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ECBE > SEC Filings for ECBE > Form 10-Q on 13-Nov-2012All Recent SEC Filings

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Quarterly Report

ITEM 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this Report and its exhibits relating to plans, strategies, economic performance and trends, projections of results of specific activities or investments, expectations or beliefs about future events or results, and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and
Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to, risk factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. Copies of those reports are available through our Internet website at or directly through the Commission's website at Forward-looking statements in this Report may be identified by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects," "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "feels," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "forecasts," "potential" or "continue," or similar terms or the negative of these terms, or other statements concerning opinions or judgments of our management about future events. Factors that could influence the accuracy of those forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, (a) the necessary approval required for the private placement and assumption of deposits may not be obtained or may not be obtained on the terms expected or on the schedule that we anticipate, and other closing conditions for such transactions may not be satisfied (b) pressures on our earnings, capital and liquidity resulting from current and future conditions in the credit and equity markets,
(c) continued or unexpected increases in credit losses in our loan portfolio,
(d) continued adverse conditions in the economy and in the real estate market in our banking markets (particularly those conditions that affect our loan portfolio, the abilities of our borrowers to repay their loans, and the values of collateral that secures our loans), (e) the financial success or changing strategies of our customers, (f) actions of government regulators, or changes in laws, regulations or accounting standards, that adversely affect our business,
(g) changes in the interest rate environment and the level of market interest rates that reduce our net interest margins and/or the values of loans we make and securities we hold, (h) changes in competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions or in our ability to compete effectively against other financial institutions in our banking markets; (i) weather and similar conditions, particularly the effect of hurricanes on our banking and operations facilities and on our customers and the communities in which we do business; and (j) other developments or changes in our business that we do not expect. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements in this Report are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. We have no obligation, and we do not intend, to update these forward-looking statements.

Executive Summary

ECB Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Engelhard, North Carolina. Our wholly owned subsidiary, The East Carolina Bank (the "Bank"), is a state-chartered community bank that was founded in 1919. For the purpose of this discussion, "we," "us" and "our" refers to the Bank and the bank holding company as a single, consolidated entity unless the context otherwise indicates.

As of September 30, 2012, we had consolidated assets of approximately $927.6 million, total loans of approximately $516.9 million, total deposits of approximately $779.4 million and shareholders' equity of approximately $84.8 million. For the three months ended September 30, 2012, we had income available to common shareholders of $1.4 million, or $0.48 basic and diluted earnings per share, compared to income available to common shareholders of $0.3 million, or $0.09 basic and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended September 30, 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, we had net income available to common shareholders of $1.8 million or $0.64 basic and diluted earnings per share, compared to loss attributable to common shareholders of ($0.2) million or ($0.07) basic and diluted loss per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

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Critical Accounting Policies

The Company's accounting policies are in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and with general practices within the banking industry. Our significant accounting policies are set forth in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements contained in the Form 10-K Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. Management makes a number of estimates and assumptions relating to reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses in the preparation of the financial statements and disclosures. Estimates and assumptions that are most significant to the Company are related to the determination of the allowance for loan losses, asset impairment valuations, postretirement and benefit plan accounting and income taxes.

We consider our policy regarding the allowance for loan losses to be our most critical accounting policy, because it requires management's most subjective and complex judgments. In addition, changes in economic conditions can have a significant impact on the allowance for loan losses and, therefore, the provision for loan losses and results of operations. We have developed policies and procedures for assessing the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses, recognizing that this process requires a number of assumptions and estimates with respect to our loan portfolio. Our assessments may be impacted in future periods by changes in economic conditions, the results of regulatory examinations, and the discovery of information with respect to borrowers that is not currently known to management. For additional discussion concerning our allowance for loan losses and related matters, see "-Asset Quality" and "-Nonperforming Assets." Other real estate acquired through the settlement of loans is carried at fair value less cost to sell. Management relies on outside appraisals and estimates of costs of disposal in determining this value. The actual disposal value could vary from this fair value estimate.

The determination of retirement plans and other postretirement benefit plans requires the use of estimates and judgments related to the amount and timing of expected future cash out-flows for benefit payments and cash in-flows for maturities. Our retirement plans and other postretirement benefit plans are actuarially determined based on assumptions on the discount rate and the health care cost trend rate. Changes in estimates and assumptions related to mortality rates and future health care costs could have a material impact to our financial condition or results of operations. The discount rate is used to determine the present value of future benefit obligations and the net periodic benefit cost. The discount rate used to value the future benefit obligation as of each year-end is the rate used to determine the periodic benefit cost in the following year.

Management seeks strategies that minimize the tax effect of implementing their business strategies. As such, judgments are made regarding the ultimate consequence of long-term tax planning strategies, including the likelihood of future recognition of deferred tax benefits. The Company's tax returns are subject to examination by both Federal and State authorities. Such examinations may result in the assessment of additional taxes, interest and penalties. As a result, the ultimate outcome, and the corresponding financial statement impact, can be difficult to predict with accuracy.

Comparison of the Results of Operations for the Three- and Nine-Month Periods Ended September 30, 2012 and 2011

The following table summarizes components of income and expense and the changes in those components for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 as compared to the same periods in 2011.

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