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Pinnacle Bankshares Corporation Reports Improved Earnings In 2010

Pinnacle Bankshares Corporation (OTCBB:PPBN), the one-bank holding company (the Company) of First National Bank, (the Bank) (quarterly and 2010 annual consolidated results unaudited) reported today net income after taxes of $63,000 or $0.04 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, and $687,000 or $0.46 per basic and diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to net income after taxes of $78,000 or $0.06 per basic and diluted share and net income of $351,000 or $0.24 per basic and diluted share, respectively, for the same periods of 2009.

“We are pleased to report improved earnings in 2010 as net income after taxes rose 96% over 2009 net income after taxes despite the challenging economic environment which led to an increase in our provision for loan losses. The combination of improved margins, stability in noninterest income and a decrease in noninterest expense more than offset the effects of the increase in provision,” stated Bryan Lemley, Chief Financial Officer for both the Company and the Bank.

Net interest income was $10,776,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $10,004,000 for the year ended December 31, 2009. Net interest income was $2,955,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2010 compared to $2,648,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2009. The net interest margin increased to 3.37% for the year ended December 31, 2010, from 3.23% for the year ended December 31, 2009. Net interest margin increased in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 3.68% as compared to 3.49% in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 3.34% in the third quarter of 2010.

Provision for loan losses was $915,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $501,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009. Provision for loan losses was $1,878,000 in 2010 compared with $1,530,000 in 2009.

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