SOURCE: Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.

October 20, 2005 08:00 ET

Dime Community Bancshares Reports Third Quarter 2005 Earnings

Diluted Earnings per Share of 26 Cents

BROOKLYN, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 20, 2005 -- Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCOM) (the "Company"), the parent company of The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $9.1 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2005, compared to $11.2 million, or 31 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2004 and $7.3 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2005.

The Company incurred a one-time after tax loss of $3.0 million related to the sale of $276 million of investment and mortgage-backed securities during the quarter ended June 30, 2005. This loss reduced diluted earnings per share by 9 cents during the quarter ended June 30, 2005.

Operating earnings (excluding gains or losses on the sale of securities) were $9.1 million, or 26 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2005, compared to $11.2 million, or 31 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2004 and $10.3 million, or 29 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2005.

Third Quarter Highlights

    
--  Real estate loan originations totaled $136.0 million, with an average
    interest rate of 5.84%.
    
--  The loan portfolio grew at an annualized rate of 2%.
    
--  Loan sales to Fannie Mae totaled $25.5 million.  The loans sold had an
    average interest rate of 5.48% and an average term to repricing of 18.0
    years.
    
--  The annualized loan amortization rate increased slightly to 15% from
    14% sequentially.
    
--  Total assets declined by 1.3% sequentially.
    
--  Net interest margin was 2.71%, four basis points lower sequentially.
    
--  Non-interest expense increased 8% sequentially and 2% year-over-year.
    
--  The Company repurchased 239,784 shares into treasury during the
    quarter.
    
--  The Tangible Equity ratio continues to climb, and is now 7.44%.
    
    
Vincent F. Palagiano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The third quarter diluted earnings per share were in line with our expectations. As the policy actions of the Federal Open Market Committee continue to result in both higher short-term interest rates and a flattened yield curve, our decision to shorten the duration of our securities portfolio during the second quarter of 2005 has helped us achieve a greater overall benefit to our asset yields."

"In addition," stated Mr. Palagiano, "our discipline in pricing deposits has helped the overall cost of our deposits significantly lag the upward movement in short-term interest rates, although it has come at a price of reduced deposit balances." Deposits declined by $70.4 million on a linked quarter basis.

For the second consecutive quarter, yields on newly originated real estate loans of 5.84% were above the average portfolio loan yield of 5.64%. This, combined with a reduction in total assets, led to a reduction of only 4 basis points in net interest margin sequentially.

According to Mr. Palagiano, "In fact, year over year, in the face of decidedly higher short term rates and a flattening yield curve, the Company's net interest margin has declined only 21 basis points. These results make us confident that the balance sheet management plan we put into effect four quarters ago was the correct one and will lead to an earlier rebound in earnings when a better environment for balance sheet growth returns."

FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the quarter ended September 30, 2005, the Company's pre-tax income was $14.2 million, compared to $18.0 million in the same quarter of the previous year. This $3.8 million decrease was primarily due to decreases of $3.1 million in net interest income and $460,000 in non-interest income, coupled with an increase of $246,000 in non-interest expense. Average earning assets declined by $202 million year-over-year and the net interest margin contracted 21 basis points from 2.92% during the September 2004 quarter to 2.71% during the September 2005 quarter.

On a linked quarter basis, the Company's pre-tax income (excluding the $5.2 million pre-tax loss on the sale of investment and mortgage-backed securities recorded during the June 2005 quarter) decreased $2.0 million from $16.2 million in the June 2005 quarter, to $14.2 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2005, primarily due to a decline in net interest income of $989,000 and an increase in non-interest expense of $803,000 during the comparative period. Net interest margin declined 4 basis points to 2.71% during the September 2005 quarter from 2.75% in the June 2005 quarter. The decline was tempered by an increase in the average yield on interest earning assets of 14 basis points, reflecting both an increase in yield on the Company's securities portfolio, which continues to remain liquid, along with the movement of a greater percentage of the total interest earning assets into real estate loans, the Company's highest yielding asset. The average yield on real estate loans, the largest component of interest earning assets, remained constant sequentially at 5.64%.

Average deposits per branch approximated $101 million at September 30, 2005, lower than the $112 million average at September 30, 2004 and the $104 million average at June 30, 2005. The loan-to-deposit ratio was 128% at September 30, 2005, compared to 113% at September 30, 2004 and 122% at June 30, 2005. Core deposits comprised 49% of total deposits at September 30, 2005, compared to 59% at September 30, 2004 and 53% at June 30, 2005.

Traditionally, newly originated real estate loans with 5-year or 7-year terms to repricing are 'short funded' with retail deposits. Management believes that an unnecessary element of interest rate risk, and risk to future profitability, is added to the balance sheet by aggressively pursuing loan growth during periods in which short-term interest rates are rising faster than long-term interest rates. Because balance sheet growth has been constrained, the Bank has not aggressively competed for promotional deposits. As a result, promotional rate accounts declined from 29% to 25% of total deposits since September 2004, accounting for almost 70% of the decline in deposits during the nine-month period. Conversely, the Bank has experienced only marginal deposit erosion in its core customer base.

The decline in the proportion of promotional accounts has helped minimize the rise in the overall cost of deposits. While short-term interest rates have increased 200 basis points from October 2004 through September 2005, the average cost of the Bank's deposits has risen only by 41 basis points, from 1.65% during the quarter ended September 30, 2004 to 2.06%, during the quarter ended September 30, 2005. The Company's non-aggressive deposit pricing posture is transitory in nature, likely lasting until the Fed signals that the overnight rate is approaching what it considers to be 'neutral.'

During the first nine months of 2005, the Bank has maintained strict pricing discipline on its promotional and non-promotional money market accounts. As a result, a component of money market deposits has migrated into CDs, as rates on CD accounts become more favorable, causing the erosion in the 'core' deposit ratio.

Non-interest income, excluding gains or losses on the sale of assets, totaled $3.8 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2005, compared to $4.9 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2004 and $4.1 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2005. The variances resulted primarily from prepayment fee income, which totaled $1.3 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2005, $2.4 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2004 and $1.3 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2005. While prepayment fee income is lower than a year ago, the overall level of prepayments and amortization on loans is at the high end of management's forecasted range for 2005 of 12% to 15%.

The Company recorded a net gain of $284,000 on the sale of $25.5 million in loans to Fannie Mae during the quarter ended September 30, 2005. The Company recorded a net loss of $288,000 on the sale of $111.3 million in loans to Fannie Mae during the quarter ended September 30, 2004, and a net gain of $152,000 on the sale of $15.7 million in loans to Fannie Mae during the quarter ended June 30, 2005. The majority of the loans sold during the quarters ended September 30, 2005 and June 30, 2005 were sold on a flow basis. The loan sales during the quarter ended September 30, 2004 were made from the bank's existing loan portfolio, and therefore resulted in a minor net loss being recorded.

There were no gains or losses recorded on sales of securities during the quarter ended September 30, 2005. As mentioned previously, the Company recorded a pre-tax loss of $5.2 million on the sale of $276 million of investment and mortgage-backed securities during the quarter ended June 30, 2005. The Company recorded a loss of $139,000 on the sale of $109.1 million of securities during the quarter ended September 30, 2004.

Non-interest expense totaled $10.7 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2005, an increase of $246,000, or 2%, from the prior year quarter, and an increase of $803,000, or 8%, sequentially. The increase of $246,000 in non-interest expense from the prior year quarter reflected a net increase in salary and benefits expenses partially offset by the cessation of quarterly charges related to the amortization of a core deposit premium paid on an earlier acquisition. The increase of $803,000 in non-interest expense on a linked quarter basis reflected an increase of $427,000 in salary and benefits partially due to the filling of open and new staff and management positions. The additions to staff were made to prepare the Company for future growth. The remaining increase in linked quarter operating expenses resulted primarily from an increase of $249,000 in data systems expense due to the expiration of promotional pricing the Company received during the first six months of operation on its new data system, coupled with a $179,000 non-recurring curtailment credit booked during the June 2005 quarter related to the freezing of benefits on the Company's Outside Director Retirement Plan.

The Company's efficiency ratio for the quarter ended September 30, 2005 was 43.5%, compared to 36.2% in the year ago quarter and 38.2% in the quarter ended June 30, 2005.

The effective tax rate was 35.9% for the quarter ended September 30, 2005 and 33.9% for the quarter ended June 30, 2005. The increase from the previous quarter resulted from the tax impact of the loss recorded from the sale of investment and mortgage-backed securities during the quarter ended June 30, 2005. The effective tax rate is expected to approximate 36.0% for the full year ending December 31, 2005.

Mr. Palagiano concluded, "We continue to successfully navigate through this difficult interest rate environment. We have continued to grow equity and have added to our management group in order to best prepare the Company for future growth, while still generating a return on equity of 12.6%, and a cash return on average tangible equity of 16.1%. While we continue to expect market pressures on both the asset and liability sides of our balance sheet in the upcoming quarters, we remain focused upon generating consistent returns while protecting the long term financial health and integrity of the Company."

The Company's tangible capital ratio has now reached 7.44%, and tangible book value per share is $6.39, an increase of 5% since September 30, 2004. During the same period, the Company repurchased 929,100 shares, or 2.5%, of common stock outstanding since September 30, 2004. The dividend payout ratio was 48% for the quarter ended June 30, 2005.

REAL ESTATE LENDING AND CREDIT QUALITY

Real estate loan originations totaled $136.0 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2005, of which $29.5 million, or 22%, represented pure commercial real estate. The average rate on total loan originations during the quarter was 5.84%, compared to 5.23% in the quarter ended September 30, 2004 and 5.74% realized during the quarter ended June 30, 2005. Pure commercial real estate represented 13.0% of the gross loan portfolio at September 30, 2005, compared with 11.1% as of December 31, 2004. Real estate loan prepayment and amortization during the September 2005 quarter approximated 15% of the loan portfolio on an annualized basis, compared to 21% during the September 2004 quarter and 14% during the June 2005 quarter. The average interest rate on real estate loan prepayment and amortization during the most recent quarter was 6.14%.

For the first nine months of 2005 total real estate loan originations were $430.3 million with an average rate of 5.70%. The real estate loan prepayment and amortization rate was 15% for the first nine months of the year, and the average interest rate on the real estate loan prepayment and amortization during this period was 6.31%.

At September 30, 2005, the multifamily and mixed use loan commitment pipeline approximated $142.3 million, including loan commitments intended for sale to Fannie Mae of $25.6 million. The average rate on the commitment pipeline was 5.88%.

The Bank continued its solid credit quality performance during the most recent quarter. Non-performing loans were $4.6 million at September 30, 2005, representing 0.14% of total assets.

STOCKHOLDERS EQUITY & SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM

The Company's total stockholders' equity at September 30, 2005 was $289.5 million, or 8.96% of total assets, compared to $280.5 million, or 8.21% of total assets at September 30, 2004. Tangible stockholders' equity was $236.4 million at quarter end, equal to 7.44% of tangible assets, compared to $227.4 million, or 6.76% of tangible assets, at September 30, 2004.

During the quarter ended September 30, 2005, the return on average stockholders' equity was 12.6%, the return on tangible equity was 15.5% and the cash return on average tangible equity (which management considers the best measurement of the Company's internal capital generation), was 16.1%.

During the September 2005 quarter, the Company repurchased 239,784 shares of its common stock into treasury. As of September 30, 2005, the Company had an additional 795,972 shares remaining eligible for repurchase under its tenth stock repurchase program, approved in May 2004.

"The Company continues to be a buyer of its own shares," stated Palagiano, "and has both the cash and capital to be opportunistic in the acquisition of additional shares, following the ebbs and flows of the marketplace."

OUTLOOK

Management's expectation is that the Federal Reserve will continue to raise the Fed Funds rate at a measured pace, as it has consistently announced.

The Company has taken significant actions necessary to facilitate future growth, such as bolstering liquidity and increasing capital. However, the current interest rate environment continues to remain an impediment for rapid, large-scale growth. As a result, management will continue to weigh its options and act in a manner it deems most prudent for the long-term benefit of the Company and its shareholders. As we have stated previously, as the Federal Reserve moves closer to a point that it considers Fed Funds to be 'neutral,' and new loan yields provide a reasonable spread over funding costs, the Company will be more inclined to accelerate balance sheet growth. In that regard, the recent rise in intermediate bond yields has been encouraging.

At present, the overall yield on the Company's interest-earning assets is rising, despite the lagging movement of yields on real estate loans compared to general market rates. The average yield on interest earning assets rose on a linked quarter basis, from 5.16% to 5.30%. The Company's decision to liquidate $276 million of mortgage-backed securities in May 2005 and reinvest in overnight funds has helped boost earnings as the Fed has continued to raise the overnight rate since the transaction occurred. From the existing balance sheet, the potential exists to increase interest income by quickly converting that significant balance sheet liquidity into higher yielding real estate loans without the need to grow assets. The average portfolio yield on real estate loans was flat during the most recent quarter at 5.64%, and is expected to increase slowly over the next few quarters. While the Company maintains a large portion of short-term investments, it expects the yield on such investments to continue to rise as short-term interest rates increase.

In the near term, management believes that deposit-funding costs will continue to rise. Although the Company's incurred deposit costs have lagged the increase in short-term interest rates during the past nine months, it has come at the loss of $195 million of deposit funds during the period. The Company expects to stabilize, if not yet grow, deposit balances for the next several quarters, which is likely to cause deposit costs to grow. Even under those conditions, net interest margin is still projected to contract only 3 to 5 basis points for the upcoming fourth quarter.

At 15% this quarter, prepayment and amortization rates continue to be within the range (although at the high end of the range) previously discussed by management, and are expected to remain at or below that level for the balance of the year. There is adequate liquidity to meet projected loan originations based on the current and projected pipeline; and operating expenses are expected to remain around the $10.5 million mark for the fourth quarter. Share repurchases are expected to be in line with recent practices, however the Company is poised to be opportunistic in the purchase of its own shares should conditions warrant. Based on this outlook, the Company now expects fourth quarter earnings per share will be in the range of $0.23 to $0.25.

ABOUT DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES

Dime Community Bancshares, Inc., a unitary thrift holding company, is the parent company of The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, New York, founded in 1864. With $3.23 billion in assets as of September 30, 2005, the Bank has twenty 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.dimedirect.com.

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

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


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

                                      September 30,
                                          2005             December 31,
                                       (Unaudited)            2004
                                       -----------         -----------

ASSETS:
Cash and due from banks                $    29,939         $    26,581
Investment securities
 held to maturity                              520                 585
Investment securities
 available for sale                         55,605              54,840
Mortgage-backed securities
 held to maturity                                -                 465
Mortgage-backed securities
 available for sale                        207,696             519,420
Federal funds sold and
 other short-term assets                   196,702             103,291
Real estate Loans:
   One-to-four family and
    cooperative apartment                  140,887             138,125
   Multi-family and
    underlying cooperative               1,871,455           1,916,118
   Commercial real estate                  539,412             424,060
   Construction and land
    acquisition                              9,836              15,558
   Unearned discounts and
    net deferred loan fees                      20                (463)
                                       -----------         -----------
    Total real estate loans              2,561,610           2,493,398
                                       -----------         -----------
   Other loans                               2,351               2,916
   Allowance for loan losses               (15,462)            (15,543)
                                       -----------         -----------
Total loans, net                         2,548,499           2,480,771
                                       -----------         -----------

Loans held for sale                          5,208               5,491
Premises and fixed assets, net              16,499              16,652
Federal Home Loan Bank of New
 York capital stock                         25,325              25,325
Goodwill                                    55,638              55,638
Other assets                                88,946              88,207
                                       -----------         -----------
TOTAL ASSETS                           $ 3,230,577         $ 3,377,266
                                       ===========         ===========

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Deposits:
Checking and NOW                       $   133,235         $   138,402
Savings                                    343,952             362,656
Money Market                               513,199             749,040
                                       -----------         -----------
    Sub-total                              990,386           1,250,098
                                       -----------         -----------
Certificates of deposit                  1,024,535             959,951
                                       -----------         -----------
Total Due to depositors                  2,014,921           2,210,049
                                       -----------         -----------
Escrow and other deposits                   76,379              48,284
Securities sold under
 agreements to repurchase                  205,520             205,584
Federal Home Loan Bank of
 New York advances                         506,500             506,500
Subordinated Notes Sold                     25,000              25,000
Trust Preferred Notes Payable               72,165              72,165
Other liabilities                           40,619              27,963
                                       -----------         -----------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                        2,941,104           3,095,545
                                       -----------         -----------

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Common stock ($0.01 par,
 125,000,000 shares
 authorized,  50,524,150
 shares and 50,111,988
 shares issued at September
 30, 2005 and December 31,
 2004, respectively, and
 37,026,976 shares and
 37,165,740 shares
 outstanding at September 30,
 2005 and December 31, 2004,
 respectively)                                 505                 501
Additional paid-in capital                 202,923             198,183
Retained earnings                          270,547             258,237
Unallocated common stock
 of Employee Stock
 Ownership Plan                             (4,679)             (4,749)
Unearned common stock of
 Recognition and Retention
 Plan                                       (3,036)             (2,612)
Common stock held by the
 Benefit Maintenance Plan                   (7,941)             (7,348)
Treasury stock (13,497,174  
 shares and 12,946,248 shares
 at September 30, 2005 and
 December 31, 2004,
 respectively)                            (166,018)           (157,263)
Accumulated other
 comprehensive loss, net                    (2,828)             (3,228)
                                       -----------         -----------

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                 289,473             281,721
                                       -----------         -----------

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND
 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                  $ 3,230,577         $ 3,377,266
                                       ===========         ===========


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

                                         For the Three Months Ended
                                 September 30,    June 30,   September 30,
                                      2005          2005         2004
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------

Interest income:
   Loans secured by real estate  $      36,079 $      35,261 $      35,462
   Other loans                              25            27            65
   Mortgage-backed securities            2,010         3,270         5,440
   Investment securities                   601           755           416
   Other                                 2,230         1,887           323
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
      Total interest income             40,945        41,200        41,706
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
Interest expense:
   Deposits  and escrow                 10,690        10,185         9,488
   Borrowed funds                        9,306         9,077         8,165
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
      Total interest expense            19,996        19,262        17,653
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
         Net interest income            20,949        21,938        24,053
Provision for loan losses                   60            60            60
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
Net interest income after
 provision for loan losses              20,889        21,878        23,993
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------

Non-interest income:
   Service charges and other fees        1,561         1,514         1,619
   Net gain (loss) on sales and
    redemptions of assets                  284        (5,024)         (427)
   Prepayment fee income                 1,315         1,338         2,352
   Other                                   878         1,202           954
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
      Total non-interest income
       (loss)                            4,038          (970)        4,498
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
Non-interest expense:
   Compensation and benefits             6,059         5,625         5,675
   Occupancy and equipment               1,389         1,277         1,404
   Core deposit intangible
    amortization                             -             -           206
   Other                                 3,288         3,031         3,205
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
      Total non-interest expense        10,736         9,933        10,490
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------

      Income before taxes               14,191        10,975        18,001
Income tax expense                       5,089         3,717         6,755
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------

Net Income                       $       9,102 $       7,258 $      11,246
                                 ============= ============= =============

Earnings per Share:
   Basic                         $        0.26 $        0.21 $        0.32
                                 ============= ============= =============
   Diluted                       $        0.26 $        0.20 $        0.31
                                 ============= ============= =============

Average common shares
 outstanding for Diluted EPS        35,553,132    35,644,728    35,998,094


                                 For the Nine Months Ended
                                 September 30, September 30,
                                     2005          2004
                                 ------------- -------------


Interest income:
   Loans secured by real estate  $     106,188 $     103,527
   Other loans                              84           188
   Mortgage-backed securities            9,770        16,298
   Investment securities                 1,962         1,103
   Other                                 5,071         1,052
                                 ------------- -------------
      Total interest income            123,075       122,168
                                 ------------- -------------
Interest expense:
   Deposits  and escrow                 30,256        28,734
   Borrowed funds                       26,956        21,391
                                 ------------- -------------
      Total interest expense            57,212        50,125
                                 ------------- -------------
         Net interest income            65,863        72,043
Provision for loan losses                  180           180
                                 ------------- -------------
Net interest income after
 provision for loan losses              65,683        71,863
                                 ------------- -------------

Non-interest income:
   Service charges and other fees        4,483         4,921
   Net gain (loss) on sales and
    redemptions of assets               (4,605)          356
   Prepayment fee income                 4,237         8,730
   Other                                 3,007         2,840
                                 ------------- -------------
      Total non-interest income
       (loss)                            7,122        16,847
                                 ------------- -------------
Non-interest expense:
   Compensation and benefits            17,290        17,570
   Occupancy and equipment               4,002         3,920
   Core deposit intangible
    amortization                            48           618
   Other                                 9,087         9,299
                                 ------------- -------------
      Total non-interest expense        30,427        31,407
                                 ------------- -------------

      Income before taxes               42,378        57,303
Income tax expense                      15,147        21,311
                                 ------------- -------------

Net Income                       $      27,231 $      35,992
                                 ============= =============

Earnings per Share:
   Basic                         $        0.77 $        1.02
                                 ============= =============
   Diluted                       $        0.76 $        0.99
                                 ============= =============

Average common shares
 outstanding for Diluted EPS        35,653,116    36,332,435


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

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

 In addition, Core cash earnings and related data are also "Non-GAAP
Disclosures."  These disclosures present information which management
considers useful to the readers of this report since they present a
measure of the tangible equity generated from operations during each
period presented.  Tangible equity generation is a significant financial
measure since banks are subject to regulatory requirements involving the
maintenance of minimum tangible capital levels.

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


                                       For the Three Months Ended
                                 September 30,   June 30,  September 30,
                                   2005           2005        2004
                                 --------        --------   ---------
Net income as reported           $  9,102        $  7,258   $  11,246
Pre-tax net loss (gain)
 on sale of securities                  -           5,176         139
Tax effect of adjustments               -          (2,143)        (59)
                                 --------        --------   ---------
Core Earnings                    $  9,102        $ 10,291   $  11,326
                                 --------        --------   ---------
Cash Earnings Additions:
Core Deposit Intangible
 Amortization                           -               -         206
Non-cash stock benefit
 plan expense                         359             352         651
                                 --------        --------   ---------
Core Cash Earnings               $  9,461        $ 10,643   $  12,183
                                 --------        --------   ---------

Performance Ratios
 (Based upon Core Cash Earnings):
Core Cash EPS (Diluted)              0.27            0.30        0.34
Core Cash Return on Average Assets   1.17%           1.28%       1.41%
Core Cash Return on Average
 Tangible Stockholders' Equity      16.13%          18.29%      21.82%


                                        For the Nine Months Ended
                                       September 30,    September 30,
                                          2005             2004
                                       ---------        ---------
Net income as reported                 $  27,231        $  35,992
Pre-tax net loss (gain) on
 sale of securities                        5,176             (377)
Tax effect of adjustments                 (2,143)              44
                                       ---------        ---------
Core Earnings                          $  30,264        $  35,659
                                       ---------        ---------
Cash Earnings Additions:
Core Deposit Intangible
 Amortization                                 48              618
Non-cash stock benefit
 plan expense                              1,054            2,131
                                       ---------        ---------
Core Cash Earnings                     $  31,366        $  38,408
                                       ---------        ---------

Performance Ratios
 (Based upon Core Cash Earnings:
Core Cash EPS (Diluted)                     0.88             1.06
Core Cash Return on Average Assets          1.26%            1.54%
Core Cash Return on Average Tangible
 Stockholders' Equity                      18.02%           23.18%


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

                                        For the Three Months Ended
                                  September 30,    June 30,   September 30,
                                      2005           2005          2004
                                 ------------     ----------    -----------
Performance Ratios (Based
 upon Reported Earnings):
   Reported EPS (Diluted)        $       0.26     $      0.20    $    0.31
   Return on Average Assets              1.12%           0.87%        1.30%
   Return on Average
    Stockholders' Equity                12.62%          10.18%       16.41%
   Return on Average
    Tangible Stockholders'
     Equity                             15.52%          12.47%       20.15%
   Net Interest Spread                   2.44%           2.45%        2.72%
   Net Interest Margin                   2.71%           2.75%        2.92%
   Non-interest Expense to
    Average Assets                       1.32%           1.19%        1.22%
   Efficiency Ratio                     43.46%          38.22%       36.20%
   Effective Tax Rate                   35.86%          33.87%       37.53%
Performance Ratios (Based upon
 Core Earnings):
   Core EPS (Diluted)             $      0.26     $      0.29    $    0.31
   Core Return on Average
    Assets                               1.12%           1.23%        1.31%
   Core Return on Average
    Stockholders' Equity                12.62%          14.44%       16.52%
   Core Return on Average
    Tangible Stockholders'
     Equity                             15.52%          17.69%       20.29%
Book Value and Tangible Book Value
 Per Share:
   Stated Book Value Per Share    $      7.82     $      7.74         7.51
   Tangible Book Value Per Share         6.39            6.28         6.09
Average Balance Data:
   Average Assets                 $ 3,247,216    $ 3,335,107   $ 3,448,112
   Average Interest
   Earning Assets                   3,090,823      3,195,935     3,292,610
   Average Stockholders' Equity       288,431        285,103       274,176
   Average Tangible
    Stockholders' Equity              234,560        232,728       223,288
   Average Loans                    2,560,963      2,501,574     2,525,371
   Average Deposits                 2,056,864      2,132,556     2,276,974
Asset Quality Summary:
   Net charge-offs (recoveries)   $        (2)  $        (14)   $        6
   Nonperforming Loans                  4,608          5,025           851
   Nonperforming Loans/
    Total Loans                          0.18%          0.20%         0.03%
   Nonperforming Assets/
    Total Assets                         0.14%          0.15%         0.02%
   Allowance for Loan Loss/
    Total Loans                          0.60%          0.61%         0.61%
   Allowance for Loan Loss/
    Nonperforming Loans                335.55%        309.13%      1807.52%
Regulatory Capital Ratios:
 Consolidated Tangible Equity
  to Tangible Assets at period
  end                                    7.44%          7.24%         6.76%
   Tangible Capital Ratio
    (Bank Only)                          9.20%          8.72%         7.86%
   Leverage Capital Ratio
    (Bank Only)                          9.20%          8.72%         7.86%
   Risk-Based Capital Ratio
    (Bank Only)                         13.84%         13.38%        14.84%


                                          For the Nine Months Ended
                                     September 30,           September 30,
                                          2005                   2004
                                    ---------------         ---------------
Performance Ratios (Based upon
   Reported Earnings):
   Reported EPS (Diluted)              $      0.76          $      0.99
   Return on Average Assets                   1.10%                1.44%
   Return on Average Stockholders'
      Equity                                 12.75%               17.51%
   Return on Average Tangible
      Stockholders' Equity                   15.64%               21.72%
   Net Interest Spread                        2.49%                2.79%
   Net Interest Margin                        2.78%                3.03%
   Non-interest Expense to
      Average Assets                          1.22%                1.26%
   Efficiency Ratio                          39.22%               35.47%
   Effective Tax Rate                        35.74%               37.19%
Performance Ratios
   (Based upon Core Earnings):
   Core EPS (Diluted)                  $      0.85          $      0.98
   Core Return on Average
      Assets   1.22%                          1.43%
   Core Return on Average
      Stockholders' Equity                   14.17%               17.35%
   Core Return on Average
      Tangible Stockholders' Equity          17.39%               21.52%
Book Value and Tangible
   Book Value Per Share:
   Stated Book Value Per Share         $      7.82          $      7.51
   Tangible Book Value Per Share              6.39                 6.09
Average Balance Data:
   Average Assets                      $ 3,313,154          $ 3,330,404
   Average Interest Earning
      Assets                             3,163,811            3,173,196
   Average Stockholders' Equity            284,857              274,033
   Average Tangible Stockholders'
      Equity                               232,098              220,898
   Average Loans                         2,514,698            2,365,129
   Average Deposits                      2,124,448            2,257,155
Asset Quality Summary:
   Net charge-offs (recoveries)        $       (17)         $        73
   Nonperforming Loans                       4,608                  851
   Nonperforming Loans/ Total Loans           0.18%                0.03%
   Nonperforming Assets/Total Assets          0.14%                0.02%
   Allowance for Loan Loss/Total Loans        0.60%                0.61%
   Allowance for Loan Loss/
      Nonperforming Loans                   335.55%             1807.52%
Regulatory Capital Ratios:
   Consolidated Tangible Equity to
      Tangible Assets at period end           7.44%                6.76%
   Tangible Capital Ratio (Bank Only)         9.20%                7.86%
   Leverage Capital Ratio (Bank Only)         9.20%                7.86%
  Risk -Based Capital Ratio
    (Bank Only)                              13.84%               14.84%


                 DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                         ANALYSIS OF NET INTEREST INCOME

                             For the Three Months Ended
                             --------------------------
                                 September 30, 2005
                             --------------------------

                                                     Average
                            Average                   Yield/
                            Balance      Interest      Cost
                        --------------------------------------
                                (Dollars In Thousands)
Assets:
 Interest-earning
 assets:
  Real Estate Loans        $ 2,558,690     $   36,079       5.64%
  Other loans                    2,273             25       4.40
  Mortgage-backed
   securities                  218,204          2,010       3.68
  Investment securities         65,259            601       3.68
  Other short-term
   investments                 246,397          2,230       3.62
                           -----------     ----------     ------
   Total interest
    earning assets           3,090,823     $   40,945       5.30%
                           -----------     ----------     ------
  Non-interest earning
   assets                      156,393
                           -----------
Total assets               $ 3,247,216
                           ===========


Liabilities and
 Stockholders' Equity:
 Interest-bearing
 liabilities:
  NOW, Super Now
   accounts                $    39,728     $      100       1.00%
  Money Market accounts        570,067          2,284       1.59
  Savings accounts             349,384            486       0.55
  Certificates of
   deposit                   1,003,995          7,820       3.09
                           -----------     ----------     ------
   Total interest
    bearing deposits         1,963,174         10,690       2.16
  Borrowed Funds               809,185          9,306       4.56
                           -----------     ----------     ------
   Total interest-
    bearing liabilities      2,772,359         19,996       2.86%
                           -----------     ----------     ------
  Checking accounts             93,690
  Other non-interest-
   bearing liabilities          92,736
      Total liabilities      2,958,785
                           -----------
  Stockholders' equity         288,431
                           -----------

Total liabilities and
 stockholders' equity      $ 3,247,216
                           ===========
Net interest income                        $   20,949
                                           ==========
Net interest spread                                         2.44%
                                                          ======
Net interest-earning
 assets                    $   318,782
                           ===========
Net interest margin                                         2.71%
                                                          ======
Ratio of interest-
 earning assets to
 interest-bearing
 liabilities                                              111.50%
                                                          ======

Average deposits
 (including non-interest
  bearing checking
  accounts)                  2,056,864          10,690    2.06%


                                    For the Three Months Ended
                                    --------------------------
                                           June 30, 2005
                                    --------------------------
                                                             Average
                                 Average                      Yield/
                                 Balance       Interest        Cost
                                --------------------------------------
                                        (Dollars In Thousands)
Assets:
 Interest-earning assets:
  Real Estate Loans             $ 2,499,139     $   35,261       5.64%
  Other loans                         2,436             27       4.43
  Mortgage-backed securities        369,470          3,270       3.54
  Investment securities              90,384            755       3.34
  Other short-term investments      234,506          1,887       3.22
                                -----------     ----------     ------
   Total interest earning
    assets                        3,195,935        $41,200       5.16%
                                -----------     ----------

 Non-interest earning assets        139,172
                                -----------
Total assets                    $ 3,335,107
                                ===========

Liabilities and
 Stockholders' Equity:
 Interest-bearing liabilities:
  NOW, Super Now accounts       $    40,801     $      103       1.01%
  Money Market accounts             670,907          2,869       1.72
  Savings accounts                  358,382            493       0.55
  Certificates of deposit           966,386          6,720       2.79
                                -----------     ----------     ------

   Total interest bearing
    deposits                      2,036,476         10,185       2.01
  Borrowed Funds                    809,248          9,077       4.50
                                -----------     ----------     ------

   Total interest-bearing
    liabilities                   2,845,724         19,262       2.71%
                                -----------     ----------  
  Checking accounts                  96,080
  Other non-interest-
   bearing liabilities              108,200
                                -----------
   Total liabilities              3,050,004
  Stockholders' equity              285,103
                                -----------
Total liabilities and
 stockholders' equity           $ 3,335,107
                                ===========
Net interest income                             $   21,938
                                                ==========

Net interest spread                                              2.45%
                                                               ======
Net interest-earning assets     $   350,211
                                ===========
Net interest margin                                              2.75%
                                                               ======
Ratio of interest-earning
 assets to interest-bearing
 liabilities                                                   112.31%
                                                               ======
Average deposits (including
 non-interest bearing
 checking accounts)               2,132,556         10,185       1.92%


                                         For the Three Months Ended
                                             September 30, 2004
                                 -----------------------------------------
                                                                Average
                                    Average                      Yield/
                                    Balance       Interest        Cost
                                 -----------------------------------------
                                          (Dollars In Thousands)
Assets:
   Interest-earning assets:
      Real Estate Loans          $   2,522,106 $      35,462          5.62%
      Other loans                        3,265            65          7.96
      Mortgage-backed securities       630,131         5,440          3.45
      Investment securities             50,458           416          3.30
      Other short-term
       investments                      86,650           323          1.49
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
         Total interest earning
          assets                     3,292,610 $      41,706          5.07%
                                 ------------- -------------
   Non-interest earning assets         155,502
                                 -------------
Total assets                     $   3,448,112
                                 =============

Liabilities and Stockholders'
 Equity:
  Interest-bearing liabilities:
     NOW, Super Now accounts     $      44,003 $         117          1.05%
     Money Market accounts             827,387         2,985          1.43
     Savings accounts                  368,391           505          0.54
     Certificates of deposit           942,465         5,881          2.48
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
        Total interest bearing
         deposits                    2,182,246         9,488          1.72
     Borrowed Funds                    797,944         8,165          4.06
                                 ------------- ------------- -------------
        Total interest-bearing
         liabilities                 2,980,190        17,653          2.35%
                                 ------------- -------------
    Checking accounts                   94,728
    Other non-interest-bearing
     liabilities                        99,018
                                 -------------
       Total liabilities             3,173,936
    Stockholders' equity               274,176
                                 -------------
Total liabilities and
 stockholders' equity            $   3,448,112
                                 =============
Net interest income                            $      24,053
                                               =============
Net interest spread                                                   2.72%
                                                             =============
Net interest-earning assets      $     312,420
                                 =============
Net interest margin                                                   2.92%
                                                             =============
Ratio of interest-earning assets
 to interest-bearing liabilities                                    110.48%
                                                             =============

Average deposits (including
 non-interest bearing checking
 accounts)                           2,276,974         9,488          1.65%

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kenneth J. Mahon
    Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer
    718-782-6200 extension 8265

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