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Alliance Bancorp, Inc. of Pennsylvania Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Results and Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend

BROOMALL, Pa., Jan. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alliance Bancorp, Inc. of Pennsylvania (the "Company") (Nasdaq:ALLB) announced today its results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013. The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on the common stock of the Company of $.05 per share, payable on February 21, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 7, 2014.

The Company reported net income of $461,000 or $.10 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 as compared to $435,000 or $.08 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Net interest income increased $127,000 or 3.6% to $3.6 million and other income increased $690,000 to $888,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. Other expenses decreased $229,000 or 7.2% to $2.9 million while the provision for loan losses increased $400,000 to $450,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. Income tax expense amounted to $661,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 as compared to $41,000 for the same period in 2012.

The increase in net interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 was due to a $153,000 or 21.3% decrease in interest expense on customer deposits and other borrowings, which was partially offset by a decrease of $26,000 or 0.6% in total interest income. The increase in other income was primarily due to the gain on sale of fixed assets which amounted to $667,000. The decrease in other expenses primarily resulted from lower amounts of salaries and employee benefits, FDIC deposit insurance premiums and provision for loss on REO which were partially offset by higher amounts of professional fees and other non-interest expenses. The increase in the provision for loan losses was primarily due to $712,000 in net loan charge-offs taken in the fourth quarter of 2013 as compared to $416,000 in net loan recoveries in the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in income tax expense was primarily due to the Company's decision to record a $386,000 valuation allowance on its remaining capital loss carry-forwards which expire over the next three years.

For the year ended December 31, 2013, net income amounted to $1.8 million or $.38 per share as compared to net income of $2.5 million or $.48 per share for the year ended December 31, 2012. Net interest income decreased $47,000 or 0.3% to $14.2 million and other income decreased $493,000 to $1.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 as compared to 2012. Other expenses decreased $49,000 or 0.4% to $11.9 million and the provision for loan losses decreased $125,000 or 12.2% to $900,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013 as compared to $1.0 million for 2012. Lastly, income tax expense amounted to $987,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013 as compared to income tax expense of $659,000 for 2012.

The decrease in net interest income for the year ended December 31, 2013 was due to a $797,000 or 4.6% decrease in total interest income, which was partially offset by a decrease of $750,000 or 23.4% in interest expense on customer deposits and other borrowings. The decrease in other income was primarily due to a $318,000 decrease in gain on sale of REO and a $139,000 decrease in gain on sale of fixed assets. The decrease in other expenses primarily resulted from a lower provision for loss on REO, lower FDIC deposit insurance premiums and a decrease in loan and REO expenses. These decreases were partially offset by increases in professional fees, salaries and employee benefits expense and occupancy and equipment expense. The decrease in the provision for loan losses during 2013 compared to 2012 was primarily due to a lower level of delinquent and non-performing loans. The increase in income tax expense was primarily due to the Company's decision to record a $386,000 valuation allowance on its remaining capital loss carry-forwards which expire over the next three years.

The Company's total assets decreased $35.6 million or 7.7% to $425.3 million at December 31, 2013 as compared to $460.9 million at December 31, 2012. Cash and cash equivalents decreased $67.1 million or 59.7% to $45.2 million, while net loans receivable increased $20.0 million or 7.2% to $298.9 million. Investment and mortgage-backed securities increased $12.5 million or 29.9% to $54.4 million at December 31, 2013. Customer deposits decreased $25.7 million or 6.9% to $345.4 million and other borrowings increased $176,000 or 5.4% to $3.4 million at December 31, 2013. Total stockholders' equity amounted to $70.6 million or 16.6% of total assets as of December 31, 2013 compared to $80.0 million or 17.4% of total assets at December 31, 2012. The $9.4 million decrease in total stockholders' equity was primarily due to $10.9 million in share repurchases and $1.0 million in dividends paid which were partially offset by $1.8 million in net income for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Nonperforming assets decreased $2.0 million to $5.7 million or 1.35% of total assets at December 31, 2013 as compared to $7.7 million or 1.67% of total assets at December 31, 2012. The nonperforming assets at December 31, 2013 included $2.5 million in nonperforming loans and $3.2 million in other real estate owned. The decrease in nonperforming assets was primarily due to a $3.1 million decrease in nonperforming loans that primarily resulted from the transfer of $2.4 million of former nonperforming real estate loans to REO during the year ended December 31, 2013. As of December 31, 2013, nonperforming loans included $1.4 million in single-family residential real estate loans, $744,000 in commercial real estate loans and $412,000 in student loans, which are fully guaranteed by the U.S. Government. The allowance for loan losses amounted to $4.2 million or 166.7% of nonperforming loans at December 31, 2013 as compared to $4.9 million or 87.8% at December 31, 2012.

Alliance Bancorp, Inc. of Pennsylvania is the holding company for Alliance Bank, a Pennsylvania chartered, FDIC-insured savings bank headquartered in Broomall, Pennsylvania. Alliance Bank operates nine full-service branch offices located in Delaware and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania.

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include the words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend'" "plan," "estimate" or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may."

Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors – many of which are beyond the Company's control – could cause actual conditions, events or results to differ significantly from those described in the forward-looking statements. The Company's reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission describe some of these factors, including general economic conditions, changes in interest rates, deposit flows, the cost of funds, changes in credit quality and interest rate risks associated with the Company's business and operations. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

ALLIANCE BANCORP, INC. OF PENNSYLVANIA
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Interest income $4,182 $4,208 $16,612 $17,409
Interest expense 565 718 2,460 3,210
Net interest income 3,617 3,490 14,152 14,199
Provision for loan losses 450 50 900 1,025
Other income 888 198 1,444 1,937
Other expenses 2,933 3,162 11,861 11,910
Income before income tax expense 1,122 476 2,835 3,201
Income tax expense 661 41 987 659
Net income $461 $435 $1,848 $2,542
Basic earnings per share $0.10 $0.08 $0.38 $0.48
Dilutive earnings per share $0.10 $0.08 $0.38 $0.48
UNAUDITED SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA
(In thousands, except per share data)
At December 31,
2013 2012
Total assets $425,275 $460,915
Cash and cash equivalents 45,224 112,305
Investment and mortgage-backed securities 54,378 41,849
Loans receivable - net 298,877 278,876
Deposits 345,378 371,037
Other borrowings 3,437 3,261
Total stockholders' equity 70,609 80,002
Number of shares outstanding 4,467 5,202
Book value per share $15.81 $15.38

CONTACT: Peter J. Meier, CFO Phone: (610) 359-6903 Fax: (610) 359-6908Source:Alliance Bancorp, Inc. of Pennsylvania