Kroll Bond Rating Agency Assigns BBB-/K3 Senior Unsecured Debt & Short-Term Debt Ratings to Pacific Mercantile Bank

NEW YORK--()--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) has assigned a senior unsecured debt rating of BBB-, deposit rating of BBB-, subordinated debt rating of BB+, short-term debt rating of K3, and short-term deposit rating of K3 to Pacific Mercantile Bank, the subsidiary of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ:PMBC). The outlook on all long-term ratings is stable.

Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, a California corporation headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, is the bank holding company (BHC) for Pacific Mercantile Bank, a full-service commercial bank founded in 1999. Pacific Mercantile has $1.1 billion in assets, $821.3 million in loans, and $872.0 million in deposits and operates through eight offices in Southern California, serving small- and middle-market businesses.

The ratings of Pacific Mercantile Bank are supported by the Bank’s strong capital ratios, well-positioned loan portfolio, minimal reliance on the FHLB, and experienced management team. The ratings are constrained by concerns surrounding the Bank’s relatively weak asset quality, volatile earnings stream, underdeveloped ERM systems, and limited market share.

The ratings are based on KBRA’s Global Bank and Bank Holding Company Rating Methodology dated January 28, 2015.

To view the report, please use the following link:
Pacific Mercantile Rating Report

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Contacts

Kroll Bond Rating Agency
Analytical Contacts:
Jay Zhou, 646-731-2441
Associate
jzhou@kbra.com
or
Joseph Scott, 646-731-2438
Senior Director
jscott@kbra.com
or
Christopher Whalen, 646-731-2366
Senior Managing Director
cwhalen@kbra.com
or
Follow us on Twitter!
@KrollBondRating