SANTA CRUZ, Calif., July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lighthouse Bank (OTC-QB: LGHT) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a Quarterly Cash Dividend in the amount of $0.08 per share. This represents a 6.7% increase over the four prior consecutive quarterly Cash Dividends of $0.075 issued by the Bank. The $0.08 per share dividend is payable on August 31, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 10, 2016. The increase in the cash dividend is the result of the Bank's strong ongoing financial performance and significant capital strength.
Lighthouse Bank recently reported results for the quarter-ended June 30, 2016. The Bank posted a $500 thousand profit for the period, representing the 28th successive quarter of profitable operations for the eight-year-old Bank. The Bank hit a milestone in the quarter reaching $201 million in Total Assets, an increase of $25.2 million, or 14%, from June 30, 2015. Core earnings, Net Income before Loan Loss Provision, for the quarter was $792 thousand representing a $220 thousand, or 39%, increase compared to the quarter-ended March 31, 2016 and a $138 thousand, or 21%, increase year-over-year from the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The Bank is extremely well capitalized with Equity Capital-to-total assets of 14.5% and Shareholders' Equity of $29 million. Since December 2014, the Bank has paid four consecutive $0.075 cash dividends and one special $0.40 cash dividend, totaling over $1.5 million to shareholders.
ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE BANK:
Lighthouse Bank is a locally owned and operated full-service commercial bank located in Santa Cruz, CA. The Bank offers a full array of banking products and services to businesses, professionals, individuals, developers and commercial property owners. Lighthouse Bank is dedicated to providing exceptional personalized service and access to decision makers who are always close at hand. A unique worldwide ATM fee rebate program, business courier service, and remote deposit capture technology allow the Bank to expand its geographical reach throughout Santa Cruz County and the Silicon Valley.
Lighthouse Bank is located at 2020 North Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz, CA. Lighthouse Bank's stock (LGHT) is actively traded Over the Counter via the Bank's market makers and online and full-service brokerage providers. More information on the Bank's stock and historical financial performance may be located on the Bank's website at www.lighthousebank.net or by calling 831-600-4000.
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The attached release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties may include but are not necessarily limited to fluctuation in interest rates, inflation, government regulations and general economic conditions, and competition within the business areas in which the Bank is conducting its operations, including the real estate market in California and other factors beyond the Bank's control. Such risks and uncertainties could cause results for subsequent interim periods or for the entire year to differ materially from those indicated. Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date hereof. The Bank undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.