Santa Cruz County Bank Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend Payment to Shareholders

Dec 14, 2015, 16:30 ET from Santa Cruz County Bank

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa Cruz County Bank (OTCQX: SCZC) a top rated, high performing Bank, announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend in the amount of $0.05 per share. The dividend is payable on January 11, 2016 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 21, 2015. This is the eleventh consecutive quarterly cash dividend declared by the eleven year old Santa Cruz County Bank.

The Bank reported $3.9 million in net income for the nine-months ended September 30, 2015, an increase of 29%, compared to the same period in 2014. The book value per share of Santa Cruz County Bank's common stock at September 30, 2015 was $19.81, compared to $17.37 as of September 30, 2014. Shareholders' equity grew to $42.6 million, a 15% or 5.4 million increase as of September 30, 2015, compared to the prior year.

Santa Cruz County Bank, founded in 2004, is a locally owned and operated community bank with offices located in Aptos, Capitola, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. The Bank offers a variety of competitive deposit and lending solutions for businesses and individuals; including business loans, lines of credit, commercial real estate financing, agricultural loans, SBA and USDA government guaranteed loans, credit cards, merchant services, remote deposit capture, and online banking bill payment and cash management. For the past nine years, the Bank's SBA Department has been recognized as a top SBA lender in Santa Cruz County for 7a and 504 loans.

Financial Management Consulting Group:
2015 – Santa Cruz County Bank ranked 4th out of all California banks in overall performance for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 and 1st for fewest nonperforming loans.
2014 – Santa Cruz County Bank ranked 4th out of all California banks in overall performance and 1st for fewest nonperforming loans.

The Findley Reports, Inc.:
2012 – One of eleven "Exceptional Banks" in California
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 – "Super Premier Performing Bank"

Bauer Financial Reports, Inc.:
Santa Cruz County Bank has received the distinction of 4-Star "Excellent" and 5-Star "Superior" by Bauer Financial Reports, Inc., for its financial performance every quarter since 2007.

American Banker Magazine:
2015 – Santa Cruz County Bank ranked 115th out of 851 institutions in American Banker Magazine's "Top Performing 200 Community Banks & Thrifts in the United States" based upon 3-year average return on equity. The Bank has ranked in the Top 200 Community Banks in the United States for three consecutive years.

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This 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 fluctuations 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.

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