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Bank Mutual Corporation Reports Operating Results for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2010 and 2009

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MILWAUKEE, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank Mutual Corporation (Nasdaq: BKMU) reported a net loss in the fourth quarter of 2010 of $76.4 million or $1.68 per diluted share compared to net income of $1.5 million or $0.03 per diluted share in the same quarter in 2009.  The loss in the 2010 quarter was due in large part to a previously- announced charge related to Bank Mutual's early repayment of $756.0 million in borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") of Chicago.   Bank Mutual Corporation ("Bank Mutual") repaid these borrowings in December and recognized a one-time charge of $53.6 million or $1.17 per diluted share, net of the related income tax effect.  Also contributing to the loss in the 2010 quarter was a provision for loan losses of $20.4 million or $0.44 per diluted share, also net of the related income tax effect, which was within the range previously announced by Bank Mutual.   Bank Mutual's net loss for the year ended December 31, 2010, was $72.6 million or $1.59 per diluted share compared to net income of $13.7 million or $0.29 per diluted share in the previous year.  As of December 31, 2010, Bank Mutual's subsidiary bank remains well capitalized for regulatory capital purposes.

Michael T. Crowley, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Mutual, commented, "As noted in our December announcement, we decided to repay certain borrowings from the FHLB of Chicago prior to their six-year average maturity.  These borrowings carried a very high, above-market interest rate, so this action will significantly reduce our annual interest expense in future periods."  Mr. Crowley added, "Our strong capital and excellent liquidity positions have given us the flexibility to take these important steps, which we believe will facilitate future growth and profitability.  We were able to utilize available cash and other overnight investments to retire this debt and did not need to sell assets in the fourth quarter.  As a result of this transaction, our total assets declined significantly during the fourth quarter."  The related borrowings were originally drawn in 2006 and 2007 under standard loan programs offered by the FHLB of Chicago to eligible financial institutions.  Loan programs offered by the FHLB of Chicago are not related to capital funding programs offered by the U.S. government under its Troubled Asset Relief Program, more commonly known as "TARP."   Due to Bank Mutual's level of capitalization and overall financial and operating condition, it has never accepted TARP funds nor has it participated in any other capital funding programs offered by the U.S. government.

Mr. Crowley commented further, "Our provision for loan losses was also elevated in the fourth quarter relative to previous periods.  In recent months we noted a substantial increase in the number of our commercial real estate borrowers whose properties were experiencing increased vacancies, declining lease rates, or delays in unit sales, as well as continued declines in real estate values.  We established loss allowances on these relationships to the extent we considered necessary and prudent based on these developments."  On a pre-tax basis Bank Mutual's provision for loan losses was $33.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $3.6 million in the same period in 2009.  For the full year, the provision for loan loss was $49.6 million in 2010 compared to $12.4 million in 2009.

Bank Mutual's net interest income declined by $7.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same quarter in 2009 and declined by $21.7 million during the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to the same period in the previous year.  These declines were primarily attributable to a decrease in Bank Mutual's interest rate spread between the periods and, to a lesser extent, a decrease in average earning assets between the periods.   Bank Mutual's interest rate spread decreased by 76 and 56 basis points during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2009.   Bank Mutual's average earning assets declined by $269.5 million or 8.3% and $97.4 million or 3.0% during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2009. Contributing to the decline in average earning assets in the 2010 periods was the repayment of $756.0 million in borrowings from the FHLB of Chicago in December.   As previously noted, Bank Mutual utilized available cash and other overnight investments to retire these obligations.   Management expects that the repayment of these borrowings will have a favorable impact on Bank Mutual's net interest income in future periods.  The repaid borrowings had a weighted-average cost of 4.17% or $31.5 million per year, whereas the average yield on short-term and overnight investments and other acceptable investment opportunities was substantially lower than 4.17% and was not expected to improve in the near term.

During 2010 Bank Mutual experienced increased levels of liquidity due to reduced portfolio loan demand and increased repayment activity in its loan and securities portfolios.  These developments were caused by persistent weakness in economic conditions, as well as a record low interest rate environment that resulted in continued refinancing of adjustable-rate residential and home equity loans into fixed-rate residential loans, which Bank Mutual typically sells in the secondary market.  In addition, in periods prior to the quarter just ended, Bank Mutual sold significant amounts of longer-term mortgage-related securities at gains in an effort to reduce its exposure to interest rate risk and to improve the overall liquidity position on its balance sheet.  In general, Bank Mutual reinvested the cash proceeds from the aforementioned sources in short-term securities and overnight investments or used them to repay FHLB borrowings, as previously noted.  Short-term and overnight investments typically have significantly lower yields than loans and other types of securities, which contributed to the decline in Bank Mutual's interest rate spread in 2010.      

Bank Mutual has also managed its liquidity position in 2010 by reducing the rates it offers on its certificates of deposits and certain other deposit accounts.  This resulted in a $59.2 million or 2.8% decrease in deposit liabilities during the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to 2009.  It has also contributed to a 53 basis point decline in the weighted-average cost of interest-bearing deposit liabilities at December 31, 2010, compared to the same date in 2009.

Bank Mutual's provision for loan losses was $33.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $3.6 in the same quarter last year.   The provision for the year ended December 31, 2010, was $49.6 million compared to $12.4 million in 2009.  The losses in these periods have been affected by persistent weakness in economic conditions, continuing elevated levels of unemployment, and further declines in real estate values.  These conditions have been particularly challenging for borrowers whose loans are secured by commercial real estate, multi-family real estate, and undeveloped land.  In recent months management has noted increased vacancy rates, declining rents, and/or delays in unit sales for many of the properties that secure Bank Mutual's loans.  In many instances, management's observations have included loans that borrowers and/or loan guarantors have managed to keep current despite underlying difficulties with the collateral properties.  In view of these developments, and an increasingly strict regulatory environment, Bank Mutual concluded that the probability of a number of these loans being collateral dependent had increased and that recording an increase in provision for loan losses was appropriate.

During the fourth quarter of 2010 Bank Mutual recorded $16.2 million in loss provisions against 11 loan relationships aggregating $44.7 million.  These losses were in addition to $2.2 million in loss provisions that had been recorded in prior quarters against two of the loans in this group.  These 11 loans were secured by commercial real estate, multi-family real estate, and undeveloped land.   In addition, during the same quarter Bank Mutual recorded $12.6 million in loss provisions on a large number of smaller commercial real estate, multi-family real estate, undeveloped land, and commercial business loan relationships, as well as $0.6 million in loss provisions on one- to four-family loans and consumer loans.  Finally, during the fourth quarter of 2010 Bank Mutual also recorded $4.5 million in additional loss provisions that reflected management's general concerns related to continued increases in Bank Mutual's non-performing loans, as well as continued declines in commercial real estate values, weakness in economic conditions, and high unemployment.  

On a full-year basis in 2010, Bank Mutual recorded $22.0 million in loss provisions against 13 loan relationships aggregating $48.5 million, which includes the 11 mentioned in the previous paragraph.   These loans were secured by commercial real estate, multi-family real estate, land and equipment and inventory in the case of one commercial business loan.  In addition, during the year ended December 31, 2010, Bank Mutual recorded $19.0 million in loss provisions on a large number of smaller commercial real estate, multi-family real estate, and commercial business loan relationships, as well as $1.3 million in loss provisions on one- to four-family loans and consumer loans.   Finally, Bank Mutual recorded $7.3 million in additional loss provisions that reflected management's general concerns related to continued declines in commercial real estate values, as well as continued weaknesses in economic conditions and high unemployment.

During the full year 2009 Bank Mutual recorded $9.5 million in loss provisions against 12 commercial real estate, multi-family real estate, and undeveloped land loan relationships aggregating $33.9 million (none of which are included in the loan groups mentioned in the previous paragraphs).  Bank Mutual also recorded $1.6 million in loss provisions on a number of smaller loans during that period, consisting principally of commercial real estate and commercial business loans and, to a lesser extent, one- to four-family and consumer loans.  Finally, during 2009 Bank Mutual also recorded $1.3 million in losses that reflected management's general concerns relating to deterioration in economic conditions, increased unemployment rates, and declines in real estate values in that period.

Service charges on deposits declined by $37,000 or 2.2% and $282,000 or 4.4% during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2009.   These declines were principally due to a decrease in overdraft charges and ATM/debit card fees.  Management attributes these declines to persistent weakness in economic conditions, which has resulted in reduced spending by consumers in general, including deposit customers of Bank Mutual.   In August 2010 Bank Mutual implemented procedures in response to new federal regulations that reduced the circumstances in which financial institutions may charge overdraft fees on customer debit card transactions.  Bank Mutual took steps to reduce the impact the new regulations could have on fee revenue and, as a result, has not noted a significant decline in overdraft fee revenue since it implemented the new procedures.

Brokerage and insurance commissions were $752,000 during the fourth quarter of 2010, a $37,000 or 5.2% improvement over the same period in the previous year.  On a full-year basis, this revenue was $3.1 million in 2010, a $282,000 or 10.1% increase compared to 2009.   The improvement between the quarterly periods was principally due to increased sales of tax-deferred annuity products.  It is not unusual for sales of such products to increase during periods of lower interest rates, when the returns on annuities improve relative to other investment alternatives such as certificates of deposit.  The improvement between the full-year periods was also due to increased annuity sales, but also contributing were increased sales of mutual funds and other equity investments earlier in 2010 due to a general improvement in the equity markets.

Net loan-related fees and servicing revenue was $142,000 during the three months ended December 31, 2010, compared to $406,000 in the same period of 2009.   Net loan-related fees and servicing revenue was $103,000 in 2010 compared to $184,000 in 2009.  The following table presents the primary components of net loan-related fees and servicing revenue for the periods indicated:



Three Months Ended

December 31


Year Ended

December 31


2010

2009


2010

2009


(Dollars in thousands)

Gross servicing fees

$671

$617


$2,584

$2,193

Mortgage servicing rights amortization

(1,177)

(583)


(3,277)

(3,023)

Mortgage servicing rights valuation recovery

479

221


281

535

   Loan servicing revenue, net

(27)

255


(412)

(295)

Other loan fee income

169

151


515

479

   Loan-related fees and servicing revenue, net

$142

$406


$103

$184




Gross servicing fees increased in the 2010 periods compared to the 2009 periods as a result of an increase in the amount of loans that Bank Mutual services for third-party investors.  As of December 31, 2010, Bank Mutual serviced $1.1 billion in loans for third-party investors compared to $1.0 billion at December 31, 2009.  Amortization of mortgage servicing rights ("MSRs") typically increases in periods of lower interest rates due to increased loan refinance activity, such as that which was experienced during the latter half of 2010 and the first half of 2009.  Loan-related fees and servicing revenue is also impacted by changes in the valuation allowance that is established against MSRs.  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 $3.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $1.3 million in the same period last year.  Gains on sales of loans were $8.6 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2010, compared to $9.1 million during 2009.   During the fourth quarter of 2010 sales of one- to four-family mortgage loans were $186.3 million compared to $90.8 million for the same period in 2009.  Loan sales increased in the latter half of 2010 in response to a record low interest rate environment that encouraged many fixed-rate borrowers to refinance existing loans at lower rates.  In addition, adjustable-rate borrowers were motivated to refinance into fixed-rate loans.  Bank Mutual sells substantially all of these loans in the secondary market.  On a full-year basis loan sales in 2010 were $409.4 million compared to $584.0 million in 2009.  Interest rates for mortgage loans were also very low during the first half of 2009 which resulted in high levels of refinance activity during that period.  Although interest rates were generally lower during the latter half of 2010, they have increased in recent weeks and the pace of residential loan originations and sales has slowed.  If this trend continues, Bank Mutual expects that gains on sales of loans will be lower in 2011 compared to 2010.  

Net gain (loss) on investment activities was a loss of $325,000 during the three months ended December 31, 2010, compared to a gain of $538,000 during the same period in 2009.  On a full-year basis, gains were $16.0 million in 2010 compared to $6.8 million in 2009.  Results for 2009 were net of $831,000 in other-than-temporary impairment ("OTTI") charges related to a mutual fund investment.  Excluding this charge, gains on investment activities during the year ended December 31, 2009, were $7.6 million.   During the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, Bank Mutual sold $885.0 million and $468.8 million, respectively, in longer-term, fixed-rate mortgage-related securities.  In addition, Bank Mutual sold $190.5 million in adjustable-rate mortgage-related securities in 2010 compared to no sales of such securities in 2009.

During the fourth quarter of 2010 Bank Mutual recorded a $700,000 loss on a $2.6 million net investment in 318 acres of partially-developed land held for future development.   In the judgment of management, continued declines in real estate values justified the loss.  There are currently no efforts underway to further develop or dispose of this property.  

Other non-interest income increased by $291,000 or 20.4% and $1.0 million or 16.1% during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2009.  Most of these increases were due to an increase in earnings from Bank Mutual's investment in bank-owned life insurance ("BOLI") and certain other employee benefit trusts, which benefited from a lower interest rate environment in 2010.  

Total non-interest expense was $108.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $159.8 million for the full-year 2010.  These amounts include a one-time pre-tax charge of $89.3 million to repay $756.0 million in borrowings from the FHLB of Chicago prior to their scheduled maturities, as previously discussed.  Excluding this one-time charge, total non-interest expense increased by $2.7 million or 16.6% and $2.3 million or 3.4% during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, compared to the same periods in the previous year.  The increase between the quarterly periods was due primarily to a $1.6 million increase in losses on foreclosed real estate.  On a full-year basis, these losses increased by $5.7 million in 2010 compared to 2009.   In recent periods Bank Mutual has experienced an increase in losses on foreclosed real estate due to continued declines in real estate values and weak economic conditions.  If these conditions persist, future losses on foreclosed real estate could remain elevated in the near term.

Compensation-related expense increased by $487,000 or 5.5% and decreased by $3.1 million or 7.9% during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2009.  The full-year decline was primarily caused by lower levels of stock-based compensation.  ESOP expense declined in 2010 because it was the last year of Bank Mutual's commitment to the ESOP.  Under the terms of the plan, the number of shares scheduled to be allocated to employees in the final year was substantially lower than it was in earlier years.   Bank Mutual does not expect to continue ESOP contributions beyond its original commitment at this time.  However, this decision is subject to review on a periodic basis and contributions may be reinstated in future periods.  Also contributing to the decrease in stock-based compensation in 2010 relative to 2009 was a large grant of stock options and restricted stock that was made in 2004 and became fully vested in mid-2009.  No amortization expense related to that grant was recorded beyond that point.  The increase in compensation-related expense in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009 was caused by the reversal of certain bonus accruals and favorable adjustments to employee benefit plan costs in the fourth quarter of 2009 that were not necessary in 2010.

Occupancy and equipment costs were $2.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2010, a $93,000 or 3.3% decrease from the same period in 2009.  These same costs were $11.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2010, which was a $539,000 or 4.6% decrease from the same period in the previous year.   These decreases were primarily caused by lower data processing costs, due in part to the negotiation of a new contract with Bank Mutual's third-party data processor in late 2009, as well as lower levels of repair and maintenance expense and rent expense in 2010.

FDIC insurance premiums increased by $74,000 or 7.9% and decreased by $528,000 or 11.5% during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, compared to the same periods in the previous year.  Results in 2009 included a $1.6 million non-recurring special assessment from the FDIC that was charged to all insured financial institutions (based on total assets less Tier 1 capital) as of June 30, 2009.  Excluding this special assessment, Bank Mutual's FDIC insurance premiums increased by $1.0 million or 33.5% during year ended December 31, 2010, compared to the previous year.  In the second quarter of 2009 the FDIC raised its regular premium rates for all financial institutions.  In addition, during the first quarter of 2009 Bank Mutual utilized the last of certain premium credits that had been available to offset deposit premium costs.  

Other non-interest expense increased by $580,000 or 18.4% and $757,000 or 6.3% during the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2010, respectively, compared to the same periods in the previous year.  These increases were primarily caused by an increase in costs to maintain and otherwise administer Bank Mutual's foreclosed and repossessed properties.  These increases were offset in part by lower expenses related to marketing and advertising in the 2010 periods relative to the same periods in 2009.

Income tax benefit was $51.4 million during the three months ended December 31, 2010, compared to an expense of $424,000 in the same period of 2009.  On a full-year basis, income tax benefit was $49.9 million in 2010 compared to an expense of $5.4 million in the 2009.  The large income tax benefit in the 2010 periods were caused by Bank Mutual's pre-tax loss, which was principally the result of the one-time charge to repay borrowings from the FHLB of Chicago, as well as a significant increase in provision for loan losses, as previously described.  

In the first quarter of 2009 Bank Mutual recorded a $1.8 million tax benefit related to the elimination of a valuation allowance it had established against a deferred tax asset in prior years.   The deferred tax asset related to Wisconsin net operating loss carryovers for which management was previously unable to determine whether it was more likely than not that the tax benefits would be realized in future periods.   In the first quarter of 2009 Wisconsin law was amended from a system that taxed each affiliated entity separately to a form of combined reporting.  As a result of this change, management determined that Bank Mutual's Wisconsin net operating losses that had not been recognized in prior periods would be realizable, which resulted in a one-time tax benefit of $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2009.   Excluding this benefit, income tax expense in 2009 would have been $7.2 million.

For reasons described earlier in this release, Bank Mutual's origination of one- to four-family mortgage loans declined in 2010, from $639.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2009, to $495.6 million in 2010.   Since December 31, 2009, Bank Mutual's portfolio of one- to four-family loans declined from $644.9 million at that date, to $531.9 million at December 31, 2010.  This decline was caused by continued refinancing of adjustable-rate loans by borrowers (which Bank Mutual typically retains in portfolio) into fixed-rate loans (which Bank Mutual typically sells).   Although market interest rates for mortgage loans have increased in recent weeks, they remain low by historical standards.  As such, Bank Mutual expects borrowers to continue to prefer fixed-rate mortgage loans in the near term, which could impact its ability to increase its portfolio of one- to four-family loans in future periods.

Multi-family and commercial real estate mortgage loan originations were $59.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to $55.2 million during the same period in 2009.  Bank Mutual's aggregate portfolio of multi-family and commercial real estate mortgage loans increased from $467.5 million at December 31, 2009, to $493.9 million at December 31, 2010.  A substantial portion of this increase was due to construction and development loans that were transferred to permanent financing during the period.  As a result of this development, Bank Mutual's portfolio of construction and development loans declined by $30.7 million or 26.5% during the year ended December 31, 2010.  

Commercial business loan originations in the year ended December 31, 2010, were $34.5 million compared to $22.6 million in the same period in 2009.  Bank Mutual's portfolio of commercial business loans decreased by $1.9 million or 3.6%, from $52.0 million to $50.1 million during the year ended December 31, 2010.  

Consumer loan originations, including fixed-term home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, were $78.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to $76.9 million during the same period in the prior year.  Bank Mutual's consumer loan portfolio declined from $275.5 million at December 31, 2009, to $243.5 million at December 31, 2010.   This decline was due in part to an interest rate environment in recent periods that has encouraged many borrowers to refinance their home equity loans or lines of credit and other consumer loans into first mortgage loans.  Many of these borrowers reestablished home equity lines of credit with Bank Mutual in accordance with its established lending standards, but had not drawn substantial amounts on these lines as of the end of the period.

In light of current economic conditions and recent loan origination activity, management believes growth in all categories of Bank Mutual's loan portfolio may be challenging in the near term.  However, management has taken proactive steps in recent months to improve the outlook for Bank Mutual's growth.  David A. Baumgarten, President of Bank Mutual, noted, "We are currently in the process of expanding our commercial banking capabilities and have recently hired a number of experienced commercial bankers to help us with these initiatives.  Additional staff additions are in the works that will also improve our sales culture in our retail network."  Mr. Baumgarten continued, "We have the capital and management expertise to continue to be a stable, reliable partner for businesses in Wisconsin and our business and retail customers should look forward to additional product and service offerings in coming months."

Bank Mutual's available-for-sale securities portfolio decreased by $817.7 million or 55.2% during the year ended December 31, 2010.  This decrease was primarily the result of the sale of $885.0 million in longer-term, fixed-rate mortgage-related securities and $190.5 million in adjustable-rate mortgage-related securities in periods prior to the fourth quarter.   As previously noted, Bank Mutual sold significant amounts of securities in prior quarters in an effort to reduce its exposure to interest rate risk and to improve the overall liquidity position on its balance sheet.  

Bank Mutual's other assets increased by $48.0 million or 23.2% during the year ended December 31, 2010.  Most of this increase is attributable to a substantial increase in current and deferred income taxes due to Bank Mutual's operating loss in 2010.

Deposit liabilities decreased by $59.2 million or 2.8% during the year ended December 31, 2010, to $2.08 billion compared to $2.14 billion at December 31, 2009.  Core deposits, consisting of checking, savings, and money market accounts, increased by $99.6 million or 11.7% during the period while certificates of deposit declined by $158.8 million or 12.3%.   Core deposits increased as primarily in response to a historically low interest rate environment that has made such accounts more economical and/or practical for customers.   In addition, core deposits were higher than typical at December 31, 2010, due to the timing of certain local government tax deposits which had not been withdrawn as of that date.  With respect to certificates of deposit, Bank Mutual has reduced the rates it offers on this product during the year in an effort to manage its overall liquidity position, which has resulted in a decline in certificates of deposit.  Due in part to these efforts, the weighted-average cost of Bank Mutual's deposits declined by 53 basis points during the year ended December 31, 2010.

Borrowings, which consist of advances from the FHLB of Chicago, declined by $757.0 million or 83.5% during the twelve months ended December 31, 2010.  This decline was due to the early repayment of $756.0 million in borrowings from the FHLB of Chicago in December, as previously described.   Approximately $100.0 million of Bank Mutual's remaining borrowings at December 31, 2010, are redeemable at the option of the FHLB of Chicago, although such borrowings have a remaining maturity of only one-and-a-half years.  In addition, all of Bank Mutual's advances from the FHLB of Chicago at December 31, 2010, are subject to significant prepayment penalties if repaid prior to their stated maturity.   Management believes that additional funds would be available to be borrowed from the FHLB of Chicago or other sources in the future to fund loan originations or security purchases if needed or desirable; however, management does not expect additional borrowings to be significant in the near term.  There can be no assurances of the future availability of borrowings or any particular level of future borrowings.  

Other liabilities declined to $45.0 million at December 31, 2010, from $59.7 million at December 31, 2009.  Most of this decline was caused by payables to securities brokers for securities purchased in December 2009 that settled in January 2010.

Shareholders' equity declined from $402.5 million at December 31, 2009, to $313.0 million at December 31, 2010.  This decline was primarily the result of the net loss from operations in 2010.  The Company's accumulated other comprehensive loss increased during the year due principally to adjustments related to the Company's net pension liability.  Bank Mutual's ratio of shareholders' equity to total assets was 12.07% at December 31, 2010, compared to 11.46% at December 31, 2009.  Book value per share of Bank Mutual's common stock was $6.84 at December 31, 2010, compared to $8.72 at December 31, 2009.  

Bank Mutual's subsidiary bank is "well capitalized" for regulatory capital purposes.  As of December 31, 2010, management estimates that the subsidiary bank's total risk-based capital ratio was approximately 18.1% and its Tier 1 capital ratio was approximately 9.3%.  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.

Bank Mutual has paid 40 consecutive quarterly cash dividends since its initial stock offering in November 2000.  During the fourth quarter of 2010 Bank Mutual paid a cash dividend of $0.03 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 and have often requested capital levels above stated requirements.   In addition, in 2010 Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") which, when fully effective, will impose capital requirements on Bank Mutual.  These developments may impact the ability of Bank Mutual and/or its subsidiary bank to pay dividends or, in the case of Bank Mutual, repurchase stock.   During the fourth quarter of 2010 Bank Mutual did not repurchase any shares of its common stock nor did its board of directors authorize a new program for the purchase of additional shares.  

Bank Mutual's non-performing loans were $122.9 million or 9.29% of loans receivable as of December 31, 2010, compared to $42.6 million or 2.83% as of December 31, 2009.  Non-performing assets, which includes non-performing loans, were $142.2 million or 5.49% of total assets and $60.3 million or 1.72% of total assets as of these same dates, respectively.  The increase in non-performing loans and assets was caused by persistent weakness in economic conditions, continued declines in commercial real estate values, and elevated unemployment rates in 2010, which has resulted in increased stress on borrowers and increased loan delinquencies.   Many properties securing Bank Mutual's loans have experienced increased vacancy rates, declining lease rates, or delays in unit sales, as well as continued declines in 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, undeveloped 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 December 31, 2010, non-performing loans included $38.1 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 will continue to record periodic interest payments on these loans in interest income provided the borrowers remain current on the loans and provided, in the judgment of management, Bank Mutual's net recorded investment in the loan is deemed to be collectible.

Bank Mutual's allowance for loan losses increased to $48.0 million or 3.63% of total loans at December 31, 2010, compared to $17.0 million or 1.13% at December 31, 2009.  As a percent of non-performing loans, Bank Mutual's allowance for loan losses was 39.0% at December 31, 2010, compared to 40.0% at December 31, 2009.  The dollar increase in the allowance was caused by the additional loss allowances that were established during the year ended December 31, 2010, as described earlier in this release.   This development was partially offset by $18.7 million in net loan charge-offs during the year.   Management believes the allowance for loan losses at December 31, 2010, 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 fifth 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 high rates of unemployment and the significant instability in credit, lending, and financial markets; further declines in the real estate market, which could further affect both collateral values and loan activity; 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; changes in regulators' expectations for financial institutions' capital levels, which can among other things affect Bank Mutual's ability to pay dividends or repurchase shares; regulatory responses to increased loan losses and allowances, which may affect Bank Mutual's business and increase its costs; 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; 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; increased competition and/or disintermediation within the financial services industry; the effects of further regulation and consolidation within the financial services industry, including substantial changes under the recently enacted Dodd-Frank Act; 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; 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 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)



December 31


December 31


2010


2009

ASSETS




Cash and due from banks

$48,393


$37,696

Interest-earning deposits

184,439


189,962

  Cash and cash equivalents

232,832


227,658

Securities available-for-sale, at fair value:




  Investment securities

228,023


614,104

  Mortgage-related securities

435,234


866,848

Loans held-for-sale, net

37,819


13,534

Loans receivable, net

1,323,569


1,506,056

Foreclosed properties and repossessed assets

19,293


17,689

Goodwill

52,570


52,570

Mortgage servicing rights, net

7,769


6,899

Other assets

254,709


206,706





    Total assets

$2,591,818


$3,512,064





LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Liabilities:




  Deposit liabilities

$2,078,310


$2,137,508

  Borrowings

149,934


906,979

  Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance

2,697


2,508

  Other liabilities

44,999


59,668

    Total liabilities

2,275,940


3,106,663

Equity:




  Preferred stock - $0.01 par value:




    Authorized - 20,000,000 shares in 2010 and 2009




    Issued and outstanding - none in 2010 and 2009

-


-

  Common stock - $0.01 par value:




    Authorized - 200,000,000 shares in 2010 and 2009




    Issued - 78,783,849 shares in 2010 and 2009




    Outstanding - 45,769,443 shares in 2010 and 46,165,635 in 2009

788


788

  Additional paid-in capital

494,377


499,376

  Retained earnings

191,238


272,518

  Unearned ESOP shares

-


(347)

  Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(6,897)


(2,406)

  Treasury stock - 33,014,406 shares in 2010 and 32,618,214 in 2009

(366,553)


(367,452)

    Total shareholders' equity

312,953


402,477

  Non-controlling interest in real estate partnership

2,925


2,924

    Total equity including non-controlling interest

315,878


405,401





    Total liabilities and equity

$2,591,818


$3,512,064



Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)










Three Months Ended December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31


2010


2009


2010


2009

Interest income:








  Loans

$18,752


$22,305


$79,266


$95,802

  Investment securities

2,172


4,733


15,428


18,199

  Mortgage-related securities

1,404


7,894


17,445


37,734

  Interest-earning deposits

223


2


430


79

     Total interest income

22,551


34,934


112,569


151,814

Interest expense:








  Deposits

6,105


9,409


28,606


44,568

  Borrowings

8,371


9,873


37,664


39,205

  Advance payment by borrowers for taxes and insurance

2


4


6


11

     Total interest expense

14,478


19,286


66,276


83,784

     Net interest income

8,073


15,648


46,293


68,030

Provision for loan losses

33,940


3,591


49,619


12,413

     Net interest income (loss) after provision for loan losses

(25,867)


12,057


(3,326)


55,617

Non-interest income:








  Service charges on deposits

1,614


1,651


6,126


6,408

  Brokerage and insurance commissions

752


715


3,067


2,785

  Loan-related fees and servicing revenue, net

142


406


103


184

  Gain on loan sales activities, net

3,084


1,311


8,571


9,110

  Gain (loss) on investments, net

(325)


538


15,966


6,758

  Loss on real estate held for investment

(700)


-


(700)


-

  Other non-interest income

1,715


1,424


7,470


6,436

     Total non-interest income

6,282


6,045


40,603


31,681

Non-interest expense:








  Compensation, payroll taxes, and other employee benefits

9,297


8,810


36,009


39,077

  Occupancy and equipment

2,721


2,814


11,221


11,760

  Federal insurance premiums and special assessment

1,012


938


4,069


4,597

  Loss on foreclosed real estate, net

2,141


497


6,346


646

  Loss on early repayment of FHLB borrowings

89,348


-


89,348


-

  Other non-interest expense

3,724


3,144


12,832


12,075

     Total non-interest expense

108,243


16,203


159,825


68,155

     Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)

(127,828)


1,899


(122,548)


19,143

Income tax expense (benefit)

(51,430)


424


(49,909)


5,418

     Net income (loss) before non-controlling interest

(76,398)


1,475


(72,639)


13,725

Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest

(1)


-


(1)


-

     Net income (loss)

($76,399)


$1,475


($72,640)


$13,725









Per share data:








  Earnings (loss) per share-basic  

($1.68)


$0.03


($1.59)


$0.29

  Earnings (loss) per share-diluted

($1.68)


$0.03


($1.59)


$0.29

  Cash dividends paid

$0.03


$0.07


$0.20


$0.34



Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Supplemental Financial Information

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










Three Months Ended December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31

Loan Originations and Sales

2010


2009


2010


2009

Mortgage loan originations:








  One- to four-family

$183,649


$95,872


$495,558


$639,680

  Multi-family

560


4,348


35,291


11,689

  Commercial real estate

8,465


7,264


23,922


43,523

    Total mortgage loans

192,674


107,484


554,771


694,892

Consumer loan originations

20,465


18,078


78,198


76,854

Commercial business loan originations

12,369


5,427


34,530


22,617

     Total loans originated

225,508


130,989


667,499


794,363

Mortgage loans purchased

-


-


-


2,658

    Total loans originated and purchased

$225,508


$130,989


$667,499


$797,021









Mortgage loan sales

$186,255


$90,762


$409,369


$583,966


















December 31


December 31





Loan Portfolio Analysis

2010


2009





Mortgage loans:








  One- to four-family

$531,874


$644,852





  Multi-family  

235,898


190,377





  Commercial real estate  

257,961


277,168





  Construction and development

85,094


115,786





     Total mortgage loans

1,110,827


1,228,183





Consumer loans

243,498


275,497





Commercial business loans

50,123


52,016





  Total loans receivable

1,404,448


1,555,696





Allowance for loan losses

(47,985)


(17,028)





Undisbursed loan proceeds and deferred fees and costs

(32,894)


(32,612)





  Total loans receivable, net

$1,323,569


$1,506,056







Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Supplemental Financial Information (continued)

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






December 31


December 31

Non-Performing Loans and Assets

2010


2009

Non-accrual mortgage loans:




    One- to four-family  

$18,527


$12,126

    Multi-family

33,953


3,357

    Commercial real estate

52,556


18,840

    Construction and development loans

12,781


4,859

        Total non-accrual mortgage loans

117,817


39,182

Non-accrual consumer loans:




    Secured by real estate

1,371


1,433

    Other consumer loans

273


212

        Total non-accrual consumer loans

1,644


1,645

Non-accrual commercial business loans

3,113


923

        Total non-accrual loans

122,574


41,750

Accruing loans delinquent 90 days or more

373


834

        Total non-performing loans

122,947


42,584

Foreclosed properties and repossessed assets

19,293


17,689

        Total non-performing assets

$142,240


$60,273

Non-performing loans to loans receivable, net

9.29%


2.83%

Non-performing assets to total assets

5.49%


1.72%










Twelve Months Ended December 31

Activity in Allowance for Loan Losses

2010


2009

Balance at the beginning of the period

$17,028


$12,208

Provision for the period

49,619


12,413

Charge-offs:




  One- to four-family  

(528)


(397)

  Multi-family

(140)


(4,523)

  Commercial real estate

(11,621)


(1,989)

  Construction and development loans

(3,515)


-

  Consumer loans

(776)


(527)

  Commercial business loans

(2,140)


(210)

    Total charge-offs

(18,720)


(7,646)

Recoveries:




  One- to four-family

20


1

  Commercial real estate

1


19

  Consumer loans

37


33

     Total recoveries

58


53

     Net charge-offs

(18,662)


(7,593)

Balance at the end of the period

$47,985


$17,028

Net charge-offs to average loans, annualized

1.26%


0.45%






December 31


December 31

Allowance Ratios

2010


2009

Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans

39.03%


39.99%

Allowance for loan losses to total loans

3.63%


1.13%



Bank Mutual Corporation and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Supplemental Financial Information (continued)

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










December 31


December 31





Deposit Liabilities Analysis

2010


2009





Non-interest-bearing checking

$94,446


$94,619





Interest-bearing checking

219,136


211,448





Savings accounts

210,334


196,983





Money market accounts  

423,923


345,144





Certificates of deposit

1,130,471


1,289,314





   Total deposit liabilities

$2,078,310


$2,137,508






















Three Months Ended December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31

Selected Operating Ratios

2010


2009


2010


2009

Net interest margin (1)

1.08%


1.92%


1.47%


2.09%

Net interest rate spread

0.91%


1.67%


1.26%


1.82%

Return on average assets

(9.27)%


0.17%


(2.12)%


0.39%

Return on average shareholders' equity

(81.49)%


1.46%


(18.47)%


3.40%

Efficiency ratio (2)

128.71%


76.59%


99.36%


73.32%

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

2.29%


1.86%


2.06%


1.95%

Shareholders' equity to total assets at end of period

12.07%


11.46%


12.07%


11.46%

Tangible common equity to adjusted total assets








      at end of period (4)

10.25%


10.11%


10.25%


10.11%

(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 less loss on early repayment of FHLB borrowings  

      by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income less net investment gains for the periods indicated.

(3) Ratio excludes impact of loss on early repayment of FHLB borrowings in the 2010 periods.

(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 December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31

Other Information

2010


2009


2010


2009

Average earning assets

$2,990,284


$3,259,734


$3,158,836


$3,256,223

Average assets

3,295,982


3,488,150


3,425,106


3,492,381

Average interest bearing liabilities

2,750,682


2,945,361


2,881,971


2,945,024

Average shareholders' equity

374,988


404,682


393,259


403,798

Average tangible shareholders' equity (5)

322,418


352,112


340,689


351,228

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:








   As used in basic earnings per share

45,601,898


45,924,959


45,596,490


46,565,895

   As used in diluted earnings per share

45,601,898


46,438,289


45,596,490


47,178,479

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












December 31


December 31






2010


2009





Number of shares outstanding (net of treasury shares)

45,769,443


46,165,635





Book value per share

$6.84


$8.72






















December 31


December 31





Weighted Average Net Interest Rate Spread

2010


2009





Yield on loans

5.45%


5.76%





Yield on investments

2.74%


3.19%





Combined yield on loans and investments

4.55%


4.49%





Cost of deposits

1.12%


1.65%





Cost of borrowings

4.79%


4.32%





Total cost of funds

1.37%


2.49%





Interest rate spread

3.18%


2.04%







SOURCE Bank Mutual Corporation



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