WHITTIER, Calif., Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Friendly Hills Bank (the “Bank”) (OTCBB: FHLB) reported results for the third quarter of 2018.

For the nine month period ending September 30, 2018, the Bank reported net income of $587,000 or $0.30 per diluted share of common stock.  The Bank reported net income of $525,000 or $0.27 per diluted share of common stock for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.    

As of September 30, 2018, the Bank reported total assets of $155.4 million, a 2% increase from $152.8 million as of September 30, 2017.  The Bank’s loan portfolio, net of unearned income, decreased 5% from $82.2 million as of September 30, 2017, to $78.0 million as of September 30, 2018.  The portfolio remains diversified with $27.0 million or 35% in Commercial & Industrial Loans to local businesses (including $17.8 million in Owner Occupied Commercial Real Estate Loans), $22.3 million or 29% in Residential Real Estate Loans to investors and $22.7 million or 29% in Commercial Real Estate Loans to investors.  The Bank has an additional $26.7 million in unfunded loan commitments.

The Bank’s overall deposit base has decreased 3% in the twelve months ended September 30, 2018, from $123.8 million as of September 30, 2017, to $120.5 million as of September 30, 2018.  Non-interest bearing deposits remain a substantial part of the deposit base (42%), despite decreasing from $50.4 million as of September 30, 2017, to $50.1 million as of September 30, 2018.  During the same time period interest-bearing deposits decreased from $73.4 million as of September 30, 2017, to $70.4 million on September 30, 2018.  

At September 30, 2018, shareholders’ equity was $16.1 million and the Bank’s total risk-based capital ratio was 20%, significantly exceeding the “well-capitalized” level of 10% prescribed under regulatory requirements. The Bank also continues to maintain substantial liquidity positions, retaining significant balances of liquidity as well as available collateralized borrowings and other potential sources of liquidity.

“The Bank continues to experience high volatility in its deposit base as a result of having the majority of its funding in core deposits,” commented Jeffrey K. Ball, Chief Executive Officer.  “We have been able to maintain a very low cost of funds during this rising rate environment which will have longer term benefits for the Bank as rates begin to stabilize.  Meanwhile the Bank continues to be well positioned by maintaining a strong balance sheet with solid liquidity and capital ratios that are well above the regulatory standards for well capitalized banks.  Asset quality also remains very high as a result of our consistent underwriting standards.”

Company Profile:
Friendly Hills Bank is a community bank which was formed to primarily serve the Southern California communities of eastern Los Angeles County and northern Orange County.  The Bank was established in 2006 by prominent members of the local community who were seeking an alternative to the larger financial institutions in the area.  The Bank is headquartered in Whittier, California with an additional branch office in Santa Fe Springs, California.  For more information on the Bank, please visit www.friendlyhillsbank.com or call 562-947-1920.

Forward Looking Statements:
The numbers in this press release are unaudited. Statements such as those regarding the anticipated development and expansion of Friendly Hills Bank's business, and the intent, belief or current expectations of the Bank, its directors or its officers, are "forward looking" statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to the local and national economy, the Bank's performance, including its ability to generate loan and deposit growth, changes in interest rates, and regulatory matters.

Friendly Hills Bank
Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share information)
   
9/30/18
 

12/31/17
 

9/30/17
ASSETS      
Cash and due from banks$  3,512  $  12,634  $  3,942 
Interest bearing deposits with other financial institutions 21,902   5,130   9,403 
 Cash and Cash Equivalents 25,414   17,764   13,345 
Investment securities available-for-sale 45,371   53,131   51,122 
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 951   835   835 
Federal Reserve Bank stock 479   476   476 
Loans, net of unearned income 77,965   77,331   82,181 
Allowance for loan losses (1,525)  (1,525)  (1,525)
  Net Loans 76,440   75,806   80,656 
Premises and equipment, net 352   345     346 
Accrued interest receivable and other assets 6,415   6,109   5,971 
  Total Assets$155,422  $154,466  $152,751 
        
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY     
Liabilities      
Deposits      
 Noninterest-bearing deposits$50,111  $  47,057  $  50,374 
 Interest-bearing deposits 70,395   66,856   73,427 
  Total Deposits 120,506   113,913   123,801 
FHLB advances 17,750   23,000   11,000 
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities 1,035   1,256   1,458 
  Total Liabilities 139,291     138,169    136,259 
Shareholders’ Equity     
 Common stock, no par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized:     
 1,979,993 shares issued and outstanding 15,958   15,958   15,958 
 Additional paid-in-capital 1,293   1,091   1,091 
 Accumulated deficit 237   (350)  (421)
 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (1,357)  (402)  (136)
  Total Shareholders’ Equity 16,131   16,297   16,492 
  Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity$155,422  $154,466  $152,751 
        
Book Value Per Share$  8.15  $  8.40  $  8.50 


Friendly Hills Bank
Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
 (in thousands, except per share information)
      
   For the nine For the nine
   months ended months ended
   9/30/18 9/30/17
Interest Income$ 4,017  $ 3,768 
Interest Expense 342   256 
 Net Interest Income 3,675   3,512 
Provision for Loan Losses 0   0 
 Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses   3,675          3,512 
         
Noninterest Income 350   413 
Noninterest Expense 3,214   3,068 
Non-Recurring Items 1   0 
Income before Provision for Income Taxes 812   857 
(Provision) Benefit for Income Taxes (225)  (332)
 Net Income$  587  $  525 
      
Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share$  0.30  $  0.27 


Contacts:

Jeffrey K. Ball (President & CEO)
Viktor Uehlinger (EVP & CFO)
(562) 947-1920