HAZARD, Ky., FRANKFORT, Ky., DANVILLE, Ky. and LANCASTER, Ky. , Aug. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kentucky First Federal Bancorp (Nasdaq:KFFB), (the "Company") the holding company for First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hazard and First Federal Savings Bank of Kentucky, announced net income of $1.5 million or $0.18 diluted earnings per share for the year ended June 30, 2016, which represents a $568,000 or 27.5% decrease from the year ended June 30, 2015.  The decrease in earnings year over year was due to a decrease in net interest income, an increase in non-interest expense and a decrease in non-interest income, while a decrease in provision for loan loss and a decrease in income taxes served to offset some of the negative impact on the bottom line.  Net interest income decreased $687,000 or 6.3% from $11.0 million for the prior year end to $10.3 million for the recent year end primarily due to decrease in interest income.  Non-interest expense increased $507,000 or 6.3% to $8.5 million for the year just ended due primarily to higher employee compensation and benefits expense.  Non-interest income decreased $127,000 or 24.7% to $387,000 for the year just ended primarily because gains associated with real estate owned by the Company and recognized in the prior year were not repeated.  Provision for loan losses decreased $328,000 from the prior year to $15,000 for the recently ended year due to a lower level of net charge-offs in fiscal 2016.

The Company reported net income of $381,000 or $0.05 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2016, a decrease of $154,000, or 28.8% compared to $535,000 or $0.07 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2015.  The decrease in net profit was due primarily to a decrease in net interest income and an increase in non-interest expense.  Net interest income decreased $168,000 or 6.3% to $2.5 million for the quarter just ended primarily due to a decrease in interest income, while non-interest expense increased $151,000 or 7.8% for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 to $2.1 million.  The increase in non-interest expense was primarily due to higher costs associated with the Company's employee compensation and benefits.  Provision for losses on loans decreased $37,000 or 90.2% from $41,000 for last year's quarterly period to $4,000 for the quarter just ended, while non-interest income increased $48,000 or 40.7% to $166,000 for the recently ended quarter compared to the prior year period due to recoveries on sale of repossessed real estate.

At June 30, 2016, the Company reported its book value per share as $8.00.

This press release may contain statements that are forward-looking, as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995 or the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases.  The Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby.  All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors including, but not limited to, real estate values, the impact of interest rates on financing, the impact of competition, changes in general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory changes that adversely affect the business of the Company and changes in the securities markets.  Accordingly, actual results may differ from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, and the making of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that results expressed therein will be achieved.

Kentucky First Federal Bancorp is the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association, which operates one banking office in Hazard, Kentucky and First Federal Savings Bank, which operates six banking offices in Frankfort, Danville, and Lancaster, Kentucky.  Kentucky First Federal Bancorp shares are traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol KFFB.  At June 30, 2016 the Company had approximately 8,439,515 shares outstanding, of which approximately 56.0% was held by First Federal MHC.
SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
               
      June 30,     June 30,  
      2016     2015  
    (In thousands, except per share data)
      (Unaudited)     (Audited)  
Assets            
  Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 13,108   $ 13,635  
  Interest-bearing time deposits in other financial institutions   3,711     --  
  Investment Securities   4,213     6,582  
  Loans available for sale   --     100  
  Loans Receivable, net   238,468     243,815  
  Real estate acquired through foreclosure   527     1,593  
  Other Assets   31,844     30,573  
  Total Assets $ 291,871   $ 296,298  
               
Liabilities            
  Deposits $ 188,572   $ 199,701  
  FHLB Advances   33,211     26,635  
  Deferred revenue   595     610  
  Other Liabilities   1,978     2,039  
  Total Liabilities   224,356     228,985  
               
Shareholders' Equity   67,515     67,313  
               
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 291,871   $ 296,298  
               
Book Value Per Share $ 8.00   $ 7.98  
               

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
  (In thousands, except share and per share data)        
      Twelve months ended June 30,     Three months ended June 30,
      2016     2015     2016     2015
        (Unaudited)       (Audited)       (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)
                         
  Interest Income $ 11,634   $ 12,389   $ 2,807   $ 2,998
  Interest Expense   1,360     1,428     327     350
  Net Interest Income   10,274     10,961     2,480     2,648
  Provision for Losses on Loans   15     343     4     41
  Non-interest Income   387     514     166     118
  Non-interest Expense 8,549     8,042     2,076     1,925
  Income Before Income Taxes   2,097     3,090     566     800
  Income Taxes   596     1,021     185     265
  Net Income $ 1,501   $ 2,069   $ 381   $ 535
                         
  Earnings per share:                      
  Basic and diluted $ 0.18   $ 0.25   $ 0.05   $ 0.07
                         
  Weighted average outstanding shares:                      
  Basic and diluted   8,324,195     8,348,797     8,331,262     8,312,586
                         
Contact:Don Jennings, President, or Clay Hulette, Vice President(502) 223-1638216 West Main StreetP.O. Box 535Frankfort, KY 40602

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