United Security Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: USBI) announced today that the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share. The dividend is payable April 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on March 11, 2011. The dividend was reduced from $0.11 per share paid in the most recent quarter.
“Our Board of Directors remains focused on balancing our dividend payments, earnings, and capital position during this weak economic environment,” stated R. Terry Phillips, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Security Bancshares, Inc. “Over the past year, our earnings have been below historical levels due to the negative impact associated with non-performing loans, foreclosed properties and provision for loan losses, all of which were primarily caused by a continued weak economy and steadily declining real estate values. Our Board believes the reduction in the cash dividend reflects our plans to protect our capital from further adverse effects resulting from the current economic environment.”
“We will continue to evaluate future dividend payments so that they are consistent with maintaining our strong capital base, while taking into consideration our expectations of United Security’s continued earnings as well as consideration of future economic trends,” concluded Mr. Phillips.
About United Security Bancshares, Inc.
United Security Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company that operates nineteen banking offices in Alabama through First United Security Bank. In addition, the Company’s operations include Acceptance Loan Company, Inc., a consumer loan company, and FUSB Reinsurance, Inc., an underwriter of credit life and credit accident and health insurance policies sold to the bank’s and ALC’s consumer loan customers. The Company’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “USBI.”
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined by federal securities laws. Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements may address issues that involve significant risks, uncertainties, estimates and assumptions made by management. USBI undertakes no obligation to update these statements following the date of this press release, except as required by law. In addition, USBI, through its senior management, may make from time to time forward-looking public statements concerning the matters described herein. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgment of USBI’s senior management based upon current information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Certain factors that could affect the accuracy of such forward-looking statements are identified in the public filings made by USBI with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and forward-looking statements contained in this press release or in other public statements of USBI or its senior management should be considered in light of those factors. With respect to the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses for USBI, these factors include, but are not limited to, the rate of growth (or lack thereof) in the economy, the relative strength and weakness in the consumer and commercial credit sectors and in the real estate markets and collateral values.
There can be no assurance that such factors or other factors will not affect the accuracy of such forward-looking statements.