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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)




Washington, D.C.  20549

Form 8-K


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)  August 9, 2018


(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)






(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer Identification No.)


86 North Main Street, Porterville, CA  93257
(Address of principal executive offices)                  (Zip code)

(559) 782-4900
(Registrant’s telephone number including area code)

Not applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 8.01other events


On August 9, 2018, Sierra Bancorp determined that a certain loan participation purchased in the amount of approximately $10 million will be placed on non-accrual status, and a loss allowance of approximately $2 million will be established for the credit.  The loan is secured by a non-owner occupied retail property located in the Sacramento area.  A portion of the loan balance will likely be charged off against the allowance prior to the end of the third quarter of 2018, although the precise loss amount cannot be confirmed until the Company receives its own independent appraisal of the project.


Up to this point loan payments have been current and the loan has maintained a reasonable debt service coverage ratio.  However, the decision to downgrade the loan and establish a specific loan loss allowance was made pursuant to very recent notification to the Company from the syndicate’s lead bank, 1) that the borrower has notified them of the borrower’s intent to discontinue servicing payments on the loan, and 2) that the property’s appraised value has declined significantly as a result of a drop in retail activity, deferred maintenance and occupancy issues.  It appears possible that the lead bank will accept a deed in lieu of foreclosure in the near future, in which case the nonperforming loan balance would transition to “other real estate owned.”




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.





Dated:  August 10, 2018


By:  /s/ Kenneth R. Taylor

Kenneth R. Taylor
Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer




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