Riverview Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq GSM: RVSB) (“Riverview” or the “Company”) today reported earnings of $4.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to $2.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the preceding quarter, and $4.1 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the third fiscal quarter a year ago. In the first nine months of fiscal 2021, net income was $7.1 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared to $12.9 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2020.

“Although 2020 brought about serious economic and health challenges, I am optimistic as we look into 2021. I continue to be inspired by how our entire team came together, showed tremendous resilience and did an outstanding job supporting our clients and servicing their financial needs,” stated Kevin Lycklama, president and chief executive officer. “Our earnings for the third quarter were solid, with an annualized deposit growth rate of 12% and improved operating efficiencies. We have remained focused on credit quality and maintaining our strong capital position. We believe we are well positioned to emerge stronger as we navigate through this pandemic and into 2021.”

Third Quarter Highlights (at or for the period ended December 31, 2020)

  • Net income was $4.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share.
  • Pre-tax, pre-provision for loan losses income (non-GAAP) was $5.2 million for the quarter compared to $5.0 million in the previous quarter and $5.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019.
  • Loan modifications decreased by $2.7 million, or 5.4%, and were mainly concentrated in our Hotel/Motel portfolio.
  • Net interest margin (NIM) was 3.40%.
  • Riverview recorded no provision for loan losses during the quarter.
  • Total loans were $931.5 million at December 31, 2020. SBA PPP loans totaled $80.8 million.
  • 147 PPP loans totaling $30.0 million (27%) have been forgiven by the SBA, resulting in $1.3 million in fee income.  
  • Total deposits increased $37.0 million during the quarter to $1.24 billion.
  • During the quarter, we completed our annual goodwill impairment test and determined that the Company’s goodwill was not impaired at December 31, 2020.
  • Non-performing assets decreased to 0.03% of total assets.
  • Total risk-based capital ratio was 17.58% and Tier 1 leverage ratio was 9.80%.
  • Paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share.
  • All of our branches remain open with specific guidelines in place to help protect our employees and customers, although some offices have continued to operate under modified schedules due to COVID-19 guidelines.

COVID-19 Operational Update:

  • Industry Exposure: Both Washington and Oregon have modified phased reopening plans in place for businesses. While the economic impact is widespread, some industries are more acutely affected by the current business decline. Loans to these clients are generally secured by real estate and had strong financial performance heading into the current pandemic. Riverview’s loan portfolio exposure to industries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic include:
    • Hotel/Motel ($107.5 million, 11.5% of total loans, 53% weighted average LTV and 1.93x DSCR)
    • Retail Strip Centers ($84.9 million, 9.1% of total loans, 52% weighted average LTV and 1.61x DSCR)
    • Restaurants/Fast Food ($14.4 million, 1.5% of total loans, 55% weighted average LTV and 1.82x DSCR)

The Company continues to diligently monitor the effects of the pandemic on our customers. We have allocated additional staffing resources to conduct enhanced monitoring of our loan portfolio and identify at-risk borrowers. We remain in close contact with our customers and continue to work with them to develop longer term strategies to mitigate potential credit losses.

Our hotel/motel portfolio remains under stress due to the continued reduction in travel and statewide COVID-19 restrictions. Occupancy rates improved over the summer as travel activity increased; however, occupancy levels have declined over the last several months. At December 31, 2020, $19.8 million of hotel/motel loans were on deferral with and additional $13.1 million expected to be modified in January 2021 for a total of $32.9 million which represents 30.6% of the respective portfolio. We have payment plans in place with these impacted borrowers that we believe will allow these loans to return to full payment status over the next several quarters. We have performed additional stress testing on this portfolio, and we believe that we are well secured, that any potential losses in this portfolio will be minimal and that we are adequately reserved at December 31, 2020.

  • Loan Accommodations:
    • Commercial Loans.
      • Riverview has 13 commercial loan modifications that were approved or expected to be approved totaling $47.0 million. This represents a 5% decrease from 13 commercial loans totaling $49.7 million at September 30, 2020, and a 71% decrease compared to the peak of 98 loans totaling $161.6 million at June 30, 2020. Of these 13 loans, one was a new loan accommodation approved during the quarter totaling $134,000.
      • There were four modifications that ended in our hotel/motel loan modifications category totaling $15.4 million and one commercial real estate loan modification that ended totaling $527,000 that did not request additional modification assistance.
      • Included in the $47.0 million were, four hotel/motel loans totaling $13.1 million that returned to full payment deferrals. These four loans were for borrowers who originally had loan modifications early in the pandemic and had subsequently resumed payments since their original modification. Pursuant to expected approval of the loan modification for these four loans, the borrowers will designate a cash payment reserve equivalent to the amount of the respective payment deferral as collateral. These loan modifications were requested due to the circumstances resulting from the pandemic and the impact on the hospitality industry.
      • Also included in the $47.0 million was one commercial real estate loan modification for $7.3 million that ended during the quarter ended December 31, 2020. A subsequent modification was being negotiated and granted subsequent to December 31, 2020 pursuant to obtaining additional collateral.
      • In general, borrowers that request a re-deferral on their loan are required to provide financial plans for returning to full P&I payments and post payment reserves or additional collateral in consideration of deferring payments.
      • Loans under payment modifications had a weighted average LTV of 58.53% and a weighted average pre-COVID-19 DSCR of 1.46x. All of these loans are in senior position and have personal guarantees by the borrowers.
    • Consumer Loans.
      • As of December 31, 2020, there were two new consumer loan accommodations totaling $462,000. The four consumer modifications from the preceding quarter totaling $471,000 did not request any additional modification assistance.
    • Since all these loans were performing and current on payments prior to COVID-19, these loan modifications are not considered to be troubled debt restructurings pursuant to provisions contained within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA 2021”).
  • Loan Loss Reserve: “Due to the positive economic trends in our local markets combined with a decrease in loan balances, including $326,000 in net loan recoveries during the quarter, we recorded no provision for loan losses during the current quarter. This compares to a $1.8 million provision for loan losses for the prior quarter,” said David Lam, executive vice president and chief financial officer. The allowance for loan losses increased to $19.2 million, or 2.06% of total loans, at December 31, 2020 compared to $18.9 million, or 1.93% of total loans, at September 30, 2020.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loans: Riverview originated 790 PPP loans totaling approximately $116.4 million since PPP began in April 2020, with an average loan size of $147,000. As of December 31, 2020, Riverview’s PPP loan portfolio totaled $80.8 million, net of deferred fees related to these PPP loans totaling $1.6 million. The following table presents the breakdown of PPP loans as of December 31, 2020 (in thousands):
Range Number of loans     Total
         
Under $50,000 343   $ 7,833
$50,001 to $150,000 198     16,605
$150,001 to $350,000 60     13,317
$350,001 to $2,000,000 35     23,814
Over $2,000,000 7     19,216
Total 643   $ 80,785

During the third fiscal quarter we began processing applications for loan forgiveness to the SBA. As of December 31, 2020, we had submitted 216 forgiveness applications to the SBA totaling $48.9 million. Of those submitted for forgiveness, we have received $30.0 million in payments from the SBA. Loan fee income net of loan origination costs is earned over the 24-month life of the loan as part of the loan yield. When a PPP loan is paid off or forgiven by the SBA, all unamortized fees and costs associated with the loan are recognized into income. During the third fiscal quarter, $1.3 million of fee income was earned related to PPP loan forgiveness and normal amortization. At December 31, 2020, there is $1.6 million in net unrecognized fees that will be recognized in income in future quarters.

The CAA 2021 is providing additional COVID-19 stimulus relief, and it includes $284 billion allocated for another round of PPP lending, extending the program to March 31, 2021. The program offers new PPP loans for companies that did not receive a PPP loan in 2020, and also second draw loans targeted at hard-hit businesses that have already spent their initial PPP proceeds. “We began accepting and processing loan applications for this new round of PPP relief efforts earlier this month, and anticipate helping our customers and communities, just as we did with the first round of PPP funding,” said Lycklama. “Through January 26, 2021, we have submitted 86 loans and received approval from the SBA totaling $14.5 million. We have another 166 applications for $24.9 million currently in process.”

Income Statement

Return on average assets was 1.11% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 0.71% in the preceding quarter. Return on average equity and return on average tangible equity (non-GAAP) was 10.56% and 12.92%, respectively, compared to 6.71% and 8.23% for the prior quarter.

Riverview’s net interest income for the quarter was $11.5 million, an increase compared to $11.1 million in the preceding quarter and unchanged compared to the third quarter of the prior year. In the first nine months of fiscal 2021, net interest income was $33.7 million compared to $34.8 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2020. SBA fees of $1.3 million and $2.2 million were included in net interest income for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2020, respectively.

Third fiscal quarter net interest margin (“NIM”) was 3.40% compared to 3.33% in the prior quarter and 4.23% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The increase in NIM during the quarter compared to the prior quarter was primarily due to the average yield on loans increasing 24 basis points during the quarter primarily due to additional fee income recognized from PPP loan forgiveness. The decrease compared to the year ago quarter was primarily due to the increase in on-balance sheet liquidity and lower interest rate environment. In the first nine months of fiscal 2021, the net interest margin was 3.46% compared to 4.31% in the same period a year earlier.

The average balance of our overnight cash balances was $235.2 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2020 compared to $204.4 million in the preceding quarter and $45.8 million compared to the third fiscal quarter a year ago as a result of the growth in deposits and loan repayments. The increase in overnight cash balances resulted in 71 basis point decrease in the NIM in the current quarter and a 67 basis point decrease in the NIM in the prior quarter.

During the third fiscal quarter, we continued the deployment of excess cash into our investment portfolio. Investment securities totaled $186.6 million at December 31, 2020 compared to $126.3 million at September 30, 2020. During the quarter, we purchased $70.0 million in new securities with a weighted average yield of 1.27%. Investment purchases were comprised primarily of municipal bonds, agencies and mortgage-backed securities.

Average securities balances for the quarters ended December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 were $154.3 million, $129.1 million and $159.4 million, respectively. Weighted average yields on securities balances for those same periods were 1.56%, 1.62% and 2.21%, respectively.

The accretion on purchased loans totaled $58,000 compared to $123,000 during the preceding quarter and $219,000 in the same period a year ago, resulting in a two basis point increase in the NIM for the current period compared to a four basis point increase for the preceding quarter and an eight basis point increase for the same period a year ago. Net fees on loan prepayments, which included purchased SBA loan premiums, decreased net interest income by $11,000 in the third fiscal quarter of 2021 which did not have an effect on NIM for the quarter. This compares to a $30,000 decrease in net interest income related to net fees on loan prepayments decreasing NIM by one basis points during the second fiscal quarter of 2021 and a $211,000 increase in net interest income related to net fees on loan prepayments adding eight basis point to the NIM for the third fiscal quarter a year ago. For the third fiscal quarter of 2021, SBA PPP loans and related income and fees added 21 basis points to the NIM, due to the recognition of PPP loan fees as a part of the loan forgiveness process. For the preceding quarter, PPP loan income and fees negatively affected the NIM by five basis points, due to PPP loans having a low interest rate. Additionally, no PPP loans were forgiven during the preceding quarter. Excess liquidity resulted in a 71 basis point decrease in the NIM for the current period compared to a 67 basis point decrease for the preceding quarter and 13 basis point decrease for the same period a year ago. This resulted in a core-NIM (non-GAAP) of 3.88% in the current quarter compared to 4.02% in the preceding quarter and 4.20% in the third fiscal quarter a year ago.

Average PPP loans were $99.9 million in the third quarter compared to $110.6 million in the preceding quarter. During the quarter, we recorded $252,000 in interest income on PPP loans and $1.3 million in loan fee amortization into income. For the quarter ended September 30, 2020, we recorded $284,000 in interest income on PPP loans and $476,000 in loan fee amortization into income. Loan yield increased 24 basis points during the quarter to 4.82% compared to 4.58% in the preceding quarter. Loan yield excluding PPP loans was 4.67% for the quarter compared to 4.81% in the preceding quarter.

The cost of deposits decreased to 0.18% during the third quarter compared to 0.22% in the preceding quarter and 0.38% during the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The sequential decrease in deposit costs during the December 31, 2020 quarter reflects the continued low interest rate environment and are expected to decrease further as certificates of deposit reprice at maturity. There are $90.5 million in CD balances that mature within one year of December 31, 2020, with a weighted average rate of 1.28%. Current CD offerings range from 10 bps – 40 bps.

Non-interest income was $2.8 million during the quarter, which was unchanged compared to the preceding quarter and was lower when compared to $3.2 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2020. Fees and service charges remained stable compared to the prior quarter as economic activity and consumer spending stabilized in Riverview’s local markets. In the first nine months of fiscal 2021, non-interest income was $8.3 million compared to $9.5 million in the same period a year ago. The decrease in non-interest income is mainly attributed to lower fees and service charges due to the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic early in fiscal 2021 and a decrease in asset management fees.

Asset management fees were $889,000 during the third fiscal quarter compared to $883,000 in the preceding quarter and $1.1 million in the third fiscal quarter a year ago. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the impact from the decline in interest rates on fee generating products. Riverview Trust Company’s assets under management was $1.3 billion at December 31, 2020 and September 30, 2020 and $1.2 billion a year earlier.

Riverview has emphasized controlling its operating expenses during this economic downturn and will continue to look for opportunities to further reduce operating expenses. For the third fiscal quarter of 2021, non-interest expense was $9.1 million compared to $8.8 million in the preceding quarter and $9.2 million in the third fiscal quarter a year ago. Salaries and employee benefits was $5.7 million compared to $5.4 million in the preceding quarter and $5.9 million in the third fiscal quarter a year ago. FDIC insurance premiums increased to $89,0000 compared to the same quarter a year ago due to the Company utilizing its remaining FDIC assessment credits. Riverview expects its technology costs will remain elevated in the near term as it continues to invest in its digital channels as customer preference and adoption of these services has accelerated. Year-to-date, non-interest expense decreased to $26.6 million compared to $27.4 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2020.

The efficiency ratio was 63.5% for the third fiscal quarter compared to 63.7% in the preceding quarter and 63.1% in the third fiscal quarter a year ago.

Riverview’s effective tax rate for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 was 22.8% compared to 23.7% for the third quarter a year ago.

Balance Sheet Review

Riverview’s total loans decreased $43.7 million during the quarter to $931.5 million compared to $975.2 million in the preceding quarter and increased $44.9 million compared to $886.5 million a year ago. The decrease in loan balances during the quarter was primarily driven by the forgiveness on SBA PPP loans, which totaled $30.0 million during the quarter. Loan totals also continue to be impacted by payoffs and paydowns on existing loans. Organic loan growth continues to be slow as we emphasize disciplined credit underwriting in the current economic environment and there continues to be strong competition for high-quality loans. The year-over-year increase in loan balances was primarily driven by SBA PPP loans originated during the first fiscal quarter of the year. SBA PPP loans balances, net of fees, totaled $80.8 million at December 31, 2020. The decrease in real estate one-to-four family loans was due to the strategic decision to broker all new loan originations to third-party mortgage companies.

The Company’s loan pipeline remains healthy and was $49.4 million at December 31, 2020 compared to $74.6 million at the end of the prior quarter. The loan pipeline decreased compared to last quarter as there were several loans in the prior quarters pipeline that were approved and funded during the quarter. We anticipate that loan growth will remain a challenge for the next couple of quarters until pandemic restrictions are lifted, but we remain optimistic about the second half of 2021.

Undisbursed construction loans totaled $9.9 million at December 31, 2020 compared to $12.0 million in the preceding quarter, with the majority of the undisbursed construction loans expected to fund over the next several quarters. Revolving commercial business loan commitments totaled $71.5 million at December 31, 2020 compared to $73.9 million three months earlier. Utilization on these loans totaled 12.0% at December 31, 2020 compared to 8.7% at September 30, 2020. The weighted average rate on loan originations during the quarter was 3.68% at December 31, 2020 compared to 4.12% at September 30, 2020.

Deposits increased $37.0 million, or 12.2% annualized, to $1.24 billion at December 31, 2020 compared to $1.20 billion in the preceding quarter and increased $246.5 million, or 24.9%, compared to $990.5 million a year earlier. The year-over-year increase in deposits was due primarily to PPP loan funds deposited in customer accounts and changes in customer behavior, which is placing a greater emphasis on savings and maintaining liquidity. Non-interest bearing checking accounts increased $113.5 million, or 40.6% year-over-year, to $393.0 million at December 31, 2020. Checking accounts, as a percentage of total deposits, increased to 50.9% at December 31, 2020 from 46.3% a year earlier.

Shareholders’ equity was $151.9 million at December 31, 2020 compared to $149.0 million three months earlier and $145.8 million a year earlier. Tangible book value per share (non-GAAP) increased to $5.56 at December 31, 2020 compared to $5.43 at September 30, 2020 and $5.18 at December 31, 2019. Riverview paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share on January 18, 2021, consistent with the past five quarters.

Credit Quality

Non-performing loans decreased to $393,000, or 0.04% of total loans, at December 31, 2020 compared to $1.3 million, or 0.13% of total loans, three months earlier and $1.5 million, or 0.17% of total loans, at December 31, 2019. The improvement in total non-performing loans reflects a non-performing loan payoff during the current quarter. Riverview recorded net loan recoveries during the quarter of $326,000 that resulted from the resolution of this non-performing loan. This compared to net charge-offs of $10,000 during the preceding quarter and $3,000 in net charge-offs in the third fiscal quarter a year ago.

Classified assets decreased to $4.0 million at December 31, 2020 compared to $4.8 million at September 30, 2020 and $3.1 million at December 31, 2019. The classified asset to total capital ratio was 2.5% at December 31, 2020 compared to 3.2% three months earlier and 2.1% a year earlier.

Criticized assets increased $7.4 million to $46.5 million at December 31, 2020 compared to $39.1 million at September 30, 2020. This increase reflects risk rating changes primarily associated with loans that were granted COVID-19 loan modifications. In general, borrowers whose loans were paying as agreed prior to COVID-19, remain well-secured and have provided acceptable plans for returning to full payment status were downgraded to a pass/watch rating. Modifications that extended beyond six months and beyond December 31, 2020 were generally downgraded to a special mention/criticized rating unless other mitigating considerations exist that lowered the bank’s credit risk. Borrowers who could not provide a plan or were closed with no plan for re-opening in a reasonable timeframe, were moved to a substandard/classified rating. In addition, the risk rating was also downgraded for certain borrowers who were not granted COVID-19 loan modification, but who have still been impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At December 31, 2020, the allowance for loan losses increased to $19.2 million compared to $18.9 million in the preceding quarter and $11.4 million one year earlier. The allowance for loan losses represented 2.06% of total loans at December 31, 2020 compared to 1.93% in the preceding quarter and 1.29% a year earlier. The allowance for loan losses to loans, net of SBA guaranteed loans (including SBA PPP loans) (non-GAAP), was 2.41% at December 31, 2020 compared to 2.35% at September 30, 2020. Included in the carrying value of loans are net discounts on the MBank purchased loans, which may reduce the need for an allowance for loan losses on these loans because they are carried an amount below the outstanding principal balance. The remaining net discount on these purchased loans was $813,000 at December 31, 2020 compared to $871,000 three months earlier.

Capital

Riverview continues to maintain capital levels well in excess of the regulatory requirements to be categorized as “well capitalized” with a total risk-based capital ratio of 17.58% and a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9.80% at December 31, 2020. Tangible common equity to average tangible assets ratio (non-GAAP) was 8.81% at December 31, 2020.

Branch Consolidation

Riverview continues to actively review its branch network for efficiencies due to customers’ increased usage of online and mobile banking technologies. On January 24, 2021, Riverview consolidated one branch in the Heights neighborhood of Vancouver, and on September 28, 2020, consolidated two of its branches in Clark County, Washington and simultaneously opened a new branch in the Cascade Park neighborhood of Vancouver. Riverview plans to open a new location in Ridgefield, Washington, one of the fastest growing cities in Clark County, during the summer of 2021.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. Management has presented these non-GAAP financial measures in this earnings release because it believes that they provide useful and comparative information to assess trends in Riverview's core operations reflected in the current quarter's results and facilitate the comparison of our performance with the performance of our peers. However, these non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental and are not a substitute for any analysis based on GAAP. Where applicable, comparable earnings information using GAAP financial measures is also presented. Because not all companies use the same calculations, our presentation may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures as calculated by other companies. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures, see the tables below.

Tangible shareholders' equity to tangible assets and tangible book value per share:              
                       
(Dollars in thousands)   December 31, 2020   September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019   March 31, 2020      
                       
Shareholders' equity (GAAP)   $ 151,874     $ 149,046     $ 145,806     $ 148,843        
Exclude: Goodwill     (27,076 )     (27,076 )     (27,076 )     (27,076 )      
Exclude: Core deposit intangible, net     (654 )     (689 )     (799 )     (759 )      
Tangible shareholders' equity (non-GAAP)   $ 124,144     $ 121,281     $ 117,931     $ 121,008        
                       
Total assets (GAAP)   $ 1,436,184     $ 1,425,171     $ 1,184,100     $ 1,180,808        
Exclude: Goodwill     (27,076 )     (27,076 )     (27,076 )     (27,076 )      
Exclude: Core deposit intangible, net     (654 )     (689 )     (799 )     (759 )      
Tangible assets (non-GAAP)   $ 1,408,454     $ 1,397,406     $ 1,156,225     $ 1,152,973        
                       
Shareholders' equity to total assets (GAAP)     10.57 %     10.46 %     12.31 %     12.61 %      
                       
Tangible common equity to tangible assets (non-GAAP)   8.81 %     8.68 %     10.20 %     10.50 %      
                       
Shares outstanding     22,345,235       22,336,235       22,748,385       22,544,285        
                       
Book value per share (GAAP)     6.80       6.67       6.41       6.60        
                       
Tangible book value per share (non-GAAP)     5.56       5.43       5.18       5.37        
                       
                       
Pre-tax, pre-provision income                      
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
(Dollars in thousands)   December 31, 2020   September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019  
                       
Net income (GAAP)   $ 4,035     $ 2,543     $ 4,128     $ 7,058     $ 12,854    
Include: Provision for income taxes     1,199       704       1,279       1,989       3,850    
Include: Provision for loan losses     -       1,800       -       6,300       -    
Pre-tax, pre-provision income (non-GAAP)   $ 5,234     $ 5,047     $ 5,407     $ 15,347     $ 16,704    
                       
                       
Net interest margin reconciliation to core net interest margin                  
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
(Dollars in thousands)   December 31, 2020   September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019  
                       
Net interest income (GAAP)   $ 11,529     $ 11,064     $ 11,492     $ 33,721     $ 34,681    
  Tax equivalent adjustment     14       5       9       25       32    
  Net fees on loan prepayments     11       30       (211 )     141       (355 )  
  Accretion on purchased MBank loans     (58 )     (123 )     (219 )     (317 )     (405 )  
  SBA PPP loans interest income and fees     (1,539 )     (760 )     -       (2,965 )     -    
  Income on excess FRB liquidity     (61 )     (50 )     (128 )     (129 )     (137 )  
Adjusted net interest income (non-GAAP)   $ 9,896     $ 10,166     $ 10,943     $ 30,476     $ 33,816    
                       
                       
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
(Dollars in thousands)   December 31, 2020   September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019  
                       
Average balance of interest-earning assets (GAAP)   $ 1,346,324     $ 1,318,803     $ 1,082,229     $ 1,296,203     $ 1,072,584    
  SBA PPP loans (average)     (99,851 )     (110,573 )     -       (98,461 )     -    
  Excess FRB liquidity (average)     (235,163 )     (204,422 )     (45,827 )     (178,464 )     (22,904 )  
Average balance of interest-earning assets excluding                      
SBA PPP loans and excess FRB liquidity (non-GAAP) $ 1,011,310     $ 1,003,808     $ 1,036,402     $ 1,019,278     $ 1,049,680    
                       
                       
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
    December 31, 2020   September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019   December 31, 2020   December 31, 2019  
                       
Net interest margin (GAAP)     3.40 %     3.33 %     4.23 %     3.46 %     4.31 %  
  Net fees on loan prepayments     0.00       0.01       (0.08 )     0.01       (0.05 )  
  Accretion on purchased MBank loans     (0.02 )     (0.04 )     (0.08 )     (0.04 )     (0.05 )  
  SBA PPP loans     (0.21 )     0.05       0.00       (0.04 )     0.00    
  Excess FRB liquidity     0.71       0.67       0.13       0.58       0.08    
Core net interest margin (non-GAAP)     3.88 %     4.02 %     4.20 % %   3.97 %     4.29 %  
                       
                       
Allowance for loan losses reconciliation, excluding SBA purchased and PPP loans              
                       
(Dollars in thousands)   December 31, 2020   September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019   March 31, 2020      
                       
Allowance for loan losses   $ 19,192     $ 18,866     $ 11,433     $ 12,624        
                       
Loans receivable (GAAP)   $ 931,468     $ 975,174     $ 886,533     $ 911,509        
Exclude: SBA purchased loans     (53,743 )     (61,990 )     (69,308 )     (74,797 )      
Exclude: SBA PPP loans     (80,785 )     (110,794 )     -       -        
Loans receivable excluding SBA purchased and PPP loans (non-GAAP)   $ 796,940     $ 802,390     $ 817,225     $ 836,712        
                       
Allowance for loan losses to loans receivable (GAAP)     2.06 %     1.93 %     1.29 %     1.38 %      
                       
Allowance for loan losses to loans receivable excluding SBA purchased and PPP loans (non-GAAP)     2.41 %     2.35 %     1.40 %     1.51 %      

About Riverview

Riverview Bancorp, Inc. (www.riverviewbank.com) is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington – just north of Portland, Oregon, on the I-5 corridor. With assets of $1.43 billion at December 31, 2020, it is the parent company of the 97-year-old Riverview Community Bank, as well as Riverview Trust Company. The Bank offers true community banking services, focusing on providing the highest quality service and financial products to commercial and retail clients through 18 branches, including 14 in the Portland-Vancouver area, and 3 lending centers. For the past 7 years, Riverview has been named Best Bank by the readers of The Vancouver Business Journal and The Columbian.

“Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, including on our credit quality and business operations, as well as the impact on general economic and financial conditions and other uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the extent and duration of the impact on public health, the U.S. and global economies, and consumer and corporate customers, including economic activity, employment levels and market liquidity; the Company’s ability to raise common capital; the credit risks of lending activities, including changes in the level and trend of loan delinquencies and write-offs and changes in the Company’s allowance for loan losses and provision for loan losses that may be impacted by deterioration in the housing and commercial real estate markets; changes in general economic conditions, either nationally or in the Company’s market areas; changes in the levels of general interest rates, and the relative differences between short and long term interest rates, deposit interest rates, the Company’s net interest margin and funding sources; fluctuations in the demand for loans, the number of unsold homes, land and other properties and fluctuations in real estate values in the Company’s market areas; secondary market conditions for loans and the Company’s ability to sell loans in the secondary market; results of examinations of us by the Office of Comptroller of the Currency or other regulatory authorities, including the possibility that any such regulatory authority may, among other things, require us to increase the Company’s reserve for loan losses, write-down assets, change Riverview Community Bank’s regulatory capital position or affect the Company’s ability to borrow funds or maintain or increase deposits, which could adversely affect its liquidity and earnings; legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect the Company’s business including changes in regulatory policies and principles, or the interpretation of regulatory capital or other rules; the Company’s ability to attract and retain deposits; further increases in premiums for deposit insurance; the Company’s ability to control operating costs and expenses; the use of estimates in determining fair value of certain of the Company’s assets, which estimates may prove to be incorrect and result in significant declines in valuation; difficulties in reducing risks associated with the loans on the Company’s balance sheet; staffing fluctuations in response to product demand or the implementation of corporate strategies that affect the Company’s workforce and potential associated charges; computer systems on which the Company depends could fail or experience a security breach; the Company’s ability to retain key members of its senior management team; costs and effects of litigation, including settlements and judgments; the Company’s ability to successfully integrate any assets, liabilities, customers, systems, and management personnel it may in the future acquire into its operations and the Company’s ability to realize related revenue synergies and cost savings within expected time frames and any future goodwill impairment due to changes in the Company’s business, changes in market conditions, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors related thereto; increased competitive pressures among financial services companies; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; the availability of resources to address changes in laws, rules, or regulations or to respond to regulatory actions; the Company’s ability to pay dividends on its common stock; and interest or principal payments on its junior subordinated debentures; adverse changes in the securities markets; inability of key third-party providers to perform their obligations to us; changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the financial institution regulatory agencies or the Financial Accounting Standards Board, including additional guidance and interpretation on accounting issues and details of the implementation of new accounting methods; other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory, and technological factors affecting the Company’s operations, pricing, products and services and the other risks described from time to time in our filings with the SEC.

Such forward-looking statements may include projections. Any such projections were not prepared in accordance with published guidelines of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants or the Securities Exchange Commission regarding projections and forecasts nor have such projections been audited, examined or otherwise reviewed by independent auditors of the Company. In addition, such projections are based upon many estimates and inherently subject to significant economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of management of the Company. Accordingly, actual results may be materially higher or lower than those projected. The inclusion of such projections herein should not be regarded as a representation by the Company that the projections will prove to be correct.

The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Moreover, you should treat these statements as speaking only as of the date they are made and based only on information then actually known to the Company. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. These risks could cause our actual results for fiscal 2021 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements by, or on behalf of, us, and could negatively affect the Company’s operating and stock price performance.

RIVERVIEW BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY              
Consolidated Balance Sheets              
(In thousands, except share data) (Unaudited) December 31, 2020   September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019   March 31, 2020
ASSETS              
               
Cash (including interest-earning accounts of $220,597, $226,583, $ 235,834   $ 238,016   $ 62,123     $ 41,968
$48,781 and $27,866)              
Certificate of deposits held for investment   249     249     249       249
Loans held for sale   -     -     -       275
Investment securities:              
Available for sale, at estimated fair value   153,219     126,273     155,757       148,291
Held to maturity, at amortized cost   33,425     24     29       28
Loans receivable (net of allowance for loan losses of $19,192,              
$18,866, $11,433, and $12,624)   912,276     956,308     875,100       898,885
Prepaid expenses and other assets   13,365     16,018     8,330       7,452
Accrued interest receivable   5,283     5,341     3,729       3,704
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost   1,420     2,620     1,380       1,420
Premises and equipment, net   17,909     17,296     14,493       15,570
Financing lease right-of-use assets   1,451     1,470     1,528       1,508
Deferred income taxes, net   3,141     3,076     3,416       3,277
Mortgage servicing rights, net   102     128     215       191
Goodwill   27,076     27,076     27,076       27,076
Core deposit intangible, net   654     689     799       759
Bank owned life insurance   30,780     30,587     29,876       30,155
               
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,436,184   $ 1,425,171   $ 1,184,100     $ 1,180,808
               
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY              
               
LIABILITIES:              
Deposits $ 1,236,933   $ 1,199,972   $ 990,464     $ 990,448
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   18,155     16,087     18,483       11,783
Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance   156     1,011     329       703
Federal Home Loan Bank advances   -     30,000     -       -
Junior subordinated debentures   26,726     26,705     26,640       26,662
Capital lease obligations   2,340     2,350     2,378       2,369
Total liabilities   1,284,310     1,276,125     1,038,294       1,031,965
               
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:              
Serial preferred stock, $.01 par value; 250,000 authorized,              
issued and outstanding, none   -     -     -       -
Common stock, $.01 par value; 50,000,000 authorized,              
December 31, 2020 - 22,345,235 issued and outstanding;              
September 30, 2020 - 22,336,235 issued and outstanding;   223     222     227       225
December 31, 2019 - 22,748,385 issued and outstanding;              
March 31, 2020 – 22,748,385 issued and 22,544,285 outstanding;            
Additional paid-in capital   63,539     63,420     65,637       64,649
Retained earnings   85,584     82,666     80,103       81,870
Accumulated other comprehensive income   2,528     2,738     (161 )     2,099
Total shareholders’ equity   151,874     149,046     145,806       148,843
               
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 1,436,184   $ 1,425,171   $ 1,184,100     $ 1,180,808
               
RIVERVIEW BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY            
Consolidated Statements of Income              
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
(In thousands, except share data) (Unaudited) Dec. 31, 2020 Sept. 30, 2020 Dec. 31, 2019   Dec. 31, 2020 Dec. 31, 2019  
INTEREST INCOME:              
Interest and fees on loans receivable $ 11,601 $ 11,346 $ 11,699   $ 34,475 $ 35,146  
Interest on investment securities - taxable   549   505   851     1,709   2,589  
Interest on investment securities - nontaxable   44   17   27     79   100  
Other interest and dividends   98   81   189     216   369  
Total interest and dividend income   12,292   11,949   12,766     36,479   38,204  
               
INTEREST EXPENSE:              
Interest on deposits   556   657   942     2,071   1,953  
Interest on borrowings   207   228   332     687   1,570  
Total interest expense   763   885   1,274     2,758   3,523  
Net interest income   11,529   11,064   11,492     33,721   34,681  
Provision for loan losses   -   1,800   -     6,300   -  
               
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   11,529   9,264   11,492     27,421   34,681  
               
NON-INTEREST INCOME:              
Fees and service charges   1,654   1,663   1,661     4,715   5,050  
Asset management fees   889   883   1,136     2,746   3,369  
Net gain on sale of loans held for sale   -   -   68     28   210  
Bank owned life insurance   193   242   188     625   585  
Other, net   76   31   110     140   254  
Total non-interest income, net   2,812   2,819   3,163     8,254   9,468  
               
NON-INTEREST EXPENSE:              
Salaries and employee benefits   5,698   5,379   5,941     16,269   17,353  
Occupancy and depreciation   1,434   1,457   1,461     4,341   4,058  
Data processing   638   697   637     1,996   1,986  
Amortization of core deposit intangible   35   35   40     105   121  
Advertising and marketing   144   110   181     383   689  
FDIC insurance premium   89   84   -     221   81  
State and local taxes   190   204   126     598   495  
Telecommunications   74   85   84     245   246  
Professional fees   321   321   267     962   855  
Other   484   464   511     1,508   1,561  
Total non-interest expense   9,107   8,836   9,248     26,628   27,445  
               
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES   5,234   3,247   5,407     9,047   16,704  
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES   1,199   704   1,279     1,989   3,850  
NET INCOME $ 4,035 $ 2,543 $ 4,128   $ 7,058 $ 12,854  
               
Earnings per common share:              
Basic $ 0.18 $ 0.11 $ 0.18   $ 0.32 $ 0.57  
Diluted $ 0.18 $ 0.11 $ 0.18   $ 0.32 $ 0.57  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:            
Basic   22,320,699   22,261,709   22,748,385     22,279,774   22,701,806  
Diluted   22,337,644   22,276,312   22,776,193     22,296,827   22,741,652  
               
                       
(Dollars in thousands)   At or for the three months ended   At or for the nine months ended  
    Dec. 31, 2020   Sept. 30, 2020   Dec. 31, 2019   Dec. 31, 2020   Dec. 31, 2019  
AVERAGE BALANCES                      
Average interest–earning assets   $ 1,346,324     $ 1,318,803     $ 1,082,229     $ 1,296,203   $ 1,072,584  
Average interest-bearing liabilities     878,526       854,303       726,294       847,321     721,345  
Net average earning assets     467,798       464,500       355,935       448,882     351,239  
Average loans     955,183       983,737       878,656       975,203     881,779  
Average deposits     1,236,601       1,190,551       987,056       1,177,826     953,418  
Average equity     151,636       150,401       146,090       150,915     141,644  
Average tangible equity (non-GAAP)     123,886       122,615       118,192       123,129     113,706  
                       
                       
ASSET QUALITY   Dec. 31, 2020   Sept. 30, 2020   Dec. 31, 2019          
                       
Non-performing loans   $ 393     $ 1,275     $ 1,517            
Non-performing loans to total loans     0.04%       0.13%       0.17%            
Real estate/repossessed assets owned   $ -     $ -     $ -            
Non-performing assets   $ 393     $ 1,275     $ 1,517            
Non-performing assets to total assets     0.03%       0.09%       0.13%            
Net loan charge-offs in the quarter   $ (326)     $ 10     $ 3            
Net charge-offs in the quarter/average net loans     (0.14)%       0.00%       0.00%            
                       
Allowance for loan losses   $ 19,192     $ 18,866     $ 11,433            
Average interest-earning assets to average                      
  interest-bearing liabilities     153.25%       154.37%       149.01%            
Allowance for loan losses to                      
  non-performing loans     4883.46%       1479.69%       753.66%            
Allowance for loan losses to total loans     2.06%       1.93%       1.29%            
Shareholders’ equity to assets     10.57%       10.46%       12.31%            
                       
                       
CAPITAL RATIOS                      
Total capital (to risk weighted assets)     17.58%       17.53%       17.66%            
Tier 1 capital (to risk weighted assets)     16.32%       16.26%       16.41%            
Common equity tier 1 (to risk weighted assets)     16.32%       16.26%       16.41%            
Tier 1 capital (to average tangible assets)     9.80%       9.82%       12.05%            
Tangible common equity (to average tangible assets) (non-GAAP)     8.81%       8.68%       10.20%            
                       
                       
DEPOSIT MIX   Dec. 31, 2020   Sept. 30, 2020   Dec. 31, 2019   March 31, 2020      
                       
Interest checking   $ 237,051     $ 229,879     $ 179,447     $ 187,798      
Regular savings     267,901       251,547       217,004       226,880      
Money market deposit accounts     211,129       200,829       183,076       169,798      
Non-interest checking     393,023       386,408       279,564       271,031      
Certificates of deposit     127,829       131,309       131,373       134,941      
Total deposits   $ 1,236,933     $ 1,199,972     $ 990,464     $ 990,448      
                       
                   
COMPOSITION OF COMMERCIAL AND CONSTRUCTION LOANS          
                   
        Other       Commercial  
    Commercial   Real Estate   Real Estate   & Construction  
    Business   Mortgage   Construction   Total  
       
December 31, 2020   (Dollars in thousands)  
Commercial business   $ 171,902   $ -   $ -   $ 171,902  
SBA PPP     80,785     -     -     80,785  
Commercial construction     -     -     10,440     10,440  
Office buildings     -     132,756     -     132,756  
Warehouse/industrial     -     86,833     -     86,833  
Retail/shopping centers/strip malls     -     84,901     -     84,901  
Assisted living facilities     -     901     -     901  
Single purpose facilities     -     236,026     -     236,026  
Land     -     12,125     -     12,125  
Multi-family     -     42,167     -     42,167  
One-to-four family construction     -     -     6,482     6,482  
  Total   $ 252,687   $ 595,709   $ 16,922   $ 865,318  
                   
March 31, 2020                  
Commercial business   $ 179,029   $ -   $ -   $ 179,029  
Commercial construction     -     -     52,608     52,608  
Office buildings     -     113,433     -     113,433  
Warehouse/industrial     -     91,764     -     91,764  
Retail/shopping centers/strip malls     -     76,802     -     76,802  
Assisted living facilities     -     1,033     -     1,033  
Single purpose facilities     -     224,839     -     224,839  
Land     -     14,026     -     14,026  
Multi-family     -     58,374     -     58,374  
One-to-four family construction     -     -     12,235     12,235  
  Total   $ 179,029   $ 580,271   $ 64,843   $ 824,143  
                   
                   
                   
                   
LOAN MIX   Dec. 31, 2020   Sept. 30, 2020   Dec. 31, 2019   March 31, 2020  
Commercial and construction                  
  Commercial business   $ 252,687   $ 281,670   $ 165,526   $ 179,029  
  Other real estate mortgage     595,709     590,386     543,118     580,271  
  Real estate construction     16,922     28,308     88,872     64,843  
    Total commercial and construction     865,318     900,364     797,516     824,143  
Consumer                  
  Real estate one-to-four family     63,621     71,940     83,978     83,150  
  Other installment     2,529     2,870     5,039     4,216  
    Total consumer     66,150     74,810     89,017     87,366  
                   
Total loans     931,468     975,174     886,533     911,509  
                   
Less:                  
  Allowance for loan losses     19,192     18,866     11,433     12,624  
  Loans receivable, net   $ 912,276   $ 956,308   $ 875,100   $ 898,885  
                   
DETAIL OF NON-PERFORMING ASSETS                              
                                         
        Southwest                                
        Washington   Total                            
December 31, 2020                                    
                                         
Commercial business   $ 187   $ 187                              
Commercial real estate     149     149                              
Consumer     57     57                              
                                         
  Total non-performing assets   $ 393   $ 393                              
                                         
                                         
                                         
DETAIL OF LAND DEVELOPMENT AND SPECULATIVE CONSTRUCTION LOANS              
                                         
        Northwest   Other   Southwest                        
        Oregon   Oregon   Washington   Total                    
December 31, 2020   (dollars in thousands)                    
                                         
Land development   $ 2,248   $ 1,786     $ 8,092   $ 12,126                    
Speculative construction     225     -       4,774     4,999                    
                                         
  Total land development                                    
    and speculative construction   $ 2,473   $ 1,786     $ 12,866   $ 17,125                    
                                         
                                         
DETAIL OF LOAN MODIFICATIONS                                
                                         
                            Number of Subsequent
        Number of Loan Deferrals   Loan Deferrals
        9/30/2020   Ended   New   12/31/2020   Change   Re-deferral   Total   Change   % Change
                                         
Hotel / Motel     8     (4 )     1     5   (37.5 )%     4     9     1     12.5 %
Retail strip centers     3     -       -     3   (0.0 )%     -     3     -     -  
Other - Commercial     2     (2 )     -     -   (100.0 )%     1     1     (1 )   (50.0 )%
  Total Commercial     13     (6 )     1     8   (38.5 )%     5     13     -     -  
                                         
Consumer     4     (4 )     2     2   (50.0 )%     -     2     (2 )   (50.0 )%
                                         
  Total     17     (10 )     3     10   (41.2 )%     5     15     (2 )   (11.8 )%
                                         
        Loan Deferrals   Subsequent Loan Deferrals
        9/30/2020   Ended   New   12/31/2020   Change   Re-deferral   Total   Change   % Change
        (dollars in thousands)   (dollars in thousands)
                                         
Hotel / Motel   $ 35,059   $ (15,425 )   $ 134   $ 19,768   (43.6 )%   $ 13,132   $ 32,900   $ (2,159 )   (6.2 )%
Retail strip centers     6,793     -       -     6,793   (0.0 )%     -     6,793     -     -  
Other - Commercial     7,832     (7,832 )     -     -   (100.0 )%     7,305     7,305     (527 )   (6.7 )%
  Total Commercial     49,684     (23,257 )     134     26,561   (46.5 )%     20,437     46,998     (2,686 )   (5.4 )%
                                         
Consumer     471     (471 )     462     462   (1.9 )%     -     462     (9 )   (1.9 )%
                                         
  Total   $ 50,155   $ (23,728 )   $ 596   $ 27,023   (46.1 )%   $ 20,437   $ 47,460   $ (2,695 )   (5.4 )%
                                         
                     
                At or for the three months ended   At or for the nine months ended  
SELECTED OPERATING DATA Dec. 31, 2020   Sept. 30, 2020   Dec. 31, 2019   Dec. 31, 2020   Dec. 31, 2019  
                     
Efficiency ratio (4)   63.50 %     63.65 %     63.10 %     63.44 %     62.16 %  
Coverage ratio (6)   126.59 %     125.22 %     124.26 %     126.64 %     126.37 %  
Return on average assets (1)   1.11 %     0.71 %     1.40 %     0.67 %     1.47 %  
Return on average equity (1)   10.56 %     6.71 %     11.24 %     6.21 %     12.08 %  
Return on average tangible equity (1) (non-GAAP)   12.92 %     8.23 %     13.89 %     7.61 %     15.05 %  
                     
NET INTEREST SPREAD                    
Yield on loans   4.82 %     4.58 %     5.30 %     4.69 %     5.30 %  
Yield on investment securities   1.56 %     1.62 %     2.21 %     1.71 %     2.15 %  
    Total yield on interest-earning assets   3.63 %     3.60 %     4.70 %     3.74 %     4.74 %  
                     
Cost of interest-bearing deposits   0.26 %     0.33 %     0.54 %     0.34 %     0.39 %  
Cost of FHLB advances and other borrowings   2.17 %     1.53 %     4.55 %     1.86 %     3.71 %  
    Total cost of interest-bearing liabilities   0.34 %     0.41 %     0.70 %     0.43 %     0.65 %  
                     
Spread (7)   3.29 %     3.19 %     4.00 %     3.31 %     4.09 %  
Net interest margin   3.40 %     3.33 %     4.23 %     3.46 %     4.31 %  
                     
PER SHARE DATA                    
Basic earnings per share (2) $ 0.18     $ 0.11     $ 0.18     $ 0.32     $ 0.57    
Diluted earnings per share (3)   0.18       0.11       0.18       0.32       0.57    
Book value per share (5)   6.80       6.67       6.41       6.80       6.41    
Tangible book value per share (5) (non-GAAP)   5.56       5.43       5.18       5.56       5.18    
Market price per share:                    
  High for the period $ 5.72     $ 5.31     $ 8.45     $ 6.12     $ 8.55    
  Low for the period   4.21       3.82       6.94       3.82       6.87    
  Close for period end   5.26       4.15       8.21       5.26       8.21    
Cash dividends declared per share   0.0500       0.0500       0.0500       0.1500       0.1400    
                     
Average number of shares outstanding:                    
  Basic (2)   22,320,699       22,261,709       22,748,385       22,279,774       22,701,806    
  Diluted (3)   22,337,644       22,276,312       22,776,193       22,296,827       22,741,652    
                     

(1)      Amounts for the quarterly periods are annualized.(2)      Amounts exclude ESOP shares not committed to be released.(3)      Amounts exclude ESOP shares not committed to be released and include common stock equivalents.(4)      Non-interest expense divided by net interest income and non-interest income.(5)      Amounts calculated based on shareholders’ equity and include ESOP shares not committed to be released.(6)      Net interest income divided by non-interest expense.(7)      Yield on interest-earning assets less cost of funds on interest-bearing liabilities.

Contact:Kevin Lycklama or David LamRiverview Bancorp, Inc. 360-693-6650