Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc. Earns $1.0 Million for the First Quarter of 2014

Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.05 Per Share

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SEATTLE, April 29, 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 $1.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, or $0.38 per diluted common share, as compared to net income of $797,000, or $0.30 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

"We are executing on our business plan. We continue to emphasize core deposit acquisition to fund loans in the communities we serve," said President and CEO Laurie Stewart. "We leverage technology, including mobile banking with remote deposit capture to provide highly desired services in a cost effective manner. Economic conditions in our markets are improving and growth in the overall economy provides more opportunities to grow our franchise."

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 May 27, 2014 to stockholders of record as the close of business on May 13, 2014.

Highlights for the first quarter of 2014 include:

  • Net interest income increased to $4.6 million, an increase of 2.1% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and 12.2% from the comparable period last year;
  • Provision for loan losses remained unchanged at $200,000 for both the current quarter and the fourth quarter of 2013, and was down 20.0% from the comparable period last year;
  • Net loans increased 1.0% to $390.7 million, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and 16.7% from the comparable period last year;
  • Deposits increased to $363.3 million, an increase of 4.3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and 14.7% from the comparable period last year;
  • Nonperforming loans decreased to $1.9 million, a decrease of 3.1% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and 17.4% from the comparable period last year;
  • Nonperforming assets decreased to $2.2 million, a decrease of 28.6% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013 and 53.2% from the comparable period last year;
  • Tier 1 leverage ratio of 10.19%; Total risk-based capital of asset ratio of 14.20%

Capital ratios exceeded regulatory requirements for a well-capitalized financial institution level at March 31, 2014.

Operating Results

Net interest income increased to $4.6 million in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $4.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $4.1 million a year ago. The increase was primarily a result of higher average loan balances.

The net interest margin was 4.41% for the first quarter of 2014, compared to 4.38% for the fourth quarter of 2013 and 4.55% for the first quarter of 2013. The decline in the net interest margin from a year ago was primarily due to lower loan yields due to the continued low interest rate environment.

The provision for loan losses in the first quarter of 2014 was $200,000, which was the same as the fourth quarter of 2013 and $250,000 for the first quarter of 2013. The decline from a year ago 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 to $785,000 in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2013. The decrease was primarily reflective of lower gains on the sale of loans and mortgage servicing income due to reduced refinancing volume and lower purchase activity due to seasonality in the home buying market.

Total noninterest expense for the first quarter of 2014 was $3.7 million, compared to $4.0 million for both the first and fourth quarters of 2013. The decrease was primarily due to lower other real estate owned ("OREO") and related expenses and operating expenses. These were partially offset by increased salaries and benefits as a result of a modest increase in full time equivalent employees as well as increased data processing expenses resulting from new products and services, including mobile banking with remote deposit capture which we implemented in 2013. The decrease from the fourth quarter of 2013 was primarily due to the same reasons as set forth above, except for the OREO related expenses, which increased slightly during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

The efficiency ratio for the first quarter of 2014 was 67.29%, compared to 68.33% for the fourth quarter of 2013 and 61.49% for the first quarter of 2013. The increase in the efficiency ratio compared to a year ago was primarily due to lower noninterest income as a result of lower gain on sale of loans.

Balance Sheet Review, Capital Management and Credit Quality

The Company's total assets as of March 31, 2014 were $445.6 million, compared to $442.6 million at December 31, 2013 and $390.7 million a year ago. This increase was primarily a result of higher loan balances which increased $3.9 million from the end of 2013 and $56.0 million from a year ago.

The investment securities available-for-sale portfolio totaled $14.7 million at March 31, 2014, compared to $15.4 million at December 31, 2013 and $19.7 million at March 31, 2013. At March 31, 2014, the securities available-for-sale portfolio was comprised of $10.3 million of agency mortgage-backed securities (all issued by U.S. Government sponsored entities), $2.4 million in private-label mortgage-backed securities and $2.0 million in municipal bonds.

Total loans as of March 31, 2014, excluding loans held-for-sale, totaled $394.9 million, compared to $390.9 at December 31, 2013 and $338.9 million a year ago. At March 31, 2014, commercial real estate loans account for 39.0% of the portfolio, of which 39.5% were owner-occupied. Residential real estate loans account for 30.4% of the portfolio. Home equity, manufactured and other consumer loans account for 14.6% of the portfolio. Construction and land loans account for 10.9% of the portfolio and commercial and industrial loans account for the remaining 5.1% of total loans at March 31, 2014.

The weighted average yield on the loan portfolio was 5.24% for the first quarter of 2014, compared to 5.23% for the last quarter of 2013 and 5.37% for the first quarter of 2013.

NPAs, which include nonaccrual loans and OREO and other repossessed assets, totaled $2.2 million, or 0.50% of total assets, at March 31, 2014, compared to $3.1 million, or 0.70% of total assets at December 31, 2013 and $4.7 million, or 1.21% of total assets, a year ago.

The following table summarizes our NPAs at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013:

     
Nonperforming Loans: At Mar 31, 2014 At Dec 31, 2013
(in $000s, unaudited) Balance % of Total Balance % of Total
One- to four- family $ 709 32.0% $ 772 24.9%
Home equity loans 298 13.5 222 7.2
Commercial and multifamily 780 35.2 820 26.5
Manufactured 74 3.3 106 3.4
Other consumer -- nm 1 nm
Total nonperforming loans 1,861 84.0% 1,921 62.0%
OREO and Other Repossessed Assets:        
One- to four- family 194 8.8 1,086 35.0
Manufactured 159 7.2 92 3.0
Total OREO and repossessed assets 353 16.0 1,178 38.0
Total nonperforming assets $ 2,214 100.0% $ 3,099 100.0%
         
nm = not meaningful        

The following table summarizes the allowance for loan losses:

   
  For the Quarter Ended:
Allowance for Loan Losses Mar 31, Dec 31, Mar 31,
(in $000's, unaudited) 2014 2013 2013
Balance at beginning of period $ 4,177 $ 4,115 $ 4,248
Provision for loan losses during the period 200 200 250
Net charge-offs during the period (201) (138) (452)
Balance at end of period $ 4,176 $ 4,177 $ 4,046
       
Allowance for loan losses to total nonperforming loans 224.40% 217.44% 176.30%
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.06% 1.07% 1.19%

The increase in the allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2014 compared to the prior year was primarily due to increased average loan balances which were offset by improved credit metrics of our loan portfolio. Net charge-offs totaled $201,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to net charge-offs of $452,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Deposits increased 4.3% to $363.3 million at March 31, 2014, compared to $348.3 million at December 31, 2013. FHLB borrowings decreased 35.1% to $28.1 million at March 31, 2014, compared to $43.2 million at December 31, 2013.

The total cost of deposits decreased three basis points to 0.63% during the quarter ended March 31, 2014, from 0.66% for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The total cost of borrowings increased two basis points to 0.53% during the quarter ended March 31, 2014, from 0.51% during the quarter ended December 31, 2013.

Total shareholder's equity increased $287,000 to $46.8 million at March 31, 2014 from $46.5 million at December 31, 2013. The increase in equity was predominately a result of net income of $987,000, an improvement of $131,000 in accumulated other comprehensive income representing a decline in the unrealized loss on securities available-for-sale, offset by dividends paid during the quarter of $125,000 and share repurchases of $904,000. Book value per common share was $18.69 as of March 31, 2014, compared to $18.53 as of December 31, 2013 and $17.14 as of March 31, 2013.

Sound Financial Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company, is the parent company of Sound Community Bank, and is 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.

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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 2014 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) Mar 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013 Mar 31, 2013 % Change % Change
Interest income $ 5,202 $ 5,119 $ 4,636 1.6% 12.2%
Interest expense 610 622 569 (1.9) 7.2
Net interest income before provision for loan losses 4,592 4,497 4,067 2.1 12.9
Provision for loan losses 200 200 250 0.0 (20.0)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 4,392 4,297 3,817 2.2 15.1
Noninterest income:          
Service charges and fee income 536 557 598 (3.8) (10.4)
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance 80 118 78 (32.2) 2.6
Mortgage servicing income (47) 70 127 (167.1) (137.0)
Gain on sale of loans 76 173 447 (56.1) (83.0)
Other noninterest income 140 243 116 (42.4) 20.7
Total noninterest income 785 1,161 1,366 (32.4) (42.5)
Noninterest expense:          
Salaries and employee benefits 2,067 1,981 1,687 4.3 22.5
Operations expense 892 1,141 967 (21.8) (7.8)
Data processing 344 333 288 3.3 19.4
Losses and expenses related to OREO 83 73 675 13.7 (87.7)
Other noninterest expense 346 442 399 (21.7) (13.3)
Total noninterest expense 3,732 3,970 4,016 (6.0) (7.1)
Income before provision for income taxes 1,445 1,488 1,167 (2.9) 23.8
Provision for income taxes 458 482 370 (5.0) 23.8
Net income $ 987 $ 1,006 $ 797 (1.9) 23.8
           
PER COMMON SHARE DATA       Sequential Quarter Year over Year
(unaudited) Mar 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013 Mar 31, 2013 % Change % Change
Basic earnings per share $ 0.39 $ 0.40 $ 0.31 (2.5)% 25.8%
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.38 $ 0.39 $ 0.30 (2.6) 26.7
Weighted average basic shares outstanding 2,507 2,532 2,588 (1.0) (3.1)
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 2,620 2,597 2,645 0.9 (0.9)
Common shares outstanding at period-end 2,503 2,511 2,588 (0.3) (3.3)
Book value per share $ 18.69 $ 18.53 $ 17.13 0.9 9.1
           
KEY FINANCIAL RATIOS          
(unaudited)          
Return on average assets 0.89% 0.92% 0.81% (3.3)% 9.9%
Return on average equity 8.47 8.68 7.24 (2.4) 17.0
Net interest margin 4.41 4.38 4.55 0.7 (3.1)
Efficiency ratio 67.29 68.33 61.49 (1.5) 9.4
           
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET       Sequential Quarter Year over Year
(in $000's, unaudited) Mar 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013 Mar 31, 2013 % Change % Change
ASSETS          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,614 $ 15,334 $ 8,795 (4.7)% 66.2%
Securities available-for-sale, at fair value 14,730 15,421 19,713 (4.5) (25.3)
Loans held-for-sale 1,436 130 2,083 1004.6 (31.1)
Loans:          
One- to four- family residential 119,880 117,452 96,910 2.1 23.7
Home equity 34,782 35,155 35,339 (1.1) (1.6)
Commercial and multifamily 154,064 156,600 133,178 (1.6) 15.7
Construction and land 42,951 44,300 34,513 (3.0) 24.4
Manufactured homes 13,000 13,467 15,576 (3.7) (16.5)
Other consumer 9,927 10,284 8,779 (3.2) 13.1
Commercial business 20,266 13,668 14,571 48.3 39.1
Total loans, gross 394,870 390,926 338,866 1.0 16.5
Allowance for loan losses (4,176) (4,177) (4,046) 0.0 3.2
Loans, net 390,694 386,749 334,820 1.0 16.7
Accrued interest receivable 1,378 1,366 1,303 0.9 5.8
Bank-owned life insurance 11,148 11,068 10,798 0.7 3.2
OREO and other repossessed assets, net 353 1,178 2,453 (70.0) (85.6)
Mortgage servicing rights, at fair value 2,948 2,984 2,396 (1.2) 23.0
FHLB stock, at cost 2,292 2,314 2,379 (1.0) (3.7)
Premises and equipment, net 2,066 2,138 2,280 (3.4) (9.4)
Other assets 3,926 3,929 3,636 (0.1) 8.0
Total assets $ 445,585 $ 442,611 $ 390,656 0.7 14.1
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Liabilities:          
Demand deposit, noninterest-bearing 37,407 34,594 35,029 8.1 6.8
Demand deposit, interest-bearing 80,729 70,639 29,765 14.3 171.2
Savings and money market 80,890 85,578 107,057 (5.5) (24.4)
Time deposits 164,321 157,528 144,876 4.3 13.4
Total deposits 363,347 348,339 316,727 4.3 14.7
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities 7,387 4,547 3,886 62.5 90.1
Borrowings 28,060 43,221 25,703 (35.1) 9.2
Total liabilities 398,794 396,107 346,316 0.7 15.2
Shareholders' Equity:          
Common stock 25 25 26 0.0 (3.8)
Paid-in capital 23,124 23,829 24,832 (3.0) (6.9)
Unearned shared – ESOP (1,369) (1,369) (1,598) 0.0 (14.3)
Retained earnings 25,149 24,288 21,533 3.5 16.8
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (138) (269) (452) (48.7) (69.5)
Total shareholders' equity 46,791 46,504 44,341 0.6 5.5
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 445,585 $ 442,611 $ 390,657 0.7 14.1
           
           
CREDIT QUALITY DATA       Sequential Quarter Year over year
(in $000's, unaudited) Mar 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013 Mar 31, 2013 % Change % Change
Nonaccrual loans $ 758 $ 558 $ 1,555 35.8% (51.3)%
Nonperforming restructured loans and loans over 90 days past due and on accrual 1,103 1,363 740 (19.1) 49.1
Total nonperforming loans 1,861 1,921 2,295 (3.1) (18.9)
OREO and other repossessed assets 353 1,178 2,453 (70.0) (85.6)
Total nonperforming assets 2,214 3,099 4,748 (28.6) (53.4)
Performing restructured loans on accrual 5,357 5,404 6,120 (0.9) (12.5)
Net charge-offs during the quarter 201 138 452 45.7 (55.5)
Provision for loan losses during the quarter 200 200 250 0.0 (20.0)
Allowance for loan losses 4,176 4,177 4,046 0.0 3.2
Classified assets 6,294 7,192 9,559 (12.5) (34.2)
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.06% 1.07% 1.19% (0.9) (10.9)
Allowance for loan losses to total nonperforming loans 224.40% 217.44% 176.30% 3.2 27.3
Nonperforming loans to total loans 0.47% 0.49% 0.67% (4.1) (29.9)
Nonperforming assets to total assets 0.50% 0.70% 1.21% (28.6) (58.7)
           
OTHER PERIOD-END STATISTICS          
(in $000's, unaudited)          
Sound Community Bank:          
Loan to deposit ratio 107.53% 111.03% 105.71% (3.2) 1.7%
Noninterest-bearing deposits / total deposits 10.30 9.93 11.06 3.7 (6.9)
Leverage ratio 10.19 10.00 10.11 1.6 0.5
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 12.95 13.02 13.10 (0.5) (1.1)
Total risk-based capital ratio 14.20 14.26 14.35 (0.4) (1.0)
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