ESSA Bancorp, Inc. Announces Operating Results For The Third Fiscal Quarter Of 2011

ESSA Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ Global Market SM “ESSA”) the holding company for ESSA Bank & Trust (the “Bank”) today announced its operating results for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2011. The Company reported net income of $1.2 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2011, compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the corresponding 2010 period. For the nine months ended June 30, 2011, the Company reported net income of $3.5 million, or $0.30 per diluted share compared to net income of $3.5 million, or $0.27 per diluted share for the corresponding 2010 period.

“Since our last report, there has been little, if any, improvement in the economy of the markets we serve,” noted Gary S. Olson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “Given this economic environment, we consider the Company’s operating results for the third quarter and year-to-date periods to be strong. Earnings per share, aided by our stock repurchase programs increased 22% and 11%, respectively when you compare the three- and nine-month periods ended June 30, 2011 with the same periods ended June 30, 2010. While the local and national housing markets remain depressed, our commercial loan growth so far this year has helped us to grow our balance sheet. Our capital position remains strong and our credit quality, which has always exceeded that of our peers and financial industry averages, is improving. Nonperforming assets declined to 1.26% of total assets at June 30, 2011 from 1.41% at March 31, 2011. Also during the third quarter we announced the completion of our third stock repurchase program and the beginning of a fourth repurchase program. The Company also announced the purchase of the benefit consulting insurance business of William S. Harrison II and David P. Lilly. The acquisition underscores our long-term strategy of offering products and services that help to meet all of the financial needs of our customers. We continue to believe that our strong capital position, sound credit quality and underwriting standards, outstanding customer service and knowledge of the markets we serve has positioned us well for continued success.”

Net Interest Income:

Net interest income increased $689,000, or 10.3%, to $7.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, from $6.7 million for the comparable period in 2010. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in the Company’s interest rate spread to 2.54% for the three months ended June 30, 2011, from 2.21% for the comparable period in 2010, offset in part by a decrease of $17.2 million in the Company’s average net earning assets.

Net interest income increased $674,000, or 3.2%, to $21.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in the Company’s interest rate spread to 2.50% from 2.39% for the comparable period in 2010, offset in part by a decrease of $16.5 million in the Company’s average net earning assets.

Provision for Loan Losses:

The provision for loan losses decreased $25,000, or 5.0% to $475,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011, from $500,000 for the comparable period in 2010. Net charge-offs increased $307,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011, compared to the three-month period ended June 30, 2010. The provision for loan losses decreased $45,000, or 2.7%, to $1.6 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2011 from $1.7 million for the comparable period in 2010. Net charge-offs increased $386,000 for the nine months ended June 30, 2011 to $828,000 compared to $443,000 for the nine- month period ended June 30, 2010.

Nonperforming assets increased to 1.26% of total assets at June 30, 2011 compared to 1.20% of total assets at September 30, 2010. Nonperforming assets were 1.41% of total assets at March 31, 2011. The allowance for loan losses was $8.2 million, or 1.10% of loans outstanding at June 30, 2011, compared to $7.4 million, or 1.01% of loans outstanding at September 30, 2010.

In evaluating the level of the allowance for loan losses, management considers historical loss experience, the types of loans and the amount of loans in the loan portfolio, adverse situations that may affect a borrower’s ability to repay, the estimated value of any underlying collateral, peer group information, and prevailing economic conditions. This evaluation is inherently subjective, as it requires estimates that are subject to interpretation and revision as more information becomes available or as future events occur. The provision for loan losses was in response to this evaluation.

Noninterest Income:

Noninterest income decreased $160,000, or 9.9%, to $1.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, from $1.6 million for the comparable period in 2010. The primary reason for the decrease was a decline in gains on the sales of investments of $249,000 during the 2011 period. The Company recorded gains on sales of investment securities of $305,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to $56,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2011.

Noninterest income decreased $565,000, or 12.1%, to $4.1 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2011, from $4.7 million for the comparable period in 2010. The primary reasons for the decrease were declines in both the gains on sales of investment securities of $442,000 and the gains on sales of loans of $233,000. The Company recorded gains of sales of investment securities of $613,000 and gains on sales of loans of $236,000 for the nine months ended June 30, 2010 as compared to $171,000 and $3,000, respectively, for the nine months ended June 30, 2011.

Noninterest Expense:

Noninterest expense increased $232,000, or 3.7%, to $6.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011, from $6.3 million for the comparable period in 2010. The primary reasons for the increase were increases in loss on foreclosed real estate of $81,000 and compensation and employee benefits of $168,000. The Company opened three new branch offices in the third quarter of 2010 which contributed to the comparative increase in compensation and employee benefits.

Noninterest expense increased $49,000, or 0.2%, to $19.7 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2011, from $19.6 million for the comparable period in 2010. The primary reasons for the increase were increases in compensation and employee benefits expense of $644,000 and occupancy and equipment expense of $186,000 primarily related to the new branches opened during the second and third quarters of 2010. These increases were offset, in part, by a decrease in the loss on foreclosed real estate of $1.1 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

Balance Sheet:

Total assets increased $30.6 million, or 2.86%, to $1,102.6 million at June 30, 2011, compared to $1,072.0 million at September 30, 2010. The primary reasons for the increase in assets were increases in net loans receivable of $10.9 million and in cash and cash equivalents of $10.9 million. The increase in net loans receivable included increases in commercial real estate loans of $23.2 million which were partially offset by declines in commercial loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, residential loans, construction loans, and other loans of $1.2 million, $2.5 million, $7.3 million, $208,000 and $320,000 respectively.

Total deposits increased $115.0 million, or 21.3%, to $655.4 million at June 30, 2011, from $540.4 million at September 30, 2010. The primary reason for the increase was an increase in certificate of deposit accounts of $109.1 million including an increase of $65.5 million in brokered certificates. Noninterest bearing demand accounts and savings and club accounts also increased $2.0 million and $6.7 million, respectively. These increases were partially offset by decreases in NOW accounts of $1.5 million and money market accounts of $1.4 million. Borrowed funds decreased during the same time period by $80.4 million.

Stockholders’ equity decreased $7.0 million, or 4.1%, to $164.6 million at June 30, 2011, from $171.6 million at September 30, 2010, primarily as a result of a previously announced stock repurchase program. In June 2009, the Company announced that it had completed its first stock repurchase program having purchased 2,547,135 shares at a weighted average cost of $13.14. On October 6, 2010 the Company announced that it had completed its second stock repurchase program having purchased 1,499,100 shares at a weighted average cost of $12.36. In April 2011, the Company announced that it completed the third repurchase program having purchased 679,900 shares at a weighted average cost of $12.82. In May 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a fourth repurchase program to purchase up to an additional 5% of its outstanding shares. As of June 30, 2011, the Company had purchased an additional 101,300 shares at a weighted average cost of $11.83 per share under the fourth stock repurchase program. For the quarter ending June 30, 2011, the Company purchased a total of 142,481 shares at a weighted average cost of $12.15 per share.

Asset Quality:

Nonperforming assets totaled $13.9 million, or 1.26%, of total assets at June 30, 2011, compared to $12.9 million, or 1.20%, of total assets at September 30, 2010. The increase was primarily due to increases of $1.1 million in nonperforming commercial loans and $171,000 in troubled debt restructures offset, in part, by a decrease of $203,000 in nonperforming consumer loans. Commercial nonperforming loans increased primarily as a result of the addition of two commercial real estate relationships. The number of non-performing residential loans at June 30, 2011 decreased to 47 compared to 50 at September 30, 2010. The Company, in response to these and other trends, made a provision for loan losses of $1.6 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2011, compared to a provision of $1.7 million for the comparable nine-month period in 2010. The allowance for loan losses was $8.2 million, or 1.10%, of loans outstanding at June 30, 2011, compared to $7.4 million, or 1.01%, of loans outstanding at September 30, 2010.

ESSA Bank & Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ESSA Bancorp, Inc., has total assets of over $1.0 billion and is the leading service-oriented financial institution headquartered in the Greater Pocono, Pennsylvania region. The Bank maintains its corporate headquarters in downtown Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and has 17 community offices throughout the Greater Pocono and Lehigh Valley areas in Pennsylvania. In addition to being one of the region’s largest mortgage lenders, ESSA Bank & Trust offers a full range of retail and commercial financial services. ESSA Bancorp, Inc. stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Market SM under the symbol “ESSA.”

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods, or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “may,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “continue,” or similar terms or variations on those terms, or the negative of those terms. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those related to the economic environment, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, competitive products and pricing, fiscal and monetary policies of the U.S. Government, changes in government regulations affecting financial institutions, including regulatory fees and capital requirements, changes in prevailing interest rates, acquisitions and the integration of acquired businesses, credit risk management, asset-liability management, the financial and securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity.

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company wishes to advise readers that the factors listed above could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause the Company's actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements. The Company does not undertake and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions, which may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

 

ESSA BANCORP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARYCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET(UNAUDITED)
 
 
 
                June 30,2011            

September 30,2010
(dollars in thousands)
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks $ 8,604 $ 7,454
Interest-bearing deposits with other institutions   13,193     3,436  
 
Total cash and cash equivalents 21.797 10,890
Investment securities available for sale 256,166 252,341
Investment securities held to maturity (fair value of $9,834 and $13,254) 9,479 12,795
Loans receivable (net of allowance for loan losses of $8,225 and $7,448) 741,764 730,842
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 17,770 20,727
Premises and equipment 11,682 12,189
Bank-owned life insurance 23,057 15,618
Foreclosed real estate 2,039 2,034
Intangible assets, net 1,906 -
Goodwill 40 -
Other assets   16,923     14,561  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,102,623   $ 1,071,997  
 
 
LIABILITIES
Deposits $ 655,369 $ 540,410
Short-term borrowings - 14,719
Other borrowings 269,657 335,357
Advances by borrowers for taxes and insurance 6,550 1,465
Other liabilities   6,448     8,423  
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES   938,024     900,374  
Commitment and contingencies - -
 
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Preferred stock - -
Common stock 170 170
Additional paid in capital 166,208 164,494
Unallocated common stock held by the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (11,551 ) (11,891 )
Retained earnings 65,973 64,272
Treasury stock, at cost (55,436 ) (44,870 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (765 )   (552 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   164,599     171,623  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 1,102,623   $ 1,071,997  
 
 

ESSA BANCORP, INC, AND SUBSIDIARYCONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME(UNAUDITED)
 
 
 
                For the Three MonthsEnded June 30,           For the Nine MonthsEnded June 30,
2011     2010 2011     2010
(dollars in thousands)
INTEREST INCOME
Loans receivable $ 9,683 $ 10,105 $ 29,322 $ 30,612
Investment securities:
Taxable 2,092 1,925 6,030 6,326
Exempt from federal income tax 66 78 219 238
Other investment income   1   3   2   5
Total interest income   11,842   12,111   35,573   37,181
 
 
INTEREST EXPENSE
Deposits 1,932 1,769 5,423 4,633
Short-term borrowings 1 1 46 85
Other borrowings   2,549   3,670   8,272   11,305
Total interest expense   4,482   5,440   13,741   16,023
 
 
NET INTEREST INCOME 7,360 6,671 21,832 21,158
Provision for loan losses   475   500   1,605   1,650
 
NET INTEREST INCOME AFTER PROVISION FOR LOAN LOSSES   6,885   6,171   20,227   19,508
 
NONINTEREST INCOME
Service fees on deposit accounts 768 799 2,259 2,403
Services charges and fees on loans 142 126 497 351
Trust and investment fees 190 203 596 635
Gain on sale of investments, net 56 305 171 613
Gain on sale of loans, net - 41 3 236
Earnings on Bank-owned life insurance 170 135 438 410
Insurance commissions 125 - 125 -
Other   8   10   28   34
Total noninterest income   1,459   1,619   4,117   4,682
 
NONINTEREST EXPENSE
Compensation and employee benefits 3,899 3,731 11,712 11,068
Occupancy and equipment 758 823 2,331 2,145
Professional fees 411 373 1,260 1,136
Data processing 477 524 1,407 1,441
Advertising 165 208 534 472
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Premiums 196 157 602 638
Loss on foreclosed real estate 81 - 93 1,200
Amortization of intangible assets 54 - 54 -
Other   526   519   1,667   1,511
Total noninterest expense   6,567   6,335   19,660   19,611
Income before income taxes 1,777 1,455 4,684 4,579
Income taxes   536   387   1,216   1,114
 
 
NET INCOME $ 1,241 $ 1,068 $ 3,468 $ 3,465
 
Earnings per share
Basic $ 0.11 $ 0.09 $ 0.30 $ 0.27
Diluted 0.11 0.09 0.30 0.27
 
 

ESSA BANCORP, INC, AND SUBSIDIARYOTHER FINANCIAL DATA(UNAUDITED)
 
 
 
                For the Three MonthsEnded June 30, For the Nine MonthsEnded June 30,
  2011     2010     2011     2010  
(dollars in thousands)
CONSOLIDATED AVERAGE BALANCES:
Total assets $ 1,097,321 $ 1,063,651 $ 1,085,275 $ 1,044,164
Total interest-earning assets 1,044,985 1,017,625 1,036,717 1,000,423
Total interest-bearing liabilities 889,577 845,004 876,683 823,896
Total stockholders’ equity 164,323 179,185 167,586 182,738
 
PER COMMON SHARE DATA:
Average shares outstanding - basic 11,350,620 12,520,193 11,638,830 12,837,046
Average shares outstanding - diluted 11,350,620 12,520,193 11,638,830 12,837,046
Book value shares 12,645,522 13,875,012 12,645,522 13,875,012
 
Net interest rate spread 2.54 % 2.21 % 2.50 % 2.39 %
Net interest margin 2.82 % 2.63 % 2.82 % 2.83 %

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