SACRAMENTO, CA — River City Bank (the Bank) reported record net income of $7.0 million, or $4.82 per diluted share, for the quarter ending September 30, 2019. This compares favorably to the $5.9 million, or $4.06 per diluted share, for the same period in 2018. Net income was $19.5 million, or $13.33 per diluted share, for the nine months ending September 30, 2019, which compares to the $17.2 million, or $11.82 per diluted share, for the nine months ending September 30, 2018. The improved net income versus the prior year quarter was driven by:
- Higher loan balances – Average loan outstandings were $217 million higher than the prior year quarter, thereby increasing net interest income.
- Non-core income of $376,000 and $72,000 for the quarters ending September 20, 2019 and 2018, respectively — The Bank recorded an elevated level of prepayment penalty and deferred loan fee income on loans that paid off prior to their maturity and received interest recoveries from loans that were previously charged off.
- A $250,000 increased level of provisions for loan losses due to the Bank’s exceptional loan growth; this partially offset the above benefits to net income versus the prior quarter.
“We experienced solid loan growth of $217 million, or 13.5 percent, in the nine months of 2019 due to our excellent reputation in the commercial real estate loan market and the decline in long term interest rates,” said Steve Fleming, President and CEO of River City Bank. “This growth continues to propel our net interest income higher. Though our solid loan growth during the current quarter resulted in a higher provision for loan losses, our asset quality remains exceptional. The ratio of nonperforming loans and Other Real Estate Owned to total gross loans was zero as of September 30, 2019, and we have reported net recoveries for over four years. While the credit risk environment is benign today, we know from prior experience that it will change for the worse at some point, and we think it is prudent to maintain adequate loan loss reserves in anticipation of the eventual downturn.”
The loan growth has also been sufficient to mitigate the negative impact of the rise in short term interest rates and the flattening of the interest rate yield curve over the last year. After excluding the prepayment penalty and deferred loan fee income noted above, the Bank’s net interest margin declined from 2.68 percent to 2.61 percent for the three months ending September 30, 2018 and 2019, respectively.
“Operational efficiency remains a core competency for the Bank, as evidenced by our 40 percent and 42 percent efficiency ratios for the nine months ending September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively,” said Anker Christensen, Chief Financial Officer of River City Bank. “Over the prior year period, our focus on managing expenses continues to be evident by our low efficiency ratio. This demonstrates our ability to grow profitably despite some net interest margin compression.”
Shareholders’ equity for River City Bank on September 30, 2019, increased $22.4 million to $231 million, when compared to the $209 million as of December 31, 2018. The increase was driven by increased retained earnings and accumulated other comprehensive income due to the decline in interest rates since December 31, 2018. The Bank’s capital ratios remain well above the regulatory definitions for being Well Capitalized. Common Equity Tier 1, Tier 1 Leverage and Total Risk-based capital ratios were 11.2 percent, 9.3 percent and 12.5 percent, respectively, as of September 30, 2019.
About River City Bank
Named one of Sacramento Business Journal’s “50 Fastest Growing Companies” for each of the past three years, River City Bank is the Sacramento region’s premier business bank with assets over $2.4 billion. River City Bank offers a comprehensive suite of banking services, including loans, deposits and cash management tools to the business, consumer and commercial real estate sectors. With tailored, executive-level service and a “Superior” financial rating from the nation’s leading independent bank-rating firm, Bauer Financial, River City Bank redefines the banking experience and every touch point that surrounds it. River City Bank is the largest, independent, locally-owned bank in the Sacramento region with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and a presence in Southern California. For additional information, please visit www.rivercitybank.com or call (916) 567-2600. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.