Cornerstone Bank continues growth in earnings
WILSON — CB Financial Corporation, the single bank holding company for Cornerstone Bank, showed earnings of $952,000 for the first three quarters of 2007, an 11.6 percent increase from the same period last year.

Assets grew to $190.4 million as of September 30, 2007, a 14.4% increase over the same period last year. Other key bank measurements also increased steadily. Total loans as of September 30, 2007 were $128.6 million (an 11.3 percent increase) and total deposits after three quarters of 2007 were $165.6 million (a 15.7 percent increase).

“We are pleased with the success and growth of the bank,” chairman John Anthony said. “Despite the slowdown in the economy, we continue to show steady progress.”

Cornerstone Bank president Norm Osborn said the bank’s profits are ahead of last year’s schedule, despite uncomfortable reports from large banks nationwide. “All banks feel the pressure of rate margins,” Osborn said, “but we have been steadfast in treating customers fairly. We have not been greedy. We have served the community as promised.”

Osborn also commented on the bank’s continued growth in the mortgage area. “Our mortgages are healthy,” Osborn said. “We’ve all heard the news of some questionable practices in the mortgage industry, but we have been immune from that, mainly because we have remained ethical and honest with our customers.”    

Cornerstone Bank opened in March 2000, and has posted 25 consecutive quarters of profitability. For more information on banking products and services or on stock information, call 252-243-5588.

—    Nov. 20, 2007

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