Increased Dividend on Common SharesTuesday, February 19, 2008
Liberty Bank, N.A. declares increased dividend on common shares
February 19, 2008; Beachwood, Ohio-- Liberty Bank, N.A. (the "Company") announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of 11 cents per common share, payable to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 22, 2008. The dividend is payable on March 28, 2008 and represents a 10% increase from the 10 cents per share dividend paid in the fourth quarter of 2007.
On an annualized basis, the 44 cents per common share anticipated to be paid in regular quarterly dividends during 2008 represents a 46.7% increase over the total dividend payments of 30 cents per common share paid by the Company in 2007.
"I am very pleased that our Company's continued strong performance has allowed us to increase the dividend to shareholders," said William A. Valerian, Chairman, President and CEO of Liberty Bank, N.A. "The Board's decision to increase the dividend to $0.44 on an annualized basis is consistent with Liberty Bank's strong capital and liquidity position and is reflective of our outstanding performance during 2007."
About Liberty Bank, N.A.
Founded in 1990, the Beachwood, Ohio-based Liberty Bank, N.A. is a full-service community national bank with assets of $245 million as of December 31, 2007. With branch offices in Beachwood, Solon and Twinsburg, the independently-owned bank serves local consumers and privately held businesses with sales of up to $25 million. Liberty Bank specializes in providing innovative financing and cash management services for commercial customers together with competitive rates and a high level of personalized customer service. Further information is available at www.libertybankna.com.
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that are included pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such information involves risks and uncertainties that could result in the Company's actual results to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements made herein reflect management's expectations as of the date such statements are made. Such information is provided to assist stockholders and potential investors in understanding current and anticipated financial operations of the Company and is included pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date such statements are made.