First Northwest Bancorp Earns $3.7 Million, or $0.40 Per Diluted Share, in Third Quarter 2020; Net Interest Margin Expansion and Improved Efficiency Ratio Generate Record Earnings; Announces Share Repurchase Plan for 10% of Outstanding Shares

Port Angeles, Washington, UNITED STATES


PORT ANGELES, Wash., Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Northwest Bancorp (Nasdaq: FNWB) (“Company”), the holding company for First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles (“Bank” or "First Federal"), today reported an increase in net income of 86.0% to $3.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020, compared to net income of $2.0 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2020, and an increase of 46.4% compared to $2.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2019. Third quarter results reflected strong loan and deposit growth, net interest margin expansion and improved efficiency. For the first nine months of 2020, net income was $6.5 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, compared to $6.8 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2019. 

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors increased the regular quarterly cash dividend by 20% to $0.06 per common share outstanding, payable on November 27, 2020, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 13, 2020. The Board of Directors also approved a share repurchase plan of 10% of outstanding shares.

“In a quarter of pandemic-related economic challenges, we delivered excellent results, as we continue to support customers, communities and our employees. Our third quarter financial performance demonstrates the strength of our franchise, with pre-tax, pre-provision for loan losses income increasing 121% over the third quarter a year ago, led by significant mortgage refinance activity and a meaningful reduction in deposit cost of funds,” stated Matthew P. Deines, President and CEO. “Additionally, asset quality at quarter end remained solid, with few delinquencies in the loan portfolio. However, we continued to build our reserves in response to the pandemic and the economic impact on our customers and communities.”

The sectors most heavily impacted include hospitality; restaurant and food services; and lessors of commercial real estate to hospitality, restaurant, and retail establishments. At September 30, 2020, the Company’s exposure as a percentage of the total loan portfolio to these industries was 4.9%, 0.2%, and 4.6%, respectively.

“Our participation in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) helped serve the needs of our customers and our local communities,” Deines continued. “Our role as a community bank not only allowed us to assist approximately 515 customers and originate $32.2 million in loans, but also added new relationships with strong future growth opportunities. The Bank is now processing applications for PPP loan forgiveness for customers. We expect the timing of such forgiveness will positively impact fourth quarter 2020 operating results for us, as well as all participating financial institutions.

“In addition to PPP lending, we implemented additional programs to support our customers experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. These assistances included payment forbearance agreements with some customers for periods of up to six months. We deferred payment on 346 loans totaling $175.0 million through September 30, 2020. As of October 26, 2020, the deferral period had ended or payments voluntarily resumed for approximately 79% of these loans, of which 99% have resumed normal payments, with only 2% requesting a second deferral period,” added Deines.

The table below presents selected information on loans that remained on COVID-19 deferrals at the periods indicated.

 % of Total Loan Portfolio Deferred Loan Balance Number of Loans
 (In thousands)
June 30, 202012.9% $128,420 297
September 30, 202013.9   149,542 183
October 26, 20208.3   87,343 74
        

Third Quarter 2020 Highlights (at or for the quarter ended September 30, 2020)

  • Third quarter net income increased to $3.7 million, compared to $2.0 million in the preceding quarter and $2.5 million in the year ago quarter.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.40, up from $0.21 per share in the preceding quarter and $0.25 per share when compared to the third quarter a year ago.
  • Provision for loan losses was $1.4 million in the third quarter, compared to $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2020 and a recapture of loan losses of $170,000 in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Loans receivable increased 7.6% to $1.06 billion at September 30, 2020, compared to $986.4 million at June 30, 2020, and increased 26.2% compared to $841.4 million a year ago, primarily due to growth in real estate and commercial business loans, including PPP loans.
  • Deposits increased 7.2% during the quarter and increased 29.2% from one year prior, to $1.25 billion at September 30, 2020, due to successful organic and wholesale deposit-gathering strategies, including significant growth in noninterest-bearing deposits.
  • The cost of deposits for the third quarter decreased to 0.45% from 0.72% for second quarter 2020 and 0.85% in the third quarter of 2019.
  • Gain on sale of mortgage loans was $1.7 million for the third quarter compared to $2.0 million in the previous quarter and $655,000 in the third quarter of 2019 reflecting strong quarterly mortgage originations, including refinance activity.
  • During the third quarter, the Company repurchased 141,793 shares of common stock at an average price of $11.72 per share for a total of $1.7 million under the 2019 Stock Repurchase Plan approved in December 2019. The 2019 Stock Repurchase Plan was completed in September 2020.
  • The Board of Directors approved a new stock repurchase plan of up to 1,023,420 shares, or approximately 10% of shares outstanding, to commence in November 2020.

Balance Sheet Review

Total assets increased $85.8 million, or 5.8%, to $1.56 billion, at September 30, 2020, compared to $1.48 billion at June 30, 2020, and increased $314.4 million, or 25.1%, compared to $1.25 billion, at September 30, 2019.

Investment securities increased $4.8 million to $369.1 million, at September 30, 2020, and increased $117.9 million compared to $251.2 million, at September 30, 2019. At September 30, 2020, municipal bonds totaled $97.1 million and comprised the largest portion of the investment portfolio at 26.3%. The estimated average life of the total investment securities portfolio was 6.7 years, and the average repricing term was approximately 4.4 years.

Securities consisted of the following at the dates indicated:

  September 30, 2020  June 30, 2020  September 30, 2019  Three Month Change  One Year Change 
  (In thousands) 
Available for Sale at Fair Value                    
Municipal bonds $97,143  $107,610  $10,406  $(10,467) $86,737 
U.S. government agency issued asset-backed securities (ABS agency)  73,618   60,819   25,266   12,799   48,352 
Corporate issued asset-backed securities (ABS corporate)  32,747   39,804   37,096   (7,057)  (4,349)
Corporate issued debt securities (Corporate debt)  33,230   22,428   9,636   10,802   23,594 
U.S. Small Business Administration securities (SBA)  23,864   23,547   29,815   317   (5,951)
Mortgage-backed securities:                    
U.S. government agency issued mortgage-backed securities (MBS agency)  92,402   102,647   129,726   (10,245)  (37,324)
Corporate issued mortgage-backed securities (MBS corporate)  16,107   7,418   9,251   8,689   6,856 
Total securities available for sale $369,111  $364,273  $251,196  $4,838  $117,915 
                     
Held to Maturity at Amortized Cost                    
Municipal bonds $  $  $7,041  $  $(7,041)
SBA        138      (138)
Mortgage-backed securities:                    
MBS Agency        30,470      (30,470)
Total securities held to maturity $  $  $37,649  $  $(37,649)
                     

“The company is focused on growing the loan portfolio and supporting this growth with core deposits and other low-cost funding sources,” said Geri Bullard, EVP/Chief Financial Officer. “Additionally, we continue to manage the investment portfolio for liquidity and generation of interest income.”

Total loans, excluding loans held for sale, increased $75.1 million, or 7.6%, to $1.06 billion at September 30, 2020, from $986.4 million at June 30, 2020, and increased $220.2 million, or 26.2%, from $841.1 million a year ago. “The collective efforts of our lending team during the quarter resulted in significant increases in loan balances,” said Randy Riffle, EVP/Chief Lending Officer. “Additionally, participation in the SBA’s Paycheck Protection, up until the end of the program on August 8, 2020, also helped fuel loan production with $1.5 million in new PPP loans this quarter.”

The Company originated $41.1 million in residential mortgages during the quarter and sold $48.0 million, with an average gross margin on sale of mortgage loans of approximately 2.76%. This production compares to residential mortgage originations of $56.6 million in the preceding quarter with sales of $61.1 million. “The activity in the mortgage market continued to exceed historical volumes in the third quarter of 2020, especially for refinances of existing mortgages at incredibly low rates,” said Kelly Liske, Chief Banking Officer.

Loans receivable consisted of the following at the dates indicated:

  September 30, 2020  June 30, 2020  September 30, 2019  Three Month Change  One Year Change 
  (In thousands) 
Real Estate:                    
One to four family $317,755  $325,349  $302,337  $(7,594) $15,418 
Multi-family  127,569   103,279   62,173   24,290   65,396 
Commercial real estate  283,390   267,233   254,058   16,157   29,332 
Construction and land  75,204   58,153   64,954   17,051   10,250 
Total real estate loans  803,918   754,014   683,522   49,904   120,396 
                     
Consumer:                    
Home equity  34,120   33,696   36,898   424   (2,778)
Auto and other consumer  111,782   109,214   111,312   2,568   470 
Total consumer loans  145,902   142,910   148,210   2,992   (2,308)
                     
Commercial business  123,036   99,477   14,325   23,559   108,711 
                     
Total loans  1,072,856   996,401   846,057   76,455   226,799 
Less:                    
Net deferred loan fees  2,628   1,842   117   786   2,511 
Premium on purchased loans, net  (4,196)  (3,901)  (4,649)  (295)  453 
Allowance for loan losses  13,007   12,109   9,443   898   3,564 
Total loans receivable, net $1,061,417  $986,351  $841,146  $75,066  $220,271 
                     

The Company continues to monitor the sectors that have been most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The table below presents selected information on loans to these industries as of September 30, 2020.

Industry% of Total Loan Portfolio Loan Balance Number of Loans Average Loan-to-Value
 (In thousands)
Hospitality4.9% $48,855 15 61.3%
Restaurant and food services0.2   2,026 6 61.8 
Lessors of commercial real estate to hospitality, restaurant, and retail establishments4.6   46,527 26 53.3 
           

Total deposits increased $84.1 million, or 7.2%, to $1.25 billion at September 30, 2020, compared to $1.17 billion at June 30, 2020 and increased $283.8 million, or 29.2%, when compared to $970.7 million a year ago. Savings accounts decreased 1.1% compared to a year ago, to $171.9 million at September 30, 2020, and represented 13.7% of total deposits; transaction accounts increased 42.3% compared to a year ago to $390.9 million at September 30, 2020, and account for 31.2% of total deposits; money market accounts increased 63.7% compared to a year ago to $398.1 million, and represented 31.7% of total deposits, and certificates of deposit increased 5.2% compared to a year ago to $293.5 million at quarter-end, and represent 23.4% of total deposits.

“Deposits were up during the quarter due to higher transaction and money market account balances,” said Bullard. “We continue to strategically utilize brokered certificates of deposit ("brokered CDs") as an additional funding source to manage overall funding costs and interest rate risk. We held $92.6 million, or 7.4% of total deposits, in brokered CDs included in our balance of certificates of deposit at September 30, 2020, and $86.3, or 7.4% of total deposits in brokered CDs at June 30, 2020. The weighted-average cost of brokered CDs was 0.51% for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 1.12% for the previous quarter. We were able to lower our total cost of funds over the quarter by enhancing our deposit mix toward noninterest-bearing and other core deposits as well as reducing the cost and level of wholesale funding.” Total cost of funds improved to 0.50% for the third quarter of 2020 compared to 0.74% for the second quarter of 2020.

Deposits consisted of the following at the dates indicated:

  September 30, 2020  June 30, 2020  September 30, 2019  Three Month Change  One Year Change 
  (In thousands) 
Savings $171,905  $175,749  $173,786  $(3,844) $(1,881)
Transaction accounts  390,867   339,151   274,660   51,716   116,207 
Money market accounts  398,144   330,261   243,189   67,883   154,955 
Certificates of deposit  293,540   325,164   279,065   (31,624)  14,475 
Total deposits $1,254,456  $1,170,325  $970,700  $84,131  $283,756 
                     

Total shareholders' equity increased to $180.7 million at September 30, 2020, compared to $176.3 million three months earlier, and $177.3 million a year earlier. The quarter-over-quarter increase in equity was due to earnings of $3.7 million and an increase to other comprehensive income based on the improvement in the market value of the investment portfolio offset by the cost of stock buybacks. Book value per common share increased to $17.65 at September 30, 2020, compared to $17.07 at June 30, 2020 and $16.42 at September 30, 2019.

Operating Results

In the third quarter of 2020, the Company generated a return on average assets ("ROAA") of 0.99%, and a return on average equity ("ROAE") of 8.22%, compared to 0.56% and 4.60%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2020, and 0.81% and 5.65%, respectively, in the third quarter a year ago.

Total interest income increased to $13.4 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $12.4 million in the previous quarter and $12.3 million in the third quarter of 2019. The increases are due to an increase in interest and fees on loans given the loan growth which offset a small decrease in investment interest income. Quarter over quarter, the yield on investment securities decreased 7 basis points while the yield on average loans receivable decreased by 5 basis points. Total interest expense was $1.6 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $2.2 million in the second quarter of 2020, and $2.8 million in the third quarter a year ago. The decrease in interest expense was due to the decline in the cost of deposits to 45 basis points from 72 basis points in the prior quarter and from 85 basis points the quarter one year ago.

Net interest income, before provision for loan losses, increased 16.3% during the quarter to $11.8 million, compared to $10.1 million for the preceding quarter and increased 24.7% compared to $9.4 million in the third quarter a year ago. For the first nine months of 2020, net interest income, before the provision for loan losses, increased 9.0% to $31.1 million, compared to $28.7 million for the first nine months of 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related impact to the business environment, the Company recorded a $1.4 million provision for loan losses during the third quarter of 2020. This compares to a provision for loan losses of $1.5 million for the preceding quarter, and a credit to the provision for loan losses of $170,000 for the third quarter of 2019. Year-to-date, the provision for loan losses was $4.1 million, compared to $420,000 for the nine-month period one year earlier.

The net interest margin expanded 26 basis point to 3.36% for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 3.10% for the second quarter of 2020, and increased 13 basis points compared to 3.23% for the third quarter in 2019. “Our net interest margin expansion during the quarter is a result of our efforts to improve our earning asset mix by increasing the level of our commercial loans as well as reducing our cost of funds,” said Bullard. For the first nine months of 2020, the net interest margin was 3.20% compared to 3.23% in the first nine months of 2019 due to reduced yields on loans and investments.

The yield on earning assets increased 3 basis points to 3.82% for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 3.79% for the second quarter of 2020, and decreased from 4.20% for the third quarter in 2019. The decrease was due to lower yields on the investment portfolio and average loans, which was offset by higher average loan balances. The yield on the loan portfolio increased to 4.45% for the third quarter 2020, from 4.40% for the second quarter 2020, and decreased from 4.68% for the third quarter of 2019. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased 29 basis points to 0.60% for the third quarter of 2020 compared to 0.89% for the second quarter of 2020 and decreased 67 basis points from 1.27% for the third quarter in 2019. “We are actively working on changing the mix of our funding profile and lowering our cost of deposits. As market rates approach zero, we anticipate our non-maturity deposit cost of funds will stabilize, however we do expect a further decrease in the cost of our certificate of deposit portfolio,” said Bullard.

Noninterest income increased 16.4% to $4.8 million for the third quarter 2020 from $4.1 million for the second quarter 2020 and increased 149.7% compared to $1.9 million for the third quarter in 2019. Third quarter of 2020 included a $1.7 million gain on sale of loans compared to a $2.0 million gain on sale of loans in the preceding quarter and a $655,000 gain on sale of loans in the third quarter a year ago. Noninterest income growth during the third quarter of 2020 was driven by increased mortgage refinance activity, which resulted in strong loan sale activity, as well as a gain on sale of investment securities of $969,000. Loan and deposit service fees totaled $868,000 for the third quarter 2020, compared to $765,000 for the preceding quarter and $999,000 for the third quarter a year ago. For the first nine months of 2020, noninterest income increased 144.2% to $11.2 million, compared to $4.6 million in the first nine months of 2019, reflecting increases in gain on sale of investment securities, gain on sale of loans. Noninterest income also increased due to an increase in the cash surrender value of bank owned life insurance (BOLI) as a result of increased investment in BOLI, as well as a restructure of the existing BOLI policies into superior products.

Noninterest expense totaled $10.1 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $10.3 million for the preceding quarter and $8.4 million for the third quarter a year ago. The quarterly decrease is attributable to lower data processing expense and training expense which was partially offset by higher compensation expense, including salaries, commissions and benefits. For the first nine months of 2020, noninterest expense increased to $29.7 million, compared to $24.5 million in the first nine months of 2019, due to higher salary and benefit expenses, including employee commission payments, increased advertising spending and increases in operational expenses associated with overall asset growth.

Capital Ratios and Credit Quality

Capital levels for both the Company and its operating bank, First Federal, remain in excess of applicable regulatory requirements and the Bank was categorized as "well-capitalized" at September 30, 2020. Common Equity Tier 1 and Total Risk-Based Capital Ratios at September 30, 2020 were 14.3% and 15.5%, respectively.

Nonperforming loans decreased to $3.1 million at September 30, 2020, from $3.4 million at June 30, 2020. The percentage of the allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans increased to 419.9%, at September 30, 2020, from 360.8% at June 30, 2020, and 714.3% at September 30, 2019. Classified loans decreased $1.1 million during the current quarter to $4.0 million at September 30, 2020, reflecting improvement in commercial business loans. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans was 1.2% at September 30, 2020, compared to 1.2% at June 30, 2020, and 1.1% at September 30, 2019. The ratio, excluding PPP loans was 1.25%.

About the Company

First Northwest is a bank holding company which primarily engages in the business activity of its subsidiary, First Federal. First Federal is a community-oriented financial institution serving Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Whatcom, and King counties in Washington, through its Seattle lending center and ten full-service branches. Our business and operating strategy is focused on building sustainable earnings through hiring experienced bankers, geographic expansion, and diversifying our loan product mix, expanding our deposit product offerings that deliver value-added solutions, enhancing existing services and digital service delivery channels, and enhancing our infrastructure to support the changing needs and expectations of our customers.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, expectations of the business environment in which we operate, projections of future performance, perceived opportunities in the market, potential future credit experience, and statements regarding our mission and vision. These forward-looking statements are based upon current management expectations and may, therefore, involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from those suggested, expressed, or implied by forward-looking statements as a result of a wide variety or range of factors including, but not limited to: increased competitive pressures; changes in the interest rate environment; the credit risks of lending activities; changes in general economic conditions and conditions within the securities markets; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors described in the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC")-which are available on our website at www.ourfirstfed.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Any of the forward-looking statements that we make in this Press Release and in the other public statements we make may turn out to be incorrect because of the inaccurate assumptions we might make, because of the factors illustrated above or because of other factors that we cannot foresee. Because of these and other uncertainties, our actual future results may be materially different from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by or on our behalf and the Company's operating and stock price performance may be negatively affected. Therefore, these factors should be considered in evaluating the forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. We do not undertake and specifically disclaim any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. These risks could cause our actual results for 2020 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements by, or on behalf of, us and could negatively affect the Company’s operations and stock price performance.

FIRST NORTHWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARY
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)

  September 30, 2020  June 30, 2020  September 30, 2019  Three Month Change One Year Change
Assets                  
                   
Cash and due from banks $16,776  $16,346  $15,659   2.6%  7.1%
Interest-bearing deposits in banks  35,303   33,242   40,822   6.2   (13.5)
Investment securities available for sale, at fair value  369,111   364,273   251,196   1.3   46.9 
Investment securities held to maturity, at amortized cost        37,649   n/a   (100.0)
Loans held for sale  4,754   3,111   2,055   52.8   131.3 
Loans receivable (net of allowance for loan losses of $13,007, $12,109, and $9,443)  1,061,417   986,351   841,146   7.6   26.2 
Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) stock, at cost  5,944   6,074   4,931   (2.1)  20.5 
Accrued interest receivable  7,367   5,360   3,726   37.4   97.7 
Premises and equipment, net  14,737   14,188   14,443   3.9   2.0 
Mortgage servicing rights, net  1,545   1,098   926   40.7   66.8 
Bank-owned life insurance, net  38,104   37,482   29,754   1.7   28.1 
Prepaid expenses and other assets  9,612   11,334   8,003   (15.2)  20.1 
                     
Total assets $1,564,670  $1,478,859  $1,250,310   5.8%  25.1%
                     
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity                  
                   
Deposits $1,254,456  $1,170,325  $970,700   7.2%  29.2%
Borrowings  109,150   112,379   85,324   -(2.9)  27.9 
Accrued interest payable  51   253   262   (79.8)  (80.5)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  18,359   18,184   14,838   1.0   23.7 
Advances from borrowers for taxes and insurance  1,986   1,403   1,876   41.6   5.9 
                     
Total liabilities  1,384,002   1,302,544   1,073,000   6.3   29.0 
                     
Shareholders' Equity                  
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 5,000,000 shares, no shares issued or outstanding           n/a   n/a 
Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 75,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 10,234,204 at September 30, 2020; issued and outstanding 10,326,226 at June 30, 2020; and issued and outstanding 10,800,932 at September 30, 2019  102   103   108   (1.0)  (5.6)
Additional paid-in capital  97,229   98,421   102,786   (1.2)  (5.4)
Retained earnings  89,546   86,633   85,143   3.4   5.2 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax  3,186   717   (672)  344.4   574.1 
Unearned employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) shares  (9,395)  (9,559)  (10,055)  1.7   6.6 
                     
Total shareholders' equity  180,668   176,315   177,310   2.5   1.9 
                     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,564,670  $1,478,859  $1,250,310   5.8%  25.1%
                     

FIRST NORTHWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

  Quarter Ended        
  September 30, 2020  June 30, 2020  September 30, 2019  Three Month Change  One Year Change
INTEREST INCOME                   
Interest and fees on loans receivable $11,097  $10,236  $10,096   8.4%  9.9%
Interest on mortgage-backed and related securities  565   740   1,087   (23.6)  (48.0)
Interest on investment securities  1,603   1,316   921   21.8   74.0 
Interest on deposits in banks  9   8   65   12.5   (86.2)
FHLB dividends  97   55   92   76.4   5.4 
Total interest income  13,371   12,355   12,261   8.2   9.1 
                    
INTEREST EXPENSE                   
Deposits  1,405   2,041   2,141   (31.2)  -(34.4)
Borrowings  205   201   691   2.0   -(70.3)
Total interest expense  1,610   2,242   2,832   (28.2)  -(43.1)
                    
Net interest income  11,761   10,113   9,429   16.3   24.7 
                    
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES  1,350   1,500   (170)  (10.0)  894.1 
                    
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  10,411   8,613   9,599   20.9   8.5 
                     
NONINTEREST INCOME                   
Loan and deposit service fees  868   765   999   13.5   (13.1)
Mortgage servicing fees, net of amortization  148   (172)  44   186.0   236.4 
Net gain on sale of loans  1,725   2,001   655   (13.8)  163.4 
Net gain on sale of investment securities  969   661   0   46.6   100.0 
Increase in cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance  622   627   147   (0.8)  323.1 
Other income  449   227   70   97.8   541.4 
Total noninterest income  4,781   4,109   1,915   16.4   149.7 
                     
NONINTEREST EXPENSE                   
Compensation and benefits  6,070   5,966   4,771   1.7   27.2 
Data processing  640   769   680   (16.8)  (5.9)
Occupancy and equipment  1,367   1,345   1,161   1.6   17.7 
Supplies, postage, and telephone  254   284   208   (10.6)  22.1 
Regulatory assessments and state taxes  262   223   209   17.5   25.4 
Advertising  285   377   197   (24.4)  44.7 
Professional fees  361   354   278   2.0   29.9 
FDIC insurance premium  86   70   (72)  22.9   219.4 
FHLB prepayment penalty        344   n/a   (100.0)
Other  756   894   648   (15.4)  16.7 
Total noninterest expense  10,081   10,282   8,424   (2.0)  19.7 
                     
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES  5,111   2,440   3,090   109.5   65.4 
                    
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES  1,436   464   580   209.5   147.6 
                     
NET INCOME $3,675  $1,976  $2,510   86.0%  46.4%
                     
                    
Basic and diluted earnings per common share $0.40  $0.21  $0.25   90.5%  60.0%
                     

FIRST NORTHWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

  Nine Months Ended September 30,  Percent 
  2020  2019  Change 
INTEREST INCOME            
Interest and fees on loans receivable $31,169  $30,661   1.7%
Interest on mortgage-backed and related securities  2,264   3,536   (36.0)
Interest on investment securities  3,988   2,900   37.5 
Interest on deposits in banks  85   190   (55.3)
FHLB dividends  199   268   (25.7)
Total interest income  37,705   37,555   0.4 
             
INTEREST EXPENSE            
Deposits  5,584   6,133   (9.0)
Borrowings  840   2,717   (69.1)
Total interest expense  6,424   8,850   (27.4)
             
Net interest income  31,281   28,705   9.0 
             
PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES  4,116   420   880.0 
             
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  27,165   28,285   (4.0)
             
NONINTEREST INCOME            
Loan and deposit service fees  2,514   2,899   (13.3)
Mortgage servicing fees, net of amortization  (9)  143   (106.3)
Net gain on sale of loans  4,109   830   395.1 
Net gain on sale of investment securities  2,235   57   3,821.1 
Increase in cash surrender value of bank-owned life insurance  1,577   435   262.5 
Other income  782   225   247.6 
Total noninterest income  11,208   4,589   144.2 
             
NONINTEREST EXPENSE            
Compensation and benefits  17,397   14,097   23.4 
Data processing  2,099   1,978   6.1 
Occupancy and equipment  4,063   3,409   19.2 
Supplies, postage, and telephone  749   678   10.5 
Regulatory assessments and state taxes  659   573   15.0 
Advertising  934   569   64.1 
Professional fees  1,115   907   22.9 
FDIC insurance premium  156   82   90.2 
FHLB prepayment penalty  210   344   (39.0)
Other  2,363   1,859   27.1 
Total noninterest expense  29,745   24,496   21.4 
             
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES  8,628   8,378   3.0 
             
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES  2,104   1,582   33.0 
             
NET INCOME $6,524  $6,796   (4.0)%
             
             
Basic and diluted earnings per common share $0.69  $0.68   1.5%
             

FIRST NORTHWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARY
Selected Financial Ratios and Other Data
(Unaudited)

  As of or For the Quarter Ended 
  September 30, 2020  June 30, 2020  March 31, 2020  December 31, 2019  September 30, 2019 
Performance ratios: (1)                    
Return on average assets  0.99%  0.56%  0.27%  0.71%  0.81%
Return on average equity  8.22   4.60   1.94   4.99   5.65 
Average interest rate spread  3.22   2.90   2.86   2.86   2.93 
Net interest margin (2)  3.36   3.10   3.11   3.14   3.23 
Efficiency ratio (3)  60.9   72.3   80.0   74.4   74.3 
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities  130.9   129.5   130.1   131.8   130.5 
Book value per common share $17.65  $17.07  $16.02  $16.48  $16.42 
                     
Asset quality ratios:                    
Nonperforming assets to total assets at end of period (4)  0.2%  0.2%  0.2%  0.2%  0.1%
Nonperforming loans to total loans (5)  0.3   0.3   0.2   0.2   0.2 
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans (5)  419.9   360.8   622.4   536.1   714.3 
                     
Allowance for loan losses to total loans  1.2   1.2   1.2   1.1   1.1 
Net charge-offs to average outstanding loans               
                     
Capital ratios (First Federal):                    
Tier 1 leverage 10.5%  10.9%  11.8%  12.2%  12.0%
Common equity Tier 1 capital 14.3   15.1   16.8   17.5   18.0 
                    
Tier 1 risk-based 14.3   15.1   16.8   17.5   18.0 
Total risk-based 15.5   16.4   18.1   18.7   19.1 
                     
Other Information:                    
Average total assets $1,488,723  $1,401,500  $1,287,529  $1,242,780  $1,241,014 
Average interest-earning assets  1,401,090   1,305,437   1,208,314   1,167,805   1,167,353 
Average total loans  1,009,210   938,646   876,135   849,741   867,647 
Average equity  178,887   172,009   179,614   177,759   177,671 
Average deposits  1,227,656   1,133,665   1,008,410   985,788   957,736 


(1)Performance ratios are annualized, where appropriate.
(2)Net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
(3)Total noninterest expense as a percentage of net interest income and total noninterest income.
(4)Nonperforming assets consists of nonperforming loans (which include nonaccruing loans and accruing loans more than 90 days past due), real estate owned and repossessed assets.
(5)Nonperforming loans consists of nonaccruing loans and accruing loans more than 90 days past due.
   

FIRST NORTHWEST BANCORP AND SUBSIDIARY
Selected Financial Ratios and Other Data
(Unaudited) (continued)

  As of or For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
  2020  2019 
Performance ratios: (1)        
Return on average assets  0.62%  0.72%
Return on average equity  4.92   5.18 
Average interest rate spread  3.00   2.94 
Net interest margin (2)  3.20   3.23 
Efficiency ratio (3)  70.0   73.6 
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities  130.2   129.1 
Book value per common share $17.65  $16.42 
         
Asset quality ratios:        
Nonperforming assets to total assets at end of period (4)  0.2%  0.1%
Nonperforming loans to total loans (5)  0.3   0.2 
Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans (5)  419.9   714.3 
Allowance for loan losses to total loans  1.2   1.1 
Net charge-offs to average outstanding loans  (0.1)  0.1 
         
Capital ratios (First Federal):        
Tier 1 leverage 10.5%  12.0%
Common equity Tier 1 capital 14.3   18.0 
Tier 1 risk-based 14.3   18.0 
Total risk-based 15.5  19.1 
         
Other Information:        
Average total assets $1,393,036  $1,259,847 
Average interest-earning assets  1,305,366   1,186,628 
Average total loans  941,627   877,681 
Average equity  176,844   174,852 
Average deposits  1,123,606   948,146 


(1)Performance ratios are annualized, where appropriate.
(2)Net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
(3)Total noninterest expense as a percentage of net interest income and total noninterest income.
(4)Nonperforming assets consists of nonperforming loans (which include nonaccruing loans and accruing loans more than 90 days past due), real estate owned and repossessed assets.
(5)Nonperforming loans consists of nonaccruing loans and accruing loans more than 90 days past due.
   

Contact:
Matthew P. Deines, President and Chief Executive Officer
Geri Bullard, EVP and Chief Financial Officer
First Northwest Bancorp
360-457-0461