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Westfield Financial, Inc. Reports Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2013 and Declares Quarterly Dividend

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Westfield Financial, Inc. Reports Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2013 and Declares Quarterly Dividend

11:30 EDT Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WESTFIELD, Mass., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Westfield Financial, Inc. (the "Company") (NasdaqGS: WFD), the holding company for Westfield Bank (the "Bank"), reported net income of $1.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to $1.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, which represents a 14.0% increase in net income over the third quarter 2012.

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For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, net income was $4.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to $4.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the same period in 2012, which represents a 5.2% increase in net income over the same period in 2012.

Selected financial highlights for the third quarter and year-to-date 2013 include:

  • Total loans increased $37.5 million, or 6.4%, at September 30, 2013 compared to September 30, 2012.  This was primarily due to increases in commercial real estate loans of $17.0 million, commercial and industrial loans of $11.0 million, and residential loans of $10.0 million.  On a linked-quarter basis, total loans increased $13.6 million, or 2.2%, to $620.2 million for the third quarter 2013.  This was primarily due to an increase in commercial real estate loans of $13.7 million.

  • The net interest margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 increased 4 basis points to 2.59%, as compared to 2.55% for the first nine months of 2012. On a linked-quarter basis, the net interest margin increased 7 basis points to 2.62% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, as compared to 2.55% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.   

  • Net interest and dividend income increased $288,000 to $23.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, as compared to $22.8 million for the same period in 2012.  On a linked-quarter basis, net interest and dividend income increased $191,000 to $7.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, as compared to $7.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.      

  • A portion of the investment securities portfolio was reclassified from available-for-sale to held-to-maturity during the third quarter 2013.   At September 30, 2013 securities classified as held-to-maturity totaled $299.0 million or 55.2% of debt securities and mortgage-backed securities, as compared to $174.0 million or 29.4%, at June 30, 2013.

  • As of September 30, 2013, the Company had entered into several forward-starting interest rate swap contracts with a combined notional value of $155.0 million. The swap contracts have start dates ranging from the fourth quarter 2013 to the third quarter 2016 and have durations ranging from four to six years. This hedge strategy converts the LIBOR based rate of interest on certain FHLB advances to fixed interest rates, thereby protecting the Company from floating interest rate variability and reducing future volatility in tangible book value and Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (AOCI). 

  • The Bank prepaid a repurchase agreement in the amount of $9.5 million and incurred a prepayment expense of $540,000 for the third quarter 2013.  The repurchase agreement had a cost of 2.86%.  The prepayment of the repurchase agreement resulted in a decrease in the cost of funds. 

President and CEO, James C. Hagan, stated, "The results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2013 demonstrate the Bank's ongoing commitment and focus on commercial lending growth.  We have taken steps to change our asset mix by decreasing the securities portfolio while increasing loans, thereby improving our net interest margin and return on assets." 

Income Statement Discussion and Analysis

Net interest and dividend income increased $125,000 to $7.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to $7.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.  The net interest margin increased 10 basis points to 2.62% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to 2.52% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.  The cost of average interest-bearing liabilities decreased 26 basis points, which was partially offset by a decrease of 7 basis points in the yield of average interest-earning assets.

Net interest and dividend income increased $288,000 to $23.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, as compared to $22.8 million for the same period in 2012.  The net interest margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 increased 4 basis points to 2.59%, as compared to 2.55% for the first nine months of 2012.  The increase in income was primarily due to a 27 basis point decrease in the cost of average interest-bearing liabilities, partially offset by a 16 basis point decrease in the yield on average interest-earning assets.

Net gains on sales of securities were $546,000 for the third quarter 2013, compared to $174,000 for the same period in 2012.  The sales primarily represented sales of mortgage-backed securities that were expected to prepay rapidly and decrease the expected yield.  The Bank prepaid a repurchase agreement in the amount of $9.5 million and incurred a prepayment expense of $540,000 for the third quarter 2013, compared to none in the same period in 2012.  The repurchase agreement had a cost of 2.86%.  The prepayment of the repurchase agreement resulted in a decrease in the cost of funds. 

Noninterest expense increased $53,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 to $6.9 million, compared to the same period in 2012. This was primarily due to an increase in occupancy expense of $70,000, partially offset by a decrease in salaries and benefits of $129,000 primarily due to the completion of vesting of certain stock-based compensation in the fourth quarter 2012.  The efficiency ratio, excluding extraordinary items, was 77.6% for third quarter 2013, compared to and 78.1% for the same period in 2012.

Noninterest expense decreased $322,000 to $20.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to $20.5 million for the same period in 2012. Salaries and benefits decreased $909,000 to $11.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, primarily due to the completion of vesting of certain stock-based compensation in the fourth quarter 2012.  This was partially offset by an increase in data processing expense of $159,000 due to increased use of technology in customer delivery channels and general bank operations.  The efficiency ratio, excluding extraordinary items, improved to 77.3% for nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to 80.2% for the same period in 2012.

Balance Sheet Growth

Securities decreased by $49.1 million, or 8.1%, to $557.6 million at September 30, 2013, compared to $606.7 million at June 30, 2013.  Securities decreased $106.8 million, or 16.1%, at September 30, 2013, compared to $664.4 at September 30, 2012.  Cash flow from the securities portfolio was primarily used to fund loan originations, stock repurchases and to pay off borrowings.     

Total loans increased $13.6 million, or 2.2%, to $620.2 million compared to June 30, 2013.  This was primarily due to an increase in commercial real estate loans of $13.7 million to $257.4 million.  This was partially offset by a decrease in commercial and industrial loans of $2.0 million to $126.4 million, primarily due to a decrease in line of credit utilization of $3.9 million.  Total loans increased $37.5 million, or 6.4%, at September 30, 2013 compared to September 30, 2012.  This was primarily due to increases in commercial real estate loans of $17.0 million, commercial and industrial loans of $11.0 million, and residential loans of $10.0 million. 

Total deposits increased $10.8 million, or 1.4%, to $793.5 million at September 30, 2013, compared to $782.7 million at June 30, 2013.  This was primarily due to increases in term accounts of $11.4 million and checking accounts of $1.2 million.  This was partially offset by decreases in savings and money market accounts of $1.8 million.  Total deposits increased $39.1 million at September 30, 2013 compared to September 30, 2012, primarily due to a $33.4 million increase in money market accounts.

Short-term borrowings and long-term debt decreased $30.0 million to $310.0 million at September 30, 2013, compared to $340.0 million at June 30, 2013.   Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston ("FHLBB") borrowings, both short-term and long-term, decreased $35.5 million to $256.7 million at September 30, 2013.  In addition wholesale repurchase agreements decreased $9.5 million to $10.0 million at September 30, 2013.  Short-term customer repurchase agreements increased $15.0 million to $37.7 million at September 30, 2013.  Customer repurchase agreements serve as a vehicle whereby commercial customers can sweep money daily into a Bank product and earn an interest rate.  This allows the Bank to decrease its reliance on wholesale funding and build franchise value by deepening its customer relationships.  

Shareholders' equity was $156.9 million and $160.4 million, which represented 12.3% and 12.4% of total assets at September 30, 2013, and June 30, 2013, respectively.  The decrease in shareholders' equity during the quarter reflects a tender offer to repurchase outstanding options amounting to $2.7 million, a decrease in other comprehensive income of $1.4 million due to the change in fair value of securities, and the payment of a quarterly dividend amounting to $1.2 million.  This was partially offset by net income of $1.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.  

On September 17, 2013 the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program under which the Company may purchase up to 1,037,000 shares, or 5% of its outstanding common stock.  At September 30, 2013, the Company had repurchased 8,914 shares of our common stock at a cost of $65,000 pursuant to this repurchase program.

Credit Quality

The allowance for loan losses was $7.3 million at September 30, 2013, and $7.5 million at June 30, 2013, representing 1.18% and 1.23% of total loans, respectively.  This represents 249.3% and 228.4% of nonperforming loans at September 30, 2013, and June 30, 2013, respectively. 

An analysis of the changes in the allowance for loan losses is as follows:

Three Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

2013

2013

2012

(In thousands)

Balance, beginning of period

$           7,473

$           7,565

$           8,065

(Credit) provision

(71)

(70)

218

Charge-offs

(116)

(66)

(123)

Recoveries

25

44

16

Balance, end of period

$           7,311

$           7,473

$           8,176

During the third quarter of 2013, nonperforming loans decreased $339,000 to $2.9 million, representing 0.47% of total loans at September 30, 2013.  Loans delinquent 30 ? 89 days were $1.8 million at September 30, 2013, and $1.4 million June 30, 2013.  There are no loans 90 or more days past due and still accruing interest.

Declaration of Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors approved the declaration of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share.  The dividend is payable on November 20, 2013, to all shareholders of record on November 6, 2013.

About Westfield Financial, Inc.

Westfield Financial, Inc., with total assets of $1.3 billion at September 30, 2013, is a Massachusetts-chartered stock holding company and the parent company of Westfield Bank, Elm Street Securities Corporation, WFD Securities, Inc. and WB Real Estate Holdings, LLC.  Westfield Financial and its subsidiaries are headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts and operate through 11 banking offices located in Agawam, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Holyoke, Southwick, Springfield, West Springfield and Westfield, Massachusetts and one banking office in Granby, Connecticut.  To learn more, visit our website at www.westfieldbank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which speak only as of the date made. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and in subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company and the Bank do not undertake and specifically decline any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

WESTFIELD FINANCIAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Income and Other Data

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

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

September 30,

2013

2013

2012

2013

2012

INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME:

Loans

$      6,371

$       6,307

$      6,476

$ 18,950

$ 19,234

Securities

3,954

3,917

4,353

11,926

13,171

Other investments - at cost

20

21

23

60

70

Federal funds sold, interest-bearing deposits and other short-term investments

3

1

1

6

2

Total interest and dividend income

10,348

10,246

10,853

30,942

32,477

INTEREST EXPENSE:

Deposits

1,390

1,390

1,505

4,167

4,665

Long-term debt

1,094

1,188

1,618

3,540

4,872

Short-term borrowings

36

31

27

101

94

Total interest expense

2,520

2,609

3,150

7,808

9,631

Net interest and dividend income

7,828

7,637

7,703

23,134

22,846

(CREDIT) PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES

(71)

(70)

218

(376)

698

Net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses

7,899

7,707

7,485

23,510

22,148

NONINTEREST INCOME:

Service charges and fees

615

594

617

1,779

1,649

Income from bank-owned life insurance

388

387

390

1,161

1,052

Gain on bank-owned life insurance death benefit

-

563

-

563

80

Loss on prepayment of borrowings

(540)

(1,404)

-

(3,370)

-

Gain on sales of securities, net

546

823

174

2,796

1,856

Total noninterest income

1,009

963

1,181

2,929

4,637

NONINTEREST EXPENSE:

Salaries and employees benefits

4,059

3,817

4,188

11,684

12,593

Occupancy

733

730

663

2,167

2,072

Data processing

602

602

544

1,754

1,595

Professional fees

499

527

432

1,536

1,401

OREO expense

-

-

11

22

48

FDIC insurance

169

163

152

493

450

Other

789

950

808

2,498

2,317

Total noninterest expense

6,851

6,789

6,798

20,154

20,476

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

2,057

1,881

1,868

6,285

6,309

INCOME TAX PROVISION

476

297

481

1,339

1,609

NET INCOME

$      1,581

$       1,584

$      1,387

$   4,946

$   4,700

Basic earnings per share

$        0.08

$         0.08

$        0.06

$     0.24

$     0.19

Weighted average shares outstanding

19,583,632

20,276,261

24,391,585

20,315,076

24,992,245

Diluted earnings per share

$        0.08

$         0.08

$        0.06

$     0.24

$     0.19

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

19,583,632

20,276,261

24,393,109

20,315,094

25,015,664

Other Data:

Return on average assets (1)

0.49%

0.49%

0.42%

0.51%

0.48%

Return on average equity (1)

3.96%

3.66%

2.61%

3.86%

2.93%

Efficiency ratio (2)

77.58%

78.78%

78.05%

77.30%

80.15%

(1)

Three and nine month results have been annualized.

(2)

The efficiency ratio represents the ratio of operating expenses divided by the sum of net interest and dividend income and noninterest income, excluding gain and   loss on sale of securities, gain on bank-owned life insurance death benefit and loss on prepayment of borrowings.

 

 

WESTFIELD FINANCIAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets and Other Data

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

September 30,

June 30,

September 30,

2013

2013

2012

Cash and cash equivalents

$         28,418

$        15,706

$          11,653

Securities available for sale, at fair value

242,957

417,053

650,400

Securities held to maturity, at cost

298,988

173,982

-

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and other  restricted stock - at cost

15,631

15,629

14,045

Loans

620,154

606,605

582,732

Allowance for loan losses

7,311

7,473

8,176

Net loans

612,843

599,132

574,556

Bank-owned life insurance

46,791

46,403

45,835

Other real estate owned

-

-

1,130

Other assets

25,703

25,730

19,408

TOTAL ASSETS

$    1,271,331

$   1,293,635

$     1,317,027

Total deposits

$       793,510

$782,682

$        754,408

Short-term borrowings

61,784

69,972

41,352

Long-term debt

248,184

269,991

297,166

Securities pending settlement

-

-

352

Deferred tax liability, Net

-

600

Other liabilities

10,954

10,573

11,492

TOTAL LIABILITIES

1,114,432

1,133,218

1,105,370

TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

156,899

160,417

211,657

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

$   1,271,331

$   1,293,635

$   1,317,027

Book value per share

$            7.57

$            7.73

$            8.37

Other Data:

30- 89 day delinquent loans

1,860

1,438

1,577

Nonperforming loans

2,933

3,272

2,898

Nonperforming loans as a percentage of total loans

0.47%

0.54%

0.50%

Nonperforming assets as a percentage of total assets

0.23%

0.25%

0.31%

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of nonperforming loans

249.27%

228.39%

282.13%

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans

1.18%

1.23%

1.40%

 

 

The following tables set forth the information relating to our average balances and net interest income for, the three months ended September 30, 2013, June 30, 2013, and September 30, 2012, and the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, and reflect the average yield on interest-earning assets and average cost of interest-bearing liabilities for the periods indicated.

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2013

June 30, 2013

September 30, 2012

Average

Avg Yield/

Average

Avg Yield/

Average

Avg Yield/

Balance

Interest

Cost

Balance

Interest

Cost

Balance

Interest

Cost

(Dollars in thousands)

ASSETS:

Interest-earning assets

Loans(1)(2)

$   609,876

$ 6,409

4.20

%

$   599,149

$ 6,345

4.24

%

$   585,612

$ 6,517

4.45

%

Securities(2)

573,955

4,077

2.84

608,404

4,045

2.66

643,701

4,521

2.81

Other investments - at cost

17,537

20

0.46

17,276

21

0.49

15,920

23

0.58

Short-term investments(3)

9,373

3

0.13

3,280

1

0.12

5,220

1

0.08

Total interest-earning assets

1,210,741

10,509

3.47

1,228,109

10,412

3.39

1,250,453

11,062

3.54

Total noninterest-earning assets

73,123

66,393

66,183

Total assets

$1,283,864

$1,294,502

$1,316,636

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:

Interest-bearing liabilities

NOW accounts

$     45,756

34

0.30

$     47,533

35

0.29

$     58,845

54

0.37

Savings accounts

85,960

26

0.12

89,994

35

0.16

93,831

39

0.17

Money market accounts

206,674

206

0.40

195,885

193

0.39

176,729

197

0.45

Time certificates of deposit

330,222

1,124

1.36

327,036

1,127

1.38

316,612

1,215

1.54

Total interest-bearing deposits

668,612

1,390

660,448

1,390

646,017

1,505

Short-term borrowings and long-term debt

326,785

1,130

1.38

334,035

1,219

1.46

343,696

1,645

1.91

Interest-bearing liabilities

995,397

2,520

1.01

994,483

2,609

1.05

989,713

3,150

1.27

Noninterest-bearing deposits

119,462

116,479

104,402

Other noninterest-bearing liabilities

10,676

9,992

11,075

Total noninterest-bearing liabilities

130,138

126,471

115,477

Total liabilities

1,125,535

1,120,954

1,105,190

Total equity

158,329

173,548

211,446

Total liabilities and equity

$1,283,864

$1,294,502

$1,316,636

Less: Tax-equivalent adjustment(2)

(161)

(166)

(209)

Net interest and dividend income

$ 7,828

$ 7,637

$ 7,703

Net interest rate spread(4)

2.46

%

2.34

%

2.27

%

Net interest margin(5)

2.62

%

2.55

%

2.52

%

Ratio of average interest-earning

assets to average interest-bearing liabilities

121.63

123.49

126.35

(1)

Loans, including non-accrual loans, are net of deferred loan origination costs and unadvanced funds.

(2)

Securities, loan income and net interest income are presented on a tax-equivalent basis using a tax rate of 34%.  The tax-equivalent adjustment is deducted from tax-equivalent net interest and dividend income to agree to the amount reported on the statements of income.

(3)

Short-term investments include federal funds sold.

(4)

Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

(5)

Net interest margin represents tax-equivalent net interest and dividend income as a percentage of average interest-earning assets.

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2013

2012

Average

Avg Yield/

Average

Avg Yield/

Balance

Interest

Cost

Balance

Interest

Cost

(Dollars in thousands)

ASSETS:

Interest-earning assets

Loans(1)(2)

$    599,844

$     19,063

4.24

%

$    569,820

$ 19,353

4.53

%

Securities(2)

598,405

12,322

2.75

637,095

13,712

2.87

Other investments - at cost

17,164

60

0.47

15,072

70

0.62

Short-term investments(3)

6,895

6

0.12

9,773

2

0.03

Total interest-earning assets

1,222,308

31,451

3.43

1,231,760

33,137

3.59

Total noninterest-earning assets

68,481

65,905

Total assets

$ 1,290,789

$ 1,297,665

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY:

Interest-bearing liabilities

NOW accounts

$      47,812

106

0.30

$      63,019

221

0.47

Savings accounts

89,220

98

0.15

96,034

147

0.20

Money market accounts

192,378

564

0.39

167,758

619

0.49

Time certificates of deposit

327,894

3,399

1.38

316,001

3,678

1.55

Total interest-bearing deposits

657,304

4,167

642,812

4,665

Short-term borrowings and long-term debt

335,662

3,641

1.45

327,797

4,966

2.02

Interest-bearing liabilities

992,966

7,808

1.05

970,609

9,631

1.32

Noninterest-bearing deposits

116,320

101,874

Other noninterest-bearing liabilities

10,242

10,758

Total noninterest-bearing liabilities

126,562

112,632

Total liabilities

1,119,528

1,083,241

Total equity

171,261

214,424

Total liabilities and equity

$ 1,290,789

$ 1,297,665

Less: Tax-equivalent adjustment(2)

(509)

(660)

Net interest and dividend income

$     23,134

$ 22,846

Net interest rate spread(4)

2.38

%

2.26

%

Net interest margin(5)

2.59

%

2.55

%

Ratio of average interest-earning

assets to average interest-bearing liabilities

123.10

126.91

(1)

Loans, including non-accrual loans, are net of deferred loan origination costs and unadvanced funds.

(2)

Securities, loan income and net interest income are presented on a tax-equivalent basis using a tax rate of 34%.  The tax-equivalent adjustment is deducted from tax-equivalent net interest and dividend income to agree to the amount reported on the statements of income.

(3)

Short-term investments include federal funds sold.

(4)

Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.

(5)

Net interest margin represents tax-equivalent net interest and dividend income as a percentage of average interest-earning assets.

 

SOURCE Westfield Financial, Inc.

For further information: James C. Hagan, President & CEO, Leo R. Sagan, Jr., CFO, 413-568-1911

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