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Lighthouse Bank Reports Strong Start in 2014, Loan Growth in 1st quarter 2014 surpassed that of entire year in 2013

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Locally owned Lighthouse Bank (OTCBB: LGHT) today released unaudited financial results for the quarter-ended March 31, 2014.  The Bank posted a $596 thousand profit for the period, representing the 19th successive quarter of profitable operations for the six-year-old bank.  Profit for the quarter represented a 15% increase in earnings compared to the same period-ended March 31, 2013 and was the second highest quarterly earnings result in the Bank's history.  For the 3-month period, shareholders' equity increased by $648 thousand to a record $23.5 million.  The Bank experienced solid growth in loans during the quarter, up 7% from December 31, 2013.  Reorganization of the Bank's lending group during the past year continues and to date has produced positive results for the company.  Loan growth in the 1st quarter of 2014 matched that for the entire year in 2013. Deposits increased 2% from the period ended December 31, 2013.  Overall positive performance continued to be driven by the Bank's control of overhead expenses and growth in the loan portfolio.

The Bank's loan loss reserve of 2.60% of gross loans remained significantly above the industry average of 1.75% for banks under $1 billion in size. The Bank had no nonperforming loans and no past due loans in excess of 30 days at March 31, 2014, and has not experienced a loan loss in nearly two years. 

In January, the Bank closed on the $1.5 million purchase of 2020 N. Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. The property is located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz and following renovation and expansion will serve as the Bank's new headquarters. The planning process for the site is currently underway with construction expected to commence in early 2015.  Once completed, the 8,500 square foot facility will significantly benefit both the Bank and the community.

Artist's rendering of Lighthouse Bank's future headquarters located at 2020 N. Pacific Avenue, in downtown Santa Cruz, Calif. Site plans and improvements are underway and construction is anticipated to begin in early 2015.

Since opening, Lighthouse Bank's consistently strong financial results continue to place it at the top of the industry in a variety of categories including asset quality, capital adequacy, return on equity and operational efficiency.  Lighthouse Bank was rated the top bank in Northern and Central California by FMC Consultants and 5th of the 215 banks in the state. The Bank is rated by Bauer financial as Five-Star "Superior" for strong financial performance, the top rating given by the independent bank rating firm.  Lighthouse Bank is the only locally owned financial institution in Santa Cruz County awarded this top rating. The Findley Reports designated Lighthouse Bank as 2014 a "Super Premier" performing bank. This is the third consecutive year which the Bank has received the highest ranking given.  The Bank has no financial relationship with any of these rating agencies.

Lighthouse Bank's stock (LGHT) is actively traded on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board 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 http://lighthousebank.net/Company/StockInformation/tabid/2477/Default.aspx

ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE BANK:
Lighthouse Bank is a locally owned and operated full-service commercial bank located in Santa Cruz, Ca. The Bank marked its 6th anniversary on October 29, 2013.  Lighthouse Bank offers a full array of banking products and services to businesses, professionals, individuals, developers and commercial property owners. The Bank is dedicated to providing exceptional personalized service and access to decision makers who are always close at hand.  The Bank offers a unique worldwide ATM fee rebate program and complimentary business courier service which expands the geographical reach of its banking office location throughout Santa Cruz County. Lighthouse Bank is committed to operating an open, ethical and financially successful company without engaging in the corporate excesses that have come to characterize the financial services industry.  All decisions are intended to contribute to the long-term success of its clients, employees, owners and the community it serves. The Bank received no TARP funds and has neither accepted nor requested government assistance of any kind.  Lighthouse Bank has never been subject to either formal or informal regulatory action.  

Lighthouse Bank is located at 111 Mission Street in Downtown Santa Cruz, CA.   More Information on the Bank may be obtained through its website www.lighthousebank.net or by calling 831-600-4000.


Selected Financial Data (unaudited)


Quarter-Ended

Change


Quarter-Ended

Change


3/31/2014

12/31/2013

$

%


3/31/2013

$

%










Balance Sheet


















Total assets

$    161,996,473

$    157,974,526

$     4,021,947

3%


$    163,196,415

$    (1,199,942)

-1%

Gross loans

110,833,596

103,530,539

7,303,057

7%


103,364,129

7,469,467

7%

Allowance for loan losses

2,882,031

2,874,031

8,000

0%


2,872,319

9,712

0%

Non interest-bearing deposits

31,914,932

30,290,175

1,624,757

5%


32,016,105

(101,173)

0%

Total deposits

137,514,513

134,494,698

3,019,815

2%


141,139,791

(3,625,278)

-3%

Shareholders' equity

23,506,821

22,858,980

647,841

3%


21,137,438

2,369,383

11%










Income Statement


















Interest income

2,001,814

1,862,763

139,051

7%


1,799,268

202,546

11%

Interest expense

96,497

97,981

(1,484)

-2%


113,611

(17,114)

-15%

Net interest income

1,905,317

1,764,782

140,535

8%


1,685,657

219,660

13%










Provision for loan losses

8,000

-

8,000

100%


-

8,000

100%

Non-interest income

100,920

79,833

21,087

26%


82,750

18,170

22%

Non-interest expense

1,031,316

910,873

120,443

13%


949,771

81,545

9%

Net income before taxes

966,921

933,742

33,179

4%


818,636

148,285

18%

Income tax expense (benefit)

370,427

344,180

26,247

8%


297,995

72,432

24%










Net income

$            596,494

$            589,562

$             6,932

1%


$             520,641

$           75,853

15%










Earnings per share (basic)

$                  0.28

$                  0.28

$                     -

0%


$                   0.24

$               0.04

15%

Book value per share

$                10.98

$                10.68

$               0.30

3%


$                   9.88

$               1.10

11%










Ratios









Net interest margin

5.02%

4.64%




4.43%



Equity capital-to-total assets

14.5%

14.5%




13.0%



Return on Average Assets

1.48%

1.48%




1.29%



Return on Average Equity

10.39%

10.31%




10.02%



Allowance for Loan Losses-to-Total Loans

2.60%

2.78%




2.78%



Non-Performing Assets-to-Total Assets

0.22%

0.22%




0.23%



Efficiency Ratio

51.4%

49.4%




53.7%



 

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