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Beneficial Mutual Bancorp, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Net Income Of $2.0 Million

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Beneficial Mutual Bancorp, Inc. (“Beneficial”) (NASDAQGS: BNCL), the parent company of Beneficial Bank (the “Bank” or the “Company”), today announced its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.

Beneficial recorded net income of $2.0 million, or $0.03 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, compared to a net loss of $898 thousand, or $0.01 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 and net income of $5.6 million, or $0.07 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2011, which included $5.1 million of restructuring charges related to the implementation of an expense management reduction program during the first quarter of 2011, totaled $1.1 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to $13.1 million, or $0.17 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2010.

During the quarter, Beneficial took advantage of the decrease in interest rates to reposition its balance sheet to improve its profitability, interest rate risk, and capital position. Through the sale of lower rate, longer term securities and the run-off of higher cost, non-relationship-based municipal deposits, we have contracted our balance sheet by approximately $217.3 million since December 31, 2010. At June 30, 2011, we had higher than usual cash balances as we were holding cash to cover additional municipal deposit run-off that is expected to occur during the remainder of 2011. Also during the quarter, we benefited from the impact of the expense management reduction program implemented in the first quarter of 2011, as total operating expenses decreased $2.4 million to $29.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 compared to $31.5 million for the second quarter of 2010.

Credit costs continue to have a significant impact on our financial results. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, the Bank recorded a provision for credit losses in the amount of $10.0 million and $20.0 million, respectively, compared to $6.2 million and $11.2 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010, respectively. Although credit costs remain elevated, we began to see some stabilization in our credit quality as non-performing assets remained relatively constant for the quarter at $162.6 million as compared to $161.7 million at March 31, 2011. However, we remain cautious and continue to build our reserves. At June 30, 2011, the Company’s allowance for loan losses totaled $51.3 million, or 1.88% of total loans, compared to $45.4 million, or 1.62% of total loans, at December 31, 2010. A significant portion of our commercial real estate and commercial construction portfolios will contractually mature in 2011 (approximately 33%) and we are actively managing these maturities and continuing to write off all collateral deficiencies on all classified loans once they are 90 days delinquent. We expect that market conditions, coupled with the large amount of commercial maturities, will result in an elevated provision for credit losses for the rest of 2011.

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