2014 April 8 by Brad Ogura
Washington Bankers Association Meets with Jim Mitchell
Titled “In Step with Jim Mitchell — Patience and Focus Guides Success” the executive-profile highlighted Jim’s answers when asked to share his lessons learned and strategies for success.
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2014 March 19 by Brad Ogura
March 19, 2014 — Puget Sound Bank recently announced the promotion of Jane K. Miller to vice president, operations support services manager.
“As the Bank has grown and our customers’ needs have become more complex, Jane has been an invaluable resource to ensure we continue to seamlessly meet their needs,” said Jim Mitchell, Puget Sound Bank chief executive officer and president. “Her expertise, team leadership and mentoring will all help support the anticipated growth of Puget Sound Bank.”
Jane joined Puget Sound Bank in 2007 after serving in various customer service positions in community banks. She is a Northwest native and a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Wash.).
2014 March 10 by Brad Ogura
5-Star Rating Given for 14th Consecutive Quarter
March 10, 2014 — For the 14th consecutive quarter, Puget Sound Bank has been awarded a 5-star rating by BauerFinancial. This independent rating agency has awarded Puget Sound Bank its highest level of recognition for our strong capital base and liquidity, robust deposit and loan growth, and solid credit quality.
2014 March 7 by Brad Ogura
Puget Sound Bank Named to Chamber’s List
March 7, 2014 – Puget Sound Bank has been included in the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Eastside Business Awards list of nominees. Nominees, who are recognized for innovation, creativity, talent and leadership, will be honored March 20, 2014 at the Golf Club at Newcastle.
The winners for Eastside Business of the Year, Eastside Small Business of the Year, and Most Innovative Product or Service of the Year will be announced at the dinner event.
Puget Sound Bank is the only bank included in the list of nominees.
2014 March 4 by Brad Ogura
March 4, 2014 — This March, 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 when many food banks find their shelves are far too empty.
Last year the Bankers Care Spring Food Drive included the participation of approximately 500 local bank branches across the region – spanning from Everett to Olympia. The food drive is coordinated by the Washington Bankers Association, and is built on the individual efforts of many of the banks in their active fight against hunger.
This year we hope to make an even bigger impact in our communities. During the three-week food drive, participating bank branches will serve as donation drop locations. Because Northwest Harvest works with local food banks throughout the region, all contributions directly support the communities in which they are collected.
Please join Puget Sound Bank, March 10 – 31, as we rally together to fight hunger.
2014 January 15 by Brad Ogura
2013 Results Highlighted by Successful Acquisition and Strong Loan Growth
January 15, 2014 — Puget Sound Bank (OTCQB: PUGB) today reported net income of $2.2 million or $.77 per share for the year ending December 31, 2013, which compares to $1.9 million or $.78 per share for the year earlier period. Net income for the current quarter was $553,366 or $0.18 per share as compared to $359,516 or $0.14 per share for the year-earlier quarter. Without one-time costs resulting from Puget Sound Bank’s acquisition of Core Business Bank completed in June 2013, net income for 2013 would have been $2.7 million or $0.96 per share.
“2013 was truly remarkable for Puget Sound Bank,” said Jim Mitchell, Puget Sound Bank chief executive officer and president. “We successfully completed our acquisition of Core Business Bank, ended the year with 0.22% of nonperforming assets to total assets (less than $1 million) and grew assets 26% to $339.3 million.”
2013 December 6 by Brad Ogura
December 6, 2013 — For the 13th consecutive quarter, Puget Sound Bank has been awarded a 5-star rating by BauerFinancial. This independent rating agency has awarded Puget Sound Bank its highest level of recognition for our strong capital base and liquidity, robust deposit and loan growth, and solid credit quality.
2013 October 23 by Brad Ogura
Successful Acquisition Drives Higher-than-Expected Earnings
October 23, 2013 — 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.