updated 4/25/2011 6:15:15 AM ET 2011-04-25T10:15:15

CLARKSVILLE, Ind., April 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Savings Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:FSFG) (the "Company"), the holding company for First Savings Bank, F.S.B. (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $970,000, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 compared to net income of $700,000, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.  

Net interest income after provision for loan losses increased $355,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. Interest income decreased $121,000 when comparing the two periods due primarily to a decrease in the average tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets from 5.88% for 2010 to 5.53% for 2011, which more than offset the change in interest income due to an increase in the average balance of interest-earning assets of $22.8 million from $448.8 million in 2010 to $471.6 million in 2011. Interest expense decreased $175,000 due primarily to a decrease in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities from 1.47% in 2010 to 1.26% in 2011, which more than offset the change in interest expense due to an increase in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities of $13.2 million from $411.7 million in 2010 to $424.9 million in 2011. The provision for loan losses decreased $301,000 from $588,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 to $287,000 for the same period in 2011. The Bank recognized net charge-offs of $90,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 compared to $234,000 for the same period in 2010.

Noninterest income increased $93,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. The increase was due primarily to a decrease in the unrealized loss on an interest rate cap contract from $133,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 to $12,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. That change more than offset a decrease in service charges on deposit accounts of $55,000, which was due primarily to a decrease in overdraft fee income when comparing the two periods.

Noninterest expenses decreased $10,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. The decrease was due primarily to decreases in data processing expense, occupancy and equipment expense, and professional fees of $227,000, $99,000 and $57,000, respectively, which more than offset increases in compensation and benefits expense and net losses on foreclosed real estate of $163,000 and $195,000, respectively. The decreases in data processing expense, occupancy and equipment expense, and professional fees are due primarily to charges in the 2010 quarter relating to the conversion of the Bank's core operating system. The increase in compensation and benefits expense was due primarily to increased staffing and employee benefit costs. The increase in net losses on foreclosed real estate is due primarily to write-downs on foreclosed properties totaling $142,000 during the 2011 quarter.

The Company recognized income tax expense of $409,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, for an effective tax rate of 29.7%, compared to income tax expense of $221,000, for an effective tax rate of 24.0%, for the same period in 2010.

Results of Operations for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010

For the six-month period ended March 31, 2011, the Company reported net income of $2.1 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.6 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, for the same period in 2010.

Net interest income after provision for loan losses increased $510,000 for the six-month period ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. Interest income decreased $216,000 when comparing the two periods due primarily to a decrease in the average tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets from 5.96% for 2010 to 5.64% for 2011, which more than offset the change in interest income due to an increase in the average balance of interest-earning assets of $19.8 million from $445.8 million in 2010 to $465.6 million in 2011. Interest expense decreased $419,000 due primarily to a decrease in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities from 1.56% in 2010 to 1.31% in 2011, which more than offset the change in interest expense due to an increase in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities of $14.5 million from $406.5 million in 2010 to $421.0 million in 2011. The provision for loan losses decreased $307,000 from $946,000 for the six months ended March 31, 2010 to $639,000 for the same period in 2011. The Bank recognized net charge-offs of $293,000 for the six months ended March 31, 2011 compared to $354,000 for the same period in 2010.

Noninterest income increased $222,000 for the six-month period ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. The increase was due primarily to a $33,000 unrealized gain on an interest rate cap contract for the six-month period ended March 31, 2011, compared to an unrealized loss of $72,000 on the interest rate cap contract for the same period in 2010, an increase in the net gains on sales of mortgage loans of $96,000 for the 2011 period compared to the 2010 period, and gains on the sales of securities available for sale of $68,000 for the 2011 period. There were no sales of securities available for sale in the six months ended March 31, 2010. These increases more than offset a decrease in service charges on deposit accounts of $105,000 due primarily to a decrease in overdraft fee income when comparing the two periods.

Noninterest expenses increased $63,000 for the six-month period ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. The increase was due primarily to increases in compensation and benefits expense and net losses on foreclosed real estate of $241,000 and $215,000, respectively, which more than offset decreases in data processing expense, occupancy and equipment expense, and professional fees of $178,000, $186,000 and $51,000, respectively. As noted above, the decreases in data processing expense, occupancy and equipment expense, and professional fees are due primarily to charges in the 2010 period relating to the conversion of the Bank's core operating system. The increase in compensation and benefits expense was due primarily to $118,000 of severance compensation for the early retirement of several officers recorded during the 2011 period, and increased staffing and employee benefit costs. The increase in net losses on foreclosed real estate is due primarily to increases in write-downs, net losses on sales, and operating expenses related to foreclosed properties during the 2011 period.

The Company recognized income tax expense of $866,000 for the six-month period ended March 31, 2011, for an effective tax rate of 29.7%, compared to income tax expense of $659,000, for an effective tax rate of 29.3%, for the same period in 2010.

Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2011 and September 30, 2010

Total assets increased $4.4 million from $508.4 million at September 30, 2010 to $512.8 million at March 31, 2011. Investment securities increased $10.4 million while net loans and cash and cash equivalents decreased $2.6 million and $2.4 million, respectively, from September 30, 2010 to March 31, 2011. The increase in assets was funded primarily by an increase in deposits of $2.8 million from $366.2 million at September 30, 2010 to $369.0 million at March 31, 2011.

Stockholders' equity increased $908,000 from $55.2 million at September 30, 2010 to $56.1 million at March 31, 2011. The increase was due primarily to $2.1 million of retained net earnings, which more than offset an $854,000 decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income, representing the net unrealized gains on available for sale securities, and the open market repurchase of $665,000 of common stock recorded as treasury stock. During the quarter ended December 31, 2009, the Company declared a special dividend of $0.08 per share, totaling $193,000, which was paid to shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 4, 2010. At March 31, 2011, the Bank was considered "well-capitalized" under applicable regulatory capital guidelines.

First Savings Bank has twelve offices in the Indiana communities of Clarksville, Jeffersonville, Charlestown, Sellersburg, Floyds Knobs, Georgetown, Corydon, English, Leavenworth, Marengo and Salem, Indiana. Access to First Savings Bank accounts, including online banking and electronic bill payments, is available anywhere with Internet access through the Bank's website at www.fsbbank.net. Community First Bank (CFB) division customers can continue to access their accounts with Internet access via the CFB website at www.c-f-b.com

The First Savings Financial Group, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6010

This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are not historical facts; rather, they are statements based on the Company's current expectations regarding its business strategies and their intended results and its future performance. Forward-looking statements are preceded by terms such as "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends" and similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause or contribute to the Company's actual results, performance and achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause or contribute to these differences include, without limitation, changes in general economic conditions, including changes in market interest rates and changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; legislative and regulatory changes; the Company's inability to realize the expected benefits of the acquisition of CFB; and other factors disclosed periodically in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Because of the risks and uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them, whether included in this report or made elsewhere from time to time by the Company or on its behalf. Except as may be required by applicable law or regulation, the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

FIRST SAVINGS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended

March 31,
Six Months Ended

March 31,
OPERATING DATA: 2011 2010 2011 2010
(In thousands, except share and per share data)        
         
Total interest income  $ 6,405  $ 6,526  $ 12,905  $ 13,121
Total interest expense  1,336  1,511  2,759  3,178
         
Net interest income  5,069  5,015  10,146  9,943
Provision for loan losses  287  588  639  946
         
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  4,782  4,427  9,507  8,997
         
Total noninterest income  630  537  1,484  1,262
Total noninterest expense  4,033  4,043  8,071  8,008
         
Income before income taxes  1,379  921  2,920  2,251
Income tax expense  409  221  866  659
         
Net Income  $ 970  $ 700  $ 2,054  $ 1,592
         
Net Income per share, basic  $ 0.46  $ 0.31  $ 0.96  $ 0.69
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic  2,127,440  2,255,803  2,142,246  2,302,606
         
Net Income per share, diluted  $ 0.44  $ 0.31  $ 0.94  $ 0.69
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted  2,185,246  2,255,803  2,183,921  2,302,606
         
Performance ratios (annualized):        
Return on average assets 0.76% 0.57% 0.81% 0.65%
Return on average equity 7.11% 5.27% 7.47% 6.00%
Interest rate spread 4.27% 4.41% 4.33% 4.40%
Net interest margin 4.39% 4.53% 4.45% 4.53%
Efficiency ratio 70.75% 72.82% 69.39% 71.47%
         
FINANCIAL CONDITION DATA: March 31,

2011
September 30, 

2010
   
(Dollars in thousands)        
         
Total assets  $ 512,789  $ 508,442    
Cash and cash equivalents  8,874  11,278    
Investment securities  124,306  113,905    
Gross loans  345,216  347,426    
Allowance for loan losses  4,157  3,811    
Goodwill  5,940  5,940    
Core deposit intangible  2,300  2,447    
Earning assets  473,268  464,668    
Deposits  368,991  366,161    
FHLB borrowings  68,463  67,159    
Total liabilities  456,730  453,291    
Stockholders' equity  56,059  55,151    
         
Non-performing assets:        
Nonaccrual loans  5,650  4,573    
Accruing loans past due 90 days  1,002  1,393    
Foreclosed real estate  1,345  1,331    
Other nonperforming assets  131  171    
         
Asset quality ratios:        
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of total gross loans 1.20% 1.09%    
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of nonperforming loans 62.48% 63.88%    
Nonperforming loans as a percent of total loans 1.92% 1.71%    
Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets 1.59% 1.47%    
CONTACT: Tony A. Schoen, CPA
         Chief Financial Officer
         812-283-0724

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