2013 October 23 by Brad Ogura
Successful Acquisition Drives Higher-than-Expected Earnings
Puget Sound Bank (OTCQB: PUGB) today reported net income of $601,533 or $.20 per share for the third quarter ending September 30, 2013 as compared to $529,649 or $.21 per share in the third quarter of 2012. Net income for the current quarter would have been approximately $733,000 or $0.24 per share before one-time costs resulting from Puget Sound Bank’s acquisition of Core Business Bank, completed June 14, 2013.
Net income for the first nine months of 2013 increased to $1.611 million from $1.573 million in the year-earlier period. Without one-time acquisition costs net income for the current nine-months would have been $2.0 million.
“This quarter – the first full quarter with Core Business Bank contributing to our operations – has been particularly strong for the Bank, said Jim Mitchell, Puget Sound Bank chief executive officer and president. “Our credit quality and performance ratios have exceeded our expectations to support our long-term strategy.”
2013 July 31 by Brad Ogura
Acquisition Fuels Loan Growth and Sets Stage for Increased Profitability
July 31, 2013 – Puget Sound Bank (OTCQB: PUGB), today reported net income for the second quarter 2013 of $476,416 or $.18 per share as compared to $533,126 or $.21 per share in the first quarter of 2013. This compares to $526,381 or $.21 per share for the year-earlier quarter.
Net income would have been approximately $645,000 or $0.25 per share before one-time costs resulting from Puget Sound Bank’s acquisition of Core Business Bank, completed on June 14, 2013.
“Not only did we grow our loan portfolio 28% year-over-year to $249.2 million as a result of the acquisition and 11% of organic loan growth, we grew it according to our strategic plan – primarily from strong commercial and industrial loans,” said Jim Mitchell, Puget Sound Bank president and chief executive officer. “Plus,” he continued, “Core Business Bank had no nonperforming loans, so combined with our very low level of nonperforming loans, we continue to build a stronger asset base.” The Bank reported 0.54% of total assets as nonperforming, down from 0.66% in the first quarter of this year and 0.75% one year ago.
“The board and executive management team will continue to grow the bank in a careful and prudent manner,” said Mr. Mitchell, “beginning with capitalizing on additional growth opportunities with the Bank’s new legal lending limit of $9 million and continuing to focus on lending to small-to-medium sized businesses.” Including acquired loans from Core Business Bank, Puget Sound Bank’s commercial and industrial loans (including owner-occupied real estate) account for approximately 67% of Puget Sound Bank’s portfolio as compared to 62% in the year-earlier quarter.
2013 July 1 by Brad Ogura
July 1, 2013 — Puget Sound Bank (OTCBB: PUGB) has announced that David V. Huguenin has joined the Bank as senior vice president, relationship manager. Mr. Huguenin joined the Bank upon Puget Sound Bank’s acquisition of Core Business Bank.
2013 April 4 by Brad Ogura
April 4, 2013 — From March 1st through April 5th, bankers in Washington will join together to make a difference for Northwest Harvest and thousands of hungry people in the community, filling a critical need during a season where many food banks find their shelves are far too empty.
The Bankers Care 2013 Spring Food Drive includes the participation of approximately 500 local bank branches across the region spanning from Everett to Olympia. The campaign builds on the individual efforts of many of the banks in their active fight against hunger, increasing the reach and impact by collectively helping the hungry in our communities.
Puget Sound Bank is proud to serve as a drop location for cash and non-perishable food items. Additional information can be found by following the link provided below.
2012 October 17 by Brad Ogura
Oct. 17, 2012 — Puget Sound Bank (OTCBB: PUGB), today reported that net income for third quarter increased to $529,649 or $.21 per share compared to a loss of $350,406, for third quarter 2011. Net income for the first nine months increased to $1,573,095 from $518,862 in the same period a year ago.
“Puget Sound Bank achieved quarterly earnings in excess of $500,000 for the fourth consecutive quarter driven by growth in lending to small and medium sized businesses and solid credit quality,” said Jim Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is a result of an experienced, customer-oriented staff that provides a higher level of service and counsel to our business clients.”
Loans grew 6% to $201 million from $190 million in third quarter 2011. Commercial and industrial (C&I) loans, including owner-occupied commercial real estate loans, accounted for 65% of the loan portfolio at the end of the quarter.
Deposits grew 8% to $227 million from $210 million a year ago. Noninterest-bearing deposits increased 11% from third quarter 2011 and accounted for 34% of total deposits.
2011 June 11 by Brad Ogura
Bank Flourishes in Tough Times
JUne 22, 2011 — Puget Sound Business Journal — Puget Sound Bank’s journey demonstrates the importance of sticking to a business plan and also shows that not all Washington state banks were lured by the opportunity to lend to developers as the housing market grew. While the bank makes commercial real estate loans, it’s not at the same high level as some of its competitors.
“We could have gone in and done more commercial real estate,” Mitchell said. “We stuck with our knitting.”