Earnings for People’s Bank of Commerce declined dramatically in 2008.

However, the Medford-based bank fared much better than many large and regional banks that lost money last year.

People’s Bank earned $95,000, or 11 cents per share, compared with earnings of $510,000, or 59 cents per share, for 2007.

For the fourth quarter of 2008, the bank scraped out a $22,000 profit, or 3 cents per share, compared with the fourth quarter of 2007 when it reported earnings of $110,000, or 12 cents per share.

People’s Bank saw its loan portfolio decrease 7 percent to $69 million in 2008, while assets remained at $87 million. The community bank also saw a 1 percent pick-up in deposits to $74 million.

People’s Bank has total shareholders’ equity of $11.3 million and a book value of $13.05 per share. The bank, with offices in Ashland, Central Point and Medford, has a 12.96 percent capital-to-asset ratio.

People’s Bank stock, which is traded over the counter, finished up 15 cents higher to $7.65 per share Thursday. The stock has a 52-week range of $7.10 to $16.19.
-- Staff reports