Profile: Sierra Bancorp (BSRR.OQ)
18 Apr 2019
Sierra Bancorp, incorporated on November 16, 2000, is a bank holding company for Bank of the Sierra (the Bank). The Bank is a state-chartered bank, which offers a range of retail and commercial banking services. The Bank's products and services are related to the business of lending money and accepting deposits. Its customers have access to electronic point-of-sale payment alternatives around the country through the Pulse Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) network. Its Internet branch provides the ability to open deposit accounts online; an online banking option with bill-pay and mobile banking capabilities, including mobile check deposit; a customer service center that is accessible by toll-free telephone during business hours, and an automated telephone banking system. It offers a range of other banking products and services to complement and support its lending and deposit products, including remote deposit capture and automated payroll services for business customers. The Company's other direct subsidiaries are Sierra Statutory Trust II and Sierra Capital Trust III, which are engaged in facilitating the issuance of capital trust pass-through securities.
The Bank's lending activities include real estate, commercial (including small business), agricultural and consumer loans. The bulk of its real estate loans are secured by commercial, professional office properties and agricultural properties, which are owner occupied. The Bank also offers a range of construction loans for residential and commercial development, permanent mortgage loans, land acquisition and development loans, and multifamily credit facilities. Secondary market services for residential mortgage loans are provided through the Bank's affiliations with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and certain non-governmental institutions. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank's total net loans were $1.26 billion.
The Bank's investments consist of debt and marketable equity securities (together, the investment portfolio), investments in the time deposits of other banks, surplus interest-earning balances in its Federal Reserve Bank account and overnight fed funds sold. The Bank's securities are all marketable and are classified as available for sale, which include the United States Government agencies, mortgage-backed securities, state and political subdivisions, and equity securities. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank's aggregate investments totaled $571 million.
Sources of Funds
The Bank offers a range of deposit products for individuals and businesses, including checking accounts, savings accounts, money market demand accounts, time deposits, retirement accounts and sweep accounts. The Bank's non-maturity deposits include demand deposit accounts and negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) accounts. The Bank's non-deposit borrowings include fed funds purchased from correspondent banks, borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB), advances from the Federal Reserve Bank, securities sold under agreement to repurchase and junior subordinated debentures. The Bank uses short-term FHLB advances and fed funds purchased on uncommitted lines to support liquidity needs created by seasonal deposit flows and for other short-term purposes. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank's total deposits were $1.69 billion.
86 N Main St,
PO Box 1930
PORTERVILLE CA 93257-3712