Clarksville, TN – First Advantage Bancorp (OTCQX: FABK), the holding company of First Advantage Bank, announced net income of $3.252 million for the year ended December 31st, 2014, up 6.0% from $3.068 million in 2013. Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.86 and $0.80, respectively, compared to $0.78 and $0.73, respectively, in 2013.
Net income for the fourth quarter 2014 was approximately $1 million compared to $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. The decrease in net income was primarily attributed to lower mortgage-related fee income.Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.27 and $0.25, respectively, for the fourth quarter 2014 compared to $0.31 and $0.29, respectively, in the fourth quarter 2013.
Net income for the fourth quarter improved 42.8% from net income of $705 thousand for the third quarter of 2014.
“We continue to be encouraged by the improvements in net income and the team we have built to execute our strategic plan. The asset growth we realized in the fourth quarter is further evidence of our successful execution of that plan. Our balance sheet grew 4.1% for the quarter and 8.4% for the year, with loan growth of 1.2% for the quarter and 8.2% for the year,” said Earl O. Bradley, III, Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank.
“Loan demand remains strong in both our Clarksville and Nashville markets, and both markets continue to be recognized by business publications as some of the best economies in the nation. Our net interest margin of 4.33% for the year and 4.29% for the quarter continues to rank well above most local competitors and in the top quartile nationally. The Bank remains categorized as ‘Well-Capitalized’ by regulatory standards.” Subsequent to the quarter- and year-end, a nonperforming loan of $2.0 million was assumed by a qualified borrower and returned to performing status, resulting in a substantial improvement in asset quality overall. Had that transaction occurred in the fourth quarter, nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets would have been 2.01%.
Effective February 3rd, 2015, First Advantage Bancorp was promoted to the OTCQX market. OTCQX for banks is a public market designed to meet the unique needs of U.S. regional and community banks and provides for enhanced visibility and disclosures through the OTC website, otcmarkets.com.
First Advantage Bank operates seven full-service banking centers in Clarksville, Nashville, and Franklin, and offers an array of business banking, personal banking, and mortgage products and services.
For more information about First Advantage Bank, visit www.firstadvantagebanking.com
About First Advantage Bank
First Advantage Bank was founded in 1954 as First Federal Savings Bank. As an independent community bank, First Advantage Bank has the strength and capacity to support the financial well-being of customers and communities across the state with a broad range of financial products and services. With deep roots in commercial and mortgage lending, First Advantage Bank is a trusted financial partner for businesses, individuals and families.
First Advantage Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Advantage Bancorp (OTCQX: FABK), is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. For more information visit www.firstadvantagebanking.com or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
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