Riverview to report 3rd-quarter loss

Loss of $4.5 million to $5.6 million due largely to loan loss reserve hike

By Gordon Oliver, Columbian business editor

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Vancouver’s Riverview Bancorp, parent of Riverview Community Bank, said Friday it expects to report a loss of $4.5 million to $5.6 million in its fiscal third quarter, largely due to its decision to increase its loan loss reserve from $2.2 million to as much as $8 million.

In a news release, Riverview said its loan loss provision increase is primarily due to lower-than-expected real estate appraisals it received on five loans categorized as impaired. Riverview said it will record $5.7 million in reduced value on these five loans.

With the increase, the loan loss reserve will represent between 2.17 percent and 2.27 percent of total loans. Riverview also expects to record write-downs of approximately $2.5 million on bank-owned real estate properties for the quarter, which ended Dec. 31. These write-downs were primarily the result of a recent appraisal on one bank-owned property and a pending sale on a second property, it said.

“Recognizing the valuation declines and bolstering our loan loss reserves will help position Riverview for recovery and financial growth over the long term,” said Pat Sheaffer, chairman and CEO. “We continue to have success in our core operations with strong deposit flows, a solid net interest margin, and a growing customer base.”

Ron Wysaske, bank president and chief operations officer, said the results reflect continuing challenges in real estate markets.

“The loans and properties giving rise to the charges this past quarter represent primarily land development and building-lot loans,” Wysaske said. “Our intention is to continue to reduce our exposure to these types of loans and to sell any properties we acquire as expeditiously as possible.”

Riverview also is analyzing the value of good will, an intangible asset that is not included in regulatory analysis of bank finances, to determine whether it has been impaired in the current financial downturn.

The bank expects to release its quarterly earnings in early February.