SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

April 06, 2011 08:16 ET

Savings and Loans Sector Under Pressure to Maintain Hefty Dividends

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Hudson City Bancorp & New York Community Bancorp

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 6, 2011) - In recent quarters most companies in the Savings and Loans industry have been 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 among these banks, long-term growth worries still loom. Loan growth has steadily declined due to economic uncertainties. As evident from the high unemployment numbers, companies are not hiring at the pace most analysts expected, while capital spending is way down. 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 New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: NYB). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

When Hudson City Bancorp reported a year on year drop in profits in its most recent quarter, the company warned that unemployment and the increased role of government-owned companies in the mortgage market may weigh on its 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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Hudson City Bancorp is known for paying one of the largest dividends in the banking sector. The company currently pays an annual dividend of 60 cents for a yield of around 6.2 percent. Following an announcement from the company last month explaining that it that it had completed a restructuring of its balance sheet in order to lower the company's interest rate risk, there is concern that the bank may be forced to lower its dividend.

HCBK industry peer New York Community Bancorp currently pays an annual dividend of $1.00 for a yield of approximately 5.8 percent.

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