Newport Bancorp, Inc. Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Year-End of 2011

NEWPORT, R.I., Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Newport Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: NFSB), the holding company for Newport Federal Savings Bank (the "Bank"), today announced earnings for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.   For the quarter ended December 31, 2011, the Company reported net income of $432,000, or $0.13 per share (basic and diluted), compared to net income of $787,000, or $0.24 per share (basic and diluted), for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.  For the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company reported net income of $1.5 million, or $0.44 per share (basic and diluted), compared to net income of $1.8 million, or $0.52 per share (basic and diluted) for the year ended December 31, 2010.

During the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company's assets increased by $4.2 million, or 0.9%, to $453.9 million.  The increase in assets was concentrated in cash and cash equivalents, which increased by $21.7 million, or 231.5%, offset in part by a $10.8 million, or 23.0%, decrease in securities and a $7.6 million, or 2.1%, decrease in net loans.  The increase in cash and cash equivalents is due to principal payments received on mortgage-backed securities and an increase in deposits.  The loan portfolio decrease was attributable to decreases in multi-family mortgages (a decrease of $4.3 million, or 18.9%), home equity loans and lines (a decrease of $3.5 million, or 15.2%), commercial mortgages (a decrease of $3.3 million, or 3.2%) and commercial loans (a decrease of $522,000, or 31.9%), partially offset by increases in residential mortgages (an increase of $3.9 million, or 1.9%) and construction loans (an increase of $68,000, or 1.4%).

Deposit balances increased by $3.7 million, or 1.4%. The increase in deposits occurred in NOW/Demand accounts (an increase of $3.2 million, or 2.9%), savings accounts (an increase of $2.4 million, or 8.1%) and time deposit accounts (an increase of $863,000, or 1.2%), partially offset by a decrease in money market accounts (a decrease of $2.8 million, or 5.4%).

Total stockholders' equity at December 31, 2011 was $51.7 million compared to $49.7 million at December 31, 2010.  The increase was primarily attributable to net income and stock-based compensation credits.

Net interest income decreased to $3.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 from $3.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, a decrease of 6.4%.  Net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $14.9 million, compared to $15.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, a decrease of 1.4%.  The decrease in net interest income during the 2011 periods was primarily due to a decrease in the interest earned on loans and securities, partially offset by a decrease in the expense from deposits and borrowings.  

As a result of the continued low interest rate environment in 2011, the cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased to 1.76% in 2011 from 2.03% in 2010, a decrease of 27 basis points.  The average balance of interest-bearing deposits decreased in 2011 from 2010 by $2.0 million, or 0.9%, and the average cost of interest-bearing deposits decreased by 33 basis points, resulting in a $770,000 decrease in interest expense on such deposits. The average balance of interest-earning assets decreased by $2.2 million in 2011, compared to 2010, as the average yield on interest-earning assets decreased by 28 basis points to 5.25% from 5.53%.  The Company's interest rate spread was 3.49% and 3.50% for the year ended December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively.

Non-performing assets totaled $2.7 million, or 0.61% of total assets, at December 31, 2011, compared to $208,000, or 0.05% of total assets, at December 31, 2010.  Non-performing assets at December 31, 2011 consisted of two residential real estate mortgage loans totaling $1.0 million, one $858,000 multi-family real estate mortgage loan and $839,000 of foreclosed real estate.  Net charge-offs for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010 totaled $51,000 and $4,000, respectively.  Net charge-offs for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 were $1.1 million and $751,000, respectively.  The loan loss provision for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $92,000, compared to $175,000 for the fourth quarter of 2010.  The loan loss provision for the years ended December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010 was $1.1 million and $956,000, respectively.  Management reviews the level of the allowance for loan losses on a quarterly basis and establishes the provision for loan losses based upon the volume and types of lending, delinquency levels, loss experience, the amount of impaired and classified loans, economic conditions and other factors related to the collectability of the loan portfolio. The 2011 provision increased compared to the 2010 provision due to an increase in problem loans and charge-offs, partially offset by a decrease in the loan portfolio.

Non-interest income for the fourth quarter of 2011 totaled $577,000, a decrease of $57,000, or 9.0%, compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.  For the year ended December 31, 2011, non-interest income totaled $2.4 million, an increase of $203,000, or 9.3%, compared to the year ended December 31, 2010.  The increase in non-interest income between the two years is primarily due to the $61,000 increase in fees earned on checking accounts and no loss on sales of securities available for sale recorded in 2011, as compared to the $121,000 net realized loss on sales of securities available for sale recorded in 2010.  The loss on sales of securities available for sale in 2010 was due to the sale of the Bank's entire holdings in one mutual fund, which resulted in a $267,000 realized loss, partially offset by gains on sales of other securities available for sale.

Total non-interest expenses increased to $3.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 from $3.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, an increase of 5.8%.  The increase between periods is attributable to an increase in salaries and employee benefits, occupancy and equipment, data processing fees, foreclosed real estate and other general and administrative expenses, partially offset by a decrease in professional fees, marketing costs and FDIC insurance costs.  For the year ended December 31, 2011, non-interest expenses totaled $14.0 million, an increase of 2.0%, compared to the year ended December 31, 2010.  The increase between the two years is attributable to an increase in salaries and employee benefits, occupancy and equipment expense, data processing fees, professional fees, foreclosed real estate and other general and administrative costs, offset by decreases in marketing fees and FDIC insurance costs.  The increase in salaries and benefits is primarily due to an increase in retirement and health benefit costs, partially offset by a reduction in the stock-based compensation expense associated with option grants and restricted stock awards.  The accelerated method of expense recognition was adopted at the inception of the equity incentive plan on October 1, 2007, resulting in a higher stock-based compensation expense in 2010 compared to 2011. The increase in occupancy and equipment expense and data processing fees is due to the overall increase in operating costs and an increase in depreciation expense in 2011 as a result of a relocation of an existing branch in the beginning of 2011.  The increase in the foreclosed real estate expense is a result of an overall increase in foreclosed real estate assets.   The decrease in marketing costs is a result of management's decision to reduce marketing expenditures in 2011. The decrease in FDIC insurance was a result of the FDIC ruling that changed its assessment system for deposit insurance coverage from one based on domestic deposits to one based on consolidated total assets less tangible equity and revised the assessment rate schedule.  This ruling, effective for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, resulted in a lower expense in deposit insurance coverage in the year and quarter ended December 31, 2011 compared to the year and quarter ended December 31, 2010.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" or similar expressions.  Such forward-looking statements and all other statements that are not historic facts are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors.  These factors include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in the interest rate environment, legislative or regulatory changes that may adversely affect our business, changes in accounting policies and practices, changes in competition and demand for financial services, adverse changes in the securities markets, changes in deposit flows and changes in the quality or composition of the Company's loan or investment portfolios.  Additionally, other risks and uncertainties may be described in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q or its other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission which are available through the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.  Should one or more of these risks materialize, actual results may vary from those anticipated, estimated or projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.  Except as may be required by applicable law or regulation, the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

NEWPORT BANCORP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


ASSETS




December 31,


2011


2010


(Unaudited)


(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)


Cash and due from banks

$19,739


$8,194

Short-term investments

11,335


1,181

Cash and cash equivalents

31,074


9,375





Securities held to maturity, at amortized cost

36,220


47,021

Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost

5,730


5,730


Loans

352,201


359,721

Allowance for loan losses

(3,709)


(3,672)

  Loans, net

348,492


356,049


Premises and equipment

14,706


14,477

Accrued interest receivable

1,268


1,413

Net deferred tax asset

2,809


2,600

Bank-owned life insurance

11,088


10,705

Foreclosed real estate

839


100

Prepaid FDIC insurance

734


1,052

Other assets

949


1,163

Total assets

$453,909


$449,685


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


Deposits

$264,769


$261,050

Short-term borrowings

-


3,000

Long-term borrowings

133,696


132,236

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

3,790


3,696

Total liabilities

402,255


399,982








Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized;

      none issued

-


-

Common stock, $.01 par value; 19,000,000 shares authorized; 4,878,349 shares issued

49


49

Additional paid-in capital

50,282


50,435

Retained earnings

20,282


18,832

Unearned compensation (272,786 and 338,030 shares at




   December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively)

(2,413)


(2,864)

Treasury stock, at cost (1,371,943 shares and 1,389,572 shares




at December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively)

(16,546)


(16,749)

Total stockholders' equity

51,654


49,703

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$453,909


$449,685




NEWPORT BANCORP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME



Three Months Ended

December 31,


Years Ended

December 31,


2011


2010


2011


2010


(Unaudited)

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)









Interest and dividend income:








  Loans

$4,661


$5,043


$19,176


$20,100

  Securities

471


539


2,041


2,383

  Other interest-earning assets

17


7


48


23

     Total interest and dividend income

5,149


5,589


21,265


22,506









Interest expense:








  Deposits

360


542


1,750


2,520

  Short-term borrowings

-


2


3


2

  Long-term borrowings

1,139


1,146


4,578


4,832

     Total interest expense

1,499


1,690


6,331


7,354









Net interest income

3,650


3,899


14,934


15,152

Provision for loan losses

92


175


1,121


956









     Net interest income, after provision for loan losses

3,558


3,724


13,813


14,196









Non-interest income:








   Customer service fees

462


471


1,929


1,868

       Net gain (loss) on sales of securities available for sale

-


67


-


(121)

       Bank-owned life insurance

97


84


383


387

   Miscellaneous

18


12


74


49

     Total non-interest income

577


634


2,386


2,183









Non-interest expenses:








  Salaries and employee benefits

1,974


1,860


7,699


7,651

  Occupancy and equipment

538


450


2,185


1,873

  Data processing

397


383


1,564


1,503

  Professional fees

102


106


535


458

  Marketing

181


204


711


959

      Foreclosed real estate

75


5


182


64

  FDIC Insurance

17


113


343


459

  Other general and administrative

185


157


748


720

     Total non-interest expenses

3,469


3,278


13,967


13,687









Income before income taxes

666


1,080


2,232


2,692









Provision for income taxes

234


293


782


892









Net income

$432


$787


$1,450


$1,800









Weighted-average shares outstanding:








Basic

3,317,328


3,302,114


3,315,369


3,458,212

Diluted

3,317,328


3,302,114


3,329,082


3,458,212









Earnings per share:








Basic

$0.13


$0.24


$0.44


$0.52

Diluted    

$0.13


$0.24


$0.44


$0.52




SOURCE Newport Bancorp, Inc.



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