AltaPacific Bancorp Announces 2015 Year End Performance Results and Declares 5% Stock Dividend

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – January 27, 2016 - AltaPacific Bancorp (OTCBB: ABNK), the parent company of AltaPacific Bank, today reported year-to-date net income totaling $5,271,000, and quarterly net income totaling $1,344,000 for the period ending December 31, 2015, respectively. The Net income reported represents a year-over-year increase of $1,844,000 (53.8%) over 2014. The Company also reported that the Board of Directors recently approved the payment of a 5% stock dividend per common share payable on February 19, 2016 to shareholders of record as of February 5, 2016.

Assets totaled $345,747,000 at December 31, 2015, representing an increase of $0.8 million (0.2%) over September 30, 2015 and an increase of $5.1 million (1.5%) over December 31, 2014. At December 31, 2015, gross loans totaled $225,465,000 representing an increase of $7,000 (0.0%) over September 30, 2015 and an increase of $.2 million (0.1%) over December 31, 2014. Deposits totaled $262,433,000 at December 31, 2015 representing an increase of $9.9 million (3.9%) over September 30, 2015 and a decrease of $78,000 (0.0%) over December 31, 2014. During 2015, the bank reduced reliance on wholesale funded Certificates of Deposit as those deposits decreased $20.1 million (41.1%). The decreased reliance on wholesale funding resulted from a corresponding increase in core deposits.

At December 31, 2015, the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses totaled $3,235,000, representing 1.8% of Gross Loans originated and nonaccrual loans totaled $533,000. The Total Risk-Based Capital ratio for AltaPacific Bank totaled 20.3% at December 31, 2015, which substantially exceeds the 10% minimum ratio for a well capitalized institution. The bank’s Tier 1 Leverage ratio totaled 15.0% at December 31, 2015, which also substantially exceeds the 5% minimum for a well capitalized institution.

The Company’s Share Repurchase Program, which was adopted in 2012, has resulted in the repurchase and retirement of 614,220 shares of company stock at an average cost of $9.40. During 2015, the Company repurchased and retired 160,375 shares at an average cost of $10.10.

“This past year reflects the first full year of operations following the May 2014 merger with Mission Oaks Bancorp. The earnings performance of AltaPacific Bancorp following the merger has truly been exceptional. It certainly provides confirmation of our decision to merge with Mission Oaks,” reported Charles O. Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer. Continuing, Mr. Hall stated, “We recently filed an application to open a full service branch in Riverside California and are excited for the opportunity to serve the business owners and individuals in that market area.”

AltaPacific Bancorp is the parent company for AltaPacific Bank. The Company’s stock trades over the counter under the symbol ABNK. AltaPacific Bank is an independent business bank headquartered in Santa Rosa, California and has offices in Santa Rosa, Temecula, Rancho Cucamonga and Covina, California. The bank is focused on meeting the specialized needs of small to medium-sized businesses and professionals throughout California. For additional information, please contact us at (707) 236-1500 or online at www.apbconnect.com.

The following is a summary of the Company’s financial performance (unaudited) as of December 31, 2015:

(Dollars in thousands) December 31, 2014 September 30, 2015 December 31, 2015
Gross Loans  $ 225,281 $ 225,458 $ 225,465
Allowance for Loan Losses 2,746 2,994 3,235
Net Loans  222,534 222,464 222,230
Total Assets 340,672 344,908 345,747
Total Deposits  262,511 252,535 262,433
Shareholders’ Equity  48,841 51,156 52,302
  Three Month Period Ending Year-to-Date
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) September 30, 2015 December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014 December 31, 2015
Interest Income $ 5,062 $ 4,634 $ 17,469 $ 20,607
Interest Expense 333 342 1,265 1,330
Net Interest Income  4,729 4,292 16,204 19,277
Provision for Loan Losses 205 185 625 390
Noninterest Income 250 385 1,516 1,129
Noninterest Expense  2,606 2,381 11,308 11,218
Pretax Income 2,168 2,111 5,787 8,798
Provision for Income Taxes 893 767 2,360 3,527
Net Income  1,275 1,344 3,427 5,271
         
Return on Average Assets 1.50% 1.56% 1.10% 1.53%
Return on Average Equity 9.99% 10.39% 7.10% 10.38%
Efficiency Ratio 52.34% 50.91% 63.81% 54.97%
EPS Basic  $ 0.23 $ 0.25 $ 0.60 $ 0.96
EPS Diluted $ 0.23 $ 0.24 $ 0.58 $ 0.93
Book Value Per Common Share $ 9.48 $ 9.69 $ 8.80 $ 9.69

Forward-Looking Statements
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