LACEY, Wash., May 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anchor Bancorp (Nasdaq:ANCB) ("Company"), the holding company for Anchor Bank ("Bank"), today announced results for the nine months ended March 31, 2011. For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, the Company reported a net loss of $3.4 million, or $1.36 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $326,000 for the same period a year ago. Net loss for the nine months ended March 31, 2011 was $4.1 million compared to net income of $1.5 million for the comparable period in 2010. The Company completed its initial public offering on January 25, 2011 with the issuance of 2,550,000 shares of its common stock which generated net proceeds of $23.2 million. Therefore, operating results before that date pertain to the Bank only.
Jerald L. Shaw, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "Results for the quarter and year to date were disappointing, primarily because of problems with one large credit relationship together with groups of smaller loans, which reflects continuing challenges in the economy in our market areas and the downward pressures on home sales and prices. As a result, we continue to anticipate that we will be working through our non-performing assets and that loan production will remain below historical levels until economic conditions stabilize. There are, however, some positive signs in the local and regional economies, which lead us to be optimistic about the future."
Results of operations
Net interest income. Net interest income before the provision for loan losses remained relatively unchanged at $4.5 million, compared to the same quarter of the prior year. Net interest income before provision for loan losses for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, increased $234,000 or 1.8% to $13.5 million, from $13.3 million from the prior year.
The Company's net interest margin increased 54 basis points to 3.87% for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, from 3.33% for the comparable quarter ended March 31, 2010. Net interest margin increased due to net interest income remaining relatively unchanged between quarters, the Company's cost of interest-bearing liabilities declined to 1.65% in the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to 2.71% in the comparable quarter in 2010. For the nine months ended March 31, 2011, the Company's net interest margin was 3.77% compared to 4.30% for the nine months ended March 31, 2010.
Provision for loan losses. A provision for loan losses of $3.6 million was recorded for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 compared to $666,000 for the same period of the prior year. The provision recorded during the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was primarily a result of the continued weakness in employment within Anchor's primary market areas affecting the single family, home equity and consumer loan portfolios. During the quarter, $6.2 million of loans specifically allowed for in the prior quarter were charged off as confirmed losses against the allowance for loan losses. Included in the $6.2 million is one large credit relationship for $4.2 million that, as previously disclosed, was classified as Substandard at December 31, 2010 and that experienced further deterioration during the quarter ended March 31, 2011.
Noninterest income. Noninterest income decreased $288,000, or 19.0%, to $1.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $1.5 million for the same quarter a year ago. The decrease was primarily the result of a decrease in deposit service fees of $129,000 due to the closures of two in-store Wal-Mart branches, a decrease in ATM fee income and an $81,000 decrease in the amount of gain on the sale of loans as a result of a lower volume of loans originated that are typically sold into the secondary market. Noninterest income for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, decreased $771,000, or 14.8%, to $4.4 million compared to $5.2 million for the same period of the prior year.
Noninterest expense. Noninterest expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, decreased $238,000, or 4.2%, to $5.5 million from $5.7 million for the comparable period a year earlier. The decrease in noninterest expense for the quarter was due to the branch closures, a decrease in compensation expense of $140,000, a decrease in general and administrative expense of $115,000 and a decrease in deposit services expense of $60,000. The decreases in noninterest expense for the quarter were offset by an increase in real estate owned impairment of $148,000. Noninterest expense for the nine months ended March 31, 2011, decreased $731,000 or 4.1% to $17.0 million from $17.7 million from the same period in 2010.
Total assets decreased $34.7 million, or 6.4%, to $510.1 million at March 31, 2011, from $544.8 million at June 30, 2010. The decrease is primarily attributable to the Company's limited growth in order to maximize regulatory capital ratios prior to the stock offering.
Cash and due from banks. Cash and due from banks increased $29.8 million, or 90.6% to $62.6 million at March 31, 2011 from $32.8 million at June 30, 2010. The increase was primarily related to the $23.2 million net proceeds the Company received upon completion of the Company's initial public offering on January 25, 2011.
Securities. Securities available for sale decreased $9.8 million or 20.0% to $39.0 million at March 31, 2011 from $48.8 million at June 30, 2010. The decrease in this portfolio was primarily the result of sales and maturities of securities of $4.0 million and contractual repayments of $4.9 million. Securities held-to-maturity decreased $2.0 million or 19.8% due to contractual repayments.
Loans receivable, net. Loans receivable, net decreased $47.9 million or 12.3% to $341.5 million at March 31, 2011 from $389.4 million at June 30, 2010. The total construction loan portfolio decreased $18.1 million due to loan repayments and the transfer of construction loans to real estate owned. Our total commercial loan real estate portfolio decreased $10.0 million as a result of our continued focus to reduce this segment of our loan portfolio.
Non-performing assets decreased $1.6 million to $33.6 million at March 31, 2011 compared to $35.2 million at June 30, 2010. Total non-accrual loans decreased $9.7 million to $18.8 million at March 31, 2011 from $28.5 million at June 30, 2010. The following table provides information at March 31, 2011, December 31, 2010 and June 30, 2010 on non-performing assets by loan type and a total for non-performing loans, real estate owned, and total non-performing assets.
Deposits. Deposits decreased $13.3 million, or 3.7%, to $342.5 million at March 31, 2011 from $355.8 million at June 30, 2010. A significant portion of the decrease was in brokered certificates of deposit which decreased $21.7 million and a $6.3 million decrease in interest-bearing demand deposits. These decreases were offset by increases in our money market accounts of $8.1 million and retail certificates of deposit of $2.5 million.
Borrowings. FHLB advances decreased $38.5 million, or 28.1%, to $98.4 million at March 31, 2011 from $136.9 million at June 30, 2010. The decrease reflects our continued focus on reducing our reliance on outside borrowings and our emphasis on retail deposits.
Stockholders' Equity.Total stockholders' equity increased $17.4 million or 38.9% to $62.1 million at March 31, 2011 from $44.7 million at June 30, 2010. The increase was due to net proceeds of $23.2 million generated by the Company's public offering, offset by a net loss for the nine months ended March 31, 2011 of $4.1 million, the purchase of shares for the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) of $1.0 million and a decrease in other accumulated comprehensive income, net of tax of $643,000.
About the Company
Anchor Bancorp is headquartered in Lacey, Washington and is the parent company of Anchor Bank, a community-based savings bank primarily serving Western Washington through its 14 full-service banking offices (including four Wal-Mart store locations) and one loan production office located within Grays Harbor, Thurston, Lewis, Pierce, Mason, and Clark counties, Washington. The Company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "ANCB" and is included in the Russell 2000 Index. For more information, visit the Company's web site www.anchornetbank.com.
Certain matters discussed in this press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, expectations of the business environment in which we operate, projections of future performance, perceived opportunities in the market, potential future credit experience, and statements regarding our mission and vision. These forward-looking statements are based upon current management expectations and may, therefore, involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from those suggested, expressed, or implied by forward-looking statements as a result of a wide variety or range of factors including, but not limited to: the credit risks of lending activities, including changes in the level and trend of loan delinquencies and write-offs that may be impacted by deterioration in the housing and commercial real estate markets and may lead to increased losses and non-performing assets in our loan portfolio, and may result in our allowance for loan losses not being adequate to cover actual losses, and require us to materially increase our reserves; changes in general economic conditions, either nationally or in our market areas; changes in the levels of general interest rates, and the relative differences between short and long term interest rates, deposit interest rates, our net interest margin and funding sources; fluctuations in the demand for loans, the number of unsold homes and other properties and fluctuations in real estate values in our market areas; results of examinations of us by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and our bank subsidiary by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, Division of Banks or other regulatory authorities, including the possibility that any such regulatory authority may, among other things, institute additional enforcement actions against the Company or the Bank, to take additional corrective action and refrain from unsafe and unsound practices, which may also require us to increase our reserve for loan losses, write-down assets, change our regulatory capital position or affect our ability to borrow funds or maintain or increase deposits, which could adversely affect our liquidity and earnings; our compliance with regulatory enforcement actions; the requirements and restrictions that have been imposed upon the Company under the Order to Cease and Desist consent order the Bank entered into with the FDIC and the Washington DFI and the possibility that the Bank will be unable to fully comply with this enforcement action which could result in the imposition of additional requirements or restrictions; our ability to attract and retain deposits; further increases in premiums for deposit insurance; our ability to control operating costs and expenses; the use of estimates in determining fair value of certain of our assets, which estimates may prove to be incorrect and result in significant declines in valuation; difficulties in reducing risk associated with the loans on our balance sheet; staffing fluctuations in response to product demand or the implementation of corporate strategies that affect our work force and potential associated charges; computer systems on which we depend could fail or experience a security breach; our ability to retain key members of our senior management team; costs and effects of litigation, including settlements and judgments; our ability to manage loan delinquency rates; increased competitive pressures among financial services companies; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect our business including changes in regulatory policies and principles, including the interpretation of regulatory capital or other rules; the availability of resources to address changes in laws, rules, or regulations or to respond to regulatory actions; adverse changes in the securities markets; inability of key third-party providers to perform their obligations to us; changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the financial institution regulatory agencies or the Financial Accounting Standards Board, including additional guidance and interpretation on accounting issues and details of the implementation of new accounting methods; the economic impact of war or any terrorist activities; other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory, and technological factors affecting our operations; pricing, products and services; and other risks detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any of the forward-looking statements that we make in this Press Release and in the other public statements we make may turn out to be wrong because of the inaccurate assumptions we might make, because of the factors illustrated above or because of other factors that we cannot foresee. Because of these and other uncertainties, our actual future results may be materially different from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on our behalf. Therefore, these factors should be considered in evaluating the forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. We undertake no responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
CONTACT: Jerald L. Shaw, President Terri L. Degner, EVP and Chief Financial Officer Anchor Bancorp (360) 491-2250