First Trust Reports Fourth Quarter & Year-End Results

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- First Trust Bank (OTC: NCFT) reported results for the quarter-end and year-end as of December 31, 2010.  The Bank reported a net loss of $2.3 million or ($0.48) per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.  This compares to net income of $316 thousand or $0.07 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2009.

For the year ending December 31, 2010, the Bank reported a loss of $3.9 million or ($0.81) per diluted share compared to net income of $2.8 million or $0.58 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2009.

Fourth quarter and year-end results for 2010 were negatively impacted by provisions to the reserve for loan losses of $6.4 million and $16.5 million, respectively. The reserve for loan losses totaled $10.5 million or 3.78% of loans outstanding at December 31, 2010 compared to $7.3 million or 2.24% of loans outstanding at December 31, 2009.  Net charge-offs for 2010 were 4.76% of total loans outstanding.  These results reflect a continuing weak economy which has adversely affected our customers and subsequently our loan portfolio.  

Non-performing assets at December 31, 2010 were 9.71% of total assets and reflect aggressive management of the loan portfolio during 2010.  Other real estate owned ("OREO") totaled $11.5 million at December 31, 2010 compared to $0.8 million at December 31, 2009.  The Bank added $12.6 million to OREO and disposed of $2 million during 2010.  

Total assets at December 31, 2010 were $445 million compared to $456 million at December 31, 2009, a 2% decline.  Loans totaled $278 million at year-end, reflecting a $48 million or 15% decrease from year-end 2009.  Deposits totaled $372 million compared to $367 million at year-end 2009.

"Despite disappointing results for 2010, the Bank remains well-capitalized by all regulatory standards and committed to operating in a safe and sound manner.  We look forward to an improving economy and a return to profitability," said Jim Bolt, President/CEO.

First Trust Bank specializes in serving the banking needs of small businesses and professionals in the Charlotte, Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Monroe, and Concord markets.  The Bank operates three banking offices in the Charlotte, North Carolina area with locations at 1420 East Third Street and 2245 Rexford Road, Charlotte, NC and 108 Gateway Boulevard, in Mooresville, NC.

For additional information, please contact Jean Galloway or Jim Bolt at 704-377-3936 (fax 704-377-8869) or by email at http://www.firsttrustnc.com.  

Information in this press release may contain forward looking statements that might involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.  These risks and uncertainties include without limitation, the effects of future economic conditions, governmental fiscal and monetary policies, legislative and regulatory changes, changes in interest rates and the effects of competition.



SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA








FIRST TRUST BANK








 (dollars in thousands, except per share)



















December 31,


December 31,







2010


2009









(Derived from









audited financial





SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA

(Unaudited)


statements)






Total loans

$             278,277


$             325,999






Allowance for loan losses

(10,509)


(7,302)






Investment securities

117,077


103,758






Total assets

445,154


455,810















Deposits

371,770


366,951






Borrowed funds

26,125


38,642






Shareholders' equity

41,789


46,020














Shares Outstanding at period end

4,775,898


4,775,898














Asset Quality









Allowance for loan losses to total loans

3.78%


2.24%






Nonperforming loans to total loans

11.42%


2.02%






Nonperforming assets to total assets

9.71%


1.62%














SELECTED INCOME AND EXPENSE DATA

December 31,


December 31,


%





2010


2009


Change







(Derived from









audited financial





For the quarter ended

(Unaudited)


statements)






Net interest income

$                 3,729


$                 4,358


-14.43%




Provision for loan losses

6,400


2,495


156.51%




Other income

144


535


-73.08%




Other expenses

2,559


1,819


40.68%




Income tax expense (benefit)

(2,787)


263


-1159.70%




Net income (loss)

$               (2,299)


$                    316


-827.53%












Net interest margin

3.47%


3.84%














Per Share Data









Net income (loss) per share-basic

$                 (0.48)


$                   0.07






Net income (loss) per share-diluted

$                 (0.48)


$                   0.07

























December 31,


December 31,


%





2010


2009


Change







(Derived from









audited financial





For the year to date ended

(Unaudited)


statements)






Net interest income

$               16,124


$               15,500


4.03%




Provision for loan losses

16,466


4,778


244.62%




Other income

1,294


1,159


11.65%




Other expenses

8,339


7,559


10.32%




Income tax expense (benefit)

(3,531)


1,568


-325.19%




Net income (loss)

$               (3,856)


$                 2,754


-240.01%












Net interest margin

3.70%


3.46%














Per Share Data









Net income (loss) per share-basic

$                 (0.81)


$                   0.59






Net income (loss) per share-diluted

$                 (0.81)


$                   0.58





SOURCE First Trust Bank



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