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Community West Bancshares Earnings Increase 31% to $4.0 Million, or $0.45 Per Diluted Share, in 1Q22 Compared to 1Q21; Declares Increased Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.075 Per Common Share

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Community West Bancshares
Community West Bancshares

GOLETA, Calif., April 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community West Bancshares (“Community West” or the “Company”), (NASDAQ: CWBC), parent company of Community West Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income increased 31.1% to $4.0 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2022, compared to $3.0 million, or $0.35 diluted share, for the first quarter of 2021, and increased 36.8% compared to $2.9 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2021.

The increase in earnings during the first quarter of 2022, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, included a $549,000 tax exempt payout on a bank owned life insurance (“BOLI”) policy and collection and legal expense recovery of $992,000 as a result of a legal settlement. Results for the first quarter of 2022 reflect lower interest and fees on Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans compared to the prior quarter and the year ago quarter, due to slowing PPP loan forgiveness as the program nears its conclusion.

The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per common share, payable May 31, 2022 to common shareholders of record on May 13, 2022.

“We generated solid earnings for the first quarter, highlighted by top-and bottom-line revenue growth, steady year-over-year deposit growth and improved operating efficiencies,” stated Martin E. Plourd, Chief Executive Officer. “Return on average assets, return on average common equity and our efficiency ratio all improved as we continue to deepen our presence throughout California’s Central Coast. The success of our client outreach during the current quarter, including the new banking relationships brought over throughout the PPP process, generated increased income. Our net interest margin also improved on a linked quarter basis, primarily due to higher yields on interest earning assets. With the recent and anticipated rate increases by the Federal Reserve, we anticipate continued improvement in our net interest margin in future periods.”

First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:

  • Net income increased 36.8% to $4.0 million, or $0.45 per diluted share in the first quarter, compared to $2.9 million, or $0.33 per diluted share in fourth quarter 2021, and increased 31.1% compared to $3.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share in first quarter 2021.

  • Net interest income was $10.7 million for first quarter 2022 and fourth quarter 2021, and $10.0 million in first quarter 2021.

  • Net interest margin was 3.86% for the first quarter, compared to 3.77% in fourth quarter 2021, and 4.19% in first quarter 2021.

  • Return on Average Assets was 1.39%, compared to 0.99% in fourth quarter 2021, and 1.22% in first quarter 2021.

  • Return on Average Equity was 15.52%, compared to 11.42% in fourth quarter 2021, and 13.48% in first quarter 2021.

  • The Company recorded a negative provision for loan loss expense for the first quarter of $284,000 compared to a provision expense of $26,000 in the prior quarter, and a $173,000 negative provision expense in the first quarter of 2021.

  • The Allowance for Loan Losses (“ALL”) was 1.22% of total loans held for investment at March 31, 2022, and 1.23% of total loans held for investment, excluding the $7.5 million of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans which are 100% guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).*

  • Non-interest-bearing demand deposits increased $16.2 million to $226.1 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $209.9 million at December 31, 2021, and increased $29.5 million compared to $196.6 million at March 31, 2021.

  • Book value per common share increased to $12.07 at March 31, 2022, compared to $11.72 at December 31, 2021, and $10.77 at March 31, 2021.

  • The Bank’s Tier 1 leverage ratio was 8.88% at March 31, 2022, compared to 8.56% at December 31, 2021, and 8.97% at March 31, 2021.

  • Net non-accrual loans improved to $536,000 at March 31, 2022, compared to $565,000 at December 31, 2021, and $1.8 million at March 31, 2021.

*Non GAAP

Income Statement

Net interest income totaled $10.7 million in first quarter 2022, and in the preceding quarter, and was $10.0 million in first quarter of 2021. The Company recognized $399,000 of income in net fees related to PPP loans during first quarter, compared to $552,000 of income in net fees during fourth quarter 2021, and $1.1 million in the first quarter 2021. As of March 31, 2022, there was $107,000 remaining in net unrecognized fees related to PPP loans that will be recognized as income through amortization or once the loans are paid off or forgiven by the SBA.

Net interest margin was 3.86% for first quarter 2022, a nine-basis point increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, and a 33-basis point contraction compared to first quarter of 2021. “Higher yields on loans and proactive deposit cost management contributed to net interest margin expansion for the first quarter of 2022,” said Richard Pimentel, Chief Financial Officer. The cost of funds for the first quarter decreased one-basis point to 0.30%, compared to 0.31% for the fourth quarter, and improved by 16-basis points compared to 0.46% for the first quarter of 2021. PPP loans, including fees, accounted for 10 basis points of net interest margin for the first quarter compared to 10-basis points in the fourth quarter, and 9 basis points in the first quarter of 2021.

Non-interest income totaled $1.3 million in first quarter, compared to $944,000 in fourth quarter, and $897,000 in first quarter of 2021. The increase during first quarter 2022 included a $549,000 tax exempt payout on a BOLI policy. Other loan fees were $246,000 for first quarter, compared to $343,000 in fourth quarter and $313,000 in first quarter of 2021. Gain on sale of loans was $60,000 in first quarter, compared to $109,000 in fourth quarter of 2021 and $118,000 in first quarter of 2021.

Non-interest expense totaled $7.0 million in first quarter, compared to $7.7 million in fourth quarter, and $6.9 million in first quarter of 2021. The decrease in non-interest expense for first quarter 2022, compared to the prior quarter, reflects collection and legal expense recovery of $992,000 as a result of a legal settlement. Salaries and employee benefits, the Company’s largest component of non-interest expense, decreased $19,000 compared to fourth quarter 2021, and increased $300,000 compared to first quarter 2021. The Company’s efficiency ratio improved to 57.97% for first quarter, compared to 65.23% for fourth quarter 2021, and 62.71% for first quarter 2021. The Company continues to focus on expense control and gaining efficiencies through use of technology and process improvement.

Balance Sheet

Total assets decreased $20.4 million, or 1.8%, to $1.14 billion at March 31, 2022, compared to $1.16 billion, at December 31, 2021, and increased $118.6 million, or 11.6%, compared to $1.02 billion, at March 31, 2021. Total loans decreased by $1.8 million, to $890.3 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $892.1 million, at December 31, 2021, and increased $2.5 million compared to $887.8 million, at March 31, 2021. Total loans, excluding PPP loans, increased $12.0 million during the quarter and increased $89.5 million compared to March 31, 2021.

Commercial real estate loans outstanding (which include SBA 504, construction and land) were up 20.8% from year ago levels to $492.2 million at March 31, 2022, and comprise 55.3% of the total loan portfolio. Manufactured housing loans were up 5.4% from year ago levels to $300.0 million and represent 33.7% of total loans. Commercial loans (which include agriculture loans) were down 9.2% from year ago levels to $70.5 million and represent 7.9% of the total loan portfolio. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had 35 PPP loans totaling $7.5 million remaining on its balance sheet from both the first and second rounds of PPP funding. PPP loans of $7.5 million represent less than one percent of total loans at March 31, 2022, down from $21.3 million at December 31, 2021, and $94.5 million at March 31, 2021.

Total deposits decreased $24.4 million, or 2.6%, to $925.7 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $950.1 million at December 31, 2021, and increased $121.2 million, or 15.1%, compared to $804.5 million at March 31, 2021. Non-interest-bearing demand deposits were $226.1 million at March 31, 2022, a $16.2 million increase compared to $209.9 million at December 31, 2021, and a $29.5 million increase compared to $196.6 million at March 31, 2021. Interest-bearing demand deposits decreased $33.3 million to $504.2 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $537.5 million at December 31, 2021, and increased $63.7 million compared to $440.5 million at March 31, 2021. Certificates of deposit, which include brokered deposits, decreased $7.8 million during the quarter to $171.2 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $179.1 million at December 31, 2021, and increased $23.7 million compared to $147.5 million at March 31, 2021.

Stockholders’ equity increased to $104.8 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $101.4 million at December 31, 2021, and $91.8 million at March 31, 2021. Book value per common share increased to $12.07 at March 31, 2022, compared to $11.72 at December 31, 2021, and $10.77 at March 31, 2021.

Credit Quality

“Credit quality metrics continue to improve during the quarter, with a substantial decrease in net-nonaccrual loans compared to a year ago,” said Plourd. “We continue to closely monitor our loan portfolio and have elevated credit monitoring structures in place. Our conservative loan grading system for managing potential problem loans early has helped to keep us from incurring losses, and is reflective in our historic low loss ratio.”

At March 31, 2022, asset quality reflected improvement due to positive loan risk rating migrations during the first quarter. Total classified loans and net non-accrual loans decreased year-over-year due to improvements in the loan portfolio and payoffs in these categories. All loans rated “Watch” or worse are monitored monthly and proactive measures are taken when any signs of deterioration to the credit are discovered. Net loan recoveries totaled $427,000 during the first quarter of 2022, compared to net loan recoveries of $96,000 in the preceding quarter and net loan recoveries of $212,000 in first quarter 2021.

The Company recorded a negative provision expense of $284,000 in first quarter compared to a provision expense of 26,000 in fourth quarter 2021, and a negative provision expense of $173,000 in first quarter 2021. The allowance for loan losses was $10.5 million, or 1.22% of total loans held for investment, at March 31, 2022, and 1.23% of total loans held for investment excluding PPP loans. Net non-accrual loans, plus net other assets acquired through foreclosure, decreased 5.1% to $2.9 million at March 31, 2022, compared to $3.1 million at December 31, 2021, and decreased 33.5% compared to $4.4 million at March 31, 2021.

There was $536,000 in net non-accrual loans as of March 31, 2022, compared to $565,000 at December 31, 2021, and $1.8 million at March 31, 2021. Of the $536,000 of net non-accrual loans at March 31, 2022, $1,000 were SBA 504 loans, $286,000 were manufactured housing loans, and $249,000 were single family real estate loans.

There was $2.4 million in other assets acquired through foreclosure as of March 31, 2022, compared to $2.5 million at December 31, 2021, and $2.6 million at March 31, 2021. The majority of this balance relates to one property in the amount of $2.3 million.

Stock Repurchase Program

On August 27, 2021, the Company announced that its Board of Directors had extended the stock repurchase plan until August 31, 2023. The Company did not repurchase shares during the first quarter of 2022, 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 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.

Industry Accolades

Community West was named to Piper Sandler’s Bank and Thrift Sm-All Stars – Class of 2021. This award recognized Community West as one of the top 35 best performing small capitalization institutions from a list of publicly traded banks and thrifts in the U.S. with market capitalizations less than $2.5 billion.

Community West Bank was awarded a “Super Premier Performance” rating by The Findley Reports. For 52 years, The Findley Reports has been recognizing the financial performance of banking institutions in California and the Western United States. Community West Bank is rated 5-star Superior by Bauer Financial.

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 including, but not limited to, risks from the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 interest rate policies of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, inflation, weather, natural disasters, 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, reduction in the value of our investment securities, 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, 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.

COMMUNITY WEST BANCSHARES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)

(in 000's, except per share data)

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

2022

2021

2021

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,043

$

1,621

$

2,607

Interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions

191,145

206,754

71,128

Investment securities

21,805

22,774

21,570

Loans:

Commercial

70,480

72,423

77,579

Commercial real estate

492,181

480,801

407,336

SBA

8,403

8,580

11,566

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

7,504

21,317

94,507

Manufactured housing

299,969

297,363

284,583

Single family real estate

8,824

8,663

10,845

HELOC

3,475

3,579

3,846

Other (1)

(528

)

(643

)

(2,414

)

Total loans

890,308

892,083

887,848

Loans, net

Held for sale

24,193

23,408

29,767

Held for investment

866,115

868,675

858,081

Less: Allowance for loan losses

(10,547

)

(10,404

)

(10,233

)

Net held for investment

855,568

858,271

847,848

NET LOANS

879,761

881,679

877,615

Other assets

41,849

44,224

45,102

TOTAL ASSETS

$

1,136,603

$

1,157,052

$

1,018,022

Deposits

Non-interest-bearing demand

$

226,073

$

209,893

$

196,617

Interest-bearing demand

504,209

537,508

440,502

Savings

24,239

23,675

19,858

Certificates of deposit ($250,000 or more)

13,197

17,612

20,072

Other certificates of deposit

158,022

161,443

127,472

Total deposits

925,740

950,131

804,521

Other borrowings

90,000

90,000

105,000

Other liabilities

16,035

15,546

16,710

TOTAL LIABILITIES

1,031,775

1,055,677

926,231

Stockholders' equity

104,828

101,375

91,791

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

1,136,603

$

1,157,052

$

1,018,022

Common shares outstanding

8,682

8,650

8,524

Book value per common share

$

12.07

$

11.72

$

10.77

(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

March 31,

December

September

June 30,

March 31,

2022

31, 2021

30, 2021

2021

2021

Interest income

Loans, including fees

$

11,194

$

11,258

$

11,576

$

11,433

$

10,856

Investment securities and other

306

279

259

218

199

Total interest income

11,500

11,537

11,835

11,651

11,055

Deposits

570

614

708

771

742

Other borrowings

194

206

198

194

271

Total interest expense

764

820

906

965

1,013

Net interest income

10,736

10,717

10,929

10,686

10,042

Provision (credit) for loan losses

(284

)

26

7

(41

)

(173

)

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

11,020

10,691

10,922

10,727

10,215

Non-interest income

Other loan fees

246

343

383

310

313

Gains from loan sales, net

60

109

118

130

118

Document processing fees

101

123

145

138

106

Service charges

88

84

77

74

67

Other

796

285

317

220

293

Total non-interest income

1,291

944

1,040

872

897

Non-interest expenses

Salaries and employee benefits

4,865

4,884

4,478

4,379

4,565

Occupancy, net

997

893

802

780

779

Professional services

399

441

434

430

340

Data processing

310

251

292

332

340

Depreciation

183

186

191

198

205

FDIC assessment

171

146

127

121

91

Advertising and marketing

258

198

189

164

183

Stock-based compensation

92

129

63

58

68

Other

(304

)

478

284

207

289

Total non-interest expenses

6,971

7,606

6,860

6,669

6,860

Income before provision for income taxes

5,340

4,029

5,102

4,930

4,252

Provision for income taxes

1,380

1,135

1,467

1,379

1,231

Net income

$

3,960

$

2,894

$

3,635

$

3,551

$

3,021

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

0.46

$

0.34

$

0.42

$

0.42

$

0.36

Diluted

$

0.45

$

0.33

$

0.41

$

0.41

$

0.35


Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

Average
Balance

Interest

Average
Yield/Cost

Average
Balance

Interest

Average
Yield/Cost

Average
Balance

Interest

Average
Yield/Cost

Interest-Earning Assets

Federal funds sold and interest-earning deposits

$

205,815

$

109

0.21

%

$

210,293

$

85

0.16

%

$

71,287

$

39

0.22

%

Investment securities

26,897

197

2.97

%

27,661

194

2.78

%

25,892

160

2.51

%

Loans (1)

894,539

11,194

5.08

%

888,519

11,258

5.03

%

875,766

10,856

5.03

%

Total earnings assets

1,127,251

11,500

4.14

%

1,126,473

11,537

4.06

%

972,945

11,055

4.61

%

Nonearning Assets

Cash and due from banks

2,161

2,154

2,076

Allowance for loan losses

(10,615

)

(10,314

)

(10,230

)

Other assets

39,138

39,596

39,820

Total assets

$

1,157,935

$

1,157,909

$

1,004,611

Interest-Bearing Liabilities

Interest-bearing demand deposits

$

519,454

$

319

0.25

%

$

523,212

$

343

0.26

%

$

410,615

$

481

0.48

%

Savings deposits

23,931

16

0.27

%

22,248

18

0.32

%

19,327

21

0.44

%

Time deposits

175,448

235

0.54

%

181,638

253

0.55

%

173,541

240

0.56

%

Total interest-bearing deposits

718,833

570

0.32

%

727,098

614

0.34

%

603,483

742

0.50

%

Other borrowings

90,000

194

0.87

%

90,003

206

0.91

%

105,000

271

1.05

%

Total interest-bearing liabilities

$

808,833

$

764

0.38

%

$

817,101

$

820

0.40

%

$

708,483

$

1,013

0.58

%

Noninterest-Bearing Liabilities

Noninterest-bearing demand deposits

227,980

223,503

189,019

Other liabilities

17,640

16,726

16,203

Stockholders' equity

103,482

100,579

90,906

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

1,157,935

$

1,157,909

1,004,611

Net interest income and margin

$

10,736

3.86

%

$

10,717

3.77

%

$

10,042

4.19

%

Net interest spread

3.76

%

3.66

%

4.04

%

Cost of total deposits

0.24

%

0.26

%

0.38

%

Cost of funds

0.30

%

0.31

%

0.46

%


ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(Dollars and shares in thousands except per share amounts)(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND RATIOS

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

March 31,
2021

Return on average common equity

15.52

%

11.42

%

13.48

%

Return on average assets

1.39

%

0.99

%

1.22

%

Efficiency ratio

57.97

%

65.23

%

62.71

%

Net interest margin

3.86

%

3.77

%

4.19

%

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

AVERAGE BALANCES

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

March 31,
2021

Average assets

$

1,157,935

$

1,157,909

$

1,004,611

Average earning assets

1,127,251

1,126,473

972,945

Average total loans

894,539

888,519

875,766

Average deposits

946,813

950,601

792,502

Average common equity

103,482

100,579

90,906

EQUITY ANALYSIS

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

March 31,
2021

Total common equity

$

104,828

$

101,375

$

91,791

Common stock outstanding

8,682

8,650

8,524

Book value per common share

$

12.07

$

11.72

$

10.77

ASSET QUALITY

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

March 31,
2021

Nonaccrual loans, net

$

536

$

565

$

1,825

Nonaccrual loans, net/total loans

0.06

%

0.06

%

0.21

%

Other assets acquired through foreclosure, net

$

2,389

$

2,518

$

2,572

Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net

$

2,925

$

3,083

$

4,397

Nonaccrual loans plus other assets acquired through foreclosure, net/total assets

0.26

%

0.27

%

0.43

%

Net loan (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter

$

(427

)

$

(96

)

$

(212

)

Net (recoveries)/charge-offs in the quarter/total loans

(0.05

%)

(0.01

%)

(0.02

%)

Allowance for loan losses

$

10,547

$

10,404

$

10,233

Plus: Reserve for undisbursed loan commitments

90

94

82

Total allowance for credit losses

$

10,637

$

10,498

$

10,315

Allowance for loan losses/total loans held for investment

1.22

%

1.20

%

1.19

%

Allowance for loan losses/total loans held for investment excluding PPP loans

1.23

%

1.23

%

1.34

%

Allowance for loan losses/nonaccrual loans, net

1966.82

%

1842.50

%

560.71

%

Community West Bank *

Community bank leverage ratio

N/A

N/A

8.97

%

Tier 1 leverage ratio

8.88

%

8.56

%

8.97

%

Tier 1 capital ratio

11.33

%

11.02

%

11.28

%

Total capital ratio

12.50

%

12.19

%

12.53

%

INTEREST SPREAD ANALYSIS

March 31,
2022

December 31,
2021

March 31,
2021

Yield on total loans

5.08

%

5.03

%

5.03

%

Yield on investments

2.97

%

2.78

%

2.51

%

Yield on interest earning deposits

0.21

%

0.16

%

0.22

%

Yield on earning assets

4.14

%

4.06

%

4.61

%

Cost of interest-bearing deposits

0.32

%

0.34

%

0.50

%

Cost of total deposits

0.24

%

0.26

%

0.38

%

Cost of borrowings

0.87

%

0.91

%

1.05

%

Cost of interest-bearing liabilities

0.38

%

0.40

%

0.58

%

Cost of funds

0.30

%

0.31

%

0.46

%

* Capital ratios are preliminary until the Call Report is filed.

Contact:
Richard Pimentel, EVP & CFO
805.692.4410
www.communitywestbank.com