Central Bancompany, Inc. Provides Mid-Quarter Update in Response to Recent Industry Events

March 27, 2023 (Jefferson City, Mo.) – In light of recent industry events, we want to update you on our financial strength. As you might expect, Central Bank has held true to its conservative community banking model that has allowed us to flourish for 120 years, including the currently volatile environment. Specifically:

  • We have increased operating earnings each year for the last 38 years and expect this trend to continue in 2023.
  • Liquidity position continues to remain very strong with approximately $7bn in liquidity, more than twice the amount of our uninsured deposits.
  • We have experienced no material change in our bank deposits in March of 2023 and do not anticipate tapping any of the Fed liquidity programs.
  • Our bond portfolio is conservatively positioned with more than 98% invested in obligations of the US government or its agencies, an effective duration of approximately 2.3yrs, and approximately 72% maturing or repricing in the next 3 years.
  • Our capital ratios are among the highest for US banks our size. As of December 31, 2022, we had a total capital ratio of 20%, which is well above the regulatory minimum of 8% and well in excess of peers. Adjusted for unrealized losses on securities, total capital ratio would be 17%. We expect our capital ratios to continue growing in the first quarter of 2023.

We pride ourselves in our steadfast commitment to the financial well-being of our customers and stand ready to assist them in achieving their financial goals.  

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The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of March 27, 2023, and are based on information available to management on such date. We do not undertake any obligation to update, supplement or correct any of these forward-looking statements.