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Focus Business Bank Announces Unaudited Financial Results for December 31, 2013

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/05/14 -- Focus Business Bank (OTCQB: FCSB) announced unaudited financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013. Net income for the quarter was $315,000, or $0.11 per diluted share. For the year ended December 31, 2013, net income was $870,000, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to $3,458,000, or $1.19 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012. The changes in net income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 compared to the same periods in 2012 are primarily attributable to the reversal of the Bank's deferred tax asset in late 2012. Pre-tax income of $575,000 and $1,368,000 for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 increased 53% and 7%, respectively, compared to pre-tax income of $375,000 and $1,284,000 in the prior year quarter and annual periods. The primary contributors to the growth in pre-tax income were increases in net interest income and non-interest income which were partially offset by increased personnel and infrastructure growth.

President and Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Conniff commented on the December 31, 2013 results, "The Bank experienced outstanding growth in earning assets and deposits in 2013. Over the past five years, the Bank has committed heavily to growing its specialty businesses, cash management services for condominium homeowner associations and public benefit companies, both of which are significant sources of deposits. In addition to the strong growth in deposits from these specialty businesses, we also experienced growth in our core business banking lines resulting in loan growth and additional deposits. While the growth required an investment in personnel and other infrastructure, the Bank is now well positioned to benefit from the recurring long-term revenue generated by this larger base of earning assets."

Highlights of the year ended December 31, 2013

  • Non-interest bearing deposits of $94.7 million at December 31, 2013 represent a 50% increase over December 31, 2012 and a record high level. Non-interest bearing deposits reflect the growth in business banking relationships.

  • Interest bearing deposits of $190.4 million represent a 54% increase over December 31, 2012 and a record high level. The increase is primarily related to growth in the Bank's specialty businesses.

  • Total loans of $140.3 million at December 31, 2013 were 18% above December 31, 2012 and a record high level.

  • Net interest income of $6.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 represented 12% growth over the year ended December 31, 2012.

  • Net income after taxes was $870,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013. Pre-tax net income of $1.4 million for the year was a record high.

Assets and Liabilities

Investment securities of $63.3 million have grown 116% since December 31, 2012 and interest bearing balances with other banks have grown 504% over that same period. The growth in investments and interest bearing balances with other banks has been funded primarily by increased core deposits.

The growth in deposits in 2013 was extraordinary and related, in part, to changing market conditions including opportunities following a competitor's sale of a competing business line to another bank. The timing of these market events has resulted in a very liquid balance sheet at December 31, 2013.

While the Bank was successful growing loans by 18%, the pace of growth in deposits was much higher. The loan to deposit ratio at December 31, 2013 is 49% compared to 64% at December 31, 2012. The Bank added to its lending and business development staff in 2013 and expects those investments to increase loan originations and the loan to deposit ratio in the future. At December 31, 2013, the Bank's loan portfolio is a mix of commercial and industrial loans and commercial real estate loans, primarily to businesses in Santa Clara County.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 grew significantly over the same periods ending December 31, 2012. The increase in net interest income was directly related to the higher volume of earning assets. The increase in net interest income was partially offset by a lower net interest margin related to the mix of earning assets with a significantly higher proportion of earning assets being in lower yielding investments and interest bearing deposits with other banks. Short term market interest rates also remain at historically low levels.

Non-interest Income

Non-interest income was $1,578,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to $1,159,000 for the year ended December 31, 2012. Non-interest income for both annual periods consisted primarily of gains on the sale of SBA loans, a core business of the Bank, which totaled $1,158,000 and $717,000, for 2013 and 2012, respectively. Other non-interest income includes service charges and income from the servicing of loans sold in the secondary market.

Non-Interest Expense

Non-interest expense for 2013 was $7,013,000 compared to $5,964,000 for 2012. The increase in operating expenses is primarily the result of investments in personnel, marketing and infrastructure to support the Bank's substantial growth in earning assets and low cost deposits. The number of full-time equivalent employees at December 31, 2013 was 32 compared to 28 at December 31, 2012.

Asset Quality

The Bank had no loan charge-offs in 2012 or 2013 and made no provision for loan losses in those years. The allowance for loan losses was 1.82% of total loans at December 31, 2013 compared to 2.13% at December 31, 2012. At December 31, 2013, the Bank had two loans totaling $1.1 million which were not performing in accordance with their contractual loan terms but were considered by management to be in the process of collection. Both loans were originated under the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 7a loan program and, therefore, have guarantees from the SBA associated with them.

Capital

Focus Business Bank has capital ratios in excess of the minimum regulatory requirements for a bank to be considered well capitalized. At December 31, 2013, the total risk-based capital ratio was 14.84% compared to the regulatory well capitalized minimum of 10%. The Bank has not participated in any government sponsored capital programs, including the Troubled Asset Relief Program ("TARP") or the Small Business Lending Fund ("SBLF").

About Focus Business Bank

Focus Business Bank is dedicated to meeting the banking needs of closely-held businesses and professionals in Santa Clara County. The Bank's office is located at 10 Almaden Boulevard in downtown San Jose, California and offers a variety of commercial banking products including loans, deposits, remote deposit capture and other cash management services oriented toward closely-held businesses and their owners. The Bank specializes in commercial loans and is also an SBA Preferred Lender. The Bank also serves not-for-profit businesses and condominium homeowner associations by offering expertise, market knowledge and specialized products and services to these customers.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements, such as, among others, statements about plans, expectations and goals concerning future growth and performance. Forward-looking statements 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, 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.

                            Focus Business Bank
                  Unaudited Summary Financial Information


                                               As of
                                  -------------------------------
                                                                   12 Month
BALANCE SHEET                     31-Dec-13  30-Sep-13  31-Dec-12  % Change
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------
($ in ',000s except per share
 data)
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks
  Interest bearing                $  61,323  $  50,312  $  52,560        17%
  Non-interest bearing               41,668     42,467      6,895       504%
Federal funds sold                      501        505        505        -1%
Investment securities                63,293     47,602     29,368       116%
Loans                               140,342    134,315    119,415        18%
  Allowance for loan losses          (2,548)    (2,547)    (2,545)        0%
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Net Loans                       137,794    131,768    116,870        18%
Other assets                          8,080      8,257      7,237        12%
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------

TOTAL ASSETS                      $ 312,659  $ 280,911  $ 213,435        46%
                                  =========  =========  =========

LIABILITIES
Deposits
  Non-interest bearing            $  94,661  $  80,980  $  63,065        50%
  Interest bearing                  190,354    172,509    123,295        54%
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total deposits                  285,015    253,489    186,360        53%
Other liabilities                       975      1,035        880        11%
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                   285,990    254,524    187,240        53%
Stockholders' equity                 26,695     26,387     26,195         2%
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
 EQUITY                           $ 312,685  $ 280,911  $ 213,435        47%
                                  =========  =========  =========
Book value/share                  $    9.10  $    9.00  $    8.97         1%

Balance Sheet Ratios
  Loan/deposit                           49%        53%        64%
  Non-interest/total deposit             33%        32%        34%

Regulatory Capital Ratios
  Tier-1 leverage                      8.50%      9.12%     11.77%
  Tier-1 risk based capital           13.58%     14.04%     16.81%
  Total risk-based capital            14.84%     15.30%     18.07%

Asset Quality Metrics
  Non-performing loans            $   1,098  $       -  $       -
  Non-performing loans/total
   loans                               0.78%      0.00%      0.00%
  ALLL/total loans                     1.82%      1.90%      2.13%



                            Focus Business Bank
              Unaudited Summary Financial Information (cont.)


                                    Quarters Ended          Year Ended
                                 --------------------  --------------------
INCOME STATEMENT                 31-Dec-13  31-Dec-12  31-Dec-13  31-Dec-12
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
($ in ',000s except per share
 data)
Interest income                  $   2,067  $   1,769  $   7,445  $   6,531
Interest expense                       175        123        642        442
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Net interest income                1,892      1,646      6,803      6,089
Provision for loan losses                -          -          -          -
Non-interest income                    535        421      1,578      1,159
Non-interest expense                 1,852      1,692      7,013      5,964
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Pre-tax income (loss)                575        375      1,368      1,284
  Income taxes                         260        (16)       498     (2,174)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income                       $     315  $     391  $     870  $   3,458
                                 =========  =========  =========  =========
Net income per diluted share     $    0.11  $    0.13  $    0.30  $    1.19

Performance Metrics
  Net interest margin                 2.68%      3.35%      2.80%      3.60%
  Return on average assets            0.42%      0.75%      0.33%      1.95%
  Return on average equity            4.65%      5.98%      3.28%     14.47%

Contact:
Richard L. Conniff
President and Chief Executive Officer
408.200.8701
Email Contact

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