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Firstbank Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2010 Results

Highlights Include:

  • Net income of $937,000 and net income available to common shareholders of $525,000 in the second quarter of 2010, compared to $62,000 net income and a negative earnings available to common of $351,000 for these measures in the second quarter of 2009
  • Earnings per share equaled $0.07 for the second quarter of 2010, up from $0.03 per share in the first quarter of 2010 and a loss of $0.04 in the second quarter of 2009
  • Provision expense of $3.1 million and net charge-offs of $2.6 million in the second quarter of 2010 decreased from $5.3 million of provision expense and $2.7 million of net charge-offs in the second quarter of 2009
  • Ratio of the allowance for loan losses to loans strengthened to 1.90% at June 30, 2010, compared to 1.70% at December 31, 2009, and 1.48% at June 30, 2009
  • Loan portfolio continues to shrink due to economic conditions and lack of demand
  • Equity ratios remain strong and all affiliate banks continue to exceed all regulatory well-capitalized requirements

ALMA, Mich., July 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thomas R. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Firstbank Corporation (Nasdaq:FBMI), announced net income of $937,000 for the second quarter of 2010, compared to $62,000 for the second quarter of 2009, with net income available to common shareholders of $525,000 in the second quarter of 2010 compared to negative $351,000 in the second quarter of 2009. Earnings per share were $0.07 in the second quarter of 2010 compared to a loss of $0.04 in the second quarter of 2009. Returns on average assets and average equity for the second quarter of 2010 were 0.26% and 2.7%, respectively, compared to 0.03% and 0.3% respectively in the second quarter of 2009.

Earnings comparisons to the year-ago quarterly period were impacted by a one-time FDIC insurance assessment expense in the second quarter of 2009. Ongoing FDIC insurance expense, provision expense, and other credit and collection expense continue at elevated levels. Provision expense in the second quarter of 2010 was $3,066,000, up 23.1% from the first quarter of 2010 but 41.9% lower than in the second quarter of 2009. The provision expense of $3,066,000 in the second quarter of 2010 exceeded net charge-offs in the quarter of $2,599,000 as management continued to build the level of reserves for loan losses.

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