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RepublicBankAz Announces Unaudited Financial Results For the Quarter Ending June 30, 2017

Second quarter brings favorable deposit growth

PHOENIX, Aug. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RepublicBankAz, N.A. (OTCBB:RBAZ) (“RBAz”) announced a net income of $89,000, or $0.05 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 as compared to a net income of $56,000 or $0.03 per share for the same period in 2016.

President and CEO Ralph Tapscott stated, “While we are not pleased with our income in the second quarter of 2017, earning our shareholders $.05 per share and the resulting return on average assets of 0.39%, we are, however, pleased with the team we have built thus far that are growing customer deposits at a rate exceeding our expectations.  I’m confident that this team will bring enhanced earnings results in coming quarters.”

Mr Tapscott continued, “At our annual shareholders meeting in May, we elected class III directors and presented a plan to convert from a national charter to an Arizona State chartered bank.  We chose to do this because as a community bank domiciled in Phoenix, we felt that the Arizona State charter is more representative of what we are all about, doing our best to make a difference in our community for our clients and our shareholders.  The initiative was widely accepted by the shareholders and won approval at the meeting.  Soon thereafter we began the process of conversion and expect that it will be completed in stages through end of the year with a completion celebration scheduled in January.  As part of this process, we will also be changing the name of RepublicBankAz,N.A. to Republic Bank of Arizona while maintaining the same ownership group, Board of Directors, management team, dedicated staff, and commitment to our community, shareholders and clients.  Additionally, we will be moving the bank’s offices a few blocks west to 645 East Missouri Suite 108 in the spring of 2018.  We continue to march toward the $100 million in assets milestone and set our focus on our longer term goal of exceeding $250 million.  Growing this institution in a safe and sound manner, enhancing shareholder value, and attracting and retaining quality personnel are the tenets for the RBAz as we move forward.”

/EIN News/ -- Second Quarter Highlights Include:

  • Deposit growth for the first half of 2017 has been exceptional at $10,309,000 or 14.5% with more than half of that growth coming in non-interest bearing deposits which saw 85.5% growth.  Deposit growth in the second quarter was 7.5%.
  • Changes in deposit composition, coupled with the payoff of FHLB term advances, have allowed the bank’s cost of funds to decrease by 15 bps as of the quarter ended June 30, 2017 as compared to the same period ended June 30, 2016. 
  • Net loans have fallen $3,881,000 in the first half of 2017 despite new loan originations through the same period exceeding $14,339,000, which is inclusive of our first few SBA originations since 2013.
  • Nonperforming assets decreased from $2,674,000 to $980,000, a 63.4% reduction since June 30, 2016.
  • Non-interest expense was reduced by 6.0% in the second quarter of 2017 relative to the second quarter of 2016, despite our staffing additions.

The Bank remains “well capitalized” as follows:

    June 30, 2017 (%)   Ratio to be Well
Capitalized (%)
Leverage Ratio   15.22   5.00
Common Equity Tier 1   24.98   6.50
Tier 1 Capital to Risk Weighted Assets   24.98   8.00
Total Capital to Risk Weighted Assets   26.27   10.00
         

About the Company

RepublicBankAz, N.A. is a locally owned community bank in Phoenix, Arizona.  RBAz is a full service community bank providing deposit and loan products, and convenient on-line banking to individuals, businesses and professionals.  The Bank was established in April 2007 and operates out of a single location at 909 E. Missouri Avenue.  The Bank is traded over-the-counter as RBAZ.  For further information, please visit our web site: www.republicbankaz.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release may include forward-looking statements about RBAz, for which the Bank claims the protection of safe harbor provisions contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are based on management’s knowledge and belief as of today and include information concerning the Bank’s possible or assumed future financial condition, and its results of operations and business.  Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties.  A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.  Those factors include fluctuations in interest rates, government policies and regulations (including monetary and fiscal policies), legislation, economic conditions, borrower capacity to repay, operational factors and competition in the geographic and business areas in which the Bank conducts its operations.  All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available at the time of the release, and the Bank assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Unaudited Summary Financial Information
       
(dollars in thousands, except per share data or noted otherwise)
               
    For the Three months
ended June 30,

  For the Six months
ended June 30,

  Year-End
    2017   2016   2017   2016   2016
                                 
  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Summary Income Data                                  
Interest income   $ 1,095   $ 1,068   $ 2,139   $ 2,325   $ 4,556  
Interest expense     161     188     324     367     733  
Net interest income     934     880     1,815     1,958     3,823  
Provision for (reduction in) loan losses     -     -     -     -     (400 )
Non-interest income     31     40     67     86     190  
Non-interest expense     819     871     1,661     1,742     3,346  
Realized gains (losses) on sales of securities     -     22     -     22     22  
Income (loss) before income taxes     146     71     221     324     1,089  
Provision for income tax     57     15     81     118     413  
Net income   $ 89   $ 56   $ 140   $ 206   $ 676  
Per Share Data:                                  
Shares outstanding end-of-period     1,702     1,702     1,702     1,702     1,702  
Earnings per common share   $ 0.05   $ 0.03   $ 0.08   $ 0.12   $ 0.40  
Cash dividend declared     -     -     -     -     -  
Total shareholders’ equity   $ 13,735   $ 13,415   $ 13,735   $ 13,415   $ 13,150  
Book value per share     8.07     7.88     8.07     7.88     8.73  
Selected Balance Sheet Data:          
Total assets   $ 95,738   $ 91,749   $ 95,738   $ 91,749   $ 86,667  
Securities available-for-sale     17,048     20,815     17,048     20,815     21,658  
Securities held-to-maturity     6,426     -     6,426     -     -  
Loans     58,200     61,379     58,200     61,379     62,081  
Allowance for loan losses     2,061     2,115     2,061     2,115     1,751  
Deposits     81,652     76,117     81,652     76,117     71,337  
Other borrowings     -     1,950     -     1,950     1,950  
Shareholders’ equity     13,735     13,415     13,735     13,415     13,150  
Performance Ratios:          
Return on average shareholders’ equity (annualized)     2.62     1.69     2.09     3.13     5.07  
Net interest margin (%)     4.05     3.84     4.00     4.47     4.33  
Average assets     90,648     92,206     89,935     89,609     89,757  
Return on average assets (annualized) (%)     0.39     0.24     0.31     0.46     0.75  
Shareholders’ equity to assets (%)     14.35     14.62     14.35     14.62     15.17  
Efficiency ratio (%)     84.01     94.67     87.44     85.23     83.03  
Asset Quality Data:          
Nonaccrual loans     364     1,895     364     1,895     735  
Troubled debt restructurings     616     476     616     476     817  
Other real estate     -     303     -     303     -  
Nonperforming assets     980     2,674     980     2,674     1,552  
Nonperforming assets to total assets (%)     1.02     2.91     1.02     2.91     1.79  
Nonperforming loans to total loans (%)     1.68     3.86     1.68     3.86     2.50  
Reserve for loan losses to total loans (%)     3.54     3.45     3.54     3.45     2.82  
Reserve for loan losses to nonperforming loans (%)     210.31     89.20     210.31     89.20     112.82  
Reserve for loan losses to nonperforming assets (%)     210.31     79.09     210.31     79.09     112.82  
Net charge-offs for period     124     -     144     162     162  
Average loans     60,994     62,285     61,931     61,822     62,108  
Ratio of charge‑offs to average loans (%)     0.20     -     0.23     0.26     0.26  
Regulatory Capital Ratios:          
Tier 1 leverage capital ratio (%)     15.22     14.25     15.22     14.25     15.19  
Common Equity Tier 1 (%)     24.98     22.10     24.98     22.10     22.50  
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio (%)     24.98     22.10     24.98     22.10     22.50  
Total risk-based capital ratio (%)     26.27     23.38     26.27     23.38     23.77  
                                 
Contact:  Ralph Tapscott, 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone:  602.280.9403
Email:  rtapscott@republicaz.com

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