MISSOULA, MT -- (Marketwire) -- 07/30/12 -- Treasure State Bank ("the Bank") (OTCBB: TRSU), a Montana chartered community bank, today announced:
President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Salisbury stated "I am pleased to report that we are reporting our sixth consecutive quarter of profitability. The $76,000 of profit for this quarter exceeds the $42,000 reported last quarter but is less than the $84,000 reported for the same quarter last year. The $34,000 increase in earnings from the prior quarter ended March 31, 2012 is due primarily to an increase in net interest income of $8,000, an increase of $29,000 related to mortgage loan fee income and $12,000 in net OREO related income. The Bank is currently adding $60,000 per quarter to its allowance for loan loss reserve. The allowance for loan losses totals $1.8MM at June 30, 2012. This is 3.50% of gross loans and is available 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 quarter ended June 30, 2012, the Bank sold $95,000 of real estate owned with no new additions to real estate owned. Total non-performing assets, which include $2.9MM of repossessed assets, decreased $2.1MM, or 25.3%, during the quarter to $6.2MM as of June 30, 2012, as compared to $8.3MM as of March 31, 2012. Non-performing assets decreased $3.5MM, or 36.1%, from $9.7MM at June 30, 2011.
"In addition to the $76,000 in earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, and in our effort to continue to build the capital ratios, assets have decreased $1.3MM to $74.7MM as of June 30, 2012, down from $76.0MM as of March 31, 2012. Gross loans have decreased $700,000 to $50.3MM as of June 30, 2012, down from $51.0MM as of March 31, 2012. The Bank continues to lend to qualified borrowers and is actively seeking qualified borrowers. During the quarter just ended, the Bank originated $5.2MM in new loans. Year to date the Bank has originated $7.5MM in new loans as compared to $3.0MM in loans for the same period last year.
"The Bank continues to work diligently to reduce its cost of funds. At June 30, 2012 the cost of funds was 1.19% as compared to 1.27% at March 31, 2012 and 1.50% at June 30, 2011.
"Nearly twenty five cents of every dollar is held in domestic liquid assets to cushion the Bank from a rising interest rate environment and to allow for the funding of new loans. In addition, at June 30, 2012 transaction checking accounts have increased 35.1% year over year.
"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. Additional write downs of repossessed developed lots may be required to liquidate them in the future if demand for them does not improve. However, recently there continues to be a slight improvement in the Western Montana economy. With this improved economic outlook, positive earnings and the $1.8MM in loan loss reserves the Bank is hopeful that its non-performing assets will continue to decline. 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