Patriot National Bancorp achieves record full year pre-tax income of $7.0 million – its strongest full year operating performance ever recorded

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STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 02, 2018 — Patriot National Bancorp, Inc. (“Patriotâ€�, “Bancorpâ€�) (NASDAQ:PNBK), the parent company of Patriot Bank, N.A. (the “Bankâ€�), today announced quarterly pre-tax earnings of $1.1 million and quarterly net income of $600 thousand, or $0.15 per fully diluted share.
Full year pre-tax income in 2017 was $7.0 million, $3.9 million higher than the $3.1 million reported in 2016.  For the year ended December 31, 2017, net income was $4.1 million, or $1.06 per diluted share, more than double the prior year results of $1.9 million, or $0.49 per fully diluted share. CEO Michael Carrazza stated: “2017’s full year results represent a major earnings achievement for Patriot, and marks the strongest earnings year in Patriot’s history.  This is further confirmation that the growth blueprint put in place is yielding successful, value enhancing results. We remain keenly focused on pursuing certain strategic initiatives that support growth and diversification of our banking franchise.â€�Richard Muskus, Patriot’s President added, “We have a strong loan pipeline, a dedicated team of highly qualified lending and branch management professionals, and prudent underwriting standards.  We will continue to add to our product lines and enhance service offerings to our customers.  These are the primary areas of focus and will continue to add to our profitability and franchise value.â€�The reported fourth quarter net income, which included $601 thousand of non-recurring special project costs, compares to net income of $1 million, $0.26  per fully diluted share, in the third  quarter of 2017 and $1 million, $0.27 per share, for the same quarter a year ago.   With respect to income taxes, a net provision of $502 thousand was taken in the fourth quarter. This net tax provision was comprised of two significant and mostly offsetting adjustments.  The provision increased by $2.81 million as a result of a reduction in value of the Company’s deferred tax asset due to the change in corporate tax rates to 21% enacted in December of 2017.  At the same time, the income tax provision was reduced by $2.77 million, as a result of the recognition of deferred tax benefits due to a change in the classification of certain prior period tax losses that were previously deemed to have been subject to IRC Section 382 limitations.  As of December 31, 2017 shareholders’ equity was $66.7 million, an increase of $4.2 million from a year ago.  The Company’s book value per share increased to $17.12 at December 31, 2017 as compared to $16.08 a year ago.Patriot Bank’s deposits continued to rise and are up 20% year-over-year, with loan growth of 24% from the prior year fueling a strong growth in net interest income.   Net interest income climbed 19% from the fourth quarter of 2016 and is 16% higher in the full year period.In addition to the announcement of quarterly earnings, Patriot also announced today the declaration of its third consecutive quarterly dividend of $0.01 per share which will be paid February 16, 2018.The comparative results for the full year 2016 and 2017 include the impact of a troubled loan that was ultimately resolved.  In the second quarter of 2016, the Bank recorded a significant loan loss provision, but aggressively worked towards a recovery, which was successfully accomplished in the first quarter of 2017.  Excluding the impact of the loan loss provision, which primarily consisted of losses and recoveries related to this loan, net income for the year was 6% higher than in 2016. During the year, total assets grew by $95 million (13%), to $852 million, up from $757 million.  Loans totaled $720 million as of year-end 2017, up 1% from the $710 million reported at September 30, 2017, and up 24% from the $582 million reported at December 31, 2016. Deposits increased during the quarter to $637 million and were up 20% year-over-year as compared with $529 million at the end of 2016.  Deposit growth remains a key initiative to keep pace with Patriot’s overall growth prospects.Net interest income was $7.0 million in the quarter, essentially unchanged from the third quarter of 2017 and up 19% from the corresponding 2016 period.  Net interest income of $25.9 million in the year-to-date period was 16% higher than the $22.4 million in the year ending December 31, 2016.  Net interest margin was 3.51% for the quarter and 3.58% for the 2017 year-to-date period, as compared to 3.65 % in the prior quarter and 3.78% in 2016.The provision for loan losses in the quarter was $87 thousand, with overall credit quality remaining strong.  The year-to-date credit in the provision of $857 thousand reflects the previously noted recovery. The provision for loan losses was $150 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $2.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.Non-interest income was $432 thousand in the quarter, 12% higher than the prior quarter.  Year-to-date non-interest income of $1.4 million was 7% lower than the prior year.Non-interest expense increased $1 million over the prior quarter and year-to-date non-interest expenses increased $2.8 million over the same period in 2016.  The quarter and full year expenses were impacted by non-recurring project costs of $601 thousand in the quarter ($640 thousand for the full year) associated with the pending Prime acquisition and an income tax related consulting project.The Bank’s capital ratios continue to be strong, as the Bank maintained its “well capitalizedâ€� regulatory status.  As of December 31, 2017, Tier 1 leverage ratio was 9.36%, Tier 1 risk based capital was 10.55% and total risk based capital was 11.41%.     About the Company
Patriot National Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut and the Bank has full service branches in Connecticut and New York.
Since opening its doors in 1994, the Company’s mission has been to serve our local communities by helping our neighbors and neighborhood businesses thrive. All lending is handled locally and is specific to each borrower, and the commitment to local businesses goes further to connect, support and grow businesses in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, along with municipalities. Patriot believes a well-connected community is a strong community—and that together, all will prosper.“Safe Harbor� Statement Under Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
Certain statements contained in Bancorp’s public statements, including this one, may be forward looking and subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties. These factors include, but are not limited to, (1) changes in prevailing interest rates which would affect the interest earned on Bancorp’s interest earning assets and the interest paid on its interest bearing liabilities, (2) the timing of repricing of Bancorp’s interest earning assets and interest bearing liabilities, (3) the effect of changes in governmental monetary policy, (4) the components of Bancorp’s periodic earnings and assets, (5) the fact that certain of the income recognized by Bancorp in any quarter may not be repeated in future periods, (6) the effect of changes in regulations applicable to Bancorp and the Bank and the conduct of its business, (7) changes in competition among financial service companies, including possible further encroachment of non-banks on services traditionally provided by banks, (8) the ability of competitors that are larger than Bancorp to provide products and services which it is impracticable for Bancorp to provide, (9) the state of the economy and real estate values in Bancorp’s market areas, and the consequent effect on the quality of Bancorp’s loans, (10) recent governmental initiatives that are expected to have a profound effect on the financial services industry and could dramatically change the competitive environment of the Company, (11) other legislative or regulatory changes, including those related to residential mortgages, changes in accounting standards, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDICâ€�) premiums that may adversely affect the Company, (12) the application of generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied,  (13) the fact that one period of reported results may not be indicative of future periods,  (14)  the state of the economy in the greater New York metropolitan area and its particular effect on the Company’s customers, vendors and communities and other such factors, including risk factors, as may be described in Bancorp’s other filings with the SEC.

 Contacts:
Patriot Bank, N.A.      
900 Bedford Street    
Stamford, CT 06901
www.BankPatriot.com
Richard Muskus
President            
203-252-5939

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Marcus Clinker

Marcus Clinker

Marcus is a reporter on the Political Capital team focusing on money in politics. Before joining Daily Telescope, he worked as a researcher and writer for the Institute for Northern Studies at Ohio State University and as a freelance journalist in Portalnd, having been published by over 20 outlets including NPR, the Center for Media and Democracy,The Huffington Post, Salon, Truthout and VICE.com.
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