Fraternity Community Bancorp, Inc. Reports Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2012

BALTIMORE--()--Fraternity Community Bancorp, Inc. (OTCBB:FRTR), the holding company for Fraternity Federal Savings and Loan Association, today announced that it had a net loss of $91,200 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, as compared to a net loss of $7,200 for the same quarter in 2011. The increase in net loss between the periods was primarily due to an increase in our provision for loan and lease losses of $195,500 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2011. Our provision for loan and lease losses were $201,900 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to $6,400 for the three months ended September 30, 2011. This was partially offset by an increase in net interest income of $59,400 or 6.4%. This was mainly due to a large decrease in interest expense, due to the combination of lower average balances of interest bearing liabilities and the fact we were able to take advantage of declining interest rates to reprice maturing certificates of deposit and Federal Home Loan Bank advances at lower rates. Noninterest income decreased by $50,900, or 38.7% from $131,600 for the three months ended September 30, 2011 to $80,700 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Noninterest expense decreased by $29,200 or 2.7% from $1,087,800 for the three months ended September 30, 2011 to $1,058,600 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Income tax benefit increased by $73,800, from $28,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2011 to $101,800 for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

For the nine month period ended September 2012, net income of $63,300 was reported, as compared to a net loss of $64,200 for the same period in 2011. The increase in net income between the periods was primarily due to an increase in net interest income of $597,800 or 22.9%. This was due to a large decrease in interest expense, due to the combination of lower average balances of interest bearing liabilities and the fact we were able to take advantage of declining interest rates to reprice maturing certificates of deposit and Federal Home Loan Bank advances at lower rates. This was partially offset by an increase in our provision for loan and lease losses of $313,200, from $67,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 to $380,200 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Noninterest income increased by $38,200, or 13.1% from $290,600 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 to $328,800 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Noninterest expense increased by $129,300 or 4.3% from $3.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 to $3.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Income tax benefit decreased by $66,000, from an income tax benefit of $122,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 to $56,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

At September 30, 2012, total assets decreased by $5.1 million to $170.2 million at September 30, 2012 from $175.3 million at December 31, 2011. The decrease in assets for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was due mainly to a $7.5 million decrease in our investment portfolio from $39.3 million at December 31, 2011 to $31.8 million at September 30, 2012, offset, in part, by a $2.4 million increase in cash and cash equivalents from $14.9 million at December 31, 2011 to $17.3 million at September 30, 2012. In addition, loans receivable, net, decreased by $2.1 million, from $111.9 million at December 31, 2011 to $109.8 million at September 30, 2012. Other real estate owned increased from $0 at December 31, 2011 to $1.8 million at September 30, 2012. This was the result of one speculative construction loan, one speculative land loan and one non-owner-occupied one-to-four family residential loan previously reported as non-accrual loans being foreclosed upon during the period.

Non-accrual loans totaled $4.7 million at September 30, 2012 compared to $3.8 million at December 31, 2011. Net loan charge-offs amounted to $56,900 during the three months ended September 30, 2012, compared to $6,400 during the three months ended September 30, 2011. As of December 31, 2011, non-accrual loans included two land loans totaling $309,000, one speculative construction loan totaling $1.6 million, two home equity lines of credit totaling $93,300, seven owner occupied one-to-four family residential loans totaling $1.4 million and six non-owner occupied one-to-four family residential loans totaling $475,600. As of September 30, 2012, nonaccrual loans included one land loan totaling $110,500, seventeen owner-occupied one-to-four family residential loans totaling $3.9 million, five non-owner-occupied one-to-four family residential loans totaling $367,700 and four home equity lines of credit totaling $330,300. The total increase of $2.0 million in the one-to-four family residential loan category is primarily due to two loans to the same borrower totaling $2.3 million. These loans were classified as trouble debt restructurings during this quarter and a specific reserve of $189,900 was established. At September 30, 2012 the allowance for loan losses was $1.4 million, or 1.25% of the total loan portfolio as compared to $1.25 million, or 1.10% of the total loan portfolio as of December 31, 2011.

The Company’s consolidated stockholder’s equity, all of which is tangible, was $29.7 million at September 30, 2012 compared to $30.1 million at December 31, 2011. From a regulatory perspective, the bank remains well capitalized with a Tier I Leverage ratio, Tier I Risk-Based Capital ratio and Total Risk-Based Capital ratio of 13.95%, 25.04% and 26.29%, respectively, as compared to 13.50%, 25.21% and 26.46%, respectively for the same measures as of December 31, 2011.

Fraternity Community Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Fraternity Federal Savings and Loan Association, founded in 1913. The Bank is a community-oriented financial institution, dedicated to serving the financial service needs of customers and businesses within its market area, which consists of Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties in Maryland.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking, as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations regarding important risk factors, including but not limited to real estate values, market conditions, the impact of interest rates on financing, local and national economic factors and the matters described in “Item 1A. Risk factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. Accordingly, actual results may differ from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, and the making of such statements should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that results expressed herein will be achieved.

   

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Balance Sheets
 

September 30, 2012

December 31, 2011

(in thousands) (in thousands)
ASSETS (unaudited)
 
Cash and due from banks $ 938 $ 1,034
Interest-bearing deposits in other banks 16,405 13,889
Investment Securities 31,765 39,257
Loans, Net 109,841 111,925
Other Real Estate Owned 1,783 0
Other Assets   9,434   9,226
Total Assets $ 170,166 $ 175,331
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Deposits $ 119,003 $ 121,200
Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank 20,000 22,500
Advances by borrowers for taxes and insurance 832 831
Other Liabilities   658   683
Total Liabilities 140,493 145,214
Stockholders' Equity   29,673   30,117
Total Liabilities & Stockholders' Equity $ 170,166 $ 175,331
 
       
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
 

 

 

For the Nine For the Nine

For the Three Months Ended

For the Three Months Ended

Months Ended Months Ended

September 30, 2012

September 30, 2011

September 30, 2012

September 30, 2011

(in thousands) (in thousands) (in thousands) (in thousands)
 
Interest Income
Loans $ 1,374 $ 1,443 $ 4,286 $ 4,371
Investment Securities 211 275 745 745
Other   9     10     35     34  
Total Interest Income 1,594 1,728 5,066 5,150
 
Interest Expense
Deposits 441 575 1,348 1,866
Borrowings   166     226     506     670  
Total Interest Expense 607 801 1,854 2,536
 
Net Interest Income 987 927 3,212 2,614
 
Provision for Loan Losses   202     6     380     67  
 
Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses 785 921 2,832 2,547
 
Noninterest Income 81 132 329 291
Noninterest Expense   1,059     1,088     3,154     3,024  
 
Net (Loss)/Income Before Income Taxes (193 ) (35 ) 7 (186 )
 
Income Tax Benefit   (102 )   (28 )   (56 )   (122 )
 
Net (Loss)/Income $ (91 ) $ (7 ) $ 63   $ (64 )
 

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Thomas K. Sterner, 410-539-1313

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