updated 10/28/2010 4:45:20 AM ET 2010-10-28T08:45:20

HATBORO, Pa., Oct. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FXCB), the holding company for Fox Chase Bank (the "Bank"), today announced net income of $692,000 and $1.9 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively, compared to net income of $513,000 and $1.4 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009, respectively. Earnings per share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 was $0.05 and $0.13, respectively, compared to $0.04 and $0.10 for the same periods in 2009, respectively.

Highlights for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2010 included:

  • Net interest income increased $937,000, or 15.4%, to $7.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, compared to $6.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and increased $2.8 million, or 16.3%, to $20.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 from $17.3 million for the same period in 2009, primarily due to a decrease in interest expense on deposits. Significant maturities of higher rate certificates of deposit and repricing of other deposit products occurred in the quarter and year to date resulting in improved funding costs.
  • Net interest margin was 2.35% for the three months ended September 30, 2010 compared to 2.37% for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2.09% for the three months ended September 30, 2009.
  • Efficiency ratio improved to 70.0% for the three months ended September 30, 2010 compared to 73.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 81.5% for the three months ended September 30, 2009.
  • Provision for loan losses increased $1.4 million to $2.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, from $1.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and increased $2.4 million to $4.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 from $2.4 million for the same period in 2009. The increase in the provision for loan losses is to allow the Company to expedite the reduction in the levels of nonperforming loans over the next several quarters. 
  • Offsetting the increased provision for loan losses were pre-tax gains of approximately $2.0 million on the sale of approximately $36.5 million of mortgage related securities. These sales were made as premiums on such securities were at historically high levels.
  • Other noninterest expense, which increased $417,000 and $533,000 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, included a $345,000 and $379,000 valuation allowance on assets acquired through foreclosure for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively. There were no such valuation allowances during the comparable periods in 2009.
  • Total assets were $1.13 billion at September 30, 2010, a decrease of $42.9 million, or 3.7%, from $1.17 billion at December 31, 2009. The decrease was primarily due to a $95.1 million, or 23.6%, decrease in mortgage related securities offset by a combined $50.6 million increase in loans, investment securities and cash and cash equivalents.
  • Total liabilities were $925.9 million at September 30, 2010, a decrease of $124.3 million, or 11.8%, from $1.05 billion at December 31, 2009 and a decrease of $110.8 million, or 10.7%, from $1.04 billion at June 30, 2010. The decrease was primarily a result of a reduction in certificates of deposit as the Bank had $131.5 million of certificates of deposit mature during September 2010 at an average rate of 3.50%, of which $50.2 million were retained at an average rate of 1.37%.
  • Total stockholders' equity was $205.1 million at September 30, 2010, an increase of $81.4 million, or 65.9%, from $123.6 million at December 31, 2009, due primarily to the $77.8 million in net proceeds from the Company's second step conversion and reorganization to a fully public entity.

Credit related items as of and for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 include:

  • Allowance for loan losses increased to $11.3 million, or 1.70% of total loans, at September 30, 2010 compared to $10.6 million, or 1.65% of total loans, at December 31, 2009; 
  • Loan charge-offs increased to $3.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010 and $4.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Loan charge-offs during the quarter were comprised of $1.8 million related to three commercial construction residential projects, $1.2 million related to three residential mortgage loans and $282,000 related to a second mortgage home equity loan;
  • Nonperforming assets declined to $31.5 million, or 2.78% of total assets, at September 30, 2010 from $32.0 million, or 2.57% of total assets, at June 30, 2010 and $33.7 million, or 2.87% of total assets, at December 31, 2009;
  • Nonperforming assets were comprised of the following asset classes at September 30, 2010 and June 30, 2010, respectively:
  • construction loans for residential projects – decreased to $11.1 million from $12.1 million;
  • commercial real estate loans – increased to $8.2 million from $6.2 million;
  • commercial and industrial loans – decreased to $308,000 from $313,000;
  • one-to-four family residential and home equity loans – decreased to $8.0 million from $9.1 million; and
  • assets acquired through foreclosure – decreased to $3.8 million from $4.3 million.

Commenting on the Company's third quarter performance, Thomas M. Petro, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "We continued to address credit issues this quarter by writing down nonperforming assets that we feel we can liquidate in the next three to six months. These liquidations, coupled with lower funding costs and improving operating metrics, will better position the Company for improved long-term financial performance in the coming year. Our goal is to remain well positioned to exit the credit cycle with a strong balance sheet and capital to grow. We believe our actions will help position the Company for long-term shareholder value in future periods."

Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2010 results on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 9:00 am EDT. The general public can access the call by dialing (877) 317-6789. A replay of the conference call will be available through November 8, 2010 by dialing (877) 344-7529; use Conference ID: 444834.

Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. is the stock holding company of Fox Chase Bank. The Bank is a federally chartered savings bank originally established in 1867. The Bank offers traditional banking services and products from its main office in Hatboro, Pennsylvania and ten branch offices in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and Atlantic and Cape May Counties in New Jersey. For more information, please visit the Bank's website at www.foxchasebank.com

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This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words like "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" and "intend" or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may." Statements in this release that are not strictly historical are forward-looking and are based upon current expectations that may differ materially from actual results. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements made herein. These risks and uncertainties involve general economic trends, changes in interest rates, loss of deposits and loan demand to other financial institutions, substantial changes in financial markets; changes in real estate value and the real estate market, regulatory changes, possibility of unforeseen events affecting the industry generally, the uncertainties associated with newly developed or acquired operations, the outcome of pending litigation, and market disruptions. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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