AltaPacific Bancorp Reports Earnings for First Quarter 2015

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – April 29, 2015 - AltaPacific Bancorp (OTCBB: ABNK), the parent company of AltaPacific Bank, today reported net income for the first quarter of 2015 totaling $1,351,000 or $0.23 per diluted share. The earnings represent an increase of $886,000 (190.5%) over the same period last year and a decrease of $71,000 over the quarter ending December 31, 2014.

Assets for the Company totaled $335,111,000 at March 31, 2015, representing an increase of $67.7 million (25.3%) over March 31, 2014 and a decrease of $5.6 million (1.6%) over December 31, 2014. At March 31, 2015, gross loans totaled $212,894,000 representing an increase of $54.8 million (34.7%) over March 31, 2014 and a decrease of $12.4 million (5.5%) over December 31, 2014. Deposits totaled $240,710,000 at March 31, 2015, representing an increase of $43.8 million (22.2%) over March 31, 2014 and a $21.8 million (8.3%) decrease over December 31, 2014. The decrease in loans during the first quarter of 2015 resulted principally from bank customers successfully completing the sale of construction projects and continued aggressive resolution to problem loans assumed through our recent merger. Regarding the decrease in deposits, during the first quarter of 2015 the bank reduced its reliance on certificates of deposit by $23.2 million. These certificates of deposits had been obtained through various wholesale funding sources.

At March 31, 2015, the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses totaled $2,761,000, representing 1.8% of Gross Loans originated. At March 31, 2015, nonaccrual loans totaled $1,084,000 and loans past due in excess of 30 days totaled $3,000.

The Company’s Share Repurchase Program, which was adopted in 2012, has resulted in the repurchase and retirement of 487,719 shares of Company stock at an average cost of $9.22. During 2015, the Company repurchased and retired 114,172 shares at an average cost of $10.16.

“AltaPacific continues to be a strong performer,” reported Charles O. Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer. Continuing, Mr. Hall stated “The Company’s earnings reflect one of the many positive benefits the mergers have had for all stakeholders. Seeing our strategic plan become a reality has been a tremendous pleasure. The Board of Directors and management are grateful for the loyalty of our customers and the dedication of our staff.”

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, Covina and Fallbrook, California. The bank is focused on meeting the specialized needs of small to medium-sized businesses and professionals throughout California. The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the bank as a PLP lender (Preferred Lender Program). PLP status is the highest lending designation granted by the SBA and it is only granted to its most experienced lenders. For additional information, please contact us at (707) 236-1500 or online at

The following is a summary of the company’s financial performance (unaudited) as of March 31, 2015

(Dollars in thousands)  March 31, 2014 December 31, 2014 March 31, 2015
Gross Loans $ 158,089 $ 225,281 $ 212,894
Allowance for Loan Losses 2,166 2,746 2,761
Net Loans 155,923 222,534 210,133
Total Assets 267,455 340,672 335,111
Total Deposits 196,929 262,511 240,710
Shareholders’ Equity 48,425 48,841 50,082
  Three Month Period Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)  March 31, 2014 December 31, 2014 March 31, 2015
Interest Income $ 3,050 $ 5,470 $ 5,364
Interest Expense 217 383 331
Net Interest Income 2,833 5,087 5,033
Provision for Loan Losses 95 430 -
Noninterest Income 111 601 293
Noninterest Expense 2,041 2,918 3,036
Pretax Income 808 2,340 2,290
Income Tax Expense 343 918 939
Net Income 465 1,422 1,351
Return on Average Assets 0.73% 1.96% 1.60%
Return on Average Equity 3.86% 11.75% 10.93%
Efficiency Ratio 69.33% 51.30% 57.00%
EPS Basic $ 0.08 $ 0.26 $ 0.24
EPS Diluted $ 0.08 $ 0.25 $ 0.23
Book Value Per Common Share $ 8.35 $ 8.80 $ 9.07

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