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Western Liberty Bancorp Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Total loans were stable at $102.4 million at March 31, 2012, compared to $101.9 million at December 31, 2011, and $102.2 million at March 31, 2011. Commercial real estate loans accounted for 58% of the total loan portfolio and commercial and industrial loans comprised 30%. Construction and land development loans accounted for 2% and residential real estate loans were 10% of total loans at quarter end. Of the total loan portfolio, 69% is secured by real estate and 32% of the commercial real estate loan portfolio is owner occupied. Half of the loan portfolio is adjustable rate loans, with most of these loans indexed to the national prime rate with interest rate floors above the current prime rate index.

Western Liberty’s total deposits increased $4.8 million from the preceding quarter to $126.0 million at March 31, 2012, with 48% in noninterest bearing demand accounts. At December 31, 2011, total deposits were $121.2 million, compared to $131.8 million at March 31, 2011. “Our core deposit base continues to consist entirely of customers from our home-town, providing a stable and low cost funding source for the Bank,” said Martin. Noninterest-bearing deposits grew by $9.4 million during the first quarter, and accounted for 48 of total deposits, while certificates of deposits declined by $5.5 million. Interesting bearing deposits (NOWs, Money Market and Savings) increased marginally by $854,000.

Total shares outstanding were 13.5 million at quarter end. Shareholders’ equity was $75.1 million at the end of March compared to $76.0 million at the end of December and $93.6 at the end of March 2011. Tangible book value per share was $5.53 at quarter end compared to $5.60 in the preceding quarter and $5.78 a year ago.

Asset Quality

Nonperforming assets totaled $28.5 million, or 14.1% of total assets at March 31, 2012, compared to $28.1 million, or 14.2% of total assets at December 31, 2011, and $10.1 million, or 4.4% of total assets at March 31, 2011. Loans measured for impairment, which include nonperforming loans as well as loans that continue to perform but have some identified weakness, improved to $28.0 million, down from $29.3 million at December 31, 2011. The majority of loans measured for impairment were in the commercial real estate portfolio.

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