SOURCE: Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.

April 21, 2008 16:45 ET

Dime Community Bancshares Reports Earnings per Share of 18 Cents for the First Quarter of 2008

Second Quarter Outlook to Be in the Range of $0.24 to $0.26 as Funding Costs Decline

BROOKLYN, NY--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - 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 $6.0 million, or 18 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, compared to $5.8 million, or 17 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 and $5.4 million, or 17 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2007. Core earnings equaled reported earnings during each of the quarters ended March 31, 2008, December 31, 2007 and March 31, 2007.

According to Vincent F. Palagiano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, "We continue to expect earnings to begin trending up, both as a result of the decline in short-term interest rates and the decline of irrationally priced competition for retail deposits. In fact, next quarter the Company expects to see a significant increase in earnings as liabilities continue to reprice at far more favorable funding costs.

"Turning to loan production, for a variety of reasons, including conditions in the loan conduit market, the multifamily and commercial real estate market in New York remains active for traditional portfolio lenders like Dime. The Bank is experiencing favorable conditions both for new volumes and for loan pricing levels. These volume trends were not evident in the first quarter's loan closings, but the pipeline is large and growing. Therefore, the Bank anticipates a higher volume of loan closings in the second quarter of 2008.

"As for loan pricing, rates on new loans are more reflective of traditional risk adjusted yields for multifamily and commercial real estate loans. Spreads between multifamily loan and Treasury rates have widened to as much as 250 basis points on the Bank's generic 5 plus 5 year loan product.

"When combining all these factors, things appear to bode well for a very profitable year for Dime," concluded Mr. Palagiano.

On April 7, 2008, Dime opened its 22nd branch in the Borough Park community of Brooklyn, New York, and anticipates opening its 23rd branch toward the end of the summer, located on Montague Street in the heart of the business and legal center of downtown Brooklyn.

Mr. Palagiano noted, "Both markets are among the strongest deposit markets in Brooklyn and, therefore, also some of the most heavily banked. But the 'Dime' brand is well-recognized in these Brooklyn communities and the response of the residential and business communities to the announcement of Dime's arrival in their neighborhoods has been gratifying. These new branches will continue to enhance Dime's position as the largest community bank headquartered in Brooklyn."

FIRST QUARTER 2008 HIGHLIGHTS

--  Real estate loan originations were $163.2 million at an average rate
    of 6.03%, compared to $175.3 million at an average interest rate of 6.10%
    during the quarter ended December 31, 2007.
--  The loan pipeline was $180.6 million at March 31, 2008.
--  The annualized loan amortization rate was 14%, compared to 15% during
    the previous quarter.
--  Prepayment and late charge fees were $1.1 million, compared to $1.3
    million in both the December 2007 and March 2007 quarters.
--  Average cost of deposits decreased from 3.55% in the December 2007
    quarter to 3.35% in the March 2008 quarter.
--  Net interest margin was 2.32%, up from 2.27% in the previous quarter.
    

BALANCE SHEET

Total assets grew in the first quarter by approximately $139.1 million, representing an annualized rate of 15.9%. The loan portfolio rose by $56.8 million, and investments in mortgage-backed securities available for sale rose by $92.4 million.

On the liability side, deposits rose by $13.6 million, and total borrowings (Federal Home Loan Bank of New York advances and Securities Sold Under Agreement to Repurchase) rose by $85.0 million.

During the quarter, the Company added approximately $100 million in investment and mortgage-backed securities that were primarily funded with wholesale borrowings. The purpose of employing this strategy was, first, to utilize some excess capital in order to create additional earnings, second, to lengthen the duration of the Bank's liabilities using fixed rate advances, and third, to take advantage of the opportunity to include interest rate caps within the Company's $85.0 million of borrowings. These interest rate caps were relatively inexpensive and provide a significant benefit to funding costs in the event that short-term interest rates rise. The average duration of the borrowings is 3.2 years.

As of March 31, 2008, the average yield on the securities purchased exceeded the average contractual cost of the borrowings by 1.56%.

OPERATING RESULTS

For the quarter ended March 31, 2008, the Company's pre-tax income, excluding gains and losses on sale of assets, was $9.0 million, compared to $8.9 million earned in the linked-quarter December 2007, and $8.8 million earned during the same quarter last year, March 2007. The linked-quarter increase of $81,000 was mainly the net result of three items: higher net interest income of $1.2 million, partially offset by lower non-interest income of $128,000 plus higher non-interest expense of $942,000.

Looking at the components of net interest income during the linked-quarter, the Company earned $1.0 million more in gross interest income on (1) a larger real estate loan portfolio, even though the average yield on the real estate loan portfolio dropped by 5 basis points to 5.95%, and (2) a larger investment portfolio. The Company earned $1.1 million in prepayment and late charge income during the March 2008 quarter compared to $1.3 million during the December 2007 quarter.

The Company paid $118,000 less in gross interest expense in the March 2008 quarter than the December 2007 quarter, as the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities dropped by 22 basis points. Despite the meaningful drop in the percentage cost of interest-bearing liabilities, total dollars of interest expense only declined slightly because of a $184.0 million increase in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2008, non-interest income was $128,000 below the linked-quarter of December 2007. Quarterly fluctuations in mortgage servicing related fees account for the difference.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2008, total non-interest ("operating") expense was $12.3 million. This was $942,000 above the linked-quarter of December 2007, and $700,000 above the guidance provided in last quarter's earnings release. Among the large items: salary, bonus and salary-related benefit costs rose by $1.1 million due to (1) unscheduled increases in the accrual for bonuses, (2) small increases in staffing for lending and retail, and (3) base salary increases effective January 1st. These increases were offset by reductions of $163,000 in direct mail costs, $279,000 in equipment lease costs, and an increased reduction to operating expenses of $205,000 related to salary expense that is capitalized related to loan originations. Operating expenses in the second quarter are expected to be approximately $12.3 million.

Comparing the current quarter to the same quarter last year, for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, the Company's pre-tax income, excluding gains and losses on sale of assets, was $9.0 million, compared to $8.8 million earned during the quarter ended March 31, 2007. The $147,000 quarter-over-quarter increase was mainly the net result of three items: higher net interest income of $1.3 million, partially offset by lower non-interest income of $166,000 plus higher non-interest expense of $1.0 million.

Examining the components of net interest income quarter-over-quarter, the Company earned $3.5 million more in gross interest income on significantly larger loan and investment portfolios. The average yield on the total loan portfolio for both quarters was 5.95%. The Company earned $1.1 million in prepayment and late charge income during the quarter ended March 2008 compared to $1.3 million during the March 2007 quarter. The average yield on investments rose by 89 basis points due to a significant amount of higher-yielding mortgage-backed securities purchased in the March 2008 quarter. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities declined from 3.97% in the March 2007 quarter to 3.80% in the March 2008 quarter, however, average interest-bearing liabilities were $318.6 million higher in the March 2008 quarter, accounting for the increase in interest expense during the comparative period.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2008, non-interest income was $166,000 below the quarter ended March 31, 2007. This decline resulted primarily from fluctuations in certain mortgage related fees that are seasonal in nature.

Finally, for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, non-interest expense was $1.0 million higher than the same quarter last year. Salary and benefit expense was the largest component of the variance, and included $238,000 related to expenses associated with stock options granted on May 1, 2007. There was no stock option expense in the March 2007 quarter.

GAINS AND LOSSES ON SALE OF ASSETS AND INCOME TAX EXPENSE

The Company completed loan sales of $7.0 million, for a gain of $87,000, during the March 2008 quarter. This compares with gains of $204,000 and $244,000, respectively, on loan sales of $30.4 million and $20.2 million during the quarters ended December 31, 2007 and March 31, 2007.

The effective tax rate was 34.2% for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. The effective tax rate is expected to approximate 37% for the year ending December 31, 2008. The effective tax rate during the first quarter of 2008 fell below the expected 37% rate due to adjustments associated with the completion of prior period tax returns.

REAL ESTATE LENDING AND CREDIT QUALITY

Real estate loan originations totaled $163.2 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2008. The average rate on real estate loan originations during the quarter ended March 31, 2008 was 6.03%, compared to 6.34% during the quarter ended March 31, 2007 and 6.10% during the quarter ended December 31, 2007.

Real estate loan amortization during the March 2008 quarter approximated 14% of the real estate loan portfolio on an annualized basis, compared to 11% during the March 2007 quarter and 15% during the December 2007 quarter.

Non-performing assets were $4.0 million at March 31, 2008, representing only 0.11% of total assets. The Bank assumed ownership of two non-performing loans totaling $1.0 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2008, and recorded a charge-off to its allowance for loan losses of $144,000 related to the reduction in fair value of the collateral properties. These properties are expected to be sold during the quarter ending June 30, 2008 at an amount approximating their fair value at March 31, 2008. In addition, one loan approximating $1.0 million was added to non-performing status during the quarter.

The metropolitan New York City multifamily and commercial real estate markets continue to hold up well. Management's quarterly evaluation of the loan loss reserves takes into account not only the performance of the current loan portfolio, but also general credit conditions and volume of new business, in determining the timing and amount of any future loan loss provisions.

DEPOSITS

Deposits increased $13.6 million from December 31, 2007 to March 31, 2008. Core (non-certificate) deposits increased $56.1 million and were partially offset by a decline of $42.5 million in certificates of deposit. Within core deposits, interest-bearing relationship checking accounts increased $16.8 million, or 29%, on the success of the "Prime Dime" checking account program launched in the second half of 2007. Money market balances increased during the quarter as the Bank elected to lag the decline in benchmark short-term interest rates on its offering rate for money market accounts.

Mr. Palagiano noted, "Management is pleased that deposit growth has been concentrated in core money market and checking accounts, as Dime continues to move its deposit base toward what management believes will be a more cost effective and stable source of funding."

Despite lagging the decline in benchmark short-term interest rates during the quarter, average deposit cost declined 20 basis points from 3.55% during the quarter ended December 31, 2007 to 3.35% during the quarter ended March 31, 2008.

Average deposits per branch approximated $104 million at both March 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007, up slightly from $103 million at March 31, 2007. Core deposits comprised 53% of total deposits at March 31, 2008, up from 51% at December 31, 2007 and 49% at March 31, 2007. The loan-to-deposit ratio was 134% at March 31, 2008, compared to 126% at March 31, 2007 and 132% at December 31, 2007.

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY AND SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM

The Company's total stockholders' equity at March 31, 2008 was $270.0 million, or 7.42% of total assets, compared to $268.8 million, or 7.68% of total assets, at December 31, 2007. The decline in stockholders' equity as a percentage of assets resulted from an increase of $139.1 million in period-end assets, as the Company elected to grow its balance sheet while interest rate spreads became more favorable.

During the first quarter of 2008, the Company acquired 51,000 shares into treasury. As of March 31, 2008, the Company had an additional 1,124,549 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, the Company's tangible stockholders' equity increased to $218.8 million at March 31, 2008, compared to $217.2 million at December 31, 2007. The quarterly cash dividend paid in February 2008 represented a payout ratio of 77.8% of first quarter 2008 earnings. At March 31, 2008, the consolidated tangible stockholders' equity ratio was 6.09% of tangible assets and the tangible book value per share was $6.46.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2008, the return on average stockholders' equity was 8.87%, the return on average tangible equity was 11.00%, and the cash return on average tangible equity was 12.04%.

OUTLOOK

Mr. Palagiano stated, "Earnings per share are expected to continue to trend upward. The significant reductions in short-term interest rates experienced during the March 2008 quarter will help margin and earnings in the ensuing quarters."

The average cost of deposits decreased from 3.55% during the December 2007 quarter to 3.35% during the March 2008 quarter. While the Company elected to lag the reduction in short-term rates resulting from the actions of the Federal Open Market Committee during the March 2008 quarter, it has taken more aggressive action in lowering deposit rates in recent weeks. Approximately $500 million of certificates of deposit with an average cost of 4.48% are scheduled to mature during the second quarter, and an additional $215 million of certificates of deposit at an average cost of 3.58% are scheduled to mature during the third quarter of 2008. Rates on new and renewed certificates of deposit should generally be below 3%. As a result, the net interest margin is expected to substantially improve during the second quarter of 2008, as the recent drop in short-term interest rates should favorably impact the cost of funds.

In addition, approximately $271 million in portfolio mortgage loans with a weighted average coupon of 5.21% are scheduled to contractually reprice or mature during the remainder of 2008. During the year ending December 31, 2009, an additional $354 million in mortgage loans with a weighted average coupon of 5.38% are scheduled to reprice.

Amortization rates (including prepayments), which approximated 14% during the first quarter of 2008 (inclusive of loan refinancing activity), are expected to increase to the 20% to 25% range during 2008, due primarily to increased loan refinancing activity as loans approach their contractual repricing. Prepayment fees generally decline as loans move closer to contractual repricing. Prepayment fee income is thus not expected to increase proportionally with the overall increase in prepayment levels.

At March 31, 2008, the real estate loan commitment pipeline approximated $180.6 million, including $9.4 million of commitments on loans intended for sale. The real estate loan pipeline had a weighted average interest rate approximating 5.77% at March 31, 2008.

Asset growth is expected to level off during the remainder of 2008, as the Company intends to focus on retaining loans that are approaching their contractual interest rate repricing.

Operating expenses for the June 2008 quarter are expected to approximate the $12.3 million level experienced during the March 2008 quarter. The Company will continue to repurchase its common stock, and has sufficient capital to remain opportunistic, if conditions warrant. The Company currently expects second quarter 2008 earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $0.24 to $0.26.

ABOUT DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES

The Company (NASDAQ: DCOM) had $3.64 billion in consolidated assets as of March 31, 2008, and is the parent company of the Bank. The Bank was founded in 1864, is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, and currently has twenty-two 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)

                                                   March 31,
                                                     2008      December 31,
                                                  (Unaudited)      2007
                                                  -----------  -----------
ASSETS:
Cash and due from banks                           $   123,412  $   101,708
Investment securities held to maturity                     80           80
Investment securities available for sale               35,142       34,095
Mortgage-backed securities available for sale         255,169      162,764
Federal funds sold and other short-term
 investments                                           91,502      128,014
Real Estate Loans:
  One-to-four family and cooperative apartment        144,152      145,592
  Multifamily and underlying cooperative            2,000,153    1,949,025
  Commercial real estate                              741,072      728,129
  Construction and land acquisition                    42,694       49,387
  Unearned discounts and net deferred loan fees         2,461        1,833
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Total real estate loans                           2,930,532    2,873,966
                                                  -----------  -----------
  Other loans                                           2,019        2,169
  Allowance for loan losses                           (15,665)     (15,387)
                                                  -----------  -----------
Total loans, net                                    2,916,886    2,860,748
                                                  -----------  -----------
Loans held for sale                                     1,547          890
Premises and fixed assets, net                         24,830       23,878
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York capital stock       39,479       39,029
Other real estate owned                                   895            -
Goodwill                                               55,638       55,638
Other assets                                           95,721       94,331
                                                  -----------  -----------
TOTAL ASSETS                                      $ 3,640,301  $ 3,501,175
                                                  ===========  ===========

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Deposits:
Non-interest bearing checking                     $    90,113  $    91,671
Interest Bearing Checking                              75,229       58,414
Savings                                               270,607      274,067
Money Market                                          723,061      678,759
                                                  -----------  -----------
     Sub-total                                    $ 1,159,010  $ 1,102,911
                                                  -----------  -----------
Certificates of deposit                             1,034,626    1,077,087
                                                  -----------  -----------
Total Due to Depositors                             2,193,636    2,179,998
                                                  -----------  -----------
Escrow and other deposits                              84,273       52,209
Securities sold under agreements to repurchase        230,080      155,080
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York advances           716,500      706,500
Subordinated Notes Sold                                25,000       25,000
Trust Preferred Notes Payable                          72,165       72,165
Other liabilities                                      48,636       41,371
                                                  -----------  -----------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                                   3,370,290    3,232,323
                                                  -----------  -----------

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Common stock ($0.01 par, 125,000,000 shares
 authorized, 50,920,141 shares and 50,906,278
 shares issued at March 31, 2008 and December
 31, 2007, respectively, and 33,872,765 shares
 and 33,909,902 shares outstanding at March
 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007, respectively)            509          509
Additional paid-in capital                            209,037      208,369
Retained earnings                                     289,499      288,112
Unallocated common stock of Employee Stock
 Ownership Plan                                        (4,106)      (4,164)
Unearned common stock of Recognition and
 Retention Plan                                          (527)        (634)
Common stock held by the Benefit Maintenance Plan      (7,941)      (7,941)
Treasury stock (17,047,376 shares and 16,996,376
 shares at March 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007,
 respectively)                                       (211,775)    (211,121)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net              (4,685)      (4,278)
                                                  -----------  -----------
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                            270,011      268,852
                                                  -----------  -----------
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        $ 3,640,301  $ 3,501,175
                                                  ===========  ===========



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

                                          For the Three Months Ended
                                     --------------------------------------
                                      March 31,   December 31,  March 31,
                                         2008         2007         2007
                                     (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------
Interest income:
   Loans secured by real estate      $     43,066 $     42,854 $     40,250
   Other loans                                 44           46           45
   Mortgage-backed securities               2,216        1,809        1,512
   Investment securities                      708          818          442
   Federal funds sold and other
    short-term investments                  2,196        1,670        2,469
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------
        Total interest income              48,230       47,197       44,718
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------
Interest expense:
   Deposits and escrow                     17,968       19,105       18,161
   Borrowed funds                          11,031       10,012        8,671
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------
       Total interest expense              28,999       29,117       26,832
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------
            Net interest income            19,231       18,080       17,886
Provision for loan losses                      60           60           60
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------
Net interest income after
 provision for loan losses                 19,171       18,020       17,826
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------

Non-interest income:
   Service charges and other fees           1,248        1,295        1,355
   Net gain on sales of assets                 87          204          244
   Other                                      832          913          891
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------
        Total non-interest income           2,167        2,412        2,490
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------
Non-interest expense:
   Compensation and benefits                7,234        6,101        6,450
   Occupancy and equipment                  1,570        1,859        1,495
   Other                                    3,476        3,378        3,303
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------
        Total non-interest expense         12,280       11,338       11,248
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------

        Income before taxes                 9,058        9,094        9,068
Income tax expense                          3,101        3,657        3,251
                                     ------------ ------------ ------------

Net Income                           $      5,957 $      5,437 $      5,817
                                     ============ ============ ============

Earnings per Share:
  Basic                              $       0.18 $       0.17 $       0.17
                                     ============ ============ ============
  Diluted                            $       0.18 $       0.17 $       0.17
                                     ============ ============ ============

Average common shares
 outstanding for Diluted EPS           32,683,161   32,737,939   34,625,905



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


                                          For the Three Months Ended
                                     -------------------------------------
                                      March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
                                         2008         2007         2007
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Performance Ratios (Based upon
 Reported Earnings):
Reported EPS (Diluted)               $      0.18  $      0.17  $      0.17
Return on Average Assets                    0.68%        0.65%        0.72%
Return on Average Stockholders'
 Equity                                     8.87%        8.11%        8.12%
Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                      11.00%       10.00%        9.80%
Net Interest Spread                         2.01%        1.92%        1.86%
Net Interest Margin                         2.32%        2.27%        2.33%
Non-interest Expense to Average
 Assets                                     1.40%        1.36%        1.40%
Efficiency Ratio                           57.62%       55.89%       55.87%
Effective Tax Rate                         34.23%       40.21%       35.85%

Performance Ratios (Based upon Core
 Earnings):
Core EPS (Diluted)                   $      0.18  $      0.17  $      0.17
Core Return on Average Assets               0.68%        0.65%        0.72%
Core Return on Average Stockholders'
 Equity                                     8.87%        8.11%        8.12%
Core Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                      11.00%       10.00%        9.80%

Book Value and Tangible Book Value
 Per Share:
Stated Book Value Per Share          $      7.97  $      7.93  $      7.91
Tangible Book Value Per Share               6.46         6.41         6.54

Average Balance Data:
Average Assets                       $ 3,512,724  $ 3,345,437  $ 3,214,322
Average Interest Earning Assets        3,320,124    3,180,603    3,069,158
Average Stockholders' Equity             268,512      268,177      286,411
Average Tangible Stockholders'
 Equity                                  216,623      217,501      237,363
Average Loans                          2,896,081    2,861,060    2,708,758
Average Deposits                       2,153,031    2,132,528    2,083,491

Asset Quality Summary:
Net charge-offs                      $       144  $         5  $        (2)
Nonperforming Loans                        3,090        2,856        2,878
Nonperforming Loans/Total Loans             0.11%        0.10%        0.11%
Other real estate owned              $       895            -            -
Nonperforming Assets                 $     3,985  $     2,856  $     2,878
Nonperforming Assets/Total Assets           0.11%        0.08%        0.09%
Allowance for Loan Loss/Total Loans         0.53%        0.53%        0.57%
Allowance for Loan Loss/
 Nonperforming Loans                      506.96%      538.76%      540.58%

Regulatory Capital Ratios:
Consolidated Tangible Stockholders'
 Equity to Tangible Assets at period end    6.09%        6.29%        7.24%
Tangible Capital Ratio (Bank Only)          7.77%        7.88%        8.81%
Leverage Capital Ratio (Bank Only)          7.77%        7.88%        8.81%
Risk Based Capital Ratio (Bank Only)       11.78%       11.92%       12.41%



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


                                            For the Three Months Ended
                                        -----------------------------------
                                                   March 31, 2008
                                        ----------------------------------
                                                                  Average
                                          Average                 Yield/
                                          Balance    Interest      Cost
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
Assets:
  Interest-earning assets:
    Real estate loans                   $ 2,894,264 $   43,066        5.95%
    Other loans                               1,817         44        9.69
    Mortgage-backed securities              192,771      2,216        4.60
    Investment securities                    35,655        708        7.94
    Other short-term investments            195,616      2,196        4.49
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest earning assets       3,320,124 $   48,230        5.81%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest earning assets               192,600
                                        -----------
Total assets                            $ 3,512,724
                                        ===========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
    Interest Bearing Checking           $    63,834 $      410        2.58%
    Money Market accounts                   670,662      5,956        3.56
    Savings accounts                        271,839        367        0.54
    Certificates of deposit               1,057,803     11,235        4.26
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
          Total interest bearing
           deposits                       2,064,138     17,968        3.49
   Borrowed Funds                           995,888     11,031        4.44
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest-bearing
       liabilities                        3,060,026     28,999        3.80%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest bearing checking
   accounts                                  88,893
  Other non-interest-bearing
   liabilities                               95,293
                                        -----------
      Total liabilities                   3,244,212
  Stockholders' equity                      268,512
                                        -----------
Total liabilities and stockholders'
 equity                                 $ 3,512,724
                                        ===========
Net interest income                                 $   19,231
                                                    ==========
Net interest spread                                                   2.01%
                                                                ==========
Net interest-earning assets             $   260,098
                                        ===========
Net interest margin                                                   2.32%
                                                                ==========
Ratio of interest-earning assets
 to interest-bearing liabilities                        108.50%
                                                    ==========

Deposits (including non-interest
 bearing checking accounts)             $ 2,153,031 $   17,968        3.35%

Interest earning assets (excluding
 prepayment fees and late charges)                                    5.68%


                                           For the Three Months Ended
                                        ----------------------------------
                                                December 31, 2007
                                        ----------------------------------
                                                                  Average
                                          Average                 Yield/
                                          Balance    Interest      Cost
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
Assets:
  Interest-earning assets:
    Real estate loans                   $ 2,859,240 $   42,854        6.00%
    Other loans                               1,820         46       10.11
    Mortgage-backed securities              167,273      1,809        4.33
    Investment securities                    28,217        818       11.60
    Other short-term investments            124,052      1,670        5.38
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest earning assets       3,180,602 $   47,197        5.94%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest earning assets               164,835
                                        -----------
Total assets                            $ 3,345,437
                                        ===========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
    Interest Bearing Checking           $    53,231 $      306        2.28%
    Money Market accounts                   663,395      6,663        3.98
    Savings accounts                        275,606        372        0.54
    Certificates of deposit               1,049,843     11,764        4.45
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
          Total interest bearing
           deposits                       2,042,075     19,105        3.71
   Borrowed Funds                           833,973     10,012        4.76
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest-bearing
       liabilities                        2,876,048     29,117        4.02%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest bearing checking
   accounts                                  90,453
  Other non-interest-bearing
   liabilities                              110,759
                                        -----------
      Total liabilities                   3,077,260
  Stockholders' equity                      268,177
                                        -----------
Total liabilities and stockholders'
 equity                                 $ 3,345,437
                                        ===========
Net interest income                                 $   18,080
                                                    ==========
Net interest spread                                                   1.92%
                                                                ==========
Net interest-earning assets             $   304,554
                                        ===========
Net interest margin                                                   2.27%
                                                                ==========
Ratio of interest-earning assets
 to interest-bearing liabilities                        110.59%
                                                    ==========

Deposits (including non-interest
 bearing checking accounts)             $ 2,132,528 $   19,105        3.55%

Interest earning assets (excluding
 prepayment fees and late charges)                                    5.73%


                                           For the Three Months Ended
                                        ----------------------------------
                                                  March 31, 2007
                                        ----------------------------------
                                                                  Average
                                          Average                 Yield/
                                          Balance    Interest      Cost
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
Assets:
  Interest-earning assets:
    Real estate loans                   $ 2,706,863 $   40,250        5.95%
    Other loans                               1,895         45        9.50
    Mortgage-backed securities              154,655      1,512        3.91
    Investment securities                    30,062        442        5.88
    Other short-term investments            175,683      2,469        5.62
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest earning assets       3,069,158 $   44,718        5.83%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest earning assets               145,164
                                        -----------
Total assets                            $ 3,214,322
                                        ===========

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
    Interest Bearing Checking           $    36,080 $      120        1.35%
    Money Market accounts                   567,020      5,123        3.66
    Savings accounts                        295,950        425        0.58
    Certificates of deposit               1,089,761     12,493        4.65
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
          Total interest bearing
           deposits                       1,988,811     18,161        3.70
   Borrowed Funds                           752,622      8,671        4.67
                                        ----------- ----------  ----------
      Total interest-bearing
       liabilities                        2,741,433     26,832        3.97%
                                        ----------- ----------
  Non-interest bearing checking
   accounts                                  94,680
  Other non-interest-bearing
   liabilities                               91,798
                                        -----------
      Total liabilities                   2,927,911
  Stockholders' equity                      286,411
                                        -----------
Total liabilities and stockholders'
 equity                                 $ 3,214,322
                                        ===========
Net interest income                                 $   17,886
                                                    ==========
Net interest spread                                                   1.86%
                                                                ==========
Net interest-earning assets             $   327,725
                                        ===========
Net interest margin                                                   2.33%
                                                                ==========
Ratio of interest-earning assets
 to interest-bearing liabilities                                    111.95%
                                                                ==========

Deposits (including non-interest
 bearing checking accounts)             $ 2,083,491 $   18,161        3.54%

Interest earning assets (excluding
 prepayment fees and late charges)                                    5.65%

Contact Information

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