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First Western Reports Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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Fourth Quarter 2021 Summary

  • Completed acquisition of Teton Financial Services on December 31, 2021

  • Total assets of $2.53 billion in Q4 2021, up 21.7% from Q3 2021 and up 28.1% from Q4 2020

  • Quarter-over-quarter growth in total loans held for investment of $350.8 million, increase of $252.3 million contributed through acquisition, $98.5 remaining net loan growth

  • Tangible book value per common share(1) increased 5.4% from $18.85 as of Q3 2021 to $19.87 as of Q4 2021, and was up 20.9% from $16.44 as of Q4 2020

  • Net income available to common shareholders of $1.9 million in Q4 2021, compared to $6.4 million in Q3 2021 and $4.9 million in Q4 2020

  • Diluted EPS of $0.23 in Q4 2021, compared to $0.78 in Q3 2021 and $0.61 in Q4 2020

  • Excluding $3.7 million in acquisition-related expense, adjusted net income available to common shareholders(1) of $4.8 million, or $0.57 per diluted share(1), in Q4 2021

  • Gross revenue(1) of $23.4 million in Q4 2021, compared to $25.3 million in Q3 2021 and $23.4 million in Q4 2020

(1) Represents a Non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures” for a reconciliation of our Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

DENVER, Jan. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Western Financial, Inc., (“First Western” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MYFW), today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2021.

Net income available to common shareholders was $1.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2021, which included $3.7 million in acquisition-related expenses with a $0.8 million tax impact that impacted diluted earnings per share by $0.34. This compares to $6.4 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2021, and $4.9 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Scott C. Wylie, CEO of First Western, commented, “We continued to generate exceptional organic balance sheet growth in the fourth quarter driven by the strong commercial banking platform that we have built over the past two years and the growing contribution of new offices and bankers we have added. We had a record quarter of loan production, which resulted in increases in most of our portfolios. Our strong loan growth enabled us to begin redeploying our excess liquidity into higher yielding earning assets.

“We are very pleased that we were able to complete our acquisition of Teton Financial Services in just over five months after announcing the transaction. At the time of the deal announcement, we expected a tangible book value dilution earn back period of approximately half a year. In fact, upon closing, the transaction was immediately accretive to tangible book value, further enhancing the attractive economics of this acquisition.

“We believe we are well positioned to deliver a strong year of balance sheet and earnings growth in 2022. Given the economic strength of our markets, improving loan demand, and the productivity of our commercial banking group, we expect to deliver another year of strong organic loan growth. We will also benefit from the accretive impact of the Teton acquisition as we fully realize the cost savings from the transaction over the course of the year. As we continue to scale the business, we believe that we will drive improved efficiencies and a higher level of earnings, while also investing to support future growth through the addition of new banking talent, opening new offices in attractive markets, and continuing to execute on accretive M&A transactions that can further enhance the value of our franchise,” said Mr. Wylie.

As previously announced, the Company acquired Teton Financial Services and its wholly owned subsidiary, Rocky Mountain Bank, effective December 31, 2021. The fair value of assets acquired was $431.9 million, which included $252.3 million in loans, $6.6 million in goodwill, and $1.3 million in core deposit intangibles. The fair value of total liabilities assumed was $380.5 million, which included $379.2 million in deposits. The reported results include provisional estimates of the accounting for the acquisition of Teton which are subject to revision in future periods when the application of purchase accounting is finalized.

For the Three Months Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

2021

2021

2020

Earnings Summary

Net interest income

$

14,387

$

14,846

$

13,457

Less: provision for loan losses

812

406

695

Total non-interest income

9,542

10,495

9,954

Total non-interest expense

20,530

16,469

15,614

Income before income taxes

2,587

8,466

7,102

Income tax expense

670

2,049

2,228

Net income available to common shareholders

1,917

6,417

4,874

Adjusted net income available to common shareholders(1)

4,776

6,669

4,979

Basic earnings per common share

0.24

0.80

0.61

Adjusted basic earnings per common share(1)

0.59

0.84

0.63

Diluted earnings per common share

0.23

0.78

0.61

Adjusted diluted earnings per common share(1)

0.57

0.81

0.62

Return on average assets (annualized)

0.37

%

1.27

%

0.99

%

Adjusted return on average assets (annualized)(1)

0.91

1.32

1.01

Return on average shareholders' equity (annualized)

4.28

14.88

12.62

Adjusted return on average shareholders' equity (annualized)(1)

10.66

15.46

12.90

Return on tangible common equity (annualized)(1)

4.10

17.01

14.92

Adjusted return on tangible common equity (annualized)(1)

10.21

17.68

15.24

Net interest margin

2.92

3.14

3.07

Efficiency ratio(1)

71.80

63.66

65.96

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1) Represents a Non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures” for a reconciliation of our Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Operating Results for the Fourth Quarter 2021

Revenue

Gross revenue (1) was $23.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, a decrease of 7.5% from $25.3 million for the third quarter of 2021, due primarily to a $2.0 million decrease in net gain on mortgage loans. Relative to the fourth quarter of 2020, gross revenue remained flat with a small increase of 0.1%.

(1) Represents a Non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures” for a reconciliation of our Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $14.4 million, a decrease of 3.1% from $14.8 million in the third quarter of 2021. The decrease in net interest income was driven by a $0.4 million reduction in PPP fee income, a $0.4 million reduction in accretion income on acquired loans, off-set by an increase in net interest income due primarily to the increase in average interest-earning assets.

Relative to the fourth quarter of 2020, net interest income increased 6.9% from $13.5 million. The year-over-year increase in net interest income was due primarily to the increase in average interest-earning assets driven by a $131.0 million increase in loans and a $83.7 million increase in interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions.

Net Interest Margin

Net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2021 decreased to 2.92% from 3.14% in the third quarter of 2021, primarily due to three factors that positively impacted the third quarter margin. The third quarter of 2021 had higher PPP fee income by $0.4 million, higher accretion income on acquired loans by $0.4 million, and higher interest recovery of non-performing loans by $0.2 million. These items positively impacted net interest margin by 22 bps in the third quarter of 2021, compared to a positive impact of 3 bps in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased slightly to 0.27% in the fourth quarter of 2021, from 0.29% in the third quarter of 2021 and the yield on interest-earning assets decreased to 3.20% in the fourth quarter of 2021, from 3.42% in the third quarter of 2021. The decrease during the period was primarily due to the reduction in interest income caused by lower yields and higher liquidity.

Relative to the fourth quarter of 2020, the net interest margin decreased from 3.07%, primarily due to higher accretion income on acquired loans of $0.7 million and PPP fee income of $0.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. These items positively impacted net interest margin by 25 bps in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Non-interest Income

Non-interest income for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $9.5 million, a decrease of 9.1% from $10.5 million in the third quarter of 2021. This was primarily due to a $2.0 million decrease in gain on mortgage loans, partially offset by a $0.5 million net gain on equity interests recognized in the fourth quarter and a $0.4 million increase in risk management and insurance fees.

Relative to the fourth quarter of 2020, non-interest income decreased 4.1% from $10.0 million. The decrease was primarily due to lower mortgage segment activity, partially offset by higher trust and investment management fees.

Non-interest Expense

Non-interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $20.5 million, an increase of 24.7% from the third quarter of 2021 at $16.5 million. This was primarily due to $3.7 million in acquisition-related costs incurred as a result of the Teton acquisition. The remaining increase is primarily due to increased salaries and employee benefits primarily relating to an increased bonus accrual commensurate with the increased production and revenues in the wealth management segment.

The impact of the mergers and acquisition activity is as follows:

As of or for the Three Months Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

2021

2021

2020(2)

Adjusted Net Income Available to Common Shareholders(1)

Net income available to common shareholders

$

1,917

$

6,417

$

4,874

Plus: acquisition related expenses

Salaries and employee benefits

547

10

Occupancy and equipment

108

Professional services

713

332

26

Data processing

2,428

9

Other

8

Less: income tax impact

837

80

48

Adjusted net income available to shareholders(1)

$

4,776

$

6,669

$

4,979

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share(1)

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.23

$

0.78

$

0.61

Plus: acquisition related expenses net of income tax impact

0.34

0.03

0.01

Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1)

$

0.57

$

0.81

$

0.62

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(1)
Represents a Non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures” for a reconciliation of our Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
(2) Merger and acquisition expenses in Q4 2020 relate to the Simmons branch acquisition

Relative to the fourth quarter of 2020, non-interest expense increased by 31.5% from $15.6 million. Excluding the $3.7 million in acquisition costs recognized during the fourth quarter of 2021, non-interest expense increased by 7.8%. The increase is primarily due to increased salaries and employee benefits primarily relating to an increased commission and bonus accruals commensurate with the increased production and revenues in the wealth management segment.

The Company’s efficiency ratio(1) was 71.8% in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared with 63.7% in the third quarter of 2021 and 66.0% in the fourth quarter of 2020.

(1) Represents a Non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures” for a reconciliation of our Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Income Taxes

The Company recorded income tax expense of $0.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, representing an effective tax rate of 25.9%, compared to 24.2% for the third quarter of 2021. The increase in effective tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2021 was primarily attributable to accrued acquisition costs as of December 31, 2021.

Loans

Total loans held for investment were $1.95 billion as of December 31, 2021, an increase of 21.9% from $1.60 billion as of September 30, 2021, and an increase of 27.4% from $1.53 billion as of December 31, 2020. The increase in total loans held for investment from September 30, 2021 was attributable to the Teton acquisition, which increased our total loan portfolio by $252.3 million, and remaining net loan growth of $98.5 million. The increase in total loans held for investment from December 31, 2020 was attributable to the Teton acquisition and remaining net loan growth of $167.7 million. Excluding PPP loans and acquired loans, total loans held for investment were $1.55 billion as of December 31, 2021, an increase of $129.4 million, or 9.1%, from the end of the prior quarter and an increase of $276.5 million, or 21.7%, from December 31, 2020.

PPP loans were $46.8 million as of December 31, 2021, a net decrease of 24.4% from $61.9 million as of September 30, 2021 and 67.2% from $142.9 million as of December 30, 2020, which includes the addition of $6.7 million in PPP loans acquired from Teton Financial Services. As of December 31, 2021, there were $0.7 million remaining in net fees to be recognized upon forgiveness or repayment of PPP loans.

Deposits

Total deposits were $2.21 billion as of December 31, 2021, compared to $1.78 billion as of September 30, 2021, and $1.62 billion as of December 31, 2020. The increase in total deposits from September 30, 2021 was related to $379.2 million in deposits added through the Teton acquisition and $44.2 million in remaining net growth. The increase in total deposits from December 31, 2020 was related to the deposits added through the Teton acquisition and $206.6 million in remaining net growth.

Average total deposits for the fourth quarter of 2021 increased $81.7 million, or 19.0% annualized, from the third quarter of 2021 and increased $227.2 million, or 14.4%, from the fourth quarter of 2020. The quarter-over-quarter increase in average deposits was primarily attributable to organic growth in non-interest bearing and interest checking accounts. The year-over-year increase in average deposits was primarily attributable to organic growth in non-interest bearing and money market accounts.

Borrowings

Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) and Federal Reserve borrowings were $38.6 million as of December 31, 2021, a decrease of $19.9 million from $58.6 million as of September 30, 2021, and a decrease of $110.9 million from $149.6 million as of December 31, 2020. The decrease from December 31, 2020 and from September 30, 2021 is attributable to the participation in the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Facility (“PPPLF”) from the Federal Reserve. Borrowing from this facility is expected to trend in the same direction as the balances of the PPP loans and the resulting net decrease in PPP loans drove the decrease to the PPPLF balance. As of December 31, 2021, the PPPLF had advances of $23.6 million compared to PPP loan balance of $46.8 million.

Assets Under Management

Total assets under management (“AUM”) increased by $445.9 million during the fourth quarter to $7.35 billion as of December 31, 2021, compared to $6.91 billion as of September 30, 2021, and $6.26 billion as of December 31, 2020. The increase was primarily attributable to the Teton Financial Services acquisition and improving market conditions resulting in an increase in the value of assets under management balances, as well as contributions to existing accounts and new accounts.

Credit Quality

Non-performing assets totaled $4.3 million, or 0.17% of total assets, as of December 31, 2021, compared to $4.4 million, or 0.21% of total assets, as of September 30, 2021 and $4.3 million, or 0.22% of total assets, as of December 31, 2020. The decrease in non-performing assets from the prior quarter was primarily due to continued pay downs of non-performing loan balances.

The Company recorded a provision of $0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to a provision of $0.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2021. The provision recorded in the fourth quarter represented general provisioning consistent with growth of the loan portfolio and the resulting allowance for loan loss is representative of continued strong credit quality in the portfolio.

Capital

As of December 31, 2021, First Western (“Consolidated”) and First Western Trust Bank (“Bank”) exceeded the minimum capital levels required by their respective regulators. As of December 31, 2021, the Bank was classified as “well capitalized,” as summarized in the following table:

December 31,

2021

Consolidated Capital

Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets

10.54

%

Common Equity Tier 1 ("CET1") to risk-weighted assets

10.54

Total capital to risk-weighted assets

13.54

Tier 1 capital to average assets

9.31

Bank Capital

Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets

11.40

CET1 to risk-weighted assets

11.40

Total capital to risk-weighted assets

12.19

Tier 1 capital to average assets

10.05

Book value per common share increased 6.3% from $21.88 as of September 30, 2021 to $23.25 as of December 31, 2021, and was up 19.3% from $19.49 as of December 31, 2020.

Tangible book value per common share (1) increased 5.4% from $18.85 as of September 30, 2021 to $19.87 as of December 31, 2021, and was up 20.9% from $16.44 as of December 31, 2020.

The Company did not repurchase any shares of its common stock prior to the expiration of the stock repurchase program in the fourth quarter of 2021.

(1) Represents a Non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures” for a reconciliation of our Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Conference Call, Webcast and Slide Presentation

The Company will host a conference call and webcast at 10:00 a.m. MT/ 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 28, 2022. The call can be accessed via telephone at 877-405-1628. A recorded replay will be accessible through February 4, 2022 by dialing 855-859-2056; passcode 3639994.

A slide presentation relating to the fourth quarter 2021 results will be accessible prior to the scheduled conference call. The slide presentation and webcast of the conference call can be accessed on the Events and Presentations page of the Company’s investor relations website at https://myfw.gcs-web.com.

About First Western

First Western is a financial services holding company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with operations in Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming and California. First Western and its subsidiaries provide a fully integrated suite of wealth management services on a private trust bank platform, which includes a comprehensive selection of deposit, loan, trust, wealth planning and investment management products and services. First Western’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “MYFW.” For more information, please visit www.myfw.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Some of the financial measures included in this press release are not measures of financial performance recognized in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). These non-GAAP financial measures include “Tangible Common Equity,” “Tangible Common Book Value per Share,” “Return on Tangible Common Equity,” “Efficiency Ratio,” “Gross Revenue,” “Allowance for Loan Losses to Bank Originated Loans Excluding PPP,” “Adjusted Net Income Available to Common Shareholders,” “Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Share,” “Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share,” “Adjusted Return on Average Assets,” “Adjusted Return on Average Shareholders’ Equity,” and “Adjusted Return on Tangible Common Equity”. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide both management and investors a more complete understanding of the Company’s financial position and performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and are not a substitute for any analysis based on GAAP financial measures. Not all companies use the same calculation of these measures; therefore, this presentation may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures as presented by other companies. Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures, to GAAP financial measures are provided at the end of this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this news release regarding our expectations and beliefs about our future financial performance and financial condition, as well as trends in our business and markets are “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “project,” “outlook,” or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “opportunity,” “could,” or “may.” The forward-looking statements in this news release are based on current information and on assumptions that we make about future events and circumstances that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that are often difficult to predict and beyond our control. As a result of those risks and uncertainties, our actual financial results in the future could differ, possibly materially, from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release and could cause us to make changes to our future plans. Those risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects; integration risks in connection with acquisitions; the risk of geographic concentration in Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming and California; the risk of changes in the economy affecting real estate values and liquidity; the risk in our ability to continue to originate residential real estate loans and sell such loans; risks specific to commercial loans and borrowers; the risk of claims and litigation pertaining to our fiduciary responsibilities; the risk of competition for investment managers and professionals; the risk of fluctuation in the value of our investment securities; the risk of changes in interest rates; and the risk of the adequacy of our allowance for loan losses and the risk in our ability to maintain a strong core deposit base or other low-cost funding sources. Additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties to which our business and future financial performance are subject is contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 12, 2021 (“Form 10-K”), and other documents we file with the SEC from time to time. We urge readers of this news release to review the “Risk Factors” section our Form 10-K and any updates to those risk factors set forth in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and our other filings with the SEC. Also, our actual financial results in the future may differ from those currently expected due to additional risks and uncertainties of which we are not currently aware or which we do not currently view as, but in the future may become, material to our business or operating results. Due to these and other possible uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, which speak only as of today’s date, or to make predictions based solely on historical financial performance. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

Contacts:
Financial Profiles, Inc.
Tony Rossi
310-622-8221
MYFW@finprofiles.com
IR@myfw.com


First Western Financial, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Summary (unaudited)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

2021

2021

2020

Interest and dividend income:

Loans, including fees

$

15,398

$

15,861

$

14,656

Investment securities

225

180

186

Interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions

109

105

100

Total interest and dividend income

15,732

16,146

14,942

Interest expense:

Deposits

813

829

1,015

Other borrowed funds

532

471

470

Total interest expense

1,345

1,300

1,485

Net interest income

14,387

14,846

13,457

Less: provision for loan losses

812

406

695

Net interest income, after provision for loan losses

13,575

14,440

12,762

Non-interest income:

Trust and investment management fees

5,197

5,167

4,868

Net gain on mortgage loans

2,470

4,480

4,318

Bank fees

622

458

391

Risk management and insurance fees

676

300

287

Income on company-owned life insurance

88

90

90

Net gain on equity interests

489

Total non-interest income

9,542

10,495

9,954

Total income before non-interest expense

23,117

24,935

22,716

Non-interest expense:

Salaries and employee benefits

11,013

10,229

9,401

Occupancy and equipment

1,588

1,550

1,435

Professional services

2,164

1,660

1,493

Technology and information systems

916

945

1,041

Data processing

3,307

912

1,078

Marketing

497

397

415

Amortization of other intangible assets

4

5

4

Provision on other real estate owned

76

Other

1,041

771

671

Total non-interest expense

20,530

16,469

15,614

Income before income taxes

2,587

8,466

7,102

Income tax expense

670

2,049

2,228

Net income available to common shareholders

$

1,917

$

6,417

$

4,874

Earnings per common share:

Basic

$

0.24

$

0.80

$

0.61

Diluted

0.23

0.78

0.61

First Western Financial, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Summary (unaudited)

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands)

2021

2021

2020

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents:

Cash and due from banks

$

6,487

$

2,829

$

2,405

Federal funds sold

1,491

Interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions

379,005

307,406

153,584

Total cash and cash equivalents

386,983

310,235

155,989

Available-for-sale securities, at fair value

56,211

32,233

36,666

Correspondent bank stock, at cost

2,584

1,772

2,552

Mortgage loans held for sale

30,620

51,309

161,843

Loans, net of allowance of $13,732, $12,964 and $12,539

1,935,405

1,590,086

1,520,294

Premises and equipment, net

23,976

6,344

5,320

Accrued interest receivable

7,151

6,306

6,618

Accounts receivable

5,267

5,500

4,865

Other receivables

1,949

1,553

1,422

Other real estate owned, net

194

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

31,902

24,246

24,258

Deferred tax assets, net

6,845

5,926

6,056

Company-owned life insurance

15,803

15,715

15,449

Other assets

22,678

25,047

32,129

Assets held for sale

115

Total assets

$

2,527,489

$

2,076,272

$

1,973,655

LIABILITIES

Deposits:

Noninterest-bearing

$

636,304

$

596,635

$

481,457

Interest-bearing

1,569,399

1,185,664

1,138,453

Total deposits

2,205,703

1,782,299

1,619,910

Borrowings:

FHLB and Federal Reserve borrowings

38,629

58,564

149,563

Subordinated notes

39,031

39,010

24,291

Accrued interest payable

355

357

453

Other liabilities

24,730

20,913

24,476

Total liabilities

2,308,448

1,901,143

1,818,693

SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Total shareholders’ equity

219,041

175,129

154,962

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

2,527,489

$

2,076,272

$

1,973,655

First Western Financial, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Summary (unaudited)

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands)

2021

2021

2020

Loan Portfolio

Cash, Securities and Other(1)

$

295,948

$

293,837

$

357,020

Construction and Development

178,716

132,141

131,111

1-4 Family Residential

580,872

502,439

455,038

Non-Owner Occupied CRE

482,622

358,369

281,943

Owner Occupied CRE

212,426

167,638

163,042

Commercial and Industrial

203,584

148,959

146,031

Total loans held for investment

1,954,168

1,603,383

1,534,185

Deferred (fees) costs and unamortized premiums/(unaccreted discounts), net

(5,031

)

(333

)

(1,352

)

Gross loans

$

1,949,137

$

1,603,050

$

1,532,833

Mortgage loans held for sale

$

30,620

$

51,309

$

161,843

Deposit Portfolio

Money market deposit accounts

$

1,056,669

$

905,196

$

847,430

Time deposits

170,491

137,015

172,682

Negotiable order of withdrawal accounts

309,940

137,833

113,052

Savings accounts

32,299

5,620

5,289

Total interest-bearing deposits

1,569,399

1,185,664

1,138,453

Noninterest-bearing accounts

636,304

596,635

481,457

Total deposits

$

2,205,703

$

1,782,299

$

1,619,910

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(1)
Includes PPP loans of $46.8 million as of December 31, 2021, $61.9 million as of September 30, 2021, and $142.9 million as of December 31, 2020.

First Western Financial, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Summary (unaudited) (continued)

As of or for the Three Months Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands)

2021

2021

2020

Average Balance Sheets

Assets

Interest-earning assets:

Interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions

$

277,915

$

266,614

$

194,179

Federal funds sold

1,491

Available-for-sale securities

36,001

29,130

37,512

Loans

1,653,919

1,592,800

1,522,947

Interest-earning assets

1,969,326

1,888,544

1,754,638

Mortgage loans held for sale

39,112

54,717

120,554

Total interest-earning assets, plus mortgage loans held for sale

2,008,438

1,943,261

1,875,192

Allowance for loan losses

(13,224

)

(12,740

)

(12,077

)

Noninterest-earning assets

96,333

92,901

103,961

Total assets

$

2,091,547

$

2,023,422

$

1,967,076

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

Interest-bearing liabilities:

Interest-bearing deposits

$

1,195,986

$

1,160,433

$

1,094,317

FHLB and Federal Reserve borrowings

49,115

81,307

192,448

Subordinated notes

39,017

29,236

18,443

Total interest-bearing liabilities

1,284,118

1,270,976

1,305,208

Noninterest-bearing liabilities:

Noninterest-bearing deposits

608,693

562,569

483,115

Other liabilities

19,566

17,359

24,311

Total noninterest-bearing liabilities

628,259

579,928

507,426

Total shareholders’ equity

179,170

172,518

154,442

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

2,091,547

$

2,023,422

$

1,967,076

Yields/Cost of funds (annualized)

Interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions

0.16

%

0.16

%

0.21

%

Available-for-sale securities

2.50

2.47

1.98

Loans

3.72

3.98

3.85

Interest-earning assets

3.20

3.42

3.41

Mortgage loans held for sale

3.14

2.97

2.88

Total interest-earning assets, plus mortgage loans held for sale

3.19

3.41

3.37

Interest-bearing deposits

0.27

0.29

0.37

FHLB and Federal Reserve borrowings

0.45

0.40

0.42

Subordinated notes

4.89

5.32

5.86

Total interest-bearing liabilities

0.42

0.41

0.46

Net interest margin

2.92

3.14

3.07

Net interest rate spread

2.78

3.01

2.95

First Western Financial, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Summary (unaudited) (continued)

As of or for the Three Months Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

2021

2021

2020

Asset Quality

Non-performing loans

$

4,327

$

4,358

$

4,058

Non-performing assets

4,327

4,358

4,252

Net charge-offs/(recoveries)

44

(6

)

1

Non-performing loans to total loans

0.22

%

0.27

%

0.26

%

Non-performing assets to total assets

0.17

0.21

0.22

Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans

317.36

297.48

308.99

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

0.70

0.81

0.82

Allowance for loan losses to bank originated loans excluding PPP(1)

0.88

0.91

0.98

Net charge-offs to average loans(2)

0.00

0.00

0.00

Assets Under Management

$

7,351,840

$

6,905,935

$

6,255,336

Market Data

Book value per share at period end

$

23.25

$

21.88

$

19.49

Tangible book value per common share(1)

19.87

18.85

16.44

Weighted average outstanding shares, basic

8,043,469

7,979,869

7,930,854

Weighted average outstanding shares, diluted

8,370,998

8,246,353

8,015,780

Shares outstanding at period end

9,419,271

8,002,874

7,951,773

Consolidated Capital

Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets

10.54

%

10.66

%

9.96

%

CET1 to risk-weighted assets

10.54

10.66

9.96

Total capital to risk-weighted assets

13.54

14.37

12.80

Tier 1 capital to average assets

9.31

7.86

7.45

Bank Capital

Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets

11.40

%

11.02

%

10.22

%

CET1 to risk-weighted assets

11.40

11.02

10.22

Total capital to risk-weighted assets

12.19

11.96

11.20

Tier 1 capital to average assets

10.05

8.11

7.62

__________________
(1)
Represents a Non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures” for a reconciliation of our Non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
(2) Value results in an immaterial amount.

First Western Financial, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Summary (unaudited) (continued)

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

As of or for the Three Months Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

2021

2021

2020

Tangible Common

Total shareholders' equity

$

219,041

$

175,129

$

154,962

Less: goodwill and other intangibles, net

31,902

24,246

24,258

Tangible common equity

$

187,139

$

150,883

$

130,704

Common shares outstanding, end of period

9,419,271

8,002,874

7,951,773

Tangible common book value per share

$

19.87

$

18.85

$

16.44

Net income available to common shareholders

$

1,917

$

6,417

$

4,874

Return on tangible common equity (annualized)

4.10

%

17.01

%

14.92

%

Efficiency

Non-interest expense

$

20,530

$

16,469

$

15,614

Less: amortization

4

5

4

Less: acquisition related expenses

3,696

332

153

Less: provision on other real estate owned

76

Plus: gain on sale of LA fixed income team

(62

)

Adjusted non-interest expense

$

16,830

$

16,132

$

15,443

Net interest income

$

14,387

$

14,846

$

13,457

Non-interest income

9,542

10,495

9,954

Less: net gain on equity interests

489

Total income

$

23,440

$

25,341

$

23,411

Efficiency ratio

71.80

%

63.66

%

65.96

%

Gross Revenue

Total income before non-interest expense

$

23,117

$

24,935

$

22,716

Less: net gain on equity interests

489

Plus: provision for loan losses

812

406

695

Gross revenue

$

23,440

$

25,341

$

23,411

Allowance to Bank Originated Loans Excluding PPP

Total loans held for investment

$

1,954,168

$

1,603,383

$

1,534,185

Less: loans acquired

360,661

117,465

127,233

Less: bank originated PPP loans

40,062

61,838

130,019

Bank originated loans excluding PPP

$

1,553,445

$

1,424,080

$

1,276,933

Allowance for loan losses

$

13,732

$

12,964

$

12,539

Allowance for loan losses to bank originated loans excluding PPP

0.88

%

0.91

%

0.98

%

__________________
(1)
Represents only the intangible portion of Assets held for sale.

First Western Financial, Inc.
Consolidated Financial Summary (unaudited) (continued)

As of or for the Three Months Ended

December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

2021

2021

2020

Adjusted Net Income Available to Common Shareholders

Net income available to common shareholders

$

1,917

$

6,417

$

4,874

Plus: acquisition related expenses

3,696

332

153

Less: income tax impact

837

80

48

Adjusted net income available to shareholders

$

4,776

$

6,669

$

4,979

Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Share

Basic earnings per share

$

0.24

$

0.80

$

0.61

Plus: acquisition related expenses net of income tax impact

0.35

0.04

0.02

Adjusted basic earnings per share

$

0.59

$

0.84

$

0.63

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.23

$

0.78

$

0.61

Plus: acquisition related expenses net of income tax impact

0.34

0.03

0.01

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.57

$

0.81

$

0.62

Adjusted Return on Average Assets (annualized)

Return on average assets

0.37

%

1.27

%

0.99

%

Plus: acquisition related expenses net of income tax impact

0.54

0.05

0.02

Adjusted return on average assets

0.91

%

1.32

%

1.01

%

Adjusted Return on Average Shareholders' Equity (annualized)

Return on average shareholders' equity

4.28

%

14.88

%

12.62

%

Plus: acquisition related expenses net of income tax impact

6.38

0.58

0.28

Adjusted return on average shareholders' equity

10.66

%

15.46

%

12.90

%

Adjusted Return on Tangible Common Equity (annualized)

Return on tangible common equity

4.10

%

17.01

%

14.92

%

Plus: acquisition related expenses net of income tax impact

6.11

0.67

0.32

Adjusted return on tangible common equity

10.21

%

17.68

%

15.24

%