ESB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: ESBF), the parent company of ESB Bank, today announced earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 of $0.22 per diluted share on net income of $3.9 million as compared to earnings of $0.21 per diluted share on net income of $3.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, a 4.8% increase in net income per diluted share. The Company’s annualized return on average assets and average equity were 0.82% and 8.04%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to 0.73% and 7.81% respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. For the six month period ended June 30, 2013, the Company realized earnings of $0.43 per diluted share on net income of $7.6 million compared to earnings of $0.43 per diluted share on net income of $7.5 million for the same period in the prior year. The Company’s annualized return on average assets and average equity were 0.80% and 7.83%, respectively, for the six month period ended June 30, 2013, compared to 0.75% and 8.00%, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2012. Charlotte A. Zuschlag, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “The Board of Directors, senior management and I are pleased with the earnings for the quarter and six month period ended June 30, 2013. We have been successful and prudent in managing our net interest rate margin during this difficult interest rate environment while protecting our asset quality and our future earnings potential. We continue to experience growth in our core deposits which assists in reducing our cost of funds. Our deposits have grown $32.7 million, or 2.8%, since December 2012. This growth has allowed us to decrease our wholesale borrowings and manage our cost of funds. Although the net interest margin has decreased slightly since December 2012, we are encouraged that it remains in line with our expectations.” Ms. Zuschlag continued by stating, “Management will continue to strive to pursue growth opportunities that will provide a sound investment return to our shareholders.” She added, “Our philosophy will continue to manage the net interest margin without compromising asset quality or future earnings potential while continuing to offer quality products to our customers.”
Shares of ESB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:ESBF) have taken a tremendous swing upward. The stock is trading at $13.63 as of four p.m. ET, 21.2% above Monday's closing price of $11.25. Volume is at 29,828, 1.4 times the daily average of 21,800.