AltaPacific Bancorp Reports Earnings for First Quarter 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – April 25, 2017 - AltaPacific Bancorp (OTCBB: ABNK), the parent company of AltaPacific Bank, today reported net income for the first quarter of 2017 totaling $567,000 or $0.10 per diluted share.

Assets for the Company totaled $402,106,000 at March 31, 2017, representing an increase of $38.6 million (10.6%) over March 31, 2016 and an increase of $50.7 million (14.4%) over December 31, 2016. At March 31, 2017, gross loans totaled $264,832,000 representing an increase of $25.0 million (10.4%) over March 31, 2016 and an increase of $31.7 million (13.6%) over December 31, 2016. Deposits totaled $309,660,000 at March 31, 2017, representing an increase of $50.4 million (19.5%) over March 31, 2016 and a $33.0 million (11.9%) increase over December 31, 2016. At March 31, 2017, the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses totaled $3,386,000, representing 1.5% of Gross Loans originated, nonaccrual loans totaled $881,000 and no loans were past due in excess of 30 days and still accruing interest.

“The earnings for the first quarter of 2017 were negatively impacted by two key factors when comparing the results to the same period last year,” reported Allen Christenson, Chief Financial Officer. “Salaries and employee benefits increased $334,000 over the same period last year, principally as a result of the addition of the Riverside Branch which was established in February, 2016, and the addition of personnel who will operate the newly planned San Bernardino Branch which is scheduled to open in June, 2017. The professional staff for the San Bernardino Branch are temporarily operating out of our Riverside location while they await the completion of construction. In addition, earnings in the first quarter of 2017 were negatively impacted by expenses associated with the planned merger with Commerce Bank of Temecula Valley (“Commerce Bank”). On April 17, 2017, AltaPacific announced the termination of the merger agreement with Commerce Bank as their shareholders did not approve the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization and Merger, dated as of September 1, 2016 (the “Merger Agreement”). Subsequent to that announcement and in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement, Commerce Bank paid AltaPacific a $200,000 termination fee.”

“We are quite pleased with the double digit growth in the bank’s core operations during this past year. However, with regard to our merger and acquisition efforts, all of us at AltaPacific are certainly disappointed that Commerce Bank’s shareholders did not approve this merger,” reported Charles O. Hall, Chief Executive Officer. Continuing, Mr. Hall stated, “Recently we were informed of the passing of a valuable member of our management team. On the evening of March 20th, Keith Johnson, Senior Vice President and Temecula Regional Manager passed away unexpectedly. Keith was a key figure in the integration of Mission Oaks National Bank into AltaPacific following that merger in 2014. It has been a tragic loss and his presence will certainly will be missed. We wish the best for his dear wife and family.”

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, Ontario, 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, 2017

(Dollars in thousands) March 31, 2016 December 31, 2016 March 31, 2017
Gross Loans  $239,810 $233,099 $264,832
Allowance for Loan Losses 3,235 3,336 3,386
Net Loans  236,575 229,763 261,446
Total Assets  363,488 351,389 402,106
Total Deposits  259,222 276,706 309,660
Shareholders’ Equity  53,140 57,165 57,794
Three Month Period Ended
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) March 31, 2016 December 31, 2016 March 31, 2017
Interest Income  $4,662 $4,786 $4,540
Interest Expense  362 367 399
Net Interest Income  4,300 4,419 4,141
Provision for Loan Losses - -- 50
Noninterest Income 292 232 231
Noninterest Expense 2,995 2,843 3,321
Pretax Income  1,597 1,808 1,001
Income Tax Expense  646 790 434
Net Income 951 1,018 567
       
Return on Average Assets 1.07% 1.07% 0.59%
Return on Average Equity 7.22% 7.12% 3.94%
Efficiency Ratio  65.22% 61.13% 75.96%
EPS Basic $0.16 $0.17 $0.10
EPS Diluted $0.15 $0.17 $0.10
Book Value Per Common Share $8.96 $9.71 $9.81

Forward-Looking Statements
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