Plaza Bank (OTCBB:PZBW) reported its 4th consecutive positive quarterly earnings. The Bank reported a net income of $179 thousand for the quarter ending September 30, 2010. Plaza Bank has recorded profits of $331 thousand for the nine months year to date through September 30, 2010 and, combined with the last quarter of 2009, has recorded $450 thousand in profits for the past twelve months.

Total assets decreased $7.5 million during the last twelve months to $113.1 million at September 30, 2010. Net loans decreased $11.8 million to $80.1 million during the same period. This was a decrease, reflective of the slowdown in the current economy and the reduction of some problem loans. Overall deposits also decreased 7.5% or $8.0 million to $99.0 million over the same period in 2009. The Bank has shrunk its balance sheet in response to the current recessed economy by shedding some of its troubled assets and excess liquidity. This has improved overall earnings and capital ratios.

Net Interest income increased to $1.1 million before provisions for loan losses, an increase from $974 thousand for the same period in 2009. This was due mainly to the reduction in costs of funds due to the continued reduction in interest rates. Operating expenses were also reduced by $63 thousand for the quarter ended September 30, 2010.

The past year, 2009, was challenging for most banks due to the troubled economy and the recessionary real estate market. Plaza Bank has taken a hard look at its credit quality in the wake of the sliding economy and improved its balance sheet, liquidity and profitability as a result. Plaza Bank continues to have a strong loan loss reserve of 3.12% at almost twice the national average to protect against any further deterioration. In addition, a strong capital ratio of 9.6% will help protect the bank until the economy fully recovers and help ensure its safety and soundness in the near future.

President & CEO Carlos Guangorena states, “Recording profits and improving credit quality were strong goals for us during the past year. We are very proud of Plaza Bank’s performance during the past 12 months as we achieved our goals and recorded profitability and improved credit quality. An improved economy will only boost these efforts and Plaza Bank’s success.”

Meanwhile, Plaza Bank continues to reach out to minorities:
  • Total loans to women and minorities were almost 40 percent of total loan balances outstanding at the end of 2009.

Shareholder Equity at September 30, 2010 stood at $10.9 million, or $3.85 per outstanding share. Plaza Bank trades on the over the counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) under the ticker symbol PZBW.OB.

About Plaza Bank

Plaza Bank, a state chartered commercial bank, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with a branch office in the Seattle suburb of Kent. The bank was founded in April 2006 with an equity capital base of $22.0 million, at the time the most capital raised by a Washington de novo bank. Plaza Bank is a commercial bank with an emphasis on the Latino market, the first de novo bank in Washington to target the growing Latino market. Please visit for additional information.

(IN $000’s)
Year Ended

December 31, 2009
  Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2010
  Three Months Ended

September 30, 2010
  Three Months Ended

September 30, 2009
Interest Income $ 6,056 $ 4,742 $ 1, 574 $ 1,575
Interest Expense 2,317 1,434 436 601
Net interest Income Before Provision 3,739 3,308 1,138 974
Provision for Loan Losses 4,100 0 0 0
Non-interest Income 208 145 42 49
OREO Valuation Allowance 853 0 0 0
Other Non-interest Expense 4,303 3,122 1,001 1,072
Net Income (Loss) $ (5,309 ) $ 331 $ 179 $ (49 )
December 31, 2009 September 30, 2010 September 30, 2009
Total Assets $ 124,768 $ 112,929 $ 119,711
Total Loans 91,070 80,125 91,888
Total Deposits 112,179 99,031 107,022
Allowance for Loan Losses 3,665 2,600 3,628
Shareholders’ Equity $ 9,376 $ 10,889 $ 9,277

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