USA Bank Reports Operating Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2008
PORT CHESTER, NY, Aug 09, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- USA Bank (OTCBB: USBK) reported a net loss of $383 thousand ($0.07 per share) for the quarter ended June 30, 2008, which is a marked improvement compared to the net loss of $481 thousand ($0.08 per share) for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. This marks the third successive quarter of reduced losses by the Bank. For the six months ended June 30, 2008, the Bank's net loss was $1,129,000 ($0.20 per share) as compared to a net loss of $1,995,000 ($0.35 per share) for the six months ended June 30, 2007.
The Bank continues to leverage upon its capital base with quality loan growth, which is reflected in the $1.1 million increase in interest income in the second quarter of 2008 as compared to the second quarter of 2007, which has contributed to the $535 thousand increase in net interest income for the same period. Also benefiting the second quarter 2008 was the recognition of a gain on the sale of securities of $169 thousand and a $120 thousand reduction in salaries and employee benefits, primarily reflecting staff reductions since June 30, 2007. The second quarter 2008 reflects a larger provision for loan and lease loss expense of $314 thousand (related primarily to loan growth), as compared to a credit to the provision of $108 thousand for the quarter ended June 30, 2007 (based primarily upon the credit risk upgrading of one loan in June 2007 and the resulting decline in the required allowance for loan losses). The second quarter of 2008 also reflects a $280,000 reduction in gains on loan sales, which partially reflects the volatile mortgage market and partially reflects the Bank's focus on traditional commercial banking. There was also an unfavorable variance in FDIC insurance expense, which was $126 thousand for the second quarter of 2008 (as compared to $37 thousand for the quarter ended June 30, 2007), reflecting increases in both deposit volume and insurance rates.
Total assets increased $25.2 million (15%) to $194.7 million at June 30, 2008 from $169.5 million at December 31, 2007, and an increase of $45.2 million, or 30%, since June 30, 2007. As of June 30, 2008, total deposits have increased to $149.0 million, an increase of $26.1 million, or 21%, since year end 2007, and an increase of $29.0 million, or 24%, since June 30, 2007. As of June 30, 2008, total gross loans have increased to $147.7 million, which represents an increase of $40.7 million, or 38%, since year end 2007, and an increase of $74.4 million, or 101%, since June 30, 2007. Capital ratios continue to be strong, with Tier One Capital to average assets of 10.79%, Tier One Capital to risk-weighted assets of 12.52%, and Total Capital to risk-weighted assets of 13.53%.
President and CEO Gentile stated that "results continue to show improvement and we are performing essentially in line with our revised business plan/budget. Legal and professional fees continue to have a negative impact on operating results, with such costs aggregating $330 thousand during the recent quarter." He further noted, "I am pleased that our total average cost of funds is continuing to decline to 4.25% for the 2nd quarter 2008; it is down from 4.82% during the 2nd quarter 2007. We will continue to reduce these costs by attracting core deposit accounts through our enhanced calling programs, remote deposit capture program, and compensating balances from commercial loan customers."
Mr. Gentile also indicated that "asset quality remains manageable, with non-performing loans aggregating $4.3 million at June 30, 2008, which represents an approximate $700 thousand increase from the $3.6 million in nonperforming loans at year end 2007. The underlying collateral real estate of one loan previously included in the non-performing category has been transferred to Other Real Estate Owned, as a result of foreclosure in June 2008, in the amount of $2.4 million (a July 2008 appraisal shows a $2.9 million value). Substantially all of the $4.3 million in non-performing loans is real estate secured with current appraisals (none performed beyond one year), which all exceed the book or carrying values, as further comfort."
Lastly, Mr. Gentile reported that he remains optimistic that net losses will be narrowing considerably over the successive quarters of 2008, due to the efforts of the Bank's Board of Directors, Senior Management and Staff.
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These factors include, but are not limited to, those outlined in the Bank's Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the year ended December 31, 2007, which was filed with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and is publicly available from the FDIC's Accounting & Securities Disclosure Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20429 and on the Bank's website at www.usa-bank-online.com.
Ronald J. Gentile
President & CEO
800 Westchester Avenue
Rye Brook, NY 10573