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Santa Cruz County Bank Reports Record Earnings, 17% Increase in Net Income for the Year Ended December 31, 2013

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa Cruz County Bank (OTCQB:SCZC), a locally owned and operated full-service community bank headquartered in Santa Cruz County, today announced unaudited results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013.

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Total assets grew by $41.9 million, 12%, to $398.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to the prior year. This included significant growth in deposits of $38.6 million, 12% over the prior year to $360.2 million.  Gross loans increased $32.4 million to $258.1 million, 14% over the prior year. Non-interest-bearing deposits represented 46% of total deposits as of December 31, 2013 compared to 43% as of December 31, 2012.

David V. Heald commented, "Our solid deposit base continues to grow, allowing the Bank to meet the lending needs of businesses in our community, while building strong earning assets. We have plenty of capacity to fund more loans as demand and economic conditions improve. "

Shareholders' equity for the year ended December 31, 2013 increased by $2.9 million to $32.8 million, 10%, over the prior year. Book value per share for the year ended December 31, 2013 increased 8% to $16.39 compared to $15.16 the prior year. Basic earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2013 increased by 14% to $1.68 as compared to $1.47 for the year ended December 31, 2012.

FOURTH QUARTER: DECEMBER 31, 2013 COMPARED TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
Net income increased $8.6 thousand, 1%, to $857.6 thousand
Total deposits decreased $5.8 million, -2%, to $360.2 million
Gross loans increased $18.1 million, 8%, to $258.1 million
Total assets decreased $4.9 million, -1%, to $398.2 million

YEAR ENDED: DECEMBER 31, 2013 COMPARED TO DECEMBER 31, 2012
Net income increased $471.7 thousand, 17%, to $3.3 million
Total deposits increased $38.6 million, 12%, to $360.2 million
Gross loans increased $32.4 million, 14%, to $258.1 million
Total assets increased $41.9 million, 12%, to $398.2 million

David V. Heald commented, "As we celebrate our tenth year serving Santa Cruz County, we wish to thank to our customers for supporting our vision to be the local community bank of choice. Over the past decade, we have built a highly recognized financial institution for our community."

"In 2013, we surpassed a milestone of $400 million in assets. We anticipate strong growth in deposits, loans and earnings in 2014. Additionally, we have invested in new technology to strengthen and streamline delivery of products and services to meet the financial needs of our customers in 2014 and many years ahead."

2013 HIGHLIGHTS:

The Bank declared three $0.05 cash dividends to shareholders.

The Bank received 4-Star "Excellent" ratings by Bauer Financial, Inc. for its quarterly 2013 financial performance.

The Bank ranked 103rd out of 851 institutions in American Banker Magazine's "Top Performing 200 Community Banks and Thrifts in the United States", based upon 3-year average return on equity.

As of June 30, 2013 FDIC data, the Bank ranked fifth largest in overall deposit market share in Santa Cruz County.

The Bank hired Geoffrey Loftus as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer.

The Bank hired Jon Sisk as Senior Vice President and Director of Real Estate and Construction Lending.

The Bank remained as the top SBA lender in Santa Cruz County and ranked 37th statewide for the 2013 SBA fiscal year.

ABOUT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BANK
Santa Cruz County Bank, founded in 2004, is a locally owned and operated community bank with offices located in Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. The Bank offers a variety of competitive deposit and lending solutions for businesses and individuals; including business loans, lines of credit, commercial real estate financing, agricultural loans, SBA and USDA government guaranteed loans, credit cards, merchant services, remote deposit capture, and online banking bill payment and cash management. For the past seven years, the Bank's SBA Department has been recognized as a top SBA lender in Santa Cruz County for 7a and 504 loans.

RATINGS & AWARDS
The Findley Reports, Inc.
2012: One of eleven "Exceptional Banks" in California
2012, 2011: "Super Premier Performing Bank"

Bauer Financial Reports, Inc.
Santa Cruz County Bank has received the distinction of 4-Star "Excellent" and 5-Star "Superior" by Bauer Financial Reports, Inc., for its financial performance every quarter since 2007.

American Banker Magazine
May 2013: Santa Cruz County Bank ranked 103rd out of 851 institutions in American Banker Magazine's "Top Performing 200 Community Banks and Thrifts in the United States" based upon 3-year average return on equity.

Community Awards
Santa Cruz County Bank received the 2013 Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County "Be the Difference" Business Award for its leadership and volunteer efforts.

Santa Cruz County Bank was voted "Best Bank' in Santa Cruz County in the  2013 Good Times Readers poll. 

This release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties may include but are not necessarily limited to fluctuations in interest rates, inflation, government regulations and general economic conditions, and competition within the business areas in which the Bank is conducting its operations, including the real estate market in California and other factors beyond the Bank's control. Such risks and uncertainties could cause results for subsequent interim periods or for the entire year to differ materially from those indicated. Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date hereof. The Bank undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

 

Selected Financial Data (unaudited)

December 31, 2013



















Change



Change








Quarter ended 12/31/13

Quarter ended 12/31/12

$

%


Quarter ended 9/30/13

$

%






















BALANCE SHEET






























Total assets

$ 398,247,576

$ 356,352,375

$ 41,895,201

12%


$ 403,100,870

$ (4,853,294)

-1%







Gross loans

258,128,446

225,678,483

32,449,963

14%


239,981,790

18,146,656

8%







Allowance for loan losses

5,705,862

5,048,577

657,285

13%


5,484,181

221,681

4%







Non interest-bearing deposits

166,021,518

139,694,792

26,326,726

19%


174,943,138

(8,921,620)

-5%







Total deposits

360,239,748

321,590,494

38,649,254

12%


366,084,545

(5,844,797)

-2%







Shareholders' equity

32,761,903

29,849,974

2,911,929

10%


31,597,089

1,164,814

4%






















INCOME STATEMENT













Change












Year ended 12/31/13

Year ended 12/31/12

$

%

Interest income

3,975,576

3,557,871

417,705

12%


3,823,746

151,830

4%



15,106,756

13,783,040

$ 1,323,716

10%

Interest expense

98,614

108,986

(10,372)

-10%


101,119

(2,505)

-2%



413,766

460,667

(46,901)

-10%

Net interest income

3,876,962

3,448,885

428,077

12%


3,722,627

154,335

4%



14,692,990

13,322,373

1,370,617

10%
















Provision for loan losses

125,000

200,000

(75,000)

-38%


62,500

62,500

100%



487,500

994,000

(506,500)

-51%

Non-interest income

943,758

974,602

(30,844)

-3%


742,264

201,494

27%



3,329,950

2,858,892

471,058

16%

Non-interest expense

3,591,711

2,783,466

808,245

29%


3,068,670

523,041

17%



12,486,931

10,632,040

1,854,891

17%

Net income before taxes

1,104,009

1,440,021

(336,012)

-23%


1,333,721

(229,712)

-17%



5,048,509

4,555,225

493,284

11%

Income tax expense

246,419

591,062

(344,643)

-58%


503,434

(257,015)

-51%



1,736,512

1,714,920

21,592

1%

Net income after taxes

$        857,590

$        848,959

8,631

1%


$        830,287

27,303

3%



$ 3,311,997

$ 2,840,305

471,692

17%
















BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

$              0.43

$              0.44




$              0.42





$          1.68

$          1.47



BOOK VALUE PER SHARE

$            16.39

$            15.16




$            15.94





$        16.39

$        15.16


















RATIOS















Net interest margin

4.00%

4.12%




3.94%





4.06%

4.21%



Tier 1 leverage ratio

8.20%

8.40%




8.15%









 

SOURCE Santa Cruz County Bank

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