Waterstone Financial, Inc. Announces Results of Operations for the Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2021 | WaterStone Bank

WATERSTONE FINANCIAL, INC.

WATERSTONE BANK

11200 W. PLANK CT.

WAUWATOSA, WI 53226

MARK GERKE

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

414-459-4012

MARKGERKE@WSBONLINE.COM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Waterstone Financial, Inc. Announces Results of Operations for the Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2021

Wauwatosa, WI – 1/27/2022 – Waterstone Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSBF), holding company for WaterStone Bank, reported net income of $12.6 million, or $0.53 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 compared to $27.8 million, or $1.17 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. Net income per diluted share was $2.96 for the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to net income per diluted share of $3.30 for the year ended December 31, 2020.

“We achieved another quarter of strong financial results due to the continued dedication and efforts of our employees,” said Douglas Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Waterstone Financial, Inc. “We continue to execute and build a stronger financial position. Given the performance over the past two years, we were excited to announce a new 3.5 million share repurchase program and declare a $0.50 special dividend during the quarter as we continue to deliver for our valued shareholders.”

Highlights of the Quarter Ended December 31, 2021

Waterstone Financial, Inc. (Consolidated)

  • Consolidated net income of Waterstone Financial, Inc. totaled $12.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $27.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.
  • Consolidated return on average assets was 2.22% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 compared to 4.96% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.
  • Consolidated return on average equity was 11.14% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 and 27.11% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.
  • Dividends declared during the quarter ended December 31, 2021 totaled $0.70 per common share.
  • We authorized a new share repurchase program, under which we will seek to repurchase up to 3.5 million shares, representing approximately 14.1% of outstanding shares.
  • We repurchased approximately 264,000 shares at a cost of $5.5 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2021.

Community Banking Segment

  • Pre-tax income totaled $8.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, which represents a $338,000 , or 3.9%, decrease compared to $8.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.
  • Net interest income totaled $13.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, which represents a $1.3 million, or 9.3%, decrease compared to $14.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.
  • Average loans held for investment totaled $1.21 billion during the quarter ended December 31, 2021, which represents a decrease of $191.8 million, or 13.7%, compared to $1.40 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. Average loans held for investment decreased $44.4 million compared to $1.26 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 as residential real estate loans continued to prepay at an accelerated rate.
  • Net interest margin decreased 26 basis points to 2.47% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 compared to 2.73% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, which was a result of lower rates and average balance on loans and a higher average interest earnings cash balance within the debt securities, federal funds sold and short term investments category. Net interest margin decreased 21 basis points compared to 2.68% for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, driven by a decrease in average loan balance and a higher average cash balance.
  • The segment had a negative provision for loan losses of $1.5M for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 compared to no provision for loan losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. Net recoveries totaled $458,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, as one significant loan recovery payment was received during the quarter, compared to net charge-offs of $51,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. 
  • The efficiency ratio was 53.02% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to 46.15% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.
  • Average deposits (excluding escrow accounts) totaled $1.25 billion during the quarter ended December 31, 2021, an increase of $65.5 million, or 5.6%, compared to $1.18 billion during the quarter ended December 31, 2020. Average deposits decreased $9.9 million, or 3.2% annualized compared to the $1.26 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.
  • Nonperforming assets as percentage of total assets was 0.26% at December 31, 2021, 0.18% at September 30, 2021, and 0.27% at December 31, 2020.
  • Past due loans as percentage of total loans was 0.59% at December 31, 2021, 0.92% at September 30, 2021, and 0.57% at December 31, 2020.
  • PPP loans totaled $1.8 million as of December 31, 2021. The average balance for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was $2.7 million. For the quarter ended December 31, 2021, PPP loan interest income recognized was approximately $7,000 and the amortization of fee income was approximately $101,000.
  • The Company held approximately $3.3 million in loans, representing 0.3% of the total loan portfolio as of December 31, 2021, which had been modified as either a deferment of principal or principal and interest since the beginning of the pandemic. Of the $3.3 million in loans, $405,000 qualify as modifications under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES Act”). The remaining $2.9 million is composed of three loan relationships that are classified as troubled debt restructurings. 

Mortgage Banking Segment

  • Pre-tax income totaled $7.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $28.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.
  • Loan originations decreased $289.2 million, or 22.6%, to $993.1 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $1.28 billion during the quarter ended December 31, 2020. Origination volume relative to purchase activity accounted for 73.8% of originations for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 compared to 59.2% of total originations for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.
  • Mortgage banking non-interest income decreased $27.8 million, or 40.6%, to $40.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to $68.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. During the quarter ended December 31, 2020, the Company sold mortgage servicing rights related to $975.9 million in loans receivable and with a book value of $6.4 million for $7.0 million resulting in a gain on sale of $600,000. There was no comparable sale during the quarter ended December 31, 2021. As of December 31, 2021, the Company maintained servicing rights related to $160.8 million in loans previously sold to third parties.
  • Gross margin on loans sold decreased to 4.18% for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, compared to 5.40% for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. 
  • Total compensation, payroll taxes and other employee benefits decreased $5.5 million, or 16.4%, to $27.9 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2021 compared to $33.3 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The decrease primarily related to decreased commission expense and branch manager compensation driven by decreased loan origination volume and branch profitability as gross margins decreased.
  • Other noninterest expense decreased $665,000 to $1.4 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2021 compared to $2.1 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The decrease related to a decrease in the amortization expense on mortgage servicing rights due to the bulk sale of mortgage servicing rights during 2021 and a reduced provision for loan sale losses as origination volumes decreased. 

Recent Developments:

COVID-19 Pandemic and the CARES Act

The CARES Act, signed into law at the end of March 2020, allowed for a temporary delay in the adoption of accounting guidance under Accounting Standards Codification Topic 326, “Financial Instruments – Credit Losses (“CECL”) until the earlier of December 31, 2020 or the 60th day after the end of the COVID-19 national emergency.  During the quarter ended June 30, 2020, pursuant to the CARES Act and guidance from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”), we elected to delay adoption of CECL.  On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed into law.  Among other provisions, this Act extended the temporary delay on the adoption of CECL until January 1, 2022.  We have elected to continue to delay adoption of CECL.  As a result, our financial statements for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2021 include an allowance for loan losses that was prepared under the existing incurred loss methodology.

About Waterstone Financial, Inc.

Waterstone Financial, Inc. is the savings and loan holding company for WaterStone Bank. WaterStone Bank was established in 1921 and offers a full suite of personal and business banking products. The Bank has branches in Wauwatosa/State St, Brookfield, Fox Point/North Shore, Franklin/Hales Corners, Germantown/Menomonee Falls, Greenfield/Loomis Rd, Milwaukee/Oklahoma Ave, Oak Creek/27th St, Oak Creek/Howell Ave, Oconomowoc/Lake Country, Pewaukee, Waukesha, West Allis/Greenfield Ave, and West Allis/National Ave, Wisconsin. WaterStone Bank is the parent company to Waterstone Mortgage, which has the ability to lend in 48 states. For more information about WaterStone Bank, go to http://www.wsbonline.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements or information that may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding expected financial and operating activities and results that are preceded by, followed by, or that include words such as “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates” or “believes.”  Any such statements are based upon current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are subject to important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements.  Factors that might cause such a difference include changes in interest rates; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and nontraditional competitors; changes in banking regulation or actions by bank regulators; changes in tax laws; the impact of technological advances; governmental and regulatory policy changes; the outcomes of contingencies; trends in customer behavior as well as their ability to repay loans; changes in local real estate values; changes in the national and local economies, including significant disruption to financial market and other economic activity caused by the outbreak of COVID-19; and other factors, including risk factors referenced in Item 1A. Risk Factors in Waterstone’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and as may be described from time to time in Waterstone’s subsequent SEC filings, which factors are incorporated herein by reference.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect only Waterstone’s belief as of the date of this press release.

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