Hilltop Community Bancorp Reports Improved Profits for the Quarter and Full Year

Jan 22, 2010, 10:06 ET from Hilltop Community Bancorp, Inc.

SUMMIT, N.J., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hilltop Community Bancorp, Inc. (the Corporation) (OTC Bulletin Board: HTBC), the holding company for Hilltop Community Bank (the Bank), today reported net income of $292,000 for the fourth quarter of 2009. This was an improvement over the fourth quarter of 2008 when the Corporation incurred a loss related to a securities impairment charge.  On a per common share basis, net income was $0.08, basic and diluted, in the fourth quarter just ended, compared to a loss of ($0.16) for the fourth quarter of 2008. After accounting for preferred stock dividends and related accretion, net income available to common shareholders was $227,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

On a linked quarter basis, the Corporation's net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 increased 14.5% over the third quarter.

For the full year, the Corporation earned $572,000 ($0.12 per common share, basic and diluted) compared to net income of $239,000 ($0.09 per common share, basic and diluted) for the year ended December 31, 2008. Net income available to common shareholders was $334,000 for 2009, after accounting for preferred stock dividends and related accretion. Prior year per share amounts have been adjusted to retroactively reflect the 5% common stock dividend issued in December 2009.

Total assets were $166.0 million at December 31, 2009, compared to $180.7 million at the end of the previous year.  Shareholders' equity was $21.9 million at December 31, 2009, compared to $16.7 million at the end of 2008, reflecting the infusion of capital from the Treasury's Capital Purchase Program and retained profits for the year.  Capital levels far exceeded the benchmarks defining "well capitalized" institutions and the allowance for loan and lease losses was 1.63% at the end of 2009.

In a joint statement, Chairman of the Board Richard D. Wellbrock and President & CEO Mortimer J. O'Shea commented: "We are very pleased to report another profitable quarter, as well as positive numbers for the full year, in the midst of a prolonged recession. As we've previously discussed, our decision to allow higher cost deposits to flow out of Hilltop to other institutions has resulted in a lower cost of funds and a dramatic improvement in our net interest margin. Hilltop compares very favorably to many other New Jersey based banks in the critical asset quality category with the result that our lenders are not bogged down with a lot of workout problems and are able to actively seek new deposit and loan relationships. We're starting the New Year on a positive note and we're seeking approval to return the Treasury's Capital Purchase Program funds. After the retirement of the preferred stock associated with that program, Hilltop will remain well capitalized and will still have ample liquidity as we celebrate our tenth anniversary."

Hilltop Community Bancorp, Inc. is the parent holding company for Hilltop Community Bank. Hilltop Community Bank is a New Jersey state-chartered commercial bank which commenced operations in February 2000. The bank operates as a locally headquartered, community bank engaged in a general commercial banking business. The bank has offices in Summit, Berkeley Heights and Madison, and administrative offices in Murray Hill. The service area includes surrounding communities in Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties.

The foregoing contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are not historical facts and include expressions about new and existing programs and products, relationships, opportunities, technology and market conditions. Such forward looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties . These include, but are not limited to, the direction of movement in interest rates, the possibility of disruption in credit markets, successful implementation and integration of acquisitions, the effects of economic conditions and the impact of legal barriers and structures. Actual results may differ from such forward-looking statements. The Bank assumes no obligation for updating any such forward-looking statements at any time.  

HILLTOP COMMUNITY BANCORP, INC.

Financial Information

December 31, 2009

12/31/09

12/31/08

Balance Sheet Data:

(in thousands)

 Total assets

$     165,955

$     180,722

 ST investments   & fed funds   sold

12,668

28,244

 Investment   securities

34,175

29,132

 Gross loans

113,669

116,711

 Allowance for   loan losses

1,848

1,604

 Net loans

111,821

115,107

 Intangible   assets

373

373

 Deposits

141,089

160,401

 Short-term   borrowings

1,305

2,068

 Shareholders'   equity

21,880

16,693

QTD

YTD

12/31/09

12/31/08

12/31/09

12/31/08

Income Statement Data:

(in thousands)

 Interest income

$        2,143   

$       2,292   

$       8,646   

$       9,344   

 Interest expense

368   

768   

2,465   

3,451   

   Net interest     income

1,775   

1,524   

6,181   

5,893   

 Provision for   loan losses

105   

30   

310   

120   

 Noninterest   income

76   

64   

370   

277   

 Gain on   securities   transactions

-   

-   

109   

31   

 OTTI charge

47   

985   

266   

985   

 Noninterest   expense

1,210   

1,307   

5,212   

4,804   

 Tax expense

197   

(313)  

300   

53   

 Net income

292   

(421)  

572   

239   

 Preferred stock   dividends and net   accretion

65   

-   

238   

-   

 Net income   available to   common   shareholders

227   

(421)  

334   

239   

Net Interest Margin (tax equivalent basis)

4.38%

3.76%

3.51%

3.65%

Per Common Share Data:

 Net income per   share-basic

$         0.08   

$       (0.16)  

$         0.12   

$         0.09   

 Net income per   share-diluted

0.08   

(0.16)  

0.12   

0.09   

 Tangible book   value-period   end

6.43   

6.01   

 Average earning   assets

162,836,039   

163,589,663   

178,743,101   

163,840,356   

 Average   shareholders'   equity

21,791,651   

17,210,162   

20,773,161   

17,575,500   

 Common shares   outstanding

2,717,223   

2,713,723   

SOURCE Hilltop Community Bancorp, Inc.