Kearny Financial Corp. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Operating Results

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FAIRFIELD, NJ--(Marketwired - May 1, 2014) - Kearny Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: KRNY) (the "Company"), the holding company of Kearny Federal Savings Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 of $1,786,000 or $0.03 per basic and diluted share.

The results represent a decrease of $1,201,000 compared to net income of $2,987,000, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, for the prior quarter ended December 31, 2013. The decrease in net income between linked quarters reflected increases in non-interest expense and the provision for loan losses that were partially offset by increases in net interest income and non-interest income. These factors contributed to an overall decrease in pre-tax net income and the provision for income taxes.

As discussed in greater detail below, the noted increase in non-interest expense largely reflected the recognition of non-recurring costs associated with the conversion of the Company's primary core processing and related customer-facing systems to more robust platforms provided by Fiserv, Inc. ("Fiserv") during the current quarter. The increase in non-interest expense also reflected the recognition of certain non-recurring, merger-related expenses relating to the Company's pending acquisition of Atlas Bank, as previously announced. A portion of these non-recurring costs were offset by security sale gains which contributed to the noted increase in non-interest income during the period.

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 March 31, 2014, Kearny Financial Corp. had total assets of $3.37 billion which included net loans receivable of $1.64 billion and total investment securities, including mortgage-backed and non-mortgage-backed securities, of $1.31 billion. As of that same date, deposits and borrowings totaled $2.40 billion and $481.2 million, respectively, while stockholders' equity totaled $471.5 million or 13.99% of total assets.

The following is a discussion and tabular presentation of the Company's financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 in comparison to those for the prior linked quarter ended December 31, 2013. Comparative statement of condition information for June 30, 2013 and statement of operations information for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2013 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 March 31, 2014 was $18.5 million which was substantially unchanged from that reported for the prior quarter ended December 31, 2013. For those same comparative periods, the Company's net interest margin decreased by four basis points to 2.42% from 2.46%.

The consistency in net interest income between linked quarters reflected the largely offsetting effects of the increases in interest income and interest expense during the period. The increase in interest income between linked periods was primarily attributable to a $43.5 million increase in the average balance of interest-earning assets to $3.05 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $3.01 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The overall increase in the average balance primarily reflected increases in the average balances of loans and non-mortgage-backed securities that were partially offset by decreases in the average balances of mortgage-backed securities and other interest-earning assets.

The increase in interest income attributable to the growth in interest-earning assets was partially offset by a four basis point decrease in their average yield to 3.14% for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from 3.18% for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The net decrease in average yield primarily reflected declines in the average yield on loans and mortgage-backed securities that were partially offset by an increase in the average yield on other interest-earning assets. The decline in the average yield on loans reflected the combined effects of the repayment of higher yielding loans and the origination of new loans at comparatively lower yields reflecting current market conditions. Similarly, the decrease in the yield on mortgage-backed securities largely reflected the sale and repayment of higher yielding securities within the portfolio coupled with the purchase of securities at comparatively lower yields. The change in the average yield on earning assets also reflected a less noteworthy decline in the average yield of non-mortgage-backed securities while the average yield on other interest-earning assets increased between comparative periods due largely to an increase in the dividend yield on the Bank's investment in Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock during the current quarter.

As noted, the increase in interest income between linked quarters was substantially offset by a similar increase in interest expense between the same comparative periods. The increase in interest expense between linked quarters was largely attributable to a $41.4 million increase in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities to $2.62 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $2.57 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The increase in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities reflected increases across all categories of interest-bearing deposits including interest-bearing checking accounts, savings and club accounts and certificates of deposit. Those increases were augmented by a net increase in the average balance of borrowings reflecting an increase in the average balance of FHLB advances that was partially offset by a decline in the average balance of depositor sweep accounts. 

The increase in interest expense attributable to the increase in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities was partially offset by a one basis point decline in their average cost to 0.84% from 0.85% for the same comparative quarters. The decline in average cost reflected nominal decreases in the average cost of both interest-bearing deposits and borrowings between comparative periods.

Provision for Loan Losses

The provision for loan losses increased by $321,000 to $880,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $559,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The expense in the current period partly reflected a larger provision attributable to comparatively greater net growth in the balance of the non-impaired portion of the loan portfolio which is evaluated collectively for impairment using historical and environmental loss factors. Such factors were updated during the current quarter in accordance with the Bank's allowance for loan loss calculation methodology. The increase in the provision also reflected a greater level of specific losses recognized on nonperforming loans individually reviewed for impairment.

Non-interest Income

Non-interest income, excluding gains and losses on the sale of securities and real estate owned ("REO"), decreased by $77,000 to $1,626,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $1,703,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The net decrease in non-interest income partly reflected a decline in deposit-related fees and charges, including those relating to electronic banking services. The decline in such fees and charges partly reflected seasonal fluctuations in ATM-related fees and charges. However, the decline also reflected the Bank's temporary waiver of certain deposit-related fees and charges to support its customer service objectives throughout the core processing system conversion completed during the current quarter. The noted decrease in non-interest income also reflected a decline in the aggregate yield earned on the Company's investment in bank-owned life insurance resulting from the sustained decrease in market interest rates and the resulting effect on policy yields when periodically reset.

The decrease in non-interest income was partially offset by the recognition of gains from the sale of the guaranteed portion of Small Business Administration ("SBA") loans for which no such gains were recognized during the earlier comparative period. The Company continues to evaluate strategies to increase the origination and sales volume of SBA loans and expects such volumes to increase in the coming quarters.

In addition to the items noted above, the Company also recognized net gains of $830,000 attributable to the sale of $33.3 million in mortgage-backed securities during the current quarter. A portion of the funds resulting from such sales were redeployed into new commercial loan originations during the current quarter while the remainder was reinvested into comparatively shorter-duration investment securities to support the Company's overall interest rate risk management objectives. By comparison, during the prior quarter ended on December 31, 2013, security sale gains totaled $226,000 which resulted from the sale of $107.5 million in securities.

Finally, the Company recognized $71,000 in losses during the current quarter attributable to the sale of two foreclosed properties previously held in REO for which no such losses were recognized during the earlier comparative quarter.

Non-interest Expense

Non-interest expense increased by $1,958,000 to $17.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $15.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Noteworthy increases in non-interest expense were reported in salaries and employee benefits expense, premises occupancy expense, equipment and systems expense and merger-related expenses. Such increases were partially offset by a decrease in miscellaneous expense.

The reported increase in salaries and employee benefit expense largely reflected increases in wages and salaries and payroll tax expenses that went into effect during the first quarter of calendar 2014. The increase in compensation-related expenses also reflected an increase in ESOP expense attributable to the recent increase in the Company's share value during the current quarter.

The reported increase in premises occupancy expense was largely attributable to an increase in facility repairs and maintenance costs arising from seasonal fluctuations in such expenses including, most notably, a significant increase in snow removal expenses across the Company's retail branch and administrative headquarters locations during the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

As noted earlier, the Company completed the conversion of its primary core processing and related customer-facing systems to more robust platforms provided by Fiserv during the current quarter. The Company now utilizes Fiserv as its primary source of internal and customer-facing technology solutions including, but not limited to, core and item processing, Internet banking and electronic bill payment, and ATM/debit card management and processing. Fiserv also provides the Company with technology solutions supporting data communications, electronic document management, data warehouse and financial accounting and reporting.

The noted increase in equipment and systems expense was largely attributable to the recognition of certain non-recurring expenses supporting the Company's conversion to Fiserv systems. Such non-recurring expenses totaled approximately $1.1 million and $1.3 million during the three-month and nine-month periods ended March 31, 2014, respectively.

In addition to the equipment and systems expenses noted above, the Company estimates that an additional $82,000 and $118,000 of non-recurring conversion-related costs were also included in miscellaneous expenses during the three-month and nine-month periods ended March 31, 2014, respectively. Such charges included, but were not limited to, consulting and training expenses as well as travel and lodging charges that were directly attributable to the conversion.

The Company expects to implement several additional technology-based systems available through its master service agreement with Fiserv over the next several quarters. For example, the Company intends to enhance and expand its service offerings to include Fiserv's mobile banking, person-to-person payments and online account opening systems. The Company also intends to implement additional "back-office" systems supporting loan underwriting, credit risk analysis and loan administration as well as financial systems supporting corporate budgeting, forecasting and profitability analysis.

The Company expects to recognize a reduced level of non-recurring technology-related expenditures relating to the implementation of these additional technologies over the next several quarters. Upon completing all applicable system conversions and integrations with Fiserv, the Company anticipates that its recurring technology service provider expenses will be reduced by approximately $1.0 million per year compared to "pre-conversion" levels. Such anticipated cost savings are based upon the current composition and transactional characteristics of the Company's customer account base and may vary over time based upon changes to those factors.

In addition to the non-recurring expenses associated with the Fiserv conversion noted above, the Company recognized an additional $190,000 of non-recurring, merger-related expenses during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 attributable to its upcoming acquisition of Atlas Bank ("Atlas"). As announced earlier, the Company has executed a merger agreement with Atlas pursuant to which Atlas will merge with and into the Bank. Atlas is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York and had approximately $116.2 million in total assets at March 31, 2014. The acquisition will add Atlas's branch offices located in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York to Kearny's 41 branch network located throughout northern and central New Jersey. Atlas's branch offices are expected to operate under the name, "Atlas Bank, a division of Kearny Federal Savings Bank," for a period of at least one year following the merger. 

Under the terms of the merger agreement, depositors of Atlas will become depositors of the Bank and will have the same rights and privileges in Kearny MHC, the mutual holding company parent of the Company, as if their accounts had been established at the Bank on the date they were originally established at Atlas. As part of the transaction, the Company will issue additional shares of its common stock to Kearny MHC in an amount equal to the fair value of Atlas as determined by an independent appraiser. These shares are expected to be issued immediately prior to the completion of the merger.

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2014 or the subsequent quarter ending September 30, 2014 subject to certain conditions, including approval by Atlas's depositors and customary regulatory approvals.

Finally, the increases in non-interest expense discussed above were partially offset by a decline in miscellaneous expense between linked quarters. The net decline reflected a variety of offsetting variances across several categories of miscellaneous expense -- the most noteworthy being a decline in legal and consulting services expenses arising from reduced utilization of such professional services compared to the earlier quarter.

Provision for Income Taxes

The provision for income taxes decreased by $616,000 to $685,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 from $1.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. 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, decreased by $17.9 million to $135.4 million at March 31, 2014 from $153.3 million at December 31, 2013. The decrease in the balance of cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2014 partly reflected the deployment of excess liquidity held at the close of the prior quarter to fund certain loan commitments that closed during the opening weeks of the current quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Notwithstanding day-to-day fluctuations in cash and cash equivalents, the Company has generally sought to maintain lower levels of cash and cash equivalents during the current fiscal year to reduce the opportunity cost of excess liquidity. Management continues 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 -- particularly those relating to the expansion of its commercial lending functions. 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, excluding deferred fees and costs and the allowance for loan losses, increased by $96.3 million to $1.65 billion at March 31, 2014 from $1.56 billion at December 31, 2013. 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, commercial business loans and land loans, of $87.8 million. The increase in commercial loans was augmented by an increase in the balance of one-to-four family mortgage loans, comprising residential first mortgages, home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, of $8.2 million. For those same comparative periods, the outstanding balance of construction loans decreased $428,000 while consumer loans increased $621,000.

The Company's 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 -- continues to support the loan-related goals and objectives outlined in its business plan. Over the past twelve months, the commercial loan portfolio has grown by approximately $312.3 million or 44.4% to $1.02 billion or 61.5% of total loans at March 31, 2014 compared to $703.5 million or 52.4% of total loans at March 31, 2013. The Company's commercial loan origination and closing volume has increased significantly during the current fiscal year due to the combined effects of its expanded commercial loan origination and acquisition resources and its attractive term and pricing strategies for high quality loans. While the rate of commercial loan growth is expected to slow during the fourth quarter ending June 30, 2014, loan origination volume is generally expected to remain robust over the next several quarters. Toward that end, the Company expects to continue expanding its commercial lending resources during that time with an increased emphasis on its commercial business lending activities to further support the Bank's ongoing evolution from a traditional thrift institution into a full service community bank.

By comparison, over the same twelve-month period noted above, the residential mortgage loan portfolio, including first mortgage loans, home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, has grown by approximately $3.2 million or less than one percent to $623.7 million or 37.8% of total loans at March 31, 2014 compared to $620.4 million or 46.2% of total loans at March 31, 2013. The overall stability in the outstanding balance of the residential mortgage loan portfolio -- and, more significantly, its decline as a percentage of total loans -- continues to reflect the Company's diminished strategic focus on residential mortgage lending coupled with the reduced level of "new purchase" loan demand resulting from a weak economy and lower real estate values.

At March 31, 2014, the balance of the Company's non-performing assets totaled $29.1 million or 0.86% of total assets and comprised non-performing loans totaling $27.4 million, or 1.66% of total loans, plus eight REO properties totaling $1.6 million. By comparison, at December 31, 2013, the balance of the Company's non-performing assets totaled $28.3 million or 0.87% of total assets and comprised non-performing loans totaling $25.9 million, or 1.67% of total loans, plus ten REO properties totaling $2.4 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 March 31, 2014, the balance of non-performing loans included approximately $952,000 of accruing loans over 90 days past due and $26.5 million of nonaccrual loans. By comparison, at December 31, 2013, the balance of non-performing loans included approximately $522,000 of accruing loans over 90 days past due and $25.4 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 $22.4 million to $742.3 million at March 31, 2014 from $764.7 million at December 31, 2013. The net decrease in the portfolio partly reflected mortgage-backed security sales totaling approximately $33.3 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as well as principal repayments, net of premium amortization and discount accretion, totaling approximately $23.6 million for that same period.

The decrease in the portfolio due to sales and repayments was partially offset by the Bank's purchase of $28.0 million in mortgage-backed securities which included $22.7 million of agency collateralized mortgage obligations and $5.3 million of 30-year, fixed-rate agency mortgage-backed securities that were acquired based upon their Community Reinvestment Act eligibility. The decline was further offset by a $6.4 million increase in the fair value of the available for sale portion of the portfolio to a net unrealized loss of $4.3 million at March 31, 2014 from a comparatively larger net unrealized loss of $10.7 million at December 31, 2013.

 The aggregate balance of non-mortgage-backed securities increased by $56.9 million to $566.3 million at March 31, 2014 from $509.4 million at December 31, 2013. The net increase reflected security purchases totaling $55.4 million which comprised $39.9 million of floating rate, collateralized loan obligations, $13.7 million of floating rate, asset-backed securities and a $1.8 million short-term municipal obligation. The increase in the portfolio also reflected a $2.2 million increase in the fair value of the available for sale portion of the portfolio to a net unrealized loss of $4.5 million at March 31, 2014 from a comparatively larger net unrealized loss of $6.7 million at December 31, 2013.

The increase in non-mortgage-backed securities due to security purchases and increases in fair value were partially offset by $753,000 in principal repayments, net of premium amortization and discount accretion.

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, decreased by $837,000 to $287.5 million at March 31, 2014 from $288.3 million at December 31, 2013. The decrease in other assets partly reflected a $1.9 million net decrease in the balance of deferred income tax assets arising primarily from aggregate net changes in the fair value of the available for sale securities and derivatives portfolios.

The decrease in other assets also reflected a $4.8 million decrease in the balance of other miscellaneous assets due, in part, to a $2.3 million decrease in the fair value of interest rate derivatives to $3.1 million at March 31, 2014 from $5.4 million at December 31, 2013. The decrease in other miscellaneous assets also reflected a $760,000 decline in the balance of REO to $1.6 million at March 31, 2014 from $2.4 million at December 31, 2013. As noted earlier, the net decline in such balances reflected the sale of two properties during the current quarter reducing the number of properties held to eight at March 31, 2014 from ten at December 31, 2013. The remaining decrease in the balance of other miscellaneous assets generally represented normal operating fluctuations within their balances.

Partially offsetting the noted declines in other assets was a $3.4 million increase in FHLB stock resulting from an increase in the Bank's outstanding borrowing position with that entity. The remaining increases in premises and equipment, interest receivable and bank owned life insurance comprised normal growth or operating fluctuations within those balances.

Deposits

The balance of total deposits increased by $19.1 million to $2.40 billion at March 31, 2014 from $2.38 billion at December 31, 2013. The net increase in deposit balances included a $9.0 million increase in non-interest-bearing checking accounts coupled with a $10.1 million net increase in interest-bearing deposits. The net increase in interest-bearing deposits comprised a $27.7 million increase in certificates of deposit and an $11.1 million increase in savings and club accounts that were partially offset by a $28.8 million decrease in interest-bearing checking accounts.

The reported increase in certificates of deposit continued to reflect the Company's ongoing efforts to extend the duration of its time deposits for interest rate risk management purposes. Toward that end, the Bank maintained its attractive offering rates on certain longer-term retail time deposits throughout the current quarter which continued to attract funding within the four-to-five year maturity tranche. The Bank also continued to utilize a deposit listing service through which it has attracted "non-brokered" wholesale time deposits targeting institutional investors with a three-to-five year investment horizon. The Bank generally prohibits the withdrawal of its listing service deposits prior to maturity. The balance of the Bank's listing service time deposits increased by $29.6 million to $38.6 million at March 31, 2014 from $9.0 million at December 31, 2013.

The reported decrease in interest-bearing checking accounts included a $17.3 million decrease in deposits maintained as a wholesale funding source through Promontory Interfinancial Network's Insured Network Deposits ("IND") program. These deposits were originally acquired in conjunction with the Company's restructuring and wholesale growth transactions completed during the latter half of fiscal 2013. The Bank's IND balances totaled approximately $212.2 million at March 31, 2014 compared to $229.5 million at December 31, 2013.

Borrowings

The Company reported a net increase in borrowings of $84.3 million to $481.2 million at March 31, 2014 from $396.9 million at December 31, 2013. The reported increase was primarily attributable to a new $75.0 million 90-day FHLB term advance drawn during the current quarter. An interest rate derivative was utilized to effectively swap the rolling 90-day maturity/repricing characteristics of the new borrowing into fixed rate for five years at an effective cost of approximately 2.07%. The increase in borrowings also reflected a $9.4 million increase in outstanding overnight "sweep accounts" balances linked to customer demand deposits.

Stockholders' Equity and Capital Management

Stockholders' equity increased $7.0 million to $471.5 million at March 31, 2014 from $464.5 million at December 31, 2013. The increase was partly attributable to a $4.4 million decrease in accumulated other comprehensive loss due primarily to changes in the fair value of the Company's available for sale securities portfolio and outstanding derivatives. The increase in stockholder's equity also reflected $1.8 million in net income for the quarter coupled with a reduction of unearned ESOP shares for plan shares earned during the period. The change in stockholders' equity also reflected a net decrease in Treasury stock partly resulting from the issuance of 36,222 shares at an average cost of $11.48 resulting from the exercise of employee stock options. This issuance of Treasury shares was partially offset by Company's repurchase of 20,400 shares of its common stock during the period at an average price of $11.19 per share.

At March 31, 2014, the Company's total consolidated equity to assets ratio was 13.99% while the equity to assets ratio of the Bank was 13.41%. As of that same date, the Bank's Tier 1 leverage ratio was 10.64% while its Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio and Total risk-based capital ratio were 19.28% and 19.95%, 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  
    March 31,     December 31,     June 30,  
    2014     2013     2013  
Selected Balance Sheet Data:                        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 135,432     $ 153,292     $ 127,034  
Securities available for sale     353,917       298,056       300,122  
Securities held to maturity     212,391       211,342       210,015  
  Non-mortgage-backed securities     566,308       509,398       510,137  
Loans receivable     1,651,287       1,554,788       1,360,871  
Allowance for loan losses     (12,088 )     (11,493 )     (10,896 )
  Net loans receivable     1,639,199       1,543,295       1,349,975  
Mortgage-backed securities available for sale     642,508       664,480       780,652  
Mortgage-backed securities held to maturity     99,805       100,245       101,114  
  Mortgage-backed securities     742,313       764,725       881,766  
Premises & equipment     38,141       37,312       36,994  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock     24,438       21,064       15,666  
Goodwill     108,591       108,591       108,591  
Bank owned life insurance     88,162       87,494       86,084  
Other assets     28,147       33,855       29,113  
    Total assets   $ 3,370,731     $ 3,259,026     $ 3,145,360  
Non-interest bearing deposits   $ 202,572     $ 193,549     $ 190,964  
Interest-bearing deposits     2,194,140       2,184,068       2,179,544  
  Deposits     2,396,712       2,377,617       2,370,508  
Federal Home Loan Bank advances     445,852       370,879       250,931  
Other borrowings     35,354       25,989       36,764  
  Borrowings     481,206       396,868       287,695  
Other liabilities     21,336       20,026       19,450  
    Total liabilities     2,899,254       2,794,511       2,677,653  
Stockholders' equity     471,477       464,515       467,707  
    Total liabilities & stockholders' equity   $ 3,370,731     $ 3,259,026     $ 3,145,360  
Consolidated Capital Ratios:                        
Equity to assets at period end     13.99 %     14.25 %     14.87 %
Tangible equity to tangible assets at period end (1)     11.25 %     11.56 %     11.93 %
Share Data:                        
Outstanding shares (in thousands)     66,151       66,135       66,501  
Closing price as reported by NASDAQ   $ 14.78     $ 11.63     $ 10.49  
Equity per share   $ 7.13     $ 7.02     $ 7.03  
Tangible equity per share (1)   $ 5.55     $ 5.53     $ 5.45  
Asset Quality Ratios:                        
Non-performing loans to total loans     1.66 %     1.67 %     2.27 %
Non-performing assets to total assets     0.86 %     0.87 %     1.05 %
Allowance for loan losses to total loans     0.73 %     0.74 %     0.80 %
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans     44.04 %     44.37 %     35.24 %
                         
(1) Tangible equity equals total stockholders' equity reduced by goodwill, core deposit intangible assets, disallowed loan servicing assets and accumulated other comprehensive loss.  
   
   
   
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data, Unaudited)  
   
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Nine Months Ended  
  March 31,   December   March 31,   March 31,   March 31,  
  2014   31, 2013   2013   2014   2013  
Summary of Operations:                              
Interest income on:                              
  Loans receivable $ 16,892   $ 16,509   $ 15,445   $ 49,217   $ 46,386  
  Mortgage-backed securities   4,987     5,505     5,532     16,046     18,697  
  Non-mortgage-backed securities   1,768     1,681     462     5,181     974  
  Other interest-earning assets   309     238     205     745     595  
    Total interest-earning assets   23,956     23,933     21,644     71,189     66,652  
Interest expense on:                              
  Interest-bearing checking   935     962     417     2,857     1,433  
  Savings and clubs   187     185     193     555     700  
  Certificates of deposit   2,477     2,447     2,790     7,413     9,317  
    Total interest-bearing deposits   3,599     3,594     3,400     10,825     11,450  
  Federal Home Loan Bank advances   1,841     1,820     1,857     5,089     5,841  
  Other borrowings   35     44     41     123     146  
    Total borrowings   1,876     1,864     1,898     5,212     5,987  
      Total interest-bearing liabilities   5,475     5,458     5,298     16,037     17,437  
Net interest income   18,481     18,475     16,346     55,152     49,215  
  Provision for loan losses   880     559     1,407     2,607     3,139  
    Net interest income after loan loss provision   17,601     17,916     14,939     52,545     46,076  
Fees and service charges   513     630     605     1,834     1,851  
Gain on sale of securities   830     226     9,075     1,056     10,172  
Loss on sale and write down of real estate owned   (71 )   0     (8 )   (70 )   (541 )
Gain on sale of loans   27     0     545     80     545  
Income from bank-owned life insurance   668     707     485     2,077     1,261  
Electronic banking fees and charges   237     296     261     877     835  
Miscellaneous   181     70     107     321     432  
  Total non-interest income   2,385     1,929     11,070     6,175     14,555  
Salaries and employee benefits   9,098     8,723     8,977     26,774     26,580  
Net occupancy expense of premises   2,106     1,607     1,777     5,375     5,030  
Equipment and systems   3,168     2,055     1,879     7,097     5,752  
Advertising and marketing   332     308     224     891     785  
Federal deposit insurance premium   582     618     535     1,712     1,636  
Directors' compensation   173     172     171     517     513  
Merger-related expenses   190     0     0     190     0  
Debt extinguishment expense   0     0     8,688     0     8,688  
Miscellaneous   1,866     2,074     1,691     5,798     5,422  
  Total non-interest expense   17,515     15,557     23,942     48,354     54,406  
Income before taxes   2,471     4,288     2,067     10,366     6,225  
Provision for income taxes   685     1,301     323     3,007     1,644  
Net income $ 1,786   $ 2,987   $ 1,744   $ 7,359   $ 4,581  
Per Share Data:                              
Net income per share - Basic and diluted $ 0.03   $ 0.05   $ 0.03   $ 0.11   $ 0.07  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding (in thousands):                              
  Basic   65,684     65,767     66,141     65,797     66,195  
  Diluted   65,782     65,767     66,141     65,829     66,195  
Cash dividends per share (1) $ 0.00   $ 0.00   $ 0.00   $ 0.00   $ 0.00  
Dividend payout ratio (2)   0.0 %   0.0 %   0.0 %   0.0 %   0.0 %
                               
(1) Represents dividends declared per common share.  
(2) Represents dividends declared, excluding dividends waived by Kearny MHC, divided by net income.  
   
   
   
(Dollars in Thousands, Unaudited)  
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Nine Months Ended  
  March 31,   December   March 31,   March 31,   March 31,  
  2014   31, 2013   2013   2014   2013  
Average Balances:                              
  Loans receivable $ 1,605,707   $ 1,514,125   $ 1,317,788   $ 1,515,108   $ 1,295,547  
  Mortgage-backed securities   769,108     835,885     961,971     826,728     1,094,132  
  Non-mortgage-backed securities   542,816     513,674     174,694     524,244     108,538  
  Other interest-earning assets   132,469     142,912     167,933     130,971     142,021  
      Total interest-earning assets   3,050,100     3,006,596     2,622,386     2,997,051     2,640,238  
  Non-interest-earning assets   249,897     249,832     269,072     250,521     273,644  
      Total assets $ 3,299,997   $ 3,256,428   $ 2,891,458   $ 3,247,572   $ 2,913,882  
    Interest-bearing checking $ 728,174   $ 727,351   $ 499,580   $ 727,763   $ 485,114  
    Savings and clubs   476,494     467,332     451,758     470,718     439,674  
    Certificates of deposit   979,633     955,634     1,015,053     965,806     1,051,286  
      Total interest-bearing deposits   2,184,301     2,150,317     1,966,391     2,164,287     1,976,074  
  Federal Home Loan Bank advances   402,274     388,748     202,809     366,531     210,289  
  Other borrowings   28,858     34,992     32,518     33,110     35,154  
    Total borrowings   431,132     423,740     235,327     399,641     245,443  
      Total interest-bearing liabilities   2,615,433     2,574,057     2,201,718     2,563,928     2,221,517  
  Non-interest-bearing liabilities   217,636     216,059     201,011     217,445     201,434  
      Total liabilities   2,833,069     2,790,116     2,402,729     2,781,373     2,422,951  
  Stockholders' equity   466,928     466,312     488,729     466,199     490,931  
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,299,997   $ 3,256,428   $ 2,891,458   $ 3,247,572   $ 2,913,882  
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities   116.62 %   116.80 %   119.11 %   116.89 %   118.85 %
                               
                               
                               
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Nine Months Ended  
  March 31,   December   March 31,   March 31,   March 31,  
  2014   31, 2013   2013   2014   2013  
Performance ratios:                              
Yield on average:                              
  Loans receivable   4.21 %   4.36 %   4.69 %   4.33 %   4.77 %
  Mortgage-backed securities   2.59 %   2.63 %   2.30 %   2.59 %   2.28 %
  Non-mortgage-backed securities   1.30 %   1.31 %   1.06 %   1.32 %   1.20 %
  Other interest-earning assets   0.93 %   0.67 %   0.49 %   0.76 %   0.56 %
      Total interest-earning assets   3.14 %   3.18 %   3.30 %   3.17 %   3.37 %
Cost of average:                              
  Interest-bearing checking   0.51 %   0.53 %   0.33 %   0.52 %   0.39 %
  Savings and clubs   0.16 %   0.16 %   0.17 %   0.16 %   0.21 %
  Certificates of deposit   1.01 %   1.02 %   1.10 %   1.02 %   1.18 %
    Interest-bearing deposits   0.66 %   0.67 %   0.69 %   0.67 %   0.77 %
  Federal Home Loan Bank advances   1.83 %   1.87 %   3.66 %   1.85 %   3.70 %
  Other borrowings   0.48 %   0.50 %   0.51 %   0.49 %   0.55 %
    Total borrowings   1.74 %   1.76 %   3.23 %   1.74 %   3.25 %
      Total interest-bearing liabilities   0.84 %   0.85 %   0.96 %   0.83 %   1.05 %
    Net interest rate spread (1)   2.30 %   2.33 %   2.34 %   2.34 %   2.32 %
    Net interest margin (2)   2.42 %   2.46 %   2.49 %   2.45 %   2.49 %
    Non-interest income to average assets   0.29 %   0.24 %   1.53 %   0.25 %   0.67 %
    Non-interest expense to average assets   2.12 %   1.91 %   3.31 %   1.99 %   2.49 %
    Efficiency ratio   83.94 %   76.25 %   87.33 %   78.85 %   85.32 %
    Return on average assets   0.22 %   0.37 %   0.24 %   0.30 %   0.21 %
    Return on average equity   1.53 %   2.56 %   1.43 %   2.10 %   1.24 %
                                   
(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:
Craig L. Montanaro
President and Chief Executive Officer
or
Eric B. Heyer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kearny Financial Corp.
(973) 244-4500

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