SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa Cruz County Bank (OTCQB:SCZC), a locally owned and operated full-service community bank headquartered in Santa Cruz County, today announced unaudited earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.
FIRST QUARTER: MARCH 31, 2014 COMPARED TO DECEMBER 31, 2013 Net income increased $10.9 thousand or 1% to $868.5 thousand Total deposits increased $6.1 million or 2% to $366.3 million Gross loans increased $20.0 million or 8% to $278.2 million Total assets increased $8.7 million or 2% to $407.3 million
YEAR TO YEAR: MARCH 31, 2014 COMPARED TO MARCH 31, 2013 Net income increased $69.5 thousand or 9% to $868.5 thousand Total deposits increased $34.6 million or 10% to $366.3 million Gross loans increased $47.7 million or 21% to $278.2 million Total assets increased $40.4 million or 11% to $407.3 million
David V. Heald commented, "During the quarter we celebrated the tenth anniversary of providing financial services to our community. In the past decade we have established our mission to be the local community bank of choice and lender of choice. Our reputation as a leading lender with responsive decision making has fueled loan production and contributed to the Bank's solid quarterly earnings and continued growth in the first quarter of 2014."
Non-interest bearing deposits increased to 45% of total deposits as of March 31, 2014 compared to 41% as of March 31, 2013.
FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:
The Bank celebrated its tenth anniversary in February.
The Bank's Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend in the amount of $0.05 per share.
The Bank was approved as a direct lender with Farmer Mac.
The Bank was named a "Super Premier" performing bank by The Findley Reports, Inc. for its 2013 financial performance.
The Bank received a 4-Star "Excellent" rating by Bauer Financial, Inc. for its fourth quarter 2013 performance.
Voted Best Bank in Santa Cruz County in the 2014 Good Times Readers Poll.
ABOUT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BANK 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 seven years, the Bank's SBA Department has been recognized as a top SBA lender in Santa Cruz County for 7a and 504 loans.
RATINGS & AWARDS The Findley Reports, Inc. 2012: One of eleven "Exceptional" Banks in California 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010: "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 2013: Santa Cruz County Bank ranked 103rd out of 851 institutions in American Banker Magazine's "Top Performing 200 Community Banks and Thrifts in the United States" based upon three-year average return on equity.
Community Awards Santa Cruz County Bank received the 2013 Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County "Be the Difference" Business Award for its leadership and volunteer efforts.
2013, 2014: Santa Cruz County Bank was voted "Best Bank' in Santa Cruz County in the Good Times Readers poll.
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.