SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

May 20, 2011 08:16 ET

Savings and Loans Sector Posts Mixed Growth

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Hudson City Bancorp & Flagstar Bancorp

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 20, 2011) - Companies in the Savings and Loans industry have posted improving numbers of late as most banks are finally setting aside less money to cover loan losses. More thorough and cautious credit checks have led to fewer delinquent loans and greater financial stability. While the improving margins helped narrow losses, long-term growth worries still loom. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Savings & Loans Industry and provides research reports on Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCBK) and Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: FBC). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-05-HCBK

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-05-FBC

Although employment numbers are improving, analysts argue loan demand remains low due to the average American's weaker appetite for debt following the financial crisis. It is believed that many banks will not see much revenue growth because of this, but that instead, declining credit costs will be the primary driver of profits moving forward.

Several Banks in the industry have warned that the increased role of government-owned companies in the mortgage market may weigh on results moving forward. Housing market reform could create opportunities for companies in the savings and loans industry with marginal debt issues. Smaller banks may be able to originate more housing loans as Washington mulls its options regarding government sponsored enterprises.

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In the first quarter Hudson City Bancorp reported a 37 percent year-on-year drop in profits as lower interest and dividend income, and increased non-interest expense hurt bottom line results. Hudson City also declared a quarterly dividend of 8 cents per share -- a 47% decrease from the prior quarter's dividend of 15 cents.

Flagstar Bancorp significantly reduced its net loss from both the prior quarter and the first quarter of 2010 in the most recent quarter. Lower credit costs are a primary reason Flagstar Bancorp saw its operating results improve in the first quarter. Flagstar Bancorp lost $31.7 million, down from $81.9 million the year before.

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