PEOPLES FINANCIAL CORPORATION EARNS $1.9 MILLION IN FIRST HALF OF 2009
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BILOXI, MS (July 22, 2009)—Peoples Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Capital Market: PFBX), parent of The Peoples Bank, earned $1,904,000 in the first half of 2009, a decline of 55% from the same period in 2008, announced Chevis C. Swetman, chairman and chief executive officer of the holding company and the bank.
Second quarter earnings fell 91% from the same period last year to $200,000.
Earnings for the second quarter were reduced largely because of an addition to the loan loss provision of $1,502,000. The provision was increased to account for loan charge-offs in the quarter totaling $3,301,000. One large residential development loan was responsible for approximately $2,500,000 of the charge, and an additional charge-off of $332,000 was the result of a loss on a loan participation.
“Events like these loan losses and the unprecedented, lingering national financial malaise have validated our longtime conservative philosophy of maintaining a very strong capital base,” said Swetman. “Despite the painful loan loss, our primary capital remains above 12%, substantially higher than regulatory requirements. As bad as the second quarter was, we still made money,” he added.
“In addition to the loan charge-offs, we had to accrue $420,000 for a special FDIC assessment in the second quarter,” said Swetman. “Our FDIC assessments for the year are projected to be in excess of $1,000,000. In 2008 our FDIC insurance assessment amounted to $83,000 for the entire year. That is an increase of more than 1100%,” he noted.
Earnings per share fell to $.04 per average weighted share for the second quarter of 2009, down from $.41 per share for the same period last year. Earnings per share figures are based on average weighted shares outstanding of 5,157,356 and 5,361,327 for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and June 30, 2008, respectively. Average shares outstanding were lower in the quarter due to the latest stock repurchase program launched in fourth quarter 2008.
For the six months ended June 30, 2009, earnings per average weighted share fell 53% to $.37, compared to $.79 for the first half of 2008. Earnings per share figures are based on average weighted shares outstanding of 5,189,474 and 5,379,112 for the six months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively.
“The large loan loss originated right here in South Mississippi, a clear indication that the financial crisis that started on Wall Street has finally hit Main Street hard,” said Swetman. “We began increasing our loan loss reserves last year in anticipation of events like this, as we continue to monitor the health of every loan in our portfolio. Losses like this are painful, but our ongoing monitoring and strong capital base cushion our bank in this recessionary environment,” he said.
Founded in 1896, with $946 million in assets as of June 30, 2009, The Peoples Bank operates 16 branches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. In addition to a comprehensive range of retail and commercial banking services, the bank also operates a trust and investment services department that has provided customers with financial, estate and retirement planning services since 1936. The bank also operates a mortgage loan department providing residential loans for primary, secondary and multi-family homes up to four units.
The Peoples Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Peoples Financial Corporation, listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol PFBX. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.thepeoples.com.
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