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RepublicBankAz Announces Unaudited Financial Results for the Quarter Ending December 31, 2015

PHOENIX, Feb. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RepublicBankAz, N.A. (OTCBB:RBAZ) (“RBAz”) announced a net income of $278,000, or $.16 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 as compared to a net loss of $22,000 or $.02 per share for the same period in 2014.

President and CEO Ralph Tapscott stated, “Our quarter end December 31, 2015 earnings and resulting ROA of 1.25% is an improvement from the first three quarters of 2015 as it exceeds the year to date 2015 ROA of 0.72%. Although the results of regulatory examinations are non-public information, we are continuing to make progress in complying with the Formal Agreement between the Bank and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. We continue to add significantly experienced staff to our banking team to better meet the needs of both our customers and shareholders. Safe and sound operation of the Bank, building shareholder value, and attracting and retaining quality staff are the tenants for the Bank moving into the future.”

Fourth Quarter Highlights Include:

  • Return on average assets (ROAA) for the fourth quarter of 1.25% compares favorably to banks headquartered in Arizona under a billion in asset size, where fourth quarter average ROAA was 0.64%, as our annual ROAA of .72% compares favorably to the same peer group noted above, which averaged .57%.
  • Equity Capital has increased approximately $1,830,000 since December 31, 2014 as a result of earnings and capital raising efforts, with a resultant increase of our leverage ratio ending December 2015 at 14.53%, from 12.24% as of December 31, 2014.
  • The Bank’s liquidity ratio improved to 23.72% as of December 31, 2015 from 14.54% as of December 31, 2014.
  • During the year, the Bank saw approximately 150,000 shares transacted in the over the counter marketplace which represents approximately 8% of the average shares outstanding during the year.

“Management is focused on growing the Bank by providing credit and cash management services to small and midsize businesses,” noted Tapscott. “Although the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 have seen very erratic economic indicators, we believe the Arizona economy will continue to improve. As it does, so does the strength of the business sector and our ability to increase our market share.”

The Bank remains “well capitalized” as follows:

December 31, Ratio to be Well
2015 (%) Capitalized (%)
Leverage Ratio 14.53 5.00
Tier 1 Capital to Risk Weighted Assets 20.83 6.00
Total Capital to Risk Weighted Assets 22.11 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
For the twelve months
ended December 31,
ended December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Summary Income Data
Interest income$ 1,277 $ 1,241 $ 4,873 $ 5,113
Interest expense 177 186 697 713
Net interest income 1,100 1,055 4,176 4,400
Provision for loan losses - 141 24 153
Non-interest income 102 82 313 334
Non-interest expense 807 986 3,475 3,726
Realized gains (losses) on sales of securities - - - -
Income (loss) before income taxes 395 10 990 855
Provision for income tax (benefit) 117 32 364 339
Net income (loss) 278 (22) 626 516
Per Share Data:
Shares outstanding end-of-period 1,702 1,352 1,702 1,352
Earnings per common share 0.16 (0.02) 0.37 0.38
Cash dividend declared - - - -
Total shareholders’ equity$ 12,919 $ 11,089 $ 12,919 $ 11,089
Book value per share 7.59 8.20 7.59 8.20
Selected Balance Sheet Data:
Total assets$ 85,724 $ 87,259 $ 85,724 $ 87,259
Securities available-for-sale 14,150 5,596 14,150 5,596
Securities held-to-maturity - - - -
Loans 66,508 72,399 66,508 72,399
Allowance for loan losses 2,268 2,274 2,268 2,274
Deposits 70,616 73,925 70,616 73,925
Other borrowings 1,950 1,950 1,950 1,950
Shareholders’ equity 12,919 11,089 12,919 11,089
Performance Ratios:
Return on average shareholders’ equity (annualized) 8.67 (0.80) 5.28 4.81
Net interest margin (%) 5.07 4.15 4.91 5.02
Average assets 88,926 89,413 87,075 89,490
Return on average assets (annualized) (%) 1.25 (0.10) 0.72 0.58
Shareholders’ equity to assets (%) 15.07 12.71 15.07 12.71
Efficiency ratio (%) 67.14 86.72 77.61 78.71
Asset Quality Data:
Nonperforming loans 2,526 1,599 2,526 1,599
Other real estate and repos 303 650 303 650
Nonperforming assets 2,829 2,249 2,829 2,249
Nonperforming assets to total assets (%) 3.30 2.58 3.30 2.58
Nonperforming loans to total loans (%) 3.80 3.11 3.80 3.11
Reserve for loan losses to total loans (%) 3.41 3.14 3.41 3.14
Reserve for loan losses to nonperforming loans (%) 89.79 142.15 89.79 142.15
Reserve for loan losses to nonperforming assets (%) 80.17 101.07 80.17 101.07
Net charge-offs for period$ - $ 814 $ 78 $ 2,182
Average loans 67,702 74,085 70,756 78,136
Ratio of charge‑offs to average loans (%) - 1.10 0.11 2.79
Regulatory Capital Ratios:
Tier 1 leverage capital ratio (%) 14.53 12.24 14.53 12.24
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio (%) 20.83 14.90 20.83 14.90
Total risk-based capital ratio (%) 22.11 16.18 22.11 16.18


Contact: Ralph Tapscott, President and Chief Executive Officer Phone: 602.280.9403 Email: rtapscott@republicaz.com

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