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  • First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc. Releases December 31, 2017 Consolidated Earnings
    Company Release - 02/02/2018 08:30

    COLEBROOK, N.H., Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: FCNH), the bank holding company of Granite Bank, today announced its consolidated unaudited financial results for the twelve (12) months ended December 31, 2017.

    First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc. reported unaudited, consolidated net income for the twelve (12) months ended December 31, 2017 of $600,893 compared to $544,727 for the twelve (12) months ended December 31, 2016.

    These results reflect previously disclosed non-recurring bank holding company events related to the refinancing of First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc.'s subordinated debt and its sale of foreclosed real estate that was previously carried as other real estate owned (OREO) on the financial statements of First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc.

    During the latter part of 2017, additional non-recurring bank and holding company events took place that had an impact on the year end December 31, 2017 net income results. Earnings for 2017 were impacted by a one-time charge to earnings of $160,921 for the revaluation of the Company's deferred tax assets as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act being signed into law on December 22, 2017. Also, due to the pending merger with Bangor Bancorp, MHC; 2017's non-interest expenses include higher legal and financial advisor fees when compared to 2016.

    While the majority of these non-recurring events affected bank holding company income, the primary source of income for First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc., is its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Granite Bank. Unaudited net income from Granite Bank, for the twelve (12) months ended December 31, 2017 was $1,466,363, as compared with $871,838 for the same period of 2016.

    The Company continued to manage its balance sheet, which resulted in a reduction in total assets to $252.3 million at December 31, 2017 from $263.5 million at December 31, 2016. Total cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2017 decreased to $6.7 million from $7.1 million at December 31, 2016 and interest-bearing time deposits with other banks decreased to $5.3 million from $26.0 million as short terms funds were primarily invested in loan growth initiatives and the repayment of $1.0 million of the subordinated debt.  While reducing overall asset size, the Company grew net loans to $204.6 million at December 31, 2017 from $196.0 million at December 31, 2016, a 4.38% growth rate.

    Total deposits decreased to $217.2 million from $224.4 million over the same period in 2016. Federal Home Loan Bank advances decreased to $4.0 million from $7.0 million.

    Net interest and dividend income for the twelve (12) months ended December 31, 2017 grew by $739,566. Through the fourth quarter, a provision of $360,000 was made to the Allowance for Loan Losses compared to $200,000 during the same period a year ago.  This increase in loan loss provision was to accommodate 2017 loan growth.  Total non-interest income in both 2017 and 2016 reflects the non-recurring items described above as well as a $409,455 gain on sale of investments in 2016. Other income increased to $1,508,791 from $743,604 a year ago due in large part to the secondary market loans that began booking in the fourth quarter 2016. Due to space availability in other offices, we have consolidated the residential mortgage operations formerly located at the Bank's Pease location to the Lafayette Road, Portsmouth office and have closed our Pease Limited Purpose Office.

    Total non-interest expense increased $144,542 from December 31, 2016. Included in consolidated non-interest expense for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 was the non-recurring write-off of refinancing the sub debt of $118,751. Overall salaries and benefits showed a $350,771 improvement for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. During 2017, management closely monitored staffing levels and proactively controlled non-interest expenses to achieve competitive efficiencies.

    Earnings per common share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 increased to $0.60 compared to $0.40 per share for the same period in 2016.  

    Common shareholder equity increased to $25.1 million at December 31, 2017 from $24.9 million at December 31, 2016. The book value per share of common stock increased to $25.10 from $24.67 per share a year earlier. The tangible book value per share of common stock increased to $24.58 from $24.15 a year earlier.   

    Thank you for your investment in First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc.  Please do not hesitate to contact Scott Cooper, President/Chief Executive Officer at 603-237-7026 or scooper@granitebank.com or Avis Brosseau, SVP/CFO and Treasurer at 603-237-7016 or abrosseau@granitebank.com with any comments or questions.


    First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc.


    Selected Financial Highlights


    Twelve Months Ended



    Total Interest and Dividend Income

    $     9,913,836

    $    9,340,734

    Total Interest Expense



    Net Interest and Dividend Income



    Provision for Loan Losses



    Non-Interest Income



    Non-Interest Expense



    Net Income



    Earnings per Common Share

    $             .60

    $           .40

    Twelve Months Ended



    Total Assets

    $ 252,341,031

    $  263,517,598

    Investments in avail-for-sale sec. at fair value



    Loans, net



    Total Deposits



    FHLB Advances



    Notes & Debentures



    Stockholder's Equity



    Allowance for Loan Losses



    Book Value per Common Share

    $            25.10

    $             24.67


    Source:  First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc.
    This press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding the financial performance, business prospects, growth, and operating strategies of First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc.  For these statements, First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc. claims the protections of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Statements in this press release should be considered in conjunction with other information available about First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc., including the information in the filings we make to regulatory authorities.  Forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties.  We have tried, wherever possible, to identify such statements by using words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "will," and similar expressions in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance.  Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.  Risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially include risk factors relating to the banking industry and the other factors detailed from time to time in First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc. reports publicly issued.  Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.  First Colebrook Bancorp, Inc.  does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to update any forward-looking statements to reflect the events or circumstances after the date on which the forward-looking statement is made, or reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except to the extent required by law.

    For additional information, contact Avis Brosseau, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at abrosseau@granitebank.com or by calling 603-237-7016.

    Avis Brosseau
    SVP/Chief Financial Officer
    (603) 237-7016

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