Plumas Bank first-quarter bank earnings increase
Plumas Bancorp, a bank holding company and the parent company of Plumas Bank, announced its 2013 first quarter earnings of $616,000, an increase of 175 percent over the $224,000 it reported during the first quarter of 2012.
Andrew J. Ryback, president and chief executive officer of the bank, remarked, “The board of directors, executives and I are very pleased with the marked improvement in our performance for the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter a year ago. Our success in growing and diversifying our loan portfolio combined with our focus on maximizing productivity and efficiency are key factors in our continued earnings growth.” He added, “Our company has come a long way by being focused on improving asset quality and growing our core bank earnings.”
Ryback continued, “We are also pleased to announce several very important recent developments: First, on April 19, the company received notification that the written agreement with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, originally entered into on July 28, 2011, was lifted. Our board and management team have worked tirelessly to improve our financial condition and it is rewarding to have our regulators acknowledge this improvement by terminating the agreement.
“Another significant development that occurred in April was the repurchase at auction of preferred shares that were issued to the United States Department of Treasury during the low point of the economic recession. If you’ll recall, on Jan. 30, 2009, the company issued 11,949 non-voting preferred shares to the Treasury for the purpose of shoring up our capital position in support of our efforts to improve the asset quality of our loan portfolio.
“Now, four years later, after having made significant progress towards achievement of our asset quality improvement goals, we have been successful in repurchasing 7,000 shares of the outstanding securities from the Treasury for $7.6 million.
“This repurchase at auction results in a discount of approximately 7 percent on the face value of the preferred shares plus related outstanding dividends. In order to repurchase these preferred securities, the company used proceeds from the April 15 issuance of $7.5 million in unsecured borrowings from an unrelated third party. The company plans to repurchase the remaining 4,949 preferred shares through the continued retention of earnings.
“The repayment to the Treasury and the exit from this government program are indicators of the bank’s progress in successfully navigating through the global financial crisis while at the same time protecting our common shareholders’ best interests. Not many of our community bank competitors can say the same. Some of these institutions were unable to access sufficient capital in any form and, as a result, their institutions failed.
“Many of the institutions that survived did so by issuing dilutive common stock at prices below book value. Our company, on the other hand, was able to access non-dilutive capital and with our strengthening financial condition we are now in a position to repurchase these preferred shares.
“With the Treasury auction now behind us we are thrilled to be able to return our full attention to the business of banking as well as our other long-term strategic initiatives. As always, we are appreciative of the patience and support from our shareholders, clients and employees,” concluded Ryback.
Founded in 1980, Plumas Bank is a locally owned and managed full-service community bank based in Northeastern California. Headquartered in Quincy, the bank operates 11 branches located in the counties of Plumas, Lassen, Placer, Nevada, Modoc and Shasta.