Ameriana Bancorp Reports Third Quarter 2013 Net Income Of $561,000 Or $0.19 Per Share

Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI), parent company for Ameriana Bank, today announced earnings for the third quarter of 2013 of $561,000, or $0.19 per basic and diluted share, compared with $465,000, or $0.16 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012.

For the first nine months of 2013, Ameriana's net income increased $443,000, or 35.1%, to $1.7 million, or $0.57 per basic and diluted share, compared with $1.3 million, or $0.42 per basic and diluted share, in the year-earlier period.

Commenting on the announcement, Jerome J. Gassen, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased to report continued improvement in earnings over the prior-year periods, and loan portfolio growth in the third quarter that is critical to maintaining the Company's earnings growth momentum. The Company's success in increasing non-interest revenue has also been an important contributing factor." Gassen also noted "the net interest margin for the third quarter was essentially unchanged from the same quarter a year earlier, which was a positive result given the current difficult interest rate environment for financial institutions.

"I am particularly pleased with our progress in improving the Bank's credit metrics," Gassen continued. "As a result of our strong efforts, coupled with slowly improving economic conditions, non-performing loans are down, and we've also experienced favorable results in disposing of foreclosed properties, all of which have allowed us to reduce our provision for loan losses." He commented that "major challenges currently facing the industry include continuing modest loan demand and deposit customers' increasing propensity to pursue other investment alternatives in search of higher returns."

Net loans receivable of $318.8 million at September 30, 2013 represented an increase of $5.3 million for the quarter, due primarily to $7.7 million growth in the Bank's residential real estate portfolio that was achieved while also generating mortgage banking revenue that exceeded the same quarter a year earlier. Totals for non-performing loans of $7.4 million and other real estate owned of $6.0 million at September 30, 2013 were reduced from the year earlier totals by 13.3% and 23.8%, respectively.

The provision for loan losses was $210,000 for the third quarter of 2013, which represented a $45,000 decrease from the third quarter of 2012, and was $675,000 for the first nine months of 2013, which represented a $215,000 reduction from the first nine months of 2012. The Bank had a net gain from other real estate owned of $80,000 for the third quarter and $78,000 for the first nine months of 2013, compared to net losses of $6,000 and $177,000 for the same periods of 2012, respectively.

The Bank's strong focus on developing new relationships produced 7.5% growth in the number of checking accounts during the most recent year, and resulted in a continuing positive trend of increased fee income from deposit accounts

Ameriana Bancorp is a bank holding company. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ameriana Bank, the Company offers an extensive line of banking services and provides a range of investments and securities products through banking centers in the central Indiana area. Ameriana Bank owns Ameriana Insurance Agency, a full-service insurance agency, and Ameriana Financial Services, which offers securities and insurance products through LPL Financial (Member FINRA/SIPC).

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements in this release that are not strictly historical are forward-looking and are based upon current expectations that may differ materially from actual results. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements made herein. These risks and uncertainties involve general economic trends, changes in interest rates, loss of deposits and loan demand to other financial institutions, substantial changes in financial markets, changes in real estate value and the real estate market, regulatory changes, possibility of unforeseen events affecting the industry generally, the uncertainties associated with newly developed or acquired operations, the outcome of pending litigation, and market disruptions and other effects of terrorist activities. For discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from expectations, refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the section entitled "Risk Factors." The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
       

AMERIANA BANCORP

Unaudited Financial Highlights

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 

Three Months EndedSeptember 30,

Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,
  2013         2012     2013         2012  
Interest income $ 4,184 $ 4,408 $ 12,736 $ 13,522
Interest expense   746     947     2,255     3,002  
Net interest income 3,438 3,461 10,481 10,520
Provision for loan losses   210     255     675     890  

Net interest income after provision for loan losses
3,228 3,206 9,806 9,630
Other income 1,575 1,325 4,556 3,957
Other expense   4,020     3,914     12,054     11,968  
Income before income taxes 783 617 2,308 1,619
Income tax   222     152     602     356  
Net income $ 561   $ 465   $ 1,706   $ 1,263  
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.19   $ 0.16   $ 0.57   $ 0.42  
Diluted $ 0.19   $ 0.16   $ 0.57   $ 0.42  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   2,989     2,989     2,989     2,989  
Diluted   2,989     2,989     2,989     2,989  
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.01   $ 0.01   $ 0.03   $ 0.03  
 

Net interest margin (fully tax-equivalent basis)
  3.585 %   3.586 %   3.649 %   3.678 %
           

AMERIANA BANCORP

Unaudited Financial Highlights (Continued)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 

Sept. 30,2013

Dec. 31,2012

Sept. 30,2012
Total assets $ 440,187 $ 445,763 $ 447,834
Cash and cash equivalents 22,542 20,853 24,722
Interest-bearing time deposits 1,982 5,704 5,704
Investment securities held to maturity 2,348 2,349 --
Investment securities available for sale 31,552 39,296 44,266
Loans receivable 322,768 317,444 313,164
Allowance for loan losses   3,939     4,239     4,236  
Loans, net 318,829 313,205 308,928
 

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans receivable
1.22 % 1.34 % 1.35 %
Non-performing loans $ 7,419 $ 7,604 $ 8,557

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-performing loans
53.1 % 55.7 % 49.5 %
 
Deposits:
Non-interest-bearing $ 56,321 $ 53,024 $ 52,383
Interest-bearing   293,251     303,679     305,539  
349,572 356,703 357,922
 
Borrowed funds $ 45,810 $ 45,810 $ 45,810
Shareholders' equity 37,520 36,546 36,190
Book value per share 12.55 12.23 12.11
 
Regulatory capital ratios for Ameriana Bank:
Tier 1 leverage ratio 9.57 % 9.31 % 9.14 %
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 13.45 % 13.18 % 13.03 %
Total risk-based capital ratio 14.71 % 14.45 % 14.30 %

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