BCSB Bancorp, Inc. Reports Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2010

31 Jan, 2011, 16:00 ET from BCSB Bancorp, Inc.

BALTIMORE, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BCSB Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: BCSB), the holding company for Baltimore County Savings Bank, FSB, (the "Bank") reported net income of $45,000 for the three month period ended December 31, 2010, which represents the first quarter of its 2011 fiscal year, as compared to net income of $670,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2009. When consideration is given to dividends and discount accretion on preferred shares issued under the U.S. Treasury's TARP Capital Purchase Program, the Company reported a net loss available to common stockholders of $111,000 or ($0.04) per basic and diluted share for the three months ended December 31, 2010, compared to net income available to common stockholders of $514,000 or $0.18 per basic and diluted common share for the three months ended December 31, 2009.

During the three months ended December 31, 2010, earnings were negatively impacted by increased loan loss provisions and a decline in net interest income as compared to the corresponding period during the prior fiscal year.

Additional loan loss provisions during the three months ended December 31, 2010 were necessary to address increases in troubled assets. Current economic conditions were primarily responsible for the increased loss reserves. Nonperforming assets were $13.2 million at December 31, 2010 versus $12.8 million at September 30, 2010. Most of the nonperforming assets consisted of commercial loans, which increased to $12.5 million at December 31, 2010 from $12.1 million at September 30, 2010.

The decrease in net interest income during the three months ended December 31, 2010 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2009 was primarily due to declines in average balances and yields related to the Company's loans and mortgage-backed securities portfolios. These reductions in net interest income were partially offset by lower interest expense on deposits as cost of funds on the deposit portfolio has continued to decline.  

President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph J. Bouffard commented, "Although disappointed with recent quarterly operating results, we are encouraged by reporting a small profit despite notable increases in loan loss provisions. We are also pleased to have repaid TARP during the March 31, 2011 quarter without raising additional capital and diluting shareholder interests. Not many institutions have been permitted by their regulators to repay TARP in this manner. We believe this demonstrates our financial strength."

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking, as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby.  All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors, including but not limited to real estate values, market conditions, the impact of interest rates on financing, local and national economic factors and the matters described in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2010.  Accordingly, actual results may differ from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, and the making of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that results expressed herein will be achieved.

BCSB Bancorp, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition (Unaudited)

December 31,

September 30,

2010

2010

            (Dollars in thousands)

ASSETS

Cash equivalents and time deposits

$

114,525

$

108,999

Investment Securities, available for sale

16,484

18,390

Loans Receivable, net

386,866

388,933

Mortgage-backed Securities, available for sale

68,258

65,975

Foreclosed Real Estate

186

--

Premises and Equipment, net

7,669

7,826

Bank Owned Life Insurance

15,825

15,655

Other Assets

13,866

14,777

Total Assets

$

623,679

$

620,555

LIABILITIES

Deposits

$

538,815

$

534,366

Junior Subordinated Debentures

17,011

17,011

Other Liabilities

6,876

7,788

Total Liabilities

562,702

559,165

Total Stockholders' Equity

60,977

61,390

Total Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity

$

623,679

$

620,555

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

Three Months ended December 31,

2010

2009

(Dollars in thousands except per share data)

Interest income

$

6,805

$

7,445

Interest expense

2,346

2,521

Net interest income

4,459

4,924

Provision for loan losses

800

300

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

3,659

4,624

Total non-interest income

784

700

Total non-interest expenses

4,455

4,296

(Loss) Income before tax expense

(12)

1,028

Income tax (benefit) expense

(57)

358

Net income

45

670

Preferred stock dividends and discount accretion

(156)

(156)

Net (loss) income available to common shareholders

$

(111)

$

514

Basic and diluted (loss) earnings per common share

$

(.04)

$

.18

Summary of Financial Highlights (Unaudited)

Three Months ended December 31,

2010

2009

Return on average assets (Annualized)

.03%

.46%

Return on average equity (Annualized)

.29%

4.46%

Interest rate spread

2.99%

3.58%

Net interest margin

3.06%

3.66%

Efficiency ratio

84.97%

76.39%

Ratio of average interest earning assets/interest bearing liabilities

104.21%

104.09%

Allowance for Loan Losses (Unaudited)

Three Months ended December 31,

2010

2009

(Dollars in thousands)

Allowance at beginning of period

$

6,634

$

3,927

Provision for loan loss

800

300

Recoveries

22

42

Charge-offs

(286)

(41)

Allowance at end of period

$

7,170

$

4,228

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of gross loans

1.82%

1.05%

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans

55.20%

60.38%

Non-Performing Assets (Unaudited)

At December 31, 2010

At September 30, 2010

At December 31, 2009

(Dollars in thousands)

Nonperforming loans: (1)

Commercial loans

$

12,542

$

12,106

$

5,830

Residential real estate

446

656

1,161

Consumer Loans

--

23

11

Total nonperforming loans

12,988

12,785

7,002

Foreclosed real estate

186

--

--

Other nonperforming assets

--

--

13

Total nonperforming assets

$

13,174

$

12,785

$

7,015

Nonperforming loans to loans receivable

3.36%

3.29%

1.76%

Nonperforming assets to total assets

2.11%

2.06%

1.20%

(1) Nonperforming status denotes loans on which, in the opinion of management, the collection of additional interest is questionable.  Also included in this category at December 31, 2010 are $3.2 million in Troubled Debt Restructurings, all of which are not delinquent.  Reporting guidance requires disclosure of these loans as non-performing even though they are current in terms of principal and interest payments.

SOURCE BCSB Bancorp, Inc.