fcal-10q_093012.htm


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549 

 
FORM 10-Q
 

 
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QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
   
 
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2012
OR
   
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
   
 
For the transition period from  to
 
Commission file number 000-52498 

 
FIRST CALIFORNIA FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
 

 
Delaware
 
38-3737811
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Incorporation or Organization)
 
Identification Number)
     
3027 Townsgate Road, Suite 300
   
Westlake Village, California
 
91361
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)
     
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (805) 322-9655
 

 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes No o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes No o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
 
Large accelerated filer
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Accelerated filer
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Non-accelerated filer
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(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No x
 
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
 
29,220,271 shares of Common Stock, $0.01 par value, as of November 6, 2012
 
 
 
 


 
 
FIRST CALIFORNIA FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.
QUARTERLY REPORT ON
FORM 10-Q
 
For the Quarterly Period Ended September 30, 2012
 
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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
Financial Statements
 
FIRST CALIFORNIA FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
September 30,
2012
   
December 31,
2011
 
             
Cash and due from banks
  $ 42,387     $ 40,202  
Interest bearing deposits with other banks
    34,095       21,230  
Securities available-for-sale, at fair value
    549,373       453,735  
Non-covered loans, net
    1,049,642       918,356  
Covered loans
    106,144       135,412  
Premises and equipment, net
    18,184       18,480  
Non-covered foreclosed property
    15,201       20,349  
Covered foreclosed property
    5,218       14,616  
Goodwill
    60,720       60,720  
Other intangibles, net
    12,205       13,887  
FDIC shared-loss receivable
    50,471       68,083  
Cash surrender value of life insurance
    12,991       12,670  
Accrued interest receivable and other assets
    34,173       34,924  
                 
Total assets
  $ 1,990,804     $ 1,812,664  
                 
Non-interest checking
  $ 675,488     $ 482,156  
Interest checking
    112,895       107,077  
Money market and savings
    483,293       486,000  
Certificates of deposit, under $100,000
    62,176       74,861  
Certificates of deposit, $100,000 and over
    266,040       275,175  
Total deposits
    1,599,892       1,425,269  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase
    30,000       30,000  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances
    84,583       87,719  
Junior subordinated debentures
    26,805       26,805  
Deferred tax liabilities, net
    2,261       7,370  
FDIC shared-loss liability
    3,827       3,757  
Accrued interest payable and other liabilities
    6,873       8,637  
                 
Total liabilities
    1,754,241       1,589,557  
                 
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 12)
               
Perpetual preferred stock; authorized 2,500,000 shares
               
Series A - $0.01 par value, 1,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011
    1,000       1,000  
Series C - $0.01 par value, 25,000 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011
    25,000       25,000  
Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 100,000,000 shares; 29,266,050 shares issued at September 30, 2012 and 29,220,079 shares issued at December 31, 2011; 29,220,271 and 29,220,079 shares outstanding at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively
    292       292  
Additional paid-in capital
    174,796       173,062  
Treasury stock, 45,779 shares at cost at September 30, 2012 and no shares at December 31, 2011
    (255 )      
Retained earnings
    33,724       25,427  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)
    2,006       (1,674 )
                 
Total shareholders’ equity
    236,563       223,107  
                 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
  $ 1,990,804     $ 1,812,664  
 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
 
 
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FIRST CALIFORNIA FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)
 
   
Three Months Ended
September 30,
   
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
2012
   
2011
   
2012
   
2011
 
Interest and fees on loans
  $ 17,555     $ 16,896     $ 52,346     $ 49,264  
Interest on securities
    1,704       1,720       5,301       4,712  
Interest on federal funds sold and interest bearing deposits
    51       90       154       270  
Total interest income
    19,310       18,706       57,801       54,246  
Interest on deposits
    1,258       1,836       4,028       6,494  
Interest on borrowings
    887       916       2,739       2,853  
Interest on junior subordinated debentures
    159       336       628       1,001  
Total interest expense
    2,304       3,088       7,395       10,348  
Net interest income before provision for loan losses
    17,006       15,618       50,406       43,898  
Provision for non-covered loan losses
    500       1,550       1,500       4,550  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses
    16,506       14,068       48,906       39,348  
                                 
Service charges on deposit accounts
    735       878       2,335       2,633  
Gain on loan sales and commissions
    29             274        
Net gain on sale of securities
    510       209       1,104       699  
Impairment loss on securities
    (449 )           (477 )     (1,066 )
Loss on non-hedged derivatives
    (99 )     (24 )     (506 )     (24 )
(Amortization)accretion of FDIC shared-loss asset
    (135 )     48       131       143  
Gain on acquisitions
                      35,202  
Other income
    1,519       1,189       5,063       2,812  
Total noninterest income
    2,110       2,300       7,924       40,399  
                                 
Salaries and employee benefits
    6,592       6,675       21,254       19,315  
Premises and equipment
    1,629       1,567       4,845       4,708  
Data processing
    910       810       2,531       2,685  
Legal, audit, and other professional services
    1,905       1,071       4,480       4,299  
Printing, stationery and supplies
    63       79       229       288  
Telephone
    193       218       637       592  
Directors’ expense
    122       135       374       342  
Advertising, marketing and business development
    340       272       1,221       1,069  
Postage
    57       50       170       171  
Insurance and regulatory assessments
    553       364       1,633       1,777  
(Gain)loss on and expense of foreclosed property
    (701 )     (672 )     (108 )     5,066  
Amortization of intangible assets
    539       624       1,682       1,665  
Other expenses
    664       840       2,513       2,387  
Total noninterest expense
    12,866       12,033       41,461       44,364  
                                 
Income before provision for income taxes
    5,750       4,335       15,369       35,383  
Provision for income taxes
    2,286       1,819       6,135       14,862  
Net income
  $ 3,464     $ 2,516     $ 9,234     $ 20,521  
                                 
Preferred stock dividends
  $ (313 )   $ (1,616 )   $ (938 )   $ (2,241 )
Net income available to common stockholders
  $ 3,151     $ 900     $ 8,296     $ 18,280  
                                 
Net income per common share:
                               
Basic
  $ 0.11     $ 0.03     $ 0.28     $ 0.64  
Diluted
  $ 0.11     $ 0.03     $ 0.28     $ 0.64  
 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
 
 
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FIRST CALIFORNIA FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (unaudited)
 
   
Three months ended September 30,
   
Nine months ended September 30,
 
(dollars in thousands)
 
2012
   
2011
   
2012
   
2011
 
                         
Other comprehensive income:
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
                         
Unrealized loss on interest rate cap
  $ (26 )   $ (288 )   $ (140 )   $ (510 )
                                 
Unrealized gain on securities available-for-sale
    4,572       2,219       7,034       5,098  
                                 
Reclassification adjustment for net (gains) losses included in net income
    (61 )     (209 )     (627 )     367  
                                 
Other comprehensive income, before tax
    4,485       1,722       6,267       4,955  
                                 
Income tax expense related to items of other comprehensive income
    (2,570 )     (721 )     (2,587 )     (2,069 )
                                 
Other comprehensive income
    1,915       1,001       3,680       2,886  
                                 
Net income
    3,464       2,516       9,234       20,521  
                                 
Comprehensive income
  $ 5,379     $ 3,517     $ 12,914     $ 23,407  
 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
 
 
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FIRST CALIFORNIA FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)
 
   
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
(in thousands)
 
2012
   
2011
 
             
Net income
  $ 9,234     $ 20,521  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:
               
Provision for non-covered loan losses
    1,500       4,550  
Stock-based compensation costs
    1,530       832  
Gain on acquisition
          (35,202 )
Gain on sales of securities
    (1,104 )     (699 )
Gain on sales of loans
    (274 )      
Net loss on sale and valuation adjustments of non-covered foreclosed property
    1,753       4,371  
Net gain on sale and valuation adjustments of covered foreclosed property
    (2,126 )      
Impairment loss on securities
    477       1,066  
Amortization of net premiums on securities available-for-sale
    4,846       2,672  
Depreciation and amortization of premises and equipment
    1,598       1,526  
Amortization of intangible assets
    1,682       1,665  
Accretion of FDIC shared-loss asset
    (131 )     (143 )
Loss(gain) on disposal of premises and equipment
    40       (149 )
Increase in cash surrender value of life insurance
    (321 )     (330 )
Change in deferred taxes
    (5,109 )     2,298  
Increase in accrued interest receivable and other assets, net of effects of acquisition
    (20 )     (12,123 )
Decrease in accrued interest payable and other liabilities, net of effects of acquisition
    (1,695 )     (1,356 )
                 
Net cash provided (used) by operating activities
    11,880       (10,501 )
                 
Purchases of securities available-for-sale, net of effects from acquisition
    (348,380 )     (146,184 )
Proceeds from repayments and maturities of securities available-for-sale
    145,923       102,943  
Proceeds from sales of securities available-for-sale
    108,380       26,344  
Purchases of Federal Home Loan Bank and other stock
          (5 )
Net change in federal funds sold and interest bearing deposits, net of effects from acquisition
    (12,865 )     (3,664 )
Loan originations, purchases and principal collections, net of effects of acquisition
    (111,889 )     71,542  
Purchases of premises and equipment, net of effects of acquisition
    (1,487 )     (1,828 )
Proceeds from sale of premises and equipment
    6       1,267  
Proceeds from redemption of Federal Home Loan Bank and other stock
    748       1,459  
Net proceeds from FDIC shared-loss asset
    17,743       9,405  
Proceeds from sale of non-covered foreclosed property
    3,392       2,587  
Proceeds from sale of covered foreclosed property
    18,439       15,562  
Net cash acquired in acquisition
          122,119  
                 
Net cash (used) provided by investing activities
    (179,990 )     201,547  
                 
Net increase in noninterest-bearing deposits, net of effects of acquisition
    193,333       40,160  
Net decrease in interest-bearing deposits, net of effects of acquisition
    (18,709 )     (139,013 )
Net decrease in FHLB advances and other borrowings, net of effects of acquisition
    (3,136 )     (75,267 )
Dividends paid on preferred stock
    (938 )     (831 )
Purchases of treasury stock
    (255 )      
                 
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities
    170,295       (174,951 )
                 
Change in cash and due from banks
    2,185       16,095  
Cash and due from banks, beginning of period
    40,202       25,487  
                 
Cash and due from banks, end of period
  $ 42,387     $ 41,582  
                 
Supplemental cash flow information:
               
Cash paid for interest
  $ 7,499     $ 10,222  
Cash paid for income taxes
  $ 11,725     $ 7,520  
Supplemental disclosure of noncash items:
               
Net change in fair value of securities available-for-sale, net of tax
  $ 3,712     $ 3,575  
Net change in fair value of cash flow hedges, net of tax
  $ (32 )   $ (177 )
Non-covered loans transferred to non-covered foreclosed property
  $     $ 328  
Covered loans transferred to covered foreclosed property
  $ 6,721     $ 15,657  
Acquisitions:
               
Assets acquired
  $     $ 456,922  
Liabilities assumed
  $     $ 436,498  
 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
 
 
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NOTE 1 – NATURE OF OPERATIONS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
 
Organization and nature of operations – First California Financial Group, Inc., or First California, or the Company, is a bank holding company incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware and headquartered in Westlake Village, California. The principal asset of the Company is the capital stock of First California Bank, or the Bank. The Bank is a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Westlake Village, California, chartered under the laws of the State of California and subject to supervision by the California Department of Financial Institutions and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or the FDIC. The FDIC insures the Bank’s deposits up to the maximum legal limit.
 
On February 18, 2011, the Bank assumed certain liabilities and acquired certain assets and substantially all of the operations of San Luis Trust Bank, or SLTB, located in San Luis Obispo, California, from the FDIC. The Bank acquired, received and recognized certain assets with an estimated fair value of approximately $367 million, including $139 million of loans, $99 million of cash and federal funds sold, $70 million of a FDIC shared-loss asset, $41 million of securities, $13 million of foreclosed property and $5 million of other assets. Liabilities with an estimated fair value of approximately $346 million were also assumed and recognized, including $266 million of deposits, $62 million of Federal Home Loan Bank advances, $15 million in a deferred tax liability, $3 million of a FDIC shared-loss liability and $0.4 million of other liabilities. The Bank recorded a pre-tax bargain purchase gain of $36.5 million in connection with this transaction. This transaction increased the number of the Bank’s full-service branch locations to 19 and the Bank fully integrated the former SLTB branch location into its full-service branch network in June 2011.
 
On April 8, 2011, the Bank completed the acquisition of the Electronic Banking Solutions division of Palm Desert National Bank. The transaction included the division’s customer base, core deposits, and employees. The Electronic Payment Services Division, or the EPS division, its new name under the Bank, issues prepaid cards and sponsors merchant acquiring services for all national and regional networks, including Visa, MasterCard, and Discover throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories. The Bank acquired cash of $85.4 million, recognized intangible assets of $6.0 million, assumed $91 million of deposits and recognized a pre-tax bargain purchase gain of $0.5 million in connection with this transaction.
 
On February 28, 2012, the Bank entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger to acquire Premier Service Bank, a state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Riverside, California for $2.0 million. As part of the merger, the Bank will acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities and substantially all of the operations, including two full-service branches located in Riverside and Corona, California, of Premier Service Bank. The Bank will acquire approximately $140 million of assets, including $104 million of loans related to the transaction. The Bank will assume approximately $112 million of deposits related to the transaction. The transaction is pending the receipt of the required regulatory and shareholder approvals.
 
The Bank serves the comprehensive financial needs of businesses and consumers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties through 15 full-service branch locations.
 
Consolidation – The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, the accounts of the Company, the Bank, Wendy Road Office Development LLC, a subsidiary of the Bank which manages and disposes of real estate, and SC Financial, an inactive subsidiary of First California. The Company does not consolidate the accounts of FCB Statutory Trust I and First California Statutory Trust I, or the Trusts, in the consolidated financial statements. The Company does include, however, the junior subordinated debentures issued by the Company to the Trusts on the consolidated balance sheets. Results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 include the effects of the FDIC-assisted SLTB transaction and the EPS division acquisition from the date of the acquisitions. All material intercompany transactions have been eliminated.
 
Basis of presentation – The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q as promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnote disclosures normally required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. In our opinion, all normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair presentation are reflected in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. Operating results for the period ended September 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that may be expected for any other interim period or for the year ending December 31, 2012. In preparing these financial statements, the Company has evaluated events and transactions subsequent to September 30, 2012 for potential recognition or disclosure. The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
Reclassifications – Certain reclassifications have been made to the 2011 consolidated financial statements to conform to the current year presentation. The effects of reclassification adjustments had no effect upon previously reported net income or net income per common share calculations.
 
 
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Management’s estimates and assumptions – The preparation of the consolidated financial statements, in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles, requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial statements and the reported revenues and expenses for the reporting periods. Actual results could differ significantly from those estimates. Significant estimations made by management primarily involve the calculation of the allowance for loan losses, the carrying amount of deferred tax assets, the carrying amount of covered loans, the carrying amount of foreclosed property, the carrying amount of the FDIC shared-loss receivable and liability, the assessments for impairment related to goodwill and securities, the estimated fair value of financial instruments and the effectiveness of derivative instruments in offsetting changes in fair value or cash flows of hedged items.
 
Allowance for loan losses – The allowance for loan losses is established through a provision charged to expense. Loans are charged against the allowance when management believes that the collectability of principal is unlikely. The allowance is an amount that management believes will be adequate to absorb estimated probable losses on existing loans that may become uncollectable, based on evaluations of the collectability of loans and prior loan loss experience. The evaluation includes an assessment of the following factors: any external loan review and any regulatory examination, estimated probable loss exposure on each pool of loans, concentrations of credit, value of collateral, the level of delinquent and nonaccrual loans, trends in the portfolio volume, effects of any changes in the lending policies and procedures, changes in lending personnel, present economic conditions at the local, state and national levels, the amount of undisbursed off-balance sheet commitments, and a migration analysis of historical losses and recoveries for the prior twenty-two quarters. Individual loans are also evaluated for impairment and if a portion of a loan is impaired, the impaired amount is charged-off or a specific reserve is allocated for that loan. Various regulatory agencies, as a regular part of their examination process, periodically review the Company’s allowance for loan losses. Such agencies may require the Company to recognize additions to the allowance based on their judgment of information available to them at the time of their examinations. The allowance for loan losses was $18.2 million at September 30, 2012 and $17.8 million at December 31, 2011.
 
Non-covered foreclosed property - We acquire, through foreclosure or through full or partial satisfaction of a loan, real or personal property. At the time of foreclosure, the Company obtains an appraisal of the property and records the property at its estimated fair value less costs to sell. We charge the allowance for loan losses for the loan amount in excess of the fair value of the foreclosed property received; we credit recoveries, up to the amount of previous charge-offs, if any, and then earnings for the fair value amount of the foreclosed property in excess of the loan due. Subsequent to foreclosure, the Company periodically assesses our disposition efforts and the estimated fair value of the foreclosed property. The Company establishes a valuation allowance through a charge to earnings for estimated declines in fair value subsequent to foreclosure. Operating income and operating expense related to foreclosed property is included in earnings as are any ultimate gains or losses on the sale of the foreclosed property. Our recognition of gain is however dependent on the buyer’s initial investment in the purchase of foreclosed property meeting certain criteria. The estimated fair value of non-covered foreclosed property was $15.2 million at September 30, 2012 and $20.3 million at December 31, 2011.
 
Covered foreclosed property - All foreclosed property acquired in FDIC-assisted acquisitions that are subject to a FDIC shared-loss agreement are referred to as “covered foreclosed property” and reported separately in our consolidated balance sheets. Covered foreclosed property is reported exclusive of expected reimbursement cash flows from the FDIC. Foreclosed covered loan collateral is transferred into covered foreclosed property at the collateral’s net realizable value, less estimated selling costs.
 
Covered foreclosed property was initially recorded at its estimated fair value on the acquisition date based on similar market comparable valuations less estimated selling costs. Any subsequent valuation adjustments due to declines in fair value will be charged to non-interest expense, and will be mostly offset by non-interest income representing the corresponding increase to the FDIC shared-loss asset for the offsetting loss reimbursement amount. Any recoveries of previous valuation adjustments will be credited to non-interest expense with a corresponding charge to non-interest income for the portion of the recovery that is due to the FDIC. The estimated fair value of covered foreclosed property was $5.2 million at September 30, 2012 and $14.6 million at December 31, 2011.
 
Deferred income taxes – The Company recognizes deferred tax assets subject to our judgment that realization of such assets are more-likely-than-not. A valuation allowance is established when the Company determines that the realization of income tax benefits may not occur in future years. There was no valuation allowance at September 30, 2012 or December 31, 2011. There were net deferred tax liabilities of $2.3 million at September 30, 2012 and $7.4 million at December 31, 2011.
 
 
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FDIC shared-loss asset – The FDIC shared-loss asset is initially recorded at fair value, based on the discounted value of expected future cash flows under the shared-loss agreements. The difference between the present value and the undiscounted cash flows the Company expects to collect from the FDIC will be accreted or amortized into non-interest income over the life of the FDIC shared-loss asset. Subsequent to initial recognition, the FDIC shared-loss asset is reviewed quarterly and adjusted for any changes in expected cash flows based on recent performance and expectations for future performance of the covered portfolio. These adjustments are measured on the same basis as the related covered loans, at a pool level, and covered foreclosed property. Generally, any increases in cash flow of the covered assets over those previously expected will result in prospective increases in the loan pool yield and amortization of the FDIC shared-loss asset. Any decreases in cash flow of the covered assets under those previously expected will trigger impairments on the underlying loan pools and will result in a corresponding gain on the FDIC shared-loss asset. Increases and decreases to the FDIC shared-loss asset are recorded as adjustments to non-interest income.
 
FDIC shared-loss liability – Forty-five days following the tenth anniversary of the Western Commercial Bank, or WCB, and SLTB acquisition dates, the Company will be required to perform a calculation and determine if a payment to the FDIC is necessary. The payment amount will be 50 percent of the excess, if any, of (i) 20 percent of the intrinsic loss estimate minus (ii) the sum of (a) 20 percent of the net loss amount, plus (b) 25 percent of the asset discount bid, plus (c) 3.5 percent of total loss share assets at acquisition. The Company’s estimate for the present value of this liability was $3.8 million at both September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011.
 
Derivative instruments and hedging – For derivative instruments designated in cash flow hedging relationships, we assess the effectiveness of the instruments in offsetting changes in the overall cash flows of designated hedged transactions on a quarterly basis. The Company recognizes the unrealized gains or losses of derivative instruments directly in current period earnings to the extent these instruments are not effective. At September 30, 2012, the Company had $37.1 million notional interest rate caps to limit the variable interest rate payments on our $26.8 million junior subordinated debentures. Our 2012 third quarter effectiveness assessment indicated that these instruments were effective.
 
At September 30, 2012, the Bank had $240 million notional interest rate caps that do not meet the criteria for hedge accounting to manage the interest rate risk associated with its fixed rate securities and loans. The Company may enter into derivative contracts that are intended to economically hedge certain of its risks, even though hedge accounting does not apply or the Company elects not to apply hedge accounting. Derivatives not designated as hedges are marked-to-market each period through earnings.
 
Assessments of impairment – Goodwill is assessed for impairment on an annual basis or at interim periods if an event occurs or circumstances change which may indicate a change in the implied fair value of the goodwill. The implied fair value of goodwill is estimated by comparing the estimated fair value of the Company to the estimated fair value of the Company’s individual assets, liabilities, and identifiable intangible assets. Impairment exists when the carrying amount of goodwill exceeds this implied fair value.
 
First California uses independent data where possible in determining the fair value of the Company and in determining appropriate market factors used in the fair value calculations. At December 31, 2011, the annual assessment resulted in the conclusion that goodwill was not impaired. No events occurred or circumstances changed since December 31, 2011 which indicated there was a material change in the implied fair value of goodwill.
 
An impairment assessment is performed quarterly on the securities available-for-sale portfolio in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, accounting standards codification guidance related to the consideration of impairment related to certain debt and equity securities. All of the securities classified as available-for-sale are debt securities.
 
If the Company does not intend to sell, and it is more likely than not that the Company is not required to sell a debt security before recovery of its cost basis, other-than-temporary impairment is separated into (a) the amount representing credit loss and (b) the amount related to other factors. The amount of the other-than-temporary impairment related to credit loss is recognized in earnings and other-than-temporary impairment related to other factors is recognized in other comprehensive income (loss). Other-than-temporary declines in fair value are assessed based on the duration the security has been in a continuous unrealized loss position, the severity of the decline in value, the rating of the security, the long-term financial outlook of the issuer, the expected future cash flows from the security and the Company’s ability and intent to hold the security until the fair value recovers. Please see the “Securities” section of Management’s Discussion and Analysis in this document for a detailed explanation of the impairment analysis process. The Company will continue to evaluate the securities portfolio for other-than-temporary impairment at each reporting date and can provide no assurance there will not be an other-than-temporary impairment in future periods.
 
For the three months ended September 30, 2012, we recognized an other-than-temporary impairment loss of $449,000 on a private-label CMO security which was sold in the third quarter. There was no other-than-temporary impairment loss for the three months ended September 30, 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, we recognized impairment losses of $477,000 - an other-than-temporary impairment loss on a private-label CMO security of
 
 
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$449,000 and a permanent impairment loss of $28,000 on a $1.0 million community development-related equity investment. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, we recognized an other-than-temporary impairment loss of $1.1 million related to two private-label CMO securities.
 
NOTE 2 – RECENTLY ISSUED AND ADOPTED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS
 
In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-04, Fair Value Measurements (Topic 820): Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRSs. ASU 2011-04 was issued concurrently with IFRS 13, Fair Value Measurements, to provide mainly identical guidance about fair value measurement and disclosure requirements. For U.S. GAAP, most of the changes are clarifications of existing guidance or wording changes to align with IFRS 13. ASU 2011-04 is effective during interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011. Early adoption is not permitted. The adoption of this ASU did not have a material effect on our consolidated financial statements.
 
In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-05, Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income. ASU 2011-05 will require companies to present the components of net income and other comprehensive income either as one continuous statement or as two consecutive statements. This standard eliminates the option to present components of comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity. This standard does not change the items which must be reported in other comprehensive income, how such items are measured, or when they must be reclassified to net income. This standard is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011. Early adoption is permitted. A portion of this ASU was deferred with the issuance of ASU 2011-12 discussed below.
 
In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-08, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other – Testing Goodwill for Impairment. ASU 2011-08 provides guidance on the application of a qualitative assessment of impairment indicators in the review of goodwill impairment. The ASU provides that in the event that the qualitative review indicates that it is more likely than not that no impairment has occurred, the Company would not be required to perform a quantitative review. The provisions of ASU 2011-08 will be effective for years beginning after December 15, 2011 for both public and nonpublic entities, although earlier adoption is allowed. The adoption of this standard did not have a significant impact on our consolidated financial statements.
 
In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-11, Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities. ASU 2011-11 provides convergence to International Financial Reporting Standards, or IFRS, to provide common disclosure requirements for the offsetting of financial instruments. Existing GAAP guidance allowing balance sheet offsetting, including industry-specific guidance, remains unchanged. The new guidance is effective on a retrospective basis, including all prior periods presented, for interim and annual periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013. The Company does not expect that adoption of this standard will have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-12, Deferral of the Effective Date for Amendments to the Presentation of Reclassifications of Items Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income in Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05. ASU 2011-12 defers the requirements of ASU 2011-05 to display reclassification adjustments for each component of other comprehensive income in both net income and other comprehensive income and to present the components of other comprehensive income in interim financial statements. During 2012, the FASB will reconsider the reclassification requirements and the timing of their implementation. Management is currently evaluating the impact both of these ASU’s will have on the disclosures in the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
In July 2012, the FASB issued ASU 2012-02, Intangibles – Goodwill and Other. ASU 2012-02 provides guidance on the application of a qualitative assessment of impairment indicators in the review of impairment of indefinite-lived intangible assets. The ASU provides that in the event that the qualitative review indicates that it is more likely than not that no impairment has occurred, the Company would not be required to perform a quantitative review. The provisions of ASU 2012-02 will be effective for interim and annual impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after September 15, 2012 for both public and nonpublic entities, although earlier adoption is permitted. The adoption of this standard is not expected to have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.
 
In October 2012, the FASB issued ASU 2012-06, Business Combinations – Subsequent Accounting for an Indemnification Asset Recognized at the Acquisition Date as a Result of a Government-Assisted Acquisition of a Financial Institution. ASU 2012-06 requires that when a reporting entity recognizes an indemnification asset as a result of a government-assisted acquisition of a financial institution and subsequently a change in the cash flows expected to be collected on the indemnification asset occurs, the reporting entity should subsequently account for the change in the measurement of the indemnification asset on the same basis as the change in the assets subject to indemnification. This standard is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning on or after December 15, 2012. Early adoption is permitted. The amendments should be applied prospectively to any new indemnification assets acquired after the date of adoption and to indemnification assets existing as of the date of adoption arising from a government-assisted
 
 
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acquisition of a financial institution. Certain transition disclosures are required. The adoption of ASU 2012-06 is not expected to have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.
 
NOTE 3 – ACQUISITION
 
On April 8, 2011, or the EPS Transaction Date, the Bank completed the acquisition of the Electronic Banking Solutions division of Palm Desert National Bank. The transaction included the division’s customer base, core deposits, and employees. The Bank paid cash consideration of $5.5 million to purchase the EPS division. The Bank acquired cash of $85.4 million, recognized intangible assets of $6.0 million, assumed $91 million of deposits and recognized a pre-tax bargain purchase gain of $0.5 million in connection with this transaction. The Bank desired this transaction to expand its product and service offerings and diversify its sources of revenue.
 
Under the acquisition method of accounting, the Bank recorded the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values as of the EPS Transaction Date. Results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2011 included the effects of the EPS acquisition from the EPS Transaction Date.
 
The following table summarizes the estimated fair values of the assets acquired, received and recognized and the liabilities assumed and recognized as of the EPS Transaction Date.
 
   
(Dollars in thousands)
 
Assets Acquired:
       
Cash
 
$
85,389
 
Intangible assets
   
6,005
 
Other assets
   
89
 
Total assets acquired
 
$
91,483
 
         
Liabilities Assumed:
       
Deposits
 
$
91,018
 
Deferred taxes
   
195
 
Total liabilities assumed
   
91,213
 
Net assets acquired (after-tax bargain purchase gain)
   
270
 
         
Total liabilities and net assets acquired
 
$
91,483
 
 
The Bank based the allocation of the purchase price above on the fair values of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed. The net gain represents the excess of the estimated fair value of the assets acquired over the estimated fair value of the liabilities assumed. The gain was recognized as non-interest income in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. Non-interest expense for the second quarter of 2011 included integration and conversion expenses related to the EPS division acquisition of approximately $350,000. The “Salaries and employee benefits”, “Data processing” and “Legal, audit, and other professional services” categories were affected on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.
 
On February 18, 2011, or the SLTB Transaction Date, the Bank assumed certain liabilities and acquired certain assets and substantially all of the operations of SLTB from the FDIC, acting in its capacity as receiver of SLTB, pursuant to the terms of a purchase and assumption agreement entered into by the Bank and the FDIC, or the Purchase Agreement. The Bank acquired, received, and recognized certain assets with a fair value of approximately $367 million, including $139 million in loans, $99 million of cash and cash equivalents, $41 million of securities and $13 million of foreclosed property related to the transaction. These acquired assets represented approximately 20 percent of consolidated total assets at March 31, 2011. The Bank also assumed approximately $266 million of deposits and $62 million of FHLB advances related to the transaction. The Bank also recorded an FDIC shared-loss asset of $70 million, a core deposit intangible of $0.3 million, deferred tax liabilities of $15 million, a FDIC shared-loss liability of $2.6 million and a premium on time deposits acquired of $0.8 million related to the transaction. The Bank continues to operate the one former SLTB branch location as part of the Bank’s 15 branch locations. The Bank desired this transaction to expand its footprint into the California central coast region.
 
As part of the Purchase Agreement, the Bank and the FDIC entered into shared-loss agreements, whereby the FDIC will cover a substantial portion of any future losses on loans (and related unfunded loan commitments), foreclosed property and accrued interest on loans for up to 90 days. We refer to the acquired assets subject to the shared-loss agreements collectively as covered assets. Under the terms of the shared-loss agreements, the FDIC will absorb 80 percent of losses and share in 80 percent of loss recoveries. The shared-loss agreements for commercial and residential mortgage loans are in effect for 5 years and 10 years, respectively, from the SLTB Transaction Date and the loss recovery provisions are in effect for 8 years and 10 years, respectively, from the SLTB Transaction Date.
 
In March 2021, approximately ten years following the SLTB Transaction Date, the Bank is required to perform a calculation and determine if a payment to the FDIC is necessary. The payment amount will be 50 percent of the excess, if
 
 
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any, of (i) 20 percent of the intrinsic loss estimate ($99.0 million) minus (ii) the sum of (a) 20 percent of the net loss amount, plus (b) 25 percent of the asset discount bid ($58.0 million), plus (c) 3.5 percent of total loss share assets at acquisition. At the SLTB Transaction Date, the Bank estimated a liability, on a present value basis, of $2.6 million under this provision.
 
Under the acquisition method of accounting, the Bank recorded the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values as of the SLTB Transaction Date. Results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2011 included the effects of the SLTB acquisition from the SLTB Transaction Date.
 
The following table summarizes the estimated fair values of the assets acquired, received and recognized and the liabilities assumed and recognized as of the SLTB Transaction Date.
 
   
(Dollars in thousands)
 
Assets Acquired:
       
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
98,820
 
Securities
   
40,972
 
Covered loans
   
138,792
 
Covered foreclosed property
   
12,772
 
FDIC shared-loss asset
   
70,293
 
Other assets
   
5,510
 
Total assets acquired
 
$
367,159
 
         
Liabilities Assumed:
       
Deposits
 
$
266,149
 
FHLB advances
   
61,541
 
FDIC shared-loss liability
   
2,564
 
Deferred taxes
   
15,316
 
Other liabilities
   
437
 
Total liabilities assumed
   
346,007
 
Net assets acquired (after-tax bargain purchase gain)
   
21,152
 
         
Total liabilities and net assets acquired
 
$
367,159
 
 
The Bank based the allocation of the purchase price above on the fair values of the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed. The net gain represents the excess of the estimated fair value of the assets acquired over the estimated fair value of the liabilities assumed and is influenced significantly by the FDIC-assisted transaction process. Under the FDIC-assisted transaction process, only certain assets and liabilities are transferred to the acquirer and, depending on the nature and amount of the acquirer’s bid, the FDIC may be required to make a cash payment to the acquirer. The Bank received a cash payment from the FDIC for $34.4 million. The book value of net assets transferred to the Bank was $23.6 million (i.e., the cost basis). The pre-tax gain of $36.5 million or the after-tax gain of $21.1 million recognized by the Company is considered a bargain purchase transaction under ASC 805 “Business Combinations” since the total acquisition-date fair value of the identifiable net assets acquired exceeded the fair value of the consideration transferred. The gain was recognized as non-interest income in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. Non-interest expense for the first quarter of 2011 included integration and conversion expenses related to the SLTB acquisition of approximately $515,000. The “Salaries and employee benefits”, “Data processing” and “Legal, audit, and other professional services” categories were affected on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.
 
In August 2011, the Bank exercised its option to purchase at fair value approximately $100,000 of furniture, fixtures and equipment related to the one SLTB branch location from the FDIC. The Bank also negotiated and executed a new five-year lease approximating current market rent for the one branch location.
 
The acquisition of assets and liabilities of SLTB were significant at a level to require disclosure of one year of historical financial information and related pro forma disclosure. However, given the pervasive nature of the shared-loss agreements entered into with the FDIC, the historical information of SLTB are much less relevant for purposes of assessing the future operations of the combined entity. In addition, prior to closure, SLTB had not completed an audit of their financial statements, and the Company determined that audited financial statements are not and will not be reasonably available for the year ended December 31, 2010. Given these considerations, the Company requested, and received, relief from the Securities and Exchange Commission from submitting certain historical and pro forma financial information of SLTB.
 
 
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NOTE 4 – SECURITIES
 
Securities have been classified in the consolidated balance sheets according to management’s intent and ability as available-for-sale. The amortized cost, gross unrealized gains, gross unrealized losses and estimated fair values of securities available-for-sale at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 are summarized as follows:
 
   
September 30, 2012
 
   
Amortized
Cost
   
Gross
Unrealized
Gains
   
Gross
Unrealized
Losses
   
Estimated
Fair
Value
 
   
(in thousands)
 
U.S. Treasury notes/bills
  $ 19,037     $ 2     $     $ 19,039  
U.S. government agency notes
    45,530       169       (30 )     45,669  
U.S. government agency mortgage-backed securities
    226,915       4,921             231,836  
U.S. government agency collateralized mortgage obligations
    206,830       682       (815 )     206,697  
Private label collateralized mortgage obligations
    5,763             (638 )     5,125  
Municipal securities
    36,820       1,621       (113 )     38,328  
Other domestic debt securities
    4,574             (1,895 )     2,679  
                                 
Securities available-for-sale
  $ 545,469     $ 7,395     $ (3,491 )   $ 549,373  

   
December 31, 2011
 
   
Amortized
Cost
   
Gross
Unrealized
Gains
   
Gross
Unrealized
Losses
   
Estimated
Fair
Value
 
   
(in thousands)
 
U.S. Treasury notes/bills
  $ 45,151     $ 14     $ (4 )   $ 45,161  
U.S. government agency notes
    59,212       257       (23 )     59,446  
U.S. government agency mortgage-backed securities
    132,141       1,616       (82 )     133,675  
U.S. government agency collateralized mortgage obligations
    168,158       384       (368 )     168,174  
Private label collateralized mortgage obligations
    15,853             (2,811 )     13,042  
Municipal securities
    28,572       813       (60 )     29,325  
Other domestic debt securities
    7,151             (2,239 )     4,912  
                                 
Securities available-for-sale
  $ 456,238     $ 3,084     $ (5,587 )   $ 453,735  
 
As of September 30, 2012, securities available-for-sale with a fair value of $48.6 million were pledged as collateral for borrowings, public deposits and other purposes as required by various statutes and agreements.
 
The following table shows the gross unrealized losses and amortized cost of the Company’s securities aggregated by investment category and length of time that individual securities have been in a continuous unrealized loss position at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011.
 
 
At September 30, 2012
 
 
Less Than 12 Months
 
Greater Than 12 Months
 
Total
 
 
Amortized
Cost
 
Unrealized
Losses
 
Amortized
Cost
 
Unrealized
Losses
 
Amortized
Cost
 
Unrealized
Losses
 
 
(in thousands)
 
U.S. government agency notes
  $ 3,999     $ (30 )   $     $     $ 3,999     $ (30 )
U.S. government agency collateralized mortgage obligations
    120,020       (764 )     7,175       (51 )     127,195       (815 )
Private-label collateralized mortgage obligations
                5,763       (638 )     5,763       (638 )
Municipal securities
    7,525       (113 )                 7,525       (113 )
Other domestic debt securities
                4,574       (1,895 )     4,574       (1,895 )
    $ 131,544     $ (907 )   $ 17,512     $ (2,584 )   $ 149,056     $ (3,491 )
 
 
 
 
 
 
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At December 31, 2011
 
   
Less Than 12 Months
   
Greater Than 12 Months
   
Total
 
   
Amortized
Cost
   
Unrealized
Losses
   
Amortized
Cost
   
Unrealized
Losses
   
Amortized
Cost
   
Unrealized
Losses
 
   
(in thousands)
 
U.S. Treasury notes/bills
  $ 10,029     $ (4 )   $     $     $ 10,029     $ (4 )
U.S. government agency notes
    10,000       (23 )                 10,000       (23 )
U.S. government agency mortgage-backed securities
    40,889       (82 )                 40,889       (82 )
U.S. government agency collateralized mortgage obligations
    99,894       (368 )                 99,894       (368 )
Private-label collateralized mortgage obligations
                15,853       (2,811 )     15,853       (2,811 )
Municipal securities
    4,039       (60 )                 4,039       (60 )
Other domestic debt securities
                7,151       (2,239 )     7,151       (2,239 )
    $ 164,851     $ (537 )   $ 23,004     $ (5,050 )   $ 187,855     $ (5,587 )
 
Net unrealized holding gains were $3.9 million at September 30, 2012 and net unrealized holding losses were $2.5 million at December 31, 2011. As a percentage of securities, at amortized cost, net unrealized holding gains were 0.72 percent and net unrealized holding losses were 0.55 percent at the end of each respective period. Securities are comprised largely of U.S. Treasury bills and notes, and U.S. government agency notes, mortgage-backed securities and collateralized mortgage obligations. On a quarterly basis, we evaluate our individual available-for-sale securities in an unrealized loss position for other-than-temporary impairment. As part of this evaluation, we consider whether we intend to sell each security and whether it is more-likely-than-not that we will be required to sell the security before the anticipated recovery of the security’s amortized cost basis. Should a security meet either of these conditions, we recognize an impairment charge to earnings equal to the entire difference between the security’s amortized cost basis and its fair value at the balance sheet date. For securities in an unrealized loss position that meet neither of these conditions, we consider whether we expect to recover the entire amortized cost basis of the security by comparing our best estimate, on a present value basis, of the expected future cash flows from the security with the amortized cost basis of the security. If our best estimate of expected future cash flows is less than the amortized cost basis of the security, we recognize an impairment charge to earnings for this estimated credit loss.
 
The Company will continue to evaluate the securities portfolio for other-than-temporary impairment at each reporting date and can provide no assurance there will not be further other-than-temporary impairments in future periods.
 
The following table presents the other-than-temporary impairment activity related to credit loss, which is recognized in earnings, and the other-than-temporary impairment activity related to all other factors, which are recognized in other comprehensive income.
 
   
Three Months Ended
September 30,
   
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2012
   
2011
 
    (in thousands)  
                         
Beginning balance
  $ 3,008     $ 3,322     $ 3,643     $ 2,256  
Reduction for securities sold
    (1,061 )           (1,724 )      
Additional increases to the amount related to the credit loss for which an other-than-temporary impairment was previously recognized
    449             477       1,066  
Ending balance
  $ 2,396     $ 3,322     $ 2,396     $ 3,322  
 
The Company owns one pooled trust preferred security, rated triple-A at purchase, with an amortized cost basis of $4.6 million and an unrealized loss of $1.9 million at September 30, 2012. The gross unrealized loss is mainly due to extraordinarily high investor yield requirements resulting from an illiquid market, causing this security to be valued at a discount to its acquisition cost. One credit rating agency has recently upgraded the security to investment grade. The senior tranche owned by the Company has a collateral balance well in excess of the amortized cost basis of the tranche at September 30, 2012. Eighteen of the fifty-six issuers in the security have deferred or defaulted on their interest payments as
 
 
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of September 30, 2012. The Company’s analysis determined that approximately half of the issuers would need to default on their interest payments before the senior tranche owned by the Company would be at risk of loss. As the Company’s estimated present value of expected cash flows to be collected is in excess of the amortized cost basis, the Company considers the gross unrealized loss on this security to be temporary.
 
The Company owns one mortgage-backed security also known as a private-label CMO. As of September 30, 2012, the par value of this security was $6.7 million and the amortized cost basis, net of other-than-temporary impairment charges, was $5.8 million. At September 30, 2012, the fair value of this security was $5.1 million, representing 1 percent of our securities portfolio. Gross unrealized losses related to this private-label CMO was $0.6 million, or 11 percent of the amortized cost basis of this security as of September 30, 2012.
 
The gross unrealized losses associated with this security were primarily due to extraordinarily high investor yield requirements resulting from an extremely illiquid market, significant uncertainty about the future condition of the mortgage market and the economy, and continued deterioration in the credit performance of loan collateral underlying these securities, causing these securities to be valued at significant discounts to their acquisition cost. This private-label CMO had credit agency ratings of less than investment grade at September 30, 2012. We performed a discounted cash flow analysis for this security using the current month, last three month and last twelve month historical prepayment speed, the cumulative default rate and the loss severity rate to determine if there was other-than-temporary impairment as of September 30, 2012. Based upon this analysis, we determined that there was no further other-than-temporary impairment than what had been previously recognized. We had previously recognized an other-than-temporary loss of $1.0 million on this security in prior periods. We do not intend to sell these securities and we do not believe it likely that we will be required to sell these securities before the anticipated recovery of the remaining amortized cost basis. If current conditions in the mortgage markets and general business conditions continue to deteriorate, the fair value of our private-label CMO may decline further and we may experience further impairment losses. For the three months ended September 30, 2012, we recognized an other-than-temporary impairment loss of $449,000 on a private-label CMO security which was sold in the third quarter. There was no other-than-temporary impairment loss for the three months ended September 30, 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, we recognized impairment losses of $477,000 - an other-than-temporary impairment loss on a private-label CMO security of $449,000 and a permanent impairment loss of $28,000 on a $1.0 million community development-related equity investment. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, we recognized a credit loss of $1.1 million related to two private-label CMO securities.
 
The amortized cost and estimated fair value of securities by contractual maturities are shown below. Expected maturities will differ from contractual maturities because borrowers may have the right to call or prepay obligations with or without call or prepayment penalties.
 
    At September 30, 2012  
   
Amortized
Cost
 
Fair
Value
 
 
(in thousands)
 
Due in one year or less
  $ 19,037     $ 19,039  
Due after one year through five years
    45,530       45,669  
Due after five years through ten years
    152,115       155,030  
Due after ten years
    328,787       329,635  
Total
  $ 545,469     $ 549,373  
 
NOTE 5 – NON-COVERED LOANS AND ALLOWANCE FOR NON-COVERED LOAN LOSSES
 
The loans not acquired in the SLTB and WCB acquisitions and which are not covered by the related shared-loss agreements with the FDIC are referred to as non-covered loans. The non-covered loan portfolio by type consists of the following:
 
(in thousands)
 
At
September 30,
2012
   
At
December 31,
2011
 
Commercial mortgage
  $ 453,137     $ 393,376  
Multifamily
    214,962       187,333  
Commercial loans and lines
    168,513       180,421  
Home mortgage
    152,710       106,350  
Home equity loans and lines of credit
    42,483       28,645  
Construction and land
    33,021       35,082  
Installment and credit card
    3,055       4,896  
Total loans
    1,067,881       936,103  
Allowance for loan losses
    (18,239 )     (17,747 )
Loans, net
  $ 1,049,642     $ 918,356  
 
 
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At September 30, 2012, loans with a balance of $803.6 million were pledged as security for Federal Home Loan Bank, or FHLB, advances. Loan balances include net deferred loan costs of $6.6 million and $3.4 million at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
 
Most of the Company’s lending activity is with customers located in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and San Luis Obispo Counties and most loans are secured by or dependent on real estate. Although the Company has no significant exposure to any individual customer, economic conditions, particularly the recent sustained decline in real estate values in Southern California, could adversely affect customers and their ability to satisfy their obligations under their loan agreements.
 
Changes in the allowance for non-covered loan losses were as follows:

 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
                 
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
 
(Dollars in thousands)
 
                         
Beginning balance
  $ 18,344     $ 18,306     $ 17,747     $ 17,033  
Provision for loan losses
    500       1,550       1,500       4,550  
Loans charged-off
    (643 )     (2,292 )     (1,269 )     (4,319 )
Recoveries on loans charged-off
    38       214       261       514  
Ending balance
  $ 18,239     $ 17,778     $ 18,239     $ 17,778  
 
The following table details activity in the allowance for non-covered loan losses by portfolio segment for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Allocation of a portion of the allowance to one segment of the loan portfolio does not preclude its availability to absorb losses in other segments.

(in thousands)
 
Commercial
Mortgage
   
Commercial
   
Multifamily
   
Construction
and Land
   
Home
Mortgage
   
Home
Equity
   
Installment
   
Total
 
Allowance for credit losses:
                                       
Beginning balance
  $ 5,441     $ 7,116     $ 2,933     $ 458     $ 1,861     $ 418     $ 117     $ 18,344  
Charge-offs
          (253 )     (160 )           (71 )           (159 )     (643 )
Recoveries
          32                               6       38  
Provision
    297       (263 )     191       35       87       83       70       500  
Ending balance
  $ 5,738     $ 6,632     $ 2,964     $ 493     $ 1,877     $ 501     $ 34     $ 18,239  
                                                                 
Ending balance; individually evaluated for impairment
  $ 61     $ 4,945     $ 139     $ 10     $ 198     $     $     $ 5,353  
Ending balance; collectively evaluated for impairment
    5,677       1,687       2,825       483       1,679       501       34       12,886  
Ending balance
  $ 5,738     $ 6,632     $ 2,964     $ 493     $ 1,877     $ 501     $ 34     $ 18,239  
                                                                 
Non-covered loan balances:
                                                     
Ending balance
  $ 453,137     $ 168,513     $ 214,962     $ 33,021     $ 152,710     $ 42,483     $ 3,055     $ 1,067,881  
                                                                 
Ending balance; individually evaluated for impairment
  $ 671     $ 19,129     $ 2,014     $ 194     $ 1,526     $     $ 29     $ 23,563  
Ending balance; collectively evaluated for impairment
  $ 452,466     $ 149,384     $ 212,948     $ 32,827     $ 151,184     $ 42,483     $ 3,026     $ 1,044,318  
 
 
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The following table details activity in the allowance for non-covered loan losses by portfolio segment for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Allocation of a portion of the allowance to one segment of the loan portfolio does not preclude its availability to absorb losses in other segments. At September 30, 2011, none of the allowance was associated with covered loans.
 
(in thousands)
 
Commercial Mortgage
   
Commercial
   
Multifamily
   
Construction and Land
   
Home Mortgage
   
Home Equity
   
Installment
   
Total
 
                                                 
Allowance for credit losses:
                                           
Beginning balance
  $ 7,019     $ 5,469     $ 2,556     $ 874     $ 1,851     $ 426     $ 111     $ 18,306  
Charge-offs
          (2,237 )           (7 )     (3 )     (37 )     (8 )     (2,292 )
Recoveries
          204             5       5                   214  
Provision
    (878 )     2,689       (70 )     138       (276 )     (31 )     (22 )     1,550  
Ending balance
  $ 6,141     $ 6,125     $ 2,486     $ 1,010     $ 1,577     $ 358     $ 81     $ 17,778  
                                                                 
Ending balance; individually evaluated for impairment
  $     $ 2,757     $     $ 45     $     $     $ 2     $ 2,804  
                                                                 
Ending balance; collectively evaluated for impairment
    1,141       3,368       2,486       965       1,577       358       79       14,974  
                                                                 
Ending balance
  $ 6,141     $ 6,125     $ 2,486     $ 1,010     $ 1,577     $ 358     $ 81     $ 17,778  
                                                                 
Non-covered loan balances: