Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: JFBI), the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank (the “Bank”), announced net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 of $565,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $291,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The improvement in net income reflects a reduction in the provision for loan losses more than offsetting a decrease in net interest income.
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, the Company reported net income of $1.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.0 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The provision for loan losses was $800,000 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 compared to $9.9 million for the prior fiscal year.
Anderson L. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased with the steady progress our organization has made over the last twelve months, despite the challenging economic and interest rate environment. We were profitable for the sixth consecutive quarter, with net earnings of $565,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $291,000 for the prior year period. Asset quality continues to improve as charge-offs, nonperforming assets, and delinquencies have decreased. Our loan portfolio experienced growth during the quarter and we are cautiously optimistic that loan demand will continue to increase as we begin a new fiscal year.”
Net interest income decreased $220,000, or 5.1%, to $4.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to $4.3 million for the same period in 2012. The decrease in net interest income is primarily due to lower average balances and lower yields on loans, partially offset by lower average balances and lower rates on deposits. The net interest margin was 3.67% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to 3.68% for the same period in 2012. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, net interest income decreased $1.5 million, or 8.3%, to $16.4 million compared to $17.9 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, while the net interest margin decreased 8 basis points to 3.64% compared to 3.72% for the prior fiscal year.
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