SOURCE: Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.

October 19, 2007 08:00 ET

Dime Community Bancshares Reports Third Quarter Earnings

Diluted Earnings per Share of 17 Cents

BROOKLYN, NY--(Marketwire - October 19, 2007) - Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCOM) (the "Company"), the parent company of The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh (the "Bank" or "Dime"), today reported net income of $5.5 million, or 17 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, compared to $7.2 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2006 and $5.6 million, or 17 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2007.

Core earnings were $5.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2007. Reported earnings exceeded core earnings during the quarter ended September 30, 2007 due to $546,000 of non-recurring income related to the settlement of a Bank Owned Life Insurance ("BOLI") agreement. Core earnings were $6.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2006 compared to reported earnings of $7.2 million during the period. Reported earnings exceeded core earnings during the quarter ended September 30, 2006 due to a non-recurring, pre-tax reduction of $764,000 in interest expense related to a $170.0 million restructuring of borrowings. Core earnings were substantially identical to reported earnings during the quarter ended June 30, 2007.

According to Vincent F. Palagiano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, "The third quarter of 2007 again fell in line with our expectations, as pressure on funding costs continued to impede earnings growth."

Mr. Palagiano continued, "Some participants in the conduit market turned to bank deposits when their sources of short-term wholesale financing dried up. This raised the cost of acquiring and retaining bank deposits well above that of equivalent funding available from the Federal Home Loan Bank. Therefore, it was more sensible for us to fund with borrowings rather than deposits during the third quarter. However, this is not our preferred funding source. It appears that these conditions may be short-lived, so that we can look forward to a resumption of deposit growth in the near future. Despite the net deposit outflows in the third quarter, annualized deposit growth was approximately 4.4% during the nine months ended September 30, 2007. On the asset side, average loan yields continued to rise and credit quality remained outstanding, as difficulties in the credit market had no impact upon the Bank's loan portfolio. In addition, the Company does not own any securities collateralized by subprime mortgage loans."

Third Quarter 2007 Highlights

--  Real estate loan originations were $164.9 million at an average rate
    of 6.56%, compared to $111.0 million at an average interest rate of 6.59%
    during the quarter ended June 30, 2007.
--  Real estate loans in the pipeline approximated $148.6 million at
    quarter-end, including commitments for sale to Fannie Mae of $15.1 million.
--  The annualized loan amortization rate was 11%, compared to 10% during
    the previous quarter.  Prepayment fee income was $727,000, compared to
    $934,000 in the June 2007 quarter and $1.3 million in the September 2006
    quarter.
--  Linked quarter average cost of deposits declined from 3.62% to 3.52%.
--  Net interest margin was 2.28%, up slightly from 2.27% sequentially.
--  The Company repurchased 742,640 shares of its common stock, compared
    to 819,526 shares repurchased in the June 2007 quarter.  The consolidated
    tangible stockholders' equity ratio declined to 6.75% at September 30, 2007
    from 7.06% at June 30, 2007.  Year-to-date through September 30, 2007, the
    Company has repurchased 2.0 million shares, or 5.5% of its beginning shares
    outstanding, at an average price of $12.85 per share.
--  Quarterly non-interest expense increased 5% sequentially due primarily
    to additional payroll expense.
    

OPERATING RESULTS

For the quarter ended September 30, 2007, the Company's pre-tax income, excluding gains and losses on the sale of assets, was $8.7 million, compared to $10.4 million in the same quarter of the previous year. The $1.7 million decrease was due to a decline of $1.3 million in net interest income, and an increase of $1.1 million in non-interest expense experienced primarily in salary, benefits and other compensation, which was partially offset by an increase of $696,000 in non-interest income due primarily to the non-recurring $546,000 BOLI settlement, and an increase of $164,000 in loan administration income.

Pre-tax income, excluding gains and losses on the sale of assets, was $8.6 million during the June 2007 quarter. The $79,000 increase from the June 2007 quarter to the September 2007 quarter was primarily due to an increase of $888,000 in non-interest income (excluding gains or losses on the sale of assets), reflecting both the non-recurring BOLI settlement and an increase of $291,000 in loan administration fees. Partially offsetting this increase was a decline in net interest income of $291,000 that resulted principally from a decrease of $63.1 million in average interest earning assets during the period, and an increase of $518,000 in non-interest expense, due primarily to higher salary expense.

The net interest margin contracted 25 basis points to 2.28% during the September 2007 quarter, from 2.53% during the September 2006 quarter, due primarily to an increase of 42 basis points in the average cost of deposits that reflected growth in deposit balances from successful promotional activities from October 2006 through June 2007.

Excluding the effects of prepayment and late fee income, net interest income would have decreased $47,000 and the net interest margin would have increased 4 basis points during the quarter ended September 30, 2007 compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2007. During the three months ended September 30, 2007, management elected to utilize a portion of its liquid assets to fund operational needs and treasury stock repurchases. As a result, average interest earning assets declined $63.1 million from the June 2007 quarter to the September 2007 quarter, which led to a slight decline in interest income during the period despite higher average yields.

The average yield on portfolio real estate loans, excluding the effects of prepayment and late fee income, was 5.84% during the quarter ended September 30, 2007 and 5.77% during the quarter ended June 30, 2007. Interest rates on newly originated real estate loans averaged 6.56% during the third quarter of 2007, compared to a weighted average rate on loans repaid of 6.00% during the period.

Non-interest income, excluding gains or losses on the sale of assets, totaled $3.1 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2007, up $888,000 from the June 2007 quarter and $696,000 from the September 2006 quarter, due primarily to the aforementioned BOLI settlement and a loan administration fee that is collected in the third quarter of each year.

The Company sold loans to Fannie Mae totaling $10.1 million, $17.0 million and $92.3 million, recording gains of $79,000, $223,000 and $779,000 during the quarters ended September 30, 2007, June 30, 2007 and September 30, 2006, respectively. Each of the loans sold during these periods was designated for sale upon origination. The loans sold during the quarter ended September 30, 2007 had a weighted average term to the earlier of maturity or next repricing of 9.0 years.

Non-interest expense totaled $11.7 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2007, up $1.1 million from the September 2006 quarter and $518,000 from the June 2007 quarter. The growth in non-interest expense from the September 2006 quarter resulted primarily from an increase of $420,000 in salary and benefits, an additional $270,000 of compensation expense from the grant of equity awards to certain officers and outside directors in May 2007, and a combined increase of $240,000 in expenses related to advertising and regulatory compliance. The increase in non-interest expense from the June 2007 quarter resulted primarily from additional payroll expense during the September 2007 quarter. Non-interest expense to average assets was 1.45% in the September 2007 quarter, compared to 1.37% for the quarters ended both September 30, 2006 and June 30, 2007.

The effective tax rate was 36.5% for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, 35.9% for the quarter ended September 30, 2006, and 35.8% for the quarter ended June 30, 2007. The increase in the effective tax rate resulted from an adjustment to the reserve for uncertain tax positions in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Interpretation Number 48. The effective tax rate is expected to approximate 36.0% for the year ending December 31, 2007.

REAL ESTATE LENDING AND CREDIT QUALITY

Real estate loan originations totaled $164.9 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2007. The average rate on real estate loan originations during the quarter was 6.56%, compared to 6.58% during the quarter ended September 30, 2006 and 6.59% during the quarter ended June 30, 2007. Offering rates on multifamily loans closed during the quarter ended September 30, 2007 remained relatively constant while the benchmark treasury rates declined during the period, temporarily resulting in wider origination spreads. Those spreads narrowed in recent weeks as some of the pricing leaders appear to be reducing offering rates on certain multifamily residential loan products.

Real estate loan prepayments and amortization during the September 2007 quarter approximated 11% of the real estate loan portfolio on an annualized basis, compared to 15% during the September 2006 quarter and 10% during the June 2007 quarter.

Non-performing loans were $1.8 million at September 30, 2007, representing only 0.06% of total loans, down from 0.11% at June 30, 2007.

DEPOSITS

Deposits decreased $121.7 million from June 30, 2007 to September 30, 2007. Core (non-certificate) deposits declined $62.1 million and certificates of deposit declined by $59.7 million.

The market price for consumer deposits experienced significant volatility during the third quarter of 2007, driven by the recent liquidity crisis. Dime used its liquidity on hand and FHLBNY Advances to maintain price discipline during this period, managing to reduce deposit cost of funds by 10 basis points as compared to the previous quarter. This pricing discipline resulted in a net decrease of $121.7 million in deposits during the third quarter of 2007.

Several categories of deposit accounts, including Checking, Money Market, and Certificates, experienced year-to-date annualized growth rates in non-promotional balances of 7.7%, 27.8%, and 18.0%, respectively, during the first nine months of 2007 as a result of successful retention efforts.

Mr. Palagiano commented, "The goal of our rebranding initiative and the launch of Prime Dime Banking is to enable us to migrate promotional deposits, upon completion of the promotional period, into non-promotional, relationship-based retail accounts. Dime plans to continue to use promotional deposit pricing as a cost-efficient way to attract new households to the Bank."

Average deposits per branch approximated $99 million at September 30, 2007, up from $92 million at September 30, 2006, and down from $105 million at June 30, 2007. Core deposits comprised 51% of total deposits at September 30, 2007, relatively unchanged from June 30, 2007 and up from 47% at September 30, 2006 (reflecting growth of $160.9 million in money market accounts during the twelve months ended September 30, 2007). The loan-to-deposit ratio was 137% at September 30, 2007, compared to 137% at September 30, 2006 and 126% at June 30, 2007.

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY AND SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM

The Company's total stockholders' equity at September 30, 2007 was $270.0 million, or 8.18% of total assets, compared to $275.2 million, or 8.47% of total assets, at June 30, 2007. The decline in stockholders' equity as a percentage of assets resulted from an increase of $51.1 million in period-end assets coupled with $9.0 million in treasury stock repurchases during the period .

During the third quarter of 2007, the Company repurchased into treasury 742,640 shares, or 2.1%, of its common stock outstanding at June 30, 2007. As of September 30, 2007, the Company had an additional 1,486,651 shares remaining eligible for repurchase under its twelfth stock repurchase program, approved in June 2007.

After outlays for dividends paid to shareholders and share repurchases, by the end of the third quarter of 2007 the Company's tangible stockholders' equity had declined to $219.9 million, compared to $226.4 million at June 30, 2007. The quarterly cash dividend paid in August 2007 represented a payout ratio of 82.0% of third quarter 2007 earnings. At September 30, 2007, tangible stockholders' equity was 6.75% of tangible assets and the tangible book value per share was $6.43.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2007, the return on average stockholders' equity was 8.20%, the return on average tangible equity was 10.04%, and the cash return on average tangible equity was 10.98%.

OUTLOOK

At present, the overall yield on the Company's interest-earning assets is rising. The average yield on interest-earning assets, excluding the effects of prepayment and late fee income, rose on a linked quarter basis, from 5.69% to 5.78%. This trend appears likely to continue, as $390 million in portfolio mortgage loans with a below current market weighted average coupon of 5.37% contractually reprice or mature between October 1, 2007 and December 31, 2008. During the year ending December 31, 2009, an additional $366 million in mortgage loans with a weighted average coupon of 5.38% are scheduled to reprice. These loan repricings and maturities provide a potentially significant boost to overall portfolio yields.

The average cost of deposits declined from 3.62% during the June 30, 2007 quarter to 3.52% during the September 2007 quarter. During the remainder of 2007, average deposit costs are expected to remain relatively stable, as maturing accounts that are anticipated to re-price at lower rates are expected to be offset by new promotional accounts.

Prepayment and amortization rates, which approximated 10.5% during the first nine months of 2007, are expected to remain in the 10% to 12% range during the remainder of 2007. At September 30, 2007, the real estate loan commitment pipeline approximated $148.6 million, including $15.1 million of loan commitments intended for sale to Fannie Mae. The real estate loan pipeline had a weighted average interest rate approximating 6.2% at September 30, 2007, lower than the loan origination rate of 6.56% experienced during the third quarter.

We would need to see more steepness in the yield curve, mainly represented by a reduction in short-term rates, before we would see a significant increase in the net interest margin, and there remains a great deal of uncertainty about Federal Open Market Committee ("FOMC") moves in the near term. Since the Bank's interest bearing liabilities traditionally reprice faster than its interest earning assets, further reductions in short-term interest rates would have a meaningful positive impact on earnings.

Operating expenses are expected to approximate $11.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. The Company is positioned to be opportunistic in the purchase of its own shares should conditions warrant. Based on an outlook of little or no change in FOMC monetary policy over the next quarter, the Company expects fourth quarter 2007 earnings per diluted share to again be in the range of $0.15 to $0.17.

ABOUT DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES

The Company (NASDAQ: DCOM) had $3.30 billion in consolidated assets as of September 30, 2007, and is the parent company of the Bank. The Bank was founded in 1864, is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, and currently has twenty-one branches located throughout Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Nassau County, New York. More information on the Company and Bank can be found on the Bank's Internet website at www.dimewill.com.

This News Release contains a number of forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). These statements may be identified by use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "outlook," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "will," "would" and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions.

Forward-looking statements are based upon various assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of management's experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors (many of which are beyond the Company's control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following: the timing and occurrence or non-occurrence of events may be subject to circumstances beyond the Company's control; there may be increases in competitive pressure among financial institutions or from non-financial institutions; changes in the interest rate environment may reduce interest margins; changes in deposit flows, loan demand or real estate values may adversely affect the business of the Bank; changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines may cause the Company's financial condition to be perceived differently; changes in corporate and/or individual income tax laws may adversely affect the Company's financial condition or results of operations; general economic conditions, either nationally or locally in some or all areas in which the Company conducts business, or conditions in the securities markets or the banking industry may be less favorable than the Company currently anticipates; legislation or regulatory changes may adversely affect the Company's business; technological changes may be more difficult or expensive than the Company anticipates; success or consummation of new business initiatives may be more difficult or expensive than the Company anticipates; or litigation or other matters before regulatory agencies, whether currently existing or commencing in the future, may delay the occurrence or non-occurrence of events longer than the Company anticipates.


             DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
              CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
                   (In thousands except share amounts)

                                             September 30,
                                                 2007        December 31,
                                              (Unaudited)        2006
                                             -------------   -------------
ASSETS:
Cash and due from banks                      $      35,739   $      26,264
Investment securities held to maturity                 160             235
Investment securities available for sale            34,591          29,548
Mortgage-backed securities available for
 sale                                              169,908         154,437
Federal funds sold and other short-term
 investments                                        35,224          78,752
Real Estate Loans:
   One-to-four family and cooperative
    apartment                                      148,145         153,847
   Multifamily and underlying cooperative        1,927,307       1,855,106
   Commercial real estate                          711,574         666,927
   Construction and land acquisition                47,261          23,340
   Unearned discounts and net deferred loan
    fees                                             1,536           1,048
                                             -------------   -------------
   Total real estate loans                       2,835,823       2,700,268
                                             -------------   -------------
   Other loans                                       2,096           2,205
   Allowance for loan losses                       (15,374)        (15,514)
                                             -------------   -------------
Total loans, net                                 2,822,545       2,686,959
                                             -------------   -------------
Loans held for sale                                      -           1,200
Premises and fixed assets, net                      23,625          22,886
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York capital
 stock                                              33,629          31,295
Goodwill                                            55,638          55,638
Other assets                                        90,413          86,163
                                             -------------   -------------
TOTAL ASSETS                                 $   3,301,472   $   3,173,377
                                             =============   =============
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Deposits:
Non-interest bearing checking                $      90,720   $      95,215
NOW, Super NOW and Interest Bearing Checking        47,642          35,519
Savings                                            277,650         298,522
Money Market                                       631,478         514,607
                                             -------------   -------------
    Sub-total                                $   1,047,490   $     943,863
                                             -------------   -------------
Certificates of deposit                          1,026,530       1,064,669
                                             -------------   -------------
Total Due to Depositors                          2,074,020       2,008,532
                                             -------------   -------------
Escrow and other deposits                           72,572          46,373
Securities sold under agreements to
 repurchase                                        155,160         120,235
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York advances        586,500         571,500
Subordinated Notes Sold                             25,000          25,000
Trust Preferred Notes Payable                       72,165          72,165
Other liabilities                                   46,007          38,941
                                             -------------   -------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                                3,031,424       2,882,746
                                             -------------   -------------
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Common stock ($0.01 par, 125,000,000 shares
 authorized, 50,904,028 shares and
 50,862,867 shares issued at September 30,
 2007 and December 31, 2006, respectively,
 and 34,218,754 shares and 36,456,354 shares
 outstanding at September 30, 2007 and
 December 31, 2006, respectively)                      509             509
Additional paid-in capital                         207,896         206,601
Retained earnings                                  287,253         285,420
Unallocated common stock of Employee Stock
 Ownership Plan                                     (4,222)         (4,395)
Unearned common stock of Recognition and
 Retention Plan                                       (741)         (3,452)
Common stock held by the Benefit Maintenance
 Plan                                               (7,941)         (7,941)
Treasury stock (16,685,274 shares and
 14,406,513 shares at September 30, 2007 and
 December 31, 2006, respectively)                 (207,005)       (179,011)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net           (5,701)         (7,100)
                                             -------------   -------------
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                         270,048         290,631
                                             -------------   -------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $   3,301,472   $   3,173,377
                                             =============   =============


             DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
              UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
              (Dollars In thousands except per share amounts)

                                              For the Three Months Ended
                                           September     June    September
                                               30,        30,        30,
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
                                              2007       2007       2006
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Interest income:
  Loans secured by real estate             $   41,420 $   40,697 $   39,122
  Other loans                                      45         42         47
  Mortgage-backed securities                    1,588      1,435      1,666
  Investment securities                           374        377        454
  Federal funds sold and other
   short-term investments                       1,474      2,793      1,384
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
     Total interest  income                    44,901     45,344     42,673
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Interest expense:
  Deposits  and escrow                         18,919     19,576     15,019
  Borrowed funds                                8,604      8,099      8,948
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
    Total interest expense                     27,523     27,675     23,967
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
        Net interest income                    17,378     17,669     18,706
Provision for loan losses                          60         60         60
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Net interest income after
 provision for loan losses                     17,318     17,609     18,646
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------

Non-interest income:
  Service charges and other fees                1,609      1,282      1,507
  Net gain on sales and redemptions of
   assets                                          79        223        779
  Other                                         1,443        882        849
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
     Total non-interest income                  3,131      2,387      3,135
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
Non-interest expense:
  Compensation and benefits                     6,667      6,198      6,006
  Occupancy and equipment                       1,566      1,512      1,504
  Other                                         3,484      3,489      3,110
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------
     Total non-interest expense                11,717     11,199     10,620
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------

       Income before taxes                      8,732      8,797     11,161
Income tax expense                              3,188      3,152      4,002
                                           ---------- ---------- ----------

Net Income                                 $    5,544 $    5,645 $    7,159
                                           ========== ========== ==========

Earnings per Share:
 Basic                                     $     0.17 $     0.17 $     0.21
                                           ========== ========== ==========
 Diluted                                   $     0.17 $     0.17 $     0.20
                                           ========== ========== ==========

Average common shares outstanding for
 Diluted EPS                               33,106,224 34,123,887 35,028,903

                                        For the Nine Months Ended
                                           September  September
                                               30,        30,
                                           ---------- ----------
                                              2007       2006
                                           ---------- ----------
Interest income:
  Loans secured by real estate             $  122,367 $  116,805
  Other loans                                     132        141
  Mortgage-backed securities                    4,535      5,264
  Investment securities                         1,194      1,405
  Federal funds sold and other
   short-term investments                       6,736      4,062
                                           ---------- ----------
     Total interest  income                   134,964    127,677
                                           ---------- ----------
Interest expense:
  Deposits  and escrow                         56,657     40,069
  Borrowed funds                               25,375     27,610
                                           ---------- ----------
     Total interest expense                    82,032     67,679
                                           ---------- ----------
        Net interest income                    52,932     59,998
Provision for loan losses                         180        180
                                           ---------- ----------
Net interest income after
 provision for loan losses                     52,752     59,818
                                           ---------- ----------

Non-interest income:
  Service charges and other fees                4,247      4,461
  Net gain on sales and redemptions of
   assets                                         546      2,973
  Other                                         3,216      2,554
                                           ---------- ----------
     Total non-interest income                  8,009      9,988
                                           ---------- ----------
Non-interest expense:
  Compensation and benefits                    19,316     17,678
  Occupancy and equipment                       4,572      4,295
  Other                                        10,276      9,623
                                           ---------- ----------
     Total non-interest expense                34,164     31,596
                                           ---------- ----------

     Income before taxes                       26,597     38,210
Income tax expense                              9,591     13,583
                                           ---------- ----------

Net Income                                 $   17,006 $   24,627
                                           ========== ==========

Earnings per Share:
 Basic                                     $     0.50 $     0.70
                                           ========== ==========
 Diluted                                   $     0.50 $     0.70
                                           ========== ==========

Average common shares outstanding for
 Diluted EPS                               33,946,319 35,200,367





           DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
         Core Earnings and Core Cash Earnings Reconciliations
           (Dollars In thousands except per share amounts)

Core earnings and related data are "Non-GAAP Disclosures."  These
disclosures present information which management considers useful to the
readers of this report since they present a measure of the results of the
Company's ongoing operations (exclusive of significant non-recurring items
such as gains or losses on sales of investment or mortgage-backed
securities) during the period.

Core cash earnings and related data are also "Non-GAAP Disclosures."  These
disclosures present information which management considers useful to the
readers of this report since they present a measure of the tangible equity
generated from operations during each period presented.  Tangible
stockholders' equity is derived from stockholders' equity, with various
adjustment items that are based upon standards of the Company's primary
regulator, the Office of Thrift Supervision.   Tangible stockholders'
equity generation is a significant financial measure since banks are
subject to regulatory requirements involving the maintenance of minimum
tangible capital levels.  A reconciliation between GAAP and tangible
stockholders' equity can be found in the Company's audited financial
statements for the year ended December 31, 2006.

The following tables present a reconciliation of GAAP net income and both
core earnings and core cash earnings, as well as financial performance
ratios determined based upon core earnings and core cash earnings, for each
of the periods presented:


                                         For the Three Months Ended
                                     -------------------------------------
                                      September      June      September
                                         30,          30,         30,
                                         2007        2007        2006
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Net income as reported               $     5,544  $     5,645  $     7,159
Pre-tax net (gain) loss on sale of
 securities and other assets                   -            -
Pre-tax income from life insurance
 contract settlement                        (546)
Pre-tax income from borrowings
 restructuring                                 -            -         (764)
Tax effect of adjustments                      -            -          271
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Core Earnings                        $     4,998  $     5,645  $     6,666
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Cash Earnings Additions :
Non-cash stock benefit plan expense          519          466          342
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Core Cash Earnings                   $     5,517  $     6,111  $     7,008
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Performance Ratios (Based upon Core
 Cash Earnings):
Core Cash EPS (Diluted)              $      0.17  $      0.18  $      0.20
Core Cash Return on Average Assets          0.68%        0.75%        0.90%
Core Cash Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                       9.99%       10.58%       11.55%

                                    For the Nine Months Ended
                                    -------------------------
                                       September   September
                                          30,         30,
                                         2007        2006
                                     -----------  -----------
Net income as reported               $    17,006  $    24,627
Pre-tax net (gain) loss on sale of
 securities and other assets                   -       (1,542)
Pre-tax income from life insurance
 contract settlement                        (546)
Pre-tax income from borrowings
 restructuring                                 -         (807)
Tax effect of adjustments                      -          839
                                     -----------  -----------
Core Earnings                        $    16,460  $    23,117
                                     -----------  -----------
Cash Earnings Additions :
Non-cash stock benefit plan expense        1,314        1,067
                                     -----------  -----------
Core Cash Earnings                   $    17,774  $    24,184
                                     -----------  -----------
Performance Ratios (Based upon Core
 Cash Earnings):
Core Cash EPS (Diluted)              $      0.52  $      0.69
Core Cash Return on Average Assets          0.73%        1.03%
Core Cash Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                      10.30%       13.38%



            DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                  UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
              (Dollars In thousands except per share amounts)


                                          For the Three Months Ended
                                     -------------------------------------
                                    September 30,   June 30,  September 30,
                                        2007         2007         2006
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Performance Ratios (Based upon
 Reported Earnings):
Reported EPS (Diluted)               $      0.17  $      0.17  $      0.20
Return on Average Assets                    0.69%        0.69%        0.92%
Return on Average Stockholders'
 Equity                                     8.20%        8.06%        9.73%
Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                      10.04%        9.77%       11.80%
Net Interest Spread                         1.92%        1.81%        2.16%
Net Interest Margin                         2.28%        2.27%        2.53%
Non-interest Expense to Average
 Assets                                     1.45%        1.37%        1.37%
Efficiency Ratio                           57.35%       56.47%       50.42%
Effective Tax Rate                         36.51%       35.83%       35.86%

Performance Ratios (Based upon Core
 Earnings):
Core EPS (Diluted)                   $      0.15  $      0.17  $      0.19
Core Return on Average Assets               0.62%        0.69%        0.86%
Core Return on Average Stockholders'
 Equity                                     7.39%        8.06%        9.06%
Core Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                       9.05%        9.77%       10.99%

Book Value and Tangible Book Value
 Per Share:
Stated Book Value Per Share          $      7.89  $      7.81  $      8.07
Tangible Book Value Per Share               6.43         6.42         6.64

Average Balance Data:
Average Assets                       $ 3,224,578  $ 3,267,736  $ 3,107,482
Average Interest Earning Assets        3,054,499    3,117,578    2,960,468
Average Stockholders' Equity             270,350      280,282      294,305
Average Tangible Stockholders'
 Equity                                  220,915      231,127      242,658
Average Loans                          2,786,862    2,752,200    2,656,014
Average Deposits                       2,130,472    2,166,907    1,920,069

Asset Quality Summary:
Net charge-offs (recoveries)         $         7  $        (1) $         0
Nonperforming Loans                        1,792        2,937        2,889
Nonperforming Loans/Total Loans             0.06%        0.11%        0.11%
Nonperforming Assets/Total Assets           0.05%        0.09%        0.09%
Allowance for Loan Loss/Total Loans         0.54%        0.56%        0.60%
Allowance for Loan
 Loss/Nonperforming Loans                 857.92%      524.51%      552.30%

Regulatory Capital Ratios:
Consolidated Tangible Stockholders'
 Equity to Tangible Assets at period
 end                                        6.75%        7.06%        7.88%
Tangible Capital Ratio (Bank Only)          8.75%        9.13%        9.64%
Leverage Capital Ratio (Bank Only)          8.75%        9.13%        9.64%
Risk Based Capital Ratio (Bank Only)       12.65%       12.83%       13.61%

                                    For the Nine Months Ended
                                    --------------------------
                                    September 30, September 30,
                                         2007        2006
                                     -----------  -----------
Performance Ratios (Based upon
 Reported Earnings):
Reported EPS (Diluted)               $      0.50  $      0.70
Return on Average Assets                    0.70%        1.05%
Return on Average Stockholders'
 Equity                                     8.13%       11.21%
Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                       9.86%       13.63%
Net Interest Spread                         1.86%        2.29%
Net Interest Margin                         2.29%        2.69%
Non-interest Expense to Average
 Assets                                     1.41%        1.35%
Efficiency Ratio                           56.57%       47.15%
Effective Tax Rate                         36.06%       35.55%

Performance Ratios (Based upon Core
 Earnings):
Core EPS (Diluted)                   $      0.48  $      0.66
Core Return on Average Assets               0.68%        0.99%
Core Return on Average Stockholders'
 Equity                                     7.87%       10.53%
Core Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                       9.54%       12.79%

Book Value and Tangible Book Value
 Per Share:
Stated Book Value Per Share          $      7.89  $      8.07
Tangible Book Value Per Share               6.43         6.64

Average Balance Data:
Average Assets                       $ 3,235,546  $ 3,120,371
Average Interest Earning Assets        3,080,412    2,973,272
Average Stockholders' Equity             279,014      292,805
Average Tangible Stockholders'
 Equity                                  230,057      240,967
Average Loans                          2,749,274    2,647,969
Average Deposits                       2,126,957    1,920,958

Asset Quality Summary:
Net charge-offs (recoveries)         $         4  $        19
Nonperforming Loans                        1,792        2,889
Nonperforming Loans/Total Loans             0.06%        0.11%
Nonperforming Assets/Total Assets           0.05%        0.09%
Allowance for Loan Loss/Total Loans         0.54%        0.60%
Allowance for Loan
 Loss/Nonperforming Loans                 857.92%      552.30%

Regulatory Capital Ratios:
Consolidated Tangible Stockholders'
 Equity to Tangible Assets at period
 end                                        6.75%        7.88%
Tangible Capital Ratio (Bank Only)          8.75%        9.64%
Leverage Capital Ratio (Bank Only)          8.75%        9.64%
Risk Based Capital Ratio (Bank Only)       12.65%       13.61%



             DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                 AVERAGE BALANCES AND NET INTEREST INCOME
                          (Dollars In thousands)


                                            For the Three Months Ended
                                        -----------------------------------
                                                September 30, 2007
                                        ----------------------------------
                                                                  Average
                                          Average                 Yield/
                                          Balance    Interest      Cost
                                        ----------------------------------
                                              (Dollars In Thousands)
Assets:
  Interest-earning assets:
    Real estate loans                   $ 2,785,057 $   41,420        5.95%
    Other loans                               1,805         45        9.97
    Mortgage-backed securities              153,738      1,588        4.13
    Investment securities                    22,921        374        6.53
    Other short-term investments             90,978      1,474        6.48
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest earning assets       3,054,499 $   44,901        5.88%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest earning assets               170,079
                                        -----------
Total assets                            $ 3,224,578
                                        ===========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
    NOW, Super NOW and Interest Bearing
     Checking                           $    45,609 $      220        1.91%
    Money Market accounts                   654,192      6,348        3.85
    Savings accounts                        284,366        388        0.54
    Certificates of deposit               1,053,972     11,963        4.50
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
          Total interest bearing
           deposits                       2,038,139     18,919        3.68
   Borrowed Funds                           717,926      8,604        4.75
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest-bearing
       liabilities                        2,756,065     27,523        3.96%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest bearing checking
   accounts                                  92,333
  Other non-interest-bearing
   liabilities                              105,830
                                        -----------
      Total liabilities                   2,954,228
  Stockholders' equity                      270,350
                                        -----------
Total liabilities and stockholders'
 equity                                 $ 3,224,578
                                        ===========
Net interest income                                 $   17,378
                                                    ==========
Net interest spread                                                   1.92%
                                                                ==========
Net interest-earning assets             $   298,434
                                        ===========
Net interest margin                                                   2.28%
                                                                ==========
Ratio of interest-earning assets
 to interest-bearing liabilities                        110.83%
                                                    ==========

Deposits (including non-interest
 bearing checking accounts)             $ 2,130,472 $   18,919        3.52%


Interest earning assets (excluding
 prepayment fees and late charges)                                    5.78%


                                             For the Three Months Ended
                                        -----------------------------------
                                                   June 30, 2007
                                        ----------------------------------
                                                                  Average
                                          Average                 Yield/
                                          Balance    Interest      Cost
                                        ----------------------------------
                                              (Dollars In Thousands)
Assets:
  Interest-earning assets:
    Real estate loans                   $ 2,750,429 $   40,697        5.92%
    Other loans                               1,771         42        9.49
    Mortgage-backed securities              146,181      1,435        3.93
    Investment securities                    25,534        377        5.91
    Other short-term investments            193,663      2,793        5.77
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest earning assets       3,117,578 $   45,344        5.82%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest earning assets               150,158
                                        -----------
Total assets                            $ 3,267,736
                                        ===========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
    NOW, Super NOW and Interest Bearing
     Checking                           $    42,705 $      186        1.75%
    Money Market accounts                   636,893      6,103        3.84
    Savings accounts                        293,759        449        0.61
    Certificates of deposit               1,097,137     12,838        4.69
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
          Total interest bearing
           deposits                       2,070,494     19,576        3.79
   Borrowed Funds                           698,765      8,099        4.65
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest-bearing
       liabilities                        2,769,259     27,675        4.01%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest bearing checking
   accounts                                  96,413
  Other non-interest-bearing
   liabilities                              121,782
                                        -----------
      Total liabilities                   2,987,454
  Stockholders' equity                      280,282
                                        -----------
Total liabilities and stockholders'
 equity                                 $ 3,267,736
                                        ===========
Net interest income                                 $   17,669
                                                    ==========
Net interest spread                                                   1.81%
                                                                ==========
Net interest-earning assets             $   348,319
                                        ===========
Net interest margin                                                   2.27%
                                                                ==========
Ratio of interest-earning assets
   to interest-bearing liabilities                      112.58%
                                                    ==========

Deposits (including non-interest
 bearing checking accounts)             $ 2,166,907 $   19,576        3.62%


Interest earning assets (excluding
 prepayment fees and late charges)                                    5.69%


                                             For the Three Months Ended
                                        -----------------------------------
                                                September 30, 2006
                                        ----------------------------------
                                                                  Average
                                          Average                 Yield/
                                          Balance    Interest      Cost
                                        ----------------------------------
                                              (Dollars In Thousands)
Assets:
  Interest-earning assets:
    Real estate loans                   $ 2,654,055 $   39,122        5.90%
    Other loans                               1,959         47        9.60
    Mortgage-backed securities              172,116      1,666        3.87
    Investment securities                    31,406        454        5.78
    Other short-term investments            100,932      1,384        5.48
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
        Total interest earning assets     2,960,468 $   42,673        5.77%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest earning assets               147,014
                                        -----------
Total assets                            $ 3,107,482
                                        ===========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
    NOW, Super NOW and Interest Bearing
     Checking                           $    33,814 $       85        1.00%
    Money Market accounts                   455,629      3,228        2.81
    Savings accounts                        312,891        493        0.63
    Certificates of deposit               1,023,738     11,213        4.35
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
        Total interest bearing
         deposits                         1,826,072     15,019        3.26
   Borrowed Funds                           808,278      8,948        4.39
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest-bearing
       liabilities                        2,634,350     23,967        3.61%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest bearing checking
   accounts                                  93,989
  Other non-interest-bearing
   liabilities                               84,838
                                        -----------
      Total liabilities                   2,813,177
  Stockholders' equity                      294,305
                                        -----------
Total liabilities and stockholders'
 equity                                 $ 3,107,482
                                        ===========
Net interest income                                 $   18,706
                                                    ==========
Net interest spread                                                   2.16%
                                                                ==========
Net interest-earning assets             $   326,118
                                        ===========
Net interest margin                                                   2.53%
                                                                ==========
Ratio of interest-earning assets
 to interest-bearing liabilities                        112.38%
                                                    ==========

Deposits (including non-interest
 bearing checking accounts)             $ 1,920,061 $   15,019        3.10%

Interest earning assets (excluding
 prepayment fees and late charges)                                    5.60%


Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kenneth Ceonzo
    Director of Investor Relations
    718-782-6200 extension 8279