CONTACT: Mark W. Jaindl, President and Chief Executive Officer
Allentown, PA, April 15, 2009
American Bank Incorporated (OTC BB: AMBK), the parent company of American Bank, today announced earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. Net income for the quarter was $786,000, or $0.13 per diluted share, an increase of $77,000 from $709,000, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the same period in the prior year. The increase in net income for the quarter was the result of an increase in net interest income, a decrease in the provision for loan losses and a decrease in operating expense.
Net interest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 was $2.6 million, an increase of $186,000 from the quarter ended March 31, 2008. The increase in net interest income was the result of the improvement in the Company’s net interest margin to 2.28% for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 from 2.01% for the same quarter in the prior year.
The decrease in the provision for loan losses resulted from a decrease in loan originations during the quarter ended March 31, 2009 compared to March 31, 2008. While loan volume declined during the quarter, the quality of American Bank’s loan portfolio remains strong with non-performing loans comprising approximately $28,000, or less than 0.01%, of total assets.
The decrease in operating expense for the quarter was attributable to a decrease of $87,000 in salary and benefit costs. This decrease was partially off-set by an increase of $42,000 for FDIC insurance premiums. During the quarter ended March 31, 2009, management recognized an other-than-temporary impairment charge of $129,000 before tax on a pooled trust preferred security held for investment.
American Bank, Inc. common stock last traded at $5.40 per share. American Bank, Inc. Series A preferred stock (AMBKO.OB) is listed on the OTC BB but has not traded to date. American Capital Trust I Preferred Securities last traded at $7.00.
About American Bank
American Bank is a locally-owned community bank based in Allentown, PA. American Bank is recognized as a 5-Star Superior rated financial institution (the highest rating possible) by Bauer Financial Inc., designating it as one of the strongest banks in the nation as well as being named one of the safest banks in the nation by MSN Money. American Bank was ranked #1 by the Morning Call’s Top Workplaces in the Lehigh Valley and has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.
American Bank offers a complete selection of banking products and services to suit the needs of consumers and businesses and includes checking, money market, savings, certificates of deposit, consumer and commercial loans and Visa credit cards. Dedicated to providing customers superior, personalized customer service, American Bank also offers some of the best loan and deposit rates available and as a result, for the past 12 years, has received the Bankrate.com® Top Tier award for consistently offering annual percentage yields (APYs) that were among the highest reported. Their online banking service, AmericanBank Online, which is accessible from the Bank’s website at AMBK.com, allows customers to bank conveniently and delivers a full range of real-time online banking services free of charge including online bill payment and presentment, ACH Direct, transfers between accounts, transaction history, check images and e-Statements. In addition, both consumer and business customers can bank on the go using mobile banking which includes mobile deposit. American Bank is FDIC insured and is an Equal Housing Lender.
AmericanBank Online is a registered trade mark for the Internet financial services provided by American Bank, a state-chartered, FDIC-insured, full-service financial institution serving customers throughout the United States. American Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve System.
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