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SOURCE Bank of Commerce Holdings

REDDING, Calif., Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Randy Eslick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Commerce Holdings (NASDAQ: BOCH), a $951.5 million bank holding company and parent company of Redding Bank of Commerce and Roseville Bank of Commerce (a division of Redding Bank of Commerce) (the "Bank"), today reported net income available to common shareholders of $2.0 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $0.14 for the fourth quarter 2013 and full year income available to common shareholders of $7.7 million and diluted EPS attributable to continuing operations of $0.52 for the year.

Financial highlights for the quarter:

  • Net income available to common shareholders of $2.0 million reflects an 11% increase over the $1.8 million recorded for the prior quarter and a 67% increase compared to $1.2 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Diluted EPS attributable to continuing operations of $0.14 compared to $0.12 for the prior quarter and $0.08 reported for the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Loan loss provisions for the fourth quarter were $0 compared to $300 thousand for the prior quarter and $4.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • Nonperforming assets were reduced by 17% from the prior quarter and represent 3.23% of total assets versus 3.95% for the prior quarter and 4.25% for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Financial highlights for the full year 2013:

  • Net income available to common shareholders of $7.7 million reflects an 18% increase over the $6.5 million reported for the full year 2012.
  • Diluted EPS attributable to continuing operations of $0.52 compares to $0.41 diluted EPS attributable to continuing operations for the prior year. Diluted EPS attributable to discontinued operations of $0.00 compares to $(0.01) reported for the same period a year ago.
  • Provision for loan losses decreased 71% to $2.8 million compared to $9.4 million for year end 2012.
  • Nonperforming assets were reduced by 26% from the prior year to $30.7 million and represent 3.23% of total assets compared to $41.6 million and 4.25% of total assets at year end 2012.
  • Other Real Estate Owned was reduced by 70% from $3.0 million at year end 2012 to $913 thousand at year end 2013.
  • Non-maturing core deposits increased $45.2 million or 11% from prior year.
  • Purchased the full amount of common shares authorized under two separate common stock repurchase plans and subsequently retired 2.0 million in common stock shares at a weighted average cost of $5.31 per share.

Randy Eslick, President and CEO commented:  "In light of the current banking environment, I am especially pleased to report net income available to common shareholders of $7.7 million, an 18% increase over last year's performance. We once again realized growth in non maturing core deposits with an 11% increase over prior year, with continuing improvement in our asset quality.  While 2014 will likely present ongoing challenges, there are also opportunities which our team is excited to pursue as we continue on the path of building long-term value for our shareholders."

This quarterly press release includes forward-looking information, which is subject to the "safe harbor" created by the Securities Act of 1933, and Securities Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements (which involve the Company's plans, beliefs and goals, refer to estimates or use similar terms) involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following factors:

  • Competitive pressure in the banking industry and changes in the regulatory environment
  • Changes in the interest rate environment and volatility of rate sensitive assets and liabilities
  • A decline in the health of the economy nationally or regionally which could further reduce the demand for loans or reduce the value of real estate collateral securing most of the Company's loans
  • Credit quality deterioration which could cause an increase in the provision for loan losses
  • Asset/Liability matching risks and liquidity risks
  • Changes in the securities markets

For additional information concerning risks and uncertainties related to the Company and its operations please refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and under the heading: "Risk Factors" and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Table 1 below shows summary financial information for the quarters ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, and September 30, 2013.

Table 1









QUARTER END SUMMARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION









(Shares and dollars in thousands)

Q4  


Q4  



Q3  



2013


2012

Change


2013

Change

Selective quarterly performance ratios








Return on average assets, annualized

0.89%


0.57%

0.32%


0.76%

0.13%

Return on average equity, annualized

8.18%


4.97%

3.21%


6.89%

1.29%

Efficiency ratio for quarter to date

61.79%


43.66%

18.13%


62.69%

-0.90%









Share and Per Share figures - Actual








Common shares outstanding at period end

13,977


15,972

(1,995)


14,462

(485)

Weighted average diluted shares

14,176


16,034

(1,858)


14,853

(677)

Diluted EPS attributable to continuing operations

$ 0.14


$ 0.08

$ 0.06


$ 0.12

$       0.02

Book value per common share

$ 5.86


$ 5.66

$ 0.20


$ 5.73

$       0.13

Tangible book value per common share

$ 5.86


$ 5.66

$ 0.20


$ 5.73

$       0.13









Capital Ratios at Quarter End








Bank of Commerce Holdings








Tier 1 risk based capital ratio

17.20%


14.53%

2.67%


15.66%

1.54%

Total risk based capital ratio

15.94%


15.78%

0.16%


16.92%

-0.98%

Leverage ratio

12.80%


13.13%

-0.33%


12.80%

0.00%









Redding Bank of Commerce








Tier 1 risk based capital ratio

16.82%


14.06%

2.76%


15.19%

1.63%

Total risk based capital ratio

15.56%


15.31%

0.25%


16.45%

-0.89%

Leverage ratio

12.49%


12.65%

-0.16%


12.42%

0.07%









Bank of Commerce Holdings (the "Company") remains well capitalized. At December 31, 2013, the Company's Tier 1 and Total risk based capital ratios measured 17.20% and 15.94% respectively, while the leverage ratio was 12.80%.

Return on average assets (ROA) and return on average equity (ROE) for the current quarter was 0.89% and 8.18%, respectively, compared with 0.57% and 4.97%, respectively, for the same period a year ago. The increase in ROA and ROE during the current quarter compared to the same period a year ago is primarily attributed to the decrease in the provision for loan losses of $4.6 million,  partially offset by the $2.0 million decrease in net gains on investment securities.

The increase in ROE is also attributed to the decrease in shareholders equity resulting from the repurchase of common shares. During 2013 the Company authorized and completed the repurchase of 2.0 million common shares through two separate repurchase plans which resulted in a 1.4 million decrease in the weighted average shares outstanding. All shares were retired subsequent to purchase.

The increase in the efficiency ratio compared to the same period a year ago is due to decreases in the gain on investment securities.  Net gain on securities for the current period was $64 thousand compared with $2.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012.

Balance Sheet Overview

As of December 31, 2013, the Company had total consolidated assets of $951.5 million, total net portfolio loans of $584.1 million, allowance for loan and lease losses of $14.2 million, total deposits of $746.3 million, and stockholders' equity of $101.8 million.

Overall, the net portfolio loan balance decreased substantially compared to the same period a year ago. The Company recorded net portfolio loans of $584.1 million at December 31, 2013, compared with $653.3 million at December 31, 2012, a decrease of $69.1 million, or 11%. The decrease in net portfolio loans was primarily attributable to the $65.1 million decrease in a commercial secured borrowing line held with the Bank's former mortgage subsidiary. The commercial secured borrowing line of credit is used by the former mortgage subsidiary to fund 1-4 family mortgage loan originations which the Bank purchases an undivided participation ownership interest in the mortgage loans. The decrease in volume in the commercial secured borrowing line is primarily attributable to an increase in mortgage market interest rates, resulting in lower volume. As of December 31, 2013 the commercial secured borrowing line balance was $0.

Table 2













PERIOD END LOANS




(Dollars in thousands)

Q4  

% of 


Q4  

% of 


Change


Q3  

% of 


2013

Total


2012

Total


Amount

%


2013

Total













Commercial

$ 170,429

29%


$ 232,276

35%


$ (61,847)

-27%


$ 169,193

27%

Real estate - construction loans

18,545

3%


16,863

3%


1,682

10%


15,625

3%

Real estate - commercial (investor)

205,384

34%


211,318

32%


(5,934)

-3%


208,530

35%

Real estate - commercial (owner occupied)

83,976

14%


75,085

11%


8,891

12%


80,101

13%

Real estate - ITIN loans

56,101

9%


60,105

9%


(4,004)

-7%


57,232

10%

Real estate - mortgage

14,590

2%


18,452

3%


(3,862)

-21%


15,872

3%

Real estate - equity lines

45,462

8%


45,181

7%


281

1%


43,989

7%

Consumer

3,472

1%


4,422

1%


(950)

-21%


3,753

1%

Other

36

0%


349

0%


(313)

-90%


267

0%

     Gross portfolio loans

597,995

100%


664,051

100%


(66,056)

-10%


594,562

100%













Less:












Deferred loan fees, net

(303)



(312)



9

-3%


(282)


Allowance for loan losses

14,172



11,103



3,069

28%


13,542


     Net portfolio loans

$ 584,126



$ 653,260



$ (69,134)

-11%


$ 581,302














Yield on loans

4.88%



5.16%



-0.28%



4.84%














 

Table 3












PERIOD END CASH EQUIVALENTS AND INVESTMENT SECURITIES

(Dollars in thousands)

Q4  

% of 


Q4  

% of 

Change



Q3  

% of 


2013

Total


2012

Total

Amount

%


2013

Total

Cash and cash equivalents:











Cash and due from banks

$   38,369

12%


$   21,756

7%

$ 16,613

76%


$   28,616

10%

Interest bearing due from banks

20,146

6%


23,312

9%

(3,166)

-14%


20,379

7%


58,515

18%


45,068

16%

13,447

30%


48,995

17%

Investment Securities-AFS











U.S. government and agencies

6,264

2%


2,946

1%

3,318

113%


3,718

1%

Obligations of state and political subdivisions

59,209

21%


58,484

21%

725

1%


61,492

21%

Residential mortgage backed securities and collateralized mortgage obligations

62,991

20%


51,530

19%

11,461

22%


57,934

20%

Corporate securities

48,230

15%


61,556

22%

(13,326)

-22%


52,552

18%

Commercial mortgage backed securities

10,472

3%


4,324

3%

6,148

142%


8,924

3%

Other asset backed securities

29,474

9%


18,514

7%

10,960

59%


25,022

8%


216,640

70%


197,354

73%

19,286

10%


209,642

71%












Securities-HTM, at amortized cost











Obligations of state and political subdivisions

36,696

12%


31,483

11%

5,213

17%


34,814

12%























Total cash equivalents and investment securities

$ 311,851

100%


$ 273,905

100%

$ 37,946

14%


$ 293,451

100%












Yield on cash equivalents and investment securities

2.50%



2.70%


-0.20%



2.50%













The Company continued to maintain a strong liquidity position during the reporting period. As of December 31, 2013, the Company maintained cash positions at the Federal Reserve Bank and correspondent banks in the amount of $38.4 million. The Company also held certificates of deposits with other financial institutions in the amount of $20.1 million, which the Company considers liquid.

The Company's available-for-sale investment portfolio is currently being utilized as a secondary source of liquidity to fund other higher yielding asset opportunities, such as commercial and commercial real estate loan originations when required. Available-for-sale investment securities totaled $216.6 million at December 31, 2013, compared with $209.6 million at September 30, 2013. During the current quarter the Company's securities purchases were centered in municipal bonds, and mortgage backed securities.

The Company's purchases continue to focus on moderate term maturity securities, taking advantage of the steepness of the yield curve, particularly around the five to seven year part of the curve.  This strategy limits the Company's exposure to rising interest rates, while still providing an acceptable yield.  The municipal bond purchases were generally longer term than purchases of other asset classes, but also provide for higher returns due to the tax benefit received.  The mortgage backed securities purchased during the period were centered on moderate duration bonds with relatively solid cash flows and yield. Overall, management's investment strategy reflects the continuing expectation of rising rates across the yield curve. As such, management will continue to actively seek out opportunities to reduce the duration of the portfolio and improve cash flows. Given the current shape of the yield curve, this strategy could entail absorbing low to moderate losses within the portfolio to meet this longer term objective.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company purchased twenty-seven securities with a weighted average yield of 3.10%, and sold twenty-eight securities with a weighted average yield of 2.13%. The sales activity resulted in $64 thousand net realized gains.

At December 31, 2013, the Company's net unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities were $3.7 million compared with $4.3 million net unrealized losses at September 30, 2013. The favorable change in net unrealized losses was primarily due to increases in the fair values of the Company's municipal bond, and corporate bond portfolios. The increases in the fair values of these securities were primarily driven by changes in market interest rates and or the contraction of market spreads.

Table 4











QUARTERLY AVERAGE DEPOSITS BY CATEGORY




(Dollars in thousands)

Q4  

% of 

Q4  

% of 

Change



Q3  

% of 


2013

Total

2012

Total

Amount

%


2013

Total

Demand deposits

$ 134,439

18%

$ 123,099

17%

$ 11,340

9%


$ 125,133

18%

Interest bearing demand

261,949

36%

232,674

33%

29,275

13%


246,236

35%

Total checking deposits

396,388

54%

355,773

50%

40,615

11%


371,369

53%

Savings

92,949

13%

90,522

13%

2,427

3%


94,062

13%

Total non-time deposits

489,337

67%

446,295

63%

43,042

10%


465,431

66%

Time deposits

247,376

33%

257,432

37%

(10,056)

-4%


241,947

34%

Total deposits

$ 736,713

100%

$ 703,727

100%

$ 32,986

5%


$ 707,378

100%











Average rate on total deposits

0.54%


0.69%


-0.14%



0.56%












Average total deposits increased 5% or $33.0 million to $736.7 million compared to the fourth quarter in 2012. Non maturing core deposits increased $45.2 million or 11% year over year.  Insured Cash Sweep (ICS) deposits totaling $37.0 million as of December 31, 2013 are included in interest bearing demand. The ICS deposits are locally generated funds but considered noncore for regulatory purposes. Management considers these deposits to be stable in nature.

Brokered certificates of deposits totaled $17.2 million at December 31, 2013, and were structured with both fixed rate terms and adjustable rate terms, and had remaining maturities ranging from less than one month to 6.5 years. Furthermore, brokered certificates of deposits with adjustable rate terms were structured with call features allowing the Company to call the certificate should interest rates move in a favorable direction. These call features are generally exercisable within six to twelve months of issuance date and quarterly thereafter.

Operating Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2013

Net income attributable to Bank of Commerce Holdings was $2.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared with $1.8 million for the prior quarter and $1.4 million for the same period a year ago. The increase in net income in the current quarter compared to the same period a year ago is primarily driven by the decrease in the provision for loan losses of $4.6 million partially offset by decreased gains on sale of available for sale securities included in noninterest income of $2.0 million and an increase in the current year tax provision of $907 thousand. The increase in net income attributable to Bank of Commerce Holdings from the prior quarter was primarily due to decrease in the provision for loan loss.

Net income available to common shareholders was $2.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013, compared with $1.2 million for the same period a year ago. Net income available to common shareholders increased during the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared with the same period a year ago due to increased net income attributable to Bank of Commerce Holdings and a $146 thousand decrease in preferred stock dividends payable to the U.S. Treasury pursuant to the SBLF program. As a result of increased qualified lending, preferred stock dividends for the SBLF program are fixed at the current rate of 1% through January 2016.

Diluted EPS from continuing operations were $0.14 for the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared with $0.08 for the same period a year ago, and $0.12 for the prior period. EPS attributable to continuing operations increased during the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared to the same period a year ago due to a combination of the increase in net income attributable to Bank of Commerce Holdings, decreased preferred stock dividends and decreased weighted average shares. The decrease in weighted average shares directly resulted from the repurchase of 2.0 million common shares through two separate repurchase plans announced and completed in 2013. All repurchased shares were retired subsequent to purchase. As such, the weighted average number of dilutive common shares outstanding decreased by 1.4 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

The Company declared cash dividends of $0.03 per share for the fourth quarter of 2013, consistent with the quarterly dividends paid in each quarter of 2012 and the first three quarters of 2013.  In addition to the Company's quarterly cash dividend, during the third quarter of 2013, the  Company declared a special cash dividend of $0.02 per share.

Table 5










SUMMARY INCOME STATEMENT





(Dollars in thousands)

Q4  

Q4  

Change


Q3  

Change


2013

2012

Amount

%


2013

Amount

%

Net interest income

$ 8,494

$ 8,754

$  (260)

-3%


$ 8,496

$      (2)

0%

Provision for loan and lease losses

0

4,550

(4,550)

-100%


300

(300)

-100%

Noninterest income

719

2,713

(1,994)

-73%


974

(255)

-26%

Noninterest expense

5,693

5,007

686

14%


5,937

(244)

-4%

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

3,520

1,910

1,610

84%


3,233

287

9%

Provision for income tax

1,433

526

907

172%


1,431

2

0%

Net income from continuing operations

2,087

1,384

703

51%


1,802

285

16%

Less:  Preferred dividend and accretion on preferred stock

50

196

(146)

-74%


50

0

0%

Income available to common shareholders

$ 2,037

$ 1,188

$    849

71%


$ 1,752

$    285

16%










Basic earnings per share attributable to continuing operations

$   0.14

$   0.08

$   0.06

75%


$   0.12

$   0.02

17%

Average basic shares

14,143

16,034

(1,891)

-12%


14,829

(686)

-5%

Diluted earnings per share attributable to continuing operations

$   0.14

$   0.08

$   0.06

75%


$   0.12

$   0.02

17%

Average diluted shares

14,176

16,034

(1,858)

-12%


14,853

(677)

-5%










Net interest income is the largest source of our operating income. Net interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was $8.5 million compared to $8.5 million in the prior quarter and $8.8 million during the same period a year ago.

Interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was $9.3 million, a decrease of $545 thousand or 6% compared to the same period a year ago. The decrease in interest income during the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year ago was primarily driven by decreased volume in the loan portfolio, partially offset by increased investment securities volume. Average loans decreased $53.0 million including a decrease in average nonaccruing loans at of $9.5 million at December 31, 2013 compared to the same period a year ago. The decrease in average loans is primarily attributed to the $65.1 million decrease in a commercial secured borrowing line held with the Bank's former mortgage subsidiary used to fund 1-4 family mortgage loan originations. The decrease in volume in the commercial secured borrowing line is primarily attributable to an increase in mortgage market interest rates, resulting in lower volume. As a result, during the three months ended December 31, 2013, loan interest income decreased $594 thousand or 7% compared to the same period a year ago.

Interest income recognized from the investment securities portfolio increased $49 thousand during the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared to the same period a year ago. The increase interest income derived from the investment securities portfolio was primarily attributable to increased volume. Average quarterly securities balances and weighted average tax equivalent yields at December 31, 2013 and 2012 were $252.7 million and 3.24% compared to $223.1 million and 3.51%, respectively.

Interest expense for the current quarter was $807 thousand, a decrease of $285 thousand or 26% compared to the same period a year ago. During the current quarter of 2013, the Company continued to benefit from the re-pricing of deposits, and significantly lower FHLB borrowings expense which was primarily driven by lower rate and volume.

Table 6








NET INTEREST SPREAD AND MARGIN

(Dollars in thousands)

Q4  

Q4  

Change


Q3  

Change


2013

2012

Amount


2013

Amount

Tax equivalent yield on average interest earning assets

4.29%

4.42%

-0.13%


4.26%

0.03%

Rate on average interest bearing liabilities

0.47%

0.61%

-0.14%


0.47%

0.00%

Net interest spread

3.82%

3.81%

0.01%


3.79%

0.03%

Net interest margin on a tax equivalent basis

3.93%

3.95%

-0.02%


3.90%

0.03%








Average earning assets

$ 895,101

$ 917,140

$ (22,039)


$ 904,022

$   (8,921)

Average interest bearing liabilities

$ 692,739

$ 717,671

$ (24,932)


$ 709,096

$ (16,357)

The net interest margin (net interest income as a percentage of average interest earning assets) on a fully tax-equivalent basis was 3.93% for the three months ended December 31, 2013, a decrease of 2 basis points ("bp") as compared to the same period a year ago. The decrease in net interest margin primarily resulted from a 13 bp decline in yield on average earning assets offset by a 11 bp decrease in interest expense to average earning assets. With decreasing elasticity in managing our funding costs and historically low interest rates, maintaining our net interest margin in the foreseeable future will continue to present significant challenges. Accordingly, management will continue to pursue organic loan growth, wholesale loan purchases, and actively manage the investment securities portfolio within our accepted risk tolerance to maximize yield on earning assets.

Noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was $719 thousand, a decrease of $1.9 million or 73% when compared to the same period a year ago. The following table presents the key components of noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, and September 30, 2013:

Table 7










NONINTEREST INCOME





(Dollars in thousands)

Q4   

Q4    

Change


Q3   

Change


2013

2012

Amount

%


2013

Amount

%

Service charges on deposit accounts

$   45

$      42

$         3

7%


$   46

$      (1)

-2%

Payroll and benefit processing fees

129

143

(14)

-10%


113

16

14%

Earnings on cash surrender value - bank owned life insurance

133

129

4

3%


133

-

0%

Gain (loss) on investment securities, net

64

2,085

(2,021)

-97%


336

(272)

-81%

Merchant credit card service income, net

31

32

(1)

-3%


33

(2)

-6%

Other income

317

282

35

12%


313

4

1%

Total noninterest income

$ 719

$ 2,713

$ (1,994)

-73%


$ 974

$  (255)

-26%










Gains on the sale of investment securities decreased $2.0 million to $64 thousand during the current quarter, compared to $2.1 million for the same period a year ago. During the three months ended December 31, 2013, the Company purchased twenty-seven securities with weighted average yields of 3.10%. During the same period the Company sold twenty-eight securities with weighted average yields of 2.13%. Generally, securities purchased had relatively moderate duration with relatively solid cash flows and yield.

The major components of other income are fees earned on ATM transactions, mortgage fee income, online banking services, wire transfers, and FHLB dividends. The increase in other income in the current quarter compared to the same period a year ago is primarily driven by $47 thousand increase in the FHLB dividends received during the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared to the same period a year ago. Changes in the components of other income are a result of normal operating activities.

Noninterest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was $5.7 million, an increase of $686 thousand or 14% compared to the same period a year ago. The following table presents the key elements of noninterest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, and September 30, 2013:

Table 8










NONINTEREST EXPENSE





(Dollars in thousands)

Q4  

Q4  

Change


Q3  

Change


2013

2012

Amount

%


2013

Amount

%

Salaries and related benefits

$ 3,172

$ 2,645

$    527

20%


$ 2,865

$    307

11%

Occupancy and equipment expense

554

535

19

4%


549

5

1%

FDIC insurance premium

190

208

(18)

-9%


202

(12)

-6%

Data processing fees

150

142

8

6%


127

23

18%

Professional service fees

315

216

99

46%


364

(49)

-13%

Deferred compensation expense

121

154

(33)

-21%


110

11

10%

Other expenses

1,191

1,107

84

8%


1,720

(529)

-31%

Total noninterest expense

$ 5,693

$ 5,007

$    686

14%


$ 5,937

$  (244)

-4%










Salaries and related benefits increased $527 thousand or 20% and $307 thousand or 11% compared to the same period a year ago and the prior quarter respectively. The increases in salaries and related benefits expense was primarily driven by increased FTE and employment severance payments made to certain senior officers.

Data processing expense for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was $150 thousand, an increase of $23 thousand or 18% compared to the prior quarter. The increase in data processing expense is primarily driven by increases in software maintenance and licensing expenses. The Bank continues to strive to make improvements in network infrastructure and systems, and expects to see continued increased costs in these expenses for the foreseeable future.

Professional service fees encompass audit, legal and consulting fees. Professional service fees for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was $315 thousand, an increase of $99 thousand or 46% compared to the same period a year ago. The increase in professional fees was primarily driven by increased fees and usage of external audit and professional services.

Deferred compensation expense for the three months ended December 31, 2013 was $121 thousand, a decrease of $33 thousand compared to the same period a year ago. During the second quarter of 2013, the Company revised the Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (SERP) resulting in a reversal of current year and prior years accrued deferred compensation expenses. Deferred compensation expense for the three months ended December 31, 2013 increased $11 thousand or 10% compared to amounts recorded during the three months ended September 30, 2013. The increase in deferred compensation expense during the current quarter compared to the prior quarter was primarily driven by an interest rate revision to the participant's plans, which resulted in the reversal of previously accrued interest expense in the prior quarter.

Other expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2013 were $1.2 million, a decrease of $529 thousand or 31% compared to the prior quarter. The decrease in other expenses during the three months ended December 31, 2013 compared to the prior quarter was primarily driven by the $503 thousand loss recognized from the termination of an interest rate hedge using a forward starting interest rate swap.

Table 9








ALLOWANCE ROLL FORWARD

(Dollars in thousands)

Q4  

Q3  

Q2  

Q1  

Q4  


2013

2013

2013

2013

2012

Beginning balance

$  13,542

$  13,133

$  11,350

$  11,103

$    10,560

Provision for loan loss charged to expense

-

300

1,400

1,050

4,550

Loans charged off

(815)

(635)

(474)

(845)

(4,183)

Loan loss recoveries

1,445

744

857

42

176

Ending balance

$  14,172

$  13,542

$  13,133

$  11,350

$    11,103







Gross portfolio loans outstanding at period end

$597,995

$594,562

$617,398

$612,608

$  664,051







Ratio of allowance for loan and lease losses to total loans

2.37%

2.28%

2.13%

1.85%

1.67%

Nonaccrual loans at period end:






     Commercial  

$    6,527

$    7,501

$    7,898

$    3,420

$      2,935

     Construction

-

-

-

-

-

     Commercial real estate

14,539

16,895

16,614

23,363

24,008

     Residential real estate

8,217

10,953

11,165

11,302

11,630

     Home equity

513

517

345

-

-

        Total nonaccrual loans

$  29,796

$  35,866

$  36,022

$  38,085

$    38,573

Accruing troubled debt restructured loans






     Commercial

$         63

$         65

$         68

$         70

$         523

     Construction

-

-

-

-

-

     Commercial real estate

3,864

1,742

1,748

4,593

4,598

     Residential real estate

4,303

2,996

3,174

2,954

2,934

     Home equity

598

604

531

536

561

        Total accruing restructured loans

$    8,828

$    5,407

$    5,521

$    8,153

$      8,616







All other accruing impaired loans

3,517

4,190

4,445

1,426

471







Total impaired loans

$  42,141

$  45,463

$  45,988

$  47,664

$    47,660







Allowance for loan and lease losses to nonaccrual loans at period end

47.56%

37.76%

36.46%

29.80%

28.78%

Nonaccrual loans to total loans

4.98%

6.03%

5.83%

6.22%

5.81%

Allowance for loan and lease losses to impaired loans

33.63%

29.79%

28.56%

23.81%

23.30%







The ALLL allocation increased to $14.2 million compared to $13.5 million in the prior quarter and $11.1 million reported as of December 31, 2012

During the current quarter, the Company made no additional provisions for loan losses compared to provision expense of $300 thousand in the prior quarter and $4.5 million during the same period a year ago. The Company realized net recoveries of $630 thousand in the current quarter compared to net recoveries of $109 thousand for the prior quarter and net charge offs of $4.0 million in the same period a year ago. The increase in net recoveries in the current quarter is primarily due to the receipt of full principal payment on an impaired commercial real estate that had a carrying amount of $2.1 million, and previously charged off principal of $1.3 million.

The Company continues to monitor credit quality, and adjust the ALLL accordingly. As such, the Company made no additional provisions for loan losses during the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with $4.6 million during the same period a year ago.  The decrease in current period provision is supported by the decrease in net charge offs in the current year compared to the last two quarters of 2012. The Company's ALLL as a percentage of gross portfolio loans was 2.37% and 2.28% as of December 31, 2013, and September 30, 2013, respectively.

The charge offs in the current quarter were in the Real estate – ITIN and Commercial loan portfolios. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Bank's loan portfolio reflected higher recovery rates relative to the previous four quarters. Management is cautiously optimistic that given continuing improvement in local and national economic conditions, the Company's impaired assets will continue to trend down. However, the commercial real estate and commercial loan portfolios continue to be influenced by weak real estate values, the effects of relatively high unemployment levels, and less than robust economic conditions. At December 31, 2013, management believes the Company's ALLL is adequately funded given the current level of credit risk.

At December 31, 2013, the recorded investment in loans classified as impaired totaled $42.1 million, with a corresponding valuation allowance (included in the ALLL) of $4.8 million. The valuation allowance on impaired loans represents the impairment reserves on performing restructured loans, other accruing loans, and nonaccrual loans. At September 30, 2013, the total recorded investment in impaired loans was $45.5 million, with a corresponding valuation allowance (included in the ALLL) of $4.3 million.

Loans are reported as troubled debt restructurings (TDR) when the Bank grants a concession(s) to a borrower experiencing financial difficulties that it would not otherwise consider. Examples of such concessions include a reduction in the note rate, forgiveness of principal or accrued interest, extending the maturity date(s) significantly, or providing a lower interest rate than would be normally available for a transaction of similar risk. As a result of these concessions, restructured loans are impaired as the Bank will not collect all amounts due, both principal and interest, in accordance with the terms of the original loan agreement. Impairment reserves on non collateral dependent restructured loans are measured by comparing the present value of expected future cash flows of the restructured loans, discounted at the effective interest rate of the original loan agreement. These impairment reserves are recognized as a specific component to be provided for in the ALLL.

During the current quarter, the Company restructured two loans to grant rate and payment deferral concessions, four loans were restructured to grant maturity concessions and one loan was granted a payment deferral concession. The loans were classified as TDR's and five of the seven loans were placed on nonaccrual status.

As of December 31, 2013, the Company had $33.4 million in TDRs compared to $26.9 million as of September 30, 2013.  As of December 31, 2013, the Company had one hundred and eighteen restructured loans that qualified as TDRs, of which one hundred and two were performing according to their restructured terms. TDRs represented 5.59% of gross portfolio loans as of December 31, 2013 compared with 4.53% at September 30, 2013. 

Table 10







PERIOD END TROUBLED DEBT RESTRUCTURINGS

(Dollars in thousands)

Q4  

Q3  

Q2  

Q1  

Q4  


2013

2013

2013

2013

2012

Nonaccrual

$  24,596

$  21,511

$  15,552

$  15,811

$       16,050

Accruing

8,828

5,407

5,521

8,153

8,616

Total troubled debt restructurings

$  33,424

$  26,918

$  21,073

$  23,964

$       24,666







Percentage of total gross portfolio loans

5.59%

4.53%

3.41%

3.91%

3.71%







Nonperforming loans, which include nonaccrual loans and accruing loans past due over 90 days, totaled $29.8 million or 4.98% of total portfolio loans as of December 31, 2013, compared to $35.9 million, or 6.03% of total loans at September 30, 2013. Nonperforming assets, which include nonperforming loans and other real estate owned ("OREO"), totaled $30.7 million, or 3.23% of total assets as of December 31, 2013, compared with $36.8 million, or 3.95% of total assets as of September 30, 2013. As of December 31, 2013, nonperforming assets of $30.7 million have been written down by 15%, or $4.6 million, from their original balance of $39.1 million.

Table 11








PERIOD END NONPERFORMING ASSETS

(Dollars in thousands)

Q4  

Q3  

Q2  

Q1  

Q4  


2013

2013

2013

2013

2012







Commercial

$   6,527

$        7,501

$   7,898

$   3,420

$        2,935

Real estate mortgage






     1-4 family, closed end 1st lien

1,322

1,740

1,797

1,846

1,805

     1-4 family revolving

513

517

345

-

-

     ITIN 1-4 family loan pool

6,895

9,213

9,368

9,456

9,825

Total real estate mortgage

8,730

11,470

11,510

11,302

11,630

Commercial real estate

14,539

16,895

16,614

23,363

24,008

Total nonaccrual loans

29,796

35,866

36,022

38,085

38,573

90 days past due not on nonaccrual

-

-

-

-

-

     Total nonperforming loans

29,796

35,866

36,022

38,085

38,573







Other real estate owned

913

959

1,360

1,785

3,061

Total nonperforming assets

$ 30,709

$      36,825

$ 37,382

$ 39,870

$      41,634







Nonperforming loans to total loans

4.98%

6.03%

5.83%

6.21%

5.81%

Nonperforming assets to total assets

3.23%

3.95%

3.91%

4.07%

4.25%

 

Table 12







OTHER REAL ESTATE OWNED ACTIVITY

(Dollars in thousands)

Q4 

Q3 

Q2 

Q1 

Q4 


2013

2013

2013

2013

2012

Beginning balance

$ 959

$ 1,360

$ 1,785

$ 3,061

$ 3,052

     Additions to OREO

98

146

184

1,157

242

     Dispositions of OREO

(144)

(547)

(609)

(2,433)

(233)

Ending balance

$ 913

$    959

$ 1,360

$ 1,785

$ 3,061

At December 31, 2013, and September 30, 2013, the recorded investment in OREO was $913 thousand and $959 thousand, respectively. For the three months ended December 31, 2013, the Company transferred foreclosed property from one loan in the amount of $98 thousand to OREO and no adjustments to the ALLL were necessary. During the three months ended December 31, 2013, no further impairment was identified on the foreclosed properties. During this period, the Company sold two existing properties with balances of $144 thousand for a net loss of $30 thousand. The December 31, 2013 OREO balance consists of three properties, of which two are secured by 1-4 family residential real estate in the amount of $163 thousand. The remaining property consists of improved commercial land in the amount of $750 thousand.

Table 13

INCOME STATEMENT

(Amounts in thousands, except for per share data)

Q4  

Q4  

Change

Q3  

Full Year

Full Year


2013

2012

$

%

2013

2013

2012

Interest income:








   Interest and fees on loans

$   7,432

$   8,026

$    (594)

-7%

$        7,487

$      29,918

$    33,148

   Interest on tax-exempt securities

658

622

36

6%

673

2,610

2,399

   Interest on U.S. government securities

492

390

102

26%

445

1,702

1,615

   Interest on other securities

719

808

(89)

-11%

716

3,031

3,175

    Total interest income

9,301

9,846

(545)

-6%

9,321

37,261

40,337

Interest expense:








   Interest on demand deposits

121

153

(32)

-21%

113

485

610

   Interest on savings deposits

60

83

(23)

-28%

61

254

394

   Interest on certificates of deposit

635

761

(126)

-17%

639

2,625

3,697

   Interest on securities sold under repurchase agreements

-

5

(5)

-100%

-

6

24

   Interest on FHLB borrowings

(104)

(14)

(90)

643%

(84)

(267)

85

   Interest on other borrowings

95

104

(9)

-9%

96

375

419

    Total interest expense

807

1,092

(285)

-26%

825

3,478

5,229

    Net interest income

8,494

8,754

(260)

-3%

8,496

33,783

35,108

Provision for loan and lease losses

-

4,550

(4,550)

-100%

300

2,750

9,400

  Net interest income after provision for loan and lease losses

8,494

4,204

4,290

102%

8,196

31,033

25,708

Noninterest income:








Service charges on deposit accounts

45

42

3

7%

46

191

188

Payroll and benefit processing fees

129

143

(14)

-10%

113

484

538

Earnings on cash surrender value - bank owned life insurance

133

129

4

3%

133

534

470

Gain (loss) on investment securities, net

64

2,085

(2,021)

-97%

336

995

3,822

Merchant credit card service income, net

31

32

(1)

-3%

33

129

144

Other income

317

282

35

12%

313

1,209

1,431

    Total noninterest income

719

2,713

(1,994)

-73%

974

3,542

6,593

Noninterest expense:








Salaries and related benefits

3,172

2,645

527

20%

2,865

12,035

11,030

Occupancy and equipment expense

554

535

19

4%

549

2,205

2,058

Write down of other real estate owned

-

-

-

-

-

-

425

FDIC insurance premium

190

208

(18)

-9%

202

725

820

Data processing fees

150

142

8

6%

127

547

421

Professional service fees

315

216

99

46%

364

1,241

1,078

Deferred compensation expense

121

154

(33)

-21%

58

179

594

Other expenses

1,191

1,107

84

8%

1,772

5,309

5,206

    Total noninterest expense

5,693

5,007

686

14%

5,937

22,241

21,632

Income before provision (benefit) for income taxes

3,520

1,910

1,610

84%

3,233

12,334

10,669

   Provision (benefit) for income taxes

1,433

526

907

172%

1,431

4,399

3,109

Net Income from continuing operations

$   2,087

$   1,384

$      703

51%

$        1,802

$        7,935

$      7,560

Discontinued Operations:








Income (loss) from discontinued operations

-

-

-

-

-

-

535

Income tax expense associated with income (loss) from discontinued operations

-

-

-

-

-

-

331

Net income (loss) from discontinued operations

-

-

-

-

-

-

204

Less: Net income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to noncontrolling interest

-

-

-

-

-

-

348

Net income (loss) from discontinued operations attributable to controlling interest

-

-

-

-

-

-

(144)

Net income attributable to Bank of Commerce Holdings

2,087

1,384

703

51%

1,802

7,935

7,416

Less:  Preferred dividend and accretion on preferred stock

50

196

(146)

-74%

50

200

880

Income available to common shareholders

$   2,037

$   1,188

$      849

71%

$        1,752

$        7,735

$      6,536

Basic earnings per share attributable to continuing operations

$     0.14

$     0.08

$     0.06

75%

$          0.12

$          0.52

$        0.41

Basic earnings per share attributable to discontinued operations

-

-

-

-

-

-

$      (0.01)

Average basic shares

14,143

16,034

(1,891)

-12%

$      14,829

$      14,940

$    16,344

Diluted earnings per share attributable to continuing operations

$     0.14

$     0.08

$     0.06

75%

$          0.12

$          0.52

$        0.41

Diluted earnings per share attributable to discontinued operations

-

-

-

-

-

-

$      (0.01)

Average diluted shares

14,176

16,034

(1,858)

-12%

14,853

14,964

16,344

 

 

Table 14

BALANCE SHEET

(Dollars in thousands)

December 31,


December 31,


Change


September 30,

ASSETS

2013


2012


$

%


2013

Cash and due from banks

$       38,369


$       21,756


$  16,613

76%


$        28,616

Interest bearing due from banks

20,146


23,312


(3,166)

-14%


20,379

      Total cash and cash equivalents

58,515


45,068


13,447

30%


48,995

Securities available-for-sale, at fair value

216,640


197,354


19,286

10%


209,642

Securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost

36,696


31,483


5,213

17%


34,814

Portfolio loans

598,298


664,363


(66,065)

-10%


594,844

Allowance for loan losses

(14,172)


(11,103)


(3,069)

28%


(13,542)

     Net loans

584,126


653,260


(69,134)

-11%


581,302

Mortgage loans held for sale

-


-


-

-


-

Total interest earning assets

910,149


938,268


(28,119)

-3%


888,295

Bank premises and equipment, net

10,893


9,736


1,157

12%


10,533

Other intangibles

-


55


(55)

-100%


31

Other real estate owned

913


3,061


(2,148)

-70%


959

Other assets

43,763


39,407


4,356

11%


45,541

TOTAL ASSETS

$     951,546


$     979,424


$(27,878)

-3%


$      931,817










LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY









Demand - noninterest bearing

$     133,984


$     117,474


$  16,510

14%


$      128,299

Demand - interest bearing

273,390


239,592


33,798

14%


257,390

Savings accounts

90,442


89,364


1,078

1%


92,043

Certificates of deposit

248,477


254,622


(6,145)

-2%


247,791

                 Total deposits

746,293


701,052


45,241

6%


725,523

Securities sold under agreements to repurchase

-


13,095


(13,095)

-100%


-

Federal Home Loan Bank Bank borrowings

75,000


125,000


(50,000)

-40%


75,000

Junior subordinated debentures

15,465


15,465


-

0%


15,465

Other liabilities

13,001


14,491


(1,490)

-10%


13,062

            Total Liabilities

849,759


869,103


(19,344)

-2%


829,050










            Total Stockholders' Equity

101,787


110,321


(8,534)

-8%


102,767










TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$     951,546


$     979,424


$(27,878)

-3%


$      931,817










 

 

Table 15

YEAR TO DATE AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET

(Dollars in thousands)

December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


2011


2010

Earning assets:








  Loans

$     612,819


$     642,200


$     626,275


$     635,074

  Tax exempt securities

92,854


81,714


52,467


42,172

  US government securities

3,015


209


19,182


27,423

  Mortgage Backed securities

66,426


61,434


67,052


48,972

  Other securities

88,045


73,972


44,664


15,702

  Interest bearing due from banks

43,397


48,712


64,399


70,911

  Fed funds sold

-


-


-


995

   Average earning assets

906,556


908,241


874,039


841,249









Cash and DFB

10,570


10,125


2,251


1,781

Bank premises

10,338


9,567


9,489


9,814

Other assets

26,838


24,249


21,421


48,116

     Average total assets

$     954,302


$     952,182


$     907,200


$     900,960









Interest bearing liabilities:








  Demand - interest bearing

$     244,125


$     203,342


$     157,696


$     141,983

  Savings deposits

92,502


89,789


91,876


76,718

  Certificates of deposit

249,500


285,574


296,381


321,051

  Repurchase Agreements

5,780


14,246


14,805


12,274

  Other Borrowings

125,144


125,839


130,933


128,249


717,051


718,790


691,691


680,275

Demand - noninterest bearing

126,017


115,091


100,722


92,433

Other liabilities

5,041


7,033


6,679


32,615

Shareholders' equity

106,193


111,268


108,108


95,637

     Average liabilities & equity

$     954,302


$     952,182


$     907,200


$     900,960









About Bank of Commerce Holdings

Bank of Commerce Holdings is a bank holding company headquartered in Redding, California and is the parent company for Redding Bank of Commerce™ which operates under two separate names (Redding Bank of Commerce and Roseville Bank of Commerce, a division of Redding Bank of Commerce). The Bank is an FDIC insured California banking corporation providing commercial banking and financial services through four offices located in Northern California. The Bank opened on October 22, 1982. The Company's common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market and trades under the symbol "BOCH".

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