SOURCE: Stewardship Financial Corporation

August 03, 2009 16:01 ET

Stewardship Financial Corporation Announces Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2009

MIDLAND PARK, NJ--(Marketwire - August 3, 2009) - Stewardship Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: SSFN), the holding company for Atlantic Stewardship Bank, today announced net income for the three months ended June 30, 2009 of $780,000, or $0.12 per diluted common share, as compared to net income of $1.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted common share, for the same three month period in 2008. For the six months ended June 30, 2009, Stewardship Financial Corporation reported net income of $2.0 million, or $0.31 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $2.2 million, or $0.40 per diluted common share for the corresponding six month period in 2008. All per share calculations have been adjusted for a 5% stock dividend paid in November 2008.

In general, operating results continue to be affected by the downturn in the economy. Earnings for both the current three and six month periods were adversely impacted by both an increase in loan loss provision as well as by the FDIC's industry-wide special assessment.

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 the Corporation reported net interest income of $5.8 million and $11.4 million, representing increases of 4.8% and 6.5%, respectively, over the comparable prior year period amounts. Despite the challenging operating environment, net interest spread and margin remained relatively stable. The reported net interest spread and margin for the three months ended June 30, 2009 of 3.45% and 3.89%, respectively, are comparable to the net interest spread and margin of 3.44% and 3.99%, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2008. For the six months ended June 30, 2009, net interest rate spread and margin were 3.44% and 3.88% compared to 3.33% and 3.95%, respectively for the same 2008 period.

As indicated above, the Corporation recorded an increased provision for loan losses of $1.0 million and $1.2 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009, respectively, compared to $260,000 and $360,000, respectively, for the same prior year periods. The addition to reserves was, among other things, attributable to the demanding economic climate and the resulting affect on certain loans and our customers as they manage through a difficult period. Non-performing loans amounted to 3.18% of total assets at June 30, 2009 compared to 1.46% at December 31, 2008. The increase in non-performing loans was due primarily to certain loans which were placed on non-accrual status and/or deemed to be impaired during the three and six months ended June 30, 2009. At June 30, 2009, the total allowance for loan losses amounted to approximately $6.3 million, or an increase to 1.44% of total loans as compared to 1.18% at December 31, 2008.

Paul Van Ostenbridge, Stewardship Financial Corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Like many banks, we have grown our allowance for loan losses as a prudent response to these difficult times and we remain committed to increasing our reserves appropriately. We recognize that during this challenging cycle, it is even more imperative that we proactively monitor and aggressively manage the total loan portfolio. While we believe credit quality currently remains at manageable levels, we have procedures in place to ensure that potential problem loans are identified early with an appropriate action plan put into effect promptly."

At the end of 2008, the Corporation sold its merchant servicing portfolio and, as a result, a decline in both the related noninterest income line and the related noninterest expense line is reflected for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009.

As a result of losses to the FDIC insurance fund from recent bank failures as well as projected bank failures for the remainder of 2009, the FDIC increased its insurance premium rates to all banks in 2009. In addition, the FDIC imposed a 5 basis point special assessment on all banks, based on June 30, 2009 total assets net of Tier 1 capital, payable on September 30, 2009. The Corporation recorded $300,000 of expense for the special assessment during the three months ended June 30, 2009.

When compared to December 31, 2008, total assets grew $27.5 million to $639.3 million at June 30, 2009, or 4.5%. The securities available for sale and held to maturity portfolios together increased $23.6 million, primarily reflecting the investment and leveraging of the $10 million of preferred stock issued under the Capital Purchase Program. The leveraging strategy employed the purchasing of mortgage-backed securities. The principal and interest payments from these securities will be utilized to fund loan originations. While total reported loans receivable were relatively unchanged from December 31, 2008, during the first six months of 2009 the Corporation sold approximately $5.9 million of participations in certain loans to other financial institutions.

Deposit gathering, a core business operation, continued to perform well as evidenced by the growth in deposits during the quarter. At June 30, 2009, deposits totaled $518.5 million compared to $506.5 million at December 31, 2008. During the first six months of 2009 the Corporation paid off the $30.7 million of brokered CDs that existed at December 31, 2008. The mid-February introduction of our new Power Rate checking product was a primary driving force in the growth in deposits. This new account pays a premium rate of interest and refunds ATM fees charged by other financial institutions. In return, the customer has simple monthly qualification factors such as enrolling in online banking with electronic statements and minimum levels of debit card usage.

Total stockholders' equity at June 30, 2009 of $53.2 million includes the increase from the $10 million received on January 30, 2009 under the Capital Purchase Program (CPP). Van Ostenbridge stated, "As a result of the increase in our base of capital, we remain committed to our core banking activities of generating deposits and granting credit-worthy loans to consumers and businesses in our community."

Stewardship Financial Corporation's subsidiary, the Atlantic Stewardship Bank, has 13 banking offices in Midland Park, Hawthorne (2), Montville, North Haledon, Pequannock, Ridgewood, Waldwick, Wayne (3), Westwood and Wyckoff, New Jersey. The bank is known for tithing 10% of its pre-tax profits to Christian and local charities. The Bank's Tithe amounts to $6.3 million in total donations since the program began.

We invite you to visit our website at www.asbnow.com for additional information.

The information disclosed in this document contains certain "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and may be identified by the use of such words as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "should," "plan," "estimate," and "potential." Examples of forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, estimates with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and business of the Corporation that are subject to various factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from these estimates. These factors include: changes in general, economic and market conditions, legislative and regulatory conditions, or the development of an interest rate environment that adversely affects the Corporation's interest rate spread or other income anticipated from operations and investments.

                    Stewardship Financial Corporation
                Selected Consolidated Financial Information
              (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                                 (unaudited)

                                 June 30,  March 31, December 31, June 30,
                                  2009       2009       2008       2008
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------

Selected Financial Condition
 Data:
  Cash and cash equivalents     $  11,401  $  11,820  $  12,814  $  29,633
  Securities available for sale    87,728    106,577     90,023     96,763
  Securities held to maturity      74,756     70,842     48,856     35,889
  FHLB Stock                        2,538      3,032      2,420      2,605
  Loans receivable:
    Loans receivable, gross       440,434    437,196    439,656    439,114
    Allowance for loan losses      (6,342)    (5,324)    (5,166)    (4,768)
    Other, net                       (425)      (405)      (387)      (425)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Loans receivable, net           433,667    431,467    434,103    433,921

  Loans held for sale               6,379      1,968        394      2,072
  Other assets                     22,858     23,310     23,206     23,172
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Total assets                  $ 639,327  $ 649,016  $ 611,816  $ 624,055
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

  Deposits:
  Total deposits                $ 518,500  $ 515,470  $ 506,531  $ 509,885
  Other borrowings                 39,300     50,500     36,900     41,002
  Subordinated debentures           7,217      7,217      7,217      7,217
  Securities sold under
   agreements to repurchase        15,163     15,162     15,160     16,192
  Other liabilities                 5,943      7,087      3,212      8,105
  Stockholders' equity             53,204     53,580     42,796     41,654
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Total liabilities and
   stockholders' equity         $ 639,327  $ 649,016  $ 611,816  $ 624,055
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

  Book value per common share   $    7.83  $    7.90  $    7.70  $    7.48

  Equity to assets                   8.32%      8.26%      6.99%      6.67%

Asset Quality Data:
  Nonaccrual loans              $  11,533  $   6,592  $   4,230  $     451
  Loans past due 90 days or
   more and accruing                    -        414        353        840
  Restructured loans                2,460      2,375      1,855          -
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Total nonperforming loans     $  13,993  $   9,381  $   6,438  $   1,291
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

  Non-performing loans to total
   loans                             3.18%      2.15%      1.46%      0.29%
  Non-performing loans to total
   assets                            2.19%      1.45%      1.05%      0.21%
  Allowance for loan losses to
   nonperforming loans              45.32%     56.75%     80.24%    369.33%
  Allowance for loan losses to
   total gross loans                 1.44%      1.22%      1.18%      1.09%

All share data has been restated to include the effects of a 5% stock
dividend paid in November 2008.




                    Stewardship Financial Corporation
                Selected Consolidated Financial Information
            (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
                               (unaudited)

                                For the three months   For the six months
                                   ended June 30,        ended June 30,
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                  2009       2008       2009       2008
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Selected Operating Data:
  Interest income               $   8,542  $   8,710  $  17,015  $  17,367
  Interest expense                  2,722      3,154      5,597      6,649
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Net interest and dividend
     income                         5,820      5,556     11,418     10,718
  Provision for loan losses         1,025        260      1,175        360
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
  Net interest and dividend
   income after provision for
   loan losses                      4,795      5,296     10,243     10,358
  Non-interest income:
    Fees and service charges          474        402        870        697
    Bank owned life insurance          76         78        159        159
    Gain on sales of mortgage
     loans                             73         54         84        109
    Gain on calls and sales of
     securities                       214         16        253         57
    Merchant processing                 -        361        118        730
    Other                             112        106        172        241
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total non-interest income         949      1,017      1,656      1,993
  Non-interest expenses:
    Salaries and employee
     benefits                       2,077      2,094      4,136      4,110
    Occupancy, net                    473        428        945        877
    Equipment                         253        293        518        566
    Data processing                   277        289        582        597
    FDIC insurance premium            519         73        689        146
    Charitable contributions          120        186        291        348
    Merchant processing                 -        320        108        645
    Other                             965        879      1,823      1,752
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total non-interest expenses     4,684      4,562      9,092      9,041
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Income before income tax expense    1,060      1,751      2,807      3,310
Income tax expense                    280        572        840      1,070
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income                            780      1,179      1,967      2,240
Dividends on preferred stock
 and accretion                        137          -        229          -
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income available to common
 stockholders                   $     643  $   1,179  $   1,738  $   2,240
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Weighted avg. no. of diluted
 common shares                  5,557,890  5,591,485  5,557,556  5,585,834
Diluted earnings per common
 share                          $    0.12  $    0.21  $    0.31  $    0.40

Return on average common equity      4.78%     11.18%      6.78%     10.79%

Return on average assets             0.49%      0.79%      0.62%      0.77%

Yield on average
 interest-earning assets             5.67%      6.21%      5.74%      6.34%
Cost of average
 interest-bearing liabilities        2.22%      2.77%      2.30%      3.01%
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net interest rate spread             3.45%      3.44%      3.44%      3.33%
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Net interest margin                  3.89%      3.99%      3.88%      3.95%

All share data has been restated to include the effects of a 5% stock
dividend paid in November 2008.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Claire M. Chadwick
    SVP and Chief Financial Officer
    630 Godwin Avenue
    Midland Park, NJ 07432
    201-444-7100