updated 1/27/2011 10:47:59 PM ET 2011-01-28T03:47:59

Notable Items Include:

  • Earnings Per Share Increased 17.9% to $0.33, for the Year Ended December 31, 2010, as Compared to $0.28 Per Share for the Year Ended December 31, 2009. Net Income Was $0.09 Per Share, for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2010, Compared to $0.10 Per Share for the Same Quarter in 2009
  • Net Interest Income Increased 9.7% for the Year and 4.8% Over the Comparable Quarter of 2009
  • Loans Held for Investment, Net, Increased 13.5% for the Year and 3.1% in the Fourth Quarter as Compared to September 30, 2010
  • Net Loan Charge-Offs for the Year Represented 0.47% of Average Loans While the Allowance for Loan Losses Increased to 2.64% of Total Loans at Year End
  • Nonperforming Loans Total $60.9 Million Compared to $55.4 Million at September 30, 2010, and $41.8 Million at December 31, 2009
  • Accruing Loans 30 to 89 Days Delinquent Declined 43.7% to $19.8 Million at Year End as Compared to $35.2 Million at September 30, 2010
  • Second Brooklyn Branch Opened With Three Additional Brooklyn Branches Under Construction
  • Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.05 Per Share Declared on Common Stock

AVENEL, N.J., Jan. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northfield Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:NFBK), the holding company for Northfield Bank, reported basic and diluted earnings per common share of $0.09 and $0.10 for the quarters ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively, and basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.33 and $0.28 for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 included an after-tax charge of $1.2 million, or $0.03 per share, for costs related to the Company postponing its second-step stock offering announced in September 2010. In addition, net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 was positively affected by the reversal of deferred tax liabilities related to state bad debt reserves of approximately $738,000, or $0.02 per share, as the result of a change in New York state tax law enacted in September 2010.

Commenting on the annual and fourth quarter results, John W. Alexander, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer noted, "We continue to generate strong results with an almost 18% increase in earnings per share for the year notwithstanding a significant charge related to the postponement of our second step stock offering. Our profitability is driven by solid loan growth and diligence in controlling interest and other operating costs. Loans 30 to 89 days delinquent and still accruing declined almost 44% in the fourth quarter as compared to the trailing quarter. Our capital and liquidity remain strong, and we believe we are positioned well to execute on our strategic plan and benefit from increases in interest rates."  

Mr. Alexander continued, "I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per common share, payable on February 23, 2011, to stockholders of record as of February 9, 2011." 

Financial Condition

Total assets increased $244.9 million, or 12.2%, to $2.2 billion at December 31, 2010, from $2.0 billion at December 31, 2009. The increase was primarily attributable to increases in loans held for investment, net, of $98.3 million, or 13.5%, and securities of $111.5 million, or 9.8%. In addition, bank owned life insurance increased $31.1 million, primarily resulting from the purchase of $28.8 million of insurance policies during the year ended December 31, 2010, coupled with $2.3 million of income earned on bank owned life insurance for the year ended December 31, 2010.   

Loans held for investment, net, totaled $827.6 million at December 31, 2010, as compared to $729.3 million at December 31, 2009. The increase was primarily in multi-family real estate loans, which increased $105.2 million, or 59.0%, to $283.6 million at December 31, 2010, from $178.4 million at December 31, 2009. Commercial real estate loans increased $11.5 million, or 3.5%, to $339.3 million, insurance premium loans increased $4.1 million, or 10.2%, to $44.5 million, and home equity loans increased $2.0 million, or 7.7%, to $28.1 million at December 31, 2010. These increases were partially offset by decreases in residential, land and construction, and commercial and industrial loans.

The Company's securities portfolio totaled $1.3 billion at December 31, 2010, as compared to $1.1 billion at December 31, 2009, an increase of $111.5 million, or 9.8%. At December 31, 2010, $982.9 million of the portfolio consisted of residential mortgage-backed securities issued or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae. The Company also held residential mortgage-backed securities not guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae, referred to as "private label securities." The private label securities had an amortized cost of $93.6 million and an estimated fair value of $97.3 million at December 31, 2010. These private label securities were in a net unrealized gain position of $3.7 million at December 31, 2010, consisting of gross unrealized gains of $4.5 million and gross unrealized losses of $788,000. In addition to the above mortgage-backed securities, the Company held $121.8 million in securities issued by corporate entities which were all rated investment grade at December 31, 2010.

Of the $97.3 million of private label securities, two securities with an estimated fair value of $10.1 million (amortized cost of $10.9 million) were rated less than AAA at December 31, 2010. Of the two securities, one had an estimated fair value of $4.4 million (amortized cost of $4.4 million) and was rated CC, and the other had an estimated fair value of $5.7 million (amortized cost of $6.5 million) and was rated Caa2. During the quarter ended September 30, 2010, the Company recognized other-than-temporary impairment charges of $962,000 on the $5.7 million security that was rated Caa2. Since management does not have the intent to sell the security, and believes it is more likely than not that the Company will not be required to sell the security, before its anticipated recovery, the credit component of $154,000 was recognized in earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, and the non-credit component of $808,000 was recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax. The Company continues to receive principal and interest payments in accordance with the contractual terms of each of these securities. Management has evaluated, among other things, delinquency status, location of collateral, estimated prepayment speeds, and the estimated default rates and loss severity in liquidating the underlying collateral for each of these securities. As a result of management's evaluation of these securities, the Company believes that unrealized losses at December 31, 2010, are temporary, and as such, are recorded as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax.

Total liabilities increased to $1.9 billion at December 31, 2010, from $1.6 billion at December 31, 2009. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in deposits of $56.0 million, or 4.3%, an increase in borrowings of $111.8 million, or 40.0%, and an increase of $70.7 million in amounts due to securities brokers. The increase in deposits for the year ended December 31, 2010, was due in part to an increase of $13.7 million in short-term certificates of deposit originated through the CDARS® Network. The Company utilizes this funding supply as a cost effective alternative to other short-term funding sources. In addition, money market deposits and transaction accounts increased $99.0 million and $14.7 million, respectively, from December 31, 2009 to December 31, 2010. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $31.4 million in savings deposits and a decrease of $40.0 million in certificates of deposit (issued by the Bank) over the same time period. The Company continues to focus on its marketing and pricing of its products, which it believes promotes longer-term customer relationships. The increase in borrowings was primarily the result of the Company increasing longer-term borrowings, taking advantage of, and locking in, lower interest rates, partially offset by maturities during the year ended December 31, 2010. The increase in due to securities brokers was the result of securities purchases occurring prior to December 31, 2010, and settling after year end.

Total stockholders' equity increased to $396.7 million at December 31, 2010, from $391.5 million at December 31, 2009. The increase was primarily attributable to net income of $13.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, and an increase of $3.4 million in additional paid-in capital primarily related to the recognition of compensation expense associated with equity awards. These increases were partially offset by $8.1 million in stock repurchases, the payment of approximately $3.3 million in cash dividends, and a decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income of $1.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. 

Northfield Bank's (the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary) Tier 1 (core) capital ratio was approximately 13.43%, at December 31, 2010. The Bank's total risk-based capital ratio was approximately 27.39% at the same date. These ratios continue to significantly exceed the required regulatory capital ratios necessary to be considered "well capitalized" under current federal capital regulations. Northfield Bancorp, Inc.'s consolidated average total equity as a percentage of average total assets was 18.81% for the year ended December 31, 2010, as compared to 20.82% for the year ended December 31, 2009

Asset Quality

Nonperforming loans totaled $60.9 million (7.4% of total loans) at December 31, 2010, as compared to $55.4 million (6.9% of total loans) at September 30, 2010, $51.5 million (6.7% of total loans) at June 30, 2010, $50.0 million (6.8% of total loans) at March 31, 2010, and $41.8 million (5.7% of total loans) at December 31, 2009. The following table also shows, for the same dates, troubled debt restructurings on which interest is accruing, and accruing loans delinquent 30 to 89 days (dollars in thousands).

  December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31, December 31,
  2010 2010 2010 2010 2009
Non-accruing loans $ 39,303  37,882  34,007  31,248  30,914
Non-accruing loans subject to restructuring agreements  19,978  17,261  17,417  13,090  10,717
Total non-accruing loans  59,281  55,143  51,424  44,338  41,631
Loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing  1,609  248  77  5,710  191
Total non-performing loans  60,890  55,391  51,501  50,048  41,822
Other real estate owned  171  171  1,362  1,533  1,938
Total non-performing assets $ 61,061  55,562  52,863  51,581  43,760
           
Loans subject to restructuring agreements and still accruing $ 11,198  11,218  10,708  8,817  7,250
           
Accruing loans 30 to 89 days delinquent $ 19,798  35,190  30,619  38,371  28,283

Total non-accruing loans increased $4.1 million, to $59.3 million at December 31, 2010, from $55.1 million at September 30, 2010. This increase was primarily attributable to the following loan types being placed on non-accrual status during the quarter ended December 31, 2010: $4.7 million of commercial real estate loans, $338,000 of multifamily loans, and $235,000 of construction and land loans. The above increases in non-accruing loans during the quarter ended December 31, 2010, are net of charge-offs of $111,000, and have $305,000 in specific reserves allocated to them at December 31, 2010. These increases were partially offset by a $25,000 one-to-four family residential loan being paid off during the quarter ended December 31, 2010, an additional $977,000 in charge-offs recorded on existing non-accrual loans, and principal paydowns of approximately $181,000. Non-accruing loans subject to restructuring agreements totaled $20.0 million and $10.7 million at December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Loans subject to restructuring agreements, and still accruing totaled $11.2 million and $7.3 million at December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. During the year ended December 31, 2010, we entered into ten troubled debt restructuring agreements, of which $4.0 million and $11.1 million were classified as accruing and non-accruing, respectively, at December 31, 2010. At December 31, 2010, $23.5 million, or 75.4% of loans subject to restructuring agreements were performing in accordance with their restructured terms. All of the $11.2 million of accruing troubled debt restructurings, and $12.3 million of the $20.0 million of non-accruing troubled debt restructurings, were performing in accordance with their restructured terms. 

Loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing increased to $1.6 million from $248,000 September 30, 2010. The increase is primarily due to two one-to-four family residential loans that are considered well secured.

Generally, loans are placed on non-accrual status when they become 90 days or more delinquent, and remain on non-accrual status until they are brought current, have a minimum of six months of performance under the loan terms, and factors indicating reasonable doubt about the timely collection of payments no longer exist. Therefore, loans may be current in accordance with their loan terms, or may be less than 90 days delinquent, and still be on a non-accruing status.

The following tables detail the delinquency status of non-accruing loans at December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 (dollars in thousands).

  December 31, 2010
  Days Past Due  
Real estate loans: 0 to 29 30 to 89 90 or more Total
Commercial  $ 13,679  15,050  17,659  46,388
One -to- four family residential   135  770  370  1,275
Construction and land  2,152  1,860  1,110  5,122
Multifamily   1,824  927  2,112  4,863
Home equity and lines of credit  --   --   181  181
Commercial and industrial loans  --   267  1,056  1,323
Insurance premium loans  --   --   129  129
Total non-accruing loans $ 17,790  18,874  22,617  59,281
   
  December 31, 2009
  Days Past Due  
Real estate loans: 0 to 29 30 to 89 90 or more Total
Commercial  $ 2,585  10,480  15,737  28,802
One -to- four family residential   --   392  1,674  2,066
Construction and land  5,864  --   979  6,843
Multifamily   --   530  1,589  2,119
Home equity and lines of credit  62  --   --   62
Commercial and industrial loans  1,470  --   269  1,739
Insurance premium loans  --   --   --   -- 
Total non-accruing loans $ 9,981  11,402  20,248  41,631

Loans 30 to 89 days delinquent and on accrual status at December 31, 2010, totaled $19.8 million, a decrease of $15.4 million, from the September 30, 2010, balance of $35.2 million. The following table sets forth delinquencies for accruing loans by type and by amount at December 31, 2010 (dollars in thousands).

  Delinquent Accruing Loans
  30 to 89 Days 90 Days and Over Total
Real estate loans:      
Commercial  $ 8,970  $ --   $ 8,970
One- to four-family residential  2,575  1,108  3,683
Construction and land  499  404  903
Multifamily  6,194  --   6,194
Home equity and lines of credit  262  59  321
Commercial and industrial loans  536  38  574
Insurance premium loans  660  --   660
Other loans  102  --   102
Total  $ 19,798  $ 1,609  $ 21,407

The following table details the amounts and categories of the troubled debt restructurings by loan type as of December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 (dollars in thousands).

  At December 31, 2010 At December 31, 2009
  Non-Accruing Accruing Non-Accruing Accruing
Troubled debt restructurings:        
Real estate loans:        
Commercial  $ 13,138  $ 7,879  $ 3,960  $ 5,499
One- to four-family residential  --   1,750  --   -- 
Construction and land  4,012  --   5,726  1,751
Multifamily  2,327  1,569  530  -- 
Commercial and industrial  501  --   501  -- 
Total  $ 19,978  $ 11,198  $ 10,717  $ 7,250

Other real estate owned amounted to $171,000 at December 31, 2010, as compared to $1.9 million at December 31, 2009. This decrease was attributable to downward valuation adjustments of $146,000 recorded against the carrying balances of the properties in 2010, reflecting deterioration in estimated fair values, coupled with the sale of other real estate owned properties. 

Results of Operations

Quarter ended December 31, 2010 as compared to Quarter Ended December 31, 2009

Net income decreased $199,000, or 4.9%, to $3.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, as compared to $4.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009, due primarily to an increase of $953,000 in non-interest expense and an increase of $386,000 in the provision for loan losses, partially offset by an increase of $729,000 in net interest income, an increase of $209,000 in non-interest income, and a decrease of $202,000 in income tax expense. 

Net interest income increased $729,000, or 4.8%, due primarily to average interest earning assets increasing $120.4 million, or 6.2%, partially offset by a decrease in the net interest margin of five basis points, or 1.6%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2009. The average yield earned on interest earning assets decreased 35 basis points, or 7.7%, to 4.21% for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared to 4.56% for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. This change was partially offset by a 46 basis point decrease in the average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities over the comparable period from 1.87% to 1.41%. The general decline in yields was due to the overall low interest rate environment and was driven by decreases in yields earned on mortgage-backed securities, as principal repayments were reinvested into lower yielding securities. The increase in average interest earning assets was due primarily to an increase in average loans outstanding of $99.3 million, and $80.6 million in mortgage-backed securities, partially offset by decreases in other securities and interest-earning assets in other financial institutions. Other securities consist primarily of investment-grade shorter-term corporate bonds, and government-sponsored enterprise bonds.

Non-interest income increased $209,000, or 13.6%, to $1.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, as compared to $1.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009, primarily as a result of an increase of $333,000 of income earned on bank owned life insurance, generated by increased cash surrender values, primarily from $28.8 million in additional bank owned life insurance purchased during the year ended December 31, 2010. This increase was partially offset by a decrease of $129,000 in gains on securities transactions, net, for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

Non-interest expense increased $953,000, or 10.6%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, as compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2009, due primarily to compensation and employee benefits expense increasing $904,000, which resulted primarily from increases in full-time equivalent employees related to our insurance premium finance division formed in October 2009, increased personnel in branches and operations, higher health care costs, and to a lesser extent, salary adjustments effective January 1, 2010. 

The provision for loan losses was $2.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010; an increase of $386,000, or 24.6%, from the $1.6 million provision recorded in the quarter ended December 31, 2009. The increase in the provision for loan losses in the current quarter was due primarily to increases in total loans, partially offset by changes in the composition of our loan portfolio to lower risk rated multi-family loans. During the quarter ended December 31, 2010, the Company recorded $879,000 of charge-offs on two non-accruing multifamily loans and $209,000 in charge-offs on two non-accruing commercial real estate loans, based on the receipt of current appraisals. Net charge-offs for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, were $1.1 million, as compared to $354,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $2.0 million and $2.2 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, was 34.0%, as compared to 35.1% for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. The decrease in the effective tax rate was the result of an increase in permanent differences primarily as a result of an increase in bank owned life insurance income.   

Year ended December 31, 2010 as compared to Year Ended December 31, 2009

Net income increased $1.7 million, or 14.2%, to $13.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, as compared to $12.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2009, due primarily to an increase of $5.5 million in net interest income, an increase of $1.4 million in non-interest income, and a decrease of $248,000 in income tax expense, partially offset by an increase of $4.4 million in non-interest expense, and an increase of $1.0 million in provision for loan losses.   

Net interest income increased $5.5 million, or 9.7%, due primarily to interest earning assets increasing $213.0 million, or 11.9%, partially offset by a decrease in the net interest margin of six basis points, or 1.9%, over the prior year comparable period. The net interest margin decreased for the year ended December 31, 2010, as the average yield earned on interest earning assets decreased, which was partially offset by a decrease in the average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities. The general decline in yields was due to the overall low interest rate environment and was driven by decreases in yields earned on mortgage-backed securities, as principal repayments were reinvested into lower yielding securities. The decline in yield on interest-earning assets was also due to declining yields on other securities and interest-earning deposits in other financial institutions. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in yield earned on loans due primarily to fewer loans migrating to non-accrual status during the fourth quarter of 2010, as compared to the amount of loans that migrated to non-accrual status during the fourth quarter of 2009. The increase in average interest earning assets was due primarily to an increase in average loans outstanding of $121.7 million, other securities of $112.9 million, and mortgage-backed securities of $16.2 million, being partially offset by decreases in interest-earning assets in other financial institutions. Other securities consist primarily of investment-grade corporate bonds, and government-sponsored enterprise bonds.

Non-interest income increased $1.4 million, or 26.9%, primarily as a result of an increase of $962,000 in gains on securities transactions, net for the year ended December 31, 2010, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2009. The Company recognized $1.9 million in gains on securities transactions during the year ended December 31, 2010, as compared to $891,000 in gains on securities transactions during the year ended December 31, 2009. Securities gains during the year ended December 31, 2010, included gross realized gains of $1.3 million primarily from the sale of mortgage-backed securities, coupled with securities gains of $597,000 related to the Company's trading portfolio. During the year ended December 31, 2009, securities gains included gross realized gains of $299,000 primarily from the sale of mortgage-backed securities, coupled with securities gains of $592,000 related to the Company's trading portfolio. The trading portfolio is utilized to fund the Company's deferred compensation obligation to certain employees and directors of the Company. The participants of this plan, at their election, defer a portion of their compensation. Gains and losses on trading securities have no effect on net income since participants benefit from, and bear the full risk of, changes in the trading securities market values. Therefore, the Company records an equal and offsetting amount in non-interest expense, reflecting the change in the Company's obligations under the plan. The Company routinely sells securities for reasons that include smaller balance securities become cost prohibitive to carry, and when market pricing presents, in management's assessment, an economic benefit that outweighs holding such security.  

Non-interest income also was positively affected by a $524,000, or 29.9%, increase in income on bank owned life insurance for the year ended December 31, 2010, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2009. The Company also recognized approximately $197,000 of income on the sale of fixed assets during the year ended December 31, 2010.

Non-interest expense increased $4.4 million, or 12.9%, for the year ended December 31, 2010, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2009, due primarily to the expensing of approximately $1.8 million in costs incurred on the Company's postponed, second-step stock offering, and an increase of $2.2 million, or 12.8%, in compensation and employee benefits expense. Compensation and employee benefits expense increased primarily due to increases in full time equivalent employees related to additional branch and operations personnel, as well as incremental personnel from our insurance premium finance division formed in October 2009. Occupancy expense increased $547,000, or 11.9%, over the same time period, primarily due to increases in rent and amortization of leasehold improvements relating to new branches and the renovation of existing branches. In addition, other non-interest expense also increased $536,000, or 15.7%, from the year ended December 31, 2009 to the year ended December 31, 2010. This increase is primarily attributable to operating expenses of the insurance premium finance division. These increases in non-interest expense were partially offset by a decrease of $515,000 in FDIC insurance expense. FDIC insurance expense for the year ended December 31, 2009 included $770,000 related to an FDIC special assessment.

The provision for loan losses was $10.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $1.1 million, or 11.6%, from the $9.0 million provision recorded for the year ended December 31, 2009. The increase in the provision for loan losses was due primarily to increases in total loans, the change in the composition of our loan portfolio, and increases in general loss factors, due primarily to higher levels of charge-offs. The increases in the general loss factors utilized in management's estimate of credit losses inherent in the loan portfolio were also the result of continued deterioration of the local economy. Net charge-offs for the year ended December 31, 2010, were $3.7 million, as compared to $2.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2009.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $6.4 million and $6.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2010, was 31.6%, as compared to 35.4% for the year ended December 31, 2009. The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily the result of the reversal of deferred tax liabilities related to state bad debt reserves of approximately $738,000 resulting from the enactment of new State of New York tax laws during the year ended December 31, 2010, and higher levels of tax exempt income from bank owned life insurance.

About Northfield Bank

Northfield Bank, founded in 1887, operates 20 full service banking offices in Staten Island and Brooklyn, New York and Middlesex and Union counties, New Jersey. For more information about Northfield Bank, please visit www.eNorthfield.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: This release may contain certain "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and may be identified by the use of such words as "may," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "plan," "estimate," "predict," "continue," and "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, estimates with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of Northfield Bancorp, Inc. Any or all of the forward-looking statements in this release and in any other public statements made by Northfield Bancorp, Inc. may turn out to be wrong. They can be affected by inaccurate assumptions Northfield Bancorp, Inc. might make or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties as described in our SEC filings, including, but not limited to, those related to general economic conditions, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, competition among depository and other financial institutions, changes in laws or government regulations or policies affecting financial institutions, including changes in regulatory fees and capital requirements, inflation and changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments, our ability to successfully integrate acquired entities, if any, and adverse changes in the securities markets. Consequently, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Northfield Bancorp, Inc. does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this release, or conform these statements to actual events.

NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)

  At  At 
  December 31, 2010 December 31, 2009
Selected Financial Condition Data:    
Total assets  $ 2,247,167  $ 2,002,274
Cash and cash equivalents  43,852  42,544
Trading securities  4,095  3,403
Securities available for sale, at estimated fair value  1,244,313  1,131,803
Securities held to maturity  5,060  6,740
Loans held for investment, net  827,591  729,269
Allowance for loan losses  (21,819)  (15,414)
Net loans held for investment  805,772  713,855
Non-performing loans(1)  60,890  41,822
Other real estate owned  171  1,938
Bank owned life insurance  74,805  43,751
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock, at cost  9,784  6,421
     
Borrowed funds  391,237  279,424
Deposits  1,372,842  1,316,885
Total liabilities   1,850,450  1,610,734
Total stockholders' equity  $ 396,717  $ 391,540
     
  Quarter Ended Year Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2010 2009 2010 2009
Selected Operating Data:        
Interest income  $ 21,774  $ 22,218  $ 86,495  $ 85,568
Interest expense  5,829  7,002  24,406  28,977
Net interest income before provision for loan losses  15,945  15,216  62,089  56,591
Provision for loan losses  1,958  1,572  10,084  9,038
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  13,987  13,644  52,005  47,553
Non-interest income  1,752  1,543  6,842  5,393
Non-interest expense  9,935  8,982  38,684  34,254
Income before income tax expense  5,804  6,205  20,163  18,692
Income tax expense  1,973  2,175  6,370  6,618
Net income  $ 3,831  $ 4,030  $ 13,793  $ 12,074
         
Basic earnings per share (2)  $ 0.09  $ 0.10  $ 0.33  $ 0.28
Diluted earnings per share (2)  $ 0.09  $ 0.10  $ 0.33  $ 0.28
 
NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)
         
  At or For the Three    
  Months Ended At or For the Year Ended
  December 31, December 31, 
  2010 2009 2010 2009
Selected Financial Ratios:        
Performance Ratios(3):        
Return on assets (ratio of net income to average total assets)(5) 0.70 % 0.80 % 0.65 % 0.64 %
Return on equity (ratio of net income to average equity)(5) 3.78 4.05 3.46 3.09
Average equity to average total assets 18.50 19.71 18.81 20.82
Interest rate spread 2.80 2.69 2.79 2.66
Net interest margin 3.08 3.13 3.10 3.16
Efficiency ratio(4)(6) 56.14 53.59 56.12 55.26
Non-interest expense to average total assets(6) 1.81 1.78 1.82 1.82
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities 124.84 129.67 125.52 130.44
Asset Quality Ratios:        
Non-performing assets to total assets 2.72 2.19 2.72 2.19
Non-performing loans to total loans held for investment, net 7.36 5.73 7.36 5.73
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans 35.83 36.86 35.83 36.86
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 2.64 2.11 2.64 2.11
Annualized net charge-offs to total average loans 0.52 0.20 0.47 0.37
Provision for loan losses as a multiple of net charge-offs 1.83 x 4.44  x 2.74  x 3.76  x
         
(1) Non-performing loans consist of non-accruing loans and loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing, and are included in loans held-for-investment, net.
(2) Basic net income per common share is calculated based on 41,283,220 and 41,713,862 average shares outstanding for the three months ended December 31, 2010, and December 31, 2009, respectively. Basic net income per common share is calculated based on 41,387,106 and 42,405,774 average shares outstanding for the year ended December 31, 2010, and December 31, 2009, respectively. Diluted earnings per share is calculated based on 41,573,074 and 41,949,757 average shares outstanding for the three months ended December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively. Diluted earnings per share is calculated based on 41,669,006 and 42,532,568 average shares outstanding for the year ended December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively. 
(3) Annualized when appropriate.
(4) The efficiency ratio represents non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.
(5) Year ended December 31, 2010, amounts include a $1.8 million charge ($1.2 million after-tax) related to costs associated with the Company's postponed second-step offering, and a $738,000 benefit related the elimination of deferred tax liabilities associated with a change in New York state tax law. Year ended December 31, 2009, amounts include a $770,000 expense ($462,000 after-tax) related to a special FDIC deposit insurance assessment.
(6) Year ended December 31, 2010, amounts include a $1.8 million charge ($1.2 million after-tax) related to costs associated with the Company's postponed second-step offering. Year ended December 31, 2009, amounts include a $770,000 expense ($462,000 after-tax) related to a special FDIC deposit insurance assessment.
 
NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
ANALYSIS OF NET INTEREST INCOME
(Dollars in thousands)
             
  For the Quarter Ended December 31,
  2010 2009
  Average

Outstanding

Balance
Interest Average

Yield/ Rate

(1)
Average

Outstanding

Balance
Interest Average

Yield/ Rate

(1)
             
Interest-earning assets:            
Loans  $ 812,638 $ 12,382  6.05 % $ 713,356 $ 10,814  6.01 %
Mortgage-backed securities  983,877 7,854  3.17 903,297 9,836  4.32
Other securities  223,392 1,406  2.50 256,541 1,395  2.16
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock  7,473 121  6.42 6,711 99  5.85
Interest-earning deposits in financial institutions  24,292 11  0.18 51,413 74  0.57
Total interest-earning assets  2,051,672 21,774  4.21 1,931,318 22,218  4.56
Non-interest-earning assets  121,085     71,683    
Total assets  2,172,757     2,003,001    
             
Interest-bearing liabilities:            
Savings, NOW, and money market accounts  700,932 1,212  0.69 614,032 1,457  0.94
Certificates of deposit  590,866 1,830  1.23 589,176 2,869  1.93
Total interest-bearing deposits  1,291,798 3,042  0.93 1,203,208 4,326  1.43
Borrowed funds 351,580 2,787  3.14 286,250 2,676  3.71
Total interest-bearing liabilities  1,643,378 5,829  1.41 1,489,458 7,002  1.87
Non-interest bearing deposit accounts 117,014     105,797    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  10,407     13,035    
Total liabilities  1,770,799     1,608,290    
Stockholders' equity  401,958     394,711    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  2,172,757     2,003,001    
             
Net interest income    $ 15,945     $ 15,216  
Net interest rate spread (2)       2.80      2.69
Net interest-earning assets (3)  $ 408,294     $ 441,860    
Net interest margin (4)       3.08 %      3.13 %
Average interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities      124.84      129.67
             
(1)  Average yields and rates for the three months ended December 31, 2010, and 2009 are annualized.
(2)  Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(3)  Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
(4)  Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.
 
NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.
ANALYSIS OF NET INTEREST INCOME
(Dollars in thousands)
             
  For the Year Ended December 31,
  2010 2009
  Average

Outstanding

Balance
Interest Average

Yield/ Rate
Average

Outstanding

Balance
Interest Average

Yield/ Rate
             
Interest-earning assets:            
Loans  $ 775,404 $ 46,681 6.02% $ 653,748 $ 38,889  5.95%
Mortgage-backed securities  936,991 33,306 3.55 920,785 42,256  4.59
Other securities  239,872 6,011 2.51 126,954 3,223  2.54
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock  6,866 354 5.16 7,428 399  5.37
Interest-earning deposits in financial institutions  45,951 143 0.31 83,159 801  0.96
Total interest-earning assets  2,005,084 86,495 4.31 1,792,074 85,568  4.77
Non-interest-earning assets  115,491     87,014    
Total assets  2,120,575     1,879,088    
             
Interest-bearing liabilities:            
Savings, NOW, and money market accounts  676,334 5,119 0.76 566,894 6,046  1.07
Certificates of deposit  590,445 8,454 1.43 509,610 12,168  2.39
Total interest-bearing deposits  1,266,779 13,573 1.07 1,076,504 18,214  1.69
Borrowed funds 330,693 10,833 3.28 297,365 10,763  3.62
Total interest-bearing liabilities  1,597,472 24,406 1.53 1,373,869 28,977  2.11
Non-interest bearing deposit accounts 114,450     99,950    
Accrued expenses and other liabilities  9,677     14,075    
Total liabilities  1,721,599     1,487,894    
Stockholders' equity  398,976     391,194    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  2,120,575     1,879,088    
             
Net interest income    $ 62,089     $ 56,591  
Net interest rate spread (1)      2.78      2.66
Net interest-earning assets (2)  $ 407,612     $ 418,205    
Net interest margin (3)       3.10%      3.16%
Average interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities    125.52      130.44
             
(1)  Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.
(2)  Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
(3) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.
CONTACT: Steven M. Klein
         Chief Financial Officer
         Tel: (732) 499-7200 ext. 2510

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