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K-Fed Bancorp Announces Year End Earnings

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

COVINA, Calif., Aug. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- K-Fed Bancorp (Nasdaq:KFED) (the Company), the parent company of Kaiser Federal Bank (the Bank), reported net income of $3.3 million, or $0.26 per diluted share for the year ended June 30, 2010. This compares to net income of $4.7 million, or $0.36 per diluted share for the year ended June 30, 2009. The decrease in net income primarily resulted from an increase in the provision for loan losses, partially offset by an increase in net interest income.

While delinquency ratios have increased, the Company continued its disciplined lending practices including strict adherence to a long standing regimented credit culture that emphasizes the consistent application of underwriting standards to all loans. At June 30, 2010, $208.8 million, or 62.2% of the one-to-four family residential mortgage loan portfolio was serviced by others. Due to a number of factors, including the high rate of loan delinquencies, the Company believes the loan servicers have not vigorously pursued collection efforts and in certain circumstances foreclose on properties in a timely manner. The Company has attempted to exercise its rights under servicing agreements to have the loan servicing returned in order to aggressively resolve the delinquency status of these loans. The Company has been unsuccessful in negotiating the transfer of these servicing rights and is currently pursuing legal action. 

Delinquent loans 60 days or more totaled $17.6 million or 2.28% of total loans and non-performing assets totaled $32.8 million or 3.79% of total assets at June 30, 2010. Delinquent loans 60 days or more totaled $8.5 million or 1.13% of total loans and non-performing assets totaled $9.4 million or 1.05% of totaled assets at June 30, 2009. The Bank continues to work with responsible borrowers to keep their properties and as a result has restructured $16.0 million in mortgage loans of which $12.8 million are performing according to their revised contractual terms at June 30, 2010. This compares to $2.1 million in restructured loans at June 30, 2009.

Also included in non-accrual loans at June 30, 2010 were five multi-family residential loans totaling $3.9 million and one commercial real estate loan totaling $2.7 million. There was one multi-family loan totaling $235,000 and no commercial real estate loans on non-accrual at June 30, 2009.

Provision for loan losses increased to $9.9 million for the year ended June 30, 2010 compared to $2.6 million for the year ended June 30, 2009. The increase in the provision for loan losses was primarily attributable to an increase in real estate loan delinquencies and loan restructurings during the year ended June 30, 2010.

Net interest margin increased to 3.18% for the year ended June 30, 2010 from 2.71% for the year ended June 30, 2009. The increases in the net interest margin reflected a significant reduction in the cost of funds as a result of the low interest rate environment and repayment of $70.0 million in higher costing Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) advances.

Total assets decreased to $866.8 million at June 30, 2010 from $895.1 million at June 30, 2009 due primarily to a decrease in cash and cash equivalents used to repay borrowings. During fiscal 2010 the Company repaid $70.0 million in FHLB advances and returned $25.0 million in State of California time deposits. The repayment of FHLB advances and State of California time deposits was funded with cash available at the beginning of the year as well as liquidity available through deposit growth. 

Total deposits increased $64.5 million to $630.7 million at June 30, 2010 as compared to $566.2 million at June 30, 2009. The change was comprised of increases of $47.4 million in certificates of deposit, $5.2 million in checking and savings balances and $11.9 million in money market balances. The increase in certificate of deposit accounts was a result of promotions for these types of accounts as well as an increase in non-promotional individual retirement account balances. Checking and savings balances as well as money market accounts have steadily increased throughout the year. 

Total stockholders' equity, represented 10.93% of total assets and increased to $94.7 million at June 30, 2010 from $92.6 million at June 30, 2009. Currently, the Bank meets all regulatory capital requirements established by the Office of Thrift Supervision in order to be classified as a "well-capitalized" bank.

As was previously announced the Company's board of directors has adopted a Plan of Conversion and Reorganization and the Company is proceeding through the regulatory process. The second-step conversion is subject to Office of Thrift Supervision, member and stockholder approval. The Company currently anticipates completing the second-step conversion and offering in the fourth calendar quarter of this year.

Except for the historical information contained in this press release, the matters discussed may be deemed to be forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words like "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" and "intend" or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may." Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include, changes in the interest rate environment, changes in general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory changes that adversely affect the business of K-Fed Bancorp and Kaiser Federal Bank, demand for loans, the future earnings and capital levels of Kaiser Federal Bank, which would affect the ability of K-Fed Bancorp to pay dividends in accordance with its dividend policies, competition, and other risks detailed from time to time in K-Fed Bancorp's Securities and Exchange Commission reports. Actual strategies and results in future periods may differ materially from those currently expected. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements contained in this release to reflect future events or developments.



CONTACT: K-Fed Bancorp K.M. Hoveland, President/CEO Dustin Luton, Chief Financial Officer (626) 339-9663