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Commonwealth Bank Releases 3rd Quarter Report: Earnings Increase 12.2%, Assets Top $1.5 Billion.

Nassau, 24 Nov 2015 – Commonwealth Bank today released a very positive earnings report declaring $44 million in profits for the nine months to September 30 2015 with Total Assets exceeding $1.5 billion.

“This positive third quarter earnings report reflects an increase of 12.2% or $4.8 million above the $39.2 million in profits for the same period last year,” said President Ian Jennings. “But more importantly, these results demonstrate that our steadfast conservative approach to lending combined with vigilant oversight of operating expenses continues to serve our more than 6,000 shareholders well, in addition to the community as a whole. ”

Jennings credited dedicated staff, controlled credit risk and prudent operating practices with helping the bank report these results. However, he added serious economic challenges persist.

“Continuing high unemployment coupled with increasing costs including the introduction of VAT and a substantial $5 million hike in business license fees last year plus expenses related to loan impairment are challenges we have to overcome as we search for new and innovative ways to do things that were a lot easier to do a decade ago,” said Jennings.

“Notwithstanding those economic challenges, our total revenue increased 8% or $8.4 million over 2014,” said Jennings. “We are cautiously optimistic over the remainder of 2015 as we do see encouraging signs within the bank as our nonperforming loan ratio of 4.09% continues to significantly outperform the industry average of 14.84% at September 2015, as reported by The Central Bank of The Bahamas. The Bank also maintains strong capital and liquidity ratios with capital adequacy in excess of 27% and liquidity ratio above 34%. These ratios are well in excess of Central Bank’s requirements of 17% and 20%, respectively making Commonwealth Bank both financially strong and stable.”

With branches in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco, Commonwealth Bank has 10 branches, five of them with Saturday banking, numerous off-site ABMs for 24-hour banking and employs more than 500 persons. Since going public in the year 2000, the bank has not missed paying a quarterly dividend and has paid an additional extraordinary dividend in most years.

The Bank’s commitment to community, marked by its extensive support in donations to education at every level, this year reached an all-time high with the announcement of an historic $500,000 pledge over 10 years to the Cancer Society of The Bahamas.

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