SOURCE: VSB Bancorp

July 14, 2010 17:04 ET

VSB Bancorp, Inc. Second Quarter 2010 Results of Operations

STATEN ISLAND, NY--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - VSB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSBN) reported net income of $462,376 for the second quarter of 2010, relatively stable compared with the second quarter of 2009. The following unaudited figures were released today. Pre-tax income was $852,349 in the second quarter of 2010, compared to $853,041 for the second quarter of 2009. Net income for the quarter was $462,376, or basic income of $0.26 per common share, compared to a net income of $459,297, or $0.26 basic income per common share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

The modest $3,079 increase in net income for the second quarter of 2010 was due to a decrease in the provision for loan loss of $80,000, an increase in net interest income of $13,887, an increase in non-interest income of $6,428, and a decrease in income tax expense of $3,771. These were partially offset by an increase in non-interest expense of $101,007. Although the provision for loan loss declined, our allowance for loan losses represented 1.57% of total loans at June 30, 2010, compared to 1.35% at December 31, 2009 and 1.34% at June 30, 2009.

The $13,887 increase in net interest income for the second quarter of 2010 occurred primarily because our cost of funds decreased by $68,530, while our interest income decreased by $54,643. The decline in interest income resulted from a $190,635 decrease in income from investment securities, due to a 40 basis point decrease in yield, coupled with a $6.8 million decrease in average balance between the periods. The decrease in interest income from investment securities was partially offset by a $128,002 increase in interest income from loans. The increase in interest income on loans was due to an $8.2 million increase in the average balance of loans and a 4 basis point increase in yield from the second quarter of 2009 to the second quarter of 2010. Our non-performing loans increased by $4.4 million from year end 2009, hampering the increase in our loan yield. We have entered into modified repayment arrangements with two borrowers whose loans comprise 76% of our non-performing loan balance and those borrowers are paying in accordance with the modified arrangements.

Interest income from other interest earning assets (principally overnight investments) increased by $7,990 due to a $14.8 million increase in average balance and a 4 basis point increase in yield. Overall, average interest-earning assets increased by $16.2 million from the second quarter of 2009 to the second quarter of 2010.

The most significant component of the decrease in interest expense was a $72,872 decrease in interest on time deposits as the average cost declined by 51 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 $4.5 million from the second quarter of 2009, representing approximately 32% of average total deposits for the second quarter of 2010. Average interest-bearing deposits increased by $14.0 million, resulting in an overall $18.4 million increase in average total deposits from the second quarter of 2009 to the second quarter of 2010.

The average yield on our interest-earning assets declined by 38 basis points, and our average cost of funds declined by 28 basis points. The reduction in the yield on assets was principally due to the 40 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 51 basis point drop in the cost of time deposits. Our interest rate margin decreased by 22 basis points from 4.21% to 3.99% when comparing the second quarter of 2010 to the same quarter in 2009, while our interest rate spread decreased by 10 basis points from 3.82% to 3.72%. These declines resulted when we were required to reinvest the proceeds from payments on investment securities at lower rates because of the dramatic decline in market interest rates. In addition, our lowest yielding assets, overnight investments, were a larger percentage of the earning asset mix in 2010. 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 $6,428 to $621,511 in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the same quarter in 2009.

Comparing the second quarter of 2010 with the same quarter in 2009, non-interest expense increased by $101,007, totaling $2.1 million for the second quarter of 2010. Non-interest expense increased for various business reasons including new hires, higher employee benefit costs and increased salary due to normal raises, a $23,082 increase in other non-interest expenses due to expenses related to a loan that was in the process of foreclosure and a $27,413 increase in legal expenses because of increased collection costs in the second quarter of 2010.

For the first six months of 2010, pre-tax income increased to $1,649,057 compared to $1,545,865 for the first six months of 2009, an increase of $103,192, or 6.7%. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was $894,598, or basic net income of $0.51 per common share, as compared to a net income of $832,348, or basic net income of $0.46 per common share, for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The $62,250 growth in net income for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was attributable principally to a $265,000 reduction in the provision for loan losses, partially offset by $151,920 increase in non-interest expenses. The increase in non-interest expense of $151,920, was due primarily to an $130,530 increase in salaries and benefits as a result of new hires, higher employee benefit costs and increased salary due to normal raises, a $42,285 increase in legal expenses due to higher collection costs and a $22,000 increase in FDIC and NYSBD assessments. Income tax expense increased $40,942 due to the $103,192 increase in pre-tax income. The net interest margin decreased by 28 basis points from the six months ended June 30, 2010 to 4.04% from 4.32%, in the same period in 2009. Average interest earning assets, for the six months ending June 30, 2010, increased by $17,506,394, or 8.2%, from the same period in 2009.

Total assets increased to $254.0 million at June 30, 2010, an increase of $17.0 million, or 7.2%, from December 31, 2009. The significant components of this increase were a $21.8 million increase in cash and other liquid assets, partially offset by a $1.5 million decrease in loans, net and a $2.6 million decline in investment securities. Total deposits, including escrow deposits, increased to $226.1 million, an increase of $15.1 million, or 7.2%. We had increases of $10.7 million in NOW accounts, $1.8 million increase in demand and checking deposits, $1.2 million in time and jumbo time deposits, $1.0 million in savings deposits, and a $413,890 increase in money market deposits from year end 2009. The Bancorp's Tier 1 capital ratio was 9.88% at June 30, 2010.

Raffaele (Ralph) M. Branca, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s President and CEO, stated, "The second quarter of 2010 has benefited from the improvement in our asset quality as we were able to reduce the provision for loan loss by $80,000 as compared to the second quarter of 2009. We also increased our deposit base by $13.4 million from the end of the first quarter of 2010. The economy has shown recent signs of retraction, which will continue to put pressure on our earnings. Interest rates remain near historic lows, but when they begin to rise, we expect to face additional net interest income pressure as our prime based loan portfolio will behave as a fixed rate portfolio until the prime rate exceeds 6%." Joseph J. LiBassi, VSB Bancorp, Inc.'s Chairman, stated, "We continue to focus on working more effectively so we can restrain the growth of our expenses. We have generated stable earnings and increased our capital base, allowing us to pay our eleventh consecutive dividend to our stockholders. Our ROA of 0.76% and our ROE of 7.19% for the second quarter of 2010 compares favorably to our peers. Our continued focus on delivering the highest quality personal service to the professionals and business owners on Staten Island is a prominent factor in our ability to grow."

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 $25.9 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
                              June 30, 2010
                               (unaudited)

                                                June 30,     December 31,
                                                  2010           2009
                                              -------------  -------------
Assets:

  Cash and cash equivalents                   $  61,468,856  $  39,716,919
  Investment securities, available for sale     111,340,569    113,912,404
  Loans receivable                               77,320,496     78,834,156
  Allowance for loan loss                        (1,214,187)    (1,063,454)
                                              -------------  -------------
    Loans receivable, net                        76,106,309     77,770,702
  Bank premises and equipment, net                2,950,568      3,204,063
  Accrued interest receivable                       619,331        722,228
  Other assets                                    1,477,037      1,673,556
                                              -------------  -------------
      Total assets                            $ 253,962,670  $ 236,999,872
                                              =============  =============

Liabilities and stockholders' equity:

Liabilities:
  Deposits:
    Demand and checking                       $  72,206,755  $  70,372,448
    NOW                                          43,177,680     32,501,930
    Money market                                 28,538,205     28,124,315
    Savings                                      16,021,836     15,001,936
    Time                                         65,874,672     64,669,128
                                              -------------  -------------
       Total Deposits                           225,819,148    210,669,757
 Escrow deposits                                    261,369        316,329
 Accounts payable and accrued expenses            1,960,286      1,529,837
                                              -------------  -------------
     Total liabilities                          228,040,803    212,515,923
                                              -------------  -------------

Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock, ($.0001 par value, 3,000,000
   shares authorized, 1,989,509 issued,
   1,840,700 outstanding at June 30, 2010 and
   1,945,134 issued, 1,762,191 outstanding
   at December 31, 2009)                                199            195
  Additional paid in capital                      9,204,682      9,317,719
  Retained earnings                              16,794,676     16,112,741
  Treasury stock, at cost (148,809 shares at
   June 30, 2010 and 182,943 at
   December 31, 2009)                            (1,461,009)    (1,840,249)
  Unearned ESOP shares                             (648,133)      (732,672)
  Accumulated other comprehensive gain, net
   of taxes of $1,713,160 and $1,371,416,
   respectively                                   2,031,452      1,626,215
                                              -------------  -------------
    Total stockholders' equity                   25,921,867     24,483,949
                                              -------------  -------------
    Total liabilities and stockholders'
     equity                                   $ 253,962,670  $ 236,999,872
                                              =============  =============




                            VSB Bancorp, Inc.
                  Consolidated Statements of Operations
                              June 30, 2010
                               (unaudited)


                        Three months Three months  Six months   Six months
                           ended        ended        ended        ended
                          June 30,     June 30,     June 30,     June 30,
                            2010         2009         2010         2009
                        ------------ -----------  -----------  -----------
Interest and dividend
 income:
  Loans receivable      $  1,451,191 $ 1,323,189  $ 2,841,487  $ 2,653,895
  Investment securities    1,124,032   1,314,667    2,286,254    2,697,286
  Other interest earning
   assets                     13,683       5,693       22,890       10,434
                        ------------ -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total interest
      income               2,588,906   2,643,549    5,150,631    5,361,615

Interest expense:
  NOW                         41,348      35,990       80,600       62,773
  Money market                63,018      62,944      125,504      123,455
  Savings                     12,129      13,219       23,589       26,321
  Time                       147,893     220,765      308,010      531,317
                        ------------ -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total interest
      expense                264,388     332,918      537,703      743,866

Net interest income        2,324,518   2,310,631    4,612,928    4,617,749
Provision for loan loss       20,000     100,000      110,000      375,000
                        ------------ -----------  -----------  -----------
    Net interest income
     after provision
     for loan loss         2,304,518   2,210,631    4,502,928    4,242,749

Non-interest income:
  Loan fees                   16,551      24,773       18,855       50,524
  Service charges on
   deposits                  551,019     538,187    1,091,720    1,084,049
  Net rental income           14,266      12,567       26,249       24,084
  Other income                39,675      39,556       86,361       69,595
                        ------------ -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total non-interest
      income                 621,511     615,083    1,223,185    1,228,252

Non-interest expenses:
  Salaries and benefits      990,642     911,745    1,954,258    1,823,728
  Occupancy expenses         361,606     373,242      725,396      752,323
  Legal expense               87,260      59,847      176,781      134,496
  Professional fees           60,650      75,500      126,850      152,500
  Computer expense            65,597      70,896      132,552      137,696
  Director fees               60,575      60,675      119,525      111,775
  FDIC and NYSBD
   assessments               105,000     101,500      199,000      177,000
  Other expenses             342,350     319,268      642,694      635,618
                        ------------ -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total non-interest
      expenses             2,073,680   1,972,673    4,077,056    3,925,136
       Income before
        income taxes         852,349     853,041    1,649,057    1,545,865
                        ------------ -----------  -----------  -----------
Provision (benefit) for
 income taxes:
  Current                    344,800     450,353      787,110      876,203
  Deferred                    45,173     (56,609)     (32,651)    (162,686)
                        ------------ -----------  -----------  -----------
     Total provision
      for income taxes       389,973     393,744      754,459      713,517
              Net
               income   $    462,376 $   459,297  $   894,598  $   832,348
                        ============ ===========  ===========  ===========

Basic income per common
 share                  $       0.26 $      0.26  $      0.51  $      0.46
                        ============ ===========  ===========  ===========
Diluted net income per
 share                  $       0.26 $      0.25  $      0.51  $      0.46
                        ============ ===========  ===========  ===========
Book value per common
 share                  $      14.08 $     13.20  $     14.08  $     13.20
                        ============ ===========  ===========  ===========

Contact Information

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