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First Community Bank Corp. of America Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: May 16, 2011 11:19AM
First Community Bank Corp. of America (FCFL) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-03-31.
Highlight of Business Operations:
The Bank operates in two distinct geographic markets on the West Coast of Florida, the Tampa Bay region in West Central Florida and the Port Charlotte Region in southwest Florida. Three of the Banks markets are located around Tampa Bay (Pinellas County, Pasco County and Hillsborough County). The fourth market is located in Charlotte County. The economy in Florida has been hard hit by the decline in real estate values resulting from an over supply of residential housing units, a significant reduction in development activity and reductions in sales activity. The lack of absorption of vacant land, lots and certain single family and condominium product has continued to feed the decline in values. The Tampa Bay region is more diversified with other service and manufacturing industry than the Port Charlotte region which had been primarily dependent on residential real estate development and the retiree industry. Although the Tampa Market has shown decreased values in single family homes and condominiums it has not suffered as severely as the Port Charlotte market. Housing values have dropped approximately 40-50% from the height of activity in 2005 2006. Similarly vacant land and lot values have fallen 60-70%. The drop in values continues to contribute to the delinquency or default of borrowers in that market. Correspondently the Tampa market has seen a drop in values for single family of 25-35%, however condominiums and luxury homes have experienced larger decreases. Land and lot values have diminished by 30-40%. The Bank has experienced continued losses in vacant residential lot loans and single family homes. A predominant portion of these losses are in the Port Charlotte market. Unemployment in Port Charlotte is purported to be in the 10-15% range, thus many borrowers struggle to maintain a positive payment history.
In light of these real estate trends the Bank has experienced an increase in its problem assets specifically in vacant residential lots and single family which has comprised 70% of charge-off activity. Commercial related charge-offs to date are 26% of total charge-offs. The remaining charge-offs have been consumer loans.
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