Premier Service Bank Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2013

  Premier Service Bank Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter of   2013  Business Wire  RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- November 13, 2013  Premier Service Bank (OTCBB:PSBK) today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2013.  For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, the Bank reported net loss of $212 thousand, or <$0.18> per diluted share, compared to net income of $161 thousand, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in earnings between the respective periods is attributed to the decrease in the net interest income due to the decrease in the net loan portfolio. There was no additional provision to the allowance for loan losses required for the third quarter of 2013 and for the same period in 2012.  At September 30, 2013, the Bank had $5.5 million of non-performing loans, representing 8.29% of the Bank’s total loans, compared to $5.3 million of non-performing loans, or 5.93% of total loans, at September 30, 2012. The Bank had foreclosed real estate of $539 thousand at September 30, 2013, compared to foreclosed real estate of $2.2 million at September 30, 2012. At September 30, 2013, non-accrual loans totaled $5.5 million, representing 8.29% of total loans at that date, compared to non-accrual loans of $5.3 million at September 30, 2012, representing 5.93% of total loans at that date. The allowance for loan losses totaled $2.4 million at September 30, 2013, or 3.70% of total loans as of that date, compared to $2.9 million at September 30, 2012, or 3.22% of total loans as of that date.  At September 30, 2013, the Bank had total assets of $128 million, representing a decrease of $10 million, or 7.20%, compared to total assets of $138 million at September 30, 2012. The Bank had $2 million in FHLB borrowings at September 30, 2013, representing a decrease of nine million, or 81.8%, from the FHLB borrowings of $11 million at September 30, 2012. Total deposits at September 30, 2013 were $114.8 million, representing a decrease of 0.99% compared to total deposits of $115.9 million at September 30, 2012. Non-interest bearing demand deposits totaled $45.7 million at September 30, 2013, representing 39.81% of total deposits at that date, compared to $44.7 million of non-interest bearing demand deposits at September 30, 2012, which represented 38.57% of total deposits at that date.  The Bank’s gross loan portfolio decreased to $65.7 million at September 30, 2013, representing a 26.70% decrease compared to gross loans of $89.7 million at September 30, 2012. Unfunded credit commitments stood at $7.8 million at September 30, 2013, representing the same level when compared to unfunded commitments of $7.8 million at September 30, 2012.  The Bank’s net interest margin for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was 3.50%, a decrease of 111 basis points as compared to the net interest margin of 4.61% for the third quarter of 2012.  Total shareholders’ equity at September 30, 2013 was $10.7 million, representing an increase of $261 thousand, or 2.49%, compared to total shareholders’ equity of $10.5 million at September 30, 2012. On December 1, 2010, the Bank entered into a Consent Order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the predecessor to the Bank’s current California regulator, the California Department of Business Oversight (the “DBO”). The Consent Order requires the Bank, within 90 days from the effective date of the Order (by February 28, 2011), to increase and thereafter maintain its Tier I capital in such an amount to ensure that the Bank’s leverage ratio equals or exceeds 9.50% and its total risk-based capital ratio equals or exceeds 12%. As of September 30, 2013, these capital ratios were 8.35% and 16.15%, respectively. As a result, the Bank was not in compliance, as of September 30, 2013, with the leverage capital ratio, but was in compliance with the total risk-based capital ratio requirement as of that date. Although not in full compliance with the capital ratios required by the Consent Order as of September 30, 2013, the Bank was adequately capitalized as of that date under applicable regulatory guidelines.  On November 4, 2013, the Bank entered into a Plan and Agreement of Merger with Independence Bank (“Independence”), Newport Beach, California (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which Independence will acquire the Bank. It is anticipated that the transaction will close during the first or second quarter of 2014, and assuming it does close at that time, the Bank’s capital requirements will be resolved under its Consent Order. The transaction has been approved unanimously by the boards of directors of Independence and the Bank, and remains subject to approval by the shareholders of Independence and the Bank, bank regulatory agencies, and other customary conditions of closing.  Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, the Bank’s shareholders will receive per share consideration of $6.85, or $8.6 million in aggregate. The Bank’s shareholders will have the option of exchanging each share for either cash or Independence common stock, subject to an overall consideration mix of 55% cash and 45% Independence common stock. Independence Bank plans to list its stock on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board after closing of the transaction.  Upon the closing of the transaction, it is presently anticipated that Kerry Pendergast, Premier’s President and CEO, and Ken Stream, Premier’s Chairman, will join the Board of Directors of Independence, and Mr. Pendergast will serve as Regional President of Independence.  The Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Kerry L. Pendergast, stated, “I am confident that the transaction with Independence will provide the Bank with the balance sheet strength and product platform that will allow us to continue to improve service to our customers and to add new customers. Until the transaction closes, we will continue to operate the Bank to provide the best possible service to our customers, and will work with Independence to prepare for the combination of the two banks.”  Mr. Pendergast continued, “While we are excited about the pending merger with Independence, we are continuing our efforts to strengthen the Bank until the transaction closes. This was the sixth consecutive quarter during which the Bank was not required to make any provision expense to its Allowance for loan losses. Based on management’s analysis as of September 30, 2013, the Bank concluded not only that a provision to the Allowance was not required, but that, as of that date, the Bank had a reserve surplus of $1.4 million. As stated above in this release, the Bank’s Allowance for loan losses, as a percentage of total loans, was 3.70% as of September 30, 2013, compared to 3.22% of total loans as of September 30, 2012. Trends within the Bank’s lending portfolio continue to be improving, which is representative of the improving outlook for the local, regional and State economy.”  Pendergast went on to say, “The reserve surplus not only provides an additional cushion for unforeseen issues that might surface within the portfolio, but it is also available to support loan growth as the Bank intensifies its business development efforts and focuses on building a strong loan pipeline. Our marketing and business development efforts continue to be focused on capturing new lending and banking relationships from individuals and companies who are looking to establish ‘personal banking’ relationships with a local community bank.”  Pendergast said in closing, “We are continuing to have success in disposing of real estate that we acquired through foreclosure. We closed the quarter ended September 30, 2013 with $539 thousand of OREO, as compared to $946 thousand and $2.2 million at the quarters ended June 30, 2013 and September 30, 2012, respectively. As of the date of this release, the Bank had entered into escrow to dispose of the remaining Bank Owned property; it is anticipated that the escrow will close during the fourth quarter of 2013. While the level of non-performing loans remained relatively unchanged at the end of the third quarter of 2013, we expect that this trend will reverse itself and become more favorable in the fourth quarter of this year as a result of anticipated payoffs.”  Premier Service Bank is a California state-chartered bank with two offices, its headquarters office in Riverside and a full-service banking office in Corona. The Bank provides commercial banking services, including a wide variety of checking accounts, investment services with competitive deposit rates, on-line banking products, and real estate, construction, commercial and consumer loans, to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals and individuals. Additional information about Premier Service Bank is available at its website at www.premierservicebank.com.  Forward-looking Statements  This news release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about Premier Service Bank’s business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors, including those described above and in the following: Premier Service Bank’s ability to close the merger transaction with Independence Bank as anticipated, the Bank’s ability to increase its assets, deposits and total loans, control expenses, retain critical personnel, manage interest rate risk, manage technological changes, address regulatory requirements, and other risks. In addition, such statements could be affected by general industry and market conditions and growth rates, and general domestic and international economic conditions. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and Premier Service Bank does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.                                                                                  Financial Data - Premier Service Bank (Unaudited)                                                                                                                        Quarter Ended (In Thousands)          Sept. 30,       June 30,        Mar. 31,        Dec. 31,        Sept. 30,                            2013            2013            2013            2012            2012                                                                                             Interest income(not        $ 1,139         $ 1,167         $ 1,347         $ 1,531         $ 1,622 taxable equivalent) Interest expense            100           109           126           142           185      Net interest income          1,039           1,058           1,221           1,389           1,437 Provision for loan          -             -             -             -             -        losses Net interest income after provision for          1,039           1,058           1,221           1,389           1,437 loan losses Non-interest income          130             126             442             178             163 Non-interest expense        1,381         1,206         1,316         1,220         1,439    Income before income         (212    )       (22     )       347             347             161 taxes (Benefit)/Provision         -             1             -             -             -        for income taxes Net income                 $ (212    )     $ (23     )     $ 347          $ 347          $ 161                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Quarter Ended (In Thousands)          Sept. 30,       June 30,        Mar. 31,        Dec. 31,        Sept. 30,                            2013            2013            2013            2012            2012 Per share: Net income - basic         $ (0.18   )     $ (0.03   )     $ 0.27          $ 0.27          $ 0.12 Weighted average             1,261           1,261           1,261           1,261           1,261 shares used in basic Net income - diluted       $ (0.18   )     $ (0.03   )     $ 0.27          $ 0.27          $ 0.12 Weighted average shares used in               1,261           1,261           1,261           1,261           1,261 diluted Book value at period       $ 5.19          $ 5.46          $ 5.53          $ 5.27          $ 5.01 end Ending shares                1,261           1,261           1,261           1,261           1,261                                                                                             Balance Sheet - At Period-End Cash and due from          $ 41,893        $ 45,276        $ 47,568        $ 40,023        $ 37,414 banks Investments and Fed          17,652          12,137          5,884           4,046           6,727 fund sold Gross Loans                  65,731          68,042          73,940          82,945          89,669 Deferred fees                (131    )       (130    )       (122    )       (134    )       (144    ) Allowance for loan           (2,432  )       (2,525  )       (2,502  )       (2,733  )       (2,891  ) losses Net Loans                    63,168          65,387          71,316          80,078          86,634 Other assets                5,725         6,187         6,603         7,874         7,627    Total Assets               $ 128,438      $ 128,987      $ 131,371      $ 132,021      $ 138,402                                                                                              Non-interest-bearing       $ 45,691        $ 42,560        $ 40,260        $ 38,702        $ 44,711 deposits Interest-bearing             69,089          68,328          68,038          70,576          71,214 deposits Other liabilities            2,933           7,044           11,932          11,943          12,013 Shareholders' equity        10,725        11,055        11,141        10,800        10,464                                                                                               Total Liabilities and Shareholders'          $ 128,438      $ 128,987      $ 131,371      $ 132,021      $ 138,402  equity                                                                                             Asset Quality & Capital - At Period-End Non-accrual loans          $ 5,450         $ 5,476         $ 3,386         $ 3,485         $ 5,314 Loans past due 90            -               -               -               -               - days or more Other real estate            539             946             1,233           2,595           2,223 owned Other bank owned            -             -             -             -             -        assets Total non-performing       $ 5,989        $ 6,422        $ 4,619        $ 6,080        $ 7,537    assets                                                                                             Allowance for losses         3.70    %       3.71    %       3.38    %       3.29    %       3.22    % to loans, gross Non-accrual loans to         8.29    %       8.05    %       4.58    %       4.20    %       5.93    % total loans, gross Non-performing loans to total loans,              8.29    %       8.05    %       4.58    %       4.20    %       5.93    % gross Non-performing asset         4.66    %       4.98    %       3.52    %       4.61    %       5.45    % to total assets Allowance for losses to non-performing            44.62   %       46.11   %       73.89   %       78.42   %       54.40   % loans                                                                                             Total risk-based             16.15   %       16.33   %       15.35   %       13.42   %       12.15   % capital ratio Tier 1 risk-based            14.87   %       15.05   %       14.08   %       12.15   %       10.88   % capital ratio Tier 1 leverage              8.35    %       8.61    %       8.40    %       7.69    %       7.48    % ratio                                                                                                                                                                                          Contact:  Premier Service Bank Kerry L. Pendergast, President and CEO or Jessica Lee, Executive Vice President and CFO 951-274-2400