How Will the Market React to Porter Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBIB) Announcing Appellate Court Affirms Ruling?

Louisville, Kentucky-based bank holding company which operates banking centers in 12 counties through its wholly-owned subsidiary PBI Bank, Porter Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBIB), announces that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled against them.

Porter Bancorp, Inc. (PBIB), parent company of PBI Bank, today announced that the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled against the Bank in a decision with a partial dissenting opinion in the PBI Bank, Inc. v. Signature Point LLC, et al. matter upholding the previous award of $7.015 million in damages.

John T. Taylor, President and CEO noted, “We are very disappointed with the Court’s decision regarding this legacy issue. However, the Bank’s capital and liquidity remain strong and its mission to serve our customers remains unchanged. At this juncture, we are conferring with our legal advisors and evaluating the merits of further pursuing the appellate process.”

The Bank previously accrued the compensatory damages of the trial court verdict along with interest at the statutory rate. The punitive damages and statutory interest currently totaling approximately $7.9 million were not previously accrued and will impact earnings and capital in the fourth quarter of 2016. While the Bank has made no final decision on how it will proceed, funds to retire all amounts due are on hand and available to meet this obligation with no material impact to liquidity.

The share count and per share data in the table above does not reflect the previously announced 1 for 5 reverse stock split that will be effective at the close of business on December 16, 2016.

About Porter Bancorp, Inc.

Porter Bancorp, Inc. (PBIB) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based bank holding company which operates banking centers in 12 counties through its wholly-owned subsidiary PBI Bank. Our markets include metropolitan Louisville in Jefferson County and the surrounding counties of Henry and Bullitt, and extend south along the Interstate 65 corridor. We serve southern and south central Kentucky from banking centers in Butler, Green, Hart, Edmonson, Barren, Warren, Ohio and Daviess counties. We also have a banking center in Lexington, Kentucky, the second largest city in the state. PBI Bank is a traditional community bank with a wide range of personal and business banking products and services.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release relating to Porter Bancorp’s plans, objectives, expectations or future performance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “believe,” “may,” “should,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “objective,” “possible,” “seek,” “plan,” “strive” or similar words, or negatives of these words, identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations. Porter Bancorp’s actual results in future periods may differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements due to various risks and uncertainties, including our ability to reduce our level of higher risk loans such as commercial real estate and real estate development loans, reduce our level of non-performing loans and other real estate owned, and increase net interest income in a low interest rate environment, as well as our need to increase capital. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-K and subsequent periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of the release and Porter Bancorp does not assume any responsibility to update these statements.

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Porter Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBIB) shares are moving -1.20% on the news today and have traded in the range of $2.36 – 2.65 during the current trading session. A number of brokerage analysts have recently weighed in on the stock, providing price target projections. The covering firms currently have a consensus one-year price target of $1.50 on the stock.  This is according to brokerage analysts polled by Thomson Reuters First Call.  This is the average number from the individual targets provided by the firms.  Analysts are projecting earnings per share of $0.00 for the next fiscal quarter.  For the current year, analysts are predicting earnings of $-0.30 per share according to First Call.

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In looking at where Porter Bancorp, Inc. is trading on a technical level, the stock is trading +33.06% away from its 50-day moving average of $1.86.  Based on the most recent available data, the equity is -10.18% off of its 52-week high of $2.75 and +126.61% away from its 52-week low which is $1.09.

In taking a look at the company’s valuation, the firm’s price to earnings ratio stands at 21.86.  This is a crucial indicator investors watch as higher ratios compared to peers, would suggest higher future earnings growth potential for the stock.  Today, the stock opened at $2.48 and the last bid at the time of writing stood at $2.47.  During the session thus far, the equity dipped down to $2.36 and touched $2.65 as the high point.  Porter Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBIB) has a market cap of $74.40M and has seen an average daily volume of 33,580 over the past three months.

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