Baylake Corp. Reports Financial Results for the Three and Six Months ended June 30, 2008
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin - July 22, 2008. Baylake Corp. (OTC BB: BYLK), a bank holding company with $1.1 billion in assets, reported 2008 second quarter net income of $95,000 or $0.01 basic and diluted earnings per share, as compared to net income of $1.4 million or $0.18 basic and diluted earnings per share, for the second quarter of 2007. Return on assets (ROA) and return on equity (ROE) decreased for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 to 0.04% and 0.47%, respectively, compared to 0.51% and 7.17%, respectively, for the same period a year ago.
Baylake’s total assets and shareholders’ equity were $1.1 billion and $78.8 million, respectively, at June 30, 2008, compared to $1.1 billion and $80.3 million at December 31, 2007. The decrease in shareholders’ equity was primarily a result of $1.3 million in earnings for the combined first and second quarters net of a decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income. Baylake Corp.’s Tier 1 risk-based capital remained strong at 10.74% as of June 30, 2008, compared to 9.90% as of the same date a year earlier. The Corporation and Bank continue to be well capitalized under the guidelines established by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Non-performing loans declined to $36.3 million as of June 30, 2008, compared to $45.9 million at June 30, 2007. During the quarter ended June 30, 2008 net loan charge-offs equaled $548,000, compared to $2.3 million in net loan charge-offs for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. A provision for loan losses of $861,000 was recorded for the quarter ended June 30, 2008, for a total of $1.2 million for the first six months of 2008 compared to $6.0 million for the same period a year ago. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to total loans equaled 1.66% as of June 30, 2008, compared to 1.42% as of June 30, 2007. The ratio of allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans was 33.95% and 31.53% at June 30, 2008 and December 31, 2007, respectively.
“Deterioration in the repayment abilities of some of the Corporation’s commercial loan customers, as well as reductions in the current estimated fair market values of the commercial real estate collateralizing certain of these loans, hindered efforts to meaningfully reduce the Corporation’s non-performing loan levels during the quarter ended June 30, 2008. Given the increasing overall softness in the local and regional real estate markets, it may take more time and effort than originally anticipated for the Bank’s non-performing loans to return to more normal levels,” said Robert J. Cera, Baylake Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer. However, Baylake Corp. believes the balance of the allowance for loan losses is presently sufficient to absorb probable incurred credit losses at June 30, 2008.
Total loans equaled $741.4 million as of June 30, 2008, compared to $815.1 million as of June 30, 2007, a decline of $73.7 million or 9.04% from a year earlier. Total deposits decreased $40.0 million, or 4.45%, to $858.5 million as of June 30, 2008, compared to a year earlier as the Bank chose to compete less aggressively for retail deposits.
Net interest margin for the quarter ending June 30, 2008 was 3.10%. This represented a 2 basis point improvement over the 3.08% net interest margin earned during the linked quarter ending March 31, 2008 and a 1 basis point improvement over the 3.09% net interest margin earned during the second quarter ended June 30, 2007. Interest rate cuts initiated by the Federal Reserve during the first quarter of 2008 and competitive local loan pricing negatively impacted the Bank’s ability to widen net interest margins.
Legal and collection expenses, as well as expense related to operation of other real estate significantly impacted net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2008. Quarterly profits were further reduced by a write-down of $1.0 million valuation reduction of Other Real Estate Owned. This write-down was primarily the result of declining market values of several residential and commercial properties obtained from borrowers in default and held for sale by Baylake.
Baylake Corp. anticipates that it has more than adequate resources available to meet its commitments. As of June 30, 2008, the Corporation had $55.6 million in established lines of credit with nonaffiliated banks, of which $55.6 million was available.
Baylake Corp., headquartered in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, is the bank holding company for Baylake Bank. Through Baylake Bank, the Company provides a variety of banking and financial services from 28 financial centers located throughout Northeast and Central Wisconsin, in Brown, Door, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Waupaca, and Waushara Counties.
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This news release contains forward-looking statements about the financial condition, results of operations and business of Baylake Corp. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate" or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may."
Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Baylake Corp., could cause actual conditions, events or results to differ significantly from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. This press release, and the most recent annual and quarterly reports filed by Baylake Corp. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 and Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007, describe some of these factors, including certain credit, market, operational, liquidity and interest rate risks associated with the company’s business and operations, and recent actions taken by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue relating to state tax obligations. Other factors include changes in general business and economic conditions, developments (including collection efforts) relating to the identified non-performing loans and other problem loans and assets, world events (especially those which could affect our customers’ tourism-related businesses), competition, fiscal and monetary policies and legislation.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Baylake Corp. does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.
Baylake Corp. and Subsidiaries
Summary Financial Data
The following tables set forth selected consolidated financial and other data for Baylake Corp. at the dates and for the period indicated. The selected financial and other data at June 30, 2008 has not been audited, but in the opinion of management of Baylake Corp. reflects all necessary adjustments for a fair presentation of results as of the dates and for the periods covered.
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