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Standard AVB Financial Corp. Announces Second Quarter Earnings and a Quarterly Dividend Payment

MONROEVILLE, Pa., July 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Standard AVB Financial Corp. (the “Company”) - (STND), the holding company for Standard Bank PaSB, announced earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 of $2.1 million, or $0.45 per basic share, compared to $2.5 million, or $0.54 per basic share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.  The Company’s annualized return on average assets and average equity were 0.85% and 6.00%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to 1.02% and 7.50%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, net income was $4.3 million, or $0.92 per basic share compared to $4.7 million, or $1.01 per basic share for the six months ended June 30, 2018.  The Company’s annualized return on average assets and average equity were 0.88% and 6.17%, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to 0.96% and 7.03%, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2018.

The Company’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.221 per share of the Company’s common stock.  The dividend will be payable to stockholders of record as of August 5, 2019 and will be paid on August 19, 2019.

Timothy K. Zimmerman, CEO, stated, “Results for the quarter reflect a very challenging operating environment.  The combination of a partially inverted U.S. Treasury yield curve and an intensely competitive market for loans and deposits has compressed the interest rate margin.  We are remaining competitive while continuing to maintain discipline and structure with our pricing models.  Repositioning of the loan portfolio to emphasize commercial real estate and business lending has continued while the percentage of residential loans sold in the secondary market has increased.  Asset quality and control of non-interest expenses were strong points for the quarter.”

Total assets at June 30, 2019 increased $18.4 million, or 1.9% to $990.2 million, from $971.8 million at December 31, 2018.  The increase in total assets included an increase in investment securities of $14.8 million, or 9.8%, and an increase in loans receivable of $4.8 million, or 0.7%.

Total deposits at June 30, 2019 increased by $18.3 million, or 2.6% to $736.2 million from $717.9 million at December 31, 2018.  The increase resulted from increases in money market and interest-bearing checking accounts, partially offset by decreases in savings and non-interest-bearing checking accounts.  Borrowed funds decreased by $4.5 million, or 4.1% to $107.1 million from $111.6 million at December 31, 2018.  The decrease was primarily due to the repayment of maturing long term advances and pay downs on both amortizing long term advances and the overnight borrowing line, partially offset by new advances entered into during the period.

Stockholders’ equity of $141.5 million at June 30, 2019 increased by $3.7 million, or 2.7% from $137.9 million at December 31, 2018.  The increase is the result of net income earned during the period as well as an increase in accumulated other comprehensive income, partially offset by dividends paid.

Net interest income was $7.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $7.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018.  The net interest margin for the three months ended June 30, 2019 was 3.12%, compared to 3.23% for the same period in the prior year.  Net interest income was $14.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $14.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018.  The net interest margin for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was 3.17%, compared to 3.25% for the same period in the prior year.  The decreases in net interest income and the net interest margin for both periods were primarily due to an increase in the cost of interest-bearing deposits as well as a decrease in the average balance of loans receivable.  These decreases were partially offset by a decrease in the average balance of borrowed funds and an increase in the yield on interest-earning assets.

A provision for loan losses of $181,000 was recorded for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $175,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2018.  A provision of $290,000 was recorded for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared to $175,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2018.  Non-performing loans at June 30, 2019 were $2.5 million, or 0.34% of total loans compared to $2.7 million, or 0.37% of total loans at December 31, 2018.

Noninterest income totaled $1.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to $1.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.  Noninterest income was $2.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $2.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018.  The decreases in noninterest income for both periods were primarily the result of decreases in net equity securities fair value adjustment gains as well as decreases in service charges partially offset by increases in loan sale gains.  There were no gains on the sales of equity securities during either the three month or six month periods in 2019 compared to the same periods in the prior year.

Noninterest expenses totaled $5.4 million for the quarters ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018.  The 2019 quarter included higher compensation and employee benefits partially offset by decreases in other operating expenses, premises and occupancy expenses and core deposit amortization.  For the six months ended June 30, 2019, noninterest expenses totaled $10.9 million compared to $11.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018.  Increases in compensation and benefits for the six month period ended June 30, 2019 were more than offset by the severance payment included in the comparable 2018 period as well as lower other operating expenses, core deposit amortization and premises and occupancy expenses.

Standard AVB Financial Corp., with total assets of $990.2 million at June 30, 2019, is the parent company of Standard Bank, PaSB, a Pennsylvania chartered savings bank that operates 17 offices serving individuals and small to mid-sized businesses in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Bedford Counties, in Pennsylvania and Allegany County in Maryland.  Standard Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

This news release may contain a number of 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.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which such statements were made.


Standard AVB Financial Corp.  
Financial Highlights  
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)  
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OPERATIONS DATA:   Three Months Ended June 30,    Six Months Ended June 30,   
          2019       2018       2019       2018    
Interest and Dividend Income   $   9,501     $   9,195     $   18,813     $   18,234    
Interest Expense         2,338         1,809         4,501         3,441    
Net Interest Income         7,163         7,386         14,312         14,793    
Provision for Loan Losses       181         175         290         175    
Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses     6,982         7,211         14,022         14,618    
Noninterest Income         1,093         1,276         2,231         2,358    
Noninterest Expenses         5,390         5,355         10,857         11,108    
Income before Income Tax Expense        2,685         3,132         5,396         5,868    
Income Tax Expense          587         638         1,130         1,214    
Net Income     $   2,098     $   2,494     $   4,266     $   4,654    
                       
Earnings Per Share - Basic    $   0.45     $   0.54     $   0.92     $   1.01    
Earnings Per Share - Diluted   $   0.44     $   0.53     $   0.90     $   0.98    
Annualized Return on Average Assets    0.85 %     1.02 %     0.88 %     0.96 %  
Average Assets     $   984,482     $   980,242     $   976,772     $   980,161    
Annualized Return on Average Equity    6.00 %     7.50 %     6.17 %     7.03 %  
Average Equity     $   140,239     $   133,406     $   139,431     $   133,520    
Efficiency Ratio       63.64 %     60.72 %     63.72 %     63.07 %  
Net Interest Spread       2.78 %     2.96 %     2.83 %     2.99 %  
Net Interest Margin       3.12 %     3.23 %     3.17 %     3.25 %  
Annualized Noninterest Expense to Average Assets   2.20 %     2.19 %     2.24 %     2.29 %  
                       
FINANCIAL CONDITION DATA:   June 30,    December 31,          
         2019     2018           
Total Assets     $   990,152     $   971,796        
Cash and Cash Equivalents       17,062         16,207        
Investment Securities         165,720         150,937      
Loans Receivable, Net         733,781         728,982      
Deposits           736,216         717,874      
Borrowed Funds         107,075         111,624      
Total Stockholders' Equity       141,546         137,890      
                       
Book Value Per Share     $   29.66     $   28.65            
Tangible Book Value Per Share   $   23.79     $   22.76            
                       
Allowance for Loan Losses    $   4,494     $   4,414            
Non-Performing Loans      $   2,489     $   2,730            
Allowance for Loan Losses to Total Loans   0.61 %     0.60 %          
Allowance for Loan Losses to Non-Performing Loans   180.55 %     161.68 %          
Non-Performing Assets to Total Assets   0.30 %     0.33 %          
Non-Performing Loans to Total Loans   0.34 %     0.37 %