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Bank of Southern California N.A. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2019 Results

Bank of Southern California N.A.

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan 29, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL) today reported results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019. Total assets ended the year at $830 million at December 31, 2019, an increase of 8.1% compared to December 2018. Total loans increased 6.6% to $677 million and total deposits increased 7.0% to $672 million compared to the prior year as well.

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, was $1.64 million, compared to $1.72 million in Q3 2019 and $2.00 million in Q4 2018. Earnings for the year ended December 31, 2019, were $6.77 million up 29% from $5.26 million for the year ended December 2018. Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.78 for the year ended December 2019 versus $0.71 in the year ended December 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights
* Announced plan of merger with CalWest Bancorp, expected to close in Q2 2020
* Announced completion of capital offering and plans to form Holding Company

Nathan Rogge, President and CEO of Bank of Southern California said, "We produced solid results for 2019 and continue to increase meaningful loan and deposit relationships while maintaining strong credit quality across our portfolio. Specifically, we reported strong commercial and industrial loan growth, increased non-interest bearing DDA, and a rise in total assets, largely attributed to our recent capital raise."

The Banks' focus on C&I lending is not only reflected in a 14% increase in outstanding C&I loans during the year, but also in undisbursed C&I commitments, which increased 46% during the year. Non-interest bearing demand deposits, increased 22% during 2019, a result of our emphasis on relationship-based banking.

"As we enter 2020, we remain focused on advancing and driving growth in the Southern California market. Our strategic merger with CalWest Bank will provide us with an expanded branch presence covering Orange County and the Inland Empire as well as operational synergies and efficiencies, thus allowing us to better serve the business community. The merger is anticipated to close in the second quarter of 2020," concluded Rogge.

John Farkash, Chairman of the Board said, "We are pleased to report another solid quarter to close out 2019. The Bank has achieved good momentum in executing our strategy and moving towards a relationship-focused approach to banking. As we look ahead, we remain focused on driving long-term value for our customers and shareholders."

Additional Financial Highlights
* Total loans decreased $8 million during the 4th quarter to $677 million at quarter end; the reduction was primarily related to construction loans, which declined $10 million during the quarter as projects paid off as planned. The pace of total loan payoffs slowed in the second half of 2019 to $37 million, down from the $62 million pace set in the first six months of the year. Compared to the first half of the year, new loan origination units increased by 28% in the second half of the year resulting in $155 million in total gross loan commitments in 2019.
* During 2019, the Bank has focused on improving its core deposit portfolio. This is not only reflected in the 22% growth in noninterest-bearing demand (DDA) during 2019, but also in the growth of money market deposits, which increased $26 million, or 12%, during 2019. This core deposit growth allowed the Bank to decrease reliance on higher cost time deposits, which declined 9% during 2019.
* Noninterest expenses grew $3.6 million in 2019 compared to 2018. However, both years include non-recurring costs associated with merger and restructuring expenses, $2.1 million in 2018 related to the merger with Americas United Bank, and $592k in 2019 associated with the plan of merger with CalWest Bank.
* Nonperforming assets continue to be very low and were 0.23% of total assets at December 31, 2019, compared to 0.60% at December 31, 2018. The allowance for loan losses (ALLL) was 0.79% of total loans at December 31, 2019, up from 0.69% at December 31, 2018. When including $1.9 million in loan fair value credit marks (LFVCM), the ALLL and LFVCM represent 1.07% of total loans versus 1.10% at December 31, 2018.

[Quarterly Financial Highlights Table Follows]

More details about our quarterly results are available on our website and through the following link to our most recent quarterly results and trends:

About Bank of Southern California
A growing community bank, established in 2001, Bank of Southern California, N.A., with headquarters in San Diego, California, is locally owned and managed, and offers a range of financial products to individuals, professionals and small-to-medium sized businesses. The Bank's solution-driven, relationship-based approach to banking provides accessibility to decision makers and enhances value through strong partnerships with its clients. The Bank currently operates eleven branches in San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, as well as a production office in West Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit or call (858) 847-4780.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release may contain comments or information that constitute forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) and Bank of Southern California intends for such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of that Act.
Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may." Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, nor should they be relied upon as representing management's views as of any subsequent date. Future events are difficult to predict. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those presented, either expressed or implied, in this news release. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: the ability of the Bank to successfully execute its business plan; changes in interest rates and interest rate relationships; changes in demand for products and services; the degree of competition by traditional and non-traditional competitors; changes in banking legislation or regulation; changes in tax laws; changes in prices, levies and assessments; the impact of technological advances; the outcomes of contingencies; trends in customer behavior as well as their ability to repay loans; and changes in the national and local economy.
Bank of Southern California undertakes no obligation to update or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Amanda Conover
Bank of Southern California

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Bank of Southern CaliforniaQuarterly Financial Highlights
($$ in thousands except per share data)2019 2019 2019 2019 2018
4th Qtr3rd Qtr2nd Qtr1st Qtr4th Qtr2019 2018
 Net interest income$7,7367,7957,6257,6988,03130,85424,900
 Provision for loan losses$2003002003004501,0001,600
 NonInterest income$3216955194205261,9542,803
 NonInterest expense$5,5125,7115,7055,1985,27922,12518,571
 Income tax expense$7097636677718232,9102,274
 Net income$1,6361,7161,5721,8492,0056,7735,258
 Basic earnings per share$
 Average shares outstanding8,578,1028,410,5228,410,5228,409,2728,402,2518,452,1047,091,176
 Ending shares outstanding9,405,1908,410,5228,410,5228,410,5228,408,0229,405,1908,408,022
 Return on average assets0.79%0.87%0.82%0.99%1.07%0.87%0.87%
 Return on average common equity5.93%6.37%6.02%7.30%7.91%6.39%6.57%
 Yield on loans5.23%5.44%5.59%5.66%5.63%5.47%5.39%
 Yield on earning assets4.88%5.21%5.24%5.36%5.40%5.17%5.01%
 Cost of deposits0.88%0.99%0.98%0.96%0.84%0.95%0.70%
 Net interest margin4.01%4.24%4.28%4.41%4.59%4.23%4.36%
 Efficiency ratio68.42%67.26%70.05%64.03%61.70%67.44%67.04%
 Tangible equity to tangible assets12.58%10.83%11.62%11.29%11.01%12.58%11.01%
 Book value (BV) per common share$12.8112.7712.5612.3012.0612.8112.06
 Tangible BV per common share$10.8510.5610.3410.079.8110.859.81
 Net loan charge-offs (recoveries)$(11)36(9)(7)(0)9303
 Allowance for loan losses (ALLL)$5,3635,1534,8884,6794,3735,3634,373
 ALLL to total loans0.79%0.75%0.78%0.74%0.69%0.79%0.69%
 Loan fair value credit marks (LFVCM)$1,9062,0302,2492,4792,5941,9062,594
 ALLL and LFVCM to total loans1.07%1.05%1.14%1.14%1.10%1.07%1.10%
 Nonperforming loans$1,9112,2252,0333,2984,5741,9114,574
 Other real estate owned$0000000
 Nonperforming assets to total assets0.23%0.27%0.27%0.43%0.60%0.23%0.60%
 Total loans$676,655684,717623,424628,538634,651676,655634,651
 Total assets$830,186839,060766,730768,823767,948830,186767,948
 Loans to deposits100.71%98.82%98.60%98.88%101.09%100.71%101.09%
 Shareholders' equity$120,523107,400105,619103,481101,360120,523101,360
 Full-time equivalent employees979610096949794
 Total loans$678,015664,946623,541629,799627,544649,251495,252
 Earning assets$766,012730,165714,889707,920694,190729,844571,450
 Total assets (net of AFS valuation)$818,989783,043766,960755,842741,463781,386604,727
 Shareholders' equity$109,464106,853104,745102,707100,500105,96380,078

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