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US Metro Bank Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

January 25, 2019

GARDEN GROVE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 25, 2019--US Metro Bank (OTC Pink: USMT) Mr. Dong Il Kim, President and CEO, announced the bank’s financial results for the fourth quarter 2018, reporting net income of $829,000 for the three months ending December 31, 2018 compared to $480,000 reported for the same three months in 2017, an year over year increase of 73%. Earnings per share (EPS) of $0.05 per share on 16,230,000 shares for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compares to EPS of $0.03 per share on 16,230,000 shares for the same time period in 2017. The 2018 earnings reflect the lower federal tax rate, effective January 1, 2018.

The Bank reported total assets of $389.1 million as of December 31, 2018, representing a 19.6% increase compared to the reporting period ending December 31, 2017 and a 5.0% increase over the third quarter 2018. In 2017 the Bank opened a branch office on April 3, 2017 on Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown, Los Angeles and a Loan Production Office (LPO) on June 15, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. A new branch in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District opened on November 1, 2017. On December 5, 2018 a fifth branch was opened in Buena Park, California. As of December 31, 2018 the Wilshire branch recorded a total deposit base of $75.2 million including $12.0 million in non-interest bearing deposits. The Fashion District Branch had $45.4 million in total deposits at December 31, 2018 including $11.1 million in non-interest bearing deposits and the new Buena Park Branch recorded a deposit base of $22.7 million. Total Bank loans totaled $289.5 million compared to $218.5 million a year earlier at December 31, 2017, a 32.5% increase and increased from $262.3 million at September 30, 2018, a 10.4% increase. Total Bank deposits ended the quarter at $332.8 million, a 23.7% increase from $269.1 million at December 31, 2017 and compares to $315.6 million at September 30, 2018, a 5.5% increase.

SBA loan originations for the quarter ending December 31, 2018 were $14.8 million compared to $9.1 million for the third quarter in 2018. The Bank sold $9.0 million in SBA loans for a net gain of $0.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to $20.4 million in SBA loan sales and a net gain of $1.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017.

Loan quality remains good with non-performing assets as a percent of total assets of 0.07% compared to 0.06% as of December 31, 2017. The Bank had no Other Real Estate Owned at December 31, 2018. Allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL) to gross loans has decreased from 1.52% as of December 31, 2017 to 1.35% as of December 31, 2018. The reason for the decrease is a 32.5% annual growth in loans from December 31, 2017. Accordingly the Bank booked $960,000 of provision expense during 2018 as a result of the loan growth.

“The Board of Directors is pleased with the continued growth and profitability of the Bank while absorbing the new Wilshire Branch, Seattle LPO, the Fashion District Branch in Downtown Los Angeles and most recently the new Buena Park Branch,” said CEO Kim. “We are excited about the planned growth of the Bank in 2019 and look forward to the continuing profitable deployment of our new capital.”

US Metro Bank is a California chartered, full service commercial nonmember bank headquartered in Garden Grove, California with five branch offices in California - Garden Grove, Anaheim, Buena Park, Koreatown/Los Angeles, Fashion District/Los Angeles and loan production offices in Dallas, Texas and Seattle, Washington. The Bank opened for business on September 15, 2006, and offers deposit and loan products (including commercial real estate, commercial and industrial and SBA loans), as well as related banking services to its targeted client base of executives, professionals, and small to medium-sized businesses, generally in the Southern California area.

This release contains forward-looking statements, including our expectations with respect to future events that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from management’s projections, forecasts, estimates and expectations include: fluctuation in market rates of interest and loan and deposit pricing, adverse changes in the overall national economy as well as adverse economic conditions in our specific market areas, maintenance and development of well-established and valued client relationships and referral source relationships, and acquisition or loss of key production personnel. Other risks that can affect the Bank are detailed from time to time in our annual reports. We caution readers that the list of factors above is not exclusive. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and we may not undertake steps to update the forward-looking statements to reflect the impact of any circumstances or events that arise after the date the forward-looking statements are made. In addition, our past results of operations are not necessarily indicative of future performance.

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CONTACT: Dong Il Kim

(714) 620-8888



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