AltaPacific Bancorp Reports Earnings for First Quarter 2016 and Extension of Share Repurchase Program

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – April 27, 2016 - AltaPacific Bancorp (OTCBB: ABNK), the parent company of AltaPacific Bank, today reported net income for the first quarter of 2016 totaling $951,000 or $0.16 per diluted share.

Assets for the Company totaled $363,488,000 at March 31, 2016, representing an increase of $28.4 million (8.5%) over March 31, 2015 and an increase of $17.7 million (5.1%) over December 31, 2015. At March 31, 2016, gross loans totaled $239,810,000 representing an increase of $26.9 million (12.6%) over March 31, 2015 and an increase of $14.3 million (6.4%) over December 31, 2015. Deposits totaled $259,222,000 at March 31, 2016, representing an increase of $18.5 million (7.7%) over March 31, 2015 and a $3.2 million (1.2%) decrease over December 31, 2015. Regarding the decrease in deposits, during the first quarter of 2016 the bank reduced its reliance on wholesale certificates of deposit by $4.7 million. These certificates of deposits had been obtained through various wholesale funding sources. At March 31, 2016, the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses totaled $3,235,000, representing 1.7% of Gross Loans originated and nonaccrual loans totaled $684,000.

In April, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized an extension of the share repurchase program for an additional $1.0 million of the Company’s common stock through April 30, 2017. During the past twelve months the Company repurchased and retired 148,000 shares at an average cost of $9.91.

“The first quarter of 2016 has proven to be another very successful period for AltaPacific. In addition to the Company’s solid loan growth and earnings performance, on February 29th, AltaPacific Bank opened a new full service branch in Riverside, California,” reported Charles O. Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer. Continuing, Mr. Hall stated “How fortunate we have been to attract such a great team of banking professionals as we have worked to establish the Riverside Branch. We are also pleased to announce that on July 10th of this year, AltaPacific will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of its headquarters office in Santa Rosa. The Board of Directors and Executive Management team are thrilled with all that has been accomplished these past ten years and we look forward with great excitement for the Company’s future success.”

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 additional banking offices in Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside and Temecula, 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 March 31, 2016

(Dollars in thousands) March 31, 2015 December 31, 2015 March 31, 2016
Gross Loans $ 212,894 $ 225,465 $ 239,810
Allowance for Loan Losses 2,761 3,235 3,235
Net Loans  210,133 222,230 236,575
Total Assets 335,111 345,747 363,488
Total Deposits 240,710 262,433 259,222
Shareholders’ Equity 50,082 52,303 53,140
  Three Month Period Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) March 31, 2015 December 31, 2015 March 31, 2016
Interest Income  $ 5,364 $ 4,634 $ 4,662
Interest Expense 331 342 362
Net Interest Income 5,033 4,292 4,300
Provision for Loan Losses - 185 -
Noninterest Income 293 385 292
Noninterest Expense 3,036 2,381 2,995
Pretax Income  2,290 2,111 1,597
Income Tax Expense 939 767 646
Net Income 1,351 1,344 951
       
Return on Average Assets 1.60% 1.56% 1.07%
Return on Average Equity 10.93% 10.39% 7.22%
Efficiency Ratio  57.00% 50.91% 65.22%
EPS Basic  $ 0.23 $ 0.24 $ 0.17
EPS Diluted  $ 0.22 $ 0.23 $ 0.16
Book Value Per Common Share $ 8.64 $ 9.23 $ 9.41

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