CBT Reports Results for Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2010

HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Connecticut Bank and Trust Company ("CBT" or "Bank") (Nasdaq:CTBC) reported net income of $188,000 for the fourth quarter and $560,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010. The Bank also reported that total loans were $223.7 million at December 31, 2010, increasing $22.9 million from the prior year end.

Chairman and CEO David A. Lentini remarked, "We are pleased to report that CBT was profitable for the fourth quarter." Lentini added, "Our Management team continues to do the hard work necessary to move the Bank forward in this difficult economic environment. We are particularly proud of our loan growth in 2010. It is a result of our strong commitment to personal service and meeting our customers needs." 

The Bank reported net income (loss) of $188,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2010 compared to ($135,000) in the immediately preceding quarter, and $232,000 for the comparable period a year earlier. After preferred dividends, net income (loss) available to common shareholders was $91,000 or $0.02 per diluted share, ($232,000) or ($0.06) per diluted share, and $135,000 or $0.04 per diluted share, respectively. The Bank reported net income of $560,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010 and $357,000 for the comparable period a year earlier. After preferred dividends, net income available to common shareholders was $172,000 or $0.05 per diluted share $174,000 or $0.05 per diluted share, respectively. 

Operating Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2010. Net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 totaled $2.5 million, down $102,000 or 3.9%, from the immediately preceding quarter. The results for the current quarter were negatively impacted by the increase in nonaccrual loans and the decrease in the yield on average assets from 5.14% to 4.83%. Much of the decline in yields can be attributed to the foregone interest on nonaccrual loans and low interest rate environment's affect on the bond portfolio.   

The provision for loan losses was $135,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 compared to $587,000 for the immediately preceding quarter. Net charge-offs for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 were $1,000 compared to $288,000 for the immediately preceding quarter.  

Total noninterest income from all sources increased to $206,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 compared to $186,000 in the preceding quarter. Noninterest expenses totaled $2.4 million, rising $47,000, or 2.0%, from the prior quarter due primarily to staff additions and increased marketing costs.   

Operating Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2010Net interest income for the year totaled $10.0 million, an increase of $1.4 million, from $8.6 million in the prior year. The net interest margin for the year was 3.83% compared to 3.94% in the prior year. The margin compression resulted from downward pressure on loan rates and low bond yields due to market conditions. CFO Anson Hall remarked "Our Business Development Officers continue to produce loans in these very trying times. Our ability to fund these loans by growing core deposits has assisted in keeping the net interest spread at a measure that adds to the bottom line."          

The provision for loan losses was $1.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $677,000 in the prior year. Net charge-offs for the year ended December 31, 2010 were $352,000 compared to $656,000 in the comparable period a year earlier.       

Fee-based services totaled $340,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $280,000 for the prior year. The Bank realized gains of $60,000 on the sale of investment securities for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to $197,000 in the prior year. 

Noninterest expenses for the year ended December 31, 2010 amounted to $9.2 million, compared to $8.4 million, increasing $794,000 or 9.5%, from 2009. Salaries and benefits increased $294,000 to $4.6 million from $4.3 million. Marketing costs increased $95,000 year over year to $422,000 as the Bank expanded its marketing approach across media outlets to attract core deposits. Professional services increased $108,000 to $648,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010 due to additional costs for specialized services such as consulting, legal, and the inception of servicing costs on a consumer loan portfolio. All other general and administrative costs increased $296,000 principally from collection efforts on impaired loans, OREO management costs, and the inception of compensation for directors.

Provisions for Loan Losses. The provisions for loan losses in the fourth quarter of 2010 amounted to $135,000 compared to $587,000 in the immediately preceding quarter and $257,000 for the comparable period in 2009. Total loan loss provisions for the year ended 2010 were $1.0 million compared to $677,000 for 2009. The bank provides reserves for internally identified problem loans, for growth in performing loans and for risk factors in the portfolio. At December 31, 2010, the allowance was $3.4 million compared to  $2.7 million at December 31, 2009 and the reserve ratio of total loans outstanding was 1.51% and 1.35%, respectively.                                                                        

Asset Quality.  We closely monitor all loan relationships and identify problem loans through an internal risk rating system, which is independently reviewed on an annual basis. Total nonaccrual loans were $8.8 million and represented 3.9% of total loans outstanding at December 31, 2010, compared to $2.0 million, or 1.0% of total loans at December 31, 2009. CEO Lentini commented, "The prolonged recession has had a negative impact on a few of our commercial customers." Lentini added, "We mitigate our risk of loss through sound underwriting principles, strong collateral management, diversification among industries and we obtain government guarantees when available. We have seen some migration over time as our portfolio becomes more seasoned, but loan losses have been nominal. Loans charged off for 2010 were $377,000 or 0.17% of the portfolio compared to $656,000 or 0.33% of the portfolio in 2009." The coverage ratio which measures the allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans was 38.5% at December 31, 2010.       

Balance Sheet Performance. Total loans outstanding were $223.7 million at December 31, 2010, up $22.9 million from December 31, 2009. Short-term rates remained low throughout 2010, accordingly, management invested short-term funds to maximize its return on its investment portfolio. Investments increased $7.9 million and asset growth was funded through the use of cash and equivalents and supported through deposit growth. Deposits totaled $213.8 million compared to $200.8 million at the prior year end. Borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank Boston remained at $30.5 million. The Bank is considered well-capitalized with stockholders' equity of $24.9 million at December 31, 2010.

Caution concerning forward-looking statements:Statements contained in this release, which are not historical facts, may be considered forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated, due to a number of factors which include, without limitation, the effects of future economic conditions, governmental fiscal and monetary policies, legislative and regulatory changes, changes in the interest rates, the effects of competition, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those provided in any such forward-looking statements. CBT does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.                                                                                    

See financial statements accompanying this release for additional data.

Selected Performance Data
Quarter Ended Year ended
Dollars in thousands,
except per share data
Dec. 31,
2010
Sept 30,
2010
June 30,
2010
March 31,
2010
Dec 31,
2010
Dec 31,
2009
Total assets (EOP)  $ 274,231  $ 272,292  $ 267,531  $ 226,661  $ 274,231  $ 260,254
Net interest margin 3.64% 3.89% 3.74% 3.97% 3.83% 3.94%
Net interest spread 3.33% 3.57% 3.44% 3.62% 3.52% 3.55%
Ratio of total stockholders' equity to total assets (EOP) 9.07% 9.14% 9.42% 9.25% 9.07% 9.24%
Weighted avg shares outstanding   3,621  3,621  3,621  3,604  3,617  3,572
Income (loss) per common share (basic)  $ 0.03  $ (0.06)  $ 0.05  $ 0.04  $ 0.05  $ 0.05
Income (loss) per common share (diluted)  $ 0.02  $ (0.06)  $ 0.04  $ 0.04  $ 0.02  $ 0.05
Book value per share (EOP) (1)  $ 5.47  $ 5.48  $ 5.57  $ 5.43  $ 5.47  $ 5.36
Allowance for loan losses to total loans (EOP) 1.51% 1.48% 1.40% 1.37% 1.51% 1.35%
Nonperforming loans to total loans 4.44% 2.03% 1.70% 0.87% 4.44% 1.03%
(1) Book value per share equals total equity less preferred stock divided by total common shares outstanding
Three Months Ended
(In thousands,except per share data)Dec. 31,
2010
Sept. 30,
2010
June 30,
2010
March 31,
2010
Dec. 31,
2009
Total interest and dividend income 3,291  3,419  3,313  3,335  3,240
Total interest expense 810  836  851  860  894
Net interest income 2,481  2,583  2,462  2,475  2,346
Provision for loan losses 135  587  154  155  257
Total non-interest income 206  186  209  149  288
Total non-interest expenses 2,364  2,317  2,256  2,223  2,145
Net income (loss) 188  (135)  261  246  232
Less: preferred stock dividend and accretion (97)  (97)  (97)  (97)  (97)
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders $ 91  $ (232)  $ 164  $ 149  $ 135
Net income (loss) per share:
Basic $ 0.03  $ (0.06)  $ 0.05  $ 0.04  $ 0.04
Diluted $ 0.02  $ (0.06)  $ 0.04  $ 0.04  $ 0.04
THE CONNECTICUT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY
Statements of Income
December 31, 2010 and 2009
2010 2009
(in thousands; except share data)
Interest and dividend income:
Loans  $ 12,340  $ 11,298
Debt securities  927  1,290
Other  91  41
Total interest and dividend income  13,358  12,629
Interest expense:
Deposits  2,263  2,884
Borrowings  1,094  1,106
Total interest expense  3,357  3,990
Net interest income  10,001  8,639
Provision for loan losses  1,031  677
Net interest income, after provision for loan losses  8,970  7,962
Noninterest income:
Service charge and fee income  340  280
Brokerage fees and commission income  284  269
Net gains from sales of available-for-sale securities  60  197
Loss on sale of other real estate owned  (4)  --
Gain from sales of loans  70  15
Total noninterest income  750  761
Noninterest expense:
Salaries and benefits  4,562  4,268
Occupancy and equipment  1,784  1,785
Data processing  322  316
Marketing  422  327
Professional services  648  540
FDIC assessments  391  395
Other general and administrative  1,031  735
Total noninterest expense  9,160  8,366
Net income   560  357
Less preferred stock dividend and accretion  (388)  (183)
Net income available to common shareholders  $ 172  $ 174
Earnings per common share:
Basic  $ 0.05  $ 0.05
Diluted  $ 0.05  $ 0.05
THE CONNECTICUT BANK AND TRUST COMPANY
Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
(in thousands)December 31,
2010
September 30,
2010
December 31,
2009
Cash and due from banks   $ 8,725  $ 4,161  $ 4,317
Federal funds sold  --  12,900  22,800
Cash and cash equivalents  8,725  17,061  27,117
Certificates of deposit  79  79  78
Securities available for sale, at fair value  35,349  31,554  27,431
Federal Reserve Bank stock, at cost  762  762  724
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost  2,057  2,057  2,057
Loans held for sale  386  --  --
Loans  223,723  218,777  200,780
Allowance for loan losses  (3,381)  (3,247)  (2,702)
Loans, net   220,342  215,530  198,078
Premises and equipment, net  1,898  1,930  2,096
Accrued interest receivable  1,100  1,148  933
Prepaid FDIC insurance  752  835  1,069
Other assets   2,781  1,336  671
 $ 274,231  $ 272,292  $ 260,254
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Noninterest bearing deposits  $ 35,972  $ 35,237  $ 34,442
Interest bearing deposits  177,822  177,718  166,330
Secured borrowings  577  377  --
Short-term borrowings  3,392  2,989  3,988
Long-term debt  30,450  30,450  30,450
Other liabilities  1,151  624  991
Total liabilities  249,364  247,395  236,201
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, no par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized;
shares issued and outstanding: 5,448 shares at December 31,
and September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009; aggregate
liquidation preference of $5,448 at December 31, and
September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009
 5,448  5,448  5,448
Discount on preferred stock  (374)  (402)  (489)
Common stock, $1.00 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized;
shares issued and outstanding: 3,620,950 at December 31, and
September 30, 2010 and 3,572,450 at December 31, 2009
 3,621  3,621  3,572
 1,405  1,405  1,405
Common stock warrants  30,088  30,069  29,858
Additional paid-in capital  (163)  (176)  (29)
Restricted stock unearned compensation  (15,272)  (15,363)  (15,444)
Accumulated deficit  114  295  (268)
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  24,867  24,897  24,053
Total stockholders' equity   $ 274,231  $ 272,292  $ 260,254
CONTACT:  David A. Lentini
          860-748-4250
          dlentini@thecbt.com
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