Bank Mutual Corporation Reports Operating Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2011

MILWAUKEE, Wis., July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank Mutual Corporation (NASDAQ: BKMU) announced today that, including a non-cash goodwill impairment of $52.6 million, its net loss for the second quarter of 2011 was $51.4 million or $1.12 per diluted share.  The goodwill impairment had no effect on the liquidity, operations, tangible capital, or regulatory capital of Bank Mutual Corporation ("Bank Mutual") or its subsidiary bank.  This impairment was primarily the result of a continued decline in Bank Mutual's stock price and market capitalization.  Excluding the impact of the impairment, earnings during the second quarter of 2011 were $1.2 million or $0.03 per diluted share compared to $731,000 or $0.02 per diluted share during the same quarter in 2010.  Year-to-date, net income (loss), including goodwill impairment, was $(50.3) million or $(1.10) per diluted share in the first six months of 2011 compared to $2.8 million or $0.06 per diluted share in the same period last year.  Excluding the goodwill impairment, earnings were $2.2 million or $0.05 per diluted share during the first six months of 2011.  Bank Mutual also announced that its non-performing assets declined by $14.1 million or nearly 10% during the recently completed quarter.

Michael T. Crowley, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Mutual commented, "We are pleased that our earnings before goodwill impairment continued to show quarter-over-quarter improvement despite a difficult economic environment."  David A. Baumgarten, President of Bank Mutual, added, "We are also pleased that we are ahead of our own expectations for reducing non-performing assets and we remain confident in the strategies we have developed for dealing with the level of our non-performing assets in upcoming periods."  Mr. Baumgarten continued, "In recent months we've implemented several procedures and processes that will further enhance our ability to stay on track with our number one goal of reducing non-performing assets."

Bank Mutual's net interest income increased by $3.7 million or 29.9% during the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter of 2010 and by $5.4 million or 20.4% during the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.  These increases were primarily attributable to an improvement in Bank Mutual's net interest margin, which increased to 2.82% in both the three and six month periods of 2011, compared to 1.54% and 1.65% in the same periods of 2010, respectively.   The improvement in net interest margin in the current year was primarily the result of Bank Mutual's early repayment of $756.0 million in high-cost borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") of Chicago in December of 2010.  The repayment resulted in a significant decline in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities in the 2011 periods compared to the same periods in the previous year.  Also contributing to the decline in Bank Mutual's average cost of liabilities in the 2011 periods compared to 2010 was a decline in its average cost of deposits.  Bank Mutual's average cost of deposits declined by 42 and 45 basis points during the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2011, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2010.   Bank Mutual continues to manage its overall liquidity position by aggressively managing the rates it offers on its certificates of deposits and certain other deposit accounts.   However, absent a meaningful decline in market interest rates for deposits, management believes that the ability to significantly reduce the cost of Bank Mutual's deposit liabilities during the remainder of 2011 is limited.

Also contributing to the improvement in Bank Mutual's net interest margin during the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, was a 34 and 23 basis point improvement, respectively, in the yield on interest-earning assets compared to the same periods in 2010.  These improvements were caused by a shift in the mix of earning assets from lower-yielding assets, such as overnight investments and available-for-sale securities, to higher-yielding assets, such as loans receivable.  The changes in mix were caused by the buildup in 2010 of lower-yielding assets to increase liquidity due to market conditions and management's outlook at that time for the direction of future interest rates.  Partially offsetting the favorable impact of the improved asset mix was a decline in the average yield on Bank Mutual's loans receivable and available-for-sale securities in the first half of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.  These declines were caused by a declining interest rate environment during much of 2010 that resulted in lower yields on these earning assets in 2011.  In addition, Bank Mutual sold a substantial number of higher-yielding available-for-sale securities in 2010 at gains, which reduced the overall yield on its securities portfolio.    

Bank Mutual's provision for loan losses was $805,000 during the second quarter of 2011 compared to $6.2 million in the same quarter last year.   The provision for the six months ended June 30, 2011, was $4.0 million compared to $9.5 million in the same period last year.  The provisions for loan losses in these periods have been impacted by continuing weak economic conditions, high unemployment, and lower values for real estate.  These conditions have been particularly challenging for borrowers whose loans are secured by commercial real estate, multi-family real estate, and land.  Beginning in the latter part of 2010, management began to notice an increase in vacancy rates, a decline in rents, and/or delays in unit sales for many of the properties that secure Bank Mutual's loans.  In many instances, management's observations included loans that borrowers and/or loan guarantors have managed to keep current despite underlying difficulties with the collateral properties.   During the second quarter of 2011, Bank Mutual recorded $1.8 million in additional loss provisions against two unrelated loan relationships aggregating $6.7 million.  These loans were secured by an office/warehouse and multi-tenant retail buildings.  During the quarter Bank Mutual also recorded $1.5 million in loss provisions against a number of smaller multi-family, commercial real estate, and business loan relationships, as well as certain residential and consumer loans.  In addition, during the second quarter Bank Mutual recorded approximately $900,000 in additional loss provision that reflected management's general concerns related to renewed weaknesses in housing markets and recent increases in unemployment.  The impact of these developments, however, was substantially offset by $3.4 million in loss recaptures due to the payoff of $7.7 million in non-performing loans and the upgrade of a $1.4 million loan to performing status.

During the second quarter of the 2010 Bank Mutual recorded $4.1 million in loss provisions against seven unrelated loan relationships aggregating $15.9 million.   These loans were secured by office, commercial, and retail buildings, developed land, and equipment and inventory.   In addition, Bank Mutual recorded $1.2 million in loss provisions on a number of smaller commercial business, residential, and consumer loans during the quarter.  Finally, Bank Mutual also recorded nearly $1.0 million in additional loss provisions during the second quarter of 2010 that reflected management's general concerns related to continued declines in commercial real estate values, as well as continued weaknesses in economic conditions and employment.  

On a year-to-date basis in 2011 Bank Mutual recorded $7.4 million in loss provisions against a number of multi-family, commercial real estate, and business loan relationships, as well as certain smaller residential and consumer loans.  This development was offset by $3.4 million in loss recaptures in the second quarter, as previously described.  The year-to-date loss provision in 2010 was $9.5 million due principally to $7.3 million in losses on a number of larger multi-family, commercial real estate, and business loans.

Service charges on deposits increased by $60,000 or 4.0% during the three months ended June 30, 2011, compared to the same quarter in 2010.   On a year-to-date basis, service charges increased by $139,000 or 4.8% in 2011 compared to the same period in the previous year.  Management attributes these improvements to an increase in Bank Mutual's core deposit accounts, consisting of checking, savings, and money market accounts, which increased by $95.3 million or 11.4% during the twelve months ended June 30, 2011.  In addition, management believes that challenging economic conditions during much of 2009 and 2010 resulted in reduced spending by consumers during those periods, which had an adverse impact on Bank Mutual's transaction fee revenue, which consists principally of ATM, debit card, and overdraft fees.

Brokerage and insurance commissions were $832,000 during the second quarter of 2011, a $159,000 or 16.1% decline from the same period in the previous year.  On a year-to-date basis, commissions were $1.4 million in 2011, a $131,000 or 8.3% decline from the same period in 2010.  Commissions during the first six months of the previous year benefited from favorable trends in equity markets in that period, which resulted in increased revenue from sales of mutual funds and other equity investments.  In addition, employment conditions in Bank Mutual's local markets in early 2010 resulted in increased revenue from rollovers by customers' of their employee benefit plans into products offered by Bank Mutual.

Net loan-related fees and servicing revenue was $333,000 during the three months ended June 30, 2011, compared to $94,000 in the same period of 2010.   This revenue item was $584,000 during the six months ended June 30, 2011, compared to $252,000 in the same period of 2010.  The following table presents the primary components of net loan-related fees and servicing revenue for the periods indicated:  



Three Months Ended

June 30


Six Months Ended

June 30


2011

2010


2011

2010


(Dollars in thousands)

Gross servicing fees

$678

$638


$1,360

$1,266

Mortgage servicing rights amortization

(477)

(560)


(993)

(1,036)

Mortgage servicing rights valuation (loss) recovery

-

(130)


6

(206)

   Loan servicing revenue, net

201

(52)


373

24

Other loan fee income

132

146


211

228

   Loan-related fees and servicing revenue, net

$333

$94


$584

$252




Gross servicing fees increased in the 2011 periods compared to the prior year periods as a result of an increase in the amount of loans that Bank Mutual services for third-party investors.  As of June 30, 2011, Bank Mutual serviced $1.1 billion in loans for third-party investors compared to $1.0 billion at June 30, 2010.   Related amortization has decreased in the 2011 periods due to slightly higher interest rates, which has resulted in fewer loan prepayments and slower amortization of the mortgage servicing rights.   Loan-related fees and servicing revenue is also impacted by changes in the valuation allowance that is established against mortgage servicing rights.   The change in this allowance is recorded as a recovery or charge, as the case may be, in the period in which the change occurs.  

Gains on sales of loans were $520,000 in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $1.2 million in the same period last year.  Year-to-date, gains on sales of loans were $1.1 million in 2011 compared to $1.8 million in the same six months of 2010.  During the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, sales of one- to four-family mortgage loans were $36.4 million or 61.7% lower and $24.7 million or 23.5% lower than they were during the same periods in the previous year, respectively.  Loan sales have declined in recent periods due to slightly higher market interest rates for fixed-rate, single-family mortgage loans, which has reduced borrower incentives to refinance existing mortgage loans.  Bank Mutual typically sells most of the fixed-rate, single-family mortgage loans that it originates in the secondary market.  Absent a significant decline in market interest rates for single-family mortgage loans, Bank Mutual expects that gains on sales of loans in 2011 will be significantly lower than they were in 2010.  

Net gains on sales of investments were zero and $1.1 million during the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively, compared to $6.7 million and $11.1 million during the same periods in 2010, respectively.  In the first quarter of 2011 Bank Mutual sold a $20.8 million investment in a mutual fund that management did not expect would perform well in future periods.   During the first six months of 2010, Bank Mutual sold $319.9 million in longer-term, fixed-rate mortgage-related securities and $189.9 million in adjustable-rate mortgage-related securities.

In the second quarter of 2011 Bank Mutual recognized $389,000 in net other-than-temporary impairment ("OTTI") losses related to its investment in certain private-label collateralized mortgage obligations ("CMOs").   As of June 30, 2011, Bank Mutual's total investment in private-label CMOs was $74.8 million.  These CMOs were purchased by Bank Mutual from 2004 to 2006, are secured by prime residential mortgage loans, and were rated "triple-A" at the time of their purchase.  However, beginning in 2008 and continuing through the second quarter of 2011, certain of Bank Mutual's private-label CMOs have been downgraded to less than investment grade.  The net OTTI loss recognized in earnings during the second quarter of 2011 consisted of the credit portion of the total OTTI loss on three of Bank Mutual's private-label CMOs rated less than investment grade.  These CMOs had a net carrying value of $7.8 million at June 30, 2011.  The amount of the credit portion of the total OTTI loss was determined by an independent third-party review of the expected cash flows from these three CMOs, which included assumptions about future defaults and loss severities.  Management attributes the net OTTI loss to renewed weakness in national housing markets in recent periods, which continues to result in lower values for residential properties on a nationwide basis.  None of Bank Mutual's remaining private-label CMOs were deemed to be other-than-temporarily impaired as of June 30, 2011.  However, the collection of the amounts due on Bank Mutual's private-label CMOs is subject to numerous factors outside of Bank Mutual's control and a future determination of OTTI could result in additional losses being recorded through earnings in future periods.  

Total non-interest expense, excluding goodwill impairment, was $18.6 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to $17.7 million in the same quarter last year.  Year-to-date, total non-interest expense, excluding the impairment, was $35.7 in 2011 compared to $34.3 million in the first six months of 2010.  The increase in both periods was primarily caused by an increase in compensation-related expense, which was $9.6 million and $9.0 million during the three months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively, and $19.0 million and $17.7 million during six months ended as of the same dates, respectively.  These increases were primarily due to an increase in compensation expense related to annual merit increases and Bank Mutual's hiring of certain key management personnel.  In April 2010 Mr. Baumgarten joined Bank Mutual as President and in late 2010 and early 2011 Bank Mutual hired two new senior vice presidents to manage commercial banking and credit administration and risk.  In addition, during the first six months of 2011 Bank Mutual hired several commercial relationship managers experienced in originating loans and selling deposit and cash management services to the mid-tier commercial banking market, defined by Bank Mutual as business entities with sales revenues of $10 to $100 million.  This is a new market segment for Bank Mutual.

Also contributing to the increase in compensation-related expense in the 2011 periods was an increase in costs related to Bank Mutual's defined-benefit pension plan.  This increase was caused by an increase in the number of qualified participants in the plan in recent periods, as well as a decline in the interest rate used to determine the present value of the pension obligation.  

The increase in compensation-related expense between the 2011 and 2010 periods was partially offset by a decline in ESOP expense.  Last year marked the scheduled end of a 10-year commitment to the ESOP.   Bank Mutual does not intend to make additional contributions to the ESOP at this time.  However, this decision is subject to review on a periodic basis and contributions may be reinstated in future periods.

Occupancy and equipment costs were $2.9 million during the second quarter of 2011 compared to $2.7 million in the same quarter of last year.  On a year-to-date basis, occupancy and equipment costs were $5.8 million in 2011 compared to $5.7 million during the same six months in 2010.   These increases were caused by modest increases in a variety of expense categories including depreciation, rent, utilities, maintenance and repairs, and data processing costs.  These developments were offset somewhat by lower real estate taxes.  

Federal deposit insurance premiums were $746,000 and $1.8 million during the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2011, respectively.  These amounts compared to $1.0 million and $2.0 million during the same periods in 2010, respectively.  Effective in the second quarter of 2011 the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") implemented a new rule that changed the deposit insurance assessment base from an insured institution's domestic deposits (minus certain allowable exclusions) to an insured institution's average consolidated assets (minus average tangible equity and certain other adjustments).  Bank Mutual's deposit insurance costs declined as a result of the new rule because Bank Mutual has a relatively low level of non-deposit funding sources, such as FHLB advances.

Losses on foreclosed real estate were $2.2 million during the second quarter of 2011 compared to $2.1 million in the same quarter of last year.  On a year-to-date basis, losses on foreclosed real estate were $2.9 million in 2011 compared to $3.0 million during the same six months in 2010.  Since the beginning of 2010 Bank Mutual has experienced elevated losses on foreclosed real estate due to declining real estate values and weak economic conditions.   If these conditions persist, future losses on foreclosed real estate could remain elevated in the near term.

Other non-interest expense increased by $280,000 or 9.5% and $328,000 or 5.6% during the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively, compared to the same periods last year.  These developments were the result of increased costs associated with the management of foreclosed real estate and increased legal, accounting, and other professional fees.  These increases were partially offset by lower marketing and advertising costs between the periods.

Income tax expense was $266,000 during the three months ended June 30, 2011, compared to $162,000 in the same period of 2010.  Income tax expense was $626,000 during the six months ended June 30, 2011, compared to $1.2 million during the same six months in 2010.   Excluding the goodwill impairment from income (loss) before taxes, which is not deductible for income tax purposes, Bank Mutual's effective tax rate ("ETR") for the second quarter of 2011 and 2010 was 18.4% and 18.1%, respectively.  Bank Mutual's ETR for the six month periods in these years was 22.1% and 30.0%, respectively.  Bank Mutual's ETR was lower in the 2011 periods, as well as the second quarter of 2010, because non-taxable revenue, such as earnings from bank-owned life insurance ("BOLI"), comprised a larger portion of pre-tax earnings in those periods (excluding the goodwill impairment).    

Bank Mutual's portfolio of one- to four-family mortgage loans decreased slightly from $531.9 million at December 31, 2010, to $528.1 million at June 30, 2011.  In recent periods the origination of one- to four-family loans that Bank Mutual retains in portfolio, which consists principally of adjustable-rate loans and, from time-to-time, fixed-loans with maturity terms of up to 15 years, have approximated loan repayments.  

Multi-family and commercial real estate mortgage loan originations were $30.1 million during the six months ended June 30, 2011, compared to $14.7 million during the same period in 2010.  Despite this increase, Bank Mutual's aggregate portfolio of multi-family and commercial real estate mortgage loans decreased from $495.5 million at December 31, 2010, to $465.0 million at June 30, 2011.  This decrease was caused by loan payoffs and foreclosures that exceeded originations during the period. Originations of construction and development loans were $13.2 million during the six months ended June 30, 2011, compared to $20.2 million during the same period in 2010.  Bank Mutual's portfolio of construction and development loans declined by $6.6 million or 7.9% during the six months ended June 30, 2011.  This decrease was caused in part by the reclassification of certain construction and development loans to permanent loans as a result of the completion of construction.

Consumer loan originations, including fixed-term home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, were $36.5 million during the six months ended June 30, 2011, compared to $38.4 million during the same period in the prior year.  Bank Mutual's consumer loan portfolio declined from $243.5 million at December 31, 2010, to $233.0 million at June 30, 2011.  

Commercial business loan originations during the first six months of 2011 were $29.0 million compared to $7.4 million in the same period in 2010.  Bank Mutual's portfolio of commercial business loans increased by $27.2 million or 54.3%, from $50.1 million to $77.3 million during the six months ended June 30, 2011.  In recent months Bank Mutual has been successful at attracting a number of new commercial business relationships as a result of its recent initiatives to expand its presence in the mid-tier commercial banking market, as previously noted.  Mr. Baumgarten commented, "The experienced commercial relationship managers we have added in recent months have hit the ground running and we expect to add a few more quality individuals during the remainder of 2011."  Mr. Baumgarten continued, "We believe our product and service offerings, as well as changes in the competitive landscape for Wisconsin banking, will continue to create opportunities for Bank Mutual to capture additional commercial and retail market share."

Bank Mutual's interest-earning deposits, which consist primarily of overnight deposits held at the Federal Reserve of Chicago, declined from $184.4 million at December 31, 2010, to $105.3 million at June 30, 2011.  This decline was primarily caused by the security purchases described in the next paragraph.

Bank Mutual's available-for-sale securities portfolio increased by $112.2 million or 16.9% during the first six months of 2011.  This increase was primarily the result of the purchase of $328.4 million in medium-term government agency mortgage-backed securities ("MBSs") and CMOs during the period.  The impact of these purchases was partially offset by $150.8 million in securities that were called by issuers during the period, as well as the sale of a $20.8 million mutual fund, as previously described.

Foreclosed properties and repossessed assets increased by $5.7 million or 29.3% during the six months ended June 30, 2011.  This increase was caused by foreclosures related to a couple of larger commercial real estate loans, as well as number of smaller commercial real estate and single-family residential loans.  This increase was partially offset by charge-offs on foreclosed properties due to continued declines in real estate values and weak economic conditions, as previously described.  

Deposit liabilities decreased by $70.3 million or 3.4% during the six months ended June 30, 2011, to $2.01 billion compared to $2.08 billion at December 31, 2010.  Core deposits, consisting of checking, savings, and money market accounts, declined by $14.5 million or 1.5% during the period while certificates of deposit declined by $55.8 million or 4.9%.   Core deposits were higher than typical at December 31, 2010, due to the timing of certain local government tax deposits that had not been withdrawn as of that date.  Over the last twelve months, core deposits have increased by $95.3 million or 11.4%.  With respect to certificates of deposit, Bank Mutual has reduced the rates it offers on this product during the past year in an effort to manage its overall liquidity position, which has resulted in a decline in certificates of deposit since December 31, 2010.  

Bank Mutual's borrowings, which consist of advances from the FHLB of Chicago, were $149.4 million at June 30, 2011, compared to $149.9 million at December 31, 2010.   As previously noted, Bank Mutual prepaid $756.0 million in high-cost borrowings from the FHLB of Chicago in December of last year.  Bank Mutual recorded an $89.3 million expense in the fourth quarter of 2010 as a result of a prepayment penalty for this repayment.  However, Bank Mutual also significantly reduced the average cost of its interest-bearing liabilities as a result of the repayment, as previously noted.   The loan programs offered by the FHLB of Chicago are not related to funding programs offered by the U.S. government under its Troubled Asset Relief Program, more commonly known as "TARP," in which Bank Mutual has not participated.  

Other liabilities increased to $76.1 million at June 30, 2011, from $45.0 million at December 31, 2010.  Most of this increase was caused by payables to securities brokers for securities purchased in June that were not delivered until July.  

Shareholders' equity decreased from $313.0 million at December 31, 2010, to $266.3 million at June 30, 2011.  This decrease was principally caused by the $52.6 million goodwill impairment, as previously described.  Bank Mutual's ratio of shareholders' equity to total assets was 10.55% at June 30, 2011, compared to 12.07% at December 31, 2010.  Bank Mutual's ratio of tangible equity to adjusted total assets, which excludes goodwill, was 10.55% at June 30, 2011, compared to 10.25% at December 31, 2010.  Book value per share of Bank Mutual's common stock was $5.76 at June 30, 2011, compared to $6.84 at December 31, 2010.  Tangible book value per share, which excludes goodwill, was $5.76 at June 30, 2011, compared to $5.69 at December 31, 2010.  

Bank Mutual's subsidiary bank is "well capitalized" for regulatory capital purposes.  As of March 31, 2011 (the latest information available) and December 31, 2010, the subsidiary bank's total risk-based capital ratio was 18.42% and 17.86%, respectively, and its Tier 1 capital ratio was 9.48% and 9.12%, respectively.  The minimum percentages to be "adequately capitalized" under current supervisory regulations are 8% and 4%, respectively.  The minimums to be "well capitalized" are 10% and 5%, respectively.   As previously noted, the goodwill impairment in the second quarter of 2011 will have no impact on the regulatory capital ratios for Bank Mutual's subsidiary bank because goodwill is excluded from the regulatory capital calculations.  

During the second quarter of 2011 Bank Mutual paid a cash dividend of $0.01 per share to shareholders.   While Bank Mutual's capital remains strong, regulators have continued to focus on the capital levels of financial institutions such as Bank Mutual's bank subsidiary.   In addition, in 2010 Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") which now imposes capital requirements on savings and loan holding companies such as Bank Mutual.  These developments, and other requirements imposed by regulators (including our previously-disclosed agreement with them), may impact the ability of Bank Mutual and/or its subsidiary bank to pay dividends or, in the case of Bank Mutual, repurchase stock.  

Bank Mutual's non-performing loans declined by $15.2 million or 12.4% during the six months ended June 30, 2011.  Non-performing assets, which include non-performing loans, declined by $9.6 million or 6.7% during this same period.   Finally, loans classified by Bank Mutual as "special mention" and "substandard," which includes all non-performing loans, declined by $4.5 million or 2.8% during the six months ended June 30, 2011.  Bank Mutual's level of non-performing loans and assets, as well as classified loans, is due to continuing weakness in economic conditions, low values for commercial and multi-family real estate, and high unemployment rates in recent years, which has resulted in increased stress on borrowers and increased loan delinquencies.   Many properties securing Bank Mutual's loans have experienced increased vacancy rates, reduced lease rates, and/or delays in unit sales, as well as lower real estate values.  During the fourth quarter of 2010 in particular, management increased its assessment of the number of loans secured by commercial real estate, multi-family real estate, land, and commercial business assets that are or will likely become collateral dependent.  In many instances, management's assessment included loans that borrowers have managed to keep current despite underlying difficulties with the properties that secure the loans.   As of June 30, 2011, non-performing loans included $43.4 million in loans that were current on all contractual principal and interest payments, but which management determined should be classified as non-performing in light of underlying difficulties with the properties that secure the loans, as well as an increasingly strict regulatory environment.  Bank Mutual has continued to record periodic interest payments on these loans in interest income provided the borrowers have remained current on the loans and provided, in the judgment of management, Bank Mutual's net recorded investment in the loan has been deemed to be collectible.  The decline in Bank Mutual's non-performing and classified loans during the six months ended June 30, 2011, was due to loans that were paid off or upgraded during the period, as previously described, as well as loans that were partially charged off because Bank Mutual had commenced and/or completed foreclosure proceedings during the period.  

Bank Mutual's allowance for loan losses declined to $38.6 million or 2.94% of total loans at June 30, 2011, compared to $48.0 million or 3.63% at December 31, 2010.  As a percent of non-performing loans, Bank Mutual's allowance for loan losses was 35.8% at June 30, 2011, compared to 39.0% at December 31, 2010.  The decrease in the allowance was caused by $13.4 million in net charge-offs, as well as $3.4 million in provision recaptures, as previously described.  These developments were partially offset by $4.2 million in additional loss allowances established during the period, also as previously described.   During the period Bank Mutual charged off $2.7 million related to three loans that aggregated $9.1 million and were paid off during the period.  In addition, Bank Mutual charged off $7.5 million on seven loan relationships that aggregated $16.4 million on which management commenced and/or completed foreclosure proceedings during the period.  

Management believes the allowance for loan losses at June 30, 2011, was adequate to cover probable and estimable losses in Bank Mutual's loan portfolio as of that date.  However, future increases to the allowance may be necessary and results of operations could be adversely affected if future conditions differ from the assumptions used by management to determine the allowance for loan losses as of the end of the period.  

Bank Mutual Corporation is the fourth largest financial institution holding company headquartered in the state of Wisconsin and its stock is quoted on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BKMU".  Its subsidiary bank, Bank Mutual, operates 78 banking locations in the state of Wisconsin and one in Minnesota.

Cautionary Statements

The discussion in this earnings release contains or incorporates by reference various forward-looking statements concerning Bank Mutual's prospects that are based on the current expectations and beliefs of management.  Forward-looking statements may contain words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "objective," "projection" and similar expressions or use of verbs in the future tense, and are intended to identify forward-looking statements; any discussions of periods after the date for which this report is filed are also forward-looking statements.  The statements contained herein and such future statements involve or may involve certain assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Bank Mutual's control, that could cause Bank Mutual's actual results and performance to differ materially from what is expected.  In addition to the assumptions and other factors referenced specifically in connection with such statements, the following factors could impact the business and financial prospects of Bank Mutual: general economic conditions, including instability in credit, lending, and financial markets; declines in the real estate market, which could further affect both collateral values and loan activity; continuing relatively high unemployment and other factors which could affect borrowers' ability to repay their loans; negative developments affecting particular borrowers, which could further adversely impact loan repayments and collection; legislative and regulatory initiatives and changes, including action taken, or that may be taken, in response to difficulties in financial markets and/or which could negatively affect the right of creditors; monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; the effects of further regulation and consolidation within the financial services industry, including substantial changes under the Dodd-Frank Act and the transfer of regulatory authority from the Office of Thrift Supervision to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve Board; regulators' increasing expectations for financial institutions' capital levels and restrictions imposed on institutions, as to payments of dividends or otherwise, to maintain or achieve those levels, including the possible effect of the previously disclosed memoranda of understanding; potential changes in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which could impact the home mortgage market; increased competition and/or disintermediation within the financial services industry; changes in tax rates, deductions and/or policies; changes in FDIC premiums and other governmental assessments; changes in deposit flows; changes in the cost of funds; fluctuations in general market rates of interest and/or yields or rates on competing loans, investments, and sources of funds; demand for loan or deposit products; illiquidity of financial markets and other negative developments affecting particular investment and mortgage-related securities, which could adversely impact the fair value of and/or cash flows from such securities; demand for other financial services; changes in accounting policies or guidelines; natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or developments in the war on terrorism; and the factors discussed in Bank Mutual's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly under Part I, Item 1A, "Risk Factors," of Bank Mutual's 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)


June 30


December 31


2011


2010

ASSETS




Cash and due from banks

$27,047


$48,393

Interest-earning deposits

105,294


184,439

  Cash and cash equivalents

132,341


232,832

Securities available-for-sale, at fair value:




  Investment securities

55,081


228,023

  Mortgage-related securities

720,408


435,234

Loans held-for-sale, net

13,381


37,819

Loans receivable, net

1,313,835


1,323,569

Foreclosed properties and repossessed assets

24,945


19,293

Goodwill

-


52,570

Mortgage servicing rights, net

7,665


7,769

Other assets

255,458


254,709





    Total assets

$2,523,114


$2,591,818





LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Liabilities:




  Deposit liabilities

$2,008,037


$2,078,310

  Borrowings

149,391


149,934

  Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance

20,419


2,697

  Other liabilities

76,106


44,999

    Total liabilities

2,253,953


2,275,940

Equity:




  Preferred stock - $0.01 par value:




    Authorized - 20,000,000 shares in 2011 and 2010




    Issued and outstanding - none in 2011 and 2010

-


-

  Common stock - $0.01 par value:




    Authorized - 200,000,000 shares in 2011 and 2010




    Issued - 78,783,849 shares in 2011 and 2010




    Outstanding - 46,228,984 shares in 2011 and 45,769,443 in 2010

788


788

  Additional paid-in capital

490,019


494,377

  Retained earnings

138,946


191,238

  Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,900)


(6,897)

  Treasury stock - 32,554,865 shares in 2011 and 33,014,406 in 2010

(360,590)


(366,553)

    Total shareholders' equity

266,263


312,953

  Non-controlling interest in real estate partnership

2,898


2,925

    Total equity including non-controlling interest

269,161


315,878





    Total liabilities and equity

$2,523,114


$2,591,818



Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)










Three Months Ended June 30


Six Months Ended June 30


2011


2010


2011


2010

Interest income:








  Loans

$17,546


$19,879


$35,419


$40,735

  Investment securities

1,281


4,454


2,625


9,185

  Mortgage-related securities

4,033


5,153


7,828


11,513

  Interest-earning deposits

46


100


97


145

     Total interest income

22,906


29,586


45,969


61,578

Interest expense:








  Deposits

5,010


7,426


10,479


15,636

  Borrowings

1,790


9,764


3,560


19,430

  Advance payment by borrowers for taxes and insurance

1


1


2


2

     Total interest expense

6,801


17,191


14,041


35,068

     Net interest income

16,105


12,395


31,928


26,510

Provision for loan losses

805


6,150


3,985


9,516

     Net interest income after provision for loan losses

15,300


6,245


27,943


16,994

Non-interest income:








  Service charges on deposits

1,559


1,499


3,027


2,888

  Brokerage and insurance commissions

832


991


1,446


1,577

  Loan-related fees and servicing revenue, net

333


94


584


252

  Gain on loan sales activities, net

520


1,164


1,116


1,817

  Gain on sales of investments, net

-


6,687


1,113


11,072

  Other than temporary impairment (OTTI) losses:








     Total OTTI losses

(1,299)


-


(1,299)


-

     Non-credit portion of OTTI losses

910


-


910


-

     Net OTTI losses

(389)


-


(389)


-

  Other non-interest income

1,904


1,955


3,657


3,752

     Total non-interest income

4,759


12,390


10,554


21,358

Non-interest expense:








  Compensation, payroll taxes, and other employee benefits

9,602


8,998


19,001


17,711

  Occupancy and equipment

2,850


2,692


5,849


5,678

  Federal insurance premiums and special assessment

746


1,010


1,768


2,021

  Loss on foreclosed real estate, net

2,182


2,088


2,867


3,043

  Other non-interest expense

3,234


2,954


6,179


5,851

     Total non-interest expense before goodwill impairment

18,614


17,742


35,664


34,304

  Goodwill impairment

52,570


-


52,570


-

     Total non-interest expense

71,184


17,742


88,234


34,304

     Income (loss) before income tax expense  

(51,125)


893


(49,737)


4,048

Income tax expense  

266


162


626


1,214

     Net income (loss) before non-controlling interest

(51,391)


731


(50,363)


2,834

Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest

14


-


27


(1)

     Net income (loss)

($51,377)


$731


($50,336)


$2,833









Per share data:








  Earnings (loss) per share-basic  

($1.12)


$0.02


($1.10)


$0.06

  Earnings (loss) per share-diluted

($1.12)


$0.02


($1.10)


$0.06

  Cash dividends paid

$0.01


$0.07


$0.04


$0.14



Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Supplemental Financial Information

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts and ratios)












Three Months Ended June 30


Six Months Ended June 30

Loan Originations and Sales


2011


2010


2011


2010

Mortgage loan originations:









  One- to four-family


$56,230


$72,735


$100,135


$125,099

  Multi-family


2,146


8,392


7,710


12,253

  Commercial real estate


13,384


1,068


22,398


2,432

  Construction and development


5,955


16,144


13,247


20,216

    Total mortgage loans


77,715


98,339


143,490


160,000

Consumer loan originations


19,696


23,255


36,507


38,420

Commercial business loan originations


23,865


3,044


29,009


7,445

     Total loans originated


$121,276


$124,638


$209,006


$205,865










Mortgage loan sales


$22,582


$58,979


$80,197


$104,890























June 30


December 31

Loan Portfolio Analysis


2011


2010

Mortgage loans:





  One- to four-family


$528,091


$531,874

  Multi-family  


224,578


247,210

  Commercial real estate  


240,408


248,253

  Construction and development


76,885


83,490

     Total mortgage loans


1,069,962


1,110,827

Consumer loans


233,022


243,498

Commercial business loans


77,332


50,123

  Total loans receivable


1,380,316


1,404,448

Allowance for loan losses


(38,573)


(47,985)

Undisbursed loan proceeds and deferred fees and costs

(27,908)


(32,894)

  Total loans receivable, net


$1,313,835


$1,323,569






Loans serviced for others


$1,080,955


$1,076,772








Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Supplemental Financial Information (continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts and ratios)








June 30


December 31

Non-Performing Loans and Assets


2011


2010

Non-accrual mortgage loans:





    One- to four-family  


$15,150


$18,684

    Multi-family


33,007


31,660

    Commercial real estate


42,371


41,244

    Construction and development loans


13,278


26,563

        Total non-accrual mortgage loans


103,806


118,151

Non-accrual consumer loans:





    Secured by real estate


1,386


1,369

    Other consumer loans


203


275

        Total non-accrual consumer loans


1,589


1,644

Non-accrual commercial business loans


1,943


2,779

        Total non-accrual loans


107,338


122,574

Accruing loans delinquent 90 days or more


360


373

        Total non-performing loans


107,698


122,947

Foreclosed properties and repossessed assets


24,945


19,293

        Total non-performing assets


$132,643


$142,240

Non-performing loans to loans receivable, net


8.20%


9.29%

Non-performing assets to total assets


5.26%


5.49%










June 30


December 31

Classified Loans


2011


2010

Mortgage loans:





  One- to four-family


$17,092


$18,972

  Multi-family  


40,141


55,011

  Commercial real estate  


64,523


47,937

  Construction and development


23,745


29,546

     Total mortgage loans


145,501


151,466

Consumer loans


1,622


1,763

Commercial business loans


6,890


5,298

  Total


$154,013


$158,527










Six Months Ended June 30

Activity in Allowance for Loan Losses


2011


2010

Balance at the beginning of the period


$47,985


$17,028

Provision for loan losses


3,985


9,516

Charge-offs:





  One- to four-family  


(2,266)


(219)

  Multi-family


(2,981)


-

  Commercial real estate


(5,419)


(3,581)

  Construction and development loans


(2,472)


-

  Consumer loans


(463)


(395)

  Commercial business loans


(379)


(152)

    Total charge-offs


(13,980)


(4,347)

   Total recoveries


583


34

     Net charge-offs


(13,397)


(4,313)

Balance at the end of the period


$38,573


$22,231

Net charge-offs to average loans, annualized


1.96%


0.58%










June 30


December 31

Allowance Ratios


2011


2010

Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans


35.82%


39.03%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans


2.94%


3.63%








Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Supplemental Financial Information (continued)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts and ratios)








June 30


December 31

Deposit Liabilities Analysis


2011


2010

Non-interest-bearing checking


$97,167


$94,446

Interest-bearing checking


212,562


219,136

Savings accounts


218,903


210,334

Money market accounts  


404,756


423,923

Certificates of deposit


1,074,649


1,130,471

   Total deposit liabilities


$2,008,037


$2,078,310



















Three Months Ended June 30


Six Months Ended June 30

Selected Operating Ratios


2011


2010


2011


2010

Net interest margin (1)


2.82%


1.54%


2.82%


1.65%

Net interest rate spread


2.71%


1.33%


2.70%


1.43%

Return on average assets


(8.09)%


0.08%


(3.88)%


0.16%

Return on average shareholders' equity


(67.80)%


0.73%


(32.72)%


1.41%

Efficiency ratio (2)


87.58%


98.03%


85.41%


93.23%

Non-interest expense as a percent of average assets (3)

2.93%


2.04%


2.75%


1.97%

Shareholders' equity to total assets at end of period


10.55%


11.40%


10.55%


11.40%

Tangible common equity to adjusted total assets









      at end of period (4)


10.55%


10.04%


10.55%


10.04%

(1) Net interest margin is determined by dividing net interest income by average earning assets for the periods indicated.

(2) Efficiency ratio is determined by dividing non-interest expense before goodwill impairment by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income less net investment gains and net OTTI loss for the  periods indicated.

(3) Non-interest expense is defined as non-interest expense before goodwill impairment.

(4) This is a non-GAAP disclosure.  The ratio is computed as shareholders' equity less goodwill divided by total assets less goodwill.  























Three Months Ended June 30


Six Months Ended June 30

Other Information


2011


2010


2011


2010

Average earning assets


$2,283,240


$3,228,266


$2,261,974


$3,216,590

Average assets


2,541,491


3,471,563


2,591,330


3,484,857

Average interest bearing liabilities


2,097,592


2,939,791


2,065,943


2,923,036

Average shareholders' equity


303,118


399,886


307,642


401,503

Average tangible shareholders' equity (5)


263,691


347,316


262,582


348,933

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:









   As used in basic earnings per share


46,060,106


45,441,024


45,900,900


45,524,148

   As used in diluted earnings per share


46,060,106


45,787,348


45,900,900


45,914,185

(5) Average tangible shareholders' equity is average total shareholders' equity minus goodwill.










June 30


December 31



2011


2010

Number of shares outstanding (net of treasury shares)

46,228,984


45,769,443

Book value per share


$5.76


$6.84















June 30


December 31

Weighted Average Net Interest Rate Spread


2011


2010

Yield on loans


5.22%


5.45%

Yield on investments


2.61%


2.74%

Combined yield on loans and investments


4.25%


4.55%

Cost of deposits


0.97%


1.12%

Cost of borrowings


4.79%


4.79%

Total cost of funds


1.23%


1.37%

Interest rate spread


3.02%


3.18%



SOURCE Bank Mutual Corporation



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