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United Community Bancorp Reports Second Quarter Results

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Community Bancorp (the "Company") (Nasdaq: UCBA), the holding company for United Community Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $476,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2009, compared to net income of $262,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2008.  Net income for the six months ended December 31, 2009 was $698,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $649,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the six months ended December 31, 2008.  

    
    
                    Summarized Statement of Operations
         (Unaudited, dollars in thousands, except per share data)
    
                                                      For the six months ended
                                                       12/31/2009  12/31/2008
                                                       ----------  ----------
    Interest Income                                        $9,532     $10,174
    Interest Expense                                        3,293       4,399
                                                            -----       -----
    Net Interest Income                                     6,239       5,775
    
    Provision for Loan Losses                                 946         731
                                                              ---         ---
    Net Interest Income after Provision for
     Loan Losses                                            5,293       5,044
    
    Total Non-Interest Income                               1,628       1,198
    Total Non-Interest Expenses                             5,944       5,232
                                                            -----       -----
    Income before Tax Provision                               977       1,010
    
    Income Tax Provision                                      279         361
                                                              ---         ---
    
    Net Income                                               $698        $649
                                                             ====        ====
    
    Basic and diluted earnings per share                     0.09        0.09
    Weighted average shares outstanding                 7,610,139   7,557,218
    
    
                             United Community Bancorp
    
                   Summarized Statements of Financial Condition
    
                   (Unaudited) (Unaudited)           (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
    (In thousands,
     as of)         12/31/2009   9/30/2009 6/30/2009   3/31/2009  12/31/2008
                    ----------   --------- ---------   ---------  ----------
    
    ASSETS
    Cash and cash
     equivalents       $18,616     $24,341   $27,004     $42,029     $19,824
    Investment
     securities         84,672      82,439    76,657      58,325      41,614
    Loans
     receivable,
     net               270,512     272,652   272,270     278,184     288,349
    Other Assets        24,575      23,710    25,648      23,076      23,389
                        ------      ------    ------      ------      ------
    Total Assets      $398,375    $403,142  $401,579    $401,614    $373,176
    
    LIABILITIES
    Municipal
     Deposits         $103,498    $114,954  $124,282    $134,126    $116,343
    Other Deposits     233,419     225,912   215,334     204,959     194,372
    FHLB Advances        3,333       3,583     3,833       4,083       4,333
    Other
     Liabilities         2,789       3,100     3,051       2,844       2,662
                         -----       -----     -----       -----       -----
    Total
     Liabilities       343,039     347,549   346,500     346,012     317,710
    Total
     Stockholders'
     Equity             55,336      55,593    55,079      55,602      55,466
                        ------      ------    ------      ------      ------
    Total
     Liabilities &
     Stockholders'
     Equity           $398,375    $403,142  $401,579    $401,614    $373,176
    
    
    
                            Summarized Statements of Operations
    
                 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)  (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
                  12/31/2009   9/30/2009   6/30/2009    3/31/2009  12/31/2008
                  ----------   ---------   ---------    ---------  ----------
             (for the three months ended, in thousands, except per share data)
    
    Interest
     Income           $4,711      $4,821      $4,689       $5,049      $5,030
    Interest
     Expense           1,588       1,705       1,733        1,774       2,091
                       -----       -----       -----        -----       -----
    Net
     Interest
     Income            3,123       3,116       2,956        3,275       2,939
    Provision
     for Loan
     Losses              324         622       1,052          664         396
                         ---         ---       -----          ---         ---
    Net
     Interest
     Income
     after
     Provision
     for Loan
     Losses            2,799       2,494       1,904        2,611       2,543
    Total Non-
     Interest
     Income              942         686         854          735         502
    Total Non-
     Interest
     Expenses          3,069       2,875       3,480        2,738       2,639
                       -----       -----       -----        -----       -----
    Income
     before Tax
     Provision
     (Benefit)           672         305        (722)         608         406
    Income Tax
     Provision
     (Benefit)           196          83        (443)         259         144
                         ---         ---        ----          ---         ---
    Net Income
     (Loss)             $476        $222       ($279)        $349        $262
     Basic
      earnings
      (loss) per
      share (1)         0.06        0.03       (0.04)        0.05        0.03
     Diluted
      earnings
      (loss) per
      share             0.06        0.03       (0.04)        0.05        0.03
    
    (1) - For all periods shown, United Community MHC has held 4,655,200 
    shares of outstanding common stock.  Since its inception, the MHC has
    waived receipt of quarterly dividends on common stock.
    
    
    
                   (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
                                For the three months ended
                   12/31/2009   9/30/2009   6/30/2009   3/31/2009  12/31/2008
                   ----------   ---------   ---------   ---------  ----------
    Performance
     Ratios:
    Return on
     average
     assets (1)         0.47%       0.22%      -0.28%       0.35%       0.27%
    Return on
     average
     equity (1)         3.44%       1.61%      -2.02%       2.51%       1.91%
    Interest rate
     spread  (2)        3.09%       3.11%       2.93%       3.30%       3.03%
    Net interest
     margin  (3)        3.26%       3.30%       3.12%       3.50%       3.28%
    Noninterest
     expense to
     average
     assets (1)         3.03%       2.86%       3.46%       2.76%       2.76%
    Efficiency
     ratio  (4)        75.50%      75.62%      91.34%      68.28%      76.69%
    Average
     interest-
     earning
     assets to
     average
     interest-
     bearing
     liabilities      110.17%     110.26%     110.28%     110.51%     110.47%
    Average
     equity to
     average
     assets            13.68%      13.75%      13.75%      14.00%      14.33%
    
    Capital
     Ratios:
    Tangible
     capital           12.43%      12.16%      12.08%      12.69%      13.58%
    Core capital       12.43%      12.16%      12.08%      12.69%      13.58%
    Total risk-
     based
     capital           18.10%      19.36%      18.40%      20.07%      20.02%
    
    Asset
     Quality
     Ratios:
     Nonperforming
     loans as a
     percent of
     total
     loans              1.48%       1.45%       2.19%       2.56%       1.96%
    Allowance
     for loan
     losses as
     a percent of
     total
     loans              1.58%       1.47%       1.55%       1.53%       1.26%
    Allowance
     for loan
     losses as
     a percent of
     nonperforming
     loans            106.63%     101.22%      70.51%      59.65%      64.53%
    Net charge-
     offs to
     average
     outstanding
     loans during
     the period (1)     0.06%       1.22%       1.59%       0.07%       0.85%
    
    (1) Quarterly income and expense amounts used in ratio have been 
        annualized.
    (2) Represents the difference between the weighted average yield on 
        average interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost
        on average interest-bearing liabilities.
    (3) Represents net interest income as a percent of average interest-
        earning assets.
    (4) Represents other expense divided by the sum of net interest income and
        other income.
    
    

For the three months ended December 31, 2009:

Net income increased $214,000, or 81.7%, in the quarter ended December 31, 2009, as compared to the prior year quarter.  This increase is due to a $184,000 increase in net interest income, a decrease in the provision for loan loss of $72,000, and an increase in non-interest income of $440,000, partially offset by a $430,000 increase in non-interest expenses, and a $52,000 increase in provision for income taxes.  The increase in net interest income is primarily attributable to a $43.7 million increase in the average balance of investment securities for the quarter ended December 31, 2009, when compared to the prior year quarter, which was greater than the $32.8 million increase in the average balance of time deposits over the same period.  The decrease in the provision for loan losses is the result of a decrease in net loans receivable of $17.8 million from December 31, 2008 to December 31, 2009.  The decrease in net loans receivable is attributable to more loans being sold to Freddie Mac in the last year and tighter lending standards that have been implemented over the last two years.  The increase in non-interest income is due to increases in gain on sale of loans, gain on sale of investment securities, and other operating income.  Other operating income consists of loan servicing fees and annual fees on lines-of-credit charged to customers.  The increase in non-interest expenses is a result of increases in deposit insurance premiums, the provision for loss on sale of other real estate owned ("REO"), and other operating expenses.  Other operating expenses consist mostly of operating losses incurred on repossessed properties.  The increase in the provision for income taxes is the result of a $266,000 increase in income before taxes.

For the six months ended December 31, 2009:

Net income increased $49,000, or 7.6%, for the six months ended December 31, 2009, as compared to the same period in the prior year.  The increase is attributable to a $464,000 increase in net interest income, a $430,000 increase in non-interest income, and a decrease of $82,000 in the provision for income taxes, partially offset by a $215,000 increase in the provision for loan loss, and a $712,000 increase in non-interest expenses.  The increase in net interest income is attributable to a decrease in the average interest rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities from 2.71% to 1.90%.  The increase in non-interest income is attributable to increases in gain on sale of loans, gain on sale of investment securities, and other operating income.  Other operating income consists primarily of loan servicing fees and annual fees on lines-of-credit charged to customers.  The decrease in the income tax provision is primarily the result of a $77,000 increase in income from tax-exempt municipal bonds and bank-owned life insurance in the current year, compared to the prior year.  The increase in the provision for loan losses is the result of an increase in troubled debt restructurings to $8.6 million at December 31, 2009.  There were no troubled debt restructurings at December 31, 2008.  The increase in non-interest expense is the result of increases in deposit insurance premiums and the provision for losses on the sale of REO.  

Nonperforming loans decreased to $4.0 million at December 31, 2009, from $6.0 million at June 30, 2009.  The decrease is primarily attributable to one loan, with a balance of $1.6 million, being transferred to REO during the year.  Included in nonperforming loans at December 31, 2009 is one loan that is also categorized as a troubled debt restructuring.  Management has reduced the carrying value of this loan to its fair market value, and does not anticipate any additional material losses or write-downs related to this loan.  Other nonperforming assets (comprised exclusively of REO at December 31, 2009) decreased to $789,000 at December 31, 2009 from $1.9 million at June 30, 2009.  The REO at December 31, 2009 consists of three residential properties and one parcel of vacant land.

The Bank is actively working to sell these properties, and continues to maintain the properties and monitor their value based upon current market conditions.  Where necessary, management will reserve for losses on the sale of certain properties.  At December 31, 2009, there was $440,000 in reserves for losses on the sale of REO.

Total assets were $398.4 million at December 31, 2009, compared to $401.6 million at June 30, 2009.  The decrease is primarily due to an $8.4 million decrease in cash and equivalents, and a $1.8 million decrease in loans receivable, partially offset by an $8.0 million increase in investments.  The decrease in cash and equivalents is due to the purchase of investment securities since June 30, 2009.  The decrease in loans receivable is the result of more loans being sold to Freddie Mac and tighter lending standards that have been implemented over the last two years.  Total liabilities were $343.0 million at December 31, 2009, compared to $346.5 million at June 30, 2009.  The decrease in total liabilities is primarily due to a decrease of $20.8 million in municipal deposits in the current year, partially offset by an $18.1 million increase in other deposits.  The decrease in municipal deposits reflects the cyclical nature of municipal deposits, which are affected by the timing of receipt of tax revenues and spending for ongoing civil projects.  The increase in other deposits is the result of increased marketing and promotional efforts in our market area.  Total stockholders' equity was $55.3 million at December 31, 2009, compared to $55.1 million at June 30, 2009.  

United Community Bancorp is the holding company of United Community Bank headquartered in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.  The Bank currently operates six offices in Dearborn County, Indiana.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" or similar expressions.  Such forward-looking statements and all other statements that are not historic facts are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors.  These factors include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in the interest rate environment, legislative or regulatory changes that may adversely affect our business, changes in accounting policies and practices, changes in competition and demand for financial services, adverse changes in the securities markets, changes in deposit flows and changes in the quality or composition of the Company's loan or investment portfolios.  Additionally, other risks and uncertainties may be described in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K, or its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, which are available through the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.  Should one or more of these risks materialize, actual results may vary from those anticipated, estimated or projected.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.  Except as may be required by applicable law or regulation, the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

SOURCE United Community Bancorp

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