updated 4/26/2011 8:15:50 AM ET 2011-04-26T12:15:50

TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON, N.J., April 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oritani Financial Corp. (the "Company" or "Oritani") (Nasdaq:ORIT), the holding company for Oritani Bank (the "Bank"), reported net income of $7.0 million, or $0.13 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2011, and $21.3 million, or $0.40 per share, for the nine months ended March 31, 2011. This compares to net income of $5.0 million, or $0.09 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2010, and $12.4 million, or $0.23 per share, for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.

The Company also reported that its Board of Directors has declared a $0.10 quarterly cash dividend on the Company's common stock. The record date for the dividend will be May 6, 2011 and the payment date will be May 20, 2011.

"I am pleased to report a 46% reduction in delinquent loans from the prior quarter," said Kevin J. Lynch, the Company's Chairman, President and CEO. "Total delinquent loans decreased by $19.2 million and $12.5 million of this decrease was in nonaccrual loans. The primary driver of these decreases was the sale of the note securing a $14.1 million nonaccrual loan. With these reductions, nonaccrual loans are now less than 1% of the loan portfolio and nonperforming assets are just over 1% of total assets. While we recognize these mileposts, our objective remains to bring these ratios to zero."

Mr. Lynch continued, "I was also gratified to see our continued strong earnings, despite loan loss provisions and REO writedowns. We remain focused on our strategic goal of organic growth through quality loan originations. Competition for quality loans has increased and had a negative impact on our quarterly originations. While I believe the impact on originations will be temporary, it may have a lingering effect on our margins."

Comparison of Operating Results for the Periods Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010

Net Income.  Net income increased $2.0 million, or 39.7%, to $7.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, from $5.0 million for the corresponding 2010 quarter.  Net income increased $8.9 million, or 71.8%, to $21.3 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $12.4 million for the corresponding 2010 period.  The primary cause of the increased income in the 2011 periods was increased net interest income. 

Total Interest Income.  Total interest income increased $2.6 million or 9.5%, to $29.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $27.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. The largest increase occurred in interest on loans, which increased $2.8 million or 12.4%, to $25.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $22.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010.  During that same period, the average balance of loans increased $257.5 million, while the yield on the portfolio decreased 34 basis points on an actual basis and decreased 4 basis points on a normalized basis.  Included in interest on loans for the three months ended March 31, 2010 is $1.0 million of prior period and penalty interest recovered in conjunction with problem loan disposals. These amounts were not included in income for the normalized calculation of loan yield. Other captions of interest income were impacted by market interest rates and management's investment decisions. See "Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2011 and June 30, 2010 - Securities Available for Sale" for a discussion of the investment decisions impacting the balances. Interest on securities available for sale ("AFS") decreased $1.0 million, or 46.0%, to $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $2.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. The average balance of securities AFS decreased $58.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011 versus the corresponding 2010 period.  The yield on the portfolio decreased 94 basis points primarily due to current market rates, as well as the conservative structure of the 2011 purchases. Interest on mortgage-backed securities MBS held to maturity ("HTM") decreased $350,000, or 47.9%, to $380,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $730,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2010. Cash flows from this portfolio were not reinvested into held to maturity securities. The average balance of MBS HTM decreased $32.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011 versus the corresponding 2010 period, while the yield on the portfolio decreased 43 basis points. Interest on MBS AFS increased $1.1 million to $2.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. The average balance of MBS AFS increased $327.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011 versus the corresponding 2010 period, while the yield on the portfolio decreased 251 basis points.

Total interest income increased $9.4 million, or 12.0%, to $87.7 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $78.3 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.  The largest increase occurred in interest on loans, which increased $9.7 million or 15.1%, to $74.4 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $64.6 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.  Over that same period, the average balance of loans increased $241.5 million and the yield on the portfolio decreased 15 basis points on an actual basis and increased 8 basis points on a normalized basis. Included in interest on loans for the nine months ended March 31, 2010 is $2.3 million of prior period and penalty interest recovered in conjunction with problem loan disposals. These amounts were not included in income for the normalized calculation of loan yield. Prepayment penalties and deferred fees on loans paid in full in the 2011 period contributed to the increase in yield realized on a normalized basis. Interest on securities AFS decreased $623,000 to $5.3 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $5.9 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.  The average balance of securities AFS increased $35.1 million over that same period while the yield decreased 58 basis points. Interest on MBS HTM decreased $1.4 million to $1.3 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $2.6 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.  Interest on MBS AFS increased $1.6 million to $5.4 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $3.9 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.  See "Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2011 and June 30, 2010 - Securities Available for Sale" for a discussion of the investment decisions impacting the balances.

Total Interest Expense. Total interest expense decreased $1.1 million, or 11.2%, to $9.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $10.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. Interest expense on deposits decreased $1.3 million, or 26.1%, to $3.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $5.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. The average balance of interest bearing deposits increased $64.4 million over the period while the average cost of these funds decreased 49 basis points. Market interest rates allowed the Bank to reprice many maturing time deposits, as well as other interest bearing deposits, at lower rates, decreasing the cost of funds. The rate at which the cost of deposits has been decreasing has slowed as most deposits have repriced in a lower rate environment. Interest expense on borrowings increased $172,000 to $5.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $5.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. The average balance of borrowings increased $47.7 million over the period while the cost decreased 22 basis points.

Total interest expense decreased $5.3 million, or 16.0%, to $27.5 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $32.8 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.  Interest expense on deposits decreased $5.3 million, or 31.1%, to $11.8 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $17.1 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.  The average balance of interest bearing deposits increased $84.4 million over this period while the average cost of these funds decreased 68 basis points.  Interest expense on borrowings increased $86,000, or 0.6%, to $15.7 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $15.6 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.  The average balance of borrowings increased $18.9 million over the period while the cost decreased 13 basis points. 

Net Interest Income Before Provision for Loan Losses. Net interest income increased $3.7 million, or 22.0%, to $20.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $16.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. As detailed in the chart below, the Company's net interest rate spread decreased to 2.92% for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from 3.05% (normalized) for the three months ended March 31, 2010.  The Company's net interest margin increased to 3.39% for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from 3.29% (normalized) for the three months ended March 31, 2010.  The normalized results for the 2010 period exclude the impact of $1.0 million of prior period and penalty interest recovered in conjunction with problem loan disposals. The Company's net interest rate spread and net interest margin were hindered by the nonaccrual loan level in both the 2011 and 2010 periods. The Company's net interest income was reduced $535,000 and $256,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, due to the impact of nonaccrual loans. The spread and margin were impacted in the 2011 period due to the deployment of the proceeds from the second step conversion in lower yielding assets. The spread and margin benefited from the steep yield curve in both periods but to a greater extent in 2011. The low interest rate environment and steep yield curve allowed the Company to reprice deposits at lower rates with a lesser impact on loan rates. The Company is liability sensitive and has begun addressing its exposure to higher market interest rates. The $104.5 million investment restructure discussed in "Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2011 and June 30, 2010 - Securities Available for Sale" was done to partially mitigate this exposure. During the quarter ended March 31, 2011, the Company obtained $22.9 million of brokered deposits. The deposit maturities range from 4 to 7 years with a weighted average cost to the Company of 2.46%. These brokered deposits will increase the cost of deposits but also assist in partially mitigating the exposure to higher market interest rates. Management expects to continue deploying strategies to address the exposure to higher market interest rates. Such strategies will likely have a negative impact on the Company's spread and margin.

  Net Interest        
  Income Before Actual Normalized
Quarter Ended: Provision Spread Margin Spread Margin
           
March 31, 2011  20,586 2.92% 3.39% 2.92% 3.39%
December 31, 2010  20,287 2.89% 3.39% 2.89% 3.39%
September 30, 2010  19,303 2.72% 3.25% 2.72% 3.25%
June 30, 2010  17,422 3.17% 3.41% 3.17% 3.41%
March 31, 2010  16,882 3.26% 3.51% 3.05% 3.29%
December 31, 2009  14,410 2.75% 3.02% 2.75% 3.02%
September 30, 2009  14,219 2.75% 3.03% 2.47% 2.76%

Net interest income increased $14.7 million, or 32.2%, to $60.2 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $45.5 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010. The Company's net interest rate spread and margin increased to 2.84% and 3.34% for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from 2.76% (normalized) and 3.03% (normalized) for the nine months ended March 31, 2010, respectively.  The 2010 calculations exclude non-recurring interest on loans totaling $2.3 million realized in conjunction with problem loan disposals. The actual net interest rate spread and margin in the 2010 period were 2.92% and 3.19%, respectively. The factors described in the paragraph above regarding the three month period comparison also impacted the nine month periods. The Company's net interest income was reduced $2.0 million and $2.4 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively, due to the impact of nonaccrual loans. 

Provision for Loan Losses.  The Company recorded provisions for loan losses of $2.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011 and $2.5 million three months ended March 31, 2010.  The Company also recorded provisions for loan losses of $6.8 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011 as compared to $7.6 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.  A rollforward of the allowance for loan losses for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2011 and 2010, is presented below:

  Three months ended March 31, Nine months ended March 31,
  2011 2010 2011 2010
  (In thousands) (In thousands)
Balance at beginning of period $24,181 $22,164 $25,902 $20,680
Provisions charged to operations  2,300  2,500  6,800  7,550
Recoveries of loans previously charged off  --   --   80  3
Loans charged off  2,151  71  8,452  3,640
Balance at end of period $24,330 $24,593 $24,330 $24,593
         
Allowance for loan losses to total loans  1.45% 1.70% 1.45% 1.70%
Net charge-offs (annualized) to average loans outstanding 0.52% 0.02% 0.70% 0.36%

The delinquency and nonaccrual totals, along with charge-offs and economic factors, remain the primary contributors to the current level of provision for loan losses. Loan growth was also a component of the provision for loan losses. 

Delinquency and non performing asset information is provided below:

  3/31/2011 12/31/2010 9/30/2010 6/30/2010 3/31/2010
  (in thousands)
Delinquency Totals          
30 - 59 days past due  $ 6,523  $ 14,460  $ 9,306  $ 12,330  $ 6,670
60 - 89 days past due  3,688  2,437  3,278  4,629  4,293
nonaccrual  12,563  25,055  41,720  38,125  41,170
Total  $ 22,774  $ 41,952  $ 54,304  $ 55,084  $ 52,133
           
Non Performing Asset Totals          
Nonaccrual loans, per above  $ 12,563  $ 25,055  $ 41,720  $ 38,125  $ 41,170
Real Estate Owned  5,953  6,102  5,074  3,031  434
Loans Held For Sale  9,484  9,484  --   --   -- 
Total  $ 28,000  $ 40,641  $ 46,794  $ 41,156  $ 41,604

Over the quarter ended March 31, 2011, total delinquent loans decreased $19.2 million; nonaccrual loans decreased $12.5 million and nonperforming assets decreased $12.6 million. Over the nine months ended ended March 31, 2011, total delinquent loans decreased $32.3 million; nonaccrual loans decreased $25.6 million and nonperforming assets decreased $13.2 million. 

A discussion of the significant components of the nonaccrual loan total at December 31, 2010 and March 31, 2011 follows. These loans have been discussed in prior public releases.

  • A $14.1 million loan secured by a multi-tenant commercial property in Hudson County, New Jersey that was a component of the December 31, 2010 nonaccrual total was disposed through a sale of the note. The note sale resulted in a $1.9 million charge off. Oritani provided financing to the purchaser at market rates and market terms.
  • A $2.7 million construction loan for a luxury home in Morris County, New Jersey. Construction at the property ceased and foreclosure proceedings have commenced. Due to the extended time period currently associated with New Jersey foreclosures, this loan is likely to be a component of the nonaccrual total for the foreseeable future. The loan is classified as impaired as of March 31, 2011. In accordance with the results of the impairment analysis for this loan, based primarily on a recent appraisal, specific reserves totaling $208,000 have been recorded against this loan. 
  • A $1.9 million residential construction loan for two luxury homes and an improved lot located in Essex County, New Jersey. The loan was classified as impaired as of March 31, 2011. A total of $463,000 of this loan has been charged off including $193,000 during the quarter ended March 31, 2011. In April, 2011, Oritani obtained title to the collateral via deed in lieu of foreclosure and transferred the loans to REO. One of the two homes is under contract for sale.
  • A $936,000 multifamily construction loan in Hudson County, New Jersey. Three units remain from this original eight unit project. Two of the remaining units have been rented and the remaining unit is being marketed for sale. Oritani entered into a forbearance agreement with the borrower. Under the terms of the agreement, the loan has been modified and extended to reflect the posture regarding the collateral (rental versus sale). The new loan is at market rates and terms, and the cash flows from the property are being controlled by Oritani.
  • A participation loan on a commercial building in Bergen County, NJ. The total loan is $924,000 and Oritani owns $832,000. The borrowers have declared bankruptcy and the building is being marketed for sale by the bankruptcy trustee. The loan was classified as impaired as of March 31, 2011. In accordance with the results of the impairment analysis for this loan, based primarily on a recent appraisal, Oritani has recorded a specific reserve of $47,000 against its portion of this loan.
  • There are nine other multifamily/commercial real estate loans, totaling $3.3 million, classified as nonaccrual at March 31, 2011. The largest of these loans has a balance of $690,000.
  • There are six other residential loans, totaling $2.7 million, classified as nonaccrual at March 31, 2011. The largest of these loans has a balance of $1.2 million.

See "Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2011 and June 30, 2010" for a discussion of Loans Held For Sale and Real Estate Owned. 

Other IncomeOther income decreased $168,000 to $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010.  Service charges decreased $124,000 to $311,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $435,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2010. The decrease is primarily due to late charges of $146,000 received in the 2010 period in conjunction with problem loan disposals. In the 2011 period, the Company recognized an impairment charge of $261,000 pertaining to equity securities in its investment portfolio. This charge was partially offset by a $253,000 gain recognized in conjunction with the sale of its position of mutual fund holdings. See "Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2011 and June 30, 2010 - Securities Available for Sale" for additional information regarding this sale.

Other income decreased $865,000 to $4.0 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011 from $4.9 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010. Service charges decreased $193,000 to $1.0 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $1.2 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010. The decrease is primarily due to late charges of $297,000 received in the 2010 period in conjunction with problem loan disposals. Net income on the real estate investment captions of net real estate operations and income from investments in real estate joint ventures decreased $507,000 to $1.3 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $1.8 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010. The change is due to several components. The income reported in these captions is dependent upon the operations of various properties and is subject to fluctuation. Overall, however, joint venture operations have been slightly impacted by increased vacancies and operational costs. In addition to these factors, income had been reduced since March 2010 at one commercial property due to a flood. Repairs and improvements have been made at this property. Return to normal operations and cash flows at this property resumed and are reflected in the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. However, the property is in a flood zone and subject to future disruptions. The remaining decrease is due to changes in gains on sales of assets. During the nine months ended March 31, 2010, the Company recognized a $1.0 million gain on the sale of a commercial office property that had been held and operated as a real estate investment. The 2010 gain is partially offset by a $718,000 net gain realized on the sale of a real estate owned property during the nine months ended March 31, 2011.

Operating ExpensesOperating expenses increased $858,000 to $8.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011, from $7.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2010. The increase was primarily due to real estate owned operations, which increased $725,000. This increase was principally due to a $799,000 write-down that was based on an updated appraised value of one of the REO properties. In addition, other expenses increased $472,000, primarily due to expenses associated with problem assets.  In the 2010 period, other expenses were reduced by $149,000 due to legal fees recovered in conjunction with problem asset disposals. These increases were partially offset by decreases in compensation and FDIC insurance premiums. Compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits decreased $257,000 primarily due to an $891,000 decrease in the cost associated with the Company's stock benefit plan. A significant portion of awards and options granted under the stock benefit plan fully vested in June 2010 and the expenses associated with the vested shares were recorded at that time. This decrease was partially offset by a $456,000 increase in the cost associated with the Company's benefit plans and a $149,000 increase in compensation costs. Federal deposit insurance premiums decreased $178,000 over the periods primarily due to decreased FDIC insurance rates based on our increased capital levels.

The explanations detailed above regarding changes in operating expenses for the three month period comparison also impacted the nine month period. Operating expenses increased $1.4 million to $23.8 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, from $22.4 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2010. The increase was primarily due to other expenses, which increased $1.2 million. This increase was primarily due to expenses associated with problem assets.  In the 2010 period, other expenses were reduced by $501,000 due to legal fees recovered in conjunction with problem asset disposals. Real estate owned operations increased $849,000 primarily due to the $799,000 write-down described above. These increases were partially offset by decreases in compensation and FDIC insurance premiums. Compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits decreased $267,000 primarily due to a $2.7 million decrease in the cost associated with the Company's stock benefit plan. This decrease was partially offset by a $2.1 million increase in the cost associated with the Company's benefit plans and a $218,000 increase in compensation costs. Federal deposit insurance premiums decreased $668,000 over the periods primarily due to decreased FDIC insurance rates based on our increased capital levels.

Income Tax ExpenseIncome tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was $4.1 million on pre-tax income of $11.1 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 36.8%.  Income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2010 was $3.2 million on pre-tax income of $8.2 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 38.9%.  Income tax expense for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, was $12.3 million, due to pre-tax income of $33.6 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 36.8%. For the nine months ended March 31, 2010, income tax expense was $8.0 million, due to pre-tax income of $20.4 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 39.1%. The Company has implemented various strategic objectives and one of the consequences of their implementation is an anticipated reduction in the Company's effective tax rate.

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

Total Assets.  Total assets increased $80.0 million, or 3.2%, to $2.56 billion at March 31, 2011, from $2.48 billion at June 30, 2010. The increase was primarily in loans and mortgage-backed securities available for sale which were partially offset by decreases in cash and cash equivalents and securities available for sale. 

Cash and Cash Equivalents. Cash and cash equivalents (which include fed funds and short term investments) decreased $331.1 million, or 95.6%, to $15.3 million at March 31, 2011, from $346.3 million at June 30, 2010. The balance at June 30, 2010 was primarily due to the proceeds from the second step transaction. These funds were deployed as quickly as possible while prudently following the disciplines of the Company's investment policy. These excess funds were fully deployed in securities available for sale and MBS available for sale by December 31, 2010. 

Net Loans. Loans, net increased $147.3 million to $1.65 billion at March 31, 2011, from $1.51 billion at June 30, 2010. The Company continues its emphasis on loan originations, particularly multifamily and commercial real estate loans. Loan originations totaled $320.3 million and purchases totaled $12.5 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2011.  Loan originations totaled $76.3 million and purchases totaled $2.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The reduced level of originations during the quarter was directly related to increased competition and tighter market spreads on loans. Management anticipates that the reduced level of originations is temporary and should increase in succeeding quarters.

Securities Available For Sale. Securities AFS decreased $194.4 million to $164.3 million at March 31, 2011, from $358.7 million at June 30, 2010. The decrease was primarily due to sale of $109.1 million and security calls of $276.9 million, partially offset by purchases of $197.5 million and changes in fair value. Management's investment decisions have impacted the balances in Securities AFS as well as MBS AFS. Excess liquidity has generally been deployed in investments classified as available for sale as such classifications provide greater flexibility should cash needs develop. Specific investments purchased consider the risk/reward profile of the investment as well as the interest rate risk position and the projected cash needs of the Company. During fiscal 2010, the typical investment of the Company was a callable note of government sponsored agency with limited optionality and call features that increased the likelihood that the note would be called. Such investments were classified as Securities AFS. During fiscal 2011, the Company has favored certain short structures of MBS or collateralized mortgage obligations ("CMOs") with relatively short repayment windows and limited extension risk issued by government sponsored agencies. While the yield on such securities is low, management has prioritized structure over yield.  Such investments are classified as MBS AFS. The primary reason for the switch from Securities AFS to MBS AFS was the desire to reduce the impact of interest rate fluctuations on the cash flows from the investment portfolio. In order to accelerate the investment in MBS AFS, the Company sold $104.5 million of callable notes, classified as Securities AFS, in February, 2011. The net effect of this sale resulted in no income statement gain or loss. The proceeds from this sale were ultimately redeployed into MBS AFS. In March, 2011, the Company sold all of its shares in an Asset Management Fund with underlying investments in adjustable rate mortgages. The proceeds from this sale were $4.6 million. A gain of $253,000 was recognized on this sale. Impairment charges had previously been recognized on the Asset Management Fund. 

Mortgage-backed Securities Available For Sale. Mortgage-backed securities AFS increased $449.7 million to $528.2 million at March 31, 2011, from $78.5 million at June 30, 2010. See "Securities Available For Sale," above, for a discussion of the investment decisions impacting the balances in this caption.

Loans Held For Sale. There is one loan that comprises this caption. The collateral for the loan is a condominium construction project in Bergen County, New Jersey.  The loan was classified as held for sale as of December 31, 2010 because the Company had changed its posture regarding the likely method of disposal of the loan. The Company had contracted with a marketing agent to solicit bids for the property. Accordingly, all specific reserves associated with the loan were charged off and the loan was transferred to held for sale at the remaining value of $9.5 million. Prior to December 31, 2010, the loan had been classified as nonaccrual. As of March 31, 2011, the loan is under contract for sale. The estimated net proceeds from the sale are sufficient to avoid any additional writedowns of this loan. While closing is anticipated during the quarter ended June 30, 2011, there are contingencies associated with the contract and the Company makes no assurances that the contract will close. During the quarter ended March 31, 2011, all variance issues regarding the project were resolved with the municipality. 

Real Estate Owned. Real estate owned ("REO") increased $2.9 million to $6.0 million at March 31, 2011, from $3.0 million at June 30, 2010. The increase is due to the Bank acquiring title to seven properties during the nine months ended March 31, 2011 with book values of $7.0 million less write-downs of $1.0 million. Included in the $1.0 million total is a $799,000 write-down that occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2011. This write-down was based on an updated appraised value of one of the REO properties. The increase from acquisitions was partially offset by the sale of two REO properties with net book values of $3.0 million. Proceeds from the sale of REO were $3.7 million and a net gain of $718,000 was recognized. The REO balance at March 31, 2011 consists of seven properties. Management is trying to dispose of these properties as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Deposits. Deposits increased $35.8 million, or 2.8%, to $1.33 billion at March 31, 2011, from $1.29 billion at June 30, 2010. The trend in deposit balances through December 31, 2010 had been negative. Primarily due to the Company's high liquidity position, the interest rates offered on many of the Company's deposit products were less than those of its direct competitors. This action helped reduce interest expense but also negatively impacted deposit balances. Deposit pricing returned to competitive levels once the excess liquidity from the second step conversion was deployed. Deposits increased $69.6 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2011 and $22.9 million of this increase was due to brokered deposits. The quarterly growth, excluding the impact of the brokered deposits, reflects a 3.7% rate of increase and a 14.9% annualized rate of increase. Continued strong deposit growth remains a strategic objective. A new branch location opened during the quarter in Ramsey, New Jersey. Two additional de novo branches are anticipated in calendar 2011.

Borrowings. Borrowings increased $36.9 million, or 7.5%, to $532.5 million at March 31, 2011, from $495.6 million at June 30, 2010. The increase is due to the Company's usage of short term borrowings with a low cost, thereby increasing spread and margin. The Company expects to increase its long term borrowing position to protect against future increases in interest rates. This action will likely result in an increased cost of borrowings.

Stockholders' Equity. Stockholders' equity increased $3.0 million to $646.4 million at March 31, 2011, from $643.4 million at June 30, 2010. The increase was primarily due to net income in excess of dividends. This increase was partially offset by a decline in the fair value of the available for sale portfolio. The increase in interest rates that occurred primarily in November and December, 2010 had a negative impact on the value of the available for sale portfolio. At March 31, 2011, there were 56,202,485 shares outstanding. Our book value per share was $11.50. Based on our March 31, 2011 closing price of $12.68 per share, the Company stock was trading at 1.10% of book value. 

About the Company

Oritani Financial Corp. is the holding company for Oritani Bank, a New Jersey state chartered bank offering a full range of retail and commercial loan and deposit products. Oritani Bank is dedicated to providing exceptional personal service to its individual and business customers. The Bank currently operates its main office and 23 full service branches in the New Jersey Counties of Bergen, Hudson and Passaic. For additional information about Oritani Bank, please visit www.oritani.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods, or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "continue," or similar terms or variations on those terms, or the negative of those terms. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those related to the economic environment, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, competitive products and pricing, fiscal and monetary policies of the U.S. Government, changes in government regulations affecting financial institutions, including regulatory fees and capital requirements, changes in prevailing interest rates, acquisitions and the integration of acquired businesses, credit risk management, asset-liability management, the financial and securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity. 

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company wishes to advise readers that the factors listed above could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause the Company's actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements. The Company does not undertake and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions, which may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

 
Oritani Financial Corp. and Subsidiaries
Township of Washington, New Jersey
Consolidated Balance Sheets
March 31, 2011 and June 30, 2010
(in thousands, except share data)
     
  March 31,  June 30,
Assets 2011 2010
  (unaudited)  
Cash on hand and in banks  $ 7,324  $ 6,511
Federal funds sold and short term investments 7,943 339,828
Cash and cash equivalents 15,267 346,339
     
Loans, net 1,653,229 1,505,880
Securities available for sale, at fair value 164,290 358,723
Mortgage-backed securities held to maturity, fair value of $50,398 and $68,622 at March 31, 2011 and June 30, 2010, respectively 49,307 66,468
Mortgage-backed securities available for sale, at fair value 528,215 78,477
Loans held for sale, at fair value 9,484 — 
Bank Owned Life Insurance (at cash surrender value) 41,358 30,529
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock ("FHLB"), at cost 26,743 25,081
Accrued interest receivable 9,717 9,425
Investments in real estate joint ventures, net  5,338 5,562
Real estate held for investment 1,166 1,221
Real estate owned 5,953 3,031
Office properties and equipment, net 14,787 14,832
Deferred tax assets 25,463 23,154
Other assets  7,046 8,698
Total Assets  $ 2,557,363  $ 2,477,420
     
Liabilities    
Deposits   $ 1,325,577  $ 1,289,746
Borrowings  532,485 495,552
Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance 12,749 11,060
Accrued taxes payable 2,814 — 
Official checks outstanding 4,250 4,742
Other liabilities  33,078 32,927
Total liabilities 1,910,953 1,834,027
     
Stockholders' Equity    
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 56,202,485 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2011 and June 30, 2010. 562 562
Additional paid-in capital 488,992 488,684
Unallocated common stock held by the employee stock ownership plan (29,114) (30,033)
Retained income  188,966 182,172
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax (2,996) 2,008
Total stockholders' equity 646,410 643,393
     
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $ 2,557,363  $ 2,477,420
 
 
Oritani Financial Corp. and Subsidiaries
Township of Washington, New Jersey
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three and Nine Months Ended March 31, 2011 and 2010
.
  Three months ended Nine months ended
  March 31, March 31,
  2011 2010 2011 2010
   unaudited
  (in thousands, except per share data)
Interest income:  
Interest on mortgage loans  $ 25,378  $ 22,568  $ 74,369  $ 64,633
Interest on securities held to maturity and dividends on FHLB stock 390 360 1,092 1,077
Interest on securities available for sale 1,190 2,204 5,319 5,942
Interest on mortgage-backed securities held to maturity 380 730 1,285 2,648
Interest on mortgage-backed securities available for sale 2,238 1,141 5,413 3,859
Interest on federal funds sold and short term investments 16 17 207 107
Total interest income 29,592 27,020 87,685 78,266
         
Interest expense:        
Deposits  3,708 5,016 11,803 17,139
Borrowings 5,294 5,122 15,702 15,616
Total interest expense 9,002 10,138 27,505 32,755
         
Net interest income before provision for loan losses 20,590 16,882 60,180 45,511
         
Provision for loan losses  2,300 2,500 6,800 7,550
Net interest income 18,290 14,382 53,380 37,961
         
Other income:        
Service charges 311 435 998 1,191
Real estate operations, net 256 250 855 960
Net income from investments in real estate joint ventures 196 229 435 837
Bank-owned life insurance 270 278 829 866
Net gain on sale of assets —  —  718 1,043
Net (loss) gain on sale of and write down of securities (8) 12 5 (178)
Other income 50 39 151 137
Total other income 1,075 1,243 3,991 4,856
         
Other expenses:        
Compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits 4,725 4,982 14,931 15,198
Advertising 188 169 548 498
Office occupancy and equipment expense  710 644 1,861 1,748
Data processing service fees 309 298 908 844
Federal insurance premiums 389 567 1,058 1,726
Real estate owned operations 894 169 1,240 391
Other expenses 1,067 595 3,225 2,013
Total other expenses 8,282 7,424 23,771 22,418
         
Income before income tax expense 11,083 8,201 33,600 20,399
Income tax expense 4,078 3,189 12,349 7,975
Net income  $ 7,005  $ 5,012  $ 21,251  $ 12,424
         
Net income available to common stockholders  $ 7,005  $ 4,870  $ 21,251  $ 12,098
         
Basic and fully diluted income per common share  $ 0.13  $ 0.09  $ 0.40  $ 0.23
   
   
  Average Balance Sheet and Yield/Rate Information
  For the Three Months Ended (unaudited)
  March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010
     
  Average

Outstanding

Balance
Interest

Earned/

Paid
Average

Yield/

Rate
Average

Outstanding

Balance
Interest

Earned/

Paid
Average

Yield/

Rate
  (Dollars in thousands)
             
Interest-earning assets:            
Loans (1)   $ 1,644,046  $ 25,377 6.17%  $ 1,386,530  $ 22,568 6.51%
Securities held to maturity (2)  27,741 390 5.62%  25,554 360 5.64%
Securities available for sale   257,450 1,190 1.85%  316,342 2,204 2.79%
Mortgage backed securities held to maturity   47,184 380 3.22%  79,882 730 3.66%
Mortgage backed securities available for sale   426,104 2,238 2.10%  99,080 1,141 4.61%
Federal funds sold and short term investments  24,176 16 0.26%  18,157 17 0.37%
Total interest-earning assets   2,426,701  29,591 4.88%  1,925,545  27,020 5.61%
Non-interest-earning assets   105,281      96,047    
Total assets   $ 2,531,982      $ 2,021,592    
             
Interest-bearing liabilities:            
Savings deposits  150,027 224 0.60%  146,296 303 0.83%
Money market   316,353 787 1.00%  283,557 986 1.39%
Checking accounts   146,804 196 0.53%  109,881 198 0.72%
Time deposits  674,301 2,501 1.48%  683,358 3,529 2.07%
Total deposits  1,287,485 3,708 1.15% 1,223,092 5,016 1.64%
Borrowings  553,893  5,294 3.82%  506,182  5,122 4.05%
Total interest-bearing liabilities  1,841,378 9,002 1.96% 1,729,274 10,138 2.35%
Non-interest-bearing liabilities   49,463      42,191    
Total liabilities  1,890,841     1,771,465    
Stockholders' equity   641,141      250,127    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 2,531,982      $ 2,021,592    
             
Net interest income     $ 20,589      $ 16,882  
Net interest rate spread (3)     2.92%     3.26%
Net interest-earning assets (4)  $ 585,323      $ 196,271    
Net interest margin (5)     3.39%     3.51%
Average of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities  131.79%     111.35%
             
(1)  Includes loans held for sale and nonaccrual loans.
(2)  Includes Federal Home Loan Bank Stock
(3)  Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on average interest-earning assets and the cost of average interest-bearing liabilities.
(4)  Net interest-earning assets represents total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)  Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.
   
   
  Average Balance Sheet and Yield/Rate Information
  For the Nine Months Ended (unaudited)
  March 31, 2011 March 31, 2010
         
  Average

Outstanding

Balance
Interest

Earned/

Paid
Average

Yield/

Rate
Average

Outstanding

Balance
Interest

Earned/

Paid
Average

Yield/

Rate
  (Dollars in thousands)
             
Interest-earning assets:            
Loans (1)   $ 1,594,923  $ 74,368 6.22%  $ 1,353,417  $ 64,633 6.37%
Securities held to maturity (2)  26,479 1,092 5.50%  25,526 1,077 5.63%
Securities available for sale   314,163 5,319 2.26%  279,029 5,942 2.84%
Mortgage backed securities held to maturity   51,755 1,285 3.31%  95,752 2,648 3.69%
Mortgage backed securities available for sale   317,668 5,413 2.27%  111,193 3,859 4.63%
Federal funds sold and short term investments  94,231 207 0.29%  38,366 107 0.37%
Total interest-earning assets   2,399,219  87,684 4.87%  1,903,283  78,266 5.48%
Non-interest-earning assets   102,490      89,607    
Total assets   $ 2,501,709      $ 1,992,890    
             
Interest-bearing liabilities:            
Savings deposits   148,765 710 0.64%  146,307 978 0.89%
Money market   294,371 2,217 1.00%  252,788 2,994 1.58%
Checking accounts   150,384 649 0.58%  104,490 602 0.77%
Time deposits  690,266 8,227 1.59%  695,816 12,565 2.41%
Total deposits  1,283,786 11,803 1.23% 1,199,401 17,139 1.91%
Borrowings  526,367  15,702 3.98%  507,491  15,616 4.10%
Total interest-bearing liabilities  1,810,153 27,505 2.03% 1,706,892 32,755 2.56%
Non-interest-bearing liabilities   47,980      40,148    
Total liabilities  1,858,133     1,747,040    
Stockholders' equity   643,576      245,850    
Total liabilities and stockholder's equity   $ 2,501,709      $ 1,992,890    
             
Net interest income     $ 60,179      $ 45,511  
Net interest rate spread (3)     2.84%     2.92%
Net interest-earning assets (4)  $ 589,066      $ 196,391    
Net interest margin (5)     3.34%     3.19%
Average of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities  132.54%     111.51%
             
(1)  Includes loans held for sale and nonaccrual loans.
(2)  Includes Federal Home Loan Bank Stock
(3)  Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on average interest-earning assets and the cost of average  interest-bearing liabilities.
(4)  Net interest-earning assets represents total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)  Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.
CONTACT: Kevin J. Lynch
         Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
         Oritani Financial Corp.
         (201) 664-5400

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