Kearny Financial Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Operating Results

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FAIRFIELD, NJ--(Marketwire -08/03/12)- Kearny Financial Corp. (KRNY) (the "Company"), the holding company of Kearny Federal Savings Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 of $1,198,000 or $0.02 per diluted share.

The results represent a decrease of $194,000 compared to net income of $1,392,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The decrease in net income between linked quarters reflected a decrease in net interest income as well as increases in the provision for loan losses and non-interest expense that were partially offset by an increase in non-interest income. The decline in net income between linked periods also reflected an increase in the provision for income taxes.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, the Company reported net income of $5,078,000 or $0.08 per diluted share representing a decrease of $2,773,000 compared to net income of $7,851,000 or $0.12 per diluted share for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. The decrease in net income reflected increases in the provision for loan losses and losses on sale of real estate owned that were exacerbated by an increase in non-interest expense. These factors were partially offset by increases in net interest income and non-interest income, excluding losses on sale of real estate owned, as well as a decline in the provision for income taxes.

Kearny Federal Savings Bank operates from its administrative headquarters in Fairfield, New Jersey, and 41 retail branch offices located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic and Union Counties, New Jersey, including 14 branches operated under the Central Jersey Bank, a division of Kearny Federal Savings Bank brand. At June 30, 2012, Kearny Financial Corp. had total assets of $2.94 billion which included net loans receivable of $1.27 billion and total investment securities, including mortgage-backed and non-mortgage-backed securities, of $1.28 billion. As of that same date, deposits and borrowings totaled $2.17 billion and $249.8 million, respectively, while stockholders' equity totaled $491.6 million or 16.74% of total assets.

The following is a discussion and tabular presentation of the Company's financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 in comparison to those for the prior linked quarter ended March 31, 2012. Comparative statement of condition information for June 30, 2011 and statement of operations information for the three and twelve months ended June 30, 2011 are also presented in tabular form in the Financial Highlights section at the end of this discussion.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income during the quarter ended June 30, 2012 was $17.5 million, a decrease of $125,000 compared to net interest income of $17.7 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2012. For those same comparative periods, the Company's net interest margin decreased by eight basis points to 2.61% from 2.69%.

The decrease in net interest income between linked quarters resulted from a decrease in interest income that was partially offset by a smaller decline in interest expense. The decrease in interest income between linked periods was primarily attributable to a 14 basis point decline in the average yield on interest-earning assets to 3.59% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 from 3.73% for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The net decline in average yield reflected decreases in the average yield on all categories of interest-earning assets including loans, mortgage-backed securities, non-mortgage-backed securities and other interest-earning assets.

The impact on interest income from the net decline in the average yield on interest-earning assets was partially offset by an overall net increase of $61.1 million in their average balance comprising net increases in the average balance of loans and mortgage-backed securities that were partially offset by declines in the average balance of non-mortgage-backed securities and other interest-earning assets.

As noted, the decrease in net interest income attributable to the decline in interest income between linked quarters was partially offset by a decrease in interest expense between the same comparative periods. The decrease in interest expense between linked quarters was attributable, in part, to a six basis point decline in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities which decreased to 1.17% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 from 1.23% for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The reduction in average cost reflected a decline in the average cost of interest-bearing deposits comprising declines in the average cost of interest-bearing checking accounts and certificates of deposit while the average cost of savings accounts remained unchanged. For those same comparative periods, the average cost of Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") borrowings declined while the average cost of other borrowings, comprised primarily of depositor sweep accounts, remained unchanged.

The impact on interest expense from the decline in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities was partially offset by an increase of $29.1 million in their average balance between linked quarters. The net increase in average balance was attributable to net increases in the average balances of both interest-bearing deposit accounts as well as borrowings. With regard to interest-bearing deposit accounts, average balance increases were reflected in interest-bearing checking and savings accounts that were partially offset by a decline in the average balance of certificates of deposit. The increase in the average balance of borrowings was reflected in the comparatively greater average balances of both FHLB borrowings as well as other borrowings.

Provision for Loan Losses

The provision for loan losses totaled $2,105,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 compared to a provision of $1,257,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The provision in the current period reflected additions to valuation allowances attributable to impairment losses identified on specific impaired loans as well as the effect of the overall increase in the balance of the non-impaired portion of the loan portfolio and changes to the historical and environmental loss factors used to estimate such losses within that portion of the portfolio.

Non-interest Income

Non-interest income, excluding gains and losses on the sale of real estate owned ("REO"), decreased by $289,000 to $1,307,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 from $1,596,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The decline in non-interest income was partly attributable to the absence in the current period of a $245,000 payment received by the Bank during the earlier comparative period from a tenant in return for the discharge of their future obligations under the terms of a commercial lease agreement where the Bank served as lessor. The decrease in non-interest income also reflected an $83,000 decline in the gain on sale of loans to $134,000 from $217,000 between comparative periods. The decrease in loan sale gains was primarily attributable to a decline in the volume of Small Business Administration ("SBA") loan originations sold during the current quarter.

The noted decreases in non-interest income were partially offset by the recognition of $52,000 in gains associated with the sale of securities available for sale during the current period for which no such gains were recognized during the earlier comparative period.

Non-interest income also generally includes gains and losses on sale of REO. For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, net REO sale losses totaled $59,000 compared to $1,214,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 with losses during both comparative periods being primarily attributable to reducing the carrying value of various REO properties to reflect reductions in expected sales prices below the fair values at which the properties were previously being carried.

At June 30, 2012, the Bank held a total of eight REO properties with an aggregate carrying value of $3,811,000. Two properties with aggregate carrying values totaling $2,082,000 are under contract for sale at June 30, 2012 with such values reflecting the net sale proceeds that the Bank expects to receive based upon the terms of those contracts.

Non-interest Expense

Non-interest expense increased by $68,000 to $14.83 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 from $14.76 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The increase in non-interest expense primarily reflected increases in compensation expense, equipment and systems expense, advertising and marketing expense and director compensation expense that were partially offset by declines in premises occupancy expenses, deposit insurance expense and miscellaneous expenses.

The increase in compensation expense primarily reflected increases in salaries and benefits relating to expansion of the commercial lending staff as well as increases in commission expense associated with the resulting growth in commercial loan originations. These increases were partially offset by a decline in Employee Stock Ownership Plan ("ESOP") expense reflecting the comparatively lower average market price for the Company's common shares between comparative periods as well as overall declines in payroll tax expense attributable to reductions in state and federal unemployment and disability employer contributions.

The increase in equipment and systems expenses primarily reflected the absence in the current period of final adjustments to certain estimated expenses relating to the conversion and integration of systems and data acquired from Central Jersey Bancorp, Inc. ("Central Jersey") that had reduced expense during the earlier comparative period.

The remaining increases and decreases in non-interest expense reflected normal operating fluctuations within the noted categories including a reduction in REO expense included in miscellaneous expense and the payment of advisory board fees included in director compensation.

Provision for Income Taxes

The provision for income taxes increased by $19,000 to $661,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 from $642,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The variance in income taxes between comparative quarters was largely attributable to the underlying differences in the taxable portion of pre-tax income between comparative periods.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents, which consist primarily of interest-earning and non-interest-earning deposits in other banks, increased by $43.5 million to $155.6 million at June 30, 2012 from $112.1 million at March 31, 2012.

Notwithstanding the increase in the comparative quarter end balances, the comparable average balance of cash and cash equivalents for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 declined by $21.7 million to $114.0 million compared to $135.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. Management had previously determined that the opportunity cost to earnings of maintaining a higher level of short-term liquid assets to fund its growing loan origination pipeline outweighed the related benefits. Consequently, a portion of the Company's excess liquidity that had accumulated earlier in the fiscal year continued to be deployed into comparatively higher yielding earning assets during the quarter ending June 30, 2012. The Company expects to continue to maintain the average balance of interest-earning cash and equivalents at comparatively lower levels than had been reported during the first two quarters of fiscal 2012. Management will continue to monitor the level of short term, liquid assets in relation to the expected need for such liquidity to fund the Company's strategic initiatives. The Company may alter its liquidity reinvestment strategies based upon the timing and relative success of those initiatives.

Loans Receivable

The outstanding balance of loans receivable at June 30, 2012, excluding deferred fees and costs and the allowance for loan losses, increased by $23.9 million to $1.29 billion from $1.26 billion at March 31, 2012. The overall increase in the loan portfolio during the current quarter reflected an aggregate increase in commercial loans, including non-residential mortgages, multi-family mortgages and commercial business loans, and land loans, of $36.0 million that was partially offset by a net decline in the balance of one-to-four family mortgage loans, comprising residential first mortgages, home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, of $7.9 million. For those same comparative periods, the outstanding balance of construction and consumer loans decreased $3.7 million and $582,000, respectively.

The Company's growing strategic focus in commercial lending -- through which it has increased its commercial loan origination and support staff and expanded relationships with loan participants and other external loan origination resources -- resulted in the reported growth in the commercial loan portfolio. The Company expects to continue expanding its commercial loan origination and acquisition resources in the coming quarters as part of the Bank's ongoing evolution from a traditional thrift institution into a full service community bank.

By contrast, the aggregate decline in the residential mortgage loan portfolio for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 continues to reflect a diminished level of loan demand resulting from a weak economy and declining real estate values exacerbated by aggressive pricing for certain loan products that are available in the marketplace to a reduced number of qualified borrowers.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the balance of the Company's non-performing assets decreased to a total of $37.3 million or 1.27% of total assets and comprised non-performing loans totaling $33.5 million, or 2.61% of total loans, plus eight REO properties totaling $3.8 million. By comparison, at March 31, 2012, non-performing assets totaled $43.5 million or 1.49% of total assets and comprised non-performing loans totaling $38.3 million, or 3.04% of total loans, plus ten REO properties totaling $5.2 million.

The category of non-performing loans generally includes loans reported as "accruing loans over 90 days past due" as well as loans reported as "nonaccrual." At June 30, 2012, the balance of non-performing loans included approximately $691,000 of accruing loans over 90 days past due and $32.8 million of nonaccrual loans. By comparison, at March 31, 2012, the balance of non-performing loans included approximately $3.1 million of accruing loans over 90 days past due and $35.2 million of nonaccrual loans.

Mortgage-backed and Non-mortgage-backed Securities

The aggregate balance of mortgage-backed securities, which are predominantly government agency pass-through certificates and collateralized mortgage obligations, decreased by $58.8 million to $1.23 billion at June 30, 2012 from $1.29 billion at March 31, 2012. The net decrease partly reflected principal repayments and sales, net of premium and discount amortization and accretion, totaling approximately $133.7 million that were partially offset by security purchases totaling $67.8 million and an increase in the unrealized gain within the available for sale portion of the portfolio of approximately $6.9 million to $41.7 million at June 30, 2012 from $34.8 million at March 31, 2012. Securities purchased were predominantly fixed rate, agency pass-through securities with 15-year original terms to maturity. The Bank also purchased a small quantity of 30-year, fixed rate agency pass-through securities that were acquired based upon their Community Reinvestment Act eligibility.

The aggregate balance of non-mortgage backed securities decreased by $384,000 to $47.3 million at June 30, 2012 from $47.6 million at March 31, 2012. The net decrease primarily reflected principal repayments and maturities for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 as well as a net increase of $115,000 in the unrealized loss on available for sale non-mortgage-backed securities to $2.0 million at June 30, 2012 from $1.9 million at March 31, 2012.

Other Assets

The aggregate balance of other assets, including premises and equipment, FHLB stock, interest receivable, goodwill, bank owned life insurance, deferred income taxes and other miscellaneous assets, increased by $20.0 million to $228.8 million at June 30, 2012 from $208.8 million at March 31, 2012. The net increase primarily reflected the Bank's purchase of an additional $23.4 million of bank owned life insurance during the quarter ended June 30, 2012. This increase was partially offset by declines in the balance of real estate owned and income taxes receivable in conjunction with normal fluctuations in the balances of other assets.

Deposits

The balance of total deposits increased by $17.4 million to $2.17 billion at June 30, 2012 from $2.15 billion at March 31, 2012. The net increase in deposit balances reflected an increase in the balance of non-interest bearing deposits of $12.7 million with the remaining $4.7 million increase attributable to the growth in interest-bearing deposits. The increase in interest-bearing deposit accounts reflected growth in interest-bearing checking accounts and savings accounts totaling $7.8 million and $5.1 million, respectively, which was partially offset by a decline in the balance of certificates of deposit of $8.2 million. The decline in balance of certificates of deposit was largely attributable to the Company's active management of deposit pricing during the quarter ended June 30, 2012 to support net interest rate spread and margin which allowed for some degree of controlled outflow of non-core deposits.

Borrowings

The Company reported a net increase in borrowings of $2.2 million to $249.8 million at June 30, 2012 from $247.6 million at March 31, 2012. The reported increase primarily reflected a $2.2 million increase in the balance of outstanding overnight "sweep account" balances linked to customer demand deposits that was partially offset by the scheduled principal repayment of an amortizing advance from the FHLB.

Stockholders' Equity and Capital Management

During the quarter ended June 30, 2012, stockholders' equity increased $5.4 million to $491.6 million from $486.2 million at March 31, 2012. The increase was largely attributable to a $4.1 million net increase in accumulated other comprehensive income primarily reflecting increases in the net unrealized gains in investment securities available for sale. This increase was augmented by net income of $1.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 coupled with a reduction of unearned ESOP shares for plan shares earned during the period. These increases were partially offset by a $335,000 increase in Treasury stock reflecting the Company's repurchase of 35,800 shares of its common stock during the period at an average price of $9.35 per share.

At June 30, 2012, the Company's total equity to asset ratio was 16.74% while the equity to assets ratio of the Bank was 15.99%. As of that same date, the Bank's Tier 1 leverage ratio was 12.06% while its Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio and Total risk-based capital ratio were 24.51% and 25.25%, respectively, far in excess of the levels required by federal banking regulators to be classified "well-capitalized" under regulatory guidelines.

Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to factors discussed in documents filed by Kearny Financial Corp. with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.

 

KEARNY FINANCIAL CORP.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data, Unaudited)

At
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June 30, March 31, June 30,
2012 2012 2011
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Selected Balance Sheet Data:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 155,584 $ 112,132 $ 222,580

Securities available for sale 12,602 12,923 44,673
Securities held to maturity 34,662 34,725 106,467
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Non-mortgage-backed securities 47,264 47,648 151,140

Loans receivable 1,284,236 1,260,600 1,268,351
Allowance for loan losses (10,117) (9,100) (11,767)
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Net loans receivable 1,274,119 1,251,500 1,256,584

Mortgage-backed securities available
for sale 1,230,104 1,288,876 1,060,247
Mortgage-backed securities held to
maturity 1,090 1,161 1,345
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Mortgage-backed securities 1,231,194 1,290,037 1,061,592

Premises & equipment 38,677 39,056 39,556
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 14,142 13,558 13,560
Goodwill 108,591 108,591 108,591
Bank owned life insurance 48,615 25,030 24,470
Other assets 18,820 22,520 26,063
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Total assets $ 2,937,006 $ 2,910,072 $ 2,904,136
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Non-interest bearing deposits $ 165,118 $ 152,468 $ 143,087
Interest-bearing deposits 2,006,679 2,001,949 2,006,266
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Deposits 2,171,797 2,154,417 2,149,353

Federal Home Loan Bank advances 211,232 211,290 211,461
Other borrowings 38,545 36,358 36,181
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Borrowings 249,777 247,648 247,642

Other liabilities 23,815 21,810 19,267
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Total liabilities 2,445,389 2,423,875 2,416,262

Stockholders' equity 491,617 486,197 487,874
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Total liabilities & stockholders'
equity $ 2,937,006 $ 2,910,072 $ 2,904,136
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Consolidated Capital Ratios:
Equity to assets at period end 16.74% 16.71% 16.80%
Tangible equity to tangible assets at
period end (1) 12.87% 12.91% 13.11%

Share Data:
Outstanding shares (in thousands) 66,936 66,972 67,851
Closing price as reported by NASDAQ $ 9.69 $ 9.75 $ 9.11
Equity per share $ 7.34 $ 7.26 $ 7.19
Tangible equity per share (1) $ 5.36 $ 5.34 $ 5.35

Asset Quality Ratios:
Non-performing loans to total loans 2.61% 3.04% 2.76%
Non-performing assets to total assets 1.27% 1.49% 1.46%
Allowance for loan losses to total
loans 0.79% 0.72% 0.93%
Allowance for loan losses to non-
performing loans 30.20% 23.73% 33.65%

(1) Tangible equity equals total stockholders' equity reduced by goodwill,
core deposit intangible assets and accumulated other comprehensive
income.



KEARNY FINANCIAL CORP.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data, Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended For the Year Ended
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June 30, March 31, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
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Summary of
Operations:
Interest income on:
Loans receivable $ 15,467 $ 15,809 $ 17,458 $ 63,960 $ 63,553
Mortgage-backed
securities 8,278 8,242 8,163 32,435 29,972
Non-mortgage-backed
securities 230 278 1,138 1,389 5,942
Other interest-
earning assets 183 205 214 765 909
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Total interest-
earning assets 24,158 24,534 26,973 98,549 100,376
Interest expense on:
Interest-bearing
checking 616 620 899 2,690 3,432
Savings and clubs 325 318 450 1,376 2,162
Certificates of
deposit 3,663 3,915 4,344 16,206 18,319
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Total interest-
bearing deposits 4,604 4,853 5,693 20,272 23,913
Federal Home Loan
Bank advances 1,954 1,961 1,958 7,873 8,097
Other borrowings 55 50 68 224 206
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Total borrowings 2,009 2,011 2,026 8,097 8,303
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Total interest-
bearing
liabilities 6,613 6,864 7,719 28,369 32,216
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Net interest income 17,545 17,670 19,254 70,180 68,160
Provision for loan
losses 2,105 1,257 1,110 5,750 4,628
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Net interest
income after
loan loss
provision 15,440 16,413 18,144 64,430 63,532

Fees and service
charges 576 594 645 2,435 2,027
Gain on securities,
including other-
than-temporary
impairment 52 0 776 47 749
Loss on sale of real
estate owned (59) (1,214) (53) (3,330) (81)
Gain on sale of loans 134 217 491 661 539
Income from bank-
owned life insurance 188 186 181 748 708
Electronic banking
fees and charges 262 224 235 957 724
Miscellaneous 95 375 82 627 181
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Total non-interest
income 1,248 382 2,357 2,145 4,847

Salaries and employee
benefits 8,606 8,538 8,673 33,688 31,105
Net occupancy expense
of premises 1,662 1,685 1,490 6,528 5,527
Equipment and systems 1,761 1,686 1,798 7,190 6,053
Advertising and
marketing 258 220 248 1,100 1,016
Federal deposit
insurance premium 531 569 482 2,082 2,307
Directors'
compensation 186 168 171 678 1,153
Merger-related
expenses 0 0 59 0 3,474
Miscellaneous 1,825 1,895 1,778 7,455 5,607
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Total non-interest
expense 14,829 14,761 14,699 58,721 56,242
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Income before taxes 1,859 2,034 5,802 7,854 12,137
Provision for income
taxes 661 642 1,969 2,776 4,286
Net income $ 1,198 $ 1,392 $ 3,833 $ 5,078 $ 7,851
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Per Share Data:
Net income per share
- basic and diluted $ 0.02 $ 0.02 $ 0.06 $ 0.08 $ 0.12
Weighted average
number of common
shares
outstanding - basic
and diluted (in
thousands) 66,266 66,243 67,107 66,495 67,118
Cash dividends per
share (1) $ 0.00 $ 0.05 $ 0.05 $ 0.15 $ 0.20
Dividend payout ratio
(2) 0.0% 87.2% 20.9% 54.6% 41.0%

(1) Represents dividends declared per common share.
(2) Represents dividends declared, excluding dividends waived by Kearny
MHC, divided by net income.



KEARNY FINANCIAL CORP.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data, Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended For the Year Ended
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June 30, March 31, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
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Average Balances:
Loans receivable $1,268,645 $1,237,570 $1,277,478 $1,250,307 $1,172,576
Mortgage-backed
securities 1,272,021 1,229,908 977,141 1,181,237 853,350
Non-mortgage-
backed securities 49,567 53,338 228,778 74,793 286,022
Other interest-
earning assets 99,494 107,824 165,625 144,527 129,010
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Total
interest-
earning
assets 2,689,727 2,628,640 2,649,022 2,650,864 2,440,958
Non-interest-
earning assets 247,473 259,302 244,672 257,407 238,221
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Total assets $2,937,200 $2,887,942 $2,893,694 $2,908,271 $2,679,179
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Interest-bearing
checking $ 462,769 $ 452,678 $ 445,276 $ 454,166 $ 377,978
Savings and
clubs 429,836 419,257 416,068 414,560 375,767
Certificates of
deposit 1,107,196 1,115,919 1,157,456 1,128,802 1,086,544
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Total
interest-
bearing
deposits 1,999,801 1,987,854 2,018,800 1,997,528 1,840,289
Federal Home Loan
Bank advances 229,669 215,277 211,492 216,835 217,108
Other borrowings 34,167 31,444 35,990 34,024 22,116
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Total borrowings 263,836 246,721 247,482 250,859 239,224
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Total
interest-
bearing
liabilities 2,263,637 2,234,575 2,266,282 2,248,387 2,079,513
Non-interest-
bearing
liabilities 185,706 168,236 148,580 172,638 118,909
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Total
liabilities 2,449,343 2,402,811 2,414,862 2,421,025 2,198,422
Stockholders'
equity 487,857 485,131 478,832 487,246 480,757
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Total
liabilities
and
stockholders'
equity $2,937,200 $2,887,942 $2,893,694 $2,908,271 $2,679,179
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Average interest-
earning assets to
average interest-
bearing liabilities 118.82% 117.63% 116.89% 117.90% 117.38%


KEARNY FINANCIAL CORP.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data, Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended For the Year Ended
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June 30, March 31, June 30, June 30, June 30,
2012 2012 2011 2012 2011
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Performance ratios:
Yield on average:
Loans receivable 4.88% 5.11% 5.47% 5.12% 5.42%
Mortgage-backed
securities 2.60% 2.68% 3.34% 2.75% 3.51%
Non-mortgage-backed
securities 1.85% 2.08% 1.99% 1.86% 2.08%
Other interest-earning
assets 0.74% 0.76% 0.52% 0.53% 0.70%
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Total interest-
earning assets 3.59% 3.73% 4.07% 3.72% 4.11%
Cost of average:
Interest-bearing
checking 0.53% 0.55% 0.81% 0.59% 0.91%
Savings and clubs 0.30% 0.30% 0.43% 0.33% 0.58%
Certificates of deposit 1.32% 1.40% 1.50% 1.44% 1.69%
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Interest-bearing
deposits 0.92% 0.98% 1.13% 1.01% 1.30%
Federal Home Loan Bank
advances 3.40% 3.64% 3.70% 3.63% 3.73%
Other borrowings 0.64% 0.64% 0.76% 0.66% 0.93%
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Total borrowings 3.04% 3.26% 3.28% 3.23% 3.47%
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Total interest-
bearing liabilities 1.17% 1.23% 1.36% 1.26% 1.55%
Net interest rate
spread (1) 2.42% 2.50% 2.71% 2.46% 2.56%
Net interest margin
(2) 2.61% 2.69% 2.91% 2.65% 2.80%

Non-interest income to
average assets 0.17% 0.05% 0.33% 0.07% 0.18%
Non-interest expense
to average assets 2.02% 2.04% 2.03% 2.02% 2.10%

Efficiency ratio 78.91% 81.77% 68.01% 81.19% 77.04%

Return on average
assets 0.16% 0.19% 0.53% 0.17% 0.29%
Return on average
equity 0.98% 1.15% 3.20% 1.04% 1.63%

(1) Interest income divided by average interest-earning assets less
interest expense divided by average interest-bearing liabilities.
(2) Net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.


Contact:
For further information contact:
Eric B. Heyer
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kearny Financial Corp.
(973) 244-4024

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