HATBORO, Pa., Feb. 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FXCB), the holding company for Fox Chase Bank (the "Bank"), today announced net income of $2.7 million, or $0.20 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to a net loss of $1.0 million, or $(0.07) per share, for the year ended December 31, 2009. The Company reported net income of $893,000, or $0.07 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 compared to a net loss of $2.4 million, or $(0.18) per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.
The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.02 per outstanding share of common stock. The dividend will be paid on or about March 1, 2011 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 14, 2011. This is the first cash dividend since the Company completed its conversion to a stock holding company in 2010.
Highlights for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2010 included:
- Net interest income increased $3.8 million, or 16.0%, to $27.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 from $23.8 million for the same period in 2009. Net interest margin was 2.42% for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to 2.16% for the year ended December 31, 2009. The improvement in net interest income and margin was primarily driven by a decrease in interest expense on deposits as significant maturities of higher rate certificates of deposit and repricing of other deposit products occurred during the year.
- Net interest income increased $975,000, or 15.1%, to $7.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared to $6.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. Net interest margin was 2.72% for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 compared to 2.35% for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 and 2.20% for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.
- The efficiency ratio improved to 71.1% for the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to 79.9% for the year ended December 31, 2009. The efficiency ratio improved to 67.0% for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 compared to 70.0% for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 and 67.7% for the quarter ended December 31, 2009. The quarter ended December 31, 2009 included a reversal of certain incentive compensation accruals recorded in prior quarters in 2009.
- The provision for loan losses decreased $2.8 million to $6.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 from $9.0 million for year ended December 31, 2009. The provision for loan losses was elevated in 2009 due to increases in nonperforming loans, criticized and classified loans and delinquent loans during that year.
- Service charges and other fee income increased $194,000, or 21.1%, to $1.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 from $918,000 for the same period in 2009. The increase was primarily due to an increase in loan and cash management fee income due to continued emphasis on commercial loan customers.
- Noninterest expense increased $1.0 million, or 5.1%, to $21.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2010 from $20.3 million for the same period in 2009. Included in this increase is $543,000 of costs related to other real estate owned. There were no such other real estate owned costs in the year ended December 31, 2009. Salaries, benefits and compensation increased $625,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010 due to higher salary expense from annual merit increases, higher incentive compensation accruals and incremental ESOP costs as the Company increased the benefits for employees in conjunction with the mutual to stock conversion in the second quarter of 2010. Professional fees increased by $267,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010 primarily due to incremental legal costs associated with the elevated level of nonperforming assets. FDIC premiums decreased $394,000 for the year ended December 31, 2010 primarily due to the special assessment of $536,000 which occurred during the second quarter of 2009.
- Total assets were $1.10 billion at December 31, 2010, a decrease of $78.3 million, or 6.7%, from $1.17 billion at December 31, 2009. The decrease was primarily due to a $72.5 million, or 18.0%, decrease in total mortgage related securities, a $27.1 million decrease in cash and cash equivalents offset by an $11.4 million increase in loans and $13.1 million increase in investment securities.
- During the quarter ended December 31, 2010, loans decreased by $12.7 million to $642.7 million from $655.4 million at September 30, 2010. The Company experienced decreases in residential mortgage loans of $18.1 million, consumer loans of $5.3 million and commercial construction loans of $3.9 million, as the Company continued to de-emphasize these types of loans. The decrease was offset by increases in multi-family and commercial real estate loans of $13.7 million and commercial and industrial loans of $2.0 million.
- Total liabilities were $889.8 million at December 31, 2010, a decrease of $160.4 million, or 15.3%, from $1.05 billion at December 31, 2009. The decrease was primarily a result of a reduction in higher-rate certificates of deposit of approximately $127.6 million and in higher-rate money market accounts of approximately $35.5 million offset by an increase in noninterest-bearing deposit accounts. During 2010, the Bank had $157.2 million of promotional certificates of deposit mature at an average rate of 3.50%. Of this promotion, approximately $57.8 million were retained at an average rate of 1.37%. Additionally, FHLB advances decreased $14.4 million to $122.8 million at December 31, 2010 from $137.2 million at December 31, 2009 due to a $10.0 million maturity as well as principal amortization during 2010.
- Total stockholders' equity was $205.7 million at December 31, 2010, an increase of $82.1 million, or 66.4%, from $123.6 million at December 31, 2009, due primarily to the $77.8 million in net proceeds from the Company's second step conversion and reorganization to a fully public entity.
Credit related items as of and for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 include:
- The allowance for loan losses increased to $12.4 million, or 1.90% of total loans, at December 31, 2010 compared to $11.3 million, or 1.70% of total loans at September 30, 2010 and $10.6 million, or 1.65% of total loans, at December 31, 2009;
- Net loan charge-offs decreased $332,000 to $4.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010 compared to $4.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2009.
- Nonperforming assets declined to $29.8 million, or 2.72% of total assets, at December 31, 2010 from $31.5 million, or 2.78% of total assets, at September 30, 2010 and $33.7 million, or 2.87% of total assets, at December 31, 2009;
- Nonperforming assets were comprised of the following asset classes at December 31, 2010 and September 30, 2010, respectively:
- construction loans for residential projects – decreased to $9.3 million from $11.1 million;
- commercial real estate loans – decreased to $6.2 million from $8.2 million;
- commercial and industrial loans – decreased to $0 from $308,000;
- one-to-four family residential and home equity loans – increased to $11.2 million from $8.0 million; and
- other real estate owned – decreased to $3.2 million from $3.8 million.
Commenting on the Company's fourth quarter and year to date performance, Thomas M. Petro, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "We closed the year with encouraging results. Our operating returns improved, driven by an increase in net interest margin and continued improvement in our efficiency ratio. Loan growth in our commercial real estate and C&I portfolios has been slow and, we believe, prudent in light of soft economic conditions in our region. From a credit perspective, we believe there has been a certain level of economic stabilization, but we expect an elevated level of credit stress in the near term as we work through individual credits. We believe the Company is well positioned to exit the credit cycle with a strong balance sheet and capital to grow. Finally, we are pleased to announce our first dividend of $0.02 per share for the Company as we return a portion of earnings to shareholders."
Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and year to date 2010 results on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 9:00 am EST. The general public can access the call by dialing (877) 317-6789. A replay of the conference call will be available through February 18, 2011 by dialing (877) 344-7529; use Conference ID: 447921.
Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. is the stock holding company of Fox Chase Bank. The Bank is a federally chartered savings bank originally established in 1867. The Bank offers traditional banking services and products from its main office in Hatboro, Pennsylvania and ten branch offices in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and Atlantic and Cape May Counties in New Jersey. For more information, please visit the Bank's website at
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