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First Financial Northwest, Inc. Reports First Quarter Net Income of $1.7 Million or $0.17 per Diluted Share

RENTON, Wash., April 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Financial Northwest, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ GS: FFNW), the holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, of $1.7 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.6 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, and $1.9 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

“In response to the current situation surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing assistance to our customers in a variety of ways, including participating in the Paycheck Protection Program offered under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act as a Small Business Administration lender, working with our customers to modify loans in these difficult economic times and taking the steps necessary to effectively manage our portfolio through the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the duration, impact and government response to the crisis,” stated Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We expect to do our part to support further measures that may be undertaken by our government and our regulators to address this crisis and to assist in the anticipated economic recovery. Since mid-March 2020, the vast majority of our employees have been working remotely. We have been able to keep every office open and I am incredibly grateful to the employees who continue to staff each office to provide needed assistance to their customers and communities. I am very proud of the way our employees have adapted to this uniquely difficult operating environment while complying with the health and safety recommendations from various state and federal government entities,” continued Kiley. “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and concern about economic conditions, we increased our allowance for loan loss risk factors for all loan categories, which resulted in a provision for loan losses of $300,000 for the first quarter. Without the adjustment for economic factors, conversely, we would have recorded a recapture of provision for loan losses of approximately $500,000,” concluded Kiley.

Highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2020:

  • Net loans receivable decreased slightly to $1.09 billion at March 31, 2020, compared to $1.11 billion at December 31, 2019, and increased from $1.05 billion at March 31, 2019.

  • Deposits totaled $1.00 billion at March 31, 2020, compared to $1.03 billion at December 31, 2019, and $955.3 million at March 31, 2019.

  • The Company continued to reduce its brokered deposits outstanding. Brokered deposits totaled $25.5 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $94.5 million at December 31, 2019 and $123.4 million at March 31, 2019.

  • The Bank opened its first office in Pierce County at University Place, Washington, bringing the total number of offices in the Puget Sound region to thirteen, and announced plans for further expansion into Pierce County in Gig Harbor, Washington.

  • The Company increased the regular quarterly cash dividend paid to shareholders by 11.0% to $0.10 per share in the first quarter, from $0.09 per share previously.

  • The Company repurchased 79,395 shares during the quarter at an average price of $14.06 per share and has authorization to repurchase an additional 433,605 shares pursuant to its stock repurchase plan that expires on July 27, 2020. The Company considers several factors including share price and capital levels in determining the size and pace of its share repurchase activities and at this time intends to continue repurchasing its common stock in accordance with Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

  • The Company’s book value per share was $15.03 at March 31, 2020, compared to $15.25 at December 31, 2019, and $14.50 at March 31, 2019.

  • The Bank’s Tier 1 leverage and total capital ratios at March 31, 2020, were 10.3% and 14.7%, respectively, compared to 10.3% and 14.4%, respectively at both December 31, 2019, and March 31, 2019.

  • Based on management’s evaluation of the adequacy of the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (“ALLL”) and taking into account the estimated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a $300,000 provision for loan losses during the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

While total deposits declined during the quarter ended March 31, 2020, primarily due to a managed reduction in higher cost brokered deposits, the reduction was largely replaced by increased retail deposits and additional advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”). Total deposits at March 31, 2020, declined $33.6 million to $1.00 billion due to the $69.0 million decline in brokered deposits. Excluding the reduction in brokered deposits, total deposits increased $35.5 million during the quarter. The continued success of our deposit gathering efforts throughout our branch network was the primary reason for the ability to reduce the levels of brokered deposits from prior period levels.

The following table presents a breakdown of our total deposits (unaudited):

Mar 31,
2020

Dec 31,
2019

Mar 31,
2019

Three
Month
Change

One Year Change

Deposits:

(Dollars in thousands)

Noninterest-bearing

$

53,519

$

52,849

$

46,026

$

670

$

7,493

Interest-bearing demand

68,803

65,897

51,096

2,906

17,707

Statement savings

17,040

17,447

23,770

(407

)

(6,730

)

Money market

397,489

377,766

312,057

19,723

85,432

Certificates of deposit, retail (1)

437,676

425,103

398,956

12,573

38,720

Certificates of deposit, brokered

25,457

94,472

123,367

(69,015

)

(97,910

)

Total deposits

$

999,984

$

1,033,534

$

955,272

$

(33,550

)

$

44,712

(1) Balance of retail certificates of deposit for acquired branches are net of an aggregate fair value adjustment of $22,000 at March 31, 2020, $28,000 at December 31, 2019, and $49,000 at March 31, 2019.

The following tables present an analysis of total deposits by branch office (unaudited):

March 31, 2020

Noninterest-bearing demand

Interest-bearing
demand

Statement savings

Money market

Certificates of
deposit, retail

Certificates of
deposit, brokered

Total

(Dollars in thousands)

King County

Renton

$

28,624

$

22,619

$

13,811

$

230,235

$

355,710

$

-

$

650,999

Landing

4,476

2,173

36

13,286

9,821

-

29,792

Woodinville (1)

1,705

5,623

733

15,790

6,908

-

30,759

Bothell

556

886

20

6,221

3,297

-

10,980

Crossroads

4,894

10,197

5

47,714

11,689

-

74,499

Kent (2)

472

2,961

-

10,736

1,061

-

15,230

Kirkland (3)

253

11

-

-

-

-

264

Total King County

40,980

44,470

14,605

323,982

388,486

-

812,523

Snohomish County

Mill Creek

2,292

3,610

467

18,619

10,552

-

35,540

Edmonds

3,352

10,952

210

22,591

18,920

-

56,025

Clearview (1)

3,627

4,596

753

13,288

4,775

-

27,039

Lake Stevens (1)

2,024

2,446

468

7,142

4,240

-

16,320

Smokey Point (1)

1,244

2,715

537

11,656

10,703

-

26,855

Total Snohomish County

12,539

24,319

2,435

73,296

49,190

-

161,779

Pierce County

University Place (4)

-

14

-

211

-

-

225

Total Pierce County

-

14

-

211

-

-

225

Total retail deposits

53,519

68,803

17,040

397,489

437,676

-

974,527

Brokered deposits

-

-

-

-

-

25,457

25,457

Total deposits

$

53,519

$

68,803

$

17,040

$

397,489

$

437,676

$

25,457

$

999,984

(1) Balance of retail certificates of deposit for acquired branches are net of an unamortized aggregate fair value adjustment of $22,000.
(2) Kent office opened January 31, 2019.
(3) Kirkland office opened November 12, 2019.
(4) University Place office opened March 2, 2020.

December 31, 2019

Noninterest-bearing
demand

Interest-bearing
demand

Statement savings

Money market

Certificates of
deposit, retail

Certificates of
deposit, brokered

Total

(Dollars in thousands)

King County

Renton

$

28,909

$

35,384

$

14,112

$

219,482

$

345,476

$

-

$

643,363

Landing

4,625

1,855

32

13,919

9,095

-

29,526

Woodinville (1)

1,772

3,228

699

13,076

7,110

-

25,885

Bothell

545

1,178

31

5,779

4,312

-

11,845

Crossroads

3,751

7,943

107

52,042

11,481

-

75,324

Kent (2)

370

2,753

-

4,036

1,055

-

8,214

Kirkland (3)

-

43

-

-

-

-

43

Total King County

39,972

52,384

14,981

308,334

378,529

-

794,200

Snohomish County

Mill Creek

2,295

1,790

504

19,440

10,687

-

34,716

Edmonds

4,243

3,718

177

24,644

17,007

-

49,789

Clearview (1)

3,194

3,538

807

7,445

4,775

-

19,759

Lake Stevens (1)

2,036

2,033

415

7,015

3,940

-

15,439

Smokey Point (1)

1,109

2,434

563

10,888

10,165

-

25,159

Total Snohomish County

12,877

13,513

2,466

69,432

46,574

-

144,862

Total retail deposits

52,849

65,897

17,447

377,766

425,103

-

939,062

Brokered deposits

-

-

-

-

-

94,472

94,472

Total deposits

$

52,849

$

65,897

$

17,447

$

377,766

$

425,103

$

94,472

$

1,033,534

(1) Balance of retail certificates of deposit for acquired branches are net of an unamortized aggregate fair value adjustment of $28,000.
(2) Kent office opened January 31, 2019.
(3) Kirkland office opened November 12, 2019.

Net loans receivable decreased slightly to $1.09 billion at March 31, 2020, compared to $1.11 billion at December 31, 2019, and increased slightly from $1.05 billion at March 31, 2019. The average balance of net loans receivable totaled $1.10 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $1.09 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, and $1.03 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

The Company recorded a $300,000 provision for loan losses in the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to no provision for loan losses in the quarter ended December 31, 2019, and a provision for loan losses of $400,000 in the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The provision in the quarter ended March 31, 2020, was due primarily to COVID-19 related adjustments to the economic factors considered in evaluating the ALLL against the probable losses inherent in the loan portfolio. There was no provision for loan losses recorded in the quarter ended December 31, 2019, despite loan growth in the quarter, primarily due to credit upgrades for certain loan relationships and continued strength in the loan portfolio quality metrics. The provision for loan losses in the quarter ended March 31, 2019, was due primarily to growth in net loan receivables.

The ALLL represented 1.22% of total loans receivable at March 31, 2020, compared to 1.18% at December 31, 2019, and 1.30% at March 31, 2019. There was $2.2 million in delinquent loans (loans over 30 days past due) at both March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, primarily comprised of one $2.1 million multifamily loan, compared to $317,000 at March 31, 2019. Nonperforming loans totaled $2.2 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $95,000 at December 31, 2019, and $151,000 at March 31, 2019. The increase is due to the $2.1 million multifamily loan that is currently in foreclosure. We completed an impairment analysis of this credit during the quarter and do not anticipate incurring a loss at this time.

The following table presents a breakdown of our nonperforming assets (unaudited):

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Mar 31,

Three
Month

One
Year

2020

2019

2019

Change

Change

(Dollars in thousands)

Nonperforming loans:

One-to-four family residential

$

91

$

95

$

107

$

(4

)

$

(16

)

Multifamily

2,104

2,104

2,104

Consumer

44

(44

)

Total nonperforming loans

2,195

95

151

2,100

2,044

Other real estate owned (“OREO”)

454

454

454

Total nonperforming assets (1)

$

2,649

$

549

$

605

$

2,100

$

2,044

Nonperforming assets as a

percent of total assets

0.20

%

0.04

%

0.05

%

(1) The difference between nonperforming assets reported above, and the totals reported by other industry sources, is due to their inclusion of all Troubled Debt Restructured Loans ("TDRs") as nonperforming loans, although 100% of our TDRs were performing in accordance with their restructured terms at March 31, 2020.

OREO remained unchanged at $454,000 at March 31, 2020, December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2019.

The Company accounts for certain loan modifications or restructurings as TDRs. In general, the modification or restructuring of a debt is considered a TDR if, for economic or legal reasons related to the borrower’s financial difficulties, the Company grants a concession to the borrower that it would not otherwise consider. At March 31, 2020, TDRs totaled $5.0 million, compared to $5.2 million at December 31, 2019, and $7.8 million at March 31, 2019.

Net interest income for both the quarters ended March 31, 2020, and December 31, 2019, was $9.7 million, compared to $9.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Interest income totaled $14.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $15.0 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2019, and $14.6 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The decline in the current quarter compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2019, was primarily due to the rapid decline in interest rates as the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee dramatically reduced its short-term interest rate targets by 150 basis points in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Total interest expense was $4.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $5.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, and $4.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. In the quarter ended December 31, 2019, the higher cost of interest-bearing liabilities contributed to increased interest expense compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The decline from the quarter ended December 31, 2019, was due primarily to a reduced level of brokered deposits and a declining interest rate environment. Specifically, we replaced higher cost brokered deposits with retail deposits through our branch network and FHLB advances obtained in conjunction with interest rate swaps to secure lower long-term interest rates. We reduced the balance of brokered deposits to $25.5 million at March 31, 2020, from $94.5 million at December 31, 2019, and $123.4 million at March 31, 2019. Advances from the FHLB totaled $160.0 million at March 31, 2020, compared to $137.7 million at December 31, 2019, and $163.5 million at March 31, 2019. The average cost of other borrowings was 1.48% for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to 1.66% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, and 2.26% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. For the third consecutive quarter, the Bank replaced a portion of its brokered deposit portfolio with lower rate alternatives, including FHLB advances and retail deposits. At March 31, 2020, $120.0 million of our borrowings were short-term FHLB advances tied to long-term interest rate swaps. During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, we entered into interest rate swap transactions totaling $45.0 million, at rates between 0.91% to 0.98% for terms from six to eight years. In addition, we entered into $25.0 million in forward starting interest rate swaps beginning October 25, 2021, to partially replace a $50.0 million swap maturing on that date. These forward starting interest rate swaps carry rates of 0.79% for seven years and 0.80% for eight years.

The changes in fair market value of our interest rate swaps are reflected in the stockholders’ equity portion of the balance sheet as accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax. The $3.2 million increase in accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax during the first quarter is due primarily to the historic low interest rate environment in effect at March 31, 2020, compared to the prior periods, and to the rates in effect at the times we executed each interest rate swap agreement. Total stockholders’ equity declined to $153.1 million at March 31, 2020, from $156.3 million at December 31, 2019, and book value per common share declined to $15.03 at March 31, 2020, from $15.25 at December 31, 2019, primarily due to this decline in fair market value of our interest rate swaps.

The net interest margin was 3.11% for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to 3.09% for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, and 3.37% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The modest improvement in the quarter ended March 31, 2020, from the quarter ended December 31, 2019, relates primarily to the reduction in rates paid on brokered deposits, FHLB advances, and the interest rate swap activity discussed above. The resulting improvement in the Company’s cost of funds modestly outpaced the reduction in yield on interest-earning assets. The decline in net interest margin for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2019, was due primarily to a significant decline in interest-earning asset yields, partially offset by a decline in cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

Noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, totaled $990,000, compared to $1.5 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2019, and $700,000 in the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The decrease in noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2019, was primarily due to a significantly higher level of loan related fees and prepayment penalties in the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The increase in noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2019, was primarily due to a low level of loan related fees in the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Noninterest expense totaled $8.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $8.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, and $7.7 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2019. Salaries and employee benefits for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, increased slightly from the quarter ended December 31, 2019, primarily due to annual salary increases that went into effect on January 1, 2020. Regulatory assessments increased to normal levels as the Bank utilized all of its remaining regulatory assessment credits last quarter, substantially offsetting the impact of lower other general and administrative expenses in the quarter. Noninterest expense increased from the same quarter last year as the Bank continued to pursue its branch expansion strategy, which resulted in higher salaries and benefits, occupancy and equipment and data processing expenses among others, and the receipt during the quarter ended March 31, 2019, of a $125,000 insurance claim relating to a previously reported $225,000 fraud loss.

COVID-19 Related Information

As noted above, in response to the current global situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing assistance to our customers in a variety of ways and participating in the Paycheck Protection Program offered under the CARES Act as a Small Business Administration (“SBA”) lender, and taking the steps necessary while working with our loan customers to effectively manage our portfolio through the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the duration, impact and government response to the crisis. The following is presented to outline certain activities in this regard:

Modifications
As of April 24, 2020, we had received requests for some type of payment relief on loans totaling $166.8 million, representing 15.1% of total loans as of March 31, 2020, of which $71.3 million had been approved and processed as of April 24, 2020. We will continue to review and process outstanding requests over the coming weeks. The primary method of relief is to allow the borrower to defer their loan payments for three to six months, while others have been provided the opportunity to pay interest only depending upon their specific circumstances. The CARES Act and regulatory guidelines suspend the determination of certain loan modifications related to the COVID‑19 pandemic from being treated as troubled debt restructurings (“TDRs”). The following table provides detail on the modifications approved and processed through April 24, 2020:

April 24, 2020

Balance of loans with modifications of 1-3 months

Balance of loans with modifications of greater than 3 months

Total balance of loans with modifications granted

Total loans
as of
Mar 31, 2020

Modifications as % of total loans as of Mar 31, 2020

One-to-four family residential

$

16,693

$

6,395

$

23,087

$

371,253

6.2

%

Multifamily

1,726

2,877

4,603

169,468

2.7

Commercial:

Office

1,778

-

1,778

95,911

1.9

Retail

14,405

4,128

18,533

122,460

15.1

Mobile home park

-

-

-

25,370

-

Hotel/motel

996

5,566

6,562

52,515

12.5

Nursing home

-

6,368

6,368

11,783

54.0

Warehouse

-

5,635

5,635

17,489

32.2

Storage

-

-

-

34,551

-

Other non-residential

828

-

828

25,831

3.2

Total commercial

18,007

21,697

39,704

385,910

10.3

Construction/land

-

-

-

107,401

-

Business:

Aircraft

1,074

-

1,074

13,741

7.8

SBA

-

-

-

753

-

Other business

165

657

822

20,208

4.1

Total business

1,239

657

1,896

34,702

5.5

Consumer:

Classic/collectible auto

1,202

-

1,202

22,029

5.5

Other consumer

760

-

760

15,196

5.0

Total consumer

1,962

-

1,962

37,225

5.3

Total loans with pandemic modifications

$

39,627

$

31,626

$

71,252

$

1,105,959

6.4

%

Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP” or “Program”)
As of April 17, 2020, we had received approximately 388 requests for PPP loans totaling approximately $62.2 million. We were successful in obtaining SBA Loan Authorizations on 180 of these loans totaling approximately $24.2 million before the SBA exhausted the funds allocated for the Program. According to data received from customers in this process, these funds will allow these small businesses to retain more than 2,200 employees. We are very proud of the countless hours our employees spent processing these applications and we are continuing to work diligently to process the remaining applications.

Additional Portfolio Details
Total balances drawn on outstanding lines of credit were $47.1 million as of December 31, 2019, on total lines of credit available of $86.3 million. As of March 31, 2020, total balances drawn increased slightly to $48.4 million on total lines of credit available of $79.6 million. At April 18, 2020, total balances drawn were $48.9 million on total lines of credit available of $79.8 million.

The following table presents the loan to value ratios of select segments of our loan portfolio that we consider to be more likely to be impacted by COVID-19 pandemic considerations at March 31, 2020. The loan to value ratio (“LTV”) is the ratio derived by dividing the current loan balance by the lower of the original appraised value or purchase price of the real estate or other collateral:

March 31, 2020

LTV 0-60

LTV 61-75

LTV 76+

Total

Average LTV

Category: (1)

(Dollars in thousands)

One-to-four family

$

234,572

$

144,202

$

33,502

$

412,276

48.85

%

Church

1,398

-

-

1,398

48.06

Classic auto

2,864

7,210

11,955

22,029

70.01

Gas station

3,572

-

521

4,093

52.76

Hotel / motel

58,772

-

9,392

68,164

55.08

Marina

7,821

-

-

7,821

38.13

Mobile home park

19,905

5,465

-

25,370

31.54

Nursing home

12,883

-

-

12,883

20.90

Office

62,327

30,072

2,937

95,336

50.89

Other non-residential

6,496

4,777

-

11,273

50.91

Retail

75,839

40,870

-

116,709

50.76

Storage

25,997

11,296

-

37,293

55.97

Warehouse

15,418

1,941

-

17,359

50.83

(1) Represents select segments of loans that may include construction loans; classifications may differ from those used elsewhere in this report.

Delinquencies
As of April 24, 2020, there were 9 loans totaling $3.2 million that had not requested a deferral and were 10 or more days past due, including the $2.1 million multifamily loan currently in foreclosure disclosed earlier in this release.

First Financial Northwest, Inc. is the parent company of First Financial Northwest Bank; an FDIC insured Washington State-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Renton, Washington, serving the Puget Sound Region through 13 full-service banking offices. We are a part of the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index and the Russell 2000 Index. For additional information about us, please visit our website at ffnwb.com and click on the “Investor Relations” link at the bottom of the page.

Forward-looking statements:
When used in this press release and in other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in press releases or other public stockholder communications, or in oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer, the words or phrases “believe,” “will,” “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimate,” “project,” “plans,” or similar expressions are intended to identify “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead represent management's current expectations and forecasts regarding future events many of which are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. Actual results may differ, possibly materially from those currently expected or projected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, include, but are not limited to, the following: the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, including on our credit quality and business operations, as well as its impact on general economic and financial market conditions; increased competitive pressures; changes in the interest rate environment; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors described in the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission – that are available on our website at www.ffnwb.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 are based upon management's beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made and may turn out to be wrong because of the inaccurate assumptions we might make, because of the factors illustrated above or because of other factors that we cannot foresee. 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 made by, or on behalf of, us and could negatively affect our operating and stock performance.

For more information, contact:
Joseph W. Kiley III, President and Chief Executive Officer
Rich Jacobson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(425) 255-4400


FIRST FINANCIAL NORTHWEST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)

Assets

Mar 31, 2020

Dec 31, 2019

Mar 31, 2019

Three
Month Change

One Year Change

Cash on hand and in banks

$

6,453

$

10,094

$

9,366

(36.1

)%

(31.1

)%

Interest-earning deposits with banks

22,063

12,896

14,596

71.1

51.2

Investments available-for-sale, at fair value

132,159

136,601

138,658

(3.3

)

(4.7

)

Investments held-to-maturity

2,371

-

-

n/a

n/a

Loans receivable, net of allowance of $13,530, $13,218, and $13,808, respectively

1,092,128

1,108,462

1,051,711

(1.5

)

3.8

Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") stock, at cost

8,010

7,009

8,041

14.3

(0.4

)

Accrued interest receivable

4,302

4,138

4,861

4.0

(11.5

)

Deferred tax assets, net

2,227

1,501

1,728

48.4

28.9

Other real estate owned ("OREO")

454

454

454

0.0

0.0

Premises and equipment, net

22,591

22,466

21,370

0.6

5.7

Bank owned life insurance ("BOLI")

32,290

31,982

30,162

1.0

7.1

Prepaid expenses and other assets

1,898

2,216

3,217

(14.4

)

(41.0

)

Right of use asset ("ROU")

2,446

2,209

1,730

10.7

41.4

Goodwill

889

889

889

0.0

0.0

Core deposit intangible

932

968

1,079

(3.7

)

(13.6

)

Total assets

$

1,331,213

$

1,341,885

$

1,287,862

(0.8

)%

3.4

%

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Deposits

Noninterest-bearing deposits

$

53,519

$

52,849

$

46,026

1.3

%

16.3

%

Interest-bearing deposits

946,465

980,685

909,246

(3.5

)

4.1

Total Deposits

999,984

1,033,534

955,272

(3.2

)

4.7

Advances from the FHLB

160,000

137,700

163,500

16.2

(2.1

)

Advance payments from borrowers for taxes and insurance

4,960

2,921

5,374

69.8

(7.7

)

Lease liability

2,538

2,279

1,745

11.4

45.4

Accrued interest payable

236

285

478

(17.2

)

(50.6

)

Other liabilities

10,403

8,847

9,809

17.6

6.1

Total liabilities

1,178,121

1,185,566

1,136,178

(0.6

)%

3.7

%

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' Equity

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares; no shares issued or outstanding

$

-

$

-

$

-

n/a

n/a

Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 90,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 10,184,411 shares at March 31, 2020, 10,252,953 shares at December 31, 2019, and 10,457,625 at March 31, 2019

102

103

104

(1.0

)%

(1.9

)%

Additional paid-in capital

86,357

87,370

89,800

(1.2

)

(3.8

)

Retained earnings, substantially restricted

74,017

73,321

67,568

0.9

9.5

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax

(4,563

)

(1,371

)

(1,838

)

232.8

148.3

Unearned Employee Stock Ownership Plan ("ESOP") shares

(2,821

)

(3,104

)

(3,950

)

(9.1

)

(28.6

)

Total stockholders' equity

153,092

156,319

151,684

(2.1

)

0.9

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,331,213

$

1,341,885

$

1,287,862

(0.8

)%

3.4

%


FIRST FINANCIAL NORTHWEST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Income Statements
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)

Quarter Ended

Mar 31, 2020

Dec 31, 2019

Mar 31, 2019

Three Month Change

One Year Change

Interest income

Loans, including fees

$

13,474

$

13,852

$

13,281

(2.7

)%

1.5

%

Investments available-for-sale

919

995

1,159

(7.6

)

(20.7

)

Interest-earning deposits with banks

31

47

40

(34.0

)

(22.5

)

Dividends on FHLB Stock

76

72

91

5.6

(16.5

)

Total interest income

14,500

14,966

14,571

(3.1

)

(0.5

)

Interest expense

Deposits

4,366

4,807

3,822

(9.2

)

14.2

Other borrowings

470

461

897

2.0

(47.6

)

Total interest expense

4,836

5,268

4,719

(8.2

)

2.5

Net interest income

9,664

9,698

9,852

(0.4

)

(1.9

)

Provision for loan losses

300

-

400

n/a

(25.0

)

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

9,364

9,698

9,452

(3.4

)

(0.9

)

Noninterest income

Net gain (loss) on sale of investments

-

71

(8

)

(100.0

)

(100.0

)

BOLI

254

301

269

(15.6

)

(5.6

)

Wealth management revenue

165

177

196

(6.8

)

(15.8

)

Deposit related fees

176

178

171

(1.1

)

2.9

Loan related fees

392

782

63

(49.9

)

522.2

Other

3

14

9

(78.6

)

(66.7

)

Total noninterest income

990

1,523

700

(35.0

)

41.4

Noninterest expense

Salaries and employee benefits

5,212

5,048

5,000

3.2

4.2

Occupancy and equipment

1,071

1,024

866

4.6

23.7

Professional fees

430

428

496

0.5

(13.3

)

Data processing

694

638

518

8.8

34.0

OREO related expenses, net

1

1

31

0.0

(96.8

)

Regulatory assessments

144

21

137

585.7

5.1

Insurance and bond premiums

120

87

105

37.9

14.3

Marketing

64

59

86

8.5

(25.6

)

Other general and administrative

532

665

470

(20.0

)

13.2

Total noninterest expense

8,268

7,971

7,709

3.7

7.3

Income before federal income tax provision

2,086

3,250

2,443

(35.8

)

(14.6

)

Federal income tax provision

402

635

498

(36.7

)

(19.3

)

Net income

$

1,684

$

2,615

$

1,945

(35.6

)%

(13.4

)%

Basic earnings per share

$

0.17

$

0.26

$

0.19

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.17

$

0.26

$

0.19

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

9,896,234

9,934,768

10,118,286

Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding

9,978,060

10,032,979

10,220,900

The following table presents a breakdown of our loan portfolio (unaudited):

March 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

March 31, 2019

Amount

Percent

Amount

Percent

Amount

Percent

(Dollars in thousands)

Commercial real estate:

Residential:

Micro-unit apartments

$

11,230

1.0

%

$

13,809

1.2

%

$

14,008

1.3

%

Other multifamily

158,238

14.3

159,106

14.2

153,835

14.4

Total multifamily

169,468

15.3

172,915

15.4

167,843

15.7

Non-residential:

Office

95,911

8.7

100,744

9.0

99,639

9.3

Retail

122,460

11.1

133,094

11.8

146,864

13.8

Mobile home park

25,370

2.3

26,099

2.3

15,697

1.5

Hotel/motel

52,515

4.7

42,971

3.8

27,882

2.6

Nursing home

11,783

1.1

11,831

1.1

16,243

1.5

Warehouse

17,489

1.6

17,595

1.6

18,274

1.7

Storage

34,551

3.1

37,190

3.3

36,283

3.4

Other non-residential

25,831

2.3

25,628

2.3

23,804

2.2

Total non-residential

385,910

34.9

395,152

35.2

384,686

36.0

Construction/land:

One-to-four family residential

43,279

3.9

44,491

4.0

47,661

4.5

Multifamily

35,201

3.2

40,954

3.6

47,006

4.4

Commercial

22,946

2.1

19,550

1.7

12,878

1.2

Land development

5,975

0.5

8,670

0.8

6,965

0.7

Total construction/land

107,401

9.7

113,665

10.1

114,510

10.8

One-to-four family residential:

Permanent owner occupied

203,045

18.4

210,898

18.8

194,648

18.3

Permanent non-owner occupied

168,208

15.2

161,630

14.4

156,684

14.7

Total one-to-four family residential

371,253

33.6

372,528

33.2

351,332

33.0

Business

Aircraft

13,741

1.2

14,012

1.3

11,860

1.1

Small Business Administration (“SBA”)

753

0.1

362

0.0

-

0.0

Other business

20,208

1.8

23,405

2.1

21,653

2.0

Total business

34,702

3.1

37,779

3.4

33,513

3.1

Consumer

Classic auto

22,029

2.0

18,454

1.7

-

0.0

Other consumer

15,196

1.4

11,745

1.0

14,336

1.4

Total consumer

37,225

3.4

30,199

2.7

14,336

1.4

Total loans

1,105,959

100.0

%

1,122,238

100.0

%

1,066,220

100.0

%

Less:

Deferred loan fees, net

301

558

701

ALLL

13,530

13,218

13,808

Loans receivable, net

$

1,092,128

$

1,108,462

$

1,051,711

Concentrations of credit: (1)

Construction loans as % of total capital

77.6

%

81.9

%

87.5

%

Total non-owner occupied commercial
real estate as % of total capital

437.7

%

449.7

%

460.9

%

(1) Concentrations of credit percentages are for First Financial Northwest Bank only using classifications in accordance with FDIC regulatory guidelines.

FIRST FINANCIAL NORTHWEST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Key Financial Measures

At or For the Quarter End

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

2020

2019

2019

2019

2019

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Performance Ratios: (1)

Return on assets

0.51

%

0.79

%

0.75

%

1.04

%

0.63

%

Return on equity

4.30

6.64

6.41

8.70

5.16

Dividend payout ratio

58.82

34.62

36.00

27.27

42.11

Equity-to-assets ratio

11.50

11.65

11.85

11.86

11.78

Tangible equity ratio (2)

11.38

11.53

11.73

11.72

11.64

Net interest margin

3.11

3.09

3.07

3.23

3.37

Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities

113.78

113.50

113.17

113.23

113.87

Efficiency ratio

77.60

71.04

69.73

68.80

73.06

Noninterest expense as a percent of average total assets

2.51

2.40

2.24

2.28

2.48

Book value per common share

$

15.03

$

15.25

$

15.06

$

14.83

$

14.50

Tangible book value per share (2)

14.85

15.07

14.88

14.64

14.32

Capital Ratios: (3)

Tier 1 leverage ratio

10.25

%

10.27

%

10.13

%

10.34

%

10.28

%

Common equity tier 1 capital ratio

13.42

13.13

13.14

13.46

13.13

Tier 1 capital ratio

13.42

13.13

13.14

13.46

13.13

Total capital ratio

14.67

14.38

14.39

14.71

14.38

Asset Quality Ratios:

Nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans

0.20

%

0.01

%

0.01

%

0.01

%

0.01

%

Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets

0.20

0.04

0.05

0.05

0.05

ALLL as a percent of total loans

1.22

1.18

1.20

1.22

1.30

Net (recoveries) charge-offs to average loans receivable, net

(0.00

)

(0.01

)

(0.00

)

(0.00

)

(0.01

)

Allowance for Loan Losses:

ALLL, beginning of the quarter

$

13,218

$

13,161

$

13,057

$

13,808

$

13,347

Provision (Recapture of provision)

300

-

100

(800

)

400

Charge-offs

-

-

-

-

-

Recoveries

12

57

4

49

61

ALLL, end of the quarter

$

13,530

$

13,218

$

13,161

$

13,057

$

13,808

(1) Performance ratios are calculated on an annualized basis.
(2) Tangible equity ratio and tangible book value per share are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to page 15 for reconciliation between the GAAP and non‑GAAP financial measures.
(3) Capital ratios are for First Financial Northwest Bank only.

FIRST FINANCIAL NORTHWEST, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Key Financial Measures (continued)

At or For the Quarter Ended

Mar 31,

Dec 31,

Sep 30,

Jun 30,

Mar 31,

2020

2019

2019

2019

2019

Yields and Costs:

Yield on loans

4.94

%

5.05

%

5.14

%

5.19

%

5.22

%

Yield on investments available-for-sale

2.72

2.85

3.02

3.21

3.35

Yield on interest-earning deposits

1.18

1.61

2.24

2.33

2.50

Yield on FHLB stock

4.62

4.84

6.81

5.58

4.68

Yield on interest-earning assets

4.67

%

4.78

%

4.84

%

4.94

%

4.98

%

Cost of interest-bearing deposits

1.81

%

1.94

%

2.00

%

1.89

%

1.76

%

Cost of other borrowings

1.48

1.66

2.02

2.28

2.26

Cost of interest-bearing liabilities

1.77

%

1.91

%

2.00

%

1.94

%

1.84

%

Cost of total deposits

1.72

%

1.84

%

1.91

%

1.80

%

1.67

%

Cost of funds

1.69

1.82

1.92

1.86

1.76

Average Balances:

Loans

$

1,096,091

$

1,087,558

$

1,073,283

$

1,051,894

$

1,031,994

Investments available-for-sale

135,765

138,331

140,031

138,634

140,433

Interest-earning deposits

10,555

11,572

27,992

8,275

6,484

FHLB stock

6,615

5,897

5,649

7,337

7,888

Total interest-earning assets

$

1,249,026

$

1,243,358

$

1,246,955

$

1,206,140

$

1,186,799

Interest-bearing deposits

$

970,062

$

985,532

$

998,123

$

919,306

$

881,260

Borrowings

127,707

109,895

103,707

145,895

160,950

Total interest-bearing liabilities

$

1,097,769

$

1,095,427

$

1,101,830

$

1,065,201

$

1,042,210

Noninterest-bearing deposits

53,199

50,951

47,613

48,137

47,002

Total deposits and borrowings

$

1,150,968

$

1,146,378

$

1,149,443

$

1,113,338

$

1,089,212

Average assets

$

1,324,845

$

1,317,586

$

1,319,777

$

1,279,880

$

1,258,902

Average stockholders' equity

157,492

156,147

155,057

152,267

152,850

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles utilized in the United States ("GAAP"), this earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures of the tangible equity ratio and tangible book value per share. The Company's intangible assets consist of goodwill and core deposit intangible. Tangible equity is calculated by subtracting intangible assets from total stockholders’ equity. Tangible assets are calculated by subtracting intangible assets from total assets. The tangible equity ratio is tangible equity divided by tangible assets. Tangible book value per share is calculated by dividing tangible equity by the number of common shares outstanding. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide a more consistent presentation of its capital and facilitate peer comparison that is desired by investors.

Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations, are not required to be uniformly applied and are not audited. They should not be considered in isolation and are not a substitute for other measures in this earnings release that are presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The following table provides a reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP measures:

Mar 31, 2020

Dec 31, 2019

Sep 30, 2019

Jun 30, 2019

Mar 31, 2019

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Total stockholders' equity (GAAP)

$

153,092

$

156,319

$

155,102

$

153,828

$

151,684

Less:

Goodwill

889

889

889

889

889

Core deposit intangible

932

968

1,005

1,042

1,079

Tangible equity (Non-GAAP)

$

151,271

$

154,462

$

153,208

$

151,897

$

149,716

Total assets (GAAP)

1,331,213

1,341,885

1,308,359

1,297,561

1,287,862

Less:

Goodwill

889

889

889

889

889

Core deposit intangible

932

968

1,005

1,042

1,079

Tangible assets (Non-GAAP)

$

1,329,392

$

1,340,028

$

1,306,465

$

1,295,630

$

1,285,894

Common shares outstanding at period end

10,184,411

10,252,953

10,296,053

10,375,325

10,457,625

Equity to assets ratio

11.50

%

11.65

%

11.85

%

11.86

%

11.78

%

Tangible equity ratio

11.38

11.53

11.73

11.72

11.64

Book value per share

$

15.03

$

15.25

$

15.06

$

14.83

$

14.50

Tangible book value per share

14.85

15.07

14.88

14.64

14.32