Commencement Bank Fourth Quarter Financials


Commencement Bank (OTCQX:CBWA) reported net income of $5,036,000 and $1.34 per share for 2018, compared to $2,120,000 and $0.55 per share for 2017. Throughout 2018, the Bank continued to benefit from efficiencies and economies of scale from the 2016 merger with Thurston First Bank along with the decreased corporate tax rate from 34% to 21%.

The Bank’s total assets grew 9% to $357.5 million at year-end 2018 as compared to $327.8 million for 2017. Total loans at year-end 2018 increased to $268.1 million as compared to $254.7 million one-year earlier. Total deposits increased to $311.9 million as compared to $283.7 million for 2017. Additionally, the Bank paid its first-ever stock dividend of 10% per share on February 15, 2018

2018 Financial Highlights:

  • Total assets increased 9% to $357.5 million as compared to $327.8 million as of December 31, 2017.
  • Total loans grew 5% to $268.1 million as compared to $254.7 million for the same period 2017.
  • Total deposits increased by 10% to $311.9 million as compared to $283.7 million as of year-end 2017.
  • Net interest margin was 4.72% for the year as compared to 4.23% for the same period in 2017.
  • Tangible book value per share increased to $10.76 from $9.46 one-year earlier.
  • The efficiency ratio decreased to 56.7% for the year as compared to 62.1% for the same period in 2017.
  • The Texas Ratio, a measurement of nonperforming assets to capital, was 0.00% for 2018 compared to 0.01% the prior year.
  • All capital ratios continued to exceed regulatory requirements.

“We could not be more pleased with the Bank’s performance in 2018, as we experienced growth and record earnings. In addition to our financial performance, we enhanced our leadership structure by elevating existing managers to the senior management team. This transition helped to strengthen our position by incorporating new perspectives on the future growth and direction of the Bank,” said H.R. “Hal” Russell, Chief Executive Officer.

Commencement Bank’s 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

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