2015 March 11 by Brad Ogura
“Washington’s Banks Looking Pretty Good” says Industry Analyst
March 11, 2015 – In a recent Puget Sound Business Journal article by local digital managing editor Emily Parkhurst, Puget Sound Bank is highlighted as Washington state’s fifth-best as ranked several ratios, including earnings, asset quality, capitalization, growth and other factors.
The list was compiled by St. Louis-based industry analyst Kirk Briden, a banking industry veteran who goes beyond traditional measure criteria to measure performance. As Parkhurst points out in her article, the strength of a bank is important for businesses looking for a loan because banks that are not performing well can have issues with regulators, which can make it more difficult to work with them.
She quotes Briden as saying “When you start running into trouble, regulators often define a very narrow box to confine (the bank) to.” Read her full article to see Briden’s top 25 banks in Washington state.
2015 March 5 by Brad Ogura
Join Puget Sound Bank at Bellevue LifeSpring’s March Benefit Luncheon
March 5, 2015 — This year’s Step Up to the Plate benefit luncheon for Bellevue LifeSpring will focus on two critical areas for those in Bellevue living in poverty: food and education. Puget Sound Bank is honored to support Bellevue LifeSpring’s outreach to those struggling with these basic needs.
Jim Mitchell, Puget Sound Bank president and chief executive officer — and chair of Bellevue LifeSpring’s board of directors as well — invites community members to attend the event on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The event begins at 11:30 with a lunch and program. Suggested donation is $150. For more information visit Bellevue LifeSpring online.
2015 January 30 by Brad Ogura
Recognized for Dedication and Commitment to Service
January 30, 2015 — Puget Sound Bank recently announced Teresa Lundman has been promoted to assistant vice president, customer service supervisor.
“Teresa’s dedication and commitment to consistently exceeding our customers’ expectations has been critical to supporting the Bank’s phenomenal growth,” said LoAnn Phung, Puget Sound Bank vice president and customer service manager.
Ms. Lundman joined Puget Sound Bank in 2011 and was promoted to customer service associate supervisor in 2012. She is a Seattle native and has worked in customer service positions for a number of community banks for nearly 20 years.
2015 January 21 by Brad Ogura
Fourth Quarter ROE reaches 10.29% and ROA hits 1.01%
January 21, 2015 — Puget Sound Bank (OTCQB: PUGB) today reported net income of $3.2 million or $1.06 per share for the year ending December 31, 2014, which compares to $2.2 million or $.77 per share for the year-earlier period. Net income for the quarter ending December 31, 2014 was $952,426 or $0.31 per share as compared to $553,366 or $0.18 per share for the year-earlier quarter. Read the complete earnings release
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
BauerFinancial visit their website.
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.