Pacific Mercantile Bancorp Reports Net Income Of $5.8 Million In The Second Quarter Of 2012

COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC) today reported its results of operations for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012.

Overview

The Company's net income improved in this year's second quarter to $5.8 million, and $0.35 per diluted share, from $1.2 million, and 0.08 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011. This improvement was primarily attributable to an increase of $7.2 million in mortgage banking revenues to $8.5 million and a non cash income tax benefit of $4.1 million, in each case in the three months ended June 30, 2012. By comparison, we generated $1.3 million of mortgage banking revenues and we made a provision of $630,000 for income taxes in the three months ended June 30, 2011. Partially offsetting the increase in mortgage banking revenues and the income tax benefit were (i) a $448,000 decline in net interest income, (ii) a $1.9 million increase in the provision made for loan losses, and (iii) a $5.1 million increase in non-interest expense, in each case in the three months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to the same three months of 2011. 

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2012 increased to $7.2 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, from $2.9 million or $0.19 per diluted share in the same six months of 2011, due to (i) a $10.8 million increase in mortgage banking revenues to $13.0 million, (ii) a $1.1 million increase in net gains on sales of securities to $1.2 million, and (iii) a non-cash income tax benefit of $3.2 million, as compared to, respectively, mortgage banking revenues of $2.2 million, net gains of $40,000 on sales of securities, and a $630,000 provision for income taxes in the first six months of 2011. The positive effect of the increases in mortgage banking revenues and in net gains on sales of securities and the income tax benefit on our operating results for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was partially offset by a $1.0 million decline in net interest income, a $1.5 million increase in the provision made for loan losses, and a $9.0 million increase in non-interest expense to $25.9 million, in each case in the six months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to the same six months of 2011.

Raymond E. Dellerba, the Company's CEO and President stated, "We are very pleased to report our sixth consecutive profitable quarter. We continued to see strong results and are starting to experience an increase in demand for commercial and industrial lending in manufacturing, wholesale, distribution and medical, with Small Business Administration ("SBA") and Entertainment Financing leading the way". "On the deposit side, our lowest cost of funding, Demand Deposit Accounts ("DDAs"), grew from $150 million to $170 million, a 13.4% increase. The increase in our checking accounts indicates new business activity for our core Bank. We have a significant amount of Other Real Estate Owned ("OREO") in escrow and anticipate a substantial OREO reduction in the third quarter," reported Mr. Dellerba. "We want to thank our loyal employees, investors and Board of Directors for their efforts and support to make these financial results a reality," concluded President Dellerba.

Recent Developments

We recently undertook a review of our mortgage banking business, which has grown rapidly over a relatively short period of time. The purpose of the review was to determine actions that could be taken to redeploy some of our capital resources, currently committed to our mortgage banking business, to our core commercial lending business in preparation for an eventual increase in prevailing interest rates, and to reduce the costs and improve the efficiencies of our mortgage banking operations. Based on that review, a decision has been made to focus our mortgage operations entirely on our direct-to-consumer retail channel and to exit our wholesale mortgage business, which depends on independent mortgage brokers to originate mortgage loans for us. Consequently, we will cease taking mortgage submissions from mortgage brokers after August 31, 2012; but will continue to process and fund all mortgage broker-originated loans in process or originated on our before that date.  This action will result in a significant reduction in mortgage loan originations and, therefore, in our mortgage banking revenues, in future periods. Nevertheless, in our view, this action is in the best interests of the Company and our shareholders, because we believe that it will enable us to build a stronger foundation for achieving improved profitability in the future, reduce and control our operating costs and reduce interest rate and other risks inherent in the wholesale mortgage business, in order to enhance the value of our banking franchise in the future.

Results of Operation

Net Interest Income. Net interest income in the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 decreased by $448,000 and $1.0 million, respectively, as compared to the same respective periods of 2011, due primarily to reductions in interest income of $1.1 million and $2.3 million in the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. Those decreases were somewhat offset by reductions in interest expense of $656,000 and $1.2 million, respectively, in the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, as compared to the same respective periods of 2011. The declines in interest income were primarily attributable to decreases in market rates of interest and, to a lesser extent, a decrease in the volume of securities held for sale and a modest decrease in the average volume of loans outstanding. The decreases in interest expense were due to reductions in the interest we paid on deposits and a change in the mix of deposits to a higher proportion of demand and savings deposits and a lower proportion of more expensive time deposits, as we chose to allow a run-off of some of those deposits.  

Provision for Loan Losses. We made provisions for loan losses of $1.9 million and $1.5 million, respectively, in the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, primarily to increase, by $1.5 million, reserves for specific non-performing loans, thereby increasing those reserves to $4.2 million at June 30, 2012 from $2.7 million at December 31, 2011. The allowance for loan losses at June 30, 2012 totaled $14.6 million of the loans then outstanding, as compared to $15.6 million of the loans outstanding at December 31, 2011 and $17.4 million of the loans outstanding at June 30, 2011.

Non-interest income. Noninterest income increased by $7.3 million to $9.1 million in the second quarter of 2012, from nearly $1.9 million in the same quarter of 2011, primarily as a result of a $7.1 million increase in income generated by our mortgage banking operations. In the six months ended June 30, 2012, noninterest income increased by $11.9 million to $15.1 million from $3.2 million in the same six months of 2011, due primarily to a $10.8 million increase in income generated by the mortgage banking division and a $1.1 million increase in net gains on sales of securities available for sale.

Non-interest expense. In the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, noninterest expense increased by $5.1 million, or 59.5% and $9.0 million, or 53.7%, respectively, as compared to the same three and six months of 2011. Those increases were primarily attributable to (i) the growth of our mortgage banking operations, as we added employees, increased leased office space, and expanded our marketing and business development programs to support that growth, (ii) an increase in the carrying costs of other real estate owned (OREO expense), due to an increase in foreclosures by us of real properties that had collateralized non-performing loans, and (iii) increases in legal and other professional fees incurred primarily in connection with the collection and foreclosure of non-performing loans. Notwithstanding the increase in non-interest expense, in the three months ended June 30, 2012 our efficiency ratio (non-interest expense as a percentage of the sum of net interest income and non-interest income) improved to 79.22%, from 82.11% in the corresponding three months of 2011, as the increase in non-interest income outpaced the increase in non-interest expense. In the six months ended June 30, 2012, our efficiency ratio remained substantially unchanged at 82.77% as compared to 82.61% in the same six months of 2011.

Income tax provision (benefit). We recorded a non-cash income tax benefit of $4.1 million and $3.2 million, respectively, in the second quarter and the six months ended June 30, 2012, as a result of the release of the remainder of the valuation allowance, in the amount of $5.0 million, which we had established against our deferred tax asset by means of charges to the provision for income taxes in prior years. The release in the valuation allowance was based on an assessment we made in the second quarter of 2012 that, due primarily to the taxable earnings we have been generating from operations in every quarter since the quarter ended December 31, 2010, it had become more likely, than not, that we would be able to use the income tax benefits comprising our deferred tax asset to offset or reduce taxes in future periods.

Balance Sheet Information

Loans. As indicated in the table below, at June 30, 2012 gross loans totaled approximately $708 million, which represented a decrease of $11 million from the gross loans outstanding at June 30, 2011. The following table sets forth, in thousands of dollars, the composition, by loan category, of our loan portfolio at June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2011. 
  June 30, 2012 June 30, 2011
  Amount   Percent Amount   Percent
  Unaudited
Commercial loans  $ 173,637 24.5%  $ 196,563 27.4%
Commercial real estate loans - owner occupied 158,039 22.3% 181,264 25.2%
Commercial real estate loans - all other 155,118 21.9% 138,528 19.3%
Residential mortgage loans - multi-family 74,930 10.6% 79,358 11.0%
Residential mortgage loans - single family 87,227 12.3% 74,373 10.3%
Construction loans - - 2,185 0.3%
Land development loans 27,488 3.9% 26,464 3.7%
Consumer loans   31,959   4.5%   20,460   2.8%
Gross loans  $ 708,398   100.0%  $ 719,195   100.0%

Deposits. Total deposits increased by $14 million to $857 million at June 30, 2012, from $843 million at June 30, 2011, primarily as a result of (i) a $20 million increase in non-interest bearing deposits to $170 million at June 30, 2012, from $150 million at June 30, 2011 and (ii) a $16 million increase in savings and money market deposit accounts to $169 million at June 30, 2012 from $153 million at June 30, 2011, partially offset by a $34 million reduction in higher-cost time deposits to $491 million at June 30, 2012, from $525 million at June 30, 2011. The reduction in higher cost time deposits was primarily the result of our decision not to seek the renewal of some of those deposits on their maturities in order to reduce interest expense. Due primarily to that decision and resulting reduction in time deposits, lower-cost core deposits increased to 43%, and higher cost-time deposits decreased to 57%, of total deposits at June 30, 2012, as compared to 38% and 62%, respectively, at June 30, 2011.

Asset Quality

Non-performing assets consist primarily of non-performing loans and real properties acquired by or in lieu of loan foreclosures ("other real estate owned" or "OREO") and, to a lesser extent, non-performing securities. As the table below indicates, non-performing loans decreased by $6.4 million to $20.9 million at June 30, 2012, as compared to $27.3 million at June 30, 2011. However, that improvement was offset by a $9.1 million increase in other real estate owned to $34.1 million at June 30, 2012 from $25.0 million at June 30, 2011, as a result of our foreclosures of additional properties that had collateralized some of the non-performing loans in our loan portfolio.  

The following table sets forth the changes in our non-performing assets over the five quarters ended June 30, 2012.

  2012 2011
  June 30, March 31, December 31, September 30, June 30,
Non-Performing Assets:          
Total non-performing loans $ 20,894  $ 19,252  $ 14,099  $ 27,940 $ 27,303
Total other real estate owned 34,086 36,006 37,421 23,761 25,012
Total other non-performing assets 238 287 380 380 621
Total non-performing assets $ 55,218  $ 55,545  $ 51,900  $ 52,081 $ 52,936
Past Due:          
Loans 90 days past due $ 10,794  $ 7,700  $ 5,110  $ 23,595 $ 25,129
Loans 30 days past due 12,908 9,053 6,041 6,552 782
Total loans past due 30 days or more $ 23,702  $ 16,753  $ 11,151  $ 30,147 $ 25,911
Allowance for loan losses $ 14,648  $ 13,634  $ 15,627  $ 16,726 $ 17,383
Ratio of allowance to total loans outstanding 2.07% 1.98% 2.37% 2.43% 2.42%

Mr. Dellerba stated, "We continue to focus on reducing our non-performing assets. We have entered into agreements to sell, for approximately $11.0 million in the aggregate, real properties with carrying values representing, in the aggregate, approximately 32% of our other real estate owned ("OREO"), and we expect those sales to be consummated in the third quarter of 2012. Moreover, in July 2012, we restructured $11.6 million of loans which had been 30 days past due at June 30, 2012, with a principal reduction payment of $2.4 million in cash and the classification of the remaining amounts due as accruing troubled debt restructurings."

Capital Resources

At June 30, 2012, we had total capital on a consolidated basis of approximately $142 million and Pacific Mercantile Bank, our wholly owned banking subsidiary, had total capital of approximately $132 million. The ratio of the Bank's total capital-to-risk weighted assets, which is the principal federal bank regulatory measure of the financial strength of banking institutions, was 14.8% and, as a result, the Bank continued to be classified, under federal bank regulatory guidelines, as a "well-capitalized" banking institution, which is the highest of the capital standards established by federal banking regulatory authorities. 

The following table sets forth the capital and capital ratios of the Company (on a consolidated basis) and the Bank (on a stand alone basis) at June 30, 2012, as compared to the regulatory requirements that must be met for a banking institution to be rated as a well-capitalized institution.
  Actual Federal Regulatory Requirement 
  At June 30, 2012 to be Rated Well-Capitalized 
  Amount Ratio Amount Ratio
  (Dollars in thousands)
Total Capital to Risk Weighted Assets:        
Company  $141,653 15.9% N/A N/A
Bank  132,216 14.8% $89,248 At least 10.0%
Tier 1 Capital to Risk Weighted Assets:        
Company  $130,443 14.6% N/A N/A
Bank  121,015 13.6% $53,249 At least 6.0%
Tier 1 Capital to Average Assets:        
Company  $130,443 12.3% N/A N/A
Bank  121,015 11.4% $52,989 At least 5.0%

As we previously reported, on April 20, 2012 we completed the sale of 4,201,278 shares of our common stock, at a price of $6.26 per share, to Carpenter Community BancFund LP and Carpenter Community BancFund-A LP (collectively, the "Carpenter Funds"), raising a total of $26.3 million in cash. 

Ms. Nancy Gray, Executive Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer stated that "the sale of those shares, coupled with the Company's second quarter 2012 earnings, resulted in the increase in the Company's consolidated capital to $141.7 million at June 30, 2012 from $112.0 million at March 31, 2012. The Company then contributed $15 million of the proceeds from the sale of those shares to make a capital contribution to the Bank which, together with its earnings in the second quarter of 2012, resulted in an increase in its total capital (on a stand-alone basis) to $132.2 million at June 30, 2012 from $112.0 million."

About Pacific Mercantile Bancorp

Pacific Mercantile Bancorp is the parent holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank, which opened for business March 1, 1999. The Bank, which is an FDIC insured, California state-chartered bank and a member of the Federal Reserve System, provides a wide range of commercial banking services to businesses, business professionals and individual clients through its combination of traditional banking financial centers and comprehensive, sophisticated electronic banking services. 

The Bank operates a total of seven financial centers in Southern California, four in Orange County and one each in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties, and another in the Inland Empire in San Bernardino County. The four Orange County financial centers are located, respectively, in the cities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa (which is visible from the 405 and 73 Freeways), La Habra and San Juan Capistrano (which is our South County financial center that is visible from the Interstate 5 Freeway). Our Los Angeles County financial center is located in the city of Beverly Hills. Our San Diego financial center is located in La Jolla and our Inland Empire financial center is located in the city of Ontario (visible from the Interstate 10 Freeway). In addition, the Bank offers comprehensive banking services over its Internet Bank, which is accessible 24/7 worldwide at www.pmbank.com .

The Pacific Mercantile Bancorp logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7241

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements regarding our expectations, beliefs and views about our future financial performance and business and our future plans, and trends in the markets in which we operate. Those statements, which constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Often, they include words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "project," or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may." Forward-looking statements are based on current information available to us and our assumptions about future events over which we do not have control. Moreover, our business and our markets are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual financial performance in the future, and the future performance of our markets (which can affect both our financial performance and the market prices of our shares), to differ, possibly significantly, from our expectations as set forth in the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. 

In addition to the risk of incurring loan losses, which is an inherent feature of the banking business, these risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the risk that the economic recovery in the United States, which is still relatively fragile, will be adversely affected by international monetary or other economic conditions, which could cause us to incur additional loan losses and adversely affect our results of operations and could, thereby, cause us to incur losses in the second half of 2012 and in subsequent years; uncertainties and risks with respect to the effects that our compliance with the Federal Reserve Bank regulatory agreement (the "FRB Agreement") and regulatory order of the California Department of Financial Institutions (the "DFI Order") will have on our business and results of operations because, among other things, that Agreement and that Order impose restrictions on our ability to grow our banking franchise, and the risk of potential future supervisory action against us or the Bank by the FRB or the DFI if we are unable to meet the requirements of the FRB Agreement or the DFI Order; the risk that our earnings will be hurt by our recent decision to exit the wholesale mortgage channel because that will result in a reduction, which could be significant, in our mortgage banking revenues; the risks that continued weakness in the economy and the possibility that the Federal Reserve Board will keep interest rates low for an extended period of time in an effort to stimulate the economic recovery, will further reduce our net interest margins and, therefore, our net interest income; the risks that we will not be able to manage our interest rate risks effectively, in which event, our operating results could be harmed; the prospect that government regulation of banking and other financial services organizations will increase generally and more particularly as a result of the implementation of the recently enacted Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Financial Reform Act, which could increase our costs of doing business and restrict our ability to take advantage of business and growth opportunities; the risk that our mortgage banking business may cause us to incur additional operating expenses and may not prove to be profitable or may even cause us to incur losses; and the risk that sales of any equity securities we might make in the future to raise additional capital could be dilutive of our existing shareholders.

Additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties to which our business is subject is contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K that we filed with the SEC on February 27, 2012, as updated and modified by the discussion of risk factors contained in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 which we filed with the SEC on May 7, 2012. Due to those risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, which speak only as of its date, or to make predictions about our future financial performance based solely on our historical financial performance. 

We disclaim any obligation to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law or NASDAQ rules.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
             
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
      Percent     Percent
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
             
Total interest income  $ 10,353  $ 11,457 (9.6)%  $ 20,663  $ 22,918 (9.8)%
Total interest expense 2,209 2,865 (22.9)% 4,504 5,720 (21.3)%
Net interest income 8,144 8,592 (5.2)% 16,159 17,198 (6.0)%
Provision for loan losses 1,850 - N/M 1,450 - N/M
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 6,294 8,592 (26.7)% 14,709 17,198 (14.5)%
Non-interest income            
Service charges & fees on deposits 245 251 (2.4)% 478 524 (8.8)%
Mortgage banking (including net gains on sales of loans held for sale) 8,450 1,328 536.3% 12,981 2,167 499.0%
Net gains on sales of securities - 29 N/M 1,186 40 2,865.0%
Other than temporary impairment of securities -  (63) N/M  (77)  (115) (33.0)%
Net gains/losses on OREO 130 99 31.3% 111 206 (46.1)%
Other non-interest income 301 214 40.7% 475 394 20.6%
Total non-interest income 9,126 1,858 391.2% 15,154 3,216 371.2%
Non-interest expense            
Salaries & employee benefits 6,531 4,008 63.0% 12,148 7,985 52.1%
Occupancy and equipment 1,189 995 19.5% 2,239 1,982 13.0%
Professional Fees 1,403 1,081 29.8% 2,629 2,042 28.7%
OREO expenses 1,877 822 128.3% 3,701 1,196 209.5%
FDIC Expense  545 380 43.4% 1,159 1,182 (2.0)%
Mortgage related loan expenses 925 168 450.6% 1,278 282 353.2%
Other non-interest expense 1,212 1,126 7.6% 2,765 2,195 26.0%
Total non-interest expense 13,682 8,580 59.5% 25,919 16,864 53.7%
Income before income taxes 1,738 1,870 (7.1)% 3,944 3,550 11.1%
Income tax provision (benefit)  (4,058) 630 (744.1)%  (3,234) 630 (613.3)%
Net income (loss) 5,796 1,240 367.4% 7,178 2,920 145.8%
Undeclared dividends on Preferred Stock  (234)  (316) (25.9)%  (468)  (628)  (25.5)%
Net income allocable to common shareholders  $ 5,562  $ 924 501.9%  $ 6,710  $ 2,292 192.8%
Net income per common share            
Basic  $ 0.35  $ 0.09    $ 0.48  $ 0.22  
Diluted  $ 0.35  $ 0.08    $ 0.47  $ 0.19  
             
Weighted average number            
of shares outstanding (in thousands)            
Basic 15,779 10,435   14,088 10,434  
Diluted 15,978 12,097   14,206 12,103  
             
Ratios from continuing operations (1)            
ROA 2.09% 0.49%   1.29% 0.58%  
ROE 28.13% 7.55%   16.06% 9.10%  
Efficiency ratio 79.22% 82.11%   82.77% 82.61%  
             
Net interest margin (1) 3.24% 3.51%   3.29% 3.56%  
             
(1) Ratios and net interest margin for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 have been annualized.
 
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(Dollars in thousands, except share and book value data)
(Unaudited)
       
  June 30, Increase/
ASSETS 2012 2011 (Decrease)
       
Cash and due from banks  $ 11,969  $ 10,581 13.1%
Interest bearing deposits with financial institutions (1) 49,807 66,513 (25.1)%
Interest bearing time deposits  1,553 1,618 (4.0)%
Investments (including stock) 109,840 146,059 (24.8)%
Loans held for sale, at fair value  143,588 20,620 596.4%
Core Loans, net  693,115 701,024 (1.1)%
OREO 34,086 25,012 36.3%
Investment in unconsolidated trust subsidiaries 682 682 -
Other assets 31,483 15,795 99.3%
Total Assets  $ 1,076,123  $ 987,904 8.9%
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Non-interest bearing deposits  $ 170,011  $ 149,863 13.4%
Interest bearing deposits      
Interest checking 27,132 24,604 10.3%
Savings/money market 168,889 153,394 10.1%
Certificates of deposit 490,974 524,733 (6.4)%
Total interest bearing deposits 686,995 692,731 (0.8)%
Total deposits 857,006 842,594 1.7%
Other borrowings 69,000 53,000 30.2%
Other liabilities 12,873 6,759 90.5%
Junior subordinated debentures 17,527 17,527 -
Total liabilities 956,406 919,880 4.0%
Shareholders' equity 119,717 68,024 76.0%
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity  $ 1,076,123  $ 987,904 8.9%
       
Tangible book value per share  $ 6.66  $ 5.31 25.4%
Tangible book value per share, as adjusted (2)  $ 6.39  $ 5.76 10.9%
Shares outstanding 16,658,296 10,434,665 59.6%
       
(1) Interest bearing deposits held in the Bank's account maintained at the Federal Reserve Bank.
(2) Excludes accumulated other comprehensive income/loss, which is included in shareholders' equity.
       
  Six Months Ended June 30,  
Average Balances (in thousands) 2012 2011  
       
Average gross loans (*)  $ 687,610  $ 725,160  
Average loans held for sale  $ 78,678  $ 16,705  
Average earning assets  $ 985,818  $ 975,323  
Average assets  $ 1,045,954  $ 1,016,278  
Average equity  $ 84,033  $ 64,706  
Average interest bearing deposits  $ 701,801  $ 676,077  
       
(*) Excludes loans held for sale and allowance for loan losses (ALL).  
       
Credit Quality Data (dollars in thousands) At June 30,  
  2012 2011  
       
Total non-performing loans  $ 20,894  $ 27,303  
Other real estate owned 34,086 25,012  
Other non-performing assets 238 621  
Total non-performing assets  $ 55,218  $ 52,936  
       
Net charge-offs year-to-date  $ 2,429  $ 718  
90-day past due loans  $ 10,794  $ 25,129  
Allowance for loan losses   $ 14,648  $ 17,383  
Allowance for loan losses /gross loans (excl. loans held for sale) 2.07% 2.42%  
Allowance for loan losses /total assets 1.36% 1.76%  
       
CONTACT: Nancy Gray, SEVP & CFO, 714-438-2500         Barbara Palermo, EVP & IR, 714-438-2500

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