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FFBW, Inc. Announces December 31, 2018 Financial Results

February 7, 2019

BROOKFIELD, Wis., Feb. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FFBW, Inc. (Nasdaq: FFBW) (the “Company”), the parent company of First Federal Bank of Wisconsin (the “Bank”), a federally chartered stock savings bank offering full-service commercial banking, retail banking and residential lending, today announced unaudited financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018. The December 31, 2018 results showed significant period-over-period earnings growth, improved asset quality, and solid loan portfolio growth. For the three months and year ended December 31, 2018, net income was $233,000, or $0.04 per share, and $1.1 million, or $0.17 per share, respectively, compared with net losses of $417,000, or $0.07 per share, and $186,000, or $0.03 per share, for the same respective periods last year.

Edward H. Schaefer, President and CEO, commented, “Our fourth quarter results marked a strong finish to a successful first full year as a public company. We were able to strategically realign our balance sheet, realizing a loss on sale of securities during the quarter, and still finished ahead of our budget. By selling more than $5.4 million in lower-yielding securities, we positioned ourselves to reinvest those funds into higher-yielding loans and securities, thereby increasing our future earnings.”

Fourth Quarter and Year-to-Date Highlights

-- Earnings growth.Quarterly earnings improved $650,000 from a loss of $417,000 to income of $233,000, and annual earnings increased more than $1.2 million from a loss of $186,000 to income of $1.1 million. -- Asset quality improvement.Nonperforming assets decreased 58% to $789,000 at December 31, 2018 from $1.9 million as of December 31, 2017. Non-performing loans to total loans dropped to 0.36% at December 31, 2018 compared to 0.72% at December 31, 2017. -- Strong loan portfolio growth.Net loans have increased 16% since December 31, 2017 to $199 million. Commercial loans have increased $26 million, while residential real estate and consumer loans have increased $2 million for the same period.

Repurchase Plan Announcement

On January 25, 2019, the Company announced that the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 5% of total outstanding shares of common stock (“the Repurchase Program”). The Company is not obligated to repurchase any such shares under the Repurchase Program, but will make decisions based on the prevailing market prices and in accordance with federal securities laws.

Income Statement and Balance Sheet Overview

Total interest and dividend income increased $375,000, or 15.4%, to $2.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $2.4 million for the prior year quarter. Average interest-earning assets increased $1.5 million, or 0.6%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2017 and the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets increased 58 basis points for quarter to quarter. Total interest and dividend income increased $1.6 million, or 17.9%, to $10.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $9.0 million for 2017. Total average interest-earning assets increased $21.4 million, or 9.5%, for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to the year ended December 31, 2017, and the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets increased 31 basis points year to year.

Total interest expense increased $272,000, or 72.9%, to $645,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to $373,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. Average interest-bearing liabilities increased $4.7 million, or 2.6%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2017, and the cost of funds increased 57 basis points to 1.40% for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to 0.83% for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The increase in average cost of funds was primarily the result of rising interest rates and competition within our market. Total interest expense increased $555,000, or 35.7%, to $2.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $1.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. Average interest-bearing liabilities increased $767,000, or 0.4%, for 2018 compared to 2017, and the cost of funds increased 30 basis points to 1.15% for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to 0.85% for year ended December 31, 2017.

Net interest margin was 3.48% and 3.44% for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, compared to 3.34% and 3.29% for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017, respectively.

The loan loss provision was $98,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to $253,000 the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The net recoveries for the 2018 were $1,000, 0.00%, of average total loans. The loan loss provision was $513,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $419,000 for the year ended December 31, 2017. Net charge-offs for 2018 were $195,000, 0.10% of average total loans. At December 31, 2018, our allowance for loan loss is $2.1 million, or 1.05%, of total loans. Management believes the allowance is adequate for future probable losses.

Noninterest income decreased to $39,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared to $264,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2017. The decreased resulted primarily from a $224,000 loss from sale of securities completed in the fourth quarter as part of a balance sheet restructuring strategy to sell more than $5.4 million of securities with below market book yields and redeploy those funds into higher yielding assets. By redeploying those funds into higher yielding loans and securities, management expects an earnback period of approximately 1.15 years. Both gain on sale of loans and service charges and other fees improved for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared to the same period in the prior year.

Compared to 2017, noninterest income decreased $191,000. This was primarily due to the following: (1) gain on sale of loans dropped $22,000 in 2018 compared to 2017 due to management’s decision to retain more mortgage loans in the loan portfolio rather than selling to the secondary market, (2) a loss of $224,000 from the sale of securities recognized in the fourth quarter, and (3) 2017 included a gain on the sales of two office buildings. This was partially offset by the increase in service charges and other fees of $92,000 year over year.

Noninterest expense decreased $421,000 to $1.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared to $2.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. The Company had decreases in other noninterest expense, occupancy and equipment, and foreclosed assets while having increases in salaries and employee benefits, data processing, and professional fees. Noninterest expense decreased $524,000 to $7.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared to $7.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2017. The Company had decreases in other noninterest expense and occupancy and equipment while having increases in salaries and employee benefits, data processing, foreclosed assets, and professional fees. The other noninterest expense decrease is due to the third quarter 2017 donation of our former downtown office to a local community group and the fourth quarter 2017 donation to FFBW Community Foundation, Inc.

Total assets increased $6.2 million to $262.7 million at December 31, 2018 from $256.5 million at December 31, 2017. This increase was primarily due to the increase in total loans of $27.3 million to $198.7 million at December 31, 2018 from $171.4 million at December 31, 2017. The increase in loans resulted from increases in our commercial real estate loans of $16.2 million, development loans of $6.3 million, and multifamily loans of $2.8 million. The increase in loans was offset by decreases in cash and cash equivalents of $7.3 million and available for sale securities of $14.3 million. Total deposits increased $292,000 to $183.2 million at December 31, 2018 from $182.9 million at December 31, 2017, primarily due to the increase in certificates required to fund the increasing loan activity.

Nonaccrual loans decreased to $720,000, or 0.36% of total loans, at December 31, 2018 from $1.2 million, or 0.72% of total loans, at December 31, 2017. Non-performing assets decreased to $789,000, or 0.30% of total assets, at December 31, 2018 compared to $1.9 million, or 0.73% of total assets, at December 31, 2017.

The following table presents the estimated regulatory capital ratios for the Company, the Bank, and the minimum requirements for the Bank at December 31, 2018.

Minimum Minimu Require m ment Requir to Be ement Well For Capital At December 31, 2018 Company Bank Capita ized l Under Adequa Prompt cy Correct Purpos ive es Action Provisi ons ---------------------------------- ------ ------ ----- ------ Tier 1 leverage ratio 22.8 % 18.4 % 4.0 % 5.0 % Common equity Tier 1 capital ratio 29.3 % 23.7 % 4.5 % 6.5 % Tier1 capital ratio 29.3 % 23.7 % 6.0 % 8.0 % Total capital ratio 30.4 % 24.7 % 8.0 % 10.0 %

About the Company

FFBW, Inc. is the holding company for First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, a wholly owned subsidiary. The Company’s stock trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “FFBW.” First Federal Bank of Wisconsin is a full-service federally chartered stock savings bank based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, servicing customers in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties in Wisconsin through 4 branch locations.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of words such as “estimate,” “project,” “believe,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “seek,” “expect” and words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: statements of our goals, intentions and expectations; statements regarding our business plans, prospects, growth and operating strategies; statements regarding the quality of our loan and investment portfolios; and estimates of our risks and future costs and benefits. These forward-looking statements are based on current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: general economic conditions, either nationally or in our market areas, that are worse than expected; changes in the level and direction of loan delinquencies and write-offs and changes in estimates of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses; our ability to access cost-effective funding; fluctuations in real estate values and both residential and commercial real estate market conditions; demand for loans and deposits in our market area; our ability to implement and change our business strategies; competition among depository and other financial institutions; inflation and changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our margins and yields, our mortgage banking revenues, the fair value of financial instruments or our level of loan originations, or increase the level of defaults, losses and prepayments on loans we have made and make; adverse changes in the securities or secondary mortgage markets; changes in laws or government regulations or policies affecting financial institutions, including changes in regulatory fees and capital requirements, including as a result of Basel III; the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and the implementing regulations; changes in the quality or composition of our loan or investment portfolios; technological changes that may be more difficult or expensive than expected; the inability of third-party providers to perform as expected; our ability to manage market risk, credit risk and operational risk in the current economic environment; our ability to enter new markets successfully and capitalize on growth opportunities; our ability to successfully integrate into our operations any assets, liabilities, customers, systems and management personnel we may acquire and our ability to realize related revenue synergies and cost savings within expected time frames, and any goodwill charges related thereto; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the bank regulatory agencies, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; our ability to retain key employees; our compensation expense associated with equity allocated or awarded to our employees; and changes in the financial condition, results of operations or future prospects of issuers of securities that we own. Because of these and a wide variety of other uncertainties, our actual future results may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements.

Contact: Nikola B. Schaumberg, CFO(262) 542-4448

FFBW, Inc.Balance Sheets December 31, 2018 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2017(In thousands, except share data)

December December 31, 31, Assets 2018 2017 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------- - ------- - Cash and due from banks $ 1,746 $ 3,285 Fed funds sold 2,742 8,528 - ------- - - ------- - Cash and cash equivalents 4,488 11,813 Available for sale securities, stated at fair value 43,751 58,012 Loans held for sale 679 109 Loans, net of allowance for loan and lease losses of $2,118 and $1,800, respectively 198,694 171,355 Premises and equipment, net 5,057 5,290 Foreclosed assets 69 619 FHLB stock, at cost 739 514 Accrued interest receivable 768 782 Cash value of life insurance 7,007 6,558 Other assets 1,474 1,429 TOTAL ASSETS $ 262,726 $ 256,481 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------- - - ------- - Liabilities and Equity ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------ ----------- Deposits $ 183,205 $ 182,913 Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance 55 36 FHLB advances 17,750 12,750 Accrued interest payable 70 37 Other liabilities 1,284 1,256 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------- - - ------- - Total liabilities $ 202,364 $ 196,992 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------- - - ------- - Preferred stock ($0.01 par value, 1,000,000 authorized, no shares issued or $ - $ - outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively) Common stock ($0.01 par value, 19,000,000 authorized, 6,696,742 and 6,612,500 issued 67 66 and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively) Additional paid in capital 28,326 28,296 Retained earnings 34,995 33,937 Unallocated common stock of Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”) (243,303 and (2,433 ) (2,563 ) 256,263 shares at December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively) Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes (593 ) (247 ) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------- - - ------- - Total equity $ 60,362 $ 59,489 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 262,726 $ 256,481 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - ------- - - ------- -

FFBW, Inc.Statements of Income Three Months and Year Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 (Unaudited) (In thousands, except share data)

Three months ended Years ended December December 31, 31, 2018 2017 2018 2017 ----- ---------------------------------- --------- --------- ---------- --------- Interest and dividend income: Loans, including fees $ 2,491 $ 2,081 $ 9,192 $ 7,817 Securities Taxable 296 270 1,290 943 Tax-exempt - 27 49 142 Other 30 64 78 93 ----- ---------------------------------- - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Total interest and dividend income 2,817 2,442 10,609 8,995 ----- ---------------------------------- - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Interest expense: Interest-bearing deposits 538 316 1,677 1,314 Borrowed funds 107 57 432 240 ---------------------------------------- - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Total interest expense 645 373 2,109 1,554 ----- ---------------------------------- - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Net interest income 2,172 2,069 8,500 7,441 Provision for loan losses 98 253 513 419 Net interest income after provision for 2,074 1,816 7,987 7,022 loan losses ----------------------------------------- - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Noninterest income: Service charges and other fees 86 75 371 279 Net gain on sale of loans 102 52 244 266 Net gain (loss) on sale of securities (224 ) - (204 ) 20 Increase in cash surrender value of 50 47 194 196 insurance Other noninterest income 25 90 95 130 Total noninterest income 39 264 700 891 ----- ---------------------------------- - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Noninterest expense: Salaries and employee benefits 1,019 976 4,248 3,960 Occupancy and equipment 255 294 1,002 1,109 Data processing 177 159 719 605 Foreclosed assets, net - 5 36 27 Professional fees 178 165 508 506 Other noninterest expense 181 632 798 1,628 Total noninterest expense 1,810 2,231 7,311 7,835 ----- ---------------------------------- - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Income (loss) before income taxes 303 (151 ) 1,376 78 Provision (credit) for income taxes 70 266 318 264 ----------------------------------------- - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Net income (loss) $ 233 $ (417 ) $ 1,058 $ (186 ) ----------------------------------------- - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Earnings (loss) per share Basic $ 0.04 $ (0.07 ) $ 0.17 $ (0.03 ) - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- - Diluted $ 0.04 $ (0.07 ) $ 0.17 $ (0.03 ) - ----- - - ----- - - ------ - - ----- -

FFBW, Inc.Statements of Income (In thousands, except share data)

For the Quarter Ended December Septembe June March December 31, r 30, 30, 30, 31, 2017 2018 2018 2018 2018 ------- ------- ------- ------- --------- Total interest and dividend income $ 2,817 $ 2,738 $ 2,700 $ 2,354 $ 2,442 Total interest expense 645 607 458 399 373 - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - Net interest income 2,172 2,131 2,242 1,955 2,069 Provision for loan losses 98 111 189 115 253 - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - Net interest income after provision for loan losses 2,074 2,020 2,053 1,840 1,816 Total noninterest income 39 250 200 211 264 Total noninterest expense 1,810 1,810 1,816 1,875 2,231 - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - Income (loss) before income taxes 303 460 437 176 (151 ) Provision for income taxes 70 111 84 53 266 - ----- - ----- - ----- - Net income (loss) $ 233 $ 349 $ 353 $ 123 $ (417 ) - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - Earnings (loss) per share Basis $ 0.04 $ 0.05 $ 0.06 $ 0.02 $ (0.07 ) - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - Diluted $ 0.04 $ 0.05 $ 0.06 $ 0.02 $ (0.07 ) - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- - ----- -

FFBW, Inc.Non-performing Assets (In thousands)

At December 31, 2018 2017 2016 Non-accrual loans: Commercial: Development $ - $ - $ - Real estate - - - Commercial and industrial 20 114 126 Residential real estate and consumer: 1-4 family owner-occupied 365 580 1,698 1-4 family investor-owned 241 549 827 Multifamily - - 248 Consumer 94 - - Total 720 1,243 2,899 - ----- - - ----- - - ----- - Accruing loans 90 days or more past due: Residential real estate and consumer: Consumer - - - Total loans 90 days or more past due - - - Total non-performing loans 720 1,243 2,899 - ----- - - ----- - - ----- - Foreclosed assets 69 619 667 Other non-performing assets - - - Total non-performing assets $ 789 $ 1,862 $ 3,566 - ----- - - ----- - - ----- - Troubled debt restructurings: Commercial: Development $ - $ - $ - Real estate - - 14 Commercial and industrial 67 192 127 Residential real estate and consumer: 1-4 family owner-occupied 785 630 2,104 1-4 family investor-owned 241 808 2,454 Multifamily - - 468 Consumer 108 - - Total $ 1,201 $ 1,630 $ 5,167 - ----- - - ----- - - ----- - Ratios: Total non-performing loans to total loans 0.36 % 0.72 % 1.72 % Total non-performing loans to total assets 0.27 % 0.48 % 1.20 % Total non-performing assets to total assets 0.30 % 0.73 % 1.48 %

FFBW, Inc.Yield and Cost

For the Year Ended December 31, 2018 2017 Average Average Outstanding Interest Yield/ Rate Outstanding Interest Yield/ Rate Balance Balance (Dollars in thousands) Interest-earning assets: Loans $ 189,233 $ 9,192 4.86 % $ 170,577 $ 7,817 4.58 % Investment securities 55,030 1,339 2.43 47,602 1,085 2.28 Interest-bearing deposits 2,278 42 1.84 7,024 79 1.12 FHLB stock 765 36 4.71 700 14 2.00 - ------ - ----- Total interest-earning assets 247,306 10,609 4.29 225,903 8,995 3.98 Noninterest-earning assets 20,763 20,454 Allowance for loan losses (1,912 ) (1,542 ) - ------- - - ------- - Total assets $ 266,157 $ 244,815 - ------- - - ------- - Interest-bearing liabilities: Demand accounts $ 5,225 24 0.46 % $ 3,254 11 0.34 % Money market accounts 51,855 433 0.84 54,956 282 0.51 Savings accounts 15,394 29 0.19 16,447 16 0.10 Health savings accounts 11,462 30 0.26 11,485 30 0.26 Certificates of deposit 76,277 1,161 1.52 77,990 975 1.25 - ------- - - ------ - ------- - - ----- Total interest-bearing deposits 160,213 1,677 1.05 164,132 1,314 0.80 Borrowings 22,552 432 1.92 17,866 240 1.34 - ------- - - ------ - ------- - - ----- Total interest-bearing liabilities 182,765 2,109 1.15 181,998 1,554 0.85 Noninterest-bearing deposits 19,631 20,902 Other noninterest bearing 229 2,083 liabilities - ------- - - ------- - Total liabilities 202,625 204,983 - ------- - - ------- - Equity 63,532 36,832 - ------- - - ------- - Total liabilities and equity $ 266,157 $ 241,815 - ------- - - ------- - Net interest income $ 8,500 $ 7,441 - ------ - ----- Net interest rate spread (1) 3.14 % 3.13 % Net interest-earning assets (2) $ 64,541 $ 43,905 - ------- - - ------- - Net interest margin (3) 3.44 % 3.29 % Average interest-earning assets to 135 % 124 % interest-bearing liabilities

(1) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on average interest-earning assets and the cost of average interest-bearing liabilities.(2) Net interest-earning assets represents total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.(3) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by total interest-earning assets.

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