December 1, 2023

Given the latest downfall of a number of main banks and the chaotic state of the present banking market, native banks are celebrating the slim positive aspects they’ve made within the opening months of 2023.

“One other good quarter for us, however what 1 / 4 it was,” stated Robert Setrakian, chair of the Glendale-based Golden State Financial institution, in a latest assertion to buyers accompanying the financial institution’s first-quarter earnings launch. “(There) are main challenges dealing with the monetary trade in the present day.”

Golden State’s complete property elevated by $24.8 million, or 3.8%, to $673.6 million within the first quarter in accordance with the financial institution’s Might 3 earnings launch. Deposits elevated by $12.4 million, or 2.2%, to $573.6 million. As of March 31, the financial institution’s internet earnings has risen to $2.1 million from $1.36 million on the identical time final yr.

Setrakian attributed the financial institution’s positive aspects to its defensive technique, which has grown more and more conservative and risk-averse in gentle of continued turmoil within the banking sector. Mercedes N. Herrera, the financial institution’s president and chief govt, additionally contrasted the financial institution’s guarded method to its risk-heavy rivals. 

“As a former financial institution regulator, it’s important to have a financial institution that operates with a disciplined method to defending depositors’ cash. Current financial institution failures have highlighted the significance of a secure and sound method to banking,” Herrera stated in an announcement to buyers. “We’re proud to say we saved issues easy by deploying most of our group deposits again into our communities within the type of high quality loans and protecting our reserves in money on the Fed or short-term securities.”

Golden State wasn’t the one financial institution within the Valley to carry the place that no information was excellent news for buyers in in the present day’s setting. Mission Valley Financial institution lauded the outcomes of its personal slow-and-steady method in gentle of the unsteady banking setting, in accordance with the financial institution’s first-quarter earnings launch revealed Might 1.

The Solar Valley-based group financial institution, a subsidiary of Mission Valley Bancorp, reported a 1.4% lower in complete property within the first quarter of 2023, from $553.3 million to $545.3 million. Whole deposits had been $447.2 million, a lower of $20 million, or 4.29%.

However the financial institution reported internet earnings of $1.7 million on the shut of 2023’s first quarter, a 33% enhance from final yr’s first quarter internet earnings. Tamara Gurney, chief govt and president of Mission Valley Financial institution, instructed buyers the financial institution was “happy to report robust working outcomes for the primary quarter of 2023 regardless of the difficult headwinds confronted by the banking trade from the latest financial institution failures.”

“We had been in a position to obtain these outcomes because of the robust basis established over the previous years, and since our enterprise mannequin is primarily centered on serving small companies in our native communities, basically completely different from the banks that failed lately,” Gurney stated in an announcement. “We proceed to consider that we’re properly positioned to face up to the present and potential modifications that the rest of 2023 might carry based mostly on our robust stability sheet, capital and liquidity positions, and the proactive measures that we’ve taken to bolster our liquidity and deposit funding sources.”