Annapolis, MD (October 24, 2014) – Severn Bancorp, Inc., (Nasdaq: SVBI) (“Company”) parent company of Severn Savings Bank, FSB (“Severn”), reported net income of $1,068,000 or $.05 per share for the third quarter of 2014, compared to a net loss of $576,000 or ($.12) per share for the second quarter of 2014. Net income for the third quarter of 2014 is also significantly higher than the reported third quarter 2013 net loss of $20,548,000 or ($2.08) per share. The third quarter net loss in 2013 was impacted by the loss on the sale of certain non-performing commercial loans during the quarter. Year to date net income as of September 30, 2014 is $1,359,000 or ($.04) per share versus a year to date net loss of $19,695,000 or ($2.06) per share as of September 30, 2013. Earnings per share is calculated using net income available for common shareholders, which is net income less preferred stock dividends and discount amortization.
Severn Bancorp, Inc. also saw an increase in interest income and net interest income, for the first time in many quarters. The Company continues to see a decrease in non-performing assets while increasing its loan portfolio and regulatory capital. Alan J. Hyatt, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are seeing steady progress. We are starting to see some improved earnings, an improvement in asset quality, and some signs of the balance sheet shifting in the direction we want with increased interest income and loan portfolio along with the decrease in non-performing loans. We are also working very diligently at controlling expenses.”
Mr. Hyatt added, “We are actively seeking new business. We are having great success in our mortgage banking program with continuing low interest rates. Commercial banking relationships are growing nicely, as customers realize the level of service a community bank can provide. We want to be the bank of choice for Anne Arundel County residents and local businesses looking for a financial services provider who understands their specific needs. We have long standing deep roots in this community and are committed to reinvesting in our community. That is something very few Anne Arundel County banks can say.”
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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 $770 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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