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July 20, 2017

WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. Reports 21% Increase in Net Income and 29% Increase in Core Net Income for the Second Quarter 2017



RESTON, VA - WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. (“WashingtonFirst” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: WFBI), the parent company of WashingtonFirst Bank, WashingtonFirst Mortgage, and 1st Portfolio Inc., reports net income of $5.3 million and $9.8 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively. Earnings per share were $0.40 and $0.74 per share on a fully-diluted basis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively, resulting in 18% and 16% increases over the comparable periods last year. Loans held for investment grew by $104.2 million to $1.6 billion, and total deposits increased $222.0 million, an increase of 15%, to $1.7 billion during the first half of 2017. Net interest margin increased 14 basis points to 3.51% for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 5 basis points to 3.49% for the six months ended June 30, 2017, compared to the same periods in 2016. On July 3, 2017, the Company paid its 15th consecutive quarterly cash dividend to its shareholders.

Core net income per diluted common share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, was $0.42 and $0.76, respectively, representing increases of 23.5% and 18.8%, respectively, compared to the same periods in the prior year. Core net income is calculated as net income adjusted for the after-tax impact of merger expenses.
Commenting on the Company’s second quarter performance, Shaza Andersen, the Company's President and CEO, said “Immediately following the announcement of the decision to merge with Sandy Spring Bancorp, our team began the work that will be needed to ensure a smooth and successful closing; however, we never lost sight of our commitments to deliver exceptional customer service and enhance shareholder value.  I am so pleased to report that even with the added costs and attention associated with the merger, we have been able to meet and exceed our financial performance goals.  Core net income for the second quarter were $5.7 million, or $0.42 per share on a fully diluted basis, an increase of 29% over the prior quarter." 

Return on average shareholders equity was 10.54% and 9.86% during the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, respectively, compared to 9.42% and 9.01% for the same periods last year. Management attributed this increase to the continued organic growth of the loan portfolio over the past twelve months. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, net interest income after provision for loan losses increased $2.6 million and $4.4 million, or 19% and 16%, over the same periods ended June 30, 2016.

Total assets reached $2.1 billion as of June 30, 2017, an increase of 12% over the last twelve months. Net loans held-for-investment and total deposits ended the first half of 2017 at $1.6 billion and $1.7 billion, respectively, representing increases of 18% and 13%, respectively, over the same period last year.
About The Company

WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc., headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is the holding company for WashingtonFirst Bank, which operates 19 full-service banking offices throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In addition, the Company provides wealth management services through its subsidiary, 1st Portfolio Wealth Advisors, and mortgage banking services through the Bank's subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Mortgage Corporation. The Company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the quotation symbol "WFBI" and is included in the ABA NASDAQ Community Bank Index and the Russell 2000® index.  For more information about the Company, please visit: www.wfbi.com.



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The following information was filed by Washingtonfirst Bankshares, Inc. (WFBI) on Friday, July 21, 2017 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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