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Greene County Bancorp, Inc. - Reports Record Earnings For Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013

Greene County Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GCBC), the holding company for The Bank of Greene County and its subsidiary Greene County Commercial Bank, today reported net income for the fiscal year and quarter ended June 30, 2013. For the year ended June 30, 2013, net income totaled $6.4 million, or $1.52 per basic and $1.51 per diluted share, representing an increase of $541,000, or 9.3%, as compared to net income of $5.8 million, or $1.40 per basic and $1.39 per diluted share, for the year ended June 30, 2012. For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, net income totaled $1.4 million, or $0.33 per basic and diluted share, representing an increase of $58,000, or 4.3%, as compared to $1.3 million, or $0.32 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Donald E. Gibson, President & CEO stated: “I am pleased to report continued solid and consistent performance. For the fifth consecutive fiscal year we have achieved record earnings. In addition, for the fourth consecutive year, American Banker magazine (formerly USBanker) ranked us among the Top 200 Community Banks with less than $2 billion in assets (at December 31, 2012) by average return on equity for the three years ended December 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012.”

Selected highlights for the year and quarter ended June 30, 2013 are as follows:
  • Net interest income increased $485,000 to $21.2 million for the year ended June 30, 2013 compared to $20.8 million for the year ended June 30, 2012, and was flat at $5.2 million for the quarters ended June 30, 2013 and 2012. The annual increase in net interest income was the result of growth in the average balances of interest earning assets complemented by a decrease in the average cost of our interest bearing deposits, which was partially offset by a decrease in the yield on interest earning assets. As interest rates remain low, the impact from a declining yield on interest earning assets is expected to continue to have a negative effect on net interest income as can be seen by the lack of growth when comparing the quarters ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
  • Net interest rate spread decreased 26 basis points to 3.46% for the year ended June 30, 2013 as compared to 3.72% for the year ended June 30, 2012. Net interest margin decreased 30 basis points to 3.54% for the year ended June 30, 2013 as compared to 3.84% for the year ended June 30, 2012. Net interest rate spread decreased 30 basis points to 3.27% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 as compared to 3.57% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Net interest margin decreased 33 basis points to 3.34% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to 3.67% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Despite increased net interest income from increased volume of loans and securities and a lower cost of funds, declines in the yields on interest-earning assets resulted in our net interest spread and net interest margin decreasing when comparing the three months and year ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Although the Company has benefited from re-pricing its interest-bearing liabilities in the continuing historically low interest rate environment, the average interest rates earned on our loans and investments have similarly continued to re-price into lower yields.
  • The provision for loan losses amounted to $1.7 million and $1.8 million for the years ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The provision for loan losses amounted to $430,000 and $347,000 for the quarters ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The increase was a result of a higher level of net charge-offs when comparing the fiscal years ended June 30, 2013 and 2012. The level of allowance for loan losses to total loans receivable increased to 1.92% at June 30, 2013 compared to 1.86% at June 30, 2012.
  • Net charge-offs amounted to $883,000 and $676,000 for the years ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, an increase of $207,000.
  • Nonperforming loans amounted to $6.9 million at June 30, 2013 and $7.0 million at June 30, 2012. Nonperforming loans remain high compared to historical levels as a result of adverse changes in the economy and local unemployment, which have been compounded by the extended length of time required to complete foreclosures in New York State. At June 30, 2013, nonperforming assets were 1.13% of total assets and nonperforming loans were 1.92% of net loans.
  • Noninterest income increased $145,000 and decreased $28,000 when comparing the years and quarters ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Noninterest income amounted to $5.0 million and $1.3 million for the year and quarter ended June 30, 2013, respectively. The increase for the year ended June 30, 2013 was primarily the result of higher service charges on deposit accounts due to growth in the number of deposit accounts, as well as an increase in fees earned through investment services.
  • Noninterest expense increased $135,000 and decreased $83,000 when comparing the years and quarters ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The increase in noninterest expense was primarily the result of a $288,000 increase in medical expense related to the change to a self-funded health insurance plan, and was partially offset by decreases in occupancy, equipment and furniture expenses and legal and professional fees of $19,000, $84,000 and $104,000, respectively. The decreases in occupancy, equipment and furniture expenses are due to a decrease in depreciation expense resulting from assets becoming fully depreciated during the period. The decrease in legal and professional fees was primarily the result of lower costs associated with loans in the process of foreclosure. These same categories decreased when comparing the quarters ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Also, during the years ended June 30, 2013, and 2012, respectively, the Company prepaid $6.0 million and $2.0 million in long term borrowings and recognized prepayment penalties of $155,000 and $135,000, respectively.
  • Total assets of the Company were $633.6 million at June 30, 2013 as compared to $590.7 million at June 30, 2012, an increase of $42.9 million, or 7.3%.
  • Securities available-for-sale and held-to-maturity increased $12.3 million, or 5.3%, to $246.2 million at June 30, 2013 as compared to $233.9 million at June 30, 2012.
  • Net loans receivable increased to $359.4 million at June 30, 2013 from $326.8 million at June 30, 2012, an increase of $32.6 million, or 10.0%. The loan growth experienced during the year primarily consisted of $10.7 million in nonresidential real estate loans, $19.1 million in residential mortgage loans, $2.0 million in construction loans, and $4.0 million in non-mortgage loans, and was partially offset by a $2.4 million decrease in home equity loans and a $863,000 increase in the allowance for loan losses. We believe that the continued low interest rate environment and strong customer satisfaction from personal service continued to enhance loan growth.
  • Total deposits increased to $558.4 million at June 30, 2013 from $511.9 million at June 30, 2012, an increase of $46.5 million, or 9.1%. This increase was primarily the result of an increase of $23.8 million in balances at Greene County Commercial Bank due primarily to the annual collection of taxes by several local municipalities.
  • Total borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) decreased $6.4 million to $14.6 million at June 30, 2013 compared to $21.0 million at June 30, 2012. Borrowings from overnight advances decreased $3.4 million to $10.6 million at June 30, 2013 from $14.0 million at June 30, 2012. These short term advances were utilized to fund growth in interest-earning assets. Term borrowings decreased $3.0 million to $4.0 million at June 30, 2013 from $7.0 million at June 30, 2012 as a result of repayments at maturity of $1.0 million and prepayments of $6.0 million, partially offset by new advances of $4.0 million.
  • Shareholders’ equity increased to $56.1 million at June 30, 2013 from $52.7 million at June 30, 2012, as net income of $6.4 million was partially offset by dividends declared and paid of $2.1 million, and a $923,000 decrease in accumulated other comprehensive income.

Headquartered in Catskill, New York, the Company provides full-service community-based banking in its twelve branch offices located in the Hudson Valley Region. Customers are offered 24-hour services through ATM network systems, an automated telephone banking system and Mobile & Internet Banking through its web site at http://www.tbogc.com.

This press release contains statements about future events that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, regulatory considerations, competition, technological developments, retention and recruitment of qualified personnel, and market acceptance of the Company’s pricing, products and services.
  At or for the   At or for the Three
Year Ended June 30, Months Ended June 30,
2013   2012   2013   2012
Dollars In thousands,

except share and per share data
   
Interest income $24,060 $24,341 $5,837 $5,979
Interest expense 2,817 3,583 660 805
Net interest income 21,243 20,758 5,177 5,174
Provision for loan losses 1,746 1,784 430 347
Noninterest income 4,995 4,850 1,279 1,251
Noninterest expense 15,449 15,314 4,084 4,167
Income before taxes 9,043 8,510 1,942 1,911
Tax provision 2,672 2,680 541 568
Net Income $6,371 $5,830 $1,401 $1,343
 
Basic EPS $1.52 $1.40 $0.33 $0.32

Weighted average

shares outstanding

4,187,340

4,156,481

4,192,254

4,173,109
 
Diluted EPS $1.51 $1.39 $0.33 $0.32
Weighted average

diluted shares outstanding

4,225,963

4,197,060

4,229,369

4,210,135
 
Dividends declared per share 1 $0.70 $0.70 $0.175 $0.175
 

Selected Financial Ratios
Return on average assets 2 1.03% 1.04% 0.88% 0.92%
Return on average equity 2 11.66% 11.55% 9.99% 10.27%
Net interest rate spread 2 3.46% 3.72% 3.27% 3.57%
Net interest margin 2 3.54% 3.84% 3.34% 3.67%
Efficiency ratio 3 58.88% 59.80% 63.26% 64.86%

Non-performing assets

to total assets

1.13%

1.23%
Non-performing loans

to net loans

1.92%

2.15%
Allowance for loan losses to

non-performing loans

102.25%

88.03%
Allowance for loan losses to

total loans

1.92%

1.86%
Shareholders’ equity to total assets 8.86% 8.92%
Dividend payout ratio 3 46.05% 50.00%
Book value per share $13.38 $12.59

1 Greene County Bancorp, MHC (the “MHC”), the owner of 55.0% of the shares outstanding by the Company, waived its right to receive the dividends during the year ended June 30, 2012, and no adjustment has been made to account for this waiver. The MHC waived its right to receive the dividend declared during the quarters ended March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013, and no adjustment has been made to account for this waiver. However, the MHC was not permitted to waive its receipt of dividends declared during the quarters ended September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2012 because it did not yet have the non-objection from the Federal Reserve Board for such waiver.

2 Ratios are annualized when necessary.

3 Noninterest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and noninterest income.
  As of June 30, 2013     As of June 30, 2012
Dollars In thousands    
Assets
Total cash and cash equivalents $6,222 $7,742
Long term certificate of deposit 250 ---
Securities- available for sale, at fair value 69,644 87,528
Securities- held to maturity, at amortized cost 176,519 146,389
Federal Home Loan Bank stock, at cost 1,388 1,744
 
Gross loans receivable 365,839 332,450
Less: Allowance for loan losses (7,040) (6,177)
Unearned origination fees and costs, net 627     478
Net loans receivable 359,426 326,751
 
Premises and equipment 14,349 14,899
Accrued interest receivable 2,663 2,688
Foreclosed real estate 296 260
Prepaid expenses and other assets 2,848     2,655
Total assets $633,605     $590,656
 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
Noninterest bearing deposits $57,926 $52,783
Interest bearing deposits 500,513     459,154
Total deposits 558,439 511,937
 
Borrowings from FHLB, short term 10,600 14,000
Borrowings from FHLB, long term 4,000 7,000
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 4,458     5,055
Total liabilities 577,497 537,992
Total shareholders’ equity 56,108     52,664
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $633,605     $590,656
Common shares outstanding 4,192,654 4,182,671
Treasury shares 113,016 122,999

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