Commencement Bank First Quarter Financials

Commencement Bank (OTCQX:CBWA) reported quarterly net income of $1.07 million or $0.28 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2019, compared to $1.18 million and $0.30 per share for first quarter 2018. Net interest income remained consistent, even in a rising loan rate environment which was offset by rising deposit costs. Deposit costs rose after first quarter 2018, with first quarter 2019 reflecting four quarters of rising rates.

Total loans at the end of the first quarter 2019 increased to $268.2 million compared to $247.8 million in first quarter 2018. The Bank’s loan portfolio remained well-diversified at 71.3% real estate, 22.4% commercial, and 6.3% consumer and other. Total deposits also increased to $307.5 million as compared to $281.7 million the previous period. The deposit mix at quarter-end was 29.5% non-interest-bearing, 50.6% interest bearing checking, savings, and money market, and 19.9% time deposit.

“Our team has worked extremely hard to produce consistent growth and earnings for the Bank. We are seeing positive organic growth in loans and deposits and are looking forward to the opportunities available throughout 2019,” said Hal Russell, Chief Executive Officer.



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For further discussion, please contact the following:


Hal Russell – Chief Executive Officer Direct Phone: (253)284-1801


John E. Manolides – President and Chief Operating Officer Direct Phone: (253)284-1802


Tom Dhamers – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Direct Phone: (253)284-1803


About Commencement Bank

Commencement Bank, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, was formed in 2006 to provide traditional, reliable, and sustainable banking in Pierce County, South King County, Thurston County and the surrounding areas. The team of experienced banking experts focuses on personal attention, flexible service, and building strong relationships with customers through state-of-the-art technology as well as traditional delivery systems. As a local bank, Commencement Bank is deeply committed to the community.


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