Annapolis, MD (January 3, 2014) – Severn Bancorp, Inc., (Nasdaq: SVBI) parent company of Severn Savings Bank, FSB (“ the Bank”), announced today that the Bank recently completed the sale of underperforming loans with a book value of approximately $15 million for a sale price of approximately $11 million. As a result of the sale, the Bank will experience a pre-tax charge to income for the 4th quarter of approximately $4 million.
The sale consisted of approximately $12 million of non-performing loans, the bulk of which were residential loans. This was a follow up to the previous quarter sale of loans with an approximate book value of $33 million. In addition to the loan sales, management has aggressively written down and sold certain foreclosed properties. As a result, the balance of foreclosed property is expected to be below $10 million at December 31, 2013.
“Both sales represent material reductions in our non-performing loans, significantly reducing the resources that have been necessary to manage non-performing loans,” stated Alan J. Hyatt, president and chief executive officer. Mr. Hyatt continued, “Furthermore, the sales enhance our efforts to focus on improving earnings and increasing profitability. We have worked very hard the past few years managing problem loans since the economy faltered. It was time for a quicker resolution to the issues that were impeding progress for the Bank. Management and the Board made the decision to do what needed to be done to clean up the Bank’s balance sheet and position the company for growth in 2014 and beyond.”
About Severn Savings Bank:
Founded in 1946, Severn is a full-service community bank offering a wide array of personal and commercial banking products as well as residential and commercial mortgage lending. It has assets of approximately $820 million and four branches located in Annapolis, Edgewater and Glen Burnie, Maryland. The bank specializes in exceptional customer service and holds itself and its employees to a high standard of community contribution. Severn is on the Web at www.severnbank.com.
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Forward Looking Statements
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