SOURCE: Pacific Valley Bank

Pacific Valley Bank

January 18, 2011 18:00 ET

Pacific Valley Bank Announces Lifting of Regulatory Order

SALINAS, CA--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - Pacific Valley Bank (OTCBB: PVBK) today announced that its regulators -- the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") and California Department of Financial Institutions ("DFI"), have terminated a consent order put in place in November 2009.

The lifting of the consent order reflects the progress made by Pacific Valley Bank's management and board of directors to manage problem credits, raise capital and reduce expenses. This regulatory recognition marks an important milestone in Pacific Valley Bank's recovery efforts. Going forward, we anticipate maintaining a Tier 1 leverage ratio above 9 percent, which surpasses the current "well-capitalized" definition for banks.

"Our board of directors have worked tirelessly and gone above the call of duty to assist management in our collective efforts to build a strong future for Pacific Valley Bank as Monterey's premier community bank," stated David Warner, President and Chief Executive Officer.

About Pacific Valley Bank

Pacific Valley Bank is a California State chartered bank that commenced operations in September 2004. Pacific Valley Bank serves three locations; administrative headquarters and branch offices in Salinas, King City and Monterey, California. The Bank offers a broad range of banking products and services, including credit and deposit services to small and medium sized businesses, agriculture related businesses, non-profit organizations, professional service providers and individuals. The Bank serves customers primarily in Monterey County. For more information, visit www.pacificvalleybank.com.

Safe Harbor Statement:
Except for the historical information in this news release, the matters described herein are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties include: the credit risks of lending activities, including changes in the level and trend of loan delinquencies and charge-offs, results of examinations by our banking regulators and our ability to comply with the regulatory formal agreement with our regulators, our ability to increase capital and manage our liquidity, our ability to manage loan delinquency rates, our ability to price deposits to retain existing customers and achieve low-cost deposit growth, manage expenses and lower the efficiency ratio, expand or maintain the net interest margin, mitigate interest rate risk for changes in the interest rate environment, competitive pressures in the banking industry, access to available sources of credit to manage liquidity, the local and national economic environment, and other risks and uncertainties as discussed in Pacific Valley Bank's filings with the FDIC. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Pacific Valley Bank undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Investors are encouraged to read the FDIC filing reports of Pacific Valley Bank which are available on our website; including the most recent filing of the Form 10-K for fiscal year ended December 31, 2009. They contain meaningful cautionary language and discussion why actual results may vary from those anticipated by management.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    David B. Warner
    CEO
    (831) 771-4323

    Greg B. Spear
    CFO
    (831) 771-4317