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Republic Bank of Arizona Announces Unaudited Financial Results For the Quarter Ending June 30, 2018

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PHOENIX, Aug. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Republic Bank of Arizona, (OTC:RBAZ) ("RBAZ") ("Bank") announced a net income of $479,000, or $0.28 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and $609,000, or $0.36 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2018 as compared to a net income of $89,000, or $0.05 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 and $140,000 or $0.08 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2017.

President and CEO Ralph Tapscott stated "I am pleased to report our second quarter results and am proud of our team. Quality loan growth has been a focus so I am happy to report that not only have we seen our loan growth track with our projected budget through the first half of the year, but we also have no non-performing loans in our portfolio. The quality of our portfolio allowed us to recapture some loan loss reserves from the past into income. Excluding this credit, our core earnings still exceeded the same quarter last year by over 200%. Our growth in core deposits continues to provide a stable funding source for our earning assets and our pipeline is strong providing a positive start to our third quarter."    

Mr. Tapscott continued "Our capital is strong and will support continued growth, our asset quality is exceptional, and our team is committed to growing relationships that will manifest in loan and core deposit growth, with a corresponding growth in core earnings.  We have settled in to our new banking location and   our team's dedication continues to be reflected in our Bauer Five-Star bank rating."

June 30, 2018 Highlights Include:

  • Total interest income of $1,305,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 exceeded total interest income of $1,095,000 for the same period of the prior year, and represents an increase of 19.2%.
  • Quarterly non-interest expense for June 30, 2018 quarter increased 5.9% or $48,000 over the same quarter in 2017 as we experienced double occupancy costs from our move that ceased on May 31, 2018.
  • Total loans increased $6,530,000 to $64,730,000 as compared to $58,200,000 as of June 30, 2017, an 11.2% increase as loan production continues on our projected budget through six months.
  • Total deposits of $101,624,000 are up $2,575,000 for the second quarter, as we brought on some local municipal deposits.

The Bank remains "well capitalized" as follows:

  June 30, 2018 (%)   Ratio to be Well
Capitalized (%)
Leverage Ratio  12.93   5.00
Common Equity Tier 1 23.29   6.50
Tier 1 Capital to Risk Weighted Assets 23.29   8.00
Total Capital to Risk Weighted Assets 24.56   10.00
       

About the Company
Republic Bank of Arizona is a locally owned community bank in Phoenix, Arizona.  RBAZ is a full service community bank providing deposit and loan products, and convenient on-line banking to individuals, businesses and professionals with a business and commercial focus.  The Bank was established in April 2007 and operates out of a single location at 645 E. Missouri Avenue, Suite 108.  The Bank is traded over-the-counter as RBAZ.  For further information, please visit our web site: www.republicbankaz.com.

Forward-looking Statements
This press release may include forward-looking statements about RBAZ, for which the Bank claims the protection of safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are based on management's knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the Bank's possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations and business.  Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties.  A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  Those factors include fluctuations in interest rates, government policies and regulations (including monetary and fiscal policies), legislation, economic conditions, borrower capacity to repay, operational factors and competition in the geographic and business areas in which the Bank conducts its operations.  All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available at the time of the release, and the Bank assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.



 
Unaudited Summary Financial Information
 
(dollars in thousands, except per share data or noted otherwise)
 
  For the Three months
ended June 30,
    For the Six months
ended June 30,
    Year-End
  2018       2017       2018       2017       2017  
                                     
    (dollars in thousands, except per share data)  
Summary Income Data          
Interest income $   1,305     $   1,095     $   2,509     $   2,139     $   4,374  
Interest expense   160       161       300       324       628  
Net interest income   1,145       934       2,209       1,815       3,746  
Provision for (reduction in) loan losses   (300 )     -       (300 )     -       (416 )
Non-interest income   211       31       259       67       425  
Non-interest expense   867       819       1,775       1,661       3,221  
Realized gains (losses) on sales of securities   (116 )     -       (116 )     -       1  
Income (loss) before income taxes   673       146       877       221       1,367  
Provision for income tax    194       57       268       81       743  
Net income  $   479     $    89     $   609     $   140     $   624  
Per Share Data:                            
Shares outstanding end-of-period   1,702       1,702       1,702       1,702       1,702  
Earnings per common share $   0.28     $   0.05     $   0.36     $   0.08     $   0.37  
Cash dividend declared   -       -       -       -       -  
Total shareholders' equity  $   14,445     $    13,735     $   14,445     $  13,735     $   14,015  
Book value per share   8.49       8.07       8.49       8.07       8.23  
Selected Balance Sheet Data:          
Total assets $   116,635     $  95,738     $   116,635     $  95,738     $  122,923  
Securities available-for-sale   20,734       17,048       20,734       17,048       20,570  
Securities held-to-maturity    6,275       6,426       6,275       6,426       6,320  
Loans   64,730       58,200       64,730       58,200       59,887  
Allowance for loan losses   1,373       2,061       1,373       2,061       1,665  
Deposits   101,624       81,652       101,624       81,652       108,489  
Other borrowings   -       -       -       -       -  
Shareholders' equity    14,445       13,735       14,445       13,735       14,015  
Performance Ratios:          
Return on average shareholders' equity (annualized)   13.53       2.62       8.67       2.09       4.56  
Net interest margin (%)   3.98       4.05       3.84       4.00       3.96  
Average assets    115,420       90,648       115,550       89,935       94,451  
Return on average assets (annualized) (%)    1.66       0.39       1.05       0.31       0.66  
Shareholders' equity to assets (%)    12.38       14.35       12.38       14.35       11.40  
Efficiency ratio (%)   63.64       84.01       71.55       87.44       76.45  
Asset Quality Data:          
Nonaccrual loans   -       364       -       364       -  
Troubled debt restructurings    577       616       577       616       592  
Other real estate   -       -       -       -       -  
Nonperforming assets   -       980       -       980       -  
Nonperforming assets to total assets (%)   -       1.02       -       1.02       -  
Nonperforming loans to total loans (%)   -       1.68       -       1.68       -  
Reserve for loan losses to total loans (%)   2.12       3.54       2.12       3.54       2.78  
Reserve for loan losses to nonperforming loans (%)    *       210.31       *       210.31         *  
Net charge-offs for period   -       124       -       144       144  
Average loans   63,021       60,994       60,469       61,931       61,409  
Ratio of charge‑offs to average loans (%)         0.20        -       0.23        0.23   
Regulatory Capital Ratios:          
Tier 1 leverage capital ratio (%)   12.93       15.22       12.93       15.22       13.08  
Common Equity Tier 1 (%)   23.29       24.98       23.29       24.98       24.93  
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio (%)   23.29       24.98       23.29       24.98       24.93  
Total risk-based capital ratio (%)   24.56       26.27       24.56       26.27       26.20  
   * Denominator is zero          


Contact:  Ralph Tapscott,
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone:  602.280.9403
Email:  rtapscott@republicaz.com

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