BCSB Bancorp, Inc. Reports Results for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2009

Jan 21, 2010, 15:00 ET from BCSB Bankcorp, Inc.

BALTIMORE, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BCSB Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: BCSB), the holding company for Baltimore County Savings Bank, FSB, (the "Bank") reported net income of $670,000 for the three month period ended December 31, 2009, which represents the first quarter of its 2010 fiscal year, as compared to net income of $240,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2008. 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 net income available to common stockholders of $514,000 or $0.18 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended December 31, 2009, compared to net income available to common stockholders of $230,000 or $0.08 per basic and diluted common share for the three months ended December 31, 2008.

During the three months ended December 31, 2009, the Company benefited from increases in net interest income and non-interest income as compared to the corresponding period during the prior fiscal year.  These improvements in earnings were partially offset by increases in loan loss provisions and non-interest expenses as compared to the prior fiscal year.

Additional loan loss provisions during the three months ended December 31, 2009 were necessary despite recent declines in nonperforming and classified assets. Current economic conditions, particularly in relation to commercial real estate, warrant corresponding levels of loss reserves. Nonperforming assets were $7.0 million at December 31, 2009 versus $8.3 million at September 30, 2009. Assets classified special mention, substandard and loss, which include nonperforming loans, totaled $15.9 million at December 31, 2009 versus $19.6 million at September 30, 2009.

President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph J. Bouffard commented, "When considering challenges currently faced within the financial services industry, we are encouraged by operating results during the first quarter of our fiscal year and remain very well capitalized. Additionally, our pending sale of four branches is a transaction expected to further improve efficiency, profitability and capital position." Completion of the sale is expected in the second calendar quarter, subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approval.

Stockholders' equity includes accumulated other comprehensive loss (net of taxes). At December 31, 2009, $5.2 million in gross unrealized losses relate to the $21.8 million collateralized mortgage obligation securities portfolio. The Company recorded $500,000 in other-than-temporary impairment losses during the quarter ended June 30, 2009 as a result of these securities. The Company does not intend to sell these securities prior to maturity and, to date, the securities have performed in accordance with their terms. If in the future it is determined that further declines in market values or credit losses with respect to these or any other securities are other than temporary, the Company would be required to recognize additional losses in its consolidated statements of operations.

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, 2009.  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,

2009

2009

(Dollars in thousands)

ASSETS

Cash equivalents and time deposits

$

63,343

$

40,352

Loans receivable, net

397,431

401,011

Mortgage-backed securities, available for sale

86,689

90,478

Foreclosed real estate and repossessed assets

13

639

Premises and equipment, net

8,278

9,024

Bank owned life insurance

15,159

15,001

Other assets

14,827

12,933

Total assets

$

585,740

$

569,438

LIABILITIES

Deposits

$

503,210

$

487,989

Borrowings

--

--

Junior subordinated debentures

17,011

17,011

Other liabilities

5,415

5,305

Total liabilities

525,636

510,305

Total stockholders' equity

60,104

59,133

Total liabilities & stockholders' equity

$

585,740

$

569,438

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

Three Months ended

December 31,

2009

2008

(Dollars in thousands except per share data)

Interest income

$

7,445 

$

7,674 

Interest expense

2,521 

3,967 

Net interest income

4,924 

3,707 

Provision for loan losses

300 

150 

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

4,624 

3,557 

Total non-interest income

700 

603 

Total non-interest expenses

4,296 

3,747 

Income before tax expense

1,028 

413 

Income tax expense

358 

173 

Net income

670 

240 

Preferred stock dividends and discount accretion

(156)

(10)

Net income available to common shareholders

$

514 

$

230 

Basic and diluted earnings per common share

$

.18 

$

.08 

Summary of Financial Highlights

(Unaudited)

Three Months ended

December 31,

2009   

2008   

Return on average assets (Annualized)

.46%

0.17%

Return on average equity (Annualized)

4.46%

1.80%

Interest rate spread

3.58%

2.70%

Net interest margin

3.66%

2.80%

Efficiency ratio

76.39%

86.96%

Ratio of average interest earning assets/interest bearing liabilities

104.09%

103.15%

Allowance for Loan Losses

(Unaudited)

Three Months ended

December 31,

2009

2008

(Dollars in thousands)

Allowance at beginning of period

$

3,927   

$

2,672   

Provision for loan loss

300   

150   

Recoveries

42   

90   

Charge-offs

(41)  

(81)  

Allowance at end of period

$

4,228   

$

2,831   

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of gross loans

1.05%

0.71%

Allowance for loan losses to nonperforming loans

60.38%

224.0%

Non-Performing Assets

(Unaudited)

At December 31,

2009

At September 30,

2009

At December 31,

2008

(Dollars in thousands)

Nonperforming loans: (1)

Commercial real estate

$

5,805   

$

6,269   

$

1,070   

Residential real estate

1,161   

1,186   

194   

Other loans

36   

235   

--   

Total nonperforming loans

7,002   

7,690   

1,264   

Foreclosed real estate

--   

639   

--   

Other nonperforming assets

13   

--   

10   

Total nonperforming assets

$

7,015   

$

8,329   

$

1,274   

Nonperforming loans to loans receivable

1.76%

1.88%

0.32%

Nonperforming assets to total assets

1.20%

1.46%

0.22%

(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, 2009 are $3.9 million in Troubled Debt Restructurings, of which $3.4 million 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 Bankcorp, Inc.



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