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PBB BANCORP/PREMIER BUSINESS BANK TO ACQUIRE FIRST MOUNTAIN BANK

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Los Angeles, California and Big Bear Lake, California, June 22, 2015 – PBB Bancorp (OTCQX: PBCA), the holding company and 100% shareholder of Premier Business Bank, and First Mountain Bank (OTCQX: FMBP) announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby PBB Bancorp will acquire First Mountain Bank through the merger of that bank with and into Premier Business Bank. In the merger each share of First Mountain Bank common stock will be exchanged for a combination of $1.05 in cash, subject to reduction should the book value per share as calculated under the merger agreement fall below $8.15, and one share of PBB Bancorp common stock. The total value of the merger consideration is approximately $13.4 million.

The combined bank will continue to serve its Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County customer base and all existing branches of both banks will remain open after the merger. On a pro forma basis, based on financial information at March 31, 2015, the combined bank would have total assets of approximately $380 million and total deposits of approximately $300 million. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of all regulatory approvals and the approval of the shareholders of both PBB Bancorp and First Mountain Bank.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to combine two well-respected banks that share a deep commitment to their local communities,” said John Polen, President and Chief Executive Officer of PBB Bancorp and Premier Business Bank. “The merger of Premier Business Bank and First Mountain Bank provides an exciting future for customers, shareholders, employees and the communities in which the combined bank will operate. The combined bank will continue to provide the same level of outstanding personalized banking service, to which the customers of both banks have been accustomed.”

Vince Smith, Chairman of First Mountain Bank, said “The combination of First Mountain Bank and Premier Business Bank produces tremendous benefits for customers and shareholders. First Mountain Bank and Premier Business Bank share an equal focus on quality customer service, and our customers will benefit from enhanced capital strength and product offerings. First Mountain Bank shareholders will be exchanging their shares for shares of PBB Bancorp which have potential for greater overall returns.”

Premier Business Bank’s President and CEO, John Polen, will continue as the President and CEO of the combined bank following the completion of the merger. Two current directors of First Mountain Bank will join the board of PBB Bancorp and Premier Business Bank following the merger. The directors of PBB Bancorp and First Mountain Bank have unanimously approved the merger agreement and agreed to vote all shares of PBB Bancorp and First Mountain Bank owned or controlled by them for approval of the merger agreement and merger.

David Lake, Chairman of PBB Bancorp and Premier Business Bank will continue to serve as Chairman of the combined bank and PBB Bancorp. David Lake said "I’m looking forward to working with the new directors from First Mountain Bank. Their local knowledge and wisdom will be essential to the successful integration of the First Mountain Bank organization, shareholders, customers and staff. I am convinced that this merger is a positive step forward for both First Mountain Bank and Premier Business Bank."

PBB Bancorp and Premier Business Bank were advised in this transaction by the law firm of King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner, LLP and its financial advisor, MJ Capital Partners, LLC. First Mountain Bank was advised by the law firm Gary Steven Findley & Associates, and its financial advisor, The Findley Group. First Mountain Bank received a fairness opinion from Vining Sparks, LLC.

About Premier Business Bank

Premier Business Bank operates two banking offices in Los Angeles and Palos Verdes, California and is wholly owned by PBB Bancorp. PBB Bancorp currently trades on OTCQX under the symbol “PBCA.” More information on Premier Business Bank is available at www.ibankpremier.com.

About First Mountain Bank

First Mountain Bank operates three banking offices in Big Bear Lake, Running Springs, and Lucerne Valley, California. First Mountain Bank currently trades on OTCQX under the symbol “FMBP.” More information on First Mountain Bank is available at www.firstmountainbank.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words or phrases such as “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “may,” “should,” “will likely result,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimate,” “project” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results to be materially different from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in forward looking statements: (1) the businesses of Premier Business Bank and First Mountain Bank may not be combined successfully or such combination may take longer to accomplish than expected; (2) the cost savings from the merger may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; (3) operating costs, customer loss and business disruption following the merger, including adverse effects on relationships with employees, may be greater than expected; (4) governmental approvals of the merger may not be obtained, or adverse regulatory conditions may be imposed in connection with the governmental approvals of the merger; (5) the shareholders of First Mountain Bank and/or PBB Bancorp may fail to approve the merger; (6) changes in general economic conditions could affect the volume of loan originations, deposit flows, real estate values and credit quality trends; (7) changes in laws, regulations or policies by government or regulatory agencies could affect the banking industry, (8) fluctuations in interest rates could affect the banking industry, (9) change in the demand for loans in the market areas that Premier Business Bank and First Mountain Bank conduct their respective business could affect profitability, and (10) competition from other financial services companies in Premier Business Bank’s and First Mountain Bank’s markets could increase. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about Premier Business Bank’s and First Mountain Bank’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this presentation that are not historical facts. Premier Business Bank and First Mountain Bank caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Premier Business Bank and First Mountain Bank undertake no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

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Contacts:

First Mountain Bank
Vince Smith, Chairman
(909) 866-5861

PBB Bancorp/ Premier Business Bank
John B. Polen, President and CEO
(213) 689-4800

PBB BANCORP REPORTS EARNINGS FOR FIRST QUARTER 2015

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LOS ANGELES, CA - April 27, 2015  - PBB Bancorp (“the Company”) (OTCQX: PBCA), the parent company of Premier Business Bank (“Premier”), today reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 of $384,000, compared to $104,000 for the same period last year. Pre-tax and Pre-provision earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 were $760,000, compared to $181,000, for the same period last year. 

PBB Bancorp elected to use pre-tax and pre-provision earnings as a financial metric as a result of the deferred tax asset that was booked in 2013. Although it may be a non-GAAP financial measure that is not commonly used, it does provide an effective way for investors and shareholders to evaluate the operating profitability of the company. 

“We’ve achieved phenomenal loan growth over the past two years, especially for a company of our asset size. This was a direct result of successfully leveraging the last two recent capital raises; in fact, we exceeded our own loan growth expectations. As we move forward, our goal is to take advantage of this momentum as we continue to build our franchise. We are very proud of our recent achievements, and our future financial success will be the measurement of our focus and hard work” stated John R. Polen, President and Chief Executive Officer.” 

“Our management team, led by Mr. Polen, has done a superb job of developing and executing a profitable growth plan to increase earnings and shareholder value. We are encouraged by the operating performance of the company and feel confident about our ability to achieve our long-term goals,” stated David G. Lake, Chairman of the Board. 

2015 1ST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Net Interest Income increased 45% or $625,000, to $2.0 million from $1.4 million for the same period in 2014, primarily due to the increase in loans of $68.4 million, or 51% compared to 2014. 
  • Net Income increased $280,000, or 271% to $384,000 at March 31, 2015, as compared to $104,000 at March 31, 2014. 
  • Non-interest Income increased $94,000, or 69% to $230,000 at March 31, 2015, as compared to $136,000 at March 31, 2014. The increase was primarily due to a higher gain on the sale of SBA loans in the first quarter 2015, which amounted to $197,000. 
  • Total Loans increased $68.4 million or 51% as compared to the same period last year. For the quarter, total loans increased $18.8 million or 10% as compared to the end of last year. 
  • Asset Quality is outstanding with no non-accrual loans and no loans past due at the end of the quarter. 
  • Total Deposits increased $33.4 million or 24% from the same period last year to $174.4 million at March 31, 2015. 
  • Non-interest Bearing Deposits increased $7.3 million or 25% from the same period last year to $36.1 million at March 31, 2015. 

ABOUT PBB BANCORP AND PREMIER BUSINESS BANK: 

PBB Bancorp is the parent company of Premier Business Bank, a full service community business bank headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, California. Premier has two other locations in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County; a community-based full service retail branch in Palos Verdes and a loan center in Torrance. Premier has a client-centric service philosophy that focuses on building banking relationships with individuals, small to medium size businesses, family owned and closely held middle market businesses, real estate investors, professional management firms, and entrepreneurs. Premier offers a wide range of business and real estate lending products including SBA loans, 24/7 high-tech online banking services that include remote deposit capture and cash management, plus many in-branch banking services to meet the unique needs of the clients and the communities it serves. For more information, please visit us at www.ibankpremier.com

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION: 

This financial information release is based on unaudited financial results. Certain statements contain "forward-looking" statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) such as statements about certain plans, expectations and projections which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Such risk and uncertainties may include, but are not necessarily limited to, fluctuations in interest rates, inflation, government regulations and general economic conditions, including the real estate market in California, the adequacy of the Bank’s allowance for loan losses, and other factors beyond the Bank’s control. Such risks and uncertainties could cause results for subsequent interim periods or for entire years to differ materially from those indicated. Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s view only as the date hereof. The Bank undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. 

For more information, contact:
John R. Polen 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 213-689-4800
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Consolidated Statement of Condition
Prior Year Comparison
(unaudited)

      For the Period Ended March 31,
  Consolidated Bank Only
  2015 2014
 
Assets
Cash and due from banks $  32,977,904 $  44,249,426
Investment securities
Loans and leases held for sale 1,267,198 
Loans and leases 202,130,684  133,760,063 
Non Accrual loans
Deferred loan costs / (fees) 133,627  155,695 
Allowance for loan losses (1,965,000)  (1,715,000) 
     Net loans and leases 200,299,311  132,200,758 
   
Fixed assets, net 215,051  321,446 
Accrued interest receivable 498,752  327,335 
Other assets 4,129,989  3,870,955 
     Total assets $  239,388,205  $  180,969,920 
     
Liabilities
Deposits:
     Demand deposits $  36,067,123  $  28,815,560 
     Interest bearing demand deposits 20,467,505  8,261,802 
     Money market accounts 38,639,411  34,859,112 
     Savings accounts 432,165  77,384 
     Certificates of deposit less than $100K 16,600,794  7,803,405 
     Certificates of deposit $100K or more 62,189,274 61,191,721
          Total deposits 174,396,272  141,008,985 
     
Federal funds purchased
Overnight Borrowings - FHLB 5,000,000 
FHLB Term Borrowings 35,000,000  19,000,000 
Accrued interest payable on deposits 52,368  40,769 
Other liabilities 735,014 733,221
     Total liabilities 215,183,653  160,782,975 
     
Stockholders' equity 
Common stock; issued and outstanding
     3,396,550 shares at 03/31/15 and
     2,851,063 shares at 03/31/14
26,985,142  24,031,343 
Add'l paid-in-capital - stock based comp. 1,313,693  1,262,513 
Retained earnings - preopening expenses (863,858)  (863,858) 
Retained earnings (3,614,343) (4,346,642)
Cash dividend
Current year net income (loss) 383,918  103,588 
Unrealized gain (loss) on securities AFS 
     Total stockholders' equity 24,204,552  20,186,945 
     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $  239,388,205 $  180,969,920 

 

Consolidated Statement of Operations 
Prior Year to Date Comparison
(unaudited)
 
  For the 3 Months Ended
  Consolidated Bank Only
  3/31/15 3/31/14
Interest income:
     Loans and leases, including fees $  2,315,259  $  1,633,765
     Other interest income 40,002  36,877 
         Total interest income 2,355,261  1,670,642 
     
Interest expense:
     Deposit interest expense 259,753  221,081 
     FHLB borrowings interest expense 79,855  58,556 
          Total interest expense 339,608  279,637 
     
          Net int. income before prov. for loan losses 2,015,654  1,391,005 
     
Provision for loan losses 100,000 
     
          Net int. income after prov. for loan losses 1,915,654  1,391,005 
     
Noninterest income:
     Gain (loss) on sale of SBA loans 197,636  16,125 
     Other noninterest income 32,170  120,148 
          Total noninterest income 229,806  136,273 
     
Noninterest expense:
     Salaries and benefits 1,022,201  848,139 
     Occupancy expense 90,315  91,534 
     Furniture, fixtures and equipment 43,503  45,489 
     Other noninterest expense 329,846  360,852 
          Total noninterest expense 1,485,865  1,346,014 
     
Income before tax provision 659,595  181,264 
     
Provision for income taxes 275,677  77,676 
Net income (loss) $  383,918 $  103,588

PBB BANCORP (“PBCA”) IS NOW TRADED ON THE OTCQX MARKETPLACE

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LOS ANGELES, CA – March 27, 2015 – PBB Bancorp (“PBCA” (OTCQX: PBCA)), the holding company of Premier Business Bank (“Premier”), announced today that its stock is now traded on the OTCQX Marketplace under stock symbol “PBCA”. Premier is now a wholly owned subsidiary of PBB Bancorp that was approved by the shareholders in 2014. According to Mr. John R. Polen, President and Chief Executive Officer, “The decision to have our stock traded on the OTCQX is part of an overall plan to generate liquidity for our shareholders.” PBB Bancorp stock information can be accessed on Premier’s website at www.ibankpremier.com under Investor Relations.

Premier Business Bank is a community-focused bank with offices in downtown Los Angeles, Torrance and Palos Verdes. 2014 was an exceptional year for Premier in profitability, growth, and noteworthy accomplishments. Below are the 2014 highlights:

  • Increased pre-tax and pre-provision income by $883,000 or 166%
  • Grew total assets by $44.8 million or 26% to $219.9 million
  • Raised $3 million in new capital for growth
  • Designated as a SBA Preferred Lender
  • Formed PBB Bancorp • Earned the highest rating (5-Stars) from BAUER FINANCIAL now for 11 consecutive quarters
  • Earned an A+ health rating from DepositAccounts.com now for 15 consecutive quarters
  • Named Best New Business by Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Named one of the nation’s top-performing community banks with assets between $150 - $300 million by the Independent Community Bankers of America

Premier has had five consecutive years of profitability. The results for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2014 reflected consolidated net income of $732,000 or $0.22 per share as compared to $3,266,000 or $0.96 for the same period ended December 31, 2013 (adjusted for 545,487 shares issued in 2014). The results for 2013 included the recognition of Premier’s $2,534,000 deferred tax asset. The pre-tax and pre-provision earnings for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2014 was $1,416,000 or $0.42 per share reflecting an increase of 166% as compared to $532,000 or $0.16 for the same period ended December 31, 2013. Net interest income in 2014 increased $1.3 million or 26% as compared to 2013 due to the significant growth in the loan portfolio. Non-interest income in 2014 increased $248,000 or 300% as compared to 2013, primarily due to SBA 7(a) loan production and the subsequent sale of the guaranteed portions along with a referral fee on a large project for one of our business relationships. Non-interest expenses increased $696,000 or 15% in 2014 as compared to 2013. The increase in non-interest expenses was a result of additional staffing in the loan service and production departments and compliance related costs to support the growth and complexities of the bank.

Premier maintained its momentum with another year of substantial growth in total assets in 2014. Premier completed its third capital campaign, raising an additional $3 million, allowing it to increase its total assets by $44.8 million or 26% to $219.9 million at the end of 2014. Asset quality remained strong with no real estate owned (REO) or delinquent or non-performing loans. “Our well performing loan portfolio and lower cost of funds increased our net interest income. This combined with prudent management of our non-interest expenses (G & A) has resulted in another year of increased core profits for Premier Business Bank,” commented Mr. Polen.

Premier continues to focus on maintaining excellent credit quality within its loan portfolio. The Bank is very proud of the fact that there has not been a loss on any real estate secured loans or write-downs in the history of the Bank. In the case of non-real estate loans, the Bank only lost approximately $256,000 more than five years ago. This minimal loss experience, coupled with no current delinquencies, non-accrual, nor foreclosures, represents one of the best asset quality reputations in our industry. For financial statement purposes, the current allowance for loan and lease losses is considered more than adequate at $1.9 million, or 1.03% of net loans as of December 31, 2014. Total assets were $219.9 million as of December 31, 2014 compared to $175.1 million as of December 31, 2013, an increase of $44.8 million or 26%. Net loans were $181.7 million as of December 31, 2014 compared to $134.7 million as of December 31, 2013, an increase of $47.0 million or 35%.

Total deposits were $165.4 million as of December 31, 2014 compared to $135.5 million at December 31, 2013, an increase of $30.0 million or 22%. The Palos Verdes branch continued to perform ahead of expectations with total deposits of $49.4 million at December 31, 2014.

Premier’s consistent operating profits over the past five years along with the capital raised have contributed to its strong capital position. At December 31, 2014, the Bank had $23.8 million in shareholders’ equity or a book value of $7.01 per share. The Bank’s capital ratios far exceed the applicable regulatory capital requirements to be considered “well-capitalized”. Total-Risk Based Capital Ratio was 13.9%, Tier 1 Risk-Based Capital Ratio was 12.8%, and Tier 1 Leverage Ratio was 11.3% as of December 31, 2014. Premier established a Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Loan Division in December 2013. “We hired Carol Lowry as Senior Vice President, SBA Division Manager to oversee this new lending program, and by November 2014 we had received the designation as a SBA Preferred Lender. This designation not only allows Premier to underwrite and approve SBA loans in-house, but also streamlines the loan process to meet our clients’ lending needs. This division has grown at a noteworthy pace this year and has created another significant revenue source for the bank,” stated Mr. Polen.

Premier received several accolades in 2014 for its outstanding financial performance, leadership and commitment to the communities in which its serves. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by such esteemed organizations both locally and on the national level.  At Premier, we continually strive to meet the standards of excellence in all aspects of our business and relationships, which has been memorialized in our Corporate Values Credo,” said Mr. Polen with pride.

Our goal is to continue our momentum by expanding our presence in our target markets, continuing to generate consistent earnings, and further developing loyal client relationships to increase the franchise value of Premier. “This could not have been achieved without assembling an experienced executive management team five years ago. This cohesive team has implemented efficient processes throughout the operation, expanded Premier’s market share in new communities, and delivered consistent profits. Premier has a strong platform today and is positioned to take advantage of future opportunities that will benefit the overall strategic plan for the bank,” stated Mr. Polen.

Premier has a client-centric service philosophy that focuses on building banking relationships with individuals, small to mid-size businesses, family owned and closely held middle market businesses, real estate investors, professional management firms, and entrepreneurs. Premier offers a wide range of business and real estate lending products including SBA loans; 24/7 high-tech online banking services that include remote deposit capture and cash management; plus many in-branch banking services to meet the unique needs of its clients and the communities it serves.

PBB Bancorp is the holding company of Premier Business Bank, a full service community business bank headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Premier has two other locations in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County; a community-based full service retail branch in Palos Verdes and a loan center in Torrance. For more information, please visit us at www.ibankpremier.com.

Contact Information:

John R. Polen
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 213-689-4800
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This release contains forward-looking statements, such as statements about certain plans, expectations and projections which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties may include but are not necessarily limited to fluctuations in interest rates, inflation, government regulations and general economic conditions, including the real estate market in California, the adequacy of the Bank’s allowance for loan losses, and other factors beyond the Bank's control. Such risks and uncertainties could cause results for subsequent interim periods or for entire years to differ materially from those indicated. Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date hereof. The Bank undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.