MISSOULA, MT -- (Marketwire) -- 10/28/11 -- Treasure State Bank ("the Bank") (OTCBB: TRSU), a Montana chartered community bank, today October 28, 2011, announced:
President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Salisbury stated, "I am pleased to report our third consecutive quarter of profitability resulting in a year to date profit of $331,000 as compared to a net operating loss of $1.4MM for the same period last year, or an improvement of approximately $1.7MM. The Bank believes that the large loan loss provisions reflected in the 2010 financial results have put the Bank in a position to manage the Bank's non-performing assets. The Bank now has an allowance for loan losses to gross loans of 3.94% ($2.1MM) to act as a cushion to absorb potential losses on existing troubled loans. The Bank continues to work diligently to address non-performing assets. During the nine month period ended September 30, 2011, the Bank sold $2.1MM of non-performing assets. The Bank has $3.8MM of repossessed property at September 30, 2011 as compared to $5.0MM at December 31, 2010. Total non-performing assets, which include repossessed assets, decreased $1.0MM during the quarter just ended to $8.7MM at September 30, 2011 from $9.7MM at June 30, 2011, and decreased $600,000 from $9.3MM at December 31, 2010.
In an effort to build the capital ratios back to acceptable levels, assets have decreased $4.0MM to $76.7MM at September 30, 2011 from $80.7MM at December 31, 2010, and have decreased $14.8MM from $91.5MM at December 31, 2009. Gross loans have decreased $4.4MM to $52.3MM at September 30, 2011 from $56.7MM at December 31, 2010, and decreased $16.9MM from $69.2MM at December 31, 2009, including transfers to real estate owned. The Bank continues to lend to qualified borrowers and is actively seeking qualified borrowers. During the nine month period ended September 30, 2011, the Bank originated $3.4MM in new loans.
The Bank has diligently reduced its cost of funds to 1.57% at September 30, 2011, from 1.76% at December 31, 2010 and from 3.46% at September 30, 2009. The ability to further reduce the Bank's cost of funds is now limited, but reducing the cost of funds to acceptable levels has positioned the Bank to have a net interest margin that allows the Bank to be profitable in spite of the large dollar amount of non-performing assets.
Nearly twenty two cents of every dollar is held in liquid assets to cushion the Bank from a rising interest rate environment. The Bank has positioned itself to be asset sensitive. Therefore, if interest rates were to increase, the effect on the Bank's net interest income should not be material.
The Western Montana economy continues to present challenges to the Bank in its efforts to dispose of repossessed property and certain portions of its loan portfolio. We will continue to work diligently to improve the asset quality of the Bank, generate profits to enhance stockholders' equity and retain adequate liquidity in these uncertain economic times."
For more information regarding this release, or the Bank in general, you may contact James A. Salisbury, President and CEO at 406-543-8700.
About Treasure State Bank
Treasure State Bank, a Montana chartered community bank, is headquartered in Missoula, Montana. The Bank was founded in January 2007. Treasure State Bank currently trades on the OTCBB under the ticker symbol "TRSU". Treasure State Bank serves businesses, professionals, non-profit organizations and individuals through customized banking services and products. For more information, please visit www.treasurestatebank.com.
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James A Salisbury
President & CEO
Treasure State Bank
3660 Mullan Road, Missoula, MT 59808