updated 5/11/2011 4:46:07 PM ET 2011-05-11T20:46:07

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CMS Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CMSB) (the "Company"), the parent of Community Mutual Savings Bank (the "Bank"), announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2011 which reflect net income of $40,000, or $.02 per share, in 2011, compared to a net loss of $35,000, or $0.02 per share, in 2010.

President and CEO John Ritacco commented that "despite continued high prepayments in our mortgage portfolio, we continue to see favorable demand in the non-residential and commercial loan sectors where we experienced net loan growth of $5.8 million in the three month period ended March 31, 2011."   

Mr. Ritacco also noted that "net income improved in the three months ended March 31, 2011, compared to 2010, due to higher net interest income, lower non-interest expense and a tax credit, however non-interest income declined due to lower gains on sale of loans caused by the slower than expected residential lending activity."

Commenting on lending markets, Mr. Ritacco reported that "the first three months of 2011 saw lower demand, primarily in the residential mortgage market. We continue to experience a moderate flow of commercial business activity and we will continue with our strategic focus on diversification into higher yielding commercial, multi-family, non-residential and construction loans."

Mr. Ritacco also reported that "the Company's liquidity position remained strong at March 31, 2011, with $59.7 million of cash, cash equivalents and securities available for sale."

The Company reported that the allowance for loan losses as of March 31, 2011 was $1,169,000, up from $807,000 a year ago representing 0.65% and 0.46% of loans outstanding, respectively.  Commenting on these results, Stephen E. Dowd, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer stated that "despite a weak national economy and its effect in our primary market area, the Bank did not experience any significant shift in the loan portfolio, loss experience, or other factors affecting the Bank, other than the planned growth in non-residential and commercial real estate loans and the decline in one-to-four-family mortgage loan balances. In the quarter ended March 31, 2011, we increased the allowance for loan losses by $30,000, due, in part, to economic trends, continued high unemployment, pressure on local real estate values and additions to the non-residential loan portfolio."

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include certain forward-looking statements based on current management expectations.  Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which speak only as of the date made. Factors of particular importance to the Company include, but are not limited to: (i) changes in general economic conditions, including interest rates; (ii) changes in conditions in the real estate market or the local economy; (iii) competition among providers of financial services; (iv) changes in the quality or composition of loan and investment portfolios of the Bank; (v) changes in accounting and regulatory guidance applicable to banks; and (vi) price levels and conditions in the public securities markets generally. These factors could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause the actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements. Neither the Company nor the Bank undertake and specifically decline any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that 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.

CMS Bancorp, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(Unaudited, In thousands)
     
  March 31,

2011
September 30,

2010
ASSETS  
Cash and cash equivalents $5,217 $3,434
Securities 54,483 56,336
Loans, net 178,085 179,066
Other assets 8,563 8,549
Total assets $246,348 $247,385
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Deposits $187,166 $188,306
Borrowed money 34,500 34,578
Other liabilities 3,066 2,745
Total liabilities 224,732 225,629
Stockholders' equity 21,616 21,756
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $246,348 $247,385
 
CMS Bancorp, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited, In thousands, except per share data)
         
    Quarter Ended

March 31,
   
    2011   2010    
             
Interest income   $2,830   $2,795    
Interest expense   898   885    
Net interest income   1,932   1,910    
Provision for loan losses   30   -    
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   1,902   1,910    
Non-interest income   77   148    
Non-interest expense   1,992   2,106    
(Loss) before income taxes   (13)   (48)    
Income tax (benefit)   (53)   (13)    
Net income (loss)   $40   $(35)    
Net income (loss) per common share   $0.02   $(0.02)    
CONTACT: Stephen E. Dowd
         Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
         914-422-2700

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