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Friendly Hills Bank Reports Fourth Quarter Results; Announces Appointment of Michael J. Foley to Board

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WHITTIER, Calif., Feb. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Friendly Hills Bank (the “Company”) (OTCBB: FHLB) reported results for the fourth quarter of 2018. 

For the twelve month period ending December 31, 2018, the Company reported net income of $907,000 or $0.46 per diluted share of common stock. The Company reported net income of $596,000 or $0.31 per diluted share of common stock for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. This figure includes a $130,000 increase in deferred tax and AOCI tax bill adjustments as the result of a change in the federal tax rate which was recognized as additional income tax expense in December, 2017.

As of December 31, 2018, the Company reported total assets of $153.0 million, a 1% decrease from $154.5 million as of December 31, 2017.  The Company’s loan portfolio, net of unearned income, increased 11% from $77.3 million as of December 31, 2017, to $86.1 million as of December 31, 2018.  The portfolio remains diversified with $26.8 million or 31% in Commercial & Industrial Loans to local businesses (including $16.7 million in Owner Occupied Commercial Real Estate Loans), $21.9 million or 25% in Residential Real Estate Loans to investors and $31.5 million or 37% in Commercial Real Estate Loans to investors.  The Company has an additional $25.8 million in unfunded loan commitments.

The Company’s overall deposit base has increased 7% in the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, from $113.9 million as of December 31, 2017, to $122.2 million as of December 31, 2018.  Non-interest bearing deposits remain a substantial part of the deposit base (36%), although decreasing from $47.1 million to $44.3 million as of December 31, 2018.  During the same time period interest-bearing deposits increased from $66.9 million to $77.9 million on December 31, 2018.   The Company has no deposits which were sourced through brokers. 

At December 31, 2018, shareholders’ equity was $17.0 million and the Company’s total risk-based capital ratio was 18%, significantly exceeding the “well-capitalized” level of 10% prescribed under regulatory requirements. The Company also continues to maintain a substantial liquidity position supplemented by the availability of collateralized borrowings and other potential sources of liquidity.

“We are pleased to report another strong year of earnings growth for the Company in 2018,” commented Jeffrey K. Ball, Chief Executive Officer.  “This growth in earnings was attributable to an increase in loans outstanding and the continued strength of our core deposit base.  Asset quality continues to be very strong with solid overall liquidity and diverse sources of funding supplemented by a strong capital base which can support continued opportunistic growth.”

The Company is also pleased to announce the appointment of Michael J. Foley as a Director of the Company.  Mr. Foley is an Executive Managing Director with Cushman and Wakefield focused on Industrial properties in the Southern California Region.  Mr. Foley has over 35 years of experience working in the Commercial Real Estate market serving a variety of industries.  “We are delighted to have Mike join our Board of Directors,” commented Willam C. Greenbeck, Chairman of the Board.  “He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge from his many years of business experience and will be a valuable contributor to our oversight of the Company’s continued development.”  Mr. Foley’s appointment to the board became effective on December 3, 2018.

Company Profile:
Friendly Hills Bank is a community bank which was formed to primarily serve the Southern California communities of eastern Los Angeles County and northern Orange County.  The Company was established in 2006 by prominent members of the local community who were seeking an alternative to the larger financial institutions in the area.  The Company is headquartered in Whittier, California with an additional branch office in Santa Fe Springs, California.  For more information on the Company, please visit www.friendlyhillsbank.com or call 562-947-1920.

Forward Looking Statements:
The numbers in this press release are unaudited. Statements such as those regarding the anticipated development and expansion of Friendly Hills Bank's business, and the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company, its directors or its officers, are "forward looking" statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to the local and national economy, the Company's performance, including its ability to generate loan and deposit growth, changes in interest rates, and regulatory matters.

Friendly Hills Bank
Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except per share information)
      12/31/18   12/31/17
Cash and due from Banks $   4,288     $   12,634  
Interest bearing deposits with other financial institutions   2,440       5,130  
    Cash and Cash Equivalents   6,728       17,764  
Investment securities available-for-sale   53,462       53,131  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock
Federal Reserve Bank stock
Loans, net of unearned income   86,135       77,331  
Allowance for loan losses   (1,525 )     (1,525 )
    Net Loans   84,610       75,806  
Premises and equipment, net   335       345  
Accrued interest receivable and other assets   6,477       6,109  
    Total Assets $   153,042     $   154,466  
  Noninterest-bearing deposits $   44,310     $   47,057  
  Interest-bearing deposits   77,931       66,856  
    Total Deposits   122,241       113,913  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances   12,750       23,000  
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities   1,057       1,256  
    Total Liabilities   136,048         138,169  
Shareholders’ Equity      
  Common stock, no par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized:      
  1,979,993 shares issued and outstanding   15,958       15,958  
  Additional paid-in-capital   1,293       1,091  
  Accumulated deficit   557       (350 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (814 )     (402 )
    Total Shareholders’ Equity   16,994       16,297  
    Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $   153,042     $   154,466  
Book Value Per Share $   8.58     $   8.40  

Friendly Hills Bank
Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
 (in thousands, except per share information)
      For the twelve   For the twelve
      months ended   months ended
      12/31/18   12/31/17
Interest Income $  5,500     $  5,105  
Interest Expense   469       349  
  Net Interest Income   5,031       4,756  
Provision for Loan Losses   0       0  
  Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses     5,031          4,756  
Noninterest Income   468       524  
Noninterest Expense   4,241       4,094  
Non-Recurring Items   1       0  
Income before Provision for Income Taxes   1,259       1,186  
(Provision) Benefit for Income Taxes   (352 )     (591 )
  Net Income $   907     $    596  
Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share $  0.46     $  0.31  

Jeffrey K. Ball (President & CEO)
Viktor Uehlinger (EVP & CFO)
(562) 947-1920

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