SOURCE: Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.

Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.

July 26, 2012 16:10 ET

Dime Community Bancshares Reports Earnings

Quarterly EPS of $0.34; Net Interest Margin of 3.63%; Loan Pipeline Grows 23%

BROOKLYN, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 26, 2012) -  Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCOM) (the "Company" or "Dime"), the parent company of The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh (the "Bank"), today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Consolidated net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 was $11.5 million, or 34 cents per diluted share, compared to $10.2 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, and $12.3 million, or 36 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. 

In reconciling the $0.04 increase in diluted earnings per share ("EPS") between the June 2012 and March 2012 quarters, the two main contributing items were prepayment expense on wholesale borrowings and prepayment fee income on loans. Last quarter, EPS would have been $0.05 higher but for the cost of prepaying $95.0 million of Federal Home Loan Bank of New York ("FHLBNY") advances; no advances were prepaid during the June 2012 quarter. This gain was offset by comparatively lower prepayment fee income of $0.02, approximately $0.07 cents earned in the March 2012 quarter versus $0.05 cents earned in the June 2012 quarter.

Vincent F. Palagiano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dime, commented, "The annualized prepayment speed remains historically high, climbing to 32.5% in the most recent quarter, up from 24% in the March 2012 quarter. Unlike the March 2012 quarter, we did not apply loan prepayment fee income to prepay borrowings in the June 2012 quarter. Instead, we allowed over $100 million of higher cost borrowings to mature without being replaced. We also continued to reduce our non-performing loans, ending the June 2012 quarter with non-performing loans representing only 40 basis points of total loans. The allowance level continues to exceed 100% of total non-performing loans, and our capital levels and ratios continue to grow. We will continue to closely monitor both marketplace conditions and strategic opportunities in an effort to ultimately deploy our capital prudently, and to effectively leverage our core business."

Mr. Palagiano continued, "At the beginning of 2012, management determined that if the low interest rate environment were to continue through mid-2012, as it has, then we would likely begin to grow the balance sheet once again, although in measured fashion. In fact, monetary policy appears as if it will be unchanged for the foreseeable future, which we expect will provide some stability to funding costs. Hence, as can be seen in the growth of the loan pipeline, the Company is increasing its lending activities as a forerunner to measured balance sheet growth." 

OPERATING RESULTS FOR THE QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30, 2012

Net Interest Margin
Net interest margin ("NIM") increased 16 basis points from 3.47% to 3.63% linked quarter, due to a decline of 45 basis points in the average cost of funding, that was partially offset by a decline of 28 basis points in the average yield on interest earning assets. Within the overall cost of funds, the average cost of interest bearing deposits declined by 6 basis points, and the cost of borrowed funds was reduced by 95 basis points. The average yield on portfolio real estate loans decreased by 30 basis points linked quarter, to 5.57%, due to: 1) a $1.1 million reduction in prepayment fee income (which equated to approximately 12 basis points in additional yield on real estate loans in the March 2012 quarter), 2) the impact of portfolio refinance and amortization activities, and 3) increased marketplace competition, which has produced tighter spreads on multifamily loans even as U.S. Treasury yields hover at historically low levels. The average yield on earning assets benefited 2 basis points in the June 2012 quarter from a $210,000 recovery of credit-related other-than-temporary impairment charges on the Company's investment in pooled bank trust preferred securities.

NIM, excluding the effects of both loan prepayment fees and borrowing prepayment costs, declined from 3.33% during the March 2012 quarter to 3.26% during the June 2012 quarter, reflecting a decline of 17 basis points in the average yield on interest earning assets that was partially offset by a decline of 7 basis points in the average cost of interest bearing liabilities. The average balances of real estate loans and wholesale borrowings declined $48.6 million and $134.7 million, respectively, during the June 2012 quarter, contributing to the declines in interest income and interest expense that were experienced on a linked quarter basis.

Throughout much of the June 2012 quarter, the Company remained measured in its approach to growing its loan portfolio in light of 1) aggressive competition in the New York City multifamily loan market, and 2) a continued low interest rate environment. Loan amortization (including satisfactions) ran considerably ahead of its forecasted level during the quarter ended June 30, 2012, providing additional liquidity to the Company, which was utilized mainly to reduce borrowings. The Company also received approximately $71 million in aggregate proceeds from calls and/or principal repayments of investment and mortgage backed securities during the June 2012 quarter, and utilized approximately $40 million of these proceeds to purchase short-term callable agency-issued securities during the quarter. 

As a result of the activity discussed in the previous paragraph, the Company ended the June 2012 quarter with approximately $90 million in cash balances, compared to $125 million at March 31, 2012 and $43 million at December 31, 2011. Absent a slowdown in the current level of loan amortization or additional restructuring of borrowings, cash balances are likely to remain high during the final six months of 2012.

Net Interest Income
Net interest income was $34.5 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2012, up $1.1 million from the March 2012 quarter and down $1.7 million from the $36.2 million reported in the June 2011 quarter. Prepayment fee income totaled $3.5 million during the June 2012 quarter, compared to $4.4 million recognized in the March 2012 quarter (and $3.2 million during the June 2011 quarter), even though amortization rates were higher in the June 2012 quarter than the March 2012 quarter. This anomaly was due to the fact that there was a single large payoff in the March 2012 quarter on a loan underlying a cooperative building, which carried a very high yield maintenance fee due on payoff. During the March 2012 quarter, the Company utilized $3.2 million of the prepayment fee income to offset the cost incurred to prepay certain borrowings. The Company did not utilize loan prepayment fee income to prepay borrowings during either the June 2012 or June 2011 quarters. Absent the impact of both loan prepayment fee income and borrowing prepayment costs, net interest income was $31.0 million during the June 30, 2012 quarter, down $1.0 million from the March 2012 quarter and down $1.9 million from the June 30, 2011 quarter. Adjusted for the effects of prepayment fee income on loans and borrowing prepayment costs, the decline in net interest income from the June 2011 quarter resulted primarily from a decline of 10 basis points in the average spread between the yield earned on the Company's interest earning assets and the cost of the Company's interest bearing liabilities, reflecting the ongoing low interest rate environment.

Interest Rate Risk Management Activities
After electing to prepay $95 million of borrowings during the March 2012 quarter, the Company chose not to replace an additional $107.3 million of borrowings that contractually matured during the June 2012 quarter. The Company will likely replace a portion of these borrowings in the future (as needs arise), with strategic emphasis focused on maintaining an appropriate maturity profile from an interest rate risk management perspective.

At June 30, 2012, the Company had $335.0 million of "putable borrowings" (i.e., borrowings that are callable by the issuer) outstanding, with a weighted average maturity of 4.3 years. Since the weighted average cost of these borrowings of 4.2% is significantly above current market rates, they are not anticipated to be put back to the Bank in the near term.

Provision/Allowance For Loan Losses
At June 30, 2012, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans stood at 0.60%, up slightly from 0.57% at the close of the prior quarter. During the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the Company recognized $1.6 million of net charge-offs. Non-performing loans held in portfolio declined from $14.8 million at March 31, 2012 to $13.3 million at June 30, 2012, and loans delinquent between 30 and 89 days totaled $7.5 million as of June 30, 2012, compared to $5.7 million as of March 31, 2012. Due to both continued charge-off activity and a higher expected loss allocation being applied to a portion of the Company's pass graded loans, the Company determined that it needed to record a provision of $2.3 million to the allowance for loan losses during the June 2012 quarter. Since the provision exceeded the net charge-off activity, the allowance for loan losses increased $775,000 during the quarter ended June 30, 2012. 

Non-Interest Income
Non-interest income was $3.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, an increase of $1.2 million from the previous quarter, primarily reflecting both a reduction of $181,000 in other-than-temporary impairment charges on the Company's investment in pooled bank trust preferred securities (a negative component of non-interest income), and an increase of $974,000 in mortgage banking income. The increase in mortgage banking income resulted primarily from a reduction of $967,000 to the liability for the first loss position on loans sold to Fannie Mae with recourse, which, based on the size of the recovery, should be considered a non-recurring adjustment, even though the Fannie Mae recourse liability is subject to review quarterly.

Non-Interest Expense
Non-interest expense was $15.7 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2012, down $732,000 from the prior quarter, reflecting a reduction in compensation and benefits, FDIC deposit insurance premiums and marketing expenses. These lower expenditures were unanticipated, and, in several instances, have contributed to a reduction in our forecasted quarterly operating expenses from the $16.6 million level provided in our previous release to approximately $16.0 million for the remainder of 2012.

Non-interest expense was 1.59% of average assets during the most recent quarter, resulting in an efficiency ratio of 41.8%. This remains among the lowest efficiency ratios in the industry, and a longstanding hallmark of Dime.

Income Tax Expense
The effective tax rate approximated the 41% level forecasted in the Company's previous earnings release. 

BALANCE SHEET
Total assets were $3.88 billion at June 30, 2012, down $138.9 million from March 31, 2012. Real estate loans and cash and due from banks declined by $68.1 million and $35.2 million, respectively, during the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The decline in real estate loans reflected the historically high levels of prepayment and refinance activity experienced during the June 2012 quarter. The reduction in cash balances reflected both the funding of deposit outflows of $31.4 million during the June 2012 quarter, and the reduction of FHLBNY advances by $107.3 million during the June 2012 quarter, mitigating some of the pressure on NIM from the negative cost of carry of cash balances. While cash balances declined from March 31, 2012 to June 30, 2012, they continued to run above historical averages during the June 2012 quarter.

Real Estate Loans
As stated above, real estate loans declined $68.1 million during the most recent quarter. Real estate loan originations were $206.2 million during the June 2012 quarter, at an average rate of 4.01% (of this amount, $102.8 million represented refinances of existing loan portfolio balances). Loan amortization and satisfactions totaled $275.3 million during the quarter, or 32.5% of the average portfolio balance on an annualized basis. The average rate on amortized or satisfied loan balances during the most recent quarter was 5.83%. The loan pipeline stood at $177.8 million at June 30, 2012, with a weighted average rate of 3.75%. The average yield on the loan portfolio (excluding prepayment fee income) during the quarter ended June 30, 2012 was 5.16%, compared to 5.34% during the March 2012 quarter and 5.63% during the June 2011 quarter. 

Credit Summary
Non-performing loans (excluding held for sale loans) were $13.3 million, or 0.40% of total loans, at June 30, 2012, down from $14.8 million, or 0.43% of loans, at March 31, 2012. The reduction resulted primarily from the disposal of twelve non-performing portfolio loans totaling $4.8 million during the June 2012 quarter. Loans delinquent between 30 and 89 days and accruing interest were $7.5 million, or approximately 0.22% of total loans, at June 30, 2012, compared to $5.7 million, or 0.17% of loans, at March 31, 2012. 

The sum of non-performing assets and accruing loans past due 90 days or more represented 4.2% of tangible capital plus the allowance for loan losses (a statistic otherwise known as the "Texas Ratio") at June 30, 2012 (see table on page 13). This number compares very favorably to both industry and regional averages.

Within a $291.7 million remaining pool of loans sold to Fannie Mae with recourse exposure, total loans 30 days or more delinquent approximated $2.0 million at June 30, 2012, compared to $1.3 million at March 31, 2012. This pool of loans serviced for Fannie Mae reached a peak of $548.8 million in July 2008. Due to both ongoing amortization and stabilization of problem loans within the portfolio of loans sold to Fannie Mae with recourse, the Company determined that its liability for the first loss position could be reduced by $967,000, and recognized this reduction during the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Deposits and Borrowed Funds
Deposits declined $31.4 million from March 31, 2012 to June 30, 2012, due to net outflows of $36.8 million in certificates of deposit ("CDs"), that were partially offset by a net increase of $5.4 million in core (non-CD) deposits. At June 30, 2012, average deposit balances approximated $90.6 million per branch. Late in the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the Bank commenced a deposit promotional campaign aimed at stabilizing this outflow activity. Otherwise, the Bank remains selective in the products, rates and terms on which it competes for deposits, focusing on products that encourage long-term customer retention, and discouraging renewals of promotional deposits in cases where customer relationships have not proved durable. 

As previously mentioned, during the June 2012 quarter, the Company reduced its FHLBNY advances by $107.3 million. The Company intends to continue the use of advances, as funding needs arise.

Capital
The Company's total tangible common equity ratio grew this quarter through a combination of retained earnings, and contraction of the Bank's balance sheet. Consolidated tangible capital was 8.63% of tangible assets at June 30, 2012, an increase of 50 basis points from March 31, 2012. The Company also had approximately $70.7 million of trust preferred securities that were issued as debt outstanding at June 30, 2012, which, when added to Tier 1 (tangible) capital, increased its consolidated Tier 1 (tangible) capital ratio to approximately 10.1%. 

The Bank's tangible capital ratio was 9.93% at June 30, 2012, up 65 basis points from 9.28% at March 31, 2012. The Bank's tier-one risk-based capital ratio was 13.10% at June 30, 2012, up from 11.81% at March 31, 2012, and its total risk-based capital ratio was 13.83% at June 30, 2012, compared to 12.47% at March 31, 2012. 

Reported earnings per share exceeded the quarterly cash dividend rate per share by 143% during the most recent quarter, resulting in a 41% payout ratio. Tangible book value per share increased $0.18 sequentially during the most recent quarter, to $9.33 at June 30, 2012. This growth was fueled by a return of approximately 14.2% on average tangible equity during the most recent quarter.

OUTLOOK FOR THE QUARTER ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
Mr. Palagiano's earlier remarks alluded to the Company's intention of commencing balance sheet growth in 2012. If current conditions persist, rates on newly originated loans for the remainder of the year will likely approximate the 3.0% to 3.75% range. Due to the recent acceleration in loan amortization, origination volumes will likely need to increase from those experienced during the first half of 2012 in order for the Company to achieve this goal. Funding for loan originations is currently forecasted to come primarily from loan amortization and satisfactions, as well as from existing liquid balances as of June 30, 2012, and some combination of additional deposits and/or borrowings. Nearly match-funded 5-year borrowings versus 5-year repricing loans currently generate profitable spreads. The Company will continue to grow capital through retained earnings, since the dividend payout ratio is below 50%, with an aim towards deploying this capital for growth or as strategic opportunities arise.

Satisfaction and amortization rates (including prepayments and loan refinancing activity), which approximated 32.5% on an annualized basis during the most recent quarter, are expected to approximate 25% - 30% during the September 2012 quarter. 

The loan commitment pipeline was approximately $177.8 million at June 30, 2012, with an approximate weighted average rate of 3.75%, and was comprised primarily of multifamily residential loans. 

On the liability side, deposit funding costs are expected to remain near current historically low levels through the third quarter of 2012. The Bank has $274.7 million of CDs maturing at an average cost of 0.97% during the remainder of the year ending December 31, 2012, of which $156.4 million at an average cost of 0.88% are expected to mature during the September 2012 quarter. Offering rates on 12-month term CDs currently approximate 50 basis points. The Company additionally has a $10 million borrowing with a cost of 4.39% scheduled to mature during the September 2012 quarter, and no additional borrowings due to mature for the remainder of 2012. Should this borrowing be replaced, rates for FHLBNY advances currently range from 0.50% for 6 months to 1.15% for 5 years.

Assuming current levels hold for delinquent and troubled loans, management expects loan loss provisioning to remain within the range recorded during the first two quarters of 2012.

Absent any unforeseen items, the quarterly non-interest expense level is expected to approximate $16.0 million throughout the remainder of 2012.

The Company projects that the consolidated effective tax rate will approximate 41.0% throughout 2012.

ABOUT DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES
The Company (NASDAQ: DCOM) had $3.88 billion in consolidated assets as of June 30, 2012, and is the parent company of the Bank. The Bank was founded in 1864, is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, and currently has twenty-six branches located throughout Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Nassau County, New York. More information on the Company and Dime can be found on the Dime's Internet website at www.dime.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 Dime; 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  
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION  
(In thousands except share amounts)  
                   
    June 30,     March 31,     December 31,  
    2012     2012     2011  
ASSETS:                        
Cash and due from banks   $ 89,584     $ 124,749     $ 43,309  
Investment securities held to maturity     5,997       6,225       6,511  
Investment securities available for sale     104,772       124,750       174,868  
Trading securities     3,354       1,886       1,774  
Mortgage-backed securities available for sale     94,625       106,314       93,877  
Federal funds sold and other short-term investments     -       -       951  
Real Estate Loans:                        
  One-to-four family and cooperative apartment     93,726       94,405       100,712  
  Multifamily and underlying cooperative (1)     2,504,099       2,580,994       2,599,456  
  Commercial real estate (1)     748,064       738,165       751,586  
  Construction and land acquisition     570       592       3,199  
  Unearned discounts and net deferred loan fees     3,128       3,516       3,463  
  Total real estate loans     3,349,587       3,417,672       3,458,416  
  Other loans     2,861       2,063       2,449  
  Allowance for loan losses     (20,243 )     (19,468 )     (20,254 )
Total loans, net     3,332,205       3,400,267       3,440,611  
Loans held for sale     343       1,445       3,022  
Premises and fixed assets, net     32,918       32,485       32,646  
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York capital stock     42,086       47,014       49,489  
Other real estate owned, net     -       -       -  
Goodwill     55,638       55,638       55,638  
Other assets     118,394       118,085       118,484  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 3,879,916     $ 4,018,858     $ 4,021,180  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                        
Deposits:                        
Non-interest bearing checking   $ 149,887     $ 148,162     $ 141,079  
Interest Bearing Checking     94,217       96,978       99,308  
Savings     365,164       361,200       353,708  
Money Market     801,418       798,979       772,055  
  Sub-total     1,410,686       1,405,319       1,366,150  
Certificates of deposit     945,012       981,810       977,551  
Total Due to Depositors     2,355,698       2,387,129       2,343,701  
Escrow and other deposits     105,145       109,974       71,812  
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase     155,000       155,000       195,000  
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York advances     777,500       884,775       939,775  
Trust Preferred Notes Payable     70,680       70,680       70,680  
Other liabilities     39,594       42,931       39,178  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     3,503,617       3,650,489       3,660,146  
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                        
Common stock ($0.01 par, 125,000,000 shares authorized, 51,652,609 shares, and 51,566,098 shares issued at June 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011, respectively,and 35,345,014 shares and 35,109,045 shares outstanding at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)    


517
     


516
     


516
 
Additional paid-in capital     233,469       232,506       231,521  
Retained earnings     370,294       363,559       358,079  
Unallocated common stock of Employee Stock Ownership Plan     (3,123 )     (3,181 )     (3,239 )
Unearned common stock of Restricted Stock Awards     (4,065 )     (2,599 )     (3,037 )
Common stock held by the Benefit Maintenance Plan     (8,800 )     (8,655 )     (8,655 )
Treasury stock (16,457,252 shares and 16,457,053 shares at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively)  
(202,584
)    
(204,442
)    
(204,442
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net     (9,409 )     (9,335 )     (9,709 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     376,299       368,369       361,034  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 3,879,916     $ 4,018,858     $ 4,021,180  
                         
(1) While the loans within both of these categories are often considered "commercial real estate" in nature, they are classified separately in the statement above to provide further emphasis of the discrete composition of their underlying real estate collateral.  
                   
                   
                   
DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(Dollars In thousands except per share amounts)  
                   
    For the Three Months Ended  
    June 30,     March 31,     June 30,  
    2012     2012     2011  
Interest income:                        
  Loans secured by real estate   $ 47,259     $ 50,513     $ 51,857  
  Other loans     28       20       24  
  Mortgage-backed securities     832       947       1,330  
  Investment securities     505       315       382  
  Federal funds sold and other short-term investments     639       674       677  
    Total interest income     49,263       52,469       54,270  
Interest expense:                        
  Deposits and escrow     5,422       5,726       6,798  
  Borrowed funds     9,343       13,349       11,312  
    Total interest expense     14,765       19,075       18,110  
      Net interest income     34,498       33,394       36,160  
Provision for loan losses     2,275       1,457       1,662  
Net interest income after provision for loan losses     32,223       31,937       34,498  
                         
Non-interest income:                        
  Service charges and other fees     802       795       901  
  Mortgage banking income, net     1,095       121       203  
  Other than temporary impairment ("OTTI") charge on securities (1)     -       (181 )     (574 )
  Gain on sale of other real estate owned and other assets     44       -       14  
  Gain (loss) on trading securities     (36 )     106       7  
  Other     1,083       949       1,183  
    Total non-interest income     2,988       1,790       1,734  
Non-interest expense:                        
  Compensation and benefits     9,477       9,935       9,016  
  Occupancy and equipment     2,434       2,471       2,403  
  Federal deposit insurance premiums     457       599       347  
  Other     3,308       3,403       3,317  
    Total non-interest expense     15,676       16,408       15,083  
                         
    Income before taxes     19,535       17,319       21,149  
Income tax expense     8,004       7,072       8,811  
                         
Net Income   $ 11,531     $ 10,247     $ 12,338  
                         
Earnings per Share:                        
  Basic   $ 0.34     $ 0.30     $ 0.37  
  Diluted   $ 0.34     $ 0.30     $ 0.36  
                         
Average common shares outstanding for Diluted EPS     34,229,202       34,141,575       33,865,908  
                         
(1) Total OTTI charges on securities are summarized as follows for the periods presented:  
Credit component (shown above)   $ -     $ 181     $ 574  
Non-credit component not included in earnings     -       6       -  
Total OTTI charges   $ -     $ 187     $ 574  
                         
                         
      For the Six Months Ended          
      June 30,       June 30,          
      2012       2011          
Interest income:                        
  Loans secured by real estate   $ 97,772     $ 102,486          
  Other loans     48       50          
  Mortgage-backed securities     1,779       2,782          
  Investment securities     820       698          
  Federal funds sold and other short-term investments     1,313       1,449          
    Total interest income     101,732       107,465          
Interest expense:                        
  Deposits and escrow     11,148       13,583          
  Borrowed funds     22,692       22,679          
    Total interest expense     33,840       36,262          
      Net interest income     67,892       71,203          
Provision for loan losses     3,732       3,088          
Net interest income after provision for loan losses     64,160       68,115          
                         
Non-interest income:                        
  Service charges and other fees     1,596       1,664          
  Mortgage banking income, net     1,216       296          
  Other than temporary impairment ("OTTI") charge on securities (1)     (181 )     (637 )        
  Gain on sale of other real estate                        
  owned and other assets     44       14          
  Gain (loss) on trading securities     70       53          
  Other     2,033       2,254          
    Total non-interest income     4,778       3,644          
Non-interest expense:                        
  Compensation and benefits     19,416       18,743          
  Occupancy and equipment     4,905       5,092          
  Federal deposit insurance premiums     1,055       1,571          
  Other     6,708       6,537          
    Total non-interest expense     32,084       31,943          
                         
    Income before taxes     36,854       39,816          
Income tax expense     15,076       16,398          
                         
Net Income   $ 21,778     $ 23,418          
                         
Earnings per Share:                        
  Basic   $ 0.64     $ 0.70          
  Diluted   $ 0.64     $ 0.69          
                         
Average common shares outstanding                        
for Diluted EPS     34,180,096       33,793,716          
                         
(1) Total OTTI charges on securities are summarized as follows for the periods presented:  
Credit component (shown above)   $ 181     $ 637          
Non-credit component not included in earnings     6       -          
Total OTTI charges   $ 187     $ 637          
                         
                         
                         
DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS  
(Dollars In thousands except per share amounts)  
                   
    For the Three Months Ended  
    June 30,     March 31,     June 30,  
    2012     2012     2011  
                   
Performance Ratios (Based upon Reported Earnings):              
Reported EPS (Diluted)   $ 0.34     $ 0.30     $ 0.36  
Return on Average Assets     1.17 %     1.01 %     1.18 %
Return on Average Stockholders' Equity     12.39 %     11.22 %     14.40 %
Return on Average Tangible Stockholders' Equity     14.17 %     12.84 %     16.86 %
Net Interest Spread     3.37 %     3.20 %     3.44 %
Net Interest Margin     3.63 %     3.47 %     3.66 %
Non-interest Expense to Average Assets     1.59 %     1.62 %     1.44 %
Efficiency Ratio     41.83 %     46.54 %     39.21 %
Effective Tax Rate     40.97 %     40.83 %     41.66 %
                         
Book Value and Tangible Book Value Per Share:                        
Stated Book Value Per Share   $ 10.65     $ 10.47     $ 9.93  
Tangible Book Value Per Share     9.33       9.15       8.50  
                         
Average Balance Data:                        
Average Assets   $ 3,944,607     $ 4,053,115     $ 4,177,651  
Average Interest Earning Assets     3,801,149       3,844,480       3,948,392  
Average Stockholders' Equity     372,283       365,362       342,808  
Average Tangible Stockholders' Equity     325,523       319,212       292,801  
Average Loans     3,394,100       3,441,696       3,455,282  
Average Deposits     2,377,079       2,358,200       2,419,476  
                         
Asset Quality Summary:                        
Net charge-offs   $ 1,562     $ 2,263     $ 1,933  
Non-performing Loans     13,318       14,808       16,534  
Non-performing Loans/ Total Loans     0.40 %     0.43 %     0.48 %
Nonperforming Assets (1)   $ 14,233     $ 17,029     $ 17,163  
Nonperforming Assets/Total Assets     0.37 %     0.42 %     0.42 %
Allowance for Loan Loss/Total Loans     0.60 %     0.57 %     0.57 %
Allowance for Loan Loss/Non-performing Loans     152.00 %     131.47 %     118.05 %
Loans Delinquent 30 to 89 Days at period end   $ 7,536     $ 5,727     $ 13,583  
                         
Consolidated Tangible Stockholders' Equity to Tangible Assets at period end  
 
 
 
 
8.63
 
%
 
 
 
 
 
8.13
 
%
 
 
 
 
 
7.36
 
%
                         
Regulatory Capital Ratios (Bank Only):                        
Leverage Capital Ratio     9.93 %     9.28 %     8.53 %
Tier One Risk Based Capital Ratio     13.10 %     11.81 %     12.35 %
Total Risk Based Capital Ratio     13.83 %     12.47 %     13.09 %
                         
(1) Amount comprised of total non-accrual loans (including held for sale loans), other real estate owned and the recorded balance of two pooled bank trust preferred security investments for which the Bank has not received any contractual payments of interest or principal in over 90 days.
   
                         
                         
    For the Six Months Ended        
    June 30,     June 30,        
    2012     2011        
                   
Performance Ratios (Based upon Reported Earnings):              
Reported EPS (Diluted)   $ 0.64     $ 0.69          
Return on Average Assets     1.09 %     1.13 %        
Return on Average Stockholders' Equity     11.81 %     13.86 %        
Return on Average Tangible Stockholders' Equity     13.51 %     16.25 %        
Net Interest Spread     3.29 %     3.41 %        
Net Interest Margin     3.55 %     3.64 %        
Non-interest Expense to Average Assets     1.60 %     1.55 %        
Efficiency Ratio     44.11 %     42.34 %        
Effective Tax Rate     40.91 %     41.18 %        
                         
Book Value and Tangible Book Value Per Share:                        
Stated Book Value Per Share   $ 10.65     $ 9.93          
Tangible Book Value Per Share     9.33       8.50          
                         
Average Balance Data:                        
Average Assets   $ 3,998,861     $ 4,133,437          
Average Interest Earning Assets     3,822,816       3,910,332          
Average Stockholders' Equity     368,822       337,877          
Average Tangible Stockholders' Equity     322,431       288,232          
Average Loans     3,417,899       3,462,667          
Average Deposits     2,367,640       2,393,889          
                         
Asset Quality Summary:                        
Net charge-offs   $ 3,825     $ 2,913          
Non-performing Loans     13,318       16,534          
Non-performing Loans/ Total Loans     0.40 %     0.48 %        
Nonperforming Assets (1)   $ 14,233       17,163          
Nonperforming Assets/Total Assets     0.37 %     0.42 %        
Allowance for Loan Loss/Total Loans     0.60 %     0.57 %        
Allowance for Loan Loss/Non-performing Loans     152.00 %     118.05 %        
Loans Delinquent 30 to 89 Days at period end   $ 7,536     $ 13,583          
                         
Consolidated Tangible Stockholders' Equity to Tangible Assets at period end  
 
 
 
 
8.63
 
%
 
 
 
 
 
7.36
 
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                       
Regulatory Capital Ratios (Bank Only):                        
Leverage Capital Ratio     9.93 %     8.53 %        
Tier One Risk Based Capital Ratio     13.10 %     12.35 %        
Total Risk Based Capital Ratio     13.83 %     13.09 %        
                         
                         
                         
DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
UNAUDITED AVERAGE BALANCES AND NET INTEREST INCOME  
(Dollars In thousands)  
                 
    For the Three Months Ended  
      June 30, 2012     
              Average  
    Average         Yield/  
    Balance   Interest     Cost  
Assets:                    
  Interest-earning assets:                    
    Real estate loans   $ 3,391,986   $ 47,259     5.57 %
    Other loans     2,114     28     5.30  
    Mortgage-backed securities     97,719     832     3.41  
    Investment securities     108,939     505     1.85  
    Other short-term investments     200,391     639     1.28  
      Total interest earning assets     3,801,149   $ 49,263     5.18 %
  Non-interest earning assets     143,458              
Total assets   $ 3,944,607              
                     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:                    
  Interest-bearing liabilities:                    
    Interest Bearing Checking accounts   $ 96,453   $ 43     0.18 %
    Money Market accounts     797,802     1,046     0.53  
    Savings accounts     363,941     139     0.15  
    Certificates of deposit     967,503     4,194     1.74  
      Total interest bearing deposits     2,225,699     5,422     0.98  
  Borrowed Funds     1,058,271     9,343     3.55  
    Total interest-bearing liabilities     3,283,970   $ 14,765     1.81 %
  Non-interest bearing checking accounts     151,380              
  Other non-interest-bearing liabilities     136,974              
    Total liabilities     3,572,324              
  Stockholders' equity     372,283              
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 3,944,607              
Net interest income         $ 34,498        
Net interest spread                 3.37 %
Net interest-earning assets   $ 517,179              
Net interest margin                 3.63 %
Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities           115.75 %      
                     
Deposits (including non-interest bearing checking accounts)   $ 2,377,079   $ 5,422     0.92 %
                     
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION                    
Loan prepayment and late payment fee income         $ 3,488        
Borrowing prepayment costs           -        
Real estate loans (excluding prepayment and late payment fees)                 5.16 %
Interest earning assets (excluding prepayment and late payment fees)                 4.82 %
Borrowings (excluding prepayment costs)                 3.55 %
Interest bearing liabilities (excluding borrowing prepayment costs)                 1.81 %
Net Interest income (excluding loan prepayment and late payment fees and borrowing prepayment costs)         $ 31,010        
Net Interest margin (excluding loan prepayment and late payment fees and borrowing prepayment costs)                 3.26 %
                     
                     
                 
    For the Three Months Ended  
      March 31, 2012     
              Average  
    Average         Yield/  
    Balance   Interest     Cost  
Assets:                    
  Interest-earning assets:                    
    Real estate loans   $ 3,440,621   $ 50,513     5.87 %
    Other loans     1,075     20     7.44  
    Mortgage-backed securities     83,704     947     4.53  
    Investment securities     160,792     315     0.78  
    Other short-term investments     158,288     674     1.70  
      Total interest earning assets     3,844,480   $ 52,469     5.46 %
  Non-interest earning assets     208,635              
Total assets   $ 4,053,115              
                     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:                    
  Interest-bearing liabilities:                    
    Interest Bearing Checking accounts   $ 89,930   $ 49     0.22 %
    Money Market accounts     782,446     1,126     0.58  
    Savings accounts     357,371     163     0.18  
    Certificates of deposit     978,097     4,388     1.80  
      Total interest bearing deposits     2,207,844     5,726     1.04  
  Borrowed Funds     1,192,982     13,349     4.50  
    Total interest-bearing liabilities     3,400,826   $ 19,075     2.26 %
  Non-interest bearing checking accounts     150,356              
  Other non-interest-bearing liabilities     136,571              
    Total liabilities     3,687,753              
  Stockholders' equity     365,362              
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 4,053,115              
Net interest income         $ 33,394        
Net interest spread                 3.20 %
Net interest-earning assets   $ 443,654              
Net interest margin                 3.47 %
Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities           113.05 %      
                     
Deposits (including non-interest bearing checking accounts)   $ 2,358,200   $ 5,726     0.98 %
                     
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION                    
Loan prepayment and late payment fee income         $ 4,549        
Borrowing prepayment costs         $ 3,191        
Real estate loans (excluding prepayment and late payment fees)                 5.34 %
Interest earning assets (excluding prepayment and late payment fees)                 4.99 %
Borrowings (excluding prepayment costs)                 3.42 %
Interest bearing liabilities (excluding borrowing prepayment costs)                 1.88 %
Net Interest income (excluding loan prepayment and late payment fees and borrowing prepayment costs)         $ 32,036        
Net Interest margin (excluding loan prepayment and late payment fees and borrowing prepayment costs)                 3.33 %
                     
                     
                 
    For the Three Months Ended  
      June 30, 2011     
              Average  
    Average         Yield/  
    Balance   Interest     Cost  
Assets:                
  Interest-earning assets:                    
    Real estate loans   $ 3,454,204   $ 51,857     6.01 %
    Other loans     1,078     24     8.91  
    Mortgage-backed securities     116,786     1,330     4.56  
    Investment securities     166,723     382     0.92  
    Other short-term investments     209,601     677     1.29  
      Total interest earning assets     3,948,392   $ 54,270     5.50 %
  Non-interest earning assets     229,259              
Total assets   $ 4,177,651              
                     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:                    
  Interest-bearing liabilities:                    
    Interest Bearing Checking accounts   $ 97,656   $ 90     0.37 %
    Money Market accounts     749,299     1,265     0.68  
    Savings accounts     340,968     179     0.21  
    Certificates of deposit     1,089,227     5,264     1.94  
      Total interest bearing deposits     2,277,150     6,798     1.20  
  Borrowed Funds     1,244,507     11,312     3.65  
    Total interest-bearing liabilities     3,521,657   $ 18,110     2.06 %
  Non-interest bearing checking accounts     142,326              
  Other non-interest-bearing liabilities     170,860              
    Total liabilities     3,834,843              
  Stockholders' equity     342,808              
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 4,177,651              
Net interest income         $ 36,160        
Net interest spread                 3.44 %
Net interest-earning assets   $ 426,735              
Net interest margin                 3.66 %
Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities           112.12 %      
                     
Deposits (including non-interest bearing checking accounts)   $ 2,419,476   $  6,798     1.14 %
                     
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION                    
Loan prepayment and late payment fee income         $ 3,271        
Borrowing prepayment costs           -        
Real estate loans (excluding prepayment and late payment fees)                 5.63 %
Interest earning assets (excluding prepayment and late payment fees)                 5.17 %
Borrowings (excluding prepayment costs)                 3.65 %
Interest bearing liabilities (excluding borrowing prepayment costs)                 2.06 %
Net Interest income (excluding loan prepayment and late payment fees and borrowing prepayment costs)         $ 32,889        
Net Interest margin (excluding loan prepayment and late payment fees and borrowing prepayment costs)                 3.33 %
                     
                     
                     
DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED SCHEDULE OF NON-PERFORMING ASSETS AND TROUBLED DEBT RESTRUCTURINGS
(Dollars In thousands)
     
     
    At June 30,   At March 31,   At June 30,
Non-Performing Loans   2012   2012   2011
  One- to four-family and cooperative apartment   $ 1,161   $ 1,206   $ 67
  Multifamily residential and mixed use residential (1)     3,622     4,253     3,352
  Mixed Use Commercial (1)     720     840     3,309
  Commercial real estate     7,813     8,506     6,931
  Construction     -     -     2,865
  Other     2     3     10
Total Non-Performing Loans (2)   $ 13,318   $ 14,808   $ 16,534
Other Non-Performing Assets                  
  Other real estate owned     -     -     -
  Non-performing one- to four-family loans held for sale     -     1,000      
  Non-performing multifamily loans held for sale     -     393     -
  Non-performing construction loans held for sale     -     -     -
  Pooled bank trust preferred securities     915     828     629
Total Non-Performing Assets   $ 14,233   $ 17,029   $ 17,163
                   
Troubled Debt Restructurings ("TDRs") not included in non-performing loans            
  One- to four-family and cooperative apartment     623     623     416
                     
  Multifamily residential and mixed use residential (1)     2,434     2,458     1,679
  Mixed use commercial (1)     741     1,140     1,159
  Commercial real estate     39,924     39,973     8,907
  Construction     -     -     -
  Other     -     -     -
Total Performing TDRs   $ 43,722   $ 44,194   $ 12,161
                   
(1) While the loans within these categories are often considered "commercial real estate" in nature, they are classified separately in the statement above to provide further emphasis of the discrete composition of their underlying real estate collateral.
                   
(2) Total non-performing loans include some loans that have been modified in a manner that would meet the criteria for a TDR. These non-accruing TDR's, which totaled $7.8 million at June 30, 2012, $7.9 million at March 31, 2012 and $6.0 million at June 30, 2011, respectively, are included in the non-performing loan table, but excluded from the TDR amount shown above.
                   
                   
PROBLEM ASSETS AS A PERCENTAGE OF TANGIBLE CAPITAL AND RESERVES        
                   
    At June 30,     At March 31,     At June 30,  
    2012     2012     2011  
Total Non-Performing Assets   $ 14,233     $ 17,029     $ 17,163  
Loans 90 days or more past due on accrual status (3)     2,634       5,818       2,420  
  PROBLEM ASSETS   $ 16,867     $ 22,847     $ 19,583  
                         
Tier One Capital - Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh   $ 378,191     $ 366,593     $ 342,975  
Allowance for loan losses     20,243       19,468       19,518  
  TANGIBLE CAPITAL PLUS RESERVES   $ 398,434     $ 386,061     $ 362,493  
                         
PROBLEM ASSETS AS A PERCENTAGE OF TANGIBLE CAPITAL AND RESERVES     4.2 %     5.9 %     5.4 %
                         
(3) These loans are expected to be either satisfied, made current or re-financed within the next twelve months, and are not expected to result in any loss of contractual principal or interest. These loans are not included in non-performing loans.  
   

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    718-782-6200 extension 8279