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Oritani Financial Corp. Announces Dividend and 3rd Quarter Results

TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON, N.J., April 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oritani Financial Corp. (the “Company” or “Oritani”) (ORIT), the holding company for Oritani Bank (the “Bank”), reported net income of $12.5 million, or $0.29 per basic (and $0.28 diluted) common share, for the three months ended March 31, 2019, and $39.3 million, or $0.90 per basic (and $0.89 diluted) common share, for the nine months ended March 31, 2019.  Net income was $13.4 million, or $0.30 per basic and diluted common share, for the three months ended March 31, 2018, and $29.4 million, or $0.67 per basic (and $0.65 diluted) common share, for the nine months ended March 31, 2018. 

The Company also reported that its Board of Directors has declared a $0.25 quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s common stock.  The record date for the dividend will be May 3, 2019 and the payment date will be May 17, 2019. 

“I am pleased to report the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019,” said Kevin J. Lynch, the Company’s Chairman, President and CEO.  “Oritani continues to navigate the challenges presented by today’s operating environment, and still deliver strong results and profitability.” Mr. Lynch continued: “While I would have preferred growth consistent with historical levels for Oritani, we remain mindful of the risks of aggressive expansion in this economy.  I would prefer muted increases and solid profitability over robust growth at levels we may soon regret.”

Comparison of Operating Results for the Periods Ended March 31, 2019 and 2018

Net Income.  Net income decreased $975,000 to $12.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, from $13.4 million for the corresponding 2018 quarter.  Net income increased $9.9 million to $39.3 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2019, from $29.4 million for the corresponding 2018 period.  The most significant factor contributing to the decreased quarterly income was increased interest expense.  The most significant factor resulting in the increased income in the nine-month period is changes in income tax expense.  Results for the nine months ended March 31, 2018 were impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”).  The Act required the Company to revalue its deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities to account for the future impact of lower corporate tax rates on these deferred amounts. The revaluation resulted in a one-time charge of $10.2 million. 

Total Interest Income.  The components of interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, changed as follows:

      Three Months Ended March 31, Increase / (decrease)
        2019     2018     Average  
      Income Yield Income Yield Income Balance Yield
Interest Income on:   (Dollars in thousands)
Loans   $ 35,323 4.07 % $ 35,398 3.97 % $ (75 ) $ (95,890 ) 0.10 %
Dividends on FHLB stock     467 6.95 %   432 6.59 %   35     644   0.36 %
Equity securities     15 4.35 %   10 2.64 %   5     (138 ) 1.71 %
Debt securities AFS     211 2.31 %   274 2.21 %   (63 )   (13,051 ) 0.10 %
Debt securities HTM     2,178 2.51 %   1,419 2.01 %   759     65,689   0.50 %
Federal funds sold and                                  
short term investments     29 2.28 %   28 1.58 %   1     (2,028 ) 0.70 %
  Total interest income   $ 38,223 3.93 % $ 37,561 3.82 % $ 662   $ (44,774 ) 0.11 %
                   

The Company’s primary strategic business objective remains the organic growth of multifamily and commercial real estate loans.  As discussed in recent public releases, the market to originate such loans has been particularly challenging in recent periods.  These market conditions have persisted and, arguably, worsened.  The multifamily market in New York is concerned about proposed changes to rent regulations and their potentially negative impact on future revenue.  The sales volume of multifamily properties in the New York metropolitan area were down in the first calendar quarter of 2019 as compared to recent quarterly periods.  In addition, the competitive environment and the decreased external interest rate environment have decreased the market rates on new multifamily and commercial real estate loan originations. 

Despite present conditions, the Company’s loan balances increased slightly ($12.2 million) over the quarter ended March 31, 2019. While originations were somewhat below expectations ($89.0 million), principal repayment decreased significantly (to $73.9 million) versus the levels realized in recent periods.  In addition, there were $4.6 million of loan participations purchased and an $8.1 million loan (which was 60-89 days past due), was sold at par plus accrued interest. 

The average balance of the loan portfolio increased $44.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 versus the three months ended December 31, 2018.  Activity totals for the March 2019 quarter are above.  Loan originations, purchases and principal payments totaled $107.6 million, $114.4 million and $241.7 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2018.  The Company’s loan pipeline was $167.1 million at March 31, 2019 versus $106.3 million as of December 31, 2018.

The average balance of the loan portfolio decreased $95.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 versus the comparable 2018 period.  Loan originations and principal payments totaled $92.2 million and $112.2 million, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  There were no loan purchases in that period.

The yield on the loan portfolio increased 10 basis points for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 versus the comparable 2018 period.  On a linked quarter basis (March 31, 2019 versus December 31, 2018), the yield on the loan portfolio decreased 14 basis points.  The level of prepayment income impacted these results.  Exclusive of prepayment penalties, the yield on the loan portfolio increased 13 basis points versus the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and 3 basis points versus the December 31, 2018 quarter.  Prepayment penalties totaled $275,000, $1.7 million and $553,000 for the quarters ended March 31, 2019, December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2018, respectively.   In addition to prepayment penalties, the prepayment level also effects the loan yield through the realization of deferred loan fees.  While loan fees are regularly amortized into income, loan prepayments accelerate the recognition of these fees as income.  Deferred loan fees recognized as interest income totaled $438,000, $687,000 and $543,000 for the quarters ended March 31, 2019, December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2018, respectively.  

The average balance of debt securities available for sale decreased $13.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 versus the comparable 2018 period, while the average balance of debt securities held to maturity increased $65.7 million over the same period.  The Company has been classifying the majority of new purchases as held to maturity. 

The components of interest income for the nine months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, changed as follows:

      Nine Months Ended March 31, Increase / (decrease)
        2019     2018     Average  
      Income Yield Income Yield Income Balance Yield
Interest Income on:   (Dollars in thousands)
Loans   $ 107,360 4.12 % $ 107,126 4.01 % $ 234   $ (82,982 ) 0.11 %
Dividends on FHLB stock     1,396 6.86 %   1,368 6.63 %   28     (404 ) 0.23 %
Equity securities     37 3.43 %   34 2.96 %   3     (89 ) 0.47 %
Debt securities AFS     673 2.30 %   1,203 2.10 %   (530 )   (37,243 ) 0.20 %
Debt securities HTM     6,109 2.40 %   3,663 1.93 %   2,446     85,909   0.47 %
Federal funds sold and                                  
short term investments     331 2.26 %   139 1.33 %   192     5,576   0.93 %
  Total interest income   $ 115,906 3.96 % $ 113,533 3.85 % $ 2,373   $ (29,233 ) 0.11 %
                   

The explanations for changes described above for the three month period are also applicable to the nine month period.  Loan originations, purchases, sales and principal payments for the nine months ended March 31, 2019 totaled $278.7 million, $119.1 million, $8.1 million and $439.0 million, respectively.  Loan originations, purchases and principal payments for the nine months ended March 31, 2018 totaled $349.0 million, $52.8 million and $403.5 million, respectively.  There were no sales in the 2018 period.  Prepayment penalties totaled $3.2 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2019 and $3.5 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2018.  Prepayment penalties boosted annualized loan yield by 12 basis points in the 2019 period versus 13 basis points in the 2018 period. 

Total Interest Expense. The components of interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, changed as follows:

      Three Months Ended March 31, Increase / (decrease)
       2019
 2018
  Average  
      Expense Cost Expense Cost Expense Balance Cost
Interest Expense on:   (Dollars in thousands)
Savings deposits   $   965 1.11 % $   119 0.26 % $   846   $   161,460   0.85 %
Money market     1,745 1.10 %   2,209 1.09 %   (464 )   (177,718 ) 0.01 %
Checking accounts     2,440 1.38 %   1,292 0.66 %   1,148     (79,064 ) 0.72 %
Time deposits     5,677 1.86 %   4,267 1.45 %   1,410     47,488   0.41 %
Total deposits     10,827 1.49 %   7,887 1.07 %   2,940     (47,834 ) 0.42 %
Borrowings     3,287 2.44 %   2,721 2.07 %   566     13,651   0.37 %
  Total interest expense   $   14,114 1.64 % $   10,608 1.22 % $   3,506   $   (34,183 ) 0.42 %
                   

Deposit growth remains a strategic objective of the Company.  As discussed in recent public releases, growth has been particularly difficult to attain in the current environment.  The Company has increased the rate of interest offered on various deposit products in order to maintain balances.  However, the Company has remained cognizant of the cost of alternative sources of funds, and has been unwilling to increase the interest rates on deposit products above these levels.  The Company has been largely successful in minimizing the outflow of deposits however, sizeable growth was not obtained.  As compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2018, the average balance of deposits decreased $10.6 million, period end balances decreased $4.6 million and the cost of deposits increased 13 basis points.  The increase in deposit cost is due to the increased interest rates offered on various deposit products and customer migration toward products with a greater return. 

As detailed above, the average balance of deposits decreased $47.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 versus the comparable 2018 period.  The average balance of brokered deposits decreased $52.2 million between the periods.  The average balance of municipal deposits, which can be subject to significant fluctuation, decreased $34.5 million between the periods.  The overall cost of deposits increased 42 basis points for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 versus the comparable 2018 period.  The increased costs are primarily due to the impact of market pressures as described above.  Customer migration is largely responsible for some of the significant shifts in the average balance of products detailed above.  The Company’s highest yielding core deposit account is currently a savings account.  Many money market accounts have shifted to the higher yielding savings account.  The decreased checking account balances are partially attributable to decreased municipal account balances as well as customer migration.

The average balance of borrowings increased $13.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 versus the comparable 2018 period, while the cost increased 37 basis points.  The cost of borrowings has been impacted by the overall increase in interest rates, particularly overnight and short term borrowings, and the maturities of certain lower cost borrowings.

The components of interest expense for the nine months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, changed as follows:

      Nine Months Ended March 31, Increase / (decrease)
       2019   2018    Average  
      Expense Cost Expense Cost Expense Balance Cost
Interest Expense on:   (Dollars in thousands)
Savings deposits   $ 1,796 0.86 % $ 324 0.24 % $ 1,472   $ 96,113   0.62 %
Money market     5,665 1.09 %   6,944 1.11 %   (1,279 )   (146,390 ) (0.02 )%
Checking accounts     6,215 1.15 %   3,376 0.60 %   2,839     (28,157 ) 0.55 %
Time deposits     16,127 1.76 %   12,384 1.42 %   3,743     57,159   0.34 %
Total deposits     29,803 1.36 %   23,028 1.05 %   6,775     (21,275 ) 0.31 %
Borrowings     9,672 2.38 %   8,300 2.03 %   1,372     (1,670 ) 0.35 %
  Total interest expense   $ 39,475 1.52 % $ 31,328 1.20 % $ 8,147   $ (22,945 ) 0.32 %
                   

The explanations for changes described above for the three month period regarding deposits and borrowings are also largely applicable to the nine month period. 

Net Interest Income Before Provision for Loan Losses. Net interest income decreased by $2.8 million to $24.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $27.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  Net interest income decreased by $5.8 million to $76.4 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2019, from $82.2 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2018.  The Company’s net interest income, spread and margin over the period are detailed in the chart below.

        Net Interest
Income
Before
Provision
Excluding
Prepayment
Penalties
       
               
    Net Interest Prepayment Including Prepayment
Penalties
Excluding Prepayment
Penalties
    Income Before Penalty
Quarter Ended   Provision Income Spread Margin Spread Margin
    (dollars in thousands)
March 31, 2019   $   24,109 $   275 $   23,834 2.29 % 2.48 % 2.26 % 2.45 %
December 31, 2018       26,027     1,727     24,300 2.51 % 2.68 % 2.33 % 2.51 %
September 30, 2018       26,295     1,154     25,141 2.51 % 2.67 % 2.40 % 2.55 %
June 30, 2018       27,721     1,836     25,885 2.65 % 2.81 % 2.47 % 2.63 %
March 31, 2018       26,953     553     26,400 2.60 % 2.74 % 2.54 % 2.68 %
                               

The Company’s spread and margin have been significantly impacted by prepayment penalties.  Due to this situation, the chart above details results with and without the impact of prepayment penalties.  Net interest income before provision for loan losses, excluding prepayment penalties, is a non-GAAP financial measure since it excludes a component (prepayment penalty income) of net interest income and therefore differs from the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure is useful because it provides information to assess the underlying performance of the loan portfolio since prepayment penalty income can be expected to change as interest rates change.  While prepayment penalty income is expected to continue, fluctuations in the level of prepayment income are also expected.  The level of prepayment income is generally expected to decrease as external interest rates increase since borrowers would have less of an incentive to refinance existing loans.  However, the time period when these events could occur may not align, and the specific behavior of borrowers is difficult to predict.  Borrowers can be driven to prepay their loans based on factors other than interest rates.  The level of loan prepayments and prepayment income experienced by the Company has been elevated (versus historical levels) despite generally increased interest rates during the majority of the period.

The Company’s spread and margin have been under pressure due to several factors, including a flat and partially inverted treasury yield curve, modifications of loans within the existing loan portfolio, prepayments of higher yielding loans and investments, and increased funding costs. While spread and margin have been under pressure for an extended period, the competitive market for deposits increased substantially in fiscal 2019. Although the Company has realized increases in both the cost of funds and the yield on interest earning assets, the increase in cost of funds has outpaced the increase in yield on assets.  The cost increase incurred in the most recent quarter is largely due to existing customers transferring to higher yielding accounts from lower yielding accounts, and the opening of new higher yielding accounts.  The Company has not increased its deposit rates on any consequential account offering in over four months.  While the above trend regarding customer behavior can be expected to continue, the impact on the rate of increase in the cost of deposits can be expected to subside assuming rates remain stable (or decrease).

The Company’s net interest income and net interest rate spread were both negatively impacted in all periods due to the reversal of accrued interest income on loans delinquent more than 90 days.  The total of such income reversed was $100,000 and $235,000 for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2019, respectively, and $4,000 and $210,000 for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2018, respectively. 

Provision for Loan Losses.  The Company recorded no provision for loan losses for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and the three and nine months ended March 31, 2018.  The Company recorded a reversal of provision for loan losses of $2.0 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2019.  A rollforward of the allowance for loan losses for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 is presented below:

  Three months ended   Nine months ended
  March 31,   March 31,
    2019       2018       2019       2018  
                               
  (Dollars in thousands)
Balance at beginning of period $ 28,639     $ 30,402     $ 30,562     $ 30,272  
Reversal of provision for loan losses   -       -       (2,000 )     -  
Recoveries of loans previously charged off   16       166       93       318  
Loans charged off   65       95       65       117  
Balance at end of period $ 28,590     $ 30,473     $ 28,590     $ 30,473  
               
Allowance for loan losses to total loans   0.81 %     0.85 %     0.81 %     0.85 %
Annualized net charge-offs (recoveries) to              
  average loans outstanding   0.01 %     -0.01 %     - %     -0.01 %

Delinquency and non performing asset information is provided below:

  3/31/2019 12/31/2018 9/30/2018 6/30/2018 3/31/2018
  Dollars in thousands
Delinquency Totals          
30 - 59 days past due $ 1,648   $ 2,890   $ 15,261   $ 5,253   $ 9,772  
60 - 89 days past due   975     8,431     356     171     472  
Nonaccrual   10,184     10,706     9,083     7,877     11,887  
Total $ 12,807   $ 22,027   $ 24,700   $ 13,301   $ 22,131  
           
Non Performing Asset Totals          
Nonaccrual loans, per above $ 10,184   $ 10,706   $ 9,083   $ 7,877   $ 11,887  
Real Estate Owned   636     636     1,564     1,564     636  
Total $ 10,820   $ 11,342   $ 10,647   $ 9,441   $ 12,523  
           
Nonaccrual loans to total loans   0.29 %   0.30 %   0.26 %   0.22 %   0.33 %
Delinquent loans to total loans   0.36 %   0.63 %   0.70 %   0.37 %   0.61 %
Non performing assets to total assets   0.27 %   0.28 %   0.26 %   0.23 %   0.30 %

The $2.0 million reversal of provision for loan losses recorded for the nine month period ended March 31, 2019 was due primarily to loan portfolio contraction and reduced qualitative factors within the allowance calculation as determined as part of our quarterly reassessment.  Overall, non-performing asset totals and charge-offs continue to illustrate minimal credit issues at the Company.  During the quarter ended March 31, 2019, an $8.1 million loan was sold at par plus accrued interest.  This loan was included in the 60-89 days past due total at December 31, 2018.

Non-interest IncomeNon-interest income increased $114,000 to $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $980,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2018.   The increase is primarily due to a $87,000 increase in fair value of equity securities held by the Company. 

Non-interest income increased $979,000 to $3.6 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2019 from $2.6 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2018.  The increase is primarily due to a gain of $855,000 on the sale of a foreclosed property.  This increase was partially offset by a $187,000 decrease in fair value of equity securities held by the Company.  Despite the increase in value detailed above for the three month period, there was an overall decrease in value in the nine month period.  Results for the 2018 period were reduced by a loss of $324,000 on the sale of certain AFS investment securities.  There were no sales of securities in the 2019 period.

Non-interest ExpenseNon-interest expenses decreased $621,000 to $9.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $9.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The decrease was primarily due to compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits, which decreased $319,000 to $6.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $6.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.  The decrease was largely due to decreased accrual costs associated with non-qualified benefit plans.  Other expenses decreased $258,000 to $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $1.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.   The decrease is primarily due to decreased professional fees associated with the remediation of Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering compliance matters (discussed in previous public releases) and the recovery of problem loan expenses that were expensed in a prior period.  The Company had no professional fees related to the remediation of the compliance matters in the quarter ended March 31, 2019, and incurred such expenses totaling $156,000 in the three months ended March 31, 2018. 

Non-interest expenses were essentially stable at $29.5 million for both the nine months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, though there were fluctuations within the various categories.  Compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits decreased $2.1 million to $17.5 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2019, from $19.6 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2018. The decrease was primarily due to decreased ESOP related expenses as well as decreased costs associated with the incentive and non-qualified benefit plans.  Other expenses increased $2.2 million to $6.9 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2019, from $4.7 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2018.   The increase is primarily due to professional fees associated with the remediation of compliance matters.  Such fees totaled $1.5 million for the 2019 period versus $269,000 for the 2018 period.  The Company believes that significant progress has been made regarding the remediation of these matters and that the majority of the associated costs have been expended and expensed.  The nine month period comparison was also impacted by an additional pension contribution that was expensed in fiscal 2019.

Income Tax Expense.  Income tax expense for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was $3.6 million on pre-tax income of $16.1 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 22.5%.   Income tax expense for the nine months ended March 31, 2019, was $13.2 million on pre-tax income of $52.5 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 25.2%.  The Company’s estimated effective tax rate for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 is 25.0%.  This estimated effective rate is lower than prior fiscal years primarily as a result of the Act.  The actual expenses for the three and nine month periods ending March 31, 2019, were also affected by a refund of an item that was expensed in a prior period and the exercise of nonqualified stock options.  In addition, the nine month period ending March 31, 2019 was also impacted by New Jersey (“NJ”) tax legislation enacted on July 1, 2018.  The legislation required, among other consequences, a revaluation of our deferred tax assets/liabilities based on the rates at which they are expected to reverse in the future.  The revaluation of the Company's deferred tax balances resulted in a one-time non-cash charge of $477,000 which is included in income tax expense for the nine months ended March 31, 2019.  Income tax expense for the three and nine month periods ended March 31, 2018 was $4.7 million and $25.9 million, respectively.  Income tax expense for the nine month period ended March 31, 2018 was significantly impacted by the Act, as previously discussed in “Comparison of Operating Results, Net Income.” 

Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2019 and June 30, 2018

Total Assets.  Total assets decreased $92.3 million to $4.07 billion at March 31, 2019, from $4.17 billion at June 30, 2018.  The primary contributor to the decreased asset level was the contraction in loan balances, cash and other assets. 

Cash and Cash Equivalents. Cash and cash equivalents (which include fed funds and short term investments) decreased $17.4 million to $17.5 million at March 31, 2019, from $34.8 million at June 30, 2018.

Net Loans.  Loans, net decreased $45.5 million to $3.50 billion at March 31, 2019, from $3.54 billion at June 30, 2018.  Loans, net increased $12.2 million over the quarter ended March 31, 2019.  As discussed in “Total Interest Income,” our origination volume is below historical levels and loan principal payments have been elevated in fiscal 2019.   

Debt securities available for sale.  Debt securities AFS decreased $8.1 million to $35.0 million at March 31, 2019, from $43.1 million at June 30, 2018.  The decrease is primarily due to principal payments. 

Debt securities held to maturity.  Debt securities HTM were essentially stable at $335.6 million at March 31, 2019 and $335.4 million at June 30, 2018.  Purchases have been approximately equal to principal payments.

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York (“FHLB”) stock.  FHLB stock decreased $4.3 million to $26.1 million at March 31, 2019, from $30.4 million at June 30, 2018.  FHLB stock holdings are required depending on several factors, including the level of borrowings with the FHLB.  As FHLB borrowings decreased over the period, excess FHLB stock was redeemed.

Deposits.  Deposits decreased $16.5 million to $2.90 billion at March 31, 2019, from $2.92 billion at June 30, 2018.  See “Total Interest Expense” for discussion regarding deposit balances.  The Company’s loan to deposit ratio was 120.6% at March 31, 2019.

Borrowings.  Borrowings decreased $47.6 million to $548.8 million at March 31, 2019, from $596.4 million at June 30, 2018.  See “Total Interest Expense” for discussion regarding borrowing amounts.

Stockholders’ Equity.  Stockholders’ equity decreased $28.6 million to $530.7 million at March 31, 2019, from $559.3 million at June 30, 2018.  The decrease was primarily due to dividends and stock repurchases, partially offset by net income and the release of treasury shares in conjunction with stock option exercises.  There were no stock repurchases during the quarter ended March 31, 2019.  Based on our March 31, 2019 closing price of $16.63 per share, the Company stock was trading at 141.3% of book value. 

About the Company
Oritani Financial Corp. is the holding company for Oritani Bank, a New Jersey state chartered bank offering a full range of retail and commercial loan and deposit products.  Oritani Bank is dedicated to providing exceptional personal service to its individual and business customers.  The Bank currently operates its main office and 25 full service branches in the New Jersey Counties of Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic.  For additional information about Oritani Bank, please visit www.oritani.com

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Such forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods, or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “may,” “will,” “believe," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "continue,” or similar terms or variations on those terms, or the negative of those terms. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those risk factors disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2018 (as supplemented by our quarterly reports), and the following: those related to the economic environment, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, competitive products and pricing, fiscal and monetary policies of the U.S. Government, changes in government regulations affecting financial institutions, including regulatory fees and capital requirements, changes in prevailing interest rates, credit risk management, asset-liability management, the financial and securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity.

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  The Company wishes to advise readers that the factors listed above could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause the Company's actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements.  The Company does not undertake and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions, which may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

For further information contact:
Kevin J. Lynch
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Oritani Financial Corp.
(201) 664-5400

 
 
Oritani Financial Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)
           
  March 31,   June 30,
Assets 2019
  2018
  (unaudited)
  (audited)
Cash on hand and in banks $ 14,982     $ 23,613  
Federal funds sold and short term investments   2,513       11,235  
Cash and cash equivalents   17,495       34,848  
           
Loans, net   3,495,388       3,540,903  
Equity securities   1,378       1,565  
Debt securities available for sale, at fair value   35,013       43,126  
Debt securities held to maturity,          
fair value of $333,066 and $326,511, respectively.   335,579       335,374  
Bank Owned Life Insurance (at cash surrender value)   100,266       98,438  
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock ("FHLB"), at cost   26,074       30,365  
Accrued interest receivable   11,985       11,261  
Real estate owned   636       1,564  
Office properties and equipment, net   13,039       13,455  
Deferred tax assets   28,952       25,864  
Other assets   8,897       30,276  
Total Assets $ 4,074,702     $ 4,167,039  
           
Liabilities          
Deposits $ 2,898,638     $ 2,915,128  
Borrowings   548,775       596,372  
Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and          
insurance   28,095       24,169  
Official checks outstanding   5,640       5,454  
Other liabilities   62,837       66,570  
Total liabilities   3,543,985       3,607,693  
           
Stockholders' Equity          
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized;          
56,245,065 shares issued; 45,080,139 shares outstanding at          
March 31, 2019 and 46,616,646 shares outstanding at          
June 30, 2018.   562       562  
Additional paid-in capital   515,138       514,002  
Unallocated common stock held by the employee stock          
ownership plan   (15,437 )     (16,631 )
Non-vested restricted stock awards   (241 )     (176 )
Treasury stock, at cost; 11,164,926 shares at March 31, 2019 and          
9,628,419 shares at June 30, 2018.   (153,324 )     (129,433 )
Retained earnings   180,007       179,799  
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax   4,012       11,223  
Total stockholders' equity   530,717       559,346  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 4,074,702     $ 4,167,039  
               
               


Oritani Financial Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
Three and Nine Months Ended March 31, 2019 and 2018
(In thousands, except share data)
                       
  Three months ended     Nine months ended
  March 31,     March 31,
  2019   2018     2019       2018  
                           
    unaudited     unaudited
Interest income:                      
Loans $ 35,323   $ 35,398   $ 107,360     $ 107,126  
Dividends on FHLB stock   467     432     1,396       1,368  
Equity securities   15     10     37       34  
Debt securities available for sale   211     274     673       1,203  
Debt securities held to maturity   2,178     1,419     6,109       3,663  
Federal funds sold and short term investments   29     28     331       139  
Total Interest Income   38,223     37,561     115,906       113,533  
                       
Interest expense:                      
Deposits   10,827     7,887     29,803       23,028  
Borrowings   3,287     2,721     9,672       8,300  
Total interest expense   14,114     10,608     39,475       31,328  
                       
Net interest income before provision for loan losses   24,109     26,953     76,431       82,205  
                       
Reversal of provision for loan losses   —      —      (2,000 )     —   
Net interest income after provision for loan losses   24,109     26,953     78,431       82,205  
                       
Non-interest income:                      
Fees and service charges for customer services   405     371     1,044       1,010  
Bank-owned life insurance   594     603     1,828       1,879  
Gains on sale of OREO   —      —      855       —   
Change in fair value of equity securities   87     —      (187 )     —   
Net losses on sale of debt securities AFS   —      —      —        (324 )
Other income   9     7     18       14  
Total non-interest income   1,095     981     3,558       2,579  
                       
Non-interest expense:                      
Compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits   5,958     6,277     17,470       19,619  
Advertising   143     143     428       428  
Office occupancy and equipment expense   820     862     2,315       2,391  
Data processing service fees   527     499     1,545       1,463  
Federal insurance premiums   270     300     855       900  
Other expenses   1,423     1,681     6,903       4,690  
Total non-interest expense   9,141     9,762     29,516       29,491  
                       
Income before income tax expense   16,063     18,172     52,473       55,293  
Income tax  expense   3,613     4,747     13,197       25,902  
Net  income $ 12,450   $ 13,425   $ 39,276       29,391  
                       
                       
Income per basic  common share $   0.29   $   0.30   $   0.90     $   0.67  
Income per diluted common share $   0.28   $   0.30   $   0.89     $   0.65  
                           
                           

For further information contact:
Kevin J. Lynch
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Oritani Financial Corp.
(201) 664-5400