SOURCE: Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.

Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.

January 27, 2011 16:10 ET

Dime Community Bancshares Reports Earnings for the Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2010

Diluted EPS of $0.31; Net Interest Margin Increases to 3.71%

BROOKLYN, NY--(Marketwire - January 27, 2011) - Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCOM) (the "Company" or "Dime"), the parent company of The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh (the "Bank"), today reported consolidated net income of $10.6 million, or 31 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared to $11.4 million, or 34 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, and up from $8.1 million, or 24 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

Vincent F. Palagiano, Chairman and CEO of Dime, commented, "The Company ended 2010 on very positive note, posting 31 cents of diluted EPS, after deducting 6 cents in credit costs, and another 2 cents associated with a reinstatement cost related to its Benefit Maintenance Plan ("BMP"). Net interest margin increased 11 basis points, as funding costs remained at historic lows and asset yields remained relatively stable despite more competitive pricing on new loans. All of the traditional credit metrics remain solid, with manageable levels of non-performing loans and assets, as well as 30 to 89 day delinquent loans."

Significant Unusual or Non-Recurring Items Impacting Earnings for the Most Recent Quarter

The Company's earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2010 reflected an after-tax reinstatement benefit cost of $535,000 on its BMP. The BMP was re-activated in December 2010 after having been frozen as to future benefits since December 31, 2004.

Credit costs were $3.3 million in the December 2010 quarter, compared to $2.4 million in the September 2010 quarter. The increase resulted from both the resolution of several problem loans as well as an update of the historical factors used in the Bank's allowance for loan loss methodology. The allowance increased to 55 basis points of loans at December 31, 2010 from 49 basis points at September 30, 2010. The allowance represented 95% of non-performing loans at December 31, 2010.

For comparison, the Company's earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 reflected an after-tax other than temporary impairment ("OTTI") charge of approximately $899,000 on its investment in bank pooled trust preferred securities ("TRUPs") (compared to $89,000 recorded in the December 2010 quarter), as well as $700,000 of additional income tax expense in order to retroactively apply a change in New York State tax law to January 1, 2010.

Earnings For The Year Ended December 31, 2010

Diluted EPS totaled $1.24 for the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $0.45, or 57%, from 2009. This growth was achieved primarily through increased net interest income of $23.9 million, or 21%, as well as significantly lower OTTI charges on securities.

OPERATING RESULTS FOR THE QUARTER ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010

Net Interest Income

Dime's net interest margin grew 11 basis points to 3.71% during the quarter ended December 31, 2010. The yield on interest earning assets increased 3 basis points due primarily to the redeployment of approximately $30 million in low-yielding short term investments into real estate loans and agency securities. As a result, a greater percentage of the interest earning asset group became comprised of real estate loans and investment securities, with average yields of 5.88% and 3.28%, respectively, during the most recent quarter. Prepayment and late fee income increased to $879,000 in aggregate during the December 2010 quarter, from $781,000 in aggregate during the September 2010 quarter, with a greater proportion attributable to prepayment fee income during the December 2010 quarter. These combined income levels both ran significantly higher than the December 2009 quarter, during which combined prepayment and late fee income approximated $400,000.

Although rates on new loans are lower than Dime's existing portfolio rates and at a cyclical low, the spread to 5- and 10-year Treasury bonds (and Federal Home Loan Bank advances) is very favorable. It typically takes several quarters for changes in new loan origination rates (either higher or lower) to have an impact on the portfolio rate. For that reason, in spite of lower loan rates on newly-originated loans, the average yield on the existing loan portfolio was 5.88% during the December 2010 quarter compared to 5.89% in the trailing quarter and 5.92% a year earlier. The direction and magnitude of the change in the loan portfolio yield over the next several quarters should be determined by the volume of loan refinancing from within the existing portfolio, and/or significant loan portfolio growth at these interest rate levels.

On the funding side, the average cost of interest bearing liabilities declined by 4 basis points quarter-over-quarter, due to reductions of 10 basis points and 4 basis points in the average costs of borrowed funds and deposits, respectively. Lower rates on new certificate of deposit ("CD") were the primary reason for the deposit cost decrease, as higher-rate maturing CDs priced down to today's levels. Repricing rates on 1-year CDs at the end of December 2010 were 75 basis points compared to a runoff rate approximating 1.50%. Despite the decline in rates, total deposit balances declined only 1.30% during the most recent quarter, primarily through the loss of promotional rate deposits.

During the December 2010 quarter, the Company experienced the full benefit of the repayment of $140 million of Federal Home Loan Bank of New York ("FHLBNY") advances with a weighted average cost of 3.74%, and replacement of $24.0 million of these borrowings with a new 5-year fixed rate FHLBNY advance carrying an average cost of 1.70%, all of which occurred during the September 2010 quarter. This activity contributed significantly to the 10 basis point decline in borrowing costs during the quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Finally, the average balance of non-interest bearing deposits (including escrow funds) increased $8.2 million during the most recent quarter, due primarily to the ongoing success of the Bank's commercial deposit gathering strategies. This growth, coupled with an increase of $7.4 million in average stockholders equity during the period, contributed significantly to the 11 basis point growth in net interest margin during the December 2010 quarter (compared to a 7 basis point increase in net interest spread).

The combination of all of these items resulted in a net increase in net interest income of $858,000 during the December 2010 quarter, despite a reduction of $16.8 million in average interest earning assets during the period.

Provision/Allowance For Loan Losses

At December 31, 2010, the allowance for loan losses ("ALL") as a percentage of total loans stood at 0.55%, an increase of 6 basis points from 0.49% at the end of the prior quarter. Consistent with its practice implemented in the previous quarter, the Bank immediately charged off all losses deemed probable to occur on impaired loans during the December 2010 quarter, recognizing approximately $1.0 million of such charge-offs to the allowance during the quarter. The Bank further charged off approximately $200,000 of escrow advances associated with impaired loans during the December 2010 quarter. The Bank recorded a $3.3 million provision to its ALL during the December 2010 quarter, an increase from $667,000 recorded in the September 2010 quarter. This increase resulted largely from the impact of transitioning to the loss experience that the Bank incurred during the most recent real estate recessionary period (2008-2010) in determining the future loss experience used to estimate the required ALL at December 31, 2010. By updating the historical factors in the ALL methodology, greater weight is now attributed to recent loss history. The last significant downturn in New York City multifamily and commercial real estate occurred in and around the year 1991, the region having gone through a period of over 15 years without experiencing significant real estate credit losses. Under the circumstances, historical factors from the last credit cycle are less relevant in establishing appropriate reserve levels today.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income was $2.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, an increase of $952,000 from the previous quarter, due primarily to a reduction in pre-tax OTTI charges of $1.5 million recognized on the Bank's previously discussed portfolio of TRUPs. Offsetting this item, were reductions of $386,000 in mortgage servicing portfolio revenue and $152,000 in retail deposit fee income recognized during the December 2010 quarter.

Non-Interest Expense

Non-interest expense was 1.55% of average assets during the most recent quarter, resulting in an efficiency ratio of 41.9%. Excluding the aforementioned $977,000 pre-tax BMP reinstatement charge, non-interest expense would have approximated 1.45% of average assets during the December 2010 quarter, relatively unchanged from the September 2010 quarter. In the aggregate, non-interest expenses increased $710,000 from the previous quarter due to the $977,000 BMP reinstatement charge, which was partially offset by a reduction of $119,000 in FDIC deposit insurance.

Income Tax Expense

Reflecting the change in New York State tax law associated with bad debt deductions permissible by savings banks, the Bank's consolidated effective tax rate should approximate 40%. As discussed previously, since New York State made the change in law retroactive to January 1, 2010, the Bank was required to recognize an adjustment during the September 2010 quarter for the difference between the previous and new rules for the first six months of 2010, which increased the consolidated effective tax rate to 42.6% during the September 2010 quarter. During the December 2010 quarter, the effective tax rate approximated 42.3% as a result of year-end reconciliation of the full year expected tax obligation. Looking forward, the consolidated effective tax rate is expected to approximate 40%.

BALANCE SHEET

Total assets increased $43.5 million, to $4.04 billion at December 31, 2010. The growth in assets was experienced primarily in real estate loans. The funding for the balance sheet growth was obtained primarily from FHLBNY advances, which grew by $86.0 million during the most recent quarter.

Real Estate Loans

Real estate loans (excluding held for sale loans) increased $47.6 million during the most recent quarter. Real estate loan originations were $200.4 million during the most recent quarter at an average rate of 4.79%. Loan amortization, exclusive of the disposition of problem loans, totaled $148.2 million, or 17.2% annualized of the average portfolio balance. The average rate on amortized or satisfied loan balances was 5.45%.

The loan pipeline stood at $102.6 million at December 31, 2010, with a weighted average rate of 4.60%. Yields on new loan commitments are again approaching historic lows due to the continued low Treasury yields and aggressive competition for new loans in the local multifamily loan market. Dime will continue to be somewhat cautious about growing the loan portfolio at these yields, reflecting expectations that the economy continues to move closer to emerging from this low interest rate cycle.

Problem Loans

Non-accrual loans were $20.2 million, or 0.58% of total loans at December 31, 2010, a slight increase from $19.6 million, or 0.57% of loans, at September 30, 2010.

Loans delinquent between 30 and 89 days also increased to $21.5 million, or 0.62% of loans, at December 31, 2010, compared to $15.7 million, or 0.46% of loans at September 30, 2010. This increase appears to have resulted primarily from seasonal factors.

As shown later in this release, the sum of non-performing assets and accruing loans past due 90 days or more represented 8.4% of tangible capital plus the ALL at December 31, 2010.

Within the remaining $371.9 million pool of loans sold to Fannie Mae with recourse exposure, $3.7 million were delinquent between 30 and 89 days, and none were delinquent 90 days or more at December 31, 2010. At September 30, 2010, $1.4 million of these loans were delinquent between 30 and 89 days, and $2.2 million were delinquent 90 days or more.

Deposits and Borrowed Funds

Deposits declined $30.1 million during the most recent quarter, led by reductions of $34.8 million and $15.4 million in promotional CDs and money market accounts, respectively. Non-interest bearing checking accounts increased $5.8 million during the most recent quarter, attributable to growth in commercial checking accounts. The Bank's deposit pricing strategy has been less aggressive in recent quarters due to the relative attractiveness of 4- and 5-year FHLBNY advances, which provide a cost effective alternative funding source to the Bank's CD products.

Average deposits in branches open in excess of one year approximated $97.3 million at December 31, 2010, and core deposits comprised 55% of total deposits at December 31, 2010. Dime currently expects to continue its measured de novo strategy. During the first quarter of 2011, Dime is expected to open its 26th retail banking office, located on 86th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

While management continues to view deposits as its preferred funding source, the interest rate environment prevalent during the December 2010 quarter provided a unique opportunity to acquire historically low-cost, long duration wholesale FHLBNY advances. As a result, during the December 2010 quarter, the Bank added $86.0 million of fixed rate FHLBNY advances, with a weighted average cost of 1.83% and a weighted average term to maturity of 4.5 years. Management also modified $60.0 million of existing putable FHLBNY advances during the December 2010 quarter. These modifications resulted in a 61 basis point reduction in their weighted average cost, as well as a 2.7-year extension in their weighted average term to maturity. Management will continue to assess these funding opportunities in order to help maintain pricing discipline on deposits and to manage the Bank's interest rate risk.

Tangible Capital

Dime continues to grow tangible capital through retained earnings, as reported earnings exceeded the quarterly cash dividend by 126% during the most recent quarter. Tangible book value per share increased $0.21 during the most recent quarter to $8.07 at December 31, 2010. This growth was fueled by a return of approximately 15.3% on average tangible equity during the most recent quarter.

Dime's consolidated tangible capital approximated 7.01% of tangible assets at December 31, 2010, up 11 basis points from September 30, 2010. The Bank's tangible capital ratio approximated 8.22% at December 31, 2010.

OUTLOOK FOR THE QUARTER ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2010

The average cost of deposits decreased to 1.18% during the December 2010 quarter from 1.22% during the September 2010 quarter, as Dime continued to take advantage of its balance sheet liquidity and historically low short-term interest rates. Deposit funding costs should remain near this historically low level at least through the first quarter of 2011.

Amortization rates (including prepayments and loan refinancing activity), which approximated 17% on an annualized basis during the most recent quarter, are expected to remain in the 12% to 18% range during the first quarter of 2011, up from the full year 2010 levels, reflecting the current low interest rate environment. Loans expected to mature or reprice during the year ending December 31, 2011 total $451.5 million, at an average rate of 5.45%. Of this total, $61.0 million are expected to mature or reprice during the March 2011 quarter, at an average rate of 5.14%.

At December 31, 2010, the loan commitment pipeline was approximately $102.6 million, comprised primarily of multifamily residential loans, with an approximate weighted average rate of 4.60%.

On the liability side of the balance sheet the Bank has $666.9 million of CD's maturing during 2011 at an average cost of 1.57%. Of this total, $157.9 million are maturing during the March 2011 quarter, at an average cost of 1.54%. Currently 1-year CD's are priced at approximately 75 basis points. In addition, $105.8 million of FHLB advances with an average cost of 3.68% are scheduled to mature or reprice during 2011. Replacement rates on new advance range from 2.00% to 2.75% for 4- to 5-year maturities.

Operating expenses for the March 2011 quarter are expected to approximate $15.5 million, which is the estimated quarterly run rate for the 2011 year.

Quarterly loan loss provisions were $3.3 million during the December 2010 quarter, $667,000 during the September 2010 quarter, $3.8 million during the June 2010 quarter, and $3.4 million during the March 2010 quarter. Management expects loan loss provisioning over the next several quarters to decline somewhat on a year-over-year basis.

ABOUT DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES

The Company (NASDAQ: DCOM) had $4.04 billion in consolidated assets as of December 31, 2010, and is the parent company of the Bank. The Bank was founded in 1864, is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, and currently has twenty-five 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)


                                    December 31, December 31, September 30,
                                        2010         2009         2010
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
ASSETS:
Cash and due from banks              $    86,193  $    39,338  $    70,761
Investment securities held to
 maturity                                  6,641        7,240        6,639
Investment securities available for
 sale                                     85,642       43,162       64,675
Trading securities                         1,490            -        1,420
Mortgage-backed securities available
 for sale                                144,518      224,773      165,221
Federal funds sold and other
 short-term investments                    4,536        3,785       23,848
Real Estate Loans:
   One-to-four family and
    cooperative apartment                116,886      131,475      119,991
   Multifamily and underlying
    cooperative (1)                    2,497,339    2,377,278    2,456,348
   Commercial real estate (1)            833,314      834,724      823,018
   Construction and land acquisition      15,238       44,544       16,348
   Unearned discounts and net
    deferred loan fees                     5,013        4,017        4,526
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
   Total real estate loans             3,467,790    3,392,038    3,420,231
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
   Other loans                             2,394        3,221        2,327
   Allowance for loan losses             (19,166)     (21,505)     (16,942)
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Total loans, net                       3,451,018    3,373,754    3,405,616
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Loans held for sale                        3,308          416        4,879
Premises and fixed assets, net            31,613       29,841       31,224
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
 capital stock                            51,718       54,083       47,848
Other real estate owned, net                   -          755           85
Goodwill                                  55,638       55,638       55,638
Other assets                             117,980      119,489      118,914
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
TOTAL ASSETS                         $ 4,040,295  $ 3,952,274  $ 3,996,768
                                     ===========  ===========  ===========
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
 EQUITY:
Deposits:
Non-interest bearing checking        $   125,730  $   106,449  $   119,966
Interest Bearing Checking                108,078      114,416      104,705
Savings                                  329,182      302,340      318,239
Money Market                             727,939      708,578      743,305
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
    Sub-total                          1,290,929    1,231,783    1,286,215
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Certificates of deposit                1,059,652      985,053    1,094,451
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Total Due to Depositors                2,350,581    2,216,836    2,380,666
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Escrow and other deposits                 68,542       65,895       91,965
Securities sold under agreements to
 repurchase                              195,000      230,000      195,000
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
 advances                                990,525    1,009,675      904,525
Subordinated Notes Sold                        -       25,000            -
Trust Preferred Notes Payable             70,680       70,680       70,680
Other liabilities                         36,233       39,415       31,470
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                      3,711,561    3,657,501    3,674,306
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Common stock ($0.01 par, 125,000,000
 shares authorized, 51,219,609
 shares and 51,131,784 shares issued at
 December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009,
 respectively and 34,593,180 shares and
 34,395,531 shares outstanding at
 December 31, 2010 and December 31,
 2009, respectively)                         512          511          511
Additional paid-in capital               225,585      214,654      224,239
Retained earnings                        329,668      306,787      323,777
Unallocated common stock of Employee
 Stock Ownership Plan                     (3,470)      (3,701)      (3,528)
Unearned common stock of Restricted
 Stock Awards                             (2,684)      (2,505)      (3,226)
Common stock held by the Benefit
 Maintenance Plan                         (7,979)      (8,007)      (7,979)
Treasury stock (16,626,429 shares
 and 16,736,253 shares at December
 31, 2010, and December 31, 2009,
 respectively)                          (206,546)    (207,884)    (206,259)
Accumulated other comprehensive
 loss, net                                (6,352)      (5,082)      (5,073)
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY               328,734      294,773      322,462
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'
 EQUITY                              $ 4,040,295  $ 3,952,274  $ 3,996,768
                                     ===========  ===========  ===========

(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 upon 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
                                  ----------------------------------------
                                                  September
                                  December 31,      30,       December 31,
                                      2010          2010          2009
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
Interest income:
     Loans secured by real estate $     50,752  $     50,648  $     49,277
     Other loans                            26            28            33
     Mortgage-backed securities          1,621         1,846         2,551
     Investment securities                 268           290           359
     Federal funds sold and
        other short-term
         investments                       857           702           744
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
          Total interest  income        53,524        53,514        52,964
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
Interest expense:
     Deposits  and escrow                7,005         7,383         7,706
     Borrowed funds                     11,385        11,855        13,173
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
         Total interest expense         18,390        19,238        20,879
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
              Net interest income       35,134        34,276        32,085
Provision for loan losses                3,262           667         4,491
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
Net interest income after
   provision for loan losses            31,872        33,609        27,594
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------

Non-interest income:
     Service charges and other
      fees                                 748         1,284         1,091
     Mortgage banking income
      (loss), net                          240           316        (1,708)
     Other than temporary
      impairment ("OTTI")
      charge on securities (1)            (163)       (1,639)       (1,433)
     Gain (loss) on sale of other
      real estate owned and other
      assets                                 9           (10)            -
     Gain (loss) on trading
      securities                            46            86           505
     Other                               1,140         1,031           884
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
          Total non-interest
           income (loss)                 2,020         1,068          (661)
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
Non-interest expense:
     Compensation and benefits           9,300         8,514         8,455
     Occupancy and equipment             2,276         2,190         2,075
     Other                               4,026         4,188         4,206
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
          Total non-interest
           expense                      15,602        14,892        14,736
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------

          Income before taxes           18,290        19,785        12,197
Income tax expense                       7,730         8,430         4,100
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------

Net Income                        $     10,560  $     11,355  $      8,097
                                  ============  ============  ============

Earnings per Share:
  Basic                           $       0.32  $       0.34  $       0.24
                                  ============  ============  ============
  Diluted                         $       0.31  $       0.34  $       0.24
                                  ============  ============  ============

Average common shares outstanding
   for Diluted EPS                  33,538,319    33,394,522    33,143,496


                                     For the Year  Ended
                                  --------------------------
                                  December 31,  December 31,
                                      2010          2009
                                  ------------  ------------
Interest income:
     Loans secured by real estate $    202,591  $    193,689
     Other loans                           123           143
     Mortgage-backed securities          7,820        11,548
     Investment securities               1,277           874
     Federal funds sold and
      other short-term investments       2,983         2,914
                                  ------------  ------------
          Total interest  income       214,794       209,168
                                  ------------  ------------
Interest expense:
     Deposits  and escrow               29,991        42,792
     Borrowed funds                     49,422        54,893
                                  ------------  ------------
         Total interest expense         79,413        97,685
                                  ------------  ------------
              Net interest income      135,381       111,483
Provision for loan losses               11,209        13,152
                                  ------------  ------------
Net interest income after
 provision for loan losses             124,172        98,331
                                  ------------  ------------

Non-interest income:
     Service charges and other
      fees                               3,913         4,209
     Mortgage banking income
      (loss), net                        1,069        (1,774)
     Other than temporary
      impairment ("OTTI")
      charge on securities (1)          (2,475)       (7,915)
     Gain (loss) on sale of other
      real estate owned and other
      assets                               627           339
     Gain (loss) on trading
      securities                           289           505
     Other                               4,632         3,891
                                  ------------  ------------
          Total non-interest
           income (loss)                 8,055          (745)
                                  ------------  ------------
Non-interest expense:
     Compensation and benefits          35,224        31,814
     Occupancy and equipment             9,372         7,878
     Other                              17,381        17,618
                                  ------------  ------------
          Total non-interest
           expense                      61,977        57,310
                                  ------------  ------------

          Income before taxes           70,250        40,276
Income tax expense                      28,861        14,087
                                  ------------  ------------

Net Income                        $     41,389  $     26,189
                                  ============  ============

Earnings per Share:
  Basic                           $       1.24  $       0.79
                                  ============  ============
  Diluted                         $       1.24  $       0.79
                                  ============  ============

Average common shares outstanding
 for Diluted EPS                    33,366,562    33,029,655

(1) Total OTTI charges on securities were $1,858 and $2,980 during the
    three months ended September 30, 2010 and December 30, 2009,
    respectively, and $2,757 and $10,919 during the years ended December
    31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The non-credit component of OTTI
    recognized in accumulated other comprehensive loss was $219 and $1,547
    during the three months ended September  30, 2010 and December 31,
    2009, respectively, and $282 and $3,004 during the years ended
    December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.  There were no non-credit
    OTTI charges recognized during the three months ended December 31,
    2010.




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


                                        For the Three Months  Ended
                                  ----------------------------------------
                                  December 31,  September 30, December 31,
                                      2010          2010          2009
                                  ------------  ------------  ------------
Performance Ratios (Based upon
 Reported Earnings):
Reported EPS (Diluted)            $       0.31  $       0.34  $       0.24
Return on Average Assets                  1.05%         1.11%         0.83%
Return on Average Stockholders'
 Equity                                  12.94%        14.23%        11.07%
Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                    15.29%        16.92%        13.38%
Net Interest Spread                       3.51%         3.44%         3.28%
Net Interest Margin                       3.71%         3.60%         3.48%
Non-interest Expense to Average
 Assets                                   1.55%         1.46%         1.51%
Efficiency Ratio                         41.87%        40.35%        45.55%
Effective Tax Rate                       42.26%        42.61%        33.61%

Book Value and Tangible Book
 Value Per Share:
Stated Book Value Per Share       $       9.50  $       9.33  $       8.57
Tangible Book Value Per Share             8.07          7.86          7.09

Average Balance Data:
Average Assets                    $  4,016,457  $  4,090,033  $  3,902,218
Average Interest Earning Assets      3,789,755     3,806,510     3,685,509
Average Stockholders' Equity           326,529       319,090       292,480
Average Tangible Stockholders'
 Equity                                276,184       268,477       242,071
Average Loans                        3,454,730     3,440,764     3,332,367
Average Deposits                     2,353,411     2,406,853     2,197,708

Asset Quality Summary:
Net charge-offs                   $      1,211  $      6,817  $      2,970
Non-accrual Loans                       20,168        19,598        11,294
Nonperforming Loans/Total Loans           0.58%         0.57%         0.33%
Nonperforming Assets (1)                20,732        20,242        12,737
Nonperforming Assets/Total Assets         0.51%         0.51%         0.32%
Allowance for Loan Loss/Total
 Loans                                    0.55%         0.49%         0.63%
Allowance for Loan
 Loss/Nonperforming Loans                95.03%        86.45%       190.41%
Loans Delinquent 30 to 89 Days at
 period end                       $     21,483  $     15,729  $     29,548

Regulatory Capital Ratios:
Consolidated Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity to
   Tangible Assets at period end          7.01%         6.90%         6.26%
Tangible Capital Ratio (Bank
 Only)                                    8.22%         8.01%         7.59%
Leverage Capital Ratio (Bank
 Only)                                    8.22%         8.01%         7.59%
Risk Based Capital Ratio (Bank
 Only)                                   11.95%        11.07%        11.22%


                                      For the Year Ended
                                  --------------------------
                                   December 31, December 31,
                                      2010          2009
                                  ------------  ------------
Performance Ratios (Based upon
 Reported Earnings):
Reported EPS (Diluted)            $       1.24  $       0.79
Return on Average Assets                  1.01%         0.66%
Return on Average Stockholders'
 Equity                                  13.15%         9.20%
Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                    15.68%        11.08%
Net Interest Spread                       3.34%         2.73%
Net Interest Margin                       3.53%         2.96%
Non-interest Expense to Average
 Assets                                   1.52%         1.44%
Efficiency Ratio                         42.74%        48.65%
Effective Tax Rate                       41.08%        34.98%

Book Value and Tangible Book
 Value Per Share:
Stated Book Value Per Share       $       9.50  $       8.57
Tangible Book Value Per Share             8.07          7.09

Average Balance Data:
Average Assets                    $  4,083,387  $  3,966,441
Average Interest Earning Assets      3,837,007     3,761,865
Average Stockholders' Equity           314,774       284,610
Average Tangible Stockholders'
 Equity                                263,946       236,455
Average Loans                        3,455,649     3,287,445
Average Deposits                     2,357,001     2,268,442

Asset Quality Summary:
Net charge-offs                   $     13,821  $      8,993
Non-accrual Loans                       20,168        11,294
Nonperforming Loans/Total Loans           0.58%         0.33%
Nonperforming Assets (1)                20,732        12,737
Nonperforming Assets/Total Assets         0.51%         0.32%
Allowance for Loan Loss/Total
 Loans                                    0.55%         0.63%
Allowance for Loan
 Loss/Nonperforming Loans                95.03%       190.41%
Loans Delinquent 30 to 89 Days at
 period end                       $     21,483  $     29,548

Regulatory Capital Ratios:
Consolidated Tangible Stockholders'
 Equity to Tangible Assets at
 period end                               7.01%         6.26%
Tangible Capital Ratio (Bank
 Only)                                    8.22%         7.59%
Leverage Capital Ratio (Bank
 Only)                                    8.22%         7.59%
Risk Based Capital Ratio (Bank
 Only)                                   11.95%        11.22%

(1) Amount comprised of total non-accrual 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.



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


                                         For the Three Months Ended
                                  -----------------------------------------
                                              December 31, 2010
                                  ----------------------------------------
                                                                Average
                                    Average                      Yield/
                                    Balance       Interest        Cost
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
Assets:
  Interest-earning assets:
    Real estate loans             $   3,453,522 $     50,752          5.88%
    Other loans                           1,208           26          8.61
    Mortgage-backed securities          148,032        1,621          4.38
    Investment securities                82,288          268          1.30
    Other short-term investments        104,705          857          3.27
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
      Total interest earning
       assets                         3,789,755 $     53,524          5.65%
                                  ------------- ------------
  Non-interest earning assets           226,702
                                  -------------
Total assets                      $   4,016,457
                                  =============

Liabilities and Stockholders'
 Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
    Interest Bearing Checking     $      99,464 $        129          0.51%
    Money Market accounts               727,566        1,202          0.66
    Savings accounts                    321,825          206          0.25
    Certificates of deposit           1,073,640        5,468          2.02
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
          Total interest bearing
           deposits                   2,222,495        7,005          1.25
   Borrowed Funds                     1,194,118       11,385          3.78
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
      Total interest-bearing
       liabilities                    3,416,613 $     18,390          2.14%
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
  Non-interest bearing checking
   accounts                             130,916
  Other non-interest-bearing
   liabilities                          142,399
                                  -------------
      Total liabilities               3,689,928
  Stockholders' equity                  326,529
                                  -------------
Total liabilities and
 stockholders' equity             $   4,016,457
                                  =============
Net interest income                             $     35,134
                                                ============
Net interest spread                                                   3.51%
                                                              ============
Net interest-earning assets       $     373,142
                                  =============
Net interest margin                                                   3.71%
                                                              ============
Ratio of interest-earning assets
 to interest-bearing liabilities                      110.92%
                                                ============

Deposits (including non-interest
 bearing checking accounts)       $   2,353,411 $      7,005          1.18%

Interest earning assets
 (excluding prepayment and other
 fees)                                                                5.56%


                                          For the Three Months Ended
                                  ----------------------------------------
                                              September 30, 2010
                                  ----------------------------------------
                                                                Average
                                    Average                      Yield/
                                    Balance       Interest        Cost
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
Assets:
  Interest-earning assets:
    Real estate loans             $   3,439,448 $     50,648          5.89%
    Other loans                           1,316           28          8.51
    Mortgage-backed securities          166,672        1,846          4.43
    Investment securities                64,325          290          1.80
    Other short-term investments        134,749          702          2.08
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
      Total interest earning
       assets                         3,806,510 $     53,514          5.62%
                                  ------------- ------------
  Non-interest earning assets           283,523
                                  -------------
Total assets                      $   4,090,033
                                  =============

Liabilities and Stockholders'
 Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
    Interest Bearing Checking     $      98,588 $         99          0.40%
    Money Market accounts               760,509        1,221          0.64
    Savings accounts                    317,243          202          0.25
    Certificates of deposit           1,107,791        5,861          2.10
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
          Total interest bearing
           deposits                   2,284,131        7,383          1.28
   Borrowed Funds                     1,213,607       11,855          3.88
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
      Total interest-bearing
       liabilities                    3,497,738 $     19,238          2.18%
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
  Non-interest bearing checking
   accounts                             122,722
  Other non-interest-bearing
   liabilities                          150,483
                                  -------------
      Total liabilities               3,770,943
  Stockholders' equity                  319,090
                                  -------------
Total liabilities and
 stockholders' equity             $   4,090,033
                                  =============
Net interest income                             $     34,276
                                                ============
Net interest spread                                                   3.44%
                                                              ============
Net interest-earning assets       $     308,772
                                  =============
Net interest margin                                                   3.60%
                                                              ============
Ratio of interest-earning assets
 to interest-bearing liabilities                      108.83%
                                                ============

Deposits (including non-interest
 bearing checking accounts)       $   2,406,853 $      7,383          1.22%

Interest earning assets
 (excluding prepayment and other
 fees)                                                                5.54%


                                         For the Three Months Ended
                                  ----------------------------------------
                                             December 31, 2009
                                  ----------------------------------------
                                                                Average
                                    Average                      Yield/
                                    Balance       Interest        Cost
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
Assets:
  Interest-earning assets:
    Real estate loans             $   3,330,848 $     49,277          5.92%
    Other loans                           1,519           33          8.69
    Mortgage-backed securities          226,224        2,551          4.51
    Investment securities                46,329          359          3.10
    Other short-term investments         80,589          744          3.69
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
      Total interest earning
       assets                         3,685,509 $     52,964          5.75%
                                  ------------- ------------
  Non-interest earning assets           216,709
                                  -------------
Total assets                      $   3,902,218
                                  =============

Liabilities and Stockholders'
 Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
    Interest Bearing Checking     $     106,428 $        237          0.88%
    Money Market accounts               713,234        1,651          0.92
    Savings accounts                    298,604          200          0.27
    Certificates of deposit             969,370        5,618          2.30
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
          Total interest bearing
           deposits                   2,087,636        7,706          1.46
   Borrowed Funds                     1,268,568       13,173          4.12
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
      Total interest-bearing
       liabilities                    3,356,204 $     20,879          2.47%
                                  ------------- ------------  ------------
  Non-interest bearing checking
   accounts                             110,072
  Other non-interest-bearing
   liabilities                          143,462
                                  -------------
      Total liabilities               3,609,738
  Stockholders' equity                  292,480
                                  -------------
Total liabilities and
 stockholders' equity             $   3,902,218
                                  =============
Net interest income                             $     32,085
                                                ============
Net interest spread                                                   3.28%
                                                              ============
Net interest-earning assets       $     329,305
                                  =============
Net interest margin                                                   3.48%
                                                              ============
Ratio of interest-earning assets
   to interest-bearing
    liabilities                                       109.81%
                                                ============

Deposits (including non-interest
 bearing checking accounts)       $   2,197,708 $      7,706          1.39%

Interest earning assets
 (excluding prepayment and other
 fees)                                                                5.70%





             DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
      UNAUDITED SCHEDULE OF NON-PERFORMING ASSETS AND TROUBLED DEBT
                              RESTRUCTURINGS
                          (Dollars In thousands)


                                 At December     At September  At December
                                     31,              30,          31,
Non-Performing Loans                2010             2010         2009
                                 -----------      -----------  ------------
   One- to four-family           $       180      $       224  $        371
   Multifamily residential and
    mixed use (1)                      8,654           12,934         7,820
   Commercial real estate (1)         11,274            6,396         3,070
   Cooperative apartment                  43               25            26
   Other                                  17               19             7
                                 -----------      -----------  ------------
Total Non-Performing Loans (2)   $    20,168      $    19,598  $     11,294
                                 -----------      -----------  ------------
Other Non-Performing Assets
   Other real estate owned (3)             -               85           755
   Pooled bank trust preferred
    securities                           564              559           688
                                 -----------      -----------  ------------
Total Non-Performing Assets      $    20,732      $    20,242  $     12,737
                                 -----------      -----------  ------------

Troubled Debt Restructurings not
 included in non-performing
 loans
   Multifamily residential and
    mixed use                          2,098                -             -
   Commercial real estate              8,736
   Construction                            -            6,600             -
   Mixed Use                           1,588            1,040         1,040
   Other                                   -                -             -
                                 -----------      -----------  ------------
Total Troubled Debt
 Restructurings ("TDRs") (1)     $    12,422      $     7,640  $      1,040
                                 -----------      -----------  ------------

(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 upon 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 $10.1 million at December 31, 2010, $3.6 million
    at September 30, 2010 and $4.6 million at December 31, 2009,
    respectively, are included in the non-performing loan table, but
    excluded from the TDR amount shown above.

(3) Amount was fully comprised of multifamily residential loans at both
    September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009.

PROBLEM ASSETS AS A PERCENTAGE OF TANGIBLE CAPITAL AND RESERVES

                                 At December      At September
                                      31,              30,
                                     2010             2010
                                 -----------      -----------
Total Non-Performing Assets      $    20,732      $    20,242
Loans over 90 days past due on
 accrual status                        8,340  (4)           -
                                 -----------      -----------
    PROBLEM ASSETS               $    29,072      $    20,242
                                 -----------      -----------

Tier 1 Capital - Dime Savings
 Bank of Williamsburgh           $   326,554      $   314,587
Allowance for loan losses             19,166           16,942
                                 -----------      -----------
   TANGIBLE CAPITAL PLUS
    RESERVES                     $   345,720      $   331,529
                                 -----------      -----------

PROBLEM ASSETS AS A PERCENTAGE
 OF TANGIBLE CAPITAL AND RESERVES        8.4%             6.1%

(4) These loans are expected to be either satisfied or re-financed during
    2011, and are not expected to result in any loss of contractual
    principal or interest. These loans are not included in non-performing
    loans.

Contact Information

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