Washington Bank Benefits from Serving Cannabis Companies

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Publicly-traded Timberland Bancorp (NASDAQ: TSBK) is the holding company for Timberland Bank, which opened for business in 1915 and serves consumers and businesses across Grays Harbor, Thurston, Pierce, King, Kitsap and Lewis counties, Washington with a full range of lending and deposit services through its 22 branches. The company filed its 10-Q with the SEC today and admitted that its recent success is partially attributable to the cannabis industry:

Non-interest Income: Total non-interest income increased by $299,000, or 13.5%, to $2.51 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 from $2.21 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. The increase in non-interest income was primarily due to an $85,000 increase in service charges on deposits, a $67,000 increase in ATM and debit card interchange transaction fees, a $67,000 improvement in servicing income on loans sold and smaller increases several other categories. The increase in service charges on deposits was primarily due to an increase in the amount of service charges collected on checking accounts owned by business associated with the marijuana (or Initiative-502) industry in Washington State. It is permissible in Washington state to handle accounts associated with this industry.

The numbers aren’t huge, but perhaps 3% of the company’s overall net income of $2.4mm during the quarter came from the service fees, depending upon any additional costs incurred by the bank to service the accounts.

While the fact that the bank is willing to provide services to the cannabis industry isn’t likely the reason for Timberland Bancorp’s strong performance in the stock market over the past 5 years, perhaps other banks will take notice and embrace a more liberal policy when it comes to dealing with cannabis companies.

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Exclusive article by Alan Brochstein, CFA
Alan Brochstein, CFA
Based in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online communities 420 Investor, the first and still largest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Before shifting his focus to the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent research analyst following over two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 at Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV. Contact Alan: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email

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