Highlights Include:
  • Net income available to common shareholders of $431,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010 increased $945,000 compared to a negative $514,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009, as net income increased to $843,000 from a loss of $101,000
  • Earnings per share equaled $0.05 for the fourth quarter of 2010, up from a loss of $0.07 per share in the fourth quarter of 2009
  • Provision expense of $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 decreased from $5.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, and net charge-offs, although increasing over these periods, were more than covered by provision in both periods
  • Ratio of the allowance for loan losses to loans strengthened to 2.08% at December 31, 2010, compared to 1.70% at December 31, 2009
  • Gain on sale of mortgages increased again in the fourth quarter to $2,757,000, 34% above the third quarter level and 186% above the year-ago level
  • Loan portfolio continued to shrink due to economic conditions and lack of demand
  • Equity ratios remained strong and all affiliate banks continue to exceed all regulatory well-capitalized requirements

ALMA, Mich., Jan. 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thomas R. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Firstbank Corporation (Nasdaq:FBMI), announced net income of $843,000 for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to a loss of $101,000 for the Fourth quarter of 2009, with net income available to common shareholders of $431,000 in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to a negative $514,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009. Earnings per share were $0.05 in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to negative $0.07 in the fourth quarter of 2009. Returns on average assets and average equity for the fourth quarter of 2010 were 0.21% and 2.1%, respectively, compared to -0.04% and -4.2% respectively in the fourth quarter of 2009.