Continues Growth in the New Year
LYNNWOOD, WA / ACCESSWIRE / April 29, 2021 / U & I Financial Corp. (OTCQX:UNIF), the holding company for UniBank, today reported quarterly earnings of $1.6 million or $0.29 per share in the first quarter, as compared to $1.4 million or $0.25 per share for the same quarter of 2020, increasing by $250 thousand or 18.3%, primarily due to increased Net Interest Income.
As of March 31, 2021, total assets ended at a record, $411.9 million, increasing by $58.0 million or 16.4% from the year earlier period of $353.9 million. Net loans reached a record $296.1 million, increasing by $55.6 million or 23.1% from the year earlier period of $240.4 million. Finally, total deposits grew by $49.7 million or 17.0% to a record, $342.3 million, from the year earlier period of $292.6 million.
The SBA PPP Loans total at March 31, 2021 was $43.9 million. During the year, a total of $15.9 million new PPP loans was generated, while a total of $10.5 million PPP loans from the previous year was forgiven.
'We are pleased with the outstanding performance to start the year, continuing the momentum from the previous years. We continue to be one of the top SBA and USDA lenders in our market area among the locally based banks,' said Peter Park, President and CEO. He added that, 'Although there is ongoing economic uncertainty, the future looks brighter with the COVID-19 conditions easing, resulting in improved financial outlooks for our customers, particularly in the hospitality and restaurant industries. Despite our steady growth, our credit quality has continued to be resilient, as we plan on resolving even the minimal non-accrual loans and COVID-related deferments. We thank our shareholders and customers for their continued support during these turbulent times, and we hope that the worst is behind us.'
2021 First Quarter Financial Highlights:
Total assets grew 16.4% to $411.9 million as compared to $353.9 million a year ago.
Net loans grew 23.1% to $296.1 million as compared to $240.4 million a year ago.
Loans held for sale increased to $11.3 million as compared to $1.8 million a year ago.
Total deposits grew 17.0% to $342.3 million as compared to $292.7 million a year ago.
Net income grew 18.3% to $1.6 million as compared to $1.4 million one year ago.
Net interest margin was 4.09% as compared to 3.77% one year ago.
Gain on sale of SBA/USDA loans was $728 thousand as compared to $871 thousand a year ago.
Return on average equity was 11.00% as compared to 10.76% a year ago.
Return on average assets was 1.67% as compared to 1.62% a year ago.
The allowance for loan losses to loans, excluding PPP loans, was 1.78% as compared to 1.27% a year ago.
Nonperforming assets to total assets was 0.16% as compared to 0.19% a year ago.
Efficiency ratio (noninterest expense divided by revenue) for the year was 58.83% as compared to 57.74% a year ago.
About U & I Financial Corp.
UniBank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of U & I Financial Corp. (OTCQX:UNIF), is one of the highest performing banks in Washington state in terms of return on assets. Based in Lynnwood, Washington, the Bank was founded in 2006 to serve the small to medium-sized businesses, professionals, and residents with a particular emphasis on Korean and other ethnic minority communities. Customers can access their accounts in any of the 4 branches - Lynnwood, Bellevue, Federal Way and Tacoma - online, or through the Bank's ATM network.
For more information, visit www.unibankusa.com or call (425) 275-9700.
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