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Mission Valley Bancorp announced the un-audited financial results for 2015.

“As the founding President of Mission Valley, I am pleased to share that 2015 was a very strong year for our organization, achieving positive and balanced growth across the board,” said President and CEO Tamara Gurney of Mission Valley Bancorp. “For the year ended 2015, Mission Valley Bancorp reported the most profitable year in our history with Net Earnings of $3,144,000, an 81 percent increase from the $1,733,000 reported at year end 2014.”

Total Assets rose by more than 9.3 percent to an all-time high of $289 million, up from $265 million reported at year end 2014. This was driven by 7.0 percent growth in Net Loans, funded by 9.2 percent growth in Total Deposits. Net Loans grew by more than $13 million to $200 million as of December 31, 2015 as compared to $187 million at year end 2014. Total Deposits grew to $245.3 million as of December 31, 2015 (primarily due to an increase of $21.8 million in Non-Interest Bearing Deposits) as compared to $225 million reported at year end 2014. Despite the extended flat rate environment experienced during 2015, Mission Valley experienced a slight increase in Total Interest Income, which rose to $11.6 million for the year ended 2015 compared to $11.2 million for 2014, while Interest Expense declined 12.9 percent to $561,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $644,000 for 2014. Net Interest Income increased to $11,038,000, a 4.6 percent increase over 2014.

Gurney continued, “Throughout 2015, Mission Valley continued to experience declines in problem loans coupled with improvements in overall loan quality. As a result, Mission Valley was able to reverse $1.0 million in loan loss reserves while maintaining a reasonable level of unallocated reserves. Also notable, Non-Interest Income grew to $3,495,000 as of December 31, 2015, a 9.4 percent increase from the $3,196,000 reported at year end 2014. To a great extent this continuing improvement to other income is directly attributable to the successful realignment of two key business units, SBA Lending and Merchant Bankcard Processing. Over the course of the year, Mission Valley’s sale of SBA loans in the secondary market resulted in a 73 percent increase in Gain on Sale of Loans, closing 2015 at $1,147,000 as compared to $663,000 reported at year end 2014. Comparatively, our Merchant Services Department has increased income by more than 12 percent year over year.”

Both Mission Valley Bancorp and Mission Valley Bank capital ratios continue to far exceed regulatory requirements with Mission Valley Bancorp reporting a Total Leverage Ratio of 13.9 percent, Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 10.6 percent, Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 17.8 percent and a Total Capital Ratio of 19.0 percent. Likewise, Mission Valley Bank reported a Total Leverage Ratio of 13.5 percent, Common Equity Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 17.3 percent, Tier 1 Capital Ratio of 17.3 percent and a Total Capital Ratio of 18.5 percent. Regulatory requirements for a “well-capitalized bank” are 5 percent, 6.5 percent, 8 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

Gurney concluded, “2015 was a very good year for Mission Valley and as we enter into 2016, our 15th year of operation, we are starting strong. We have a sound, diversified balance sheet, a solid capital base to carry us forward and a tremendous team dedicated to our success and to the success of our clients and shareholders. Mission Valley Bancorp is well positioned to maintain our course of steady and controlled growth throughout 2016 and beyond.”

Mission Valley Bancorp is traded on the OTCQX under the symbol MVLY.

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