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1st Century Bancshares, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The Quarter And Year Ended December 31, 2012

Subsequent Events

On February 19, 2013, the Company notified the student loan provider that it partners with in connection with its college loan funding program that the Company is terminating its participation in this program. Consistent with its agreement, the Company's involvement in the program will terminate 60 days from the date of this notification. 

On February 20, 2013, the Bank received a pay-off on a commercial loan that was classified at December 31, 2012 as a substandard non-accrual loan. The outstanding principal balance at December 31, 2012 was $810,000. In addition to the pay-off of the outstanding principal balance, this pay-off resulted in a $1.0 million recovery, as well as the recognition of approximately $220,000 of interest income that had been deferred following the commercial loan's classification as a non-accrual loan in December 2010. At December 31, 2012 and 2011, this loan had a specific allowance for loan losses allocated to it of $500,000 and $700,000, respectively. The pay-off, corresponding recovery and previously deferred interest income were all recognized at the time of pay-off during the quarter ending March 31, 2013. In the ordinary course of business, management will assess the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses taking into consideration, among many other factors, the foregoing event. 

About 1 st Century Bancshares, Inc.

1st Century Bancshares, Inc. is a publicly owned company traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "FCTY." The Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, 1st Century Bank, N.A., is headquartered in the Century City area of Los Angeles, with a full service business bank in Century City, CA, and a relationship office in Santa Monica, CA. The Bank's primary focus is serving the specific banking needs of entrepreneurs, professionals and small businesses with the personal service of a traditional community bank, while offering the technologies of a big money center bank. The Company maintains a website at www.1cbank.com . By including the foregoing website address link, the Company does not intend to and shall not be deemed to incorporate by reference any material contained therein.

Safe Harbor

Certain matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can find many (but not all) of these forward-looking statements by looking for words such as "approximates," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "would," "may" or other similar expressions in this press release. These statements are based upon our management's current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those expressed, suggested or implied herein. Accordingly, investors should use caution in relying on forward-looking statements to anticipate future results or trends. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: (1) the impact of changes in interest rates, (2) political instability, (3) changes in the monetary policies of the U.S. Government, (4) a renewed decline in economic conditions, (5) continued deterioration in the value of California real estate, both residential and commercial, (6) an increase in the level of non-performing assets and charge-offs, (7) further increased competition among financial institutions, (8) the Company's ability to continue to attract interest bearing deposits and quality loan customers, (9) further government regulation and the implementation and costs associated with the same, (10) internal and external fraud and cyber-security threats including the loss of bank or customer funds, loss of system functionality or the theft or loss of data, (11) management's ability to successfully manage the Company's operations, and (12) the other risks set forth in the Company's reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims, any obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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