HAZARD, Ky., FRANKFORT, Ky., DANVILLE, Ky. and LANCASTER, Ky., Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kentucky First Federal Bancorp (Nasdaq:KFFB), the holding company for First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Hazard and First Federal Savings Bank of Kentucky, Frankfort, Kentucky, announced net earnings of $297,000 or $0.04 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to net earnings of $538,000 or $0.06 diluted earnings per share for the three months ended September 30, 2015, a decrease of $241,000 or 44.8%. 

The decrease in net earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, was primarily attributable to lower net interest income, higher non-interest expense and higher income tax expense, while partially offset by an increase in non-interest income and a decrease in provision for loan loss. Net interest income decreased $173,000 or 6.6% to $2.5 million for the current quarter just ended primarily due to a decrease in interest income which declined $195,000 or 6.5% to $2.8 million for the recently-ended quarter led principally by a decrease in interest income on loans. Non-interest expense increased $103,000 or 5.0% to $2.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, primarily due to increases in employee compensation and benefits, as well as occupancy and equipment expense. Income tax expense increased $26,000 or 19.4% and totaled $160,000 for the quarter just ended. Income tax expense in the prior year period was reduced by a FIN 48 reserve related to a previously received federal tax refund. Non-interest income increased $54,000 or 47.4% to $168,000 for the just-ended quarter due primarily to positive results related to the Company's other real estate owned. The Company's provision for loan losses decreased $7,000 or 63.6% to $4,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, in response to improved asset quality in the loan portfolio.

At September 30, 2016, assets totaled $295.1 million, an increase of $3.2 million or 1.1%, from $291.9 million at June 30, 2016. This increase was attributed primarily to increases in loans, cash and cash equivalents as well as time deposits in other financial institutions. Loans, net increased $2.8 million or 1.2% to $241.2 million at September 30, 2016, while cash and cash equivalents increased $538,000 or 4.1% to $13.6 million at September 30, 2016. In addition, time deposits in other financial institutions increased $988,000 or 26.6% to $4.7 million at September 30, 2016. Total liabilities increased $3.3 million or 1.5% to $227.6 million at September 30, 2016, primarily as a result of an increase in advances, which increased $5.9 million or 17.9% to $39.1 million at September 30, 2016. The increase in advances was used to fund the growth in assets and to partially offset a decrease of $3.1 million or 1.6% in deposits, which totaled $185.5 million at quarter end. 

At September 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, changes in general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory changes that adversely affect the business of the Company, changes in the securities markets and the Risk Factors described in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016. 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 three banking offices in Frankfort, Kentucky, two banking offices in Danville, Kentucky and one banking office in Lancaster, Kentucky. Kentucky First Federal Bancorp shares are traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol KFFB. At September 30, 2016, the Company had approximately 8,439,515 shares outstanding of which approximately 56.0% was held by First Federal MHC.

  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
    September 30,   June 30,
      2016   2016
    (In thousands, except share data)
  Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 13,646   $ 13,108
  Time deposits in other financial institutions   4,699     3,711
  Investment Securities   3,548     4,213
  Loans Held for Sale   203     --
  Loans, net   241,222     238,468
  Other Assets   31,791     32,371
  Total Assets $ 295,109   $ 291,871
  Deposits $ 185,503   $ 188,572
  FHLB Advances   39,147     33,211
  Deferred revenue   591     595
  Other Liabilities   2,381     1,978
  Total Liabilities   227,622     224,356
  Shareholders' Equity     67,487     67,515
  Total Liabilities and Equity   $ 295,109   $ 291,871
  Book Value Per Share   $ 8.00   $ 8.00
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
  (In thousands, except share data) 
      Three months ended September 30,
      2016   2015
  Interest Income   $ 2,789    $ 2,984 
  Interest Expense     328     350 
  Net Interest Income     2,461     2,634 
  Provision for Losses on Loans     4     11 
  Non-interest Income     168     114 
  Non-interest Expense     2,168     2,065 
  Income Before Income Taxes     457     672 
  Income Taxes     160     134 
  Net Income   $ 297   $ 538 
  Earnings per share:            
  Basic and diluted   $ 0.04   $ 0.06
  Weighted average outstanding shares:            
  Basic and diluted     8,335,931     8,317,255

Contact:Don Jennings, President, or Clay Hulette, Vice President(502) 223-1638216 West Main StreetP.O. Box 535Frankfort, KY 40602

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