Friendly Hills Bank Reports Second Quarter Results

Friendly Hills Bank Announces Appointment of Two New Directors and Completion of Holding Company Reorganization

WHITTIER, Calif., Aug. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Friendly Hills Bank (the “bank”) (OTCBB: FHLB) reported results for the second quarter of 2021, the appointment of two new directors and the completion of its previously announced Holding Company Reorganization.

For the six month period ending June 30, 2021, the bank reported net income of $409,000 or $0.20 per basic and diluted share of common stock which includes $135,000 of non-recurring expenses associated with the previously announced pending branch acquisition and holding company formation, and other shareholder matters related to the bank’s annual meeting. The bank reported net income of $388,000 or $0.19 per basic and diluted share of common stock for the six months ended June 30, 2020.

As of June 30, 2021, the bank reported total assets of $223.3 million, a 5% decrease from $235.0 million as of June 30, 2020, and a 9% increase from $204.2 million as of December 31, 2020. The bank’s loan portfolio, net of unearned income, decreased 24% from $140.6 million as of June 30, 2020, to $106.4 million as of June 30, 2021. This reflects a 14% decrease from $123.2 million as of December 31, 2020. The majority of the decrease in loans in the past 12 months, $31.7 million, is attributable to the payoff of loans under the Paycheck Protection Program as borrowers successfully completed the loan forgiveness process with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The portfolio remains diversified with $47.7 million or 45% in Commercial & Industrial Loans to local businesses (including $23.0 million in Owner Occupied Commercial Real Estate Loans), $35.1 million or 33% in Commercial Real Estate Loans to investors and $20.5 million or 19% in Residential Real Estate Loans to investors. At June 30, 2021, the bank has an additional $18.5 million in unfunded loan commitments.

The bank’s overall deposit base has increased 13% in the twelve months ended June 30, 2021, from $159.0 million as of June 30, 2020, to $180.3 million as of June 30, 2021. The bank’s overall deposit base has increased 12% from $161.5 million as of December 31, 2020. Non-interest bearing deposits remain a substantial part of the deposit base (51%), increasing from $79.2 million as of June 30, 2020, to $91.2 million as of June 30, 2021. During the same period, interest-bearing deposits increased from $79.8 million as of June 30, 2020, to $89.1 million on June 30, 2021.

At June 30, 2021, shareholders’ equity was $20.9 million and the bank’s total risk-based capital ratio was 21%, significantly exceeding the “well-capitalized” level of 10% prescribed under regulatory requirements. The bank also continues to maintain substantial liquidity positions, retaining significant balances of liquidity as well as available collateralized borrowings and other potential sources of liquidity.

The Board of Directors of the bank has appointed two additional directors since its last annual meeting of shareholders. Mercedes Broening, a resident of Piedmont, California, and Jacqueline DuPont, a resident of Dana Point, California, were appointed to the board in June 2021.

The bank has also received approval of the previously announced holding company reorganization from its appropriate federal and California state regulatory authorities and has now completed the reorganization. As a result of this reorganization, the bank has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Friendly Hills Bancorp (“Bancorp”) and each of the outstanding shares of the bank’s common stock have been automatically exchanged for one share of Bancorp’s common stock. As a result, the shares of Bancorp’s common stock are owned directly by the bank’s shareholders in the same proportion as their existing ownership of Bank common stock immediately prior to the reorganization. Bancorp’s common stock trades under the same ticker symbol (“FHLB”) previously used by the Bank.

In addition, the previously announced acquisition of three branch offices from Bank of Southern California, a subsidiary of Southern California Bancorp (OTC Pink: BCAL) has been approved by the appropriate federal and California state regulatory authorities and is scheduled to close on or about September 24, 2021, subject to satisfaction of the remaining closing conditions. Those three offices are located in Orange, Redlands and Santa Fe Springs, California. The Orange and Redlands offices will continue to operate as offices of the bank and the Santa Fe Springs office will be consolidated into the bank’s existing branch office two blocks away shortly after completion of the transaction.

“We are pleased to report an increase in earnings per share in comparison to the previous year,” commented Jeffrey K. Ball, Chief Executive Officer. “The bank’s deposit base continues to grow while continued decreases in interest rate margins have been offset by fee income from participation in the Paycheck Protection Program. The bank continues to evaluate strategic opportunities to expand our business while maintaining a strong balance sheet through this period of economic uncertainty attributable to the ongoing pandemic concerns. The holding company structure provides us with additional corporate and capital flexibility. We look forward to expanding our footprint into Orange and San Bernardino Counties while having the additional guidance of our newly added directors, each of whom bring a unique background and complimentary business experiences which will be beneficial in our continued pursuit of long-term shareholder value.”

Forward Looking Statements:

The numbers in this press release are unaudited. Statements in this press release concerning future performance, developments or events, expectations for growth and income forecasts, and any other guidance on future periods, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Words such as “will likely result”, “aims”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “could”, “estimates”, “expects”, “hopes”, “intends”, “may”, “plans”, “projects”, “seeks”, “should”, “will”, “strategy”, “possibility”, and variations of these words and similar expressions help to identify these forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from stated expectations. Specific factors include failure to consummate the branch purchase, changes in the federal, state and local economies, decline in loan production, loss of clients, adverse regulatory and litigation developments, the ability to control costs and expenses, interest rate changes, the effects of COVID-19 on our business, borrowers, clients and employees, financial policies of the United States government, natural disasters and the impact of competition in our market area. The Bank disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect future events or developments except as required by law.