updated 4/22/2011 1:46:04 PM ET 2011-04-22T17:46:04

DOVER, Ohio, April 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FFD Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:FFDF), parent company of First Federal Community Bank, reported net earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2011, of $348,000, or diluted earnings per share of $.34, compared to $264,000, or $.26 per diluted share, of net earnings reported for the comparable three-month period in 2010. The $84,000, or 31.8%, increase in net earnings resulted from increases of $148,000, or 8.5%, in net interest income and $27,000, or 14.4%, in noninterest income and a decrease of $25,000, or 17.2%, in the provision for losses on loans, which were partially offset by increases of $76,000, or 5.5%, in noninterest expenses and $40,000, or 28.6%, in the provision for federal income taxes.

Net earnings for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, were $1.1 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.06, compared to $603,000, or $.59 per diluted share, of net earnings reported for the comparable nine-month period in 2010. The $476,000, or 78.9%, increase in net earnings resulted from increases of $830,000, or 17.2%, in net interest income and $363,000, or 64.9%, in noninterest income, which were partially offset by increases of $340,000, or 109.0%, in the provision for losses on loans, $134,000, or 3.2%, in noninterest expenses and $243,000, or 76.2%, in the provision for federal income taxes.

Deposit costs declining faster than the yields on interest earning assets, particularly the repricing of CDs to lower interest rates, was the main cause of the increase in net interest income. On an annualized basis, during the nine-month period the yield on interest earning assets decreased approximately 16 basis points while the cost of interest bearing liabilities decreased approximately 54 basis points.

The increase in noninterest income resulted from increases of $371,000, or 168.6%, in net gain on sale of loans and $31,000, or 13.3%, in service charges on deposit accounts, which were partially offset by decreases of $33,000 in net mortgage servicing revenue and $6,000 in other noninterest income. The increase in gain on sale of loans resulted from increased sales into the secondary mortgage market. These increased sales were due to significant increases in the number of loan originations and refinancings as a result of the prevailing low interest rate environment throughout the nine-month period.

The increase of $134,000, or 3.22%, in noninterest expense was due primarily to increases in employee compensation and benefits.

Nonaccrual loans were $2.2 million, or 1.06% of total assets, at June 30, 2010, compared to $1.4 million, or .65%, at March 31, 2011, due in large part to the favorable resolution of a large non-performing loan during the nine-month period.

Management reviews the loan portfolio, delinquency rates, net charge-offs and current economic conditions to provide an allowance for loan losses. For the nine-month period ended March 31, 2011, a loan loss provision of $652,000 was taken, which resulted in an increase in allowance for loan losses of $480,000 period over period. Of the provision, $258,000 was the result of deteriorating collateral value for one large non-performing commercial real estate loan participation. Management believes that the allowance for loan losses at March 31, 2011, is adequate based upon available facts and circumstances, however, there can be no assurance that additions to the allowance will not be necessary in future periods, which could adversely affect the Corporation's results of operations. Net charge offs were $172,000 for the nine-month period ended March 31, 2011, and $73,000 for the comparable period in 2010.

FFD Financial Corporation reported total assets at March 31, 2011, of $210.6 million, an increase of $4.1 million, or 2.0%, over the June 30, 2010 balance of $206.5 million. Cash and cash equivalents increased by 71.0% to $15.5 million from the June 30, 2010 balance of $9.0 million due to proceeds from several investments that were called. Loans receivable (net) increased by 0.9% from the June 30, 2010, balance of $178.8 million to $180.5 million at March 31, 2011. Loans held for sale decreased $1.4 million. Total liabilities increased by $3.7 million, or 2.0%, from $188.2 million at June 30, 2010, to $191.9 million at March 31, 2011, and included deposits of $176.4 million, an increase of 3.0% over the June 30, 2010 balance of $171.3 million. The increase in shareholders' equity of $422,000, or 2.3%, was primarily attributable to net earnings of $1.1 million, which were partially offset by dividend payments of $516,000 and an increase in accumulated other comprehensive loss of $147,000, primarily due to the change in fair value of available for sale investments, net of tax. First Federal continues to maintain strong capital ratios, exceeding well capitalized regulatory requirements.

FFD Financial Corporation is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol FFDF. First Federal Community Bank has full service offices in downtown Dover, downtown New Philadelphia, on the Boulevard in Dover, in Sugarcreek and in Berlin. The Bank maintains an interactive web site at www.onlinefirstfed.com .

 
 
FFD Financial Corporation
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(In thousands)
     
     
ASSETS March 31,

2011
June 30,

2010
  (unaudited)  
Cash and cash equivalents $15,452 $9,034
Investment securities 5,819 8,040
Mortgage-backed securities 255 273
Loans receivable, net 180,474 178,837
Loans held for sale -- 1,377
Other assets 8,592 8,904
     
Total assets $210,592 $206,465
     
 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY  
     
Deposits $176,433 $171,339
Borrowings 13,930 14,329
Other liabilities 1,512 2,502
Total liabilities 191,875 188,170
Shareholders' equity 18,717 18,295
     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $210,592 $206,465
 
 
FFD Financial Corporation
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(In thousands, except share data)
         
  Nine months ended

March 31,
Three months ended

March 31,
  2011 2010 2011 2010
  (unaudited) (unaudited)  
         
Total interest income $7,962 $7,659 $2,575 $2,589
         
Total interest expense 2,300 2,827 690 852
         
Net interest income 5,662 4,832 1,885 1,737
         
Provision for losses on loans 652 312 120 145
         
 Net interest income after provision for losses on loans 5,010 4,520 1,765 1,592
         
Noninterest income 922 559 214 187
         
Noninterest expense 4,291 4,157 1,451 1,375
         
Earnings before income taxes 1,641 922 528 404
         
Federal income taxes 562 319 180 140
         
NET EARNINGS $1,079 $603 $348 $264
         
EARNINGS PER SHARE        
 Basic $1.07 $.60 $.34 $.26
         
 Diluted $1.06 $.59 $.34 $.26
CONTACT: Trent B. Troyer, President & CEO
         330-364-7777 or trent@onlinefirstfed.com
         
         Robert R. Gerber, SVP & CFO
         330-364-7777 or rgerber@onlinefirstfed.com

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