2014 December 18 by Brad Ogura
17th Consecutive Quarter for Top Rating
December 18, 2014 – Puget Sound Bank received BauerFinancial’s 5-Star rating, indicating our strength based upon their performance criteria. For a bank to bear the five-Star (superior) emblem, it must have received an excellent or superior rating for 11 consecutive quarters. Some of the criteria rated (but not limited to) include: capital level, asset quality, profitability, loan delinquencies, reserves and regulatory compliance.
BauerFinancial is an independent research firm that analyzes and reports on bank and credit unions. Since 1983 BauerFinancial has been compiling information federal regulators require financial institutions to file every quarter. The information is subjected to a thorough analysis and is compared with historical data for consistency. Upon completion of the analysis, a star rating is assigned based on a scale of zero to five starts, with five stars the highest.
No institution pays for its rating, nor can banks or credit unions avoid a rating. For more information about
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2014 December 15 by Brad Ogura
Bank Participates in Adopt-a-Family Program
December 15, 2014 — Now a Christmas tradition at Puget Sound Bank, employees once again teamed with Bellevue LifeSpring to help make the holiday season a bit merrier for a local family. This year Puget Sound Bank employees adopted a family for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, providing food, gifts and a grocery-store gift card.
Bellevue LifeSpring’s Adopt-a-Family program matches local families in need with organizations such as Puget Sound Bank. Those interested in helping distribute food and gifts at the Christmas distribution center may contact the organization at info@BellevueLifeSpring.org. Support is needed to pack food boxes, load and unload deliveries and distribute food to individuals or families that lack transportation or are disabled.
2014 October 29 by Brad Ogura
October 29, 2014 – Bellevue, Wash. – Puget Sound Bank was ranked 52 out 6,500 banks in the United States by DepositAccounts.com, an online publication that grades federally insured banks based on capitalization, deposit growth, loan-to-reserve ratios and other factors.
At number 52, Puget Sound Bank is the top-rated Washington state bank.
In addition to ranking banks, DepositAccounts.com also gathers and reports deposit information and publishes articles highlighting current banking deals, providing expert depository market and product analyses.
2014 October 28 by Brad Ogura
October 28, 2014 — Puget Sound Bank (OTCQB: PUGB) today announced Troy Runner has joined the Bank as a customer service associate.
“We’re pleased to have Troy join our team,” said LoAnn Phung, Puget Sound Bank vice president and customer service manager.“ As we continue to grow it’s critical we hire and retain accomplished bankers such as Troy.”
Mr. Runner has worked in various customer service positions for a number of local financial institutions for nearly 20 years. Throughout his career he has consistently earned accolades for his ability to connect with customers, build relationships and create operational efficiencies.
He is a Seattle native and active with The Arc of King County, a local organization serving individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.
2014 October 15 by Brad Ogura
Quarterly Performance Sets Stage for Extraordinary Year
October 15, 2014 — Puget Sound Bank (OTCQB: PUGB) reported net income for the third quarter of 2014 of $849,682 or $.28 per share, a 41% increase as compared to $601,533 or $.20 per share for the third quarter of 2013.
“The surge in performance driving our net income to nearly $850,000 – the highest level since our founding – results from all areas of the Bank performing at exceptional levels,” said Jim Mitchell, president and chief executive officer. “The board and I are particularly pleased with this earnings growth, which has been driven by strong loan and deposit growth.” Read the complete earnings release
2014 September 21 by Brad Ogura
United Way Day of Caring, September 2014
September 21, 2014 — A very big thanks to Hopelink for letting the crew from Puget Sound Bank help them with their mission to promote self sufficiency for members of our community. Through United Way’s Day of Caring program we were able to help Hopelink sort food for their food bank. It was a lot of hard labor but our team of bankers was thankful for the opportunity to help our neighbors. Shown above from left: Jeanne Varnier, Robert Harvie, LoAnn Phung and Noelia Martinez.
2014 September 17 by Brad Ogura
September 17, 2014 – Puget Sound Bank (OTCQB: PUGB) announced that Nancy Pellegrino was appointed to the Company’s board of directors in a new board position, expanding the number of directors to 11.
Ms. Pellegrino has more than 30 years of experience in the private banking and wealth management industry. Most recently she was managing director and Pacific Northwest market head for Citi Private Bank where she and her team provided comprehensive wealth management, banking and capital markets solutions to ultra wealthy clients, family offices and nonprofits. Read the complete announcement.
2014 September 9 by Brad Ogura
September 9, 2014 – Puget Sound Bank has received the five-star rating from BauerFinancial for the 16th consecutive quarter. This “superior” rating is only available to banks that have received an excellent or superior rating for a minimum of 11 consecutive quarters.
BauerFinancial is a nationally recognized, independent bank rating and research firm. Only 10 percent of the nation’s approximate 7,000 banks have earned this 5-Star Superior Quality Rating. This rating indicates they have done their research to determine the overall financial picture of the Bank. Areas reviewed include but are not limited to capital ratio, profitability/loss trend, evaluating the level of delinquent loans, charge-offs and repossessed assets, the market versus book value of the investment portfolio, regulatory supervisory agreements, the community reinvestment rating (CRA), historical data and liquidity.
2014 July 17 by Brad Ogura
New Relationship Manager Joins Team of Business Bankers
July 17, 2014 — Puget Sound Bank (OTCQB: PUGB) announced that Curtis Drury has joined the Bank as vice president, senior relationship manager.
Mr. Drury joins Puget Sound Bank as it continues to expand its presence in the region as one of the leading commercial banks serving small- to medium-size businesses. “We’re pleased to add Curtis to our team of seasoned business bankers,” said Jim Mitchell, Puget Sound Bank president and chief executive officer. “He has a community-banking focus and understands how to best serve customers’ wide range of needs, and he has a well-rounded background to serve a variety of types of customers.”
Mr. Drury is a Northwest native and a graduate of the University of Washington. A resident of Mukilteo, Washington, he is a longtime supporter of youth athletics and currently coaches youth baseball and soccer teams.
2014 July 16 by Brad Ogura
Results Driven by Acquisition,
Organic Growth and Excellent Credit Quality
July 16, 2014 — Puget Sound Bank (OTCQB:PUGB) reported net income for the second quarter 2014 of $668,798 or $.22 per share, a 40% increase as compared to $476,416 or $.18 per share for the second quarter of 2013.
Puget Sound Bank’s loan portfolio increased 21% compared to a year ago to $300.7 million as the Bank continues to focus on relationships with small- and medium-sized businesses. Commercial and industrial (C&I) loans account for approximately 63% of the Bank’s portfolio, placing the Bank in the top 15% of all commercial banks in Washington state as a percentage of total loans. Read the complete earnings release.