updated 10/19/2010 5:46:29 PM ET 2010-10-19T21:46:29

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 19, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dearborn Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:DEAR), the Holding Company for Fidelity Bank ("Bank"), today reported a net income of $631,000 or $0.08 per fully diluted common share for the three months ended September 30, 2010 compared to a net loss of $40,045,000 or $(5.24) per share for the three months ended September 30, 2009. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the Company's net loss was $11,870,000 or $(1.55) compared to a net loss of $55,369,000 or $(7.24) for the same period in 2009. The Company's Shareholders' Equity of $30,154,000 equates to a book value of $3.92 per share compared to the market closing price of $1.79 on September 30, 2010. In accordance with regulatory capital guidelines, the Bank remains "undercapitalized" at September 30, 2010.

At the end of September, the Company's total assets were $916,731,000 representing a decline of 12.1 percent over the preceding 12 months as a result of a strategic contraction of the balance sheet to conserve capital. Total deposits decreased 10.6 percent over the previous year and stood at $809,418,000 when the third quarter ended. Total loans were $760,683,000 on September 30, 2010, 11.8 percent less than they had been on the same date in 2009. Strong emphasis is being placed on collection of the existing loan portfolio and the sale of other real estate owned.

Michael J. Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer of both the Company and the Bank, announced the financial results and commented, "During the third quarter, net charge-offs were $2,243,000 which included gross recoveries of $661,000. The allowance for loan losses now stands at 3.92% of total loans at the end of the quarter. Write-downs of other real estate owned were $960,000, reflecting the pending sale of two spec commercial office buildings. Total non-performing assets were $137,043,000 at September 30, 2010 remaining flat compared to the first and second quarter of 2010."

Ross concluded, "The core operations of the Company continue to produce income to offset the high cost of FDIC insurance and the holding costs of other real estate owned. The level of future unknown charge-offs remains the determining factor as to whether the Company can be profitable in future quarters. Thus, our primary concerns for 2010 and 2011 are the Michigan economy, credit quality, and the stability or improvement of the underlying collateral values in our loan portfolio."

Dearborn Bancorp, Inc. is a registered bank holding company. Its sole banking subsidiary is Fidelity Bank. The Bank operates 17 offices in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw Counties in the State of Michigan. Its common shares trade on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol DEAR.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations. Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "intends," "is likely," "plans," "projects," variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("Future Factors") that are difficult to predict with regard to timing, extent, likelihood and degree of occurrence. Actual results and outcomes may materially differ from what is expressed in forward-looking statements. Dearborn Bancorp undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events (whether anticipated or unanticipated), or otherwise.

Future Factors include changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and non-traditional competitors; changes in banking regulation; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies and assessments; the impact of technological advances; governmental and regulatory policy changes; the outcomes of contingencies, trends in customer behavior as well as their ability to repay loans; actions by bank regulators; availability of capital; changes in local real estate values; changes in the national and local economy; and other factors, including risk factors disclosed from time to time in filings made by Dearborn Bancorp with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These are representative of the Future Factors and could cause a difference between an ultimate actual outcome and a preceding forward-looking statement.

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