First Financial Northwest, Inc. :FFNW-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : September 28, 2017

First Financial Northwest, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 9.73 million, Net Earnings of USD 1.86 million.
  • Net interest income margins narrowed from 92.97% to 92.44% compared to the same period last year.
  • Net loan assets changed 12.48% compared to same period last year and 2.73% from previous period, total deposits changed 11.42% compared to same period last year and 0.12% from previous period.
  • Change in operating cash flow of 8.64% compared to same period last year is about the same as change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as from one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income (See complete table at the end of this report):

2017-06-30 2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 9.73 9.4 10.09 9.61 8.8
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 10.58 13.74 25.07 18.44 11.04
Earnings (mil) 1.86 2.34 3.02 2.6 1.44
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 29.9 28.59 42.8 6.65 -39.12
Net Margin (%) 19.15 24.89 29.88 27.05 16.3
EPS 0.18 0.22 0.29 0.22 0.11
Return on Equity (%) 1.31 1.67 2.09 1.62 0.85
Return on Assets (%) 0.7 0.89 1.14 1 0.59

Access our Ratings and Scores for First Financial Northwest, Inc.

Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

Compared to the same period last year, FFNW-US’s change in revenue was close to the amount of its change in earnings. It remains to be seen how the rest of its peer group’s results will turn out and if FFNW-US’s performance is a sign of any major shift in the composition of market share in this sector. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 3.58% and earnings by -20.31% compared to the previous period.

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s net interest income margins showed no year-on-year improvement. In spite of this, the earnings rose, influenced primarily by the increase in net interest income after provisions margins from 86.15% to 91.41%. Loan loss provisions as a percentage of net interest income were 1.11% this period, and 7.33% a year ago.

Net Interest Income Margin History
Loan Loss Provisions Margin History

Net Loans and Total Deposits

A financial institution’s core operations represented by Net Interest Income and Net Interest Income after Provisions are dependent on both the growth and quality of its deposits as well as the growth and quality of its loans. A firm could boost its interest income in the short-term by just increasing its loan assets with less concern about their quality – but this would eventually lead to greater loan loss provisions. Similarly a drive to increase deposits could result in higher interest expenses and eventually effect the firm’s equity. It is thus important to understand net interest income performance in context to loan loss provisions, loan assets and deposits.

Loan Assets Growth Rate History (Qtr YOY)
Total Deposits Growth Rate History (Qtr YOY)

The firm’s decline in net interest income margins came despite the relative increase in the levels of net loan assets. In addition, total deposits as a percentage of equity went from 3.90% to 5.13%. On an absolute basis, net loan assets changed 12.48% compared to the same period last year and 2.73% from the previous period. Total deposits changed 11.42% compared to the same period last year and 0.12% from the previous period.

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

FFNW-US’s year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 8.64% is around its change in earnings. This suggests that there are likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves for managing earnings this period.


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating margins from 25.21% to 28.69% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 28.69%, compared to 25.21% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

Access our Ratings and Scores for First Financial Northwest, Inc.

Company Profile

First Financial Northwest, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for First Savings Bank Northwest, which offers commercial banking services, dynamic savings, stored savings, loaned savings, commercial savings, checking accounts and money market accounts. Its business includes attracting deposits from the public and utilizing these funds to originate one-to-four family, multifamily, real estate business, construction and land development loans. The company was founded on June 1, 2007 and is headquartered in Renton, WA.

CapitalCube does not own any shares in the stocks mentioned and focuses solely on providing unique fundamental research and analysis on approximately 50,000 stocks and ETFs globally. Try any of our analysis, screener or portfolio premium services free for 7 days. To get a quick preview of our services, check out our free quick summary analysis of FFNW-US.


The information presented in this report has been obtained from sources deemed to be reliable, but AnalytixInsight does not make any representation about the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information. This report was produced by AnalytixInsight for informational purposes only and nothing contained herein should be construed as an offer to buy or sell or as a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security or derivative instrument. This report is current only as of the date that it was published and the opinions, estimates, ratings and other information may change without notice or publication. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Prior to making an investment or other financial decision, please consult with your financial, legal and tax advisors. AnalytixInsight shall not be liable for any party’s use of this report. AnalytixInsight is not a broker-dealer and does not buy, sell, maintain a position, or make a market in any security referred to herein. One of the principal tenets for us at AnalytixInsight is that the best person to handle your finances is you. By your use of our services or by reading any of our reports, you’re agreeing that you bear responsibility for your own investment research and investment decisions. You also agree that AnalytixInsight, its directors, its employees, and its agents will not be liable for any investment decision made or action taken by you and others based on news, information, opinion, or any other material generated by us and/or published through our services. For a complete copy of our disclaimer, please visit our website