SOURCE: FNB Bancorp

April 22, 2008 16:52 ET

First National Bank of Northern California Reports First Quarter 2008 Earnings of $0.30 per Diluted Share

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - FNB Bancorp (OTCBB: FNBG), parent company of First National Bank of Northern California, today announced operating earnings for the first quarter of 2008 of $887,000 or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to $1,459,000 or $0.48 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2007. Total consolidated assets as of March 31, 2008 were $649,544,000 compared to $614,987,000 as of March 31, 2007.

Financial Highlights: First quarter, 2008
Consolidated Statement of Earnings
(in ‘000s except earnings per share amounts)



                                     Three         Three
                                 months ended   months ended
                                   March 31,      March 31,
                                     2008           2007

Interest income                  $      10,371  $       9,904
Interest expense                         3,322          3,086
                                 -------------  -------------
     Net Interest Income                 7,049          6,818
Provision for loan losses                 (990)          (150)
Non-interest income                      1,261          1,004
Non-interest expense                     6,177          5,758
                                 -------------  -------------
     Income before income taxes          1,143          1,914
Provision for income taxes                (256)          (455)
                                 -------------  -------------
     Net Earnings                $         887  $       1,459
                                 =============  =============

Basis earnings per share         $        0.30  $        0.49
Diluted earnings per share       $        0.30  $        0.48

Average assets                   $     652,476  $     596,026
Average equity                   $      67,747  $      62,592
Return on average assets                  0.54%          0.98%
Return on average equity                  5.23%          9.32%
Efficiency ratio                            74%            74%
Net interest margin (taxable
 equivalent)                              4.86%          5.23%
Average number of shares
 outstanding                             2,966          2,985
Average diluted shares
 outstanding                             2,975          3,037



Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In ‘000s)


                                      As of          As of
                                 March 31, 2008 March 31, 2007
                                 -------------- --------------
      Assets
Cash and cash equivalents        $       22,099 $       40,151
Securities available for sale            87,107         90,679
 Loans, net                             491,400        440,487
 Premises, equipment and
  leasehold improvements                 13,880         13,723
 Other real estate owned                  3,955              -
 Goodwill                                 1,841          1,841
 Other assets                            29,262         28,106
                                 -------------- --------------
      Total assets               $      649,544 $      614,987
                                 ============== ==============

     Liabilities and
      stockholders’ equity:
Deposits:
Demand and NOW                   $      183,157 $      183,448
Savings and money market                183,460        187,284
Time                                    133,062        143,805
                                 -------------- --------------
     Total deposits                     499,679        514,537
Federal Home Loan Bank advances          75,000         30,000
Accrued expenses and other
 liabilities                              7,794          7,744
                                 -------------- --------------
     Total liabilities                  582,473        552,281
Stockholders’ equity                     67,071         62,706
                                 -------------- --------------
     Total liabilities and
      stockholders’ equity       $      649,544 $      614,987
                                 ============== ==============

"The financial results for the first quarter of 2008 were below our expectations and reflect the difficult operating environment that all financial institutions currently face. During the first quarter of 2008, management took steps to prudently identify problem credits that require additional attention and recorded an increase in the Bank's loan loss provision. During the first quarter of 2008, assets grew by $5,079,000 or less than 1% above December 31, 2007 levels. Total deposits have decreased by $14,858,000 or 3% year over year. The decrease in our deposit levels reflects the drawdown of cash reserves by many of our customers in reaction to the current economic slowdown coupled with an expectation of increased inflationary pressures, driven in no small part by the high cost of energy. Year over year, we have increased our use of FHLB borrowings to help fund loan growth and keep the interest rates paid on our deposit accounts at prudent levels. Since June of 2007, actions taken by the Federal Open Market Committee have driven down short term interest rates significantly. As a result, our taxable equivalent net interest margin decreased to 4.86% during the first quarter of 2008, compared with 5.23% for the same period in 2007. Our quarterly net interest income increased by $231,000 year over year, however, our provision for loan losses increased by $840,000 compared to prior year levels. The additional provision was considered necessary given the increased charge-off levels experienced during the first quarter of 2008. The financial results of the quarter were positively affected by a pretax gain of $138,000 that was related to the sale of approximately $8,200,000 in book value municipal securities that were sold in order to reduce existing FHLB borrowing levels," stated Tom McGraw, Chief Executive Officer.

"The difficulties experienced within the loan portfolio during the first quarter of 2008 were not related to internal control or specific loan segment problems. They were customer specific situations whose problems were primarily market driven. We are not a subprime lender, and we do not have subprime loans within our loan portfolio. However, severe and continuing declines in the housing markets, including housing markets located in the surrounding Bay Area, coupled with a general contraction of available credit facilities has necessitated the actions that we have taken," continued Tom McGraw, Chief Executive Officer.

"Our loan and deposit portfolios are performing at reasonable levels, despite the significant drop in market interest rates we have recently experienced. Management is committed to providing our loan customers the credit they need, even during difficult times, while providing our depository customers a safe and convenient place to meet their banking needs. The Company and the Bank are well capitalized and have withstood difficult economic times before. For over forty-four years we have been dedicated to our customers, our communities, and our shareholders. We have demonstrated our ability to deliver products and services that provide meaningful financial solutions for our customers while we launch new products and services designed to make your banking experience easier and more convenient," noted Mr. McGraw.

Cautionary Statement: This release contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated herein. Management's assumptions and projections are based on their anticipation of future events and actual performance may differ materially from those projected. Risks and uncertainties which could impact future financial performance include, among others, (a) competitive pressures in the banking industry; (b) changes in the interest rate environment; (c) general economic conditions, either nationally or regionally or locally, including fluctuations in real estate values; (d) changes in the regulatory environment; (e) changes in business conditions or the securities markets and inflation; (f) possible shortages of gas and electricity at utility companies operating in the State of California, and (g) the effects of terrorism, including the events of September 11, 2001, and thereafter, and the conduct of war on terrorism by the United States and its allies. Therefore, the information set forth herein, together with other information contained in the periodic reports filed by FNB Bancorp with the Securities and Exchange Commission, should be carefully considered when evaluating its business prospects. FNB Bancorp undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Tom McGraw
    Chief Executive Officer
    (650) 875-4864

    Dave Curtis
    Chief Financial Officer
    (650) 875-4862

    Website: www.fnbnorcal.com