MILLINGTON, N.J., Nov. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MSB Financial Corp. (Nasdaq:MSBF) (the "Company"), the holding company for Millington Savings Bank (the "Bank"), reported net income of $215,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2010. This compares to net income of $194,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The increase was due to increases in net interest income and non-interest income offset by increases in non-interest expense, income tax provision and the provision for loan losses.

Net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 was $2.7 million, as compared to $2.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2009, with the increase primarily due to a reduction in interest expense attributed to a reduction in average cost of funds. The interest rate spread for the September 30, 2010 quarter was 3.28%, compared to 2.82% for the quarter ended September 2009. The average yield on interest earning assets for the September 2010 quarter was 4.84% compared to 5.14% for the quarter ended September 2009. The average cost of interest bearing liabilities for the September 30, 2010 quarter was 1.56% compared to 2.32% for the quarter ended September 2009.   

The provision for loan losses was $475,000 during the quarter ended September 30, 2010, an increase over the $345,000 provided during the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The Bank's management reviews the level of the allowance for loan losses on a quarterly basis and establishes the provision for loan losses based upon the volume and types of lending, delinquency levels, loss experience, the amount of impaired and classified loans, economic conditions and other factors related to the collectability of the loan portfolio. The significant increase in the provision during the current period was primarily due to higher delinquency levels and economic conditions. The Bank had $15.7 million in nonperforming loans as of September 30, 2010 compared to $11.8 million as of September 30, 2009.

Noninterest income was $257,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 compared to $167,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The increase for the quarter ending September 30, 2010 compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2009 resulted primarily from an increase of $97,000 in fees and service charges, which included $78,000 in fees that were received from the early prepayment of an investment security, and a $6,000 increase in bank owned life insurance income, offset by decreases of $12,000 in unrealized gains on trading securities and $1,000 in other noninterest income.

Noninterest expense was $2.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, and $2.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The increase for the quarter ending September 30, 2010 as compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2009 resulted primarily from increases in salaries and benefits, directors' compensation, FDIC assessment and noninterest expenses; offset in part by  a decrease in occupancy and equipment expense. Between the September 2010 and September 2009 quarters there were increases of $49,000 in salaries and employee benefits, $41,000 in other noninterest expense, $20,000 in directors' compensation and decreases of $11,000 and $2,000 in occupancy and equipment and advertising expense, respectively. The increases in salaries and employee benefits and directors' compensation expenses reflect expenses related to the Bank's restricted stock award program that was instituted in December 2009.   The primary increase in other noninterest expense was largely attributed to the increase in other real estate expense.   

Total assets were $355.9 million at September 30, 2010, compared to $358.7 million at June 30, 2010 with the decrease due primarily to a $2.7 million decrease in loans receivable, net, and a $1.5 million decrease in securities held to maturity, offset in part by an increase of $1.3 million in cash and cash equivalents. Deposits were $293.3 million at September 30, 2010, compared to $296.4 million at June 30, 2010, and FHLB advances remained the same for both periods. Total equity was $40.2 million, compared to $40.0, primarily due to an increase in net income and a decrease in unearned ESOP shares.  

At September 30, 2010 the Company had 5,180,168 shares outstanding compared to 5,183,468 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2010. Shares of the Company's common stock trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "MSBF."   The Company is majority owned by its mutual holding company parent, MSB Financial, MHC.

Forward Looking Statements

The forgoing release may contain forward-looking statements concerning the financial condition, results of operations and business of the Company. We caution that such statements are subject to a number of uncertainties and actual results could differ materially, and, therefore, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.
MSB FINANCIAL CORP
(Dollars in Thousands, except for per share amount)
     
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA
     
 
Balance Sheet Data:    
  (Unaudited)
  At September 30 At June 30,
  2010 2010
     
Total assets $355,918 $358,743
     
Cash and cash equivalents 22,428 21,144
     
Loans receivable, net 263,108 265,814
     
Securities held to maturity 45,952 47,477
     
Deposits 293,313 296,401
     
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 20,000 20,000
     
Total stockholders' equity 40,223 39,968
     
     
Summary of Operations:    
  (Unaudited)
  For the Three Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  2010 2009
     
Total interest income $3,903 $4,280
     
Total interest expense 1,186 1,747
     
Net interest income 2,717 2,533
     
Provision for loan losses 475 345
     
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 2,242 2,188
     
Noninterest income 257 167
     
Noninterest expense 2,153 2,042
     
Income before taxes 346 313
     
Income tax provision 131 119
     
Net income $215 $194
     
     
Net income per common share:    
     
basic and diluted $0.04 $0.04
     
Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding 5,039,867 5,138,928
     
     
Performance Ratios:    
  (Unaudited)
  For the Three Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  2010 2009
     
Return on average assets (ratio of net income to average total assets) 0.24% 0.22%
     
Return on average equity (ratio of net income to average equity) 2.14 1.89
     
Net interest rate spread 3.28 2.82
     
Net interest margin on average interest-earning assets 3.37 3.04
     
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities 105.93 110.56
     
Operating expense ratio (noninterest expenses to average total assets) 2.39 2.29
     
Efficiency ratio (noninterest expense divided by sum of net interest income and noninterest income) 72.39 75.63
     
     
  (Unaudited)
  For the Three Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  2010 2009
Asset Quality Ratios:    
     
Non-performing loans to total loans 5.81% 4.15%
     
Non-performing assets to total assets 4.83 3.38
     
Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding 0.09 0.00
     
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans 18.00 18.12
     
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.05 0.75
     
     
Capital Ratios:    
     
Equity to total assets at end of period 11.30% 11.34%
     
Average equity to average assets 11.18 11.54
     
Number of Offices 5 5
CONTACT:  MSB Financial Corp.          Michael Shriner, Executive Vice President          908-647-4000          mshriner@millingtonsb.com

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