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Sussex Bancorp Reports Operating Results (10-K)

March 16, 2011 | About:
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Sussex Bancorp (SBBX) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Sussex Bancorp has a market cap of $19.4 million; its shares were traded at around $5.78 with a P/E ratio of 8.8 and P/S ratio of 0.7.

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Based upon the closing price of $5.21 on June 30, 2010, the aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates was $14,686,676. The number of shares of the registrant s common stock, no par value, outstanding as of March 14, 2011 was 3,363,416.

Sussex Bancorp is a bank holding company incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey in January 1996 and the parent company of Sussex Bank (the “Bank”). Pursuant to the New Jersey Banking Act of 1948, as amended, (the “Banking Act”), and pursuant to approval of the Board of Directors of the Bank and shareholders of the Bank, Sussex Bancorp acquired the Bank and became its holding company on November 20, 1996. The only significant asset of Sussex Bancorp is its investment in the Bank. At December 31, 2010, the Company had consolidated total assets of $474.0 million, loans of $338.2 million, deposits of $386.0 million and stockholders equity of $36.7 million.

Capital Adequacy Guidelines for Bank Holding Companies. The FRB has adopted risk-based capital guidelines for bank holding companies. The risk-based capital guidelines are designed to make regulatory capital requirements more sensitive to differences in risk profile among banks and bank holding companies, to account for off-balance sheet exposure and to minimize disincentives for holding liquid assets. Under these guidelines, assets and off-balance sheet items are assigned to broad risk categories each with appropriate weights. The resulting capital ratios represent capital as a percentage of total risk-weighted assets and off-balance sheet items. The risk-based guidelines apply on a consolidated basis to bank holding companies with consolidated assets of $500 million or more, and to certain bank holding companies with less than $500 million in assets if they are engaged in substantial non-banking activity or meet certain other criteria. We do not meet these criteria, and so are not subject to a minimum consolidated capital requirement. In addition to the risk-based capital guidelines, the FRB has adopted a minimum Tier I capital (leverage) ratio, under which a bank holding company must maintain a minimum level of Tier I capital to average total consolidated assets of at least 3% in the case of a bank holding company that has the highest regulatory examination rating and is not contemplating significant growth or expansion. All other bank holding companies are expected to maintain a leverage ratio of at least 100 to 200 basis points above the stated minimum. The leverage requirement also only applies on a consolidated basis if the risk based capital requirements discussed above apply to a holding company on a consolidated basis. We do not have a minimum consolidated capital requirement at the holding company level at this time.

In calculating assessment rates, the rule adopts a new “scorecard” assessment scheme for insured depository institutions with $10 billion or more in assets. It retains the risk category system for insured depository institutions with less than $10 billion in assets, assigning each institution to one of four risk categories based upon the institution s capital evaluation and supervisory evaluation, as defined by the rule.

Since year end 2007, our total non-performing assets have increased to $26.4 million, or 5.58% of our total assets, from $13.5 million, or 3.42% of our total assets. The increase in non-performing assets reflects difficulties experienced by borrowers due to declining real estate values and the general slowdown in the economy in our trade area. The increase in non-performing assets has negatively impacted our results of operations, through additional provisions for loan losses and reduced interest income, and will continue to impact our performance until these assets are resolved. In addition, future increases in our non-performing assets will further negatively affect our results of operations. We can give you no assurance that our non-performing assets will not increase further.

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