(PublicWire.com News Release)SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Lighthouse Bank (OTC Bulletin Board: LGHT), Santa Cruz County’s locally owned community Bank, announced today that it has declared a 5% stock dividend on the Bank’s common shares outstanding. This represents the second stock dividend issued by the five-year-old bank, following a 10% stock dividend granted in 2011. According to Wedbush Securities, Lighthouse Bank’s 2011 stock dividend was the first to be granted by a Northern or Central California Bank since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008.
The stock dividend was approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors in light of the company’s strong financial performance. Lighthouse Bank’s net profit after tax for the year ended 12-31-12 exceeded $1.8 million and represented a 9.3% return on average equity. Dividend shares will be distributed on March 8, 2013 to owners of record as of February 22, 2013. The dividend will be issued in the form of additional shares of stock. Any fractional shares will be paid in cash based on the fair market value of the stock on the record date.
Lighthouse Bank has grown consistently since opening in October 2007, has operated profitability for the past fourteen quarters and has posted record earnings for each of the last twelve consecutive quarters. The Bank’s stellar financial performance continues to garner industry accolades. The Bank is rated by Bauer Financial as 5-Star “Superior”, the top ranking given by the independent bank rating firm. FMC Consulting Group named the Bank as among the top 15 (of 230) state chartered Banks in California. The Findley Reports named Lighthouse Bank a “Super Premier” performing bank, the highest ranking given by the well-known banking publication. The Bank has no financial relationship with any of these rating agencies.
ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE BANK:
Lighthouse Bank is a locally owned and operated full-service commercial bank located in Santa Cruz, CA. The Bank offers a full array of banking products and services to businesses, professionals, individuals, developers and commercial property owners. The Bank is dedicated to providing exceptional personalized service and access to decision makers who are always close at hand. The Bank offers a unique worldwide ATM fee rebate program and complimentary business courier service which expands the geographical reach of its banking office location throughout Santa Cruz County. Lighthouse Bank is committed to operating an open, ethical and financially successful company without engaging in the corporate excesses that have come to characterize the financial services industry. All decisions are intended to contribute to the long-term success of its clients, employees, owners and the community it serves. Lighthouse Bank received no TARP funds and has neither accepted nor requested government assistance of any kind. Lighthouse Bank has never been subject to either formal or informal regulatory action.