|By Marketwired .||
|July 9, 2014 10:34 AM EDT||
STATEN ISLAND, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 07/09/14 -- VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) reported net income of $296,535 for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of $73,466, or 32.9%, from the second quarter of 2013. The following unaudited figures were released today. Pre-tax income was $546,643 in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $411,241 for the second quarter of 2013. Net income for the quarter was $296,535, or basic income of $0.17 per common share, compared to a net income of $223,069, or $0.13 basic income per common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Return on average assets increased from 0.26% in the second quarter of 2013 to 0.41% in the second quarter of 2014, while return on average equity increased from 2.64% to 4.21%.
VSB Bancorp, Inc. is implementing a strategy to increase interest income while not taking excessive interest rate risk in the event that market interest rates increase. This strategy comprises a number of components. We have redeployed a portion of our overnight and short term investments into higher yielding securities investments. We are also aggressively seeking to increase our loan portfolio through a combination of outreach efforts in our community, seeking prudent loans through high quality mortgage brokers, and contacting other banks to seek to acquire participating interests in loans that the other banks originate. Additionally, we are actively seeking to expand our business development department as we look to broaden our lending into the areas outside of Staten Island.
The $73,466 increase in net income was due to an increase in non-interest income of $20,892, and a decrease in non-interest expense of $128,734, partially offset by an increase in the provision for income taxes of $61,936 and an increase in the provision for loan loss of $15,000.
Net interest income was relatively flat for the second quarter of 2014 because our interest income decreased by $28,478, while our cost of funds decreased by $29,254. The decline in interest income resulted from a $234,565 decrease in interest income from loans principally due to a $6.5 million decrease in the average balance of loans and a 31 basis point decrease in yield from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014. This was partially offset by a $224,707 increase in income from investment securities due to a $41.4 million increase in average balance between the periods and a 2 basis point increase in yield, as new securities were purchased at market rates at or above the rates on securities repaid or matured, between the periods.
Interest income from other interest earning assets (principally overnight investments) decreased by $18,620 due to a $31.2 million decrease in average balance. Overall, average interest-earning assets increased by $3.7 million from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014.
The decrease in interest expense was principally due to a $43,072 decrease in interest on time accounts, as the average cost declined by 15 basis points and the average balance between periods decreased by $12.2 million. Average demand deposits, an interest free source of funds for us to invest, increased $11.2 million, or 12.6%, from the second quarter of 2013, representing approximately 39% of average total deposits for the second quarter of 2014. Average interest-bearing deposits decreased by $7.5 million, resulting in an overall $3.5 million increase in average total deposits from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014.
The average yield on earning assets increased by 2 basis points and the average cost of funds declined by 5 basis points, from the second quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2014. The decline in the cost of funds was driven principally by the decline in the rate we paid on time accounts and a decline in the balance of time accounts as a percentage of total interest-bearing deposits from 57.7% during the second quarter of 2013 to 42.7% during the second quarter of 2014. Time accounts are our highest cost deposit category. These factors that reduced our cost of funds were partially offset by the 8 basis point increase in the cost of saving account deposits. Our interest rate margin increased by 6 basis points from 2.66% to 2.72% when comparing the second quarter of 2014 to the same quarter in 2013, while our interest rate spread increased by 7 basis points from 2.46% to 2.53%. The spread and margin both increased because of the combined effect of the rise in earnings we were able to obtain on our investments securities, the decreased average balance of low yielding other interest-earning assets partially offset by the adverse effect of the non-receipt of interest received on non-performing loans. These increases were complemented by corresponding declines in the cost of deposits because the rates we paid on deposits were low due to low markets rates.
Non-interest income increased by $20,892 to $661,830 in the second quarter of 2014, from $640,938 in the same quarter in 2013. The most significant component of the increase was an $81,181 rise in service charges on deposits, which consist mainly of insufficient fund fees that are inherently volatile, and are based upon the number of items being presented for payment against insufficient funds. This increase was partially offset by a $47,024 decrease in other income, due primarily to receipt of $36,394 on our business interruption claim related to Superstorm Sandy.
Comparing the second quarter of 2014 with the same quarter in 2013, non-interest expense decreased by $128,734, totaling $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2014. Non-interest expense decreased for various business reasons including a $44,273 decrease in salary and benefit costs due to acceleration of stock benefits due to a retirement and the accrual for severance expenses in the 2013 period, a $10,400 decrease in director fees due to a lower number of meetings and a $139,291 decrease in other non-interest expenses due to: (i) $59,972 writedown of OREO in the 2013 period; (ii) $21,434 in decreased costs of regulatory filings and associated costs, as we completed the deregistering of our Bancorp in 2014; (ii) $18,592 in reduced ATM Fees due to a switch in vendor and reduction of expenses; (iii) $17,862 in reduced OREO costs; and (iv) $16,379 in reduced advertising expenses. The reductions were partially offset by a $43,078 increase in legal fees due to due to costs of litigation for a potential branch site and a higher level of collection costs in 2014.
Total assets decreased to $285.4 million at June 30, 2014, a decrease of $11.8 million, or 4.0%, from December 31, 2013. The significant component of this decrease was a $19.5 million decrease in cash and other liquid assets, partially offset by a $10.0 million increase in investment securities. Our non-performing loans increased from $4.2 million at December 31, 2013 to $4.8 million at June 30, 2014, due primarily to a delinquent loan that is expected to be refinanced in the third quarter of 2014. Total deposits, including escrow deposits, decreased to $255.9 million, a decrease of $12.7 million, or 4.7%. The decrease was primarily attributable to large withdrawals from two customers that re-deployed their deposits into non-bank investments. We had decreases of $11.9 million in time deposits, $3.3 million in NOW accounts, and $892,817 in money market accounts, partially offset by increases of $2.7 million in savings deposits and $628,051 in demand and checking deposits from year end 2013. Our total stockholders' equity increased by $594,240 as the growth of retained earnings, the positive re-evaluation of our available for sale portfolio, and the amortization of our ESOP loan were partially offset by the increase in treasury shares due to the repurchase of 364 shares of common stock in our announced third stock repurchase program. The Bancorp's Tier 1 capital ratio was 9.53% at June 30, 2014.
For the first six months of 2014, pre-tax income increased to $997,739 from $798,114 for the first six months of 2013, a rise of $199,625, or 25.0%. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $541,260, or basic net income of $0.30 per common share, as compared to a net income of $432,940, or basic net income of $0.24 per common share, for the six months ended June 30, 2013. The $108,320 increase in net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was attributable principally to a $100,335 increase in net interest income, a $95,847 reduction in non-interest expenses and a $38,443 increase in non-interest income, partially offset by a $35,000 increase in the provision for loan losses. The decrease in non-interest expense of $95,847 was due primarily to (i) $87,923 in costs of holding real estate acquired in foreclosure in the 2013 period compared to none in the first six months of 2014; (ii) a $57,571 decrease in employee salary and benefit costs due to the acceleration of stock benefits resulting from a retirement and employee termination expenses in the 2013 period; and (iii) a $36,262 in decreased costs of regulatory filings and associated costs. These decreases were partially offset by a $76,280 increase in legal fees due to ongoing litigation; collection costs and a 2013 recovery of a past due loan on which the legal fees had been expensed; a $44,284 increase in occupancy expenses due to higher costs of repairs and maintenance. Income tax expense increased $91,305 due to the $199,625 increase in pre-tax income. The net interest margin increased by 3 basis points to 2.75% for the six months ended June 30, 2014 from 2.72% in the same period in 2013, as the yield on our investment securities rose and we had a lower level of overnight deposits. Average interest earning assets, for the six months ended June 30, 2014, increased by $7.4 million, or 2.7%, from the same period in 2013.
Raffaele (Ralph) M. Branca, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s President and CEO, stated, "The expansion of our investment portfolio and our expense control have led to greater earnings in this quarter. We are employing different venues to generate additional loan production as well as looking for additional loan participations." Joseph J. LiBassi, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s Chairman, stated, "We reported a 33% increase in net income from the 2013 period. We paid our twenty-seventh consecutive dividend to our stockholders, continued buying back our shares, and now our book value per share stands at $15.08. We are always looking for additional opportunities to increase stockholder value and to provide the best in personal service to our customers."
VSB Bancorp, Inc. is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. Victory State Bank, a Staten Island based commercial bank, which commenced operations on November 17, 1997. The Bank's initial capitalization of $7.0 million was primarily raised in the Staten Island community. The Bancorp's total equity has increased to $28.1 million primarily through the retention of earnings. The Bank operates five full service locations in Staten Island: the main office in Great Kills, and branches on Forest Avenue (West Brighton), Hyatt Street (St. George), Hylan Boulevard (Dongan Hills) and on Bay Street (Rosebank).
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties may include but are not necessarily limited to adverse changes in local, regional or national economic conditions, fluctuations in market interest rates, changes in laws or government regulations, weaknesses of other financial institutions, changes in customer preferences, and changes in competition within our market area. When used in this release or in any other written or oral statements by the Company or its directors, officers or employees, words or phrases such as "will result in," "management expects that," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimate," "projected," or similar expressions, and other terms used to describe future events, are intended to identify "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("PSLRA"). Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date of the statement. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. This statement is included for the express purpose of protecting the Company under the PSLRA's safe harbor provisions.
VSB Bancorp, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition June 30, 2014 (unaudited) June 30, December 31, 2014 2013 ------------- ------------- Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 46,034,891 $ 65,562,635 Investment securities, available for sale 66,853,770 57,517,211 Investment securities, held to maturity 97,827,284 97,146,039 Loans receivable 71,177,411 73,081,310 Allowance for loan loss (1,015,584) (1,093,788) ------------- ------------- Loans receivable, net 70,161,827 71,987,522 Bank premises and equipment, net 1,981,423 1,992,527 Accrued interest receivable 592,806 539,092 Other assets 1,904,721 2,391,082 ------------- ------------- Total assets $ 285,356,722 $ 297,136,108 ============= ============= Liabilities and stockholders' equity: Liabilities: Deposits: Demand and checking $ 97,268,620 $ 96,640,569 NOW 29,707,033 32,989,791 Money market 41,182,484 42,075,301 Savings 26,764,420 24,075,184 Time 60,684,080 72,538,100 ------------- ------------- Total Deposits 255,606,637 268,318,945 Escrow deposits 260,658 235,633 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 1,362,439 1,048,782 ------------- ------------- Total liabilities 257,229,734 269,603,360 ------------- ------------- Stockholders' equity: Common stock, ($.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, 2,078,509 issued, 1,865,345 outstanding at June 30, 2014 and 1,780,109 at December 31, 2013) 208 199 Additional paid in capital 10,407,107 9,364,950 Retained earnings 20,288,564 19,960,933 Treasury stock, at cost (213,164 shares at June 30, 2014 and 209,400 at December 31, 2013) (2,164,432) (2,123,546) Unearned ESOP shares (984,563) (56,360) Accumulated other comprehensive gain, net of taxes of $489,212 and $326,003, respectively 580,104 386,572 ------------- ------------- Total stockholders' equity 28,126,988 27,532,748 ------------- ------------- Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 285,356,722 $ 297,136,108 ============= ============= VSB Bancorp, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Operations June 30, 2014 (unaudited) Three Three months months Six months Six months ended ended ended ended June 30, June 30, June 30, June 30, 2014 2013 2014 2013 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Interest and dividend income: Loans receivable $1,191,991 $1,426,556 $2,454,831 $2,825,697 Investment securities 870,847 646,140 1,721,799 1,276,051 Other interest earning assets 24,914 43,534 55,357 84,059 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Total interest income 2,087,752 2,116,230 4,231,987 4,185,807 Interest expense: NOW 12,538 16,870 26,306 32,193 Money market 59,596 49,519 115,993 100,115 Savings 27,502 19,429 53,578 37,933 Time 74,160 117,232 166,032 245,823 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Total interest expense 173,796 203,050 361,909 416,064 Net interest income 1,913,956 1,913,180 3,870,078 3,769,743 Provision for loan loss 30,000 15,000 170,000 135,000 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Net interest income after provision for loan loss 1,883,956 1,898,180 3,700,078 3,634,743 Non-interest income: Loan fees (942) 11,276 16,432 23,733 Service charges on deposits 593,061 511,880 1,145,967 1,020,631 Net rental income 17,203 18,250 27,645 35,236 Other income 52,508 99,532 99,938 171,939 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Total non-interest income 661,830 640,938 1,289,982 1,251,539 Non-interest expenses: Salaries and benefits 957,448 1,001,721 1,893,513 1,951,084 Occupancy expenses 338,316 326,602 698,629 654,345 Legal expense 94,376 51,298 189,440 113,160 Professional fees 79,419 82,200 180,636 170,972 Computer expense 92,267 79,048 170,423 152,823 Director fees 57,500 67,900 122,800 124,250 FDIC and NYSBD assessments 58,000 58,000 122,500 115,000 Other expenses 321,817 461,108 614,380 806,534 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Total non-interest expenses 1,999,143 2,127,877 3,992,321 4,088,168 Income before income taxes 546,643 411,241 997,739 798,114 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Provision (benefit) for income taxes: Current 253,513 99,330 498,442 101,623 Deferred (3,405) 88,842 (41,963) 263,551 ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- Total provision for income taxes 250,108 188,172 456,479 365,174 Net income $ 296,535 $ 223,069 $ 541,260 $ 432,940 ========== ========== ========== ========== Basic net income per common share $ 0.17 $ 0.13 $ 0.30 $ 0.24 ========== ========== ========== ========== Diluted net income per share $ 0.17 $ 0.13 $ 0.30 $ 0.24 ========== ========== ========== ========== Book value per common share $ 15.08 $ 15.29 $ 15.08 $ 15.29 ========== ========== ========== ==========
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