EXHIBIT 99.1
 
Tennessee Commerce Bancorp Reports Net Income of $1.7 Million for First Quarter
Fully Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.24 Compared to a Loss of $0.56 for the Same Period Last Year
 
Margin Improves for Fifth Consecutive Quarter to 4.25%
 
FRANKLIN, Tenn., April 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tennessee Commerce Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:TNCC), parent company of Tennessee Commerce Bank, reported the following quarterly highlights for the first quarter of 2010.
 
Quarterly Highlights
  • Net income for the first quarter of 2010, before the preferred dividend, was $1.7 million compared to a net loss of $2.2 million reported for the first quarter of 2009.
  • Diluted earnings per common share for the first quarter of 2010 was $0.24 compared to a loss of $0.56 for the first quarter of 2009.
  • Net interest income of $13.2 million represents an improvement of 34.6% when compared to the first quarter of 2009 net interest income of $9.8 million.
  • Efficiency ratio improves to 46.7% for the first quarter of 2010 when compared to a 50.0% efficiency ratio reported for the first quarter of 2009. 
Net interest income of $13.2 million for the first quarter of 2010 represents an improvement of 34.6% when compared to $9.8 million for the first quarter of 2009. As a result of the improvement in net interest income, the net interest margin has improved to 4.25% during the first quarter of 2010 compared to 3.39% during the same period last year and 4.18% in the fourth quarter of 2009. Funding costs for deposits decreased 124 basis points when compared to the first quarter of 2009 while the yield on loans decreased only 15 basis points. Funding costs decreased 23 basis points while yield on loans decreased only eight basis points from the fourth quarter of 2009. These positive changes contributed to the 86 basis points increase in our net margin when compared to the first quarter of 2009 and seven basis point improvement when compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.
 
"This represents the fifth consecutive quarter of net interest margin expansion and is a direct reflection of our continued focus on driving down the cost of funds and maintaining loan yields," stated Mike Sapp, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tennessee Commerce Bancorp.
 
Total loans were up 1% from the fourth quarter to $1.2 billion while total assets and total deposits were essentially flat at $1.4 billion. This reflects the company's strategy of slowing growth in order to enhance its capital position given the current economic climate.
 
Non-performing assets increased to $41.5 million at the end of the first quarter of 2010 compared to $39.0 million for the first quarter of 2009 which represents the peak level of 2009 and, $21.3 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009. Repossessed assets, mainly transportation assets, increased by $3.0 million from the fourth quarter of 2009 to $39.9 million. "We were not surprised by the increase in non-performing assets during the quarter as our non-performing assets typically increase during the first quarter and subsequently decrease throughout the remainder of the year," continued Mr. Sapp.  "The first quarter historically represents the toughest quarter for the transportation sensitive assets in our portfolio. In addition to the seasonal factors the remainder of the increase was from three separate loan situations in which we are secured and have established appropriate reserves."
 
The loan loss provision of $4.6 million for the first quarter of 2010 exceeded the net charge offs of $4.4 million, resulting in a loan loss provision to net charge-off ratio of 104.5%. The allowance for loan losses for the first quarter of 2010 was $20.1 million or 1.7% of total loans. The coverage ratio of allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans for the first quarter of 2010 was 49%.  Even though the ratio declined from the previous quarter, we expect it to steadily increase throughout the year and return to the coverage levels that we saw at the end of year as non-performers declined."
 
Non-interest income was approximately $687,000 for the first quarter of 2010 compared with a non-interest loss of $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 and approximately $27,000 in the first quarter of 2009. The improvement in non-interest income for the first quarter of 2010 was primarily due to fees associated with a leveraged lease slightly offset by an increase in losses on repossessions and loan buybacks exceeding gains on loan sales. We began to see a pickup in sales of loan pools and loan participations in the first quarter of 2010 which generated approximately $202,000 in gains.
 
Non-interest expenses increased to $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2010 when compared to $4.9 million in the first quarter of 2009. The increase is mainly attributed to the following: approximately $472,000 attributed to increased loan expense and collection costs, approximately $433,000 in personnel expenses due to the addition of ten employees since the first quarter of 2009, and approximately $230,000 attributed to increased data processing fees. The increase in non-interest expense was in line with our expectations. Our overhead expense ratio as a percentage of assets places us in the top 5th percentile of our peer group as defined by the Uniform Bank Performance Report as of December 31, 2009.
 
The efficiency ratio for the first quarter of 2010 was 46.7% compared to 50.0% in the first quarter of 2009 and continues to be among one of the best efficiency ratios in the industry based on the information in the Uniform Bank Performance Report as of December 31, 2009.
 
The holding company and the bank continue to exceed the well capitalized regulatory guidelines of 10.00% for total risk-based capital and 6.00% for Tier 1 capital. Total risk-based capital was 10.82% for the holding company and 10.72% for the bank. Tier 1 capital was 9.57% for the holding company and 9.46% for the bank.. Tangible book value at the end of the quarter increased to $12.06 from $11.81 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009. Tangible common equity increased to 4.96% at March 31, 2010 up from 4.81% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2009.
 
In conclusion, Mr. Sapp stated, "We were pleased that our first-quarter earnings generated additional capital resulting in strengthening ratios.  Continued earnings and managing balance sheet growth will allow us to continue this trend. We are seeing delinquencies stabilize and expect to see reductions in our portfolio of repossessed assets over the next several months as demand for trucks and trailers appears to be strengthening. The increase in non-performing assets was a result of seasonal factors, on one hand and on several specific loan situations for which we have clearly defined workout plans and qualified staff to execute those plans, on the other. Finally, we are confident that our investments in people and technology during the past year will pay dividends as the overall economy continues to improve."
 
Fourth Quarter Conference Call
 
Tennessee Commerce will provide an online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its first quarter earnings conference call to be held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on April 21, 2010. The live broadcast will be available online at http://www.tncommercebank.com under the Investor Relations tab.
 
An audio replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call's completion on our website at http://www.tncommercebank.com under the Investor Relations tab or by dialing one of the following Dial-In Numbers and the Conference ID shown below:
 
Encore Dial In #: (800) 642-1687
 
Encore Dial In #: (706) 645-9291
 
Conference ID number: 68528917
 
Web PIN: 7422
 
The recording will be available on our website from: 04/21/2010 14:00 to 05/05/2010 23:59
 
About Tennessee Commerce Bancorp, Inc.
 
Tennessee Commerce Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company of Tennessee Commerce Bank. The Company celebrated its tenth anniversary on January 14, 2010. The Bank provides a wide range of banking services and is primarily focused on business accounts. Its corporate and banking offices are located in Franklin, Tennessee, and it has loan production offices in Atlanta, Birmingham and Minneapolis. Tennessee Commerce Bancorp's stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol TNCC.
 
Additional information concerning Tennessee Commerce can be accessed at www.tncommercebank.com.
 
Forward Looking Statements
 
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, descriptions of Tennessee Commerce Bancorp's financial condition, results of operations, asset and credit quality trends and ratio of allowance to non-performing loans and profitability. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of the words "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "outlook," "estimate," "continue," "predict," "project,"  "intend," "could" and "should," and other words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements express management's current expectations or forecasts of future events and, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties and there are a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, market, economic, operational, liquidity, credit and interest rate risks associated with Tennessee Commerce's business, competition, government legislation and policies, ability of Tennessee Commerce to execute its business plan, changes in the economy which could materially impact credit quality trends and the ability to generate loans and gather deposits, failure or circumvention of our internal controls, failure or disruption of our information systems, significant changes in accounting, tax or regulatory practices or requirements, new legal obligations or liabilities or unfavorable resolutions of litigation, other matters discussed in this press release and other factors identified in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release, and Tennessee Commerce undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or conditions after the date of this release. Tennessee Commerce is not responsible for updating the information contained in this press release beyond the published date, or for changes made to this document by wire services or Internet services.
 
Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 
Reported amounts are presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). The Company's management believes that the supplemental non-GAAP information, which consists of measurements and ratios based on tangible equity and tangible assets, is utilized by regulators and market analysts to evaluate a company's financial condition and therefore, such information is useful to investors. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures which may be presented by other companies.
 
The Company also uses an efficiency ratio that is a non-GAAP financial measure. The ratio that the Company uses excludes amortization of core deposit intangibles, expenses on other real estate owned and other repossessed assets and, where applicable, long-term debt prepayment fees. Income for the non-GAAP ratio is increased by the favorable effect of tax-exempt income and excludes securities gains and losses, which can vary from period to period. The Company uses this ratio because it believes the ratio provides a better comparison of period to period operating performance.
 

 
 

The following information was filed by Tennessee Commerce Bancorp, Inc. (TNCC) on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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