SOURCE: VSB Bancorp

April 13, 2011 16:15 ET

VSB Bancorp, Inc. First Quarter 2011 Results of Operations

STATEN ISLAND, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 13, 2011) - VSB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSBN) reported net income of $431,791 for the first quarter of 2011, relatively stable from the first quarter of 2010. The following unaudited figures were released today. Pre-tax income was $795,965 in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $796,708 for the first quarter of 2010. Net income for the quarter was $431,791, or basic income of $0.24 per common share, compared to a net income of $432,222, or $0.25 basic income per common share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.

The $431 decrease in net income was due to a decrease in net interest income of $37,098 and an increase in non-interest expense of $29,674, partially offset by a decrease in the provision for loan loss of $60,000 and an increase in non-interest income of $6,029.

The $37,098 decrease in net interest income for the first quarter of 2011 occurred primarily because our interest income decreased by $83,743, while our cost of funds decreased by $46,645. The decline in interest income resulted from a $149,670 decrease in income from investment securities, due to a 61 basis point decrease in yield, partially offset by a $2.7 million increase in average balance between the periods. The decrease in interest income from investment securities was partially offset by a $63,996 increase in interest income from loans. The increase in interest income on loans was due to a $2.3 million increase in the average balance of loans and a 4 basis point increase in yield from the first quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2011. A major contributor to the 4 basis point rise in our loan yield was a $2.5 million decrease in our average non-performing loans.

Interest income from other interest earning assets (principally overnight investments) increased by $1,931 due to a 4 basis point increase in yield partially offset by a $2.8 million decrease in average balance. Overall, average interest-earning assets increased by $2.2 million from the first quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2011.

The most significant component of the decrease in interest expense was a $38,611 decrease in interest on time deposits as the average cost declined by 24 basis points due to a continuation of low market interest rates. Average demand deposits, an interest free source of funds for us to invest, was relatively flat from the first quarter of 2010, representing approximately 32% of average total deposits for the first quarter of 2011. Average interest-bearing deposits decreased by $792,014, resulting in an overall $843,474 decrease in average total deposits from the first quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2011.

The average yield on earning assets declined by 22 basis points while the average cost of funds declined by 14 basis points. The reduction in the yield on assets was principally due to the 61 basis point drop in the yield on investment securities, as new securities were purchased at market rates significantly below the rates on securities repaid or matured. The decline in the cost of funds was driven principally by the 24 basis point drop in the cost of time deposits. Our interest rate margin decreased by 13 basis points from 4.09% to 3.96% when comparing the first quarter of 2011 to the same quarter in 2010, while our interest rate spread decreased by 8 basis points from 3.79% to 3.71%. These declines resulted when we were required to reinvest the proceeds from payments on investment securities at lower rates because of the continuation of low market interest rates. The declines were partially offset by the 4 basis point increase in the average yield on loans, our highest earning asset. The margin decreased more than the spread because it reflects the effect of non-interest bearing funding sources such as checking accounts and capital, which are less valuable in lower interest rate environments because they fund interest-earning assets with lower average yields. The interest rate floors on our loans have helped to stabilize interest income from the loan portfolio, but these floors also have the effect of limiting increases in our income as market rates increase until the prime rate rises above 6%. Non-interest income increased by $6,029 to $607,703 in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same quarter in 2010.

Comparing the first quarter of 2011 with the same quarter in 2010, non-interest expense increased by $29,674, totaling $2.0 million for the first quarter of 2011. Non-interest expense increased for various business reasons including $16,387 in higher employee benefit costs and increased salary due to normal raises, a $14,251 increase in professional fees due to increased use of independent contractors and $12,773 increase in occupancy expenses because of the larger amount of snowfall in the first quarter of 2011. The increases were partially offset by the $24,535 decrease in legal fees due to a lower level of collections and a recovery of legal fees previously expensed on an unsecured loan.

Total assets increased to $238.2 million at March 31, 2011, an increase of $2.9 million, or 1.2%, from December 31, 2010. The significant components of this increase were an $8.9 million increase in cash and other liquid assets, partially offset by a $1.7 million decrease in loans, net and a $3.9 million decline in investment securities. Total deposits, including escrow deposits, increased to $210.5 million, an increase of $3.1 million, or 1.5%. We had increases in demand and checking deposits of $4.2 million, $1.0 million in savings deposits, $858,319 in time deposits and $679,458 in money market accounts, partially offset by a decrease in NOW accounts deposits of $3.8 million from year end 2010. The Bancorp's Tier 1 capital ratio was 10.58% at March 31, 2011.

Raffaele (Ralph) M. Branca, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s President and CEO, stated, "The first quarter of 2011 has shown signs of relief from the current economic crisis but the current crisis in the Middle East has sharply increased oil prices, which could slow the recovery and could lead to higher inflation. Through our aggressive efforts to collect and seek positive resolutions on our delinquent loans, we have reduced our non-performing loans by $2.5 million. Once interest rates begin to rise, we expect to face additional interest rate margin pressure as the rates on our prime based loan portfolio probably will not rise until the prime rate exceeds 6%, which would represent a 275 basis point increase from today." Joseph J. LiBassi, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s Chairman, stated, "The current economy presents many challenges, and we are still able to post good earnings and increase capital. We paid our fourteenth consecutive dividend to our stockholders. Our ROA of 0.73% and our ROE of 6.56% for the first quarter of 2011 compare favorably to our peers. Our book value per share stands at $14.32. By delivering the highest quality personal service to the professionals and business owners on Staten Island, we have established Victory as the premier business bank."

VSB Bancorp, Inc. is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. Victory State Bank, a Staten Island based commercial bank, which commenced operations on November 17, 1997. The Bank's initial capitalization of $7.0 million was primarily raised in the Staten Island community. The Bancorp's total equity has increased to $26.1 million primarily through the retention of earnings. The Bank operates five full service locations in Staten Island: the main office in Great Kills, and branches on Forest Avenue (West Brighton), Hyatt Street (St. George), Hylan Boulevard (Dongan Hills) and on Bay Street (Rosebank).

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties may include but are not necessarily limited to adverse changes in local, regional or national economic conditions, fluctuations in market interest rates, changes in laws or government regulations, weaknesses of other financial institutions, changes in customer preferences, and changes in competition within our market area. When used in this release or in any other written or oral statements by the Company or its directors, officers or employees, words or phrases such as "will result in," "management expects that," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimate," "projected," or similar expressions, and other terms used to describe future events, are intended to identify "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("PSLRA"). Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date of the statement. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. This statement is included for the express purpose of protecting the Company under the PSLRA's safe harbor provisions.

                            VSB Bancorp, Inc.
              Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
                              March 31, 2011
                                (unaudited)


                                                March 31,    December 31,
                                                  2011           2010
                                              -------------  -------------
Assets:

  Cash and cash equivalents                   $  37,660,747  $  28,764,987
  Investment securities, available for sale     117,364,785    121,307,907
  Loans receivable                               79,898,528     81,538,224
    Allowance for loan loss                      (1,301,598)    (1,277,220)
                                              -------------  -------------
      Loans receivable, net                      78,596,930     80,261,004
  Bank premises and equipment, net                2,604,130      2,732,229
  Accrued interest receivable                       624,239        673,967
  Other assets                                    1,340,078      1,513,605
                                              -------------  -------------
        Total assets                          $ 238,190,909  $ 235,253,699
                                              =============  =============

Liabilities and stockholders' equity:

Liabilities:
  Deposits:
      Demand and checking                     $  70,621,956  $  66,407,225
      NOW                                        31,369,855     35,138,867
      Money market                               27,737,090     27,057,632
      Savings                                    15,952,574     14,938,440
      Time                                       64,503,282     63,644,963
                                              -------------  -------------
         Total Deposits                         210,184,757    207,187,127
  Escrow deposits                                   320,904        219,530
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses           1,550,376      1,802,186
                                              -------------  -------------
        Total liabilities                       212,056,037    209,208,843
                                              -------------  -------------

Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock, ($.0001 par value, 3,000,000
   shares authorized 1,989,509 issued,
   1,825,009 outstanding at March 31, 2011
   and December 31, 2010)                               199            199
  Additional paid in capital                      9,256,237      9,249,600
  Retained earnings                              17,886,510     17,563,435
  Treasury stock, at cost (164,500 shares at
   March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010)         (1,643,797)    (1,643,797)
  Unearned ESOP shares                             (521,324)      (563,594)
  Accumulated other comprehensive gain, net
   of taxes of $975,759 and $1,213,545,
   respectively                                   1,157,047      1,439,013
                                              -------------  -------------
      Total stockholders' equity                 26,134,872     26,044,856
                                              -------------  -------------
        Total liabilities and stockholders'
         equity                               $ 238,190,909  $ 235,253,699
                                              =============  =============






                            VSB Bancorp, Inc.
                  Consolidated Statements of Operations
                              March 31, 2011
                                (unaudited)


                                             Three months    Three months
                                                ended           ended
                                            March 31, 2011  March 31, 2010
                                            --------------  --------------
Interest and dividend income:
  Loans receivable                          $    1,454,292  $    1,390,296
  Investment securities                          1,012,552       1,162,222
  Other interest earning assets                     11,138           9,207
                                            --------------  --------------
    Total interest income                        2,477,982       2,561,725

Interest expense:
  NOW                                               33,089          39,252
  Money market                                      59,379          62,486
  Savings                                           12,696          11,460
  Time                                             121,506         160,117
                                            --------------  --------------
    Total interest expense                         226,670         273,315
Net interest income                              2,251,312       2,288,410
Provision for loan loss                             30,000          90,000
                                            --------------  --------------
    Net interest income after provision
     for loan loss                               2,221,312       2,198,410
Non-interest income:
  Loan fees                                         27,570           2,304
  Service charges on deposits                      522,237         540,701
  Net rental income                                 11,613          11,983
  Other income                                      46,283          46,686
                                            --------------  --------------
    Total non-interest income                      607,703         601,674
Non-interest expenses:
  Salaries and benefits                            980,003         963,616
  Occupancy expenses                               376,563         363,790
  Legal expense                                     64,986          89,521
  Professional fees                                 80,451          66,200
  Computer expense                                  65,322          66,955
  Director fees                                     62,450          58,950
  FDIC and NYSBD assessments                        94,000          94,000
  Other expenses                                   309,275         300,344
                                            --------------  --------------
    Total non-interest expenses                  2,033,050       2,003,376

      Income before income taxes                   795,965         796,708
                                            --------------  --------------
Provision (benefit) for income taxes:
  Current                                          414,690         442,310
  Deferred                                         (50,516)        (77,824)
                                            --------------  --------------
    Total provision for income taxes               364,174         364,486

        Net income                          $      431,791  $      432,222
                                            ==============  ==============

Basic income per common share               $         0.24  $         0.25
                                            ==============  ==============

Diluted net income per share                $         0.24  $         0.25
                                            ==============  ==============

Book value per common share                 $        14.32  $        14.22
                                            ==============  ==============

Contact Information

  • Contact Name:
    Ralph M. Branca
    President & CEO
    (718) 979-1100