Mayflower Bancorp Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings and Payment of Dividend

MIDDLEBORO, Mass., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mayflower Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: MFLR) today reported net income of $313,000 or $0.15 per share for its fourth quarter ended April 30, 2010 as compared to earnings of $305,000 or $0.15 per share for the same quarter last year.  Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter were $0.15 compared to $0.15 for the fourth quarter of last year.  

For the year ended April 30, 2010, net income was $1.2 million or $0.56 per share, compared to $35,000 or $0.02 per share for the same period last year.  On a diluted per share basis, earnings for the year were $0.56 per share compared to $0.02 for the same period one year ago.  

Included in prior-year operating results was a gross, other-than-temporary impairment charge of $1.9 million related to the Company's ownership of Federal National Mortgage Association's ("Fannie Mae") and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation's ("Freddie Mac") preferred and auction rate preferred stock.  The net after-tax reduction in earnings as a result of that charge was $1.2 million.  

In conjunction with these announcements, Edward M. Pratt, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company reported that the Company's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share to be payable on June 17, 2010, to shareholders of record as of June 10, 2010.

At the same time, Mr. Pratt commented further that "Our fourth quarter reflected the continuation of several positive trends for the Company, including further growth in core deposit totals, ongoing reductions in the cost of our deposits, and improvement in our net interest income.  In future periods, we will look to further these developments, while focusing on the orderly elimination of non-accrual loans and of real estate acquired by foreclosure currently on our books."

Net interest income for the quarter ending April 30, 2010 increased by $329,000 or 18.2% to $2.1 million.  This increase was substantially due to the ongoing reduction of the cost of deposits, as offset by a reduction in the average balance of loans outstanding.  During the quarter ended April 30, 2010, the Company's net interest margin increased, from 3.17% for the quarter ended April 30, 2009 to 3.78% for the quarter ended April 30, 2010.  Total average interest earning assets for the quarter decreased, from $228.7 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2009 to $226.3 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2010, while average interest bearing liabilities declined from $226.7 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2009 to $226.0 million for the quarter ended April 30, 2010.  

The provision for loan losses was $140,000 for the quarter ended April 30, 2010, compared to no provision for the quarter ended April 30, 2009.  The Company provides for loan losses in order to maintain the allowance for loan losses at a level that management estimates is adequate to absorb probable losses based on an evaluation of known and inherent risks in the portfolio. In determining the appropriate level of the allowance for loan losses, the Company considers, among other things, past and anticipated loss experience, evaluations of underlying collateral, prevailing economic conditions, changes in staff depth and experience, the nature and volume of the loan portfolio and the levels of non-performing and other classified loans. Management evaluates the level of the loan loss reserve on a regular basis and considered the allowance for loan losses to be adequate at April 30, 2010.  However, management's ability to predict future results is inherently uncertain and future increases to the allowance for loan losses may be necessary due to changes in loan composition or volume, changes in economic conditions, regulatory considerations, or other factors.

Non-interest income for the quarter decreased by $32,000, primarily due to a reduction in gains on sales of mortgage loans, from a gain of $263,000 for the quarter ended April 30, 2009 to a gain of $80,000 for the quarter ended April 30, 2010.  This reduction was offset by an increase of $108,000 in gains on sales of investments, an increase of $30,000 in loan origination and other loan fees, and an increase of $23,000 in customer service fees.  Finally, other income decreased by $10,000.  

As compared to the same period last year, total operating expenses increased by $115,000 or 6.2% for the quarter ended April 30, 2010.  This increase was primarily comprised of an increase of $112,000 in salary and benefit expense due to employees hired to staff the new branch in Plymouth, MA, the hiring of a new commercial loan officer, and increases in employee benefit costs.  Also contributing to the increase in operating expenses was an increase of $54,000 in losses and expenses of other real-estate owned due to higher balances of foreclosed assets.  Offsetting these increases was a decrease of $49,000 in FDIC assessment expense and a decrease of $2,000 in other operating expenses.  

For the year ended April 30, 2010, net interest income was $7.9 million, an increase of $602,000 or 8.2% compared to the prior year.  Additionally, the Company's net interest margin increased from 3.25% for the year ended April 30, 2009 to 3.53% for year ended April 30, 2010.  Average interest earning assets for the year ended April 30, 2010 were $225.2 million as compared to $225.5 million for the year ended April 30, 2009 and average interest bearing liabilities were $225.3 million compared to $222.3 million for the same period last year.  

The provision for loan losses was $215,000 for the year ended April 30, 2010 as compared to no provision for the year ended April 30, 2009.  

For the year ended April 30, 2010, non-interest income improved by $2.1 million, primarily impacted by the prior year $1.9 million gross Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investment writedowns, as compared to investment gains of $268,000 realized during the current year.  Additionally, customer service fees increased by $24,000 while other income grew by $19,000.  These increases were offset by a decrease in gains on sales of mortgages, from a gain of $544,000 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2009 to a gain of $423,000 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2010.  Finally, loan origination and other loan fees decreased by $13,000.  

Total operating expenses increased by $617,000 to $7.8 million for the year ended April 30, 2010, an increase of 8.6%.  This increase was attributable to an increase of $360,000 in salary and benefit expense, an increase of $128,000 in FDIC assessment expense, and an increase of $24,000 in occupancy and equipment expense.  Additionally, other expenses increased by $128,000, a result of increased advertising and public relations expenses relating to the new branch office and due to ATM conversion expenses incurred during the year.  These increases were offset by a decrease of $23,000 in losses and expenses related to other real-estate owned.    

Since the end of the prior fiscal year, total assets of the Company have increased by $6.0 million, ending at $255.5 million as of April 30, 2010.  During the year, cash and cash equivalents increased by $10.1 million, total investments increased by $4.1 million, real estate acquired by foreclosure increased by $1.2 million, and other assets increased by $1.6 million, partially a result of the three-year prepaid FDIC insurance assessment paid during the third quarter.  These increases were offset by a decrease of $10.6 million in net loans receivable.  This decline in loan balances is comprised of a decrease of $7.9 million in residential mortgages, a decrease of $2.3 million in commercial mortgages, a decrease of $966,000 in net construction loans outstanding, a decrease of $1.1 million in home equity loans and lines of credit, and a decrease of $67,000 in personal loans.  These reductions were partially offset by an increase of $1.6 million in commercial loans.  During the year ended April 30, 2010, total deposits increased by $11.4 million.  This increase was the result of growth of $17.8 million in money market deposit accounts and growth of $11.6 million in checking and savings accounts, offset by a decrease of $18.0 million in aggregate certificate of deposit balances.  Finally, borrowed funds outstanding decreased by $6.4 million.

As of April 30, 2010, non-performing assets totaled $2.3 million, compared to $935,000 at April 30, 2009.  The increase is due primarily to an increase of $1.2 million in real estate acquired by foreclosure, from $590,000 at April 30, 2009 to $1.8 million at April 30, 2010.  

Total stockholders' equity was $20.5 million at April 30, 2010, compared to $19.3 million at April 30, 2009.  Tier 1 capital to average assets was 7.90% at April 30, 2010, compared to 7.56% at April 30, 2009.  The increase in total equity is due to net income for the year of $1.2 million and an increase of $614,000 in the net unrealized gain on securities classified as available-for-sale.  Those increases in total equity were partially offset by dividends of $0.28 per share and totaling $584,000 as paid to shareholders during the fiscal year, and by Company stock repurchases totaling $51,000.

Mayflower Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Mayflower Co-operative Bank which specializes in residential and commercial lending and traditional banking and deposit services. The Company currently serves southeastern Massachusetts from its Main Office in Middleboro and maintains additional full-service offices in Bridgewater, Lakeville, Plymouth, Rochester, Wareham, and West Wareham, Massachusetts. All of the Company's deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to applicable limits.  All amounts above those limits are insured in full by the Share Insurance Fund (SIF) of Massachusetts.  For further information on Mayflower Bancorp, Inc. please visit www.mayflowerbank.com.

(See accompanying Selected Consolidated Financial Information)

This earnings report may contain certain forward-looking statements, which are based on management's current expectations regarding economic, legislative and regulatory issues that may impact the Company's earnings in future periods.  Factors that could cause future results to vary materially from current management expectations include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, deposit flows, real estate values and competition; changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; changes in legislation or regulation; and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technological factors affecting the Company's operations, pricing, products and services.

Mayflower Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary 

Selected Consolidated Financial Information 

(Dollars in thousands, except per share information)


April 30,



April 30,




2010



2009










Total assets

$255,530



$249,545



Loans receivable, net

120,545



131,111



Federal funds sold and interest bearing deposits

15,914



6,184



Investment securities:







  Held to maturity

44,793



45,239



  Available for sale, net

49,576



45,022



Deposits

225,317



213,957



Borrowed funds

7,500



13,888



Stockholders' equity

20,480



19,338










Tier 1 Capital to average assets

7.90%



7.56%



Tier 1 Capital to risk-weighted assets

14.53%



13.39%



Book value per share

$           9.85



$           9.27






Three months ended


Year ended


April 30,


April 30,


2010

2009


2010

2009

Statement of operations






  Interest and dividend income

$       2,712

$       2,964


$     11,279

$     12,406

  Interest expense

            571

         1,152


         3,339

         5,068

     Net interest income

         2,141

         1,812


         7,940

         7,338







  Provision for loan losses

           (140)

               -  


           (215)

               -  

  Gain on sales of loans

              80

            263


            423

            544

  Gain (loss) on sales and writedowns of investments

            109

                1


            268

        (1,943)

  Other non interest income

            279

            236


         1,106

         1,076

  Operating expenses

        (1,973)

        (1,858)


        (7,802)

        (7,185)

  Income (loss) before income taxes

            496

            454


         1,720

           (170)

  Income taxes

            183

            149


            557

           (205)







  Net income

$          313

$          305


$       1,163

$            35







  Earnings per share - basic

$         0.15

$         0.15


$         0.56

$         0.02







  Earnings per share - diluted

$         0.15

$         0.15


$         0.56

$         0.02







  Dividends per share

$         0.06

$         0.10


$         0.28

$         0.40







  Weighted average shares outstanding

  2,080,293

  2,087,151


  2,083,228

  2,089,536







  Annualized return on average assets

0.51%

0.49%


0.47%

0.01%







  Annualized return on average equity

6.13%

6.43%


5.83%

0.19%







  Net interest spread

3.78%

3.15%


3.53%

3.22%







  Net interest margin

3.78%

3.17%


3.53%

3.25%



Mayflower Bancorp, Inc. and Subsidiary

Analysis of Loans Past Due

(Dollars in thousands)


April 30,


April 30,


April 30,


Loans past due over 90 days:

2010


2009


2008









  Residential mortgages

$           99


$         345


$         617









  Commercial and construction mortgages

295


-


-









  Commercial time and demand loans

120


-


-









  Consumer and other loans

-


-


-










$         514


$         345


$         617









Loans past due over 90 days as a percentage of:














  Net loans receivable

0.43%


0.26%


0.49%









  Total assets

0.20%


0.14%


0.25%
















Non-performing assets














**Non-accrual loans

$         514


$         345


$         617


  Real estate acquired by foreclosure

1,815


590


605










$      2,329


$         935


$      1,222









Non-performing assets as a percentage of:














  Net loans receivable

1.93%


0.71%


0.97%









  Total assets

0.91%


0.37%


0.50%
















Allowance for loan losses

$      1,194


$      1,305


$      1,375
















Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of







  Non-performing loans

232.30%


378.26%


222.85%









Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of net loans

0.99%


1.00%


1.10%
















** includes loans which are contractually past due 90 days or more and/or loans less than 90 days past due on which the Bank has ceased accruing interest



SOURCE Mayflower Bancorp, Inc.



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