Net interest income increased by $1.5 million, or 9.5% to $17.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to $15.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2012.

The net interest margin was 4.38% for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 4.65% for the fourth quarter of 2012. The decline in the net interest margin was primarily due to lower loan yields due to the continued low interest rate environment. For the year ended December 31, 2013, the net interest margin was 4.52%, compared to 5.00% for the year ended December 31, 2012.

The provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $200,000, compared to $850,000 for the fourth quarter a year ago. For the year ended December 31, 2013, the provision for loan losses was $1.4 million, compared to $4.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The decline was primarily due to lower charge-offs and lower average balances of nonperforming loans which was partially offset by higher average loan balances and changes in the composition of our loan portfolio.

Noninterest income decreased by $467,000, or 28.7% to $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $1.6 million in the fourth quarter a year ago, primarily due to a decrease in the gain on sale of loans and reduced mortgage servicing income as a result of reduced refinancing activity in the second half of 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2013, noninterest income decreased $47,000 or 0.9%, to $4.9 million, compared to $5.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. A decline in the gain on sale of loans and mortgage servicing income was offset by a positive fair value adjustment on mortgage servicing rights.

Total noninterest expense for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $4.0 million, up 18.3% compared to $3.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. Noninterest expense for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $15.1 million, up 22.2% compared to $12.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The increase in noninterest expense from a year ago was primarily due to increased salaries and benefits as a result of a modest increase in FTEs as well as increased data processing expenses resulting from new products and services rolled out throughout 2013. Additionally, there were $722,000 in expenses related to Fannie Mae repurchases and settlement which were not seen in 2012 but may continue in 2014.

The efficiency ratio for the fourth quarter of 2013 was 68.33%, compared to 57.77% for the fourth quarter of 2012. The efficiency ratio was 62.82% for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to 55.15% for the year ended December 31, 2012. The increase in the efficiency ratio compared to a year ago was primarily due to higher salary and benefits as a result of a modest increase in FTEs and the increase in expenses related to Fannie Mae repurchases and settlements.

Balance Sheet Review, Capital Management and Credit Quality

The Company's total assets increased 16.2% to $442.6 million at December 31, 2013, from $381.0 million at December 31, 2012. This increase was primarily a result of higher loan balances which increased $64.2 million from the end of 2012, including a $23.0 million increase in commercial and multifamily loans. In addition, we experienced a $21.7 million increase in residential mortgage loans and an $18.8 million increase in construction and land loans in 2013, reflecting the improvement in the housing market in the communities we serve.

The investment securities available-for-sale portfolio totaled $15.4 million at December 31, 2013, compared to $22.9 million at December 31, 2012. At December 31, 2013, the securities available-for-sale portfolio was comprised of $11.1 million agency mortgage-backed securities (all issued by U.S. Government sponsored entities), $2.4 million in private-label mortgage-backed securities and $1.9 million in municipal bonds.

Loans, excluding loans held-for-sale, totaled $390.9 million at December 31, 2013, an increase of 19.6% from $326.7 million at December 31, 2012. Commercial real estate loans account for 40.1% of the portfolio, of which 29.5% were owner-occupied. Residential real estate loans account for 30.0% of the portfolio. Home equity, manufactured and other consumer loans account for 15.1% of the portfolio. Construction and land account for 11.3% of the portfolio and commercial and industrial loans account for the remaining 3.5% of total loans at December 31, 2013.

The weighted average yield on the loan portfolio was 5.23% for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 5.55% for the same period in 2012. Nonperforming assets ("NPAs"), which include non-accrual loans, accruing loans 90 days and more delinquent, and OREO and other repossessed assets, totaled $2.7 million, or 0.61% of total assets, at December 31, 2013, compared to $6.4 million, or 1.68% of total assets, a year ago.

The following table summarizes our NPAs at December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012:

Nonperforming Loans: At Dec 31, 2013 At Dec 31, 2012
(in $000s, unaudited) Balance Mix Balance Mix
One- to four- family $ 382 14.1% $ 1,143 17.8%
Home equity loans 223 8.2 717 11.2
Commercial and multifamily 820 30.3 1,347 21.0
Construction and land loans -- nm 471 7.3
Manufactured 106 3.9 29 0.5
Other consumer -- nm 8 0.1
Commercial business -- nm 197 3.1
Total nonperforming loans 1,531 56.5% 3,912 61.0%
Other Real Estate Owned ("OREO") and Other Repossessed Assets:        
One- to four- family 1,086 40.1 1,318 20.5
Commercial and multifamily -- NM 1,073 16.7
Manufactured 92 3.4 112 1.7
Total OREO and repossessed assets 1,178 43.5 2,503 39.0
Total nonperforming assets $ 2,709 100.0% $ 6,415 100.0%
         
nm = not meaningful

The following table summarizes the allowance for loan losses:

  For the Year Ended:
Allowance for Loan Losses Dec 31, Dec 31,
(in $000's, unaudited) 2013 2012
Balance at beginning of year $ 4,248 $ 4,455
Provision for loan losses during the year 1,350 4,525
Net charge-offs during the year (1,421) (4,732)
Balance at end of year $ 4,177 $ 4,248
     
Total loans 390,926 326,744
Total nonperforming loans 1,531 3,912
     
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.07% 1.30%
Allowance for loan losses to total nonperforming loans 272.83% 110.88%

The decrease in the allowance for loan losses at December 31, 2013, compared to December 31, 2012, was primarily due to improved credit metrics of our loan portfolio, as well as a decrease in net charge-offs. Net charge-offs totaled $1.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to net charge-offs of $4.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Deposits increased 11.6% to $348.3 million at December 31, 2013, compared to $312.1 million at December 31, 2012. Borrowings from the FHLB of Seattle increased 97.7% to $43.2 million at December 31, 2013, compared to $21.9 million at December 31, 2012.

The total cost of deposits decreased 5 basis points to 0.64% during the year ended December 31, 2013, from 0.69% for the year ended December 31, 2012. The total cost of borrowings decreased 189 basis points to 0.64% during the year ended December 31, from 2.53% during the year ended December 31, 2012 as long term borrowing were replaced with lower-rate short term borrowings.

Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company established in August 2012, is the parent company of Sound Community Bank, established in 1953 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington with full-service branches in Seattle, Tacoma, Mountlake Terrace, Sequim and Port Angeles. Sound Community Bank is a Fannie Mae Approved Lender and Seller/Servicer with an additional Loan Production Office in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. For more information, please visit www.soundcb.com.

Forward Looking Statement Disclaimer

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These statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events, and there are or may be important factors that could cause our actual results for 2013 and beyond to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Unless required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events after the date of this press release.

There are a number of important factors that could cause future results to differ materially from historical performance and these forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, include, but are not limited to, general and local economic conditions, changes in interest rates, deposit flows, demand for mortgage, consumer and other loans, real estate values, competition, changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines, changes in legislation or regulation, and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technological factors affecting our operations, pricing, products and services.

           
           
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS       Sequential
Quarter
Year over
Year
(in $000's, unaudited) Dec 31, 2013 Sep 30, 2013 Dec 31, 2012 % Change % Change
Interest income $ 5,119 $ 4,886 $ 4,472 4.8% 14.5%
Interest expense 622 544 576 14.3 8.0
Net interest income before provision for loan losses 4,497 4,342 3,896 3.6 15.4
Provision for loan losses 200 450 850 (55.6) (76.5)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 4,297 3,892 3,046 10.4 41.1
Noninterest income:          
Service charges and fee income 557 551 581 1.1 (4.1)
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance 118 74 60 59.5 96.7
Mortgage servicing income 70 184 204 (62.0) (65.7)
Gain on sale of loans 173 310 836 (44.2) (79.3)
Other noninterest income 243 239 (53) 1.7 558.5
Total noninterest income 1,161 1,358 1,628 (14.5) 28.7
Noninterest expense:          
Salaries and employee benefits 1,981 1,705 1,770 16.2 11.9
Operations expense 1,141 991 779 15.1 46.5
Data processing 333 318 242 4.7 37.6
Losses and expenses related to OREO 73 164 164 (55.5) (55.5)
Other noninterest expense 442 391 400 13.0 10.5
Total noninterest expense 3,970 3,569 3,355 11.2 18.3
Income before income taxes 1,488 1,681 1,319 (11.5) 12.8
Income tax expense 482 539 431 (10.6) 11.8
Net income $ 1,006 $ 1,142 $ 888 (11.9) 13.3
           
PER COMMON SHARE DATA          
(unaudited)          
Basic earnings per share $ 0.40 $ 0.39 $ 0.34 2.6% 17.6%
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.39 $ 0.38 $ 0.34 2.6 14.7
Weighted average basic shares outstanding 2,532 2,577 2,588 (1.7) (2.2)
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 2,597 2,634 2,628 (1.4) (1.2)
Common shares outstanding at period-end          
Book value per share          
           
KEY FINANCIAL RATIOS          
(unaudited)          
Return on average assets 0.92% 0.96% 0.95% (4.2)% (3.2)%
Return on average equity 8.68 8.64 8.26 0.5 5.1
Net interest margin 4.38 4.55 4.65 (3.7) (5.8)
Efficiency ratio 68.33 63.34 57.77 7.9 18.3
     
     
     
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS Year Ended Year over Year
(in $000's, unaudited) Dec 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2012 Change
Interest income $ 19,626 $ 18,175 8.0%
Interest expense 2,312 2,360 (2.0)
Net interest income before provision for loan losses 17,314 15,815 9.5
Provision for loan losses 1,350 4,525 (70.2)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 15,964 11,290 41.4
Noninterest income:      
Service charges and fee income 2,270 2,218 2.3
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance 348 239 45.6
Mortgage servicing income 457 550 (16.9)
Gain on sale of loans 967 2,063 (53.1)
Other noninterest income 870 -111 (883.8)
Total noninterest income 4,912 4,959 (0.9)
       
Noninterest expense:      
Salaries and employee benefits 7,206 6,011 19.9
Operations expense 3,950 2,787 41.7
Data processing 1,287 1,011 27.3
Losses and expenses related to OREO 1,036 921 12.5
Other noninterest expense 1,642 1,648 (0.4)
Total noninterest expense 15,121 12,378 22.2
Income before income taxes 5,755 3,871 48.7
Income tax expense 1,815 1,231 47.4
Net income $ 3,940 $ 2,640 49.2
       
PER COMMON SHARE DATA      
(unaudited)      
Basic earnings per share $ 1.53 $ 1.01 51.5
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.50 $ 1.00 50.0
Common shares outstanding at period-end 2,510 2,588 (3.0)
Book value per share $ 18.53 $ 16.79 10.4
       
KEY FINANCIAL RATIOS      
(unaudited)      
Annualized return on average equity 8.68% 7.64% 13.6%
Annualized return on average assets 0.92 0.74 24.3
Net interest margin 4.52 5.00 (9.6)
Efficiency ratio 62.82 55.15 13.9
           
           
           
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET       Sequential
Quarter
Year over
Year
(in $000's, unaudited) Dec 31, 2013 Sep 30, 2012 Dec 31, 2012 % Change % Change
ASSETS          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,334 $ 13,961 $ 12,727 9.8% 20.5%
Securities available-for-sale, at fair value 15,421 16,639 22,900 (7.3) (32.7)
Loans held-for-sale 130 1,664 1,725 (92.2) (92.5)
Loans:          
One- to four- family residential 117,452 114,720 93,953 2.4 25.0
Home equity 35,155 35,317 35,364 (0.5) (0.6)
Commercial and multifamily 156,600 147,768 132,898 6.0 17.8
Construction and land 44,300 43,780 25,458 1.2 74.0
Manufactured homes 13,496 13,966 16,228 (3.4) (16.8)
Other consumer 10,255 9,393 8,650 9.2 18.6
Commercial business 13,668 14,842 14,193 (7.9 (3.7)
Total loans, gross 390,926 379,786 326,744 2.9 19.6
Allowance for loan losses (4,177) (4,115) (4,248) 1.5 (1.7)
Loans, net 386,749 375,671 322,496 2.9 19.9
Accrued interest receivable 1,366 1,313 1,280 4.0 6.7
Bank-owned life insurance 11,068 10,950 7,220 1.1 53.3
OREO and other repossessed asset, net 1,178 981 2,503 20.1 (52.9)
Mortgage servicing rights, at fair value 2,984 2,843 2,306 5.0 29.4
FHLB stock, at cost 2,314 2,336 2,401 (0.9) (3.6)
Premises and equipment, net 2,138 2,174 2,256 (1.7) (5.2)
Other assets 3,929 3,196 3,230 22.9 21.6
Total assets $ 442,611 $ 431,428 $ 381,044 2.6 16.2
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Liabilities:          
Demand deposit, noninterest-bearing 34,594 34,575 31,427 0.1 10.1
Demand deposit, interest-bearing 70,639 56,320 28,540 25.4 147.5
Savings and money market 85,578 94,105 117,130 (9.1) (26.9)
Time deposits 157,528 156,342 134,986 0.8 16.7
Total deposits 348,339 341,342 312,083 2.0 11.6
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities 4,546 3,520 3,640 29.1 24.9
Borrowings 43,221 40,381 21,864 7.0 97.7
Total liabilities 396,106 385,805 337,587 2.7 17.3
Shareholders' Equity:          
Common stock 26 26 26 0.0 0.0
Paid-in capital 23,830 24,370 24,789 (2.2) (3.9)
Unearned shared – ESOP (1,369) (1,598) (1,598) (14.3) (14.3)
Retained earnings 24,287 23,410 20,736 3.7 17.1
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (269) (285) (496) (5.6) (45.8)
Total shareholders' equity 46,505 45,923 43,457 1.3 7.0
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 442,611 $ 431,728 381,044 2.5 16.2
           
           
           
CREDIT QUALITY DATA       Sequential
Quarter
Year over
year
(in $000's, unaudited) Dec 31, 2013 Sep 30, 2012 Dec 31, 2012 % Change % Change
Nonaccrual loans $ 490 $ 1,161 $ 3,003 (57.8)% (83.7)%
Nonperforming restructured loans and loans over 90 days past due and on accrual 1,041 761 909 36.8 14.5
Total nonperforming loans 1,531 1,922 3,912 (20.3) (60.9)
OREO and other repossessed assets 1,178 981 2,503 20.1 (52.9)
Total nonperforming assets 2,709 2,903 6,415 (6.7) (57.8)
Performing restructured loans on accrual 5,404 5,705 5,614 (5.3) (3.7)
Net charge-offs during the quarter 138 464 936 (70.3) (70.0)
Provision for loan losses during the quarter 200 450 850 (55.6) (70.2)
Allowance for loan losses 4,177 4,115 4,248 1.5 (1.7)
Classified assets 7,192 9,212 11,166 (21.9) (21.9)
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.07% 1.08% 1.30% (0.9) (17.7)
Allowance for loan losses to total nonperforming loans 272.83% 206.58% 110.59% 32.1 146.1
Nonperforming loans to total loans 0.39% 0.50% 1.20% (22.0) (67.5)
Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.61% 0.67% 1.68% (9.0) (63.7)
           
OTHER PERIOD-END STATISTICS          
(in $000's, unaudited)          
Sound Community Bank:          
Loan to deposit ratio 111.74% 111.26% 103.34% 0.4 8.1%
Noninterest-bearing deposits / total deposits 10.32 10.13 12.44 1.9 (17.0)
Leverage ratio 10.00 10.32 10.12 (3.1) (1.2)
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 13.07 13.03 13.35 0.3 (2.1)
Total risk-based capital ratio 14.32 14.28 14.60 0.3 (1.9)
Media:
Laurie Stewart
President/CEO
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Financial:
Matt Deines
EVP/CFO
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