October 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM EDT
Treasure State Bank Reports Third Quarter 2012 Operating Results

MISSOULA, MT -- (Marketwire) -- 10/26/12 -- Treasure State Bank ("the Bank") (OTCBB: TRSU), a Montana chartered community bank, today announced:

  • The Bank had a net operating profit of $76,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, as compared to $76,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, $42,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 and $119,000 for the same quarter last year.

  • Earnings, before non-cash expenses of depreciation and amortization, loan loss provisions, real estate owned write-downs and stock option expense were $219,000 ($876,000 annualized) for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, as compared to $214,000 ($856,000 annualized) for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and $374,000 ($1,496,000 annualized) for the same quarter last year. Non cash stock option expense was $30,000 for the quarter just ended as compared to $1,000 for the same period last year.

  • On a year-to-date basis, the Bank had a net operating profit of $194,000, as compared to $331,000 for the same period last year.

  • Earnings, before non-cash expenses of depreciation and amortization, loan loss provisions, real estate owned write-downs and stock option expense were $611,000 ($815,000 annualized) for the nine month period ended September 30, 2012, as compared to $832,000 ($1,109,000 annualized) for the same period last year. Non cash stock option expense was $90,000 for the nine month period just ended, as compared to $3,000 for the same period last year.

  • The annualized return on average assets for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was 0.41%, as compared to 0.41% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and 0.63% for the same quarter last year. The annualized return on average equity for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was 5.09%, as compared to 5.22% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and 7.86% for the same quarter last year.

  • The annualized return on average assets for the nine month period ended September 30, 2012 was 0.35%, as compared to 0.56% for the same nine month period last year. The annualized return on average equity for the nine month period ended September 30, 2012 was 4.34%, as compared to 7.86% for the same nine month period last year.

  • Tier 1 leverage capital was 8.18% as of September 30, 2012, as compared to 7.92% as of June 30, 2012 and 7.39% as of September 30, 2011. Total Risk-Based Capital was 12.02% as of September 30, 2012, as compared to 11.93% as of June 30, 2012 and 10.84% as of September 30, 2011.

  • Book value per share was $3.79 as of September 30, 2012, based on 1,576,546 shares outstanding.

  • Total assets decreased $1.2MM, or 1.6%, to $73.5MM at September 30, 2012, as compared to $74.7MM at June 30, 2012 and $77.0MM at December 31, 2011, due to continued progress in the planned reduction of the Bank's total assets.

  • Cost of funds at September 30, 2012 was 1.09%, as compared to 1.19% at June 30, 2012 and 1.48% at September 30, 2011.

  • The net interest margin (interest income less interest expense divided by average earning assets) increased to 3.99% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, as compared to 3.80% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and 4.02% for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.

  • Loan loss reserves to total loans were 3.61% ($1.8MM) at September 30, 2012, as compared to 3.50% at June 30, 2012 and 3.94% as of September 30, 2011.

  • Total liquidity as of September 30, 2012 was 22.7%, and available liquidity was 20.9%.

  • Non-performing assets increased $300,000, or 4.8%, for the quarter to $6.5MM at September 30, 2012, up from $6.2MM as of June 30, 2012. Year over year non-performing assets decreased $2.2MM, or 25.3%, from $8.7MM at September 30, 2011.

President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Salisbury stated, "I am pleased to report that we are reporting our seventh consecutive quarter of profitability. The $76,000 of profit for this quarter equals the $76,000 reported last quarter ended June 30, 2012, but is less than the $119,000 reported for the same quarter last year. The $43,000 decrease in net income from the same quarter ended September 30, 2011 is primarily due to a decrease in net interest income of $59,000. On a year-to-date basis, the Bank had a net operating profit of $194,000, as compared to $331,000 for the same period last year. The $137,000 decrease in net income from the same nine months ended September 30, 2011 is primarily due to a decrease in net interest income of $150,000. The decrease in gross loan balances is the primary reason for the decrease in net interest income. The continued easing by the Federal Reserve could result in a continued decrease in net interest income for the Bank and could put added pressure on the Bank's earnings.

"The Bank is currently adding $60,000 per quarter to its allowance for loan loss reserve and has added $182,000 year to date. The allowance for loan losses totals $1.8MM at September 30, 2012. This is 3.61% 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 September 30, 2012, the Bank sold $276,000 of real estate owned with no new additions to real estate owned. Total non-performing assets, which include $2.6MM of repossessed assets, increased $300,000, or 4.8%, during the quarter to $6.5MM as of September 30, 2012, as compared to $6.2MM as of June 30, 2012. On a year over year basis non-performing assets decreased $2.2MM, or 25.3%, from $8.7MM at September 30, 2011.

"In addition to the $76,000 in earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, and in our effort to continue to build the capital ratios and maximize the value of the Bank's liquidity, assets have decreased $1.2MM to $73.5MM as of September 30, 2012, down from $74.7MM as of June 30, 2012. Gross loans have increased $400,000 to $50.7MM as of September 30, 2012 as compared to $50.3MM as of June 30, 2012, but decreased $1.6MM from the $52.3MM of gross loans at September 30, 2011. The Bank continues to lend to qualified borrowers and is actively seeking qualified borrowers. During the quarter just ended, the Bank originated $1.3MM in new loans. Year to date the Bank has originated $8.8MM in new loans as compared to $5.7MM in loans for the same period last year.

"The Bank continues to work diligently to reduce its cost of funds. At September 30, 2012 the cost of funds was 1.09% as compared to 1.19% at June 30, 2012 and 1.48% at September 30, 2011.

"Nearly twenty three 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 September 30, 2012, transaction checking accounts have increased $5.2MM, or 59.8%, 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.

Safe Harbor Statement
This communication contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of Treasure State Bank and members of its management as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Important factors currently known to management that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-statements include fluctuation of operating results, the ability to compete successfully, and the ability to complete before-mentioned transactions. The Bank undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results.

Contact:

James A Salisbury
President & CEO
Treasure State Bank
3660 Mullan Road, Missoula, MT 59808
(406) 543-8700
jsalisbury@treasurestatebank.com

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