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ECB Bancorp Inc Reports Operating Results (10-K)

March 15, 2011 | About:

ECB Bancorp Inc (ECBE) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Ecb Bancorp Inc has a market cap of $34.5 million; its shares were traded at around $12.1 with a P/E ratio of 60.5 and P/S ratio of 0.7. The dividend yield of Ecb Bancorp Inc stocks is 2.3%.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Our Board of Directors has approved levels of lending authority for lending and credit personnel based on our aggregate credit exposure to a borrower. A loan that satisfies the Banks loan policies and is within a lending officers assigned authority may be approved by that officer alone. Loans involving aggregate credit exposures in excess of a lending officers authority may be approved by a Credit Policy Officer in our Loan Administration Department up to the amount of that officers authority. Above those amounts, a secured or unsecured loan involving an aggregate exposure to a single relationship of up to $2 million may be approved either by our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, Chief Financial Officer or Chief Credit Officer, and a loan involving an aggregate exposure to a single relationship of up to $3 million may be approved by our General Loan Committee which consists of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Revenue Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Credit Officer. A loan that exceeds the approval authority of that Committee, and, notwithstanding the above credit authorities, any single loan in excess of $2 million, must be approved by the Executive Committee of our Board of Directors.

After loans are made, they are reviewed by our Loan Administration personnel for adequacy of contract documentation, compliance with regulatory requirements, and documentation of compliance with our loan underwriting criteria. Also, our Credit Policy Officers conduct detailed reviews of selected loans based on various criteria, including loan type, amount, collateral, and borrower identity, and the particular lending officers or branchs lending history. These reviews include at least 10% of the loans made by each lending officer. All loans involving an aggregate exposure of $2 million or more ultimately are reviewed after funding by the Executive Committee of our Board of Directors. Each loan involving an aggregate exposure of more than $350,000 is required to be reviewed at least annually by the lending officer who originated the loan, and those reviews are monitored by a Credit Policy Officer. Loan Administration personnel also periodically review various loans based on various criteria, and we retain the services of an independent credit risk management consultant to annually review our problem loans, a random sampling of performing loans related to our larger aggregate credit exposures, and selected other loans.

On December 31, 2010, our nonperforming loans (consisting of non-accrual loans, loans past due greater than 90 days and still accruing interest, and restructured loans) amounted to approximately $22.1 million, and we had $4.5 million of other real estate owned and repossessed collateral acquired in settlement of loans on our books. (See Item 7 Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.)

Our deposit services include business and individual checking accounts, NOW accounts, money market checking accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit. We monitor our competition in order to keep the rates paid on our deposits at a competitive level. On December 31, 2010, our time deposits of $100,000 or more amounted to approximately $92.9 million, or approximately 11.8% of our total deposits. We derive the majority of our deposits from within our banking market. However, we also accept deposits through deposit brokers and market our certificates of deposit by advertising our deposit rates on an Internet certificate of deposit network, and we generate a significant amount of out-of-market deposits in that manner. Although we accept these deposits primarily for liquidity purposes, we also use them to manage our interest rate risk. On December 31, 2010, our out-of-market deposits amounted to approximately $109.1 million, or approximately 13.9% of our total deposits and approximately 28.1% of our total certificates of deposit.

The Banks business also is influenced by prevailing economic conditions and governmental policies, both foreign and domestic, and by the monetary and fiscal policies of the FRB. The Bank is not a member of the Federal Reserve System. However, under the FRBs regulations, all FDIC-insured banks must maintain average daily reserves against their transaction accounts. Currently, no reserves are required on the first $10.7 million of transaction accounts, but a bank must maintain reserves equal to 3.0% on aggregate balances between $10.7 million and $58.8 million, and reserves equal to 10.0% on aggregate balances in excess of $58.8 million. The FRB may adjust these percentages from time to time. Because the Banks reserves must be maintained in the form of vault cash or in an account at a Federal Reserve Bank or with a qualified correspondent bank, one effect of the reserve requirement is to reduce the amount of the Banks assets that are available for lending and other investment activities. The FRBs actions and policy directives determine to a significant degree the cost and availability of funds the Bank obtains from money market sources for lending and investing, and they also influence, directly and indirectly, the rates of interest the Bank pays on its time and savings deposits and the rates it charges on commercial bank loans.

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