BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Feb. 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Birmingham Bloomfield Bancshares, Inc. (OTCBB:BBBI), the holding company for Bank of Birmingham, today reported substantial improvement in earnings and performance indices for 2010.
The announcement was made by Robert E. Farr, President & Chief Executive Officer.
2010 The Corporation reported net income of $238,000, and $0.13 per diluted common share, a sharp turnaround from the year-earlier net loss of $1,988,000, or $1.10 per diluted common share. The positive earnings represent the Corporation's first full year of profitability and the third consecutive quarter of net income.
The positive earnings results reflect double-digit increases in both net interest income and noninterest income, plus a reduction in non-interest expense. Net interest income rose 63.6% to $4,412,000, from $2,697,000 for 2009. The improvement was aided by a fractional reduction in interest expense, reflecting successful growth in local deposits, versus wholesale deposits which traditionally carry higher interest burdens. Non-interest income increased 47.3% to $126,000, from $85,000 at the close of 2009. The improvement in net interest income reflects a 26% jump in total loans, plus a 23% rise in net interest margin. Net interest margin stood at a healthy 4.3% at the close of the year.
Q4-2010Net income rose to $121,000, or $0.07 per diluted common share, from a net loss of $1,045,000, or $0.58 per diluted common share, for Q4-2009. Included in the Q4-2009 net loss is a onetime charge of $609,330 for the consolidation of the Bloomfield branch office into the headquarters on Woodward in Birmingham.
Key balance-sheet entries were likewise positive. At the close of the quarter, total assets were up 19.1% to $110,335,000, as the Corporation continued its focus on quality organic loan growth in core market areas. Deposits jumped 19.4% to $97,250,000. Total loans increased 26% to $100,379,000. The 2010 loan total includes SBA lending. The Corporation expanded the portfolio of products available to customers by providing SBA lending to commercial customers. Additionally, the Corporation started a residential mortgage lending operation, which also represents a new, growing lending market for the Bank.
Mr. Farr noted that the Bank has a laser focus on credit quality. Non-performing assets totaled only $298,000 at 2010, representing only 0.30% of total loans outstanding. The Bank is well provisioned with the allowance for loan losses at 1.44% and 1.47% at the close of 2010 and 2009, respectively. Most importantly, the Bank remained well capitalized and maintains an 8.2% Tier 1 capital ratio.
Mr. Farr said the Bank is generally optimistic about 2011.
"The auto industry has re-awakened and domestic production is increasing. We are well positioned in the heart of a dynamic market. Oakland County is consistently ranked among the nation's most affluent counties. We have a strong team, which is now concentrated in one location. This will generate new synergy. We are well capitalized, including the $3.4 million in TARP dollars that will help us to continue to grow our balance sheet. We have pristine asset quality. We expect our SBA lending to increase substantially. In fact, we expect to record a first-half 2011 gain on the sale of the guaranteed portion of SBA loans sold in the fourth quarter of 2010. We also expect our new residential mortgage operations to contribute to profitability in 2011."
Birmingham Bloomfield Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Bank of Birmingham, a full-service community bank serving Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Beverly Hills and Franklin. Bank of Birmingham is dedicated to providing financial services to small and medium size businesses; their owners and employees; professionals; and individuals who work or reside in the Birmingham/Bloomfield market area. Every Bank of Birmingham customer has a relationship manager who serves as a single point of contact empowered to provide all the bank's services.
Birmingham Bloomfield Bancshares, Inc. marketmakers include Howe Barnes Hoefer and Arnett, Chicago; Monroe Securities, Chicago; Hill, Thompson, Magid & Co; Jersey City, New Jersey; and Hudson Securities, Inc., Jersey City, New Jersey.
Forward-Looking Statements. This news release contains comments or information that constitute forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which involve significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include: changes in interest rates and interest-rate relationships; changes in the national and local economy; demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and non-traditional competitors; changes in banking regulations; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies, and assessments; our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions into our existing operations, and the availability of new acquisitions, joint ventures and alliance opportunities; 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; and other factors included in the Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available free via EDGAR. The Corporation assumes no responsibility to update forward-looking statements.
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CONTACT: Birmingham Bloomfield Bancshares, Inc. Rob Farr P: 248 283-6430