SOURCE: VSB Bancorp

January 12, 2011 16:15 ET

VSB Bancorp, Inc. Fourth Quarter 2010 Results of Operations

STATEN ISLAND, NY--(Marketwire - January 12, 2011) - VSB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSBN) reported net income of $479,170 for the fourth quarter of 2010, a decrease of $36,290, or 7.0%, from the fourth quarter of 2009. The following unaudited figures were released today. Pre-tax income was $883,317 in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to $884,953, a decrease of $1,636, or 0.2%, from the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income for the quarter was $479,170, or basic income of $0.27 per common share, compared to net income of $515,460, or $0.29 basic income per common share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2009.

The $36,290 decrease in net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was due to a decrease in net interest income of $75,447, an increase in non-interest expense of $54,531 and an increase in income tax expense of $34,654, partially offset by a decrease in the provision for loan loss of $95,000, and an increase in non-interest income of $33,342. Although the provision for loan loss declined, our allowance for loan losses represented 1.56% of total loans at December 31, 2010, compared to 1.35% at December 31, 2009.

The $75,447 decrease in net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2010 occurred primarily because our interest income decreased by $147,917, while our cost of funds decreased by $72,470. The decline in interest income resulted from a $174,079 decrease in income from investment securities, due to a 54 basis point decrease in yield, coupled with a $1.9 million decrease in average balance between the periods. The decrease in interest income from investment securities was partially offset by a $16,054 increase in interest income from loans. The increase in interest income on loans was due to a $1.1 million increase in the average balance of loans, partially offset by a 6 basis point decrease in average yield from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010. Our non-performing loans increased by $4.7 million from year end 2009 to year end 2010, contributing to the decrease in our average loan yield. We have entered into modified repayment arrangements with two borrowers whose loans comprise 72% of our non-performing loan balance and those borrowers have been paying in accordance with the modified arrangements for more than six consecutive months. We recognize interest income on those loans only when interest is actually paid.

Interest income from other interest earning assets (principally overnight investments) increased by $10,108 due to a $6.3 million increase in average balance and a 7 basis point increase in average yield. Overall, average interest-earning assets increased by $5.5 million from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010.

The most significant component of the decrease in interest expense was a $64,453 decrease in interest on time deposits as the average cost of time deposits declined by 42 basis points due to a continuation of low market interest rates, which have allowed us to renew or replace maturing time deposits at lower costs. Average demand deposits, an interest free source of funds for us to invest, increased by $228,916 from the fourth quarter of 2009, and they represented approximately 33% of average total deposits for the fourth quarter of 2010. Average interest-bearing deposits increased by $3.3 million, resulting in an overall $3.5 million increase in average total deposits from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010.

The average yield on our interest-earning assets declined by 37 basis points, and our average cost of funds declined by 22 basis points. The reduction in the yield on assets was principally due to the 54 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 42 basis point drop in the cost of time deposits.

Our interest rate margin decreased by 24 basis points to 3.85% from 4.09% when comparing the fourth quarter of 2010 to the same quarter in 2009, while our interest rate spread decreased by 15 basis points to 3.60% from 3.75%. Our interest rate spread decreased because the drop in the yield on our interest earning assets was greater than the reduction in the cost of funds, due primarily to the $1.9 million decrease in our investment securities coupled with the associated 54 basis point decrease in average yield. The margin decreased 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. Non-interest bearing deposits also represented a smaller share of total deposits during the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. 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 $33,342 to $626,863 in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the same quarter in 2009.

Comparing the fourth quarter of 2010 with the same quarter in 2009, non-interest expense increased by $54,531. This increase was due to a $64,793 increase in salaries and benefits as a result of new hires, higher benefit costs and normal raises for existing employees and an $18,304 increase in other expenses and a $9,650 increase in director fees. This increase was partially offset by a $19,600 decrease in professional fees, due to the exemption from complying with section 404b of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, and an $18,000 decrease in FDIC and NYSBD assessments due to a lower assessment base.

For the year ended 2010, pre-tax income increased to $3,466,764 compared to $3,312,040 for the year 2009, an increase of $154,724, or 4.7%. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $1,880,629, or basic net income of $1.06 per common share, as compared to net income of $1,822,277, or basic net income of $1.02 per common share, for the year ended December 31, 2009. The $58,352 growth in net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 was attributable principally to a $420,000 reduction in the provision for loan losses, partially offset by a $291,662 increase in non-interest expenses. The increase in non-interest expense was due primarily to a $293,350 increase in salaries and benefits as a result of new hires, higher benefit costs and normal raises and a $49,095 increase in legal expenses due to higher collection costs. This increase was partially offset by a $55,250 decrease in professional fees, due to the exemption from complying with section 404b of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, and a $36,762 decrease in occupancy expenses due to the retirement of certain fixed assets. Income tax expense increased $96,372 due to the $154,724 increase in pre-tax income. The net interest margin decreased by 29 basis points to 3.98% for the year ended December 31, 2010 from 4.27% in the same period in 2009. Average interest earning assets for the year ended December 31, 2010, increased $14.8 million, or 6.8%, from the same period in 2009.

Total assets decreased to $235.3 million at December 31, 2010, a decrease of $1.7 million, or 0.7%, from December 31, 2009. The significant component of this decrease was an $11.0 million decrease in cash and other liquid assets, partially offset by a $7.4 million increase in investment securities and a $2.7 million increase in loans receivable. Total deposits, including escrow deposits, decreased to $207.4 million, a decrease of $3.6 million, or 1.7%. We had a $4.0 million decrease in demand and checking, a $1.5 million decrease jumbo time deposits and a $1.1 million decrease in money market deposits from year end 2009. These decreases were partially offset by increases of $2.6 million in NOW accounts and $495,592 in time deposits. The Bancorp's Tier 1 capital ratio was 10.19% at December 31, 2010.

Raffaele (Ralph) M. Branca, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s President and CEO, stated, "We were able to increase our net income from the prior year in a challenging economy. The low interest rate environment and our decision to increase our liquidity position continue to limit our investment options as well as hamper our earnings. We continue to shift our balance sheet to help mitigate the future rise in interest rates as we expect to see some margin compression when interest rates begin to rise." Joseph J. LiBassi, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s Chairman, stated, "We increased our earnings per common share to $1.06 this year and our book value per share to $14.27. Our ability to generate earnings in these difficult times gave us the flexibility of paying our thirteenth consecutive dividend to our stockholders. Our ROA of 0.78% and our ROE of 7.09% for the fourth quarter of 2010 compares favorably to our peers. We continue to strengthen and increase our customer relationships by delivering the highest quality personal service to the professionals and business owners on Staten Island."

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 $26.0 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
                            December 31, 2010
                                (unaudited)


                                              December 31,   December 31,
                                                  2010           2009
                                              -------------  -------------
Assets:

  Cash and cash equivalents                   $  28,764,987  $  39,716,919
  Investment securities, available for sale     121,307,907    113,912,404
  Loans receivable                               81,538,224     78,834,156
   Allowance for loan loss                       (1,277,220)    (1,063,454)
                                              -------------  -------------
     Loans receivable, net                       80,261,004     77,770,702
  Bank premises and equipment, net                2,732,229      3,204,063
  Accrued interest receivable                       673,967        722,228
  Other assets                                    1,513,605      1,673,556
                                              -------------  -------------
       Total assets                           $ 235,253,699  $ 236,999,872
                                              =============  =============

Liabilities and stockholders' equity:

Liabilities:
 Deposits:
   Demand and checking                        $  66,407,225  $  70,372,448
   NOW                                           35,138,867     32,501,930
   Money market                                  27,057,632     28,124,315
   Savings                                       14,938,440     15,001,936
   Time                                          63,644,963     64,669,128
                                              -------------  -------------
       Total Deposits                           207,187,127    210,669,757
 Escrow deposits                                    219,530        316,329
 Accounts payable and accrued expenses            1,802,186      1,529,837
                                              -------------  -------------
       Total liabilities                        209,208,843    212,515,923
                                              -------------  -------------

Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock, ($.0001 par value, 3,000,000
   shares authorized, 1,989,509 issued,
   1,825,009 outstanding at December 31, 2010
   and 1,945,134 issued, 1,762,191 outstanding
   at December 31, 2009)                                199            195
  Additional paid in capital                      9,249,600      9,317,719
  Retained earnings                              17,563,435     16,112,741
  Treasury stock, at cost (164,500 shares at
   December 31, 2010 and 182,943 at
   December 31, 2009)                            (1,643,797)    (1,840,249)
  Unearned ESOP shares                             (563,594)      (732,672)
  Accumulated other comprehensive gain, net
   of taxes of $1,213,545 and $1,371,416,
   respectively                                   1,439,013      1,626,215
                                              -------------  -------------
       Total stockholders' equity                26,044,856     24,483,949
                                              -------------  -------------
       Total liabilities and stockholders'
        equity                                $ 235,253,699  $ 236,999,872
                                              =============  =============




                            VSB Bancorp, Inc.
                  Consolidated Statements of Operations
                            December 31, 2010
                                (unaudited)

                       Three months  Three months     Year         Year
                           ended        ended        ended        ended
                          Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,     Dec. 31,
                            2010         2009         2010         2009
                        -----------  ------------ -----------  ------------
Interest and dividend
 income:
  Loans receivable      $ 1,466,998  $  1,450,944 $ 5,800,691  $  5,465,368
  Investment securities   1,026,192     1,200,271   4,401,547     5,149,770
  Other interest earning
   assets                    21,525        11,417      61,124        33,050
                        -----------  ------------ -----------  ------------
     Total interest
      income              2,514,715     2,662,632  10,263,362    10,648,188

Interest expense:
  NOW                        37,350        41,947     160,865       142,405
  Money market               56,707        60,367     240,461       246,866
  Savings                    11,878        11,638      47,445        50,145
  Time                      127,949       192,402     572,292       925,793
                        -----------  ------------ -----------  ------------
     Total interest
      expense               233,884       306,354   1,021,063     1,365,209

Net interest income       2,280,831     2,356,278   9,242,299     9,282,979
Provision for loan loss      15,000       110,000     140,000       560,000
                        -----------  ------------ -----------  ------------
     Net interest income
      after provision
      for loan loss       2,265,831     2,246,278   9,102,299     8,722,979

Non-interest income:
  Loan fees                  17,255        24,196      54,493        94,079
  Service charges on
   deposits                 538,949       525,424   2,190,397     2,137,676
  Net rental income          14,791        12,061      55,990        50,110
  Other income               55,868        31,840     185,043       136,992
                        -----------  ------------ -----------  ------------

     Total non-interest
      income                626,863       593,521   2,485,923     2,418,857

Non-interest expenses:
  Salaries and benefits     995,736       930,943   3,968,499     3,675,149
  Occupancy expenses        361,424       357,012   1,445,538     1,482,300
  Legal expense              44,043        43,512     274,267       225,172
  Professional fees          58,000        77,600     252,850       308,100
  Computer expense           65,851        71,410     264,423       279,152
  Director fees              60,600        50,950     239,600       218,225
  FDIC and NYSBD
   assessments               95,000       113,000     399,000       392,000
  Other expenses            328,723       310,419   1,277,281     1,249,698
                        -----------  ------------ -----------  ------------
     Total non-interest
      expenses            2,009,377     1,954,846   8,121,458     7,829,796

       Income before
        income taxes        883,317       884,953   3,466,764     3,312,040
                        -----------  ------------ -----------  ------------

Provision (benefit) for
 income taxes:
  Current                   429,167        89,386   1,670,259     1,373,021
  Deferred                  (25,020)      280,107     (84,124)      116,742
                        -----------  ------------ -----------  ------------
     Total provision
      for income taxes      404,147       369,493   1,586,135     1,489,763

           Net income   $   479,170  $    515,460 $ 1,880,629  $  1,822,277
                        ===========  ============ ===========  ============

Basic income per common
 share                  $      0.27  $       0.29 $      1.06  $       1.02
                        ===========  ============ ===========  ============
Diluted net income per
 share                  $      0.27  $       0.29 $      1.06  $       1.01
                        ===========  ============ ===========  ============
Book value per common
 share                  $     14.27  $      13.89 $     14.27  $      13.89
                        ===========  ============ ===========  ============

Contact Information

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