COSTA MESA, Calif., April 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:PMBC) announced today that effective as of March 30, 2013, it completed the sale of a total of 2,222,222 shares of the Company's common stock at $6.75 per share to Carpenter Community BancFund LP and Carpenter Community BancFund-A LP (collectively, the "Carpenter Funds"). As previously reported, we are contributing the net proceeds from the sale of those shares, which totaled approximately $14.8 million, to a new wholly-owned asset management subsidiary, which has used approximately $11.0 of those funds to purchase nonperforming loans and foreclosed real properties from the Company's wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Mercantile Bank. The sale of those assets by the Bank to that new subsidiary is expected to result in improvements in the Bank's financial condition and future financial performance and, at the same time, will provide the Bank with additional financial resources that it plans to use to fund new loans and grow its business. The remainder of the those proceeds will be used by that subsidiary to fund the costs of managing and disposing of the assets it is purchasing from the Bank and, subject to obtaining required regulatory approvals, plans to use the remainder of those proceeds to purchase additional nonperforming assets from the Bank. As a result of their purchase of the shares, the Carpenter Funds, which are the Company's largest shareholder, now own approximately 34% of the Company's outstanding voting shares, as compared to the 28% that they owned prior to the sale. Raymond E. Dellerba, President and CEO of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, stated that, "Most of the non-performing assets we will be purchasing from the Bank are assets which have proven to be the most difficult to sell or resolve due to the poor condition of the properties or the financial difficulties of the borrowers." We are appreciative of the willingness of the Carpenter Funds to purchase our shares at a price above our recent market prices to enable us to purchase these troubled assets through our new asset management subsidiary," concluded Bancorp CEO Dellerba.