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Cheviot Financial Corp. Reports Third-Quarter Earnings

CINCINNATI, Nov. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cheviot Financial Corp. (Nasdaq:CHEV), the parent company of Cheviot Savings Bank, today reported net earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2014 of $902,000, or $0.14 per share based upon 6,539,499 weighted average shares outstanding at September 30, 2014. Net earnings for the three months ended September 30, 2013 totaled $21,000 or $0.00 per share based upon 6,628,648 weighted average shares outstanding at September 30, 2013.

For the three months ended September 30, 2014:

Net earnings for the three months ended September 30, 2014 totaled $902,000, an $881,000 increase from the $21,000 earnings reported in the September 2013 period. The increase in net earnings reflects a decrease of $516,000 in general, administrative and other expenses, an increase in other income of $412,000, a decrease of $330,000 in the provision for losses on loans and an increase in net interest income of $88,000, which were partially offset by an increase of $465,000 in the provision for federal income taxes.

Total interest income decreased $109,000, or 2.3%, to $4.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, from the comparable quarter in 2013. Interest income on loans decreased $203,000, or 5.3%, to $3.6 million during the 2014 quarter from $3.8 million for the 2013 quarter. This decrease was due primarily to a $7.1 million, or 2.1%, decrease in the average balance of loans outstanding and a 15 basis point decrease in the average yield on loans to 4.40% for the 2014 quarter from 4.55% for the three months ended September 30, 2013. Interest income on mortgage-backed securities increased $33,000, or 61.1%, to $87,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014, from $54,000 for the comparable 2013 quarter, due primarily to a $6.5 million, or 52.2% increase in the average balance of securities outstanding and by a 10 basis point increase in the average yield. Interest income on investment securities increased $66,000, or 9.3%, to $778,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $712,000 for the same quarter in 2013, due primarily to a 43 basis point increase in the average yield to 2.16% in the 2014 quarter, which was partially offset by a decrease of $20.4 million in the average balance of investment securities outstanding. Interest income on other interest-earning deposits decreased $5,000, or 5.3% to $89,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014.

Interest expense decreased $197,000, or 18.5% to $868,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014, from $1.1 million for the same quarter in 2013. Interest expense on deposits decreased by $153,000, or 17.1%, to $741,000, from $894,000, due primarily to an 11 basis point decrease in the average costs of deposits to 0.64% and a $13.4 million, or 2.8% decrease in the average balance of deposits outstanding. The decrease in the average cost of deposits is due to the overall changes in the deposit composition and lower market rates for the period. Interest expense on borrowings decreased by $44,000, or 25.7%, due primarily to a $4.9 million decrease in the average balance outstanding and a 10 basis point decrease in the average cost of borrowings.

As a result of the foregoing changes in interest income and interest expense, net interest income increased by $88,000, or 2.4%, to $3.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014, as compared to the same quarter in 2013. The average interest rate spread increased to 2.94% for the three months ended September 30, 2014 from 2.75% for the three months ended September 30, 2013. The net interest margin increased to 2.97% for the three months ended September 30, 2014 from 2.79% for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

For the three months ended September 30, 2014, the company recorded a provision for losses on loans of $255,000, as compared to $585,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2013. At September 30, 2014 non-performing loans as a percent of net loans decreased to 1.7% from 2.8% at September 30, 2013.

Other income increased $412,000, or 80.6%, to $923,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014, compared to the same quarter in 2013, due primarily to the increase in the gain on sale of loans of $238,000 and the gain on sale of investment securities designated as available for sale of $74,000 and an increase in the gain on sale of real estate acquired through foreclosure of $91,000.

General, administrative and other expense decreased $516,000, or 14.4%, to $3.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014. This decrease is a result of a decrease of $138,000 in the impairment of real estate owned expense, a decrease of $198,000 in other operating expense and a decrease of $60,000 in property, payroll and other taxes.

The provision for federal income taxes increased $465,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2014. The effective tax rate for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was 31.2%.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2014:

Net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 totaled $2.2 million, a $1.2 million increase from the $1.1 million in net earnings reported for the September 2013 period. The increase in net earnings reflects an increase in other income of $902,000, a decrease of $909,000 in general, administrative and other expense, and a decrease in the provision for losses on loans of $115,000, which were partially offset by a decrease in net interest income of $132,000, and an increase in the provision for federal income taxes of $628,000.

Total interest income decreased $768,000, or 5.3%, to $13.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, from the comparable period in 2013. Interest income on loans decreased $777,000, or 6.6%, to $11.1 million during the 2014 period from $11.8 million for the 2013 period. This decrease was due primarily to a $4.6 million decrease in the average balance of loans outstanding and by a 25 basis point decrease in the average yield to 4.46% from 4.71% in the 2013 period. Interest income on mortgage-backed securities increased $63,000, or 46.3%, to $199,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, from $136,000 for the 2013 period, due primarily to an increase of $4.2 million in the average balance of securities outstanding and by an eight basis point increase in yield period over period. Interest income on investment securities decreased $31,000, or 1.3%, to $2.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to $2.4 million for the same period in 2013, due primarily to a decrease of $27.7 million, or 15.8%, in the average balance of investment securities outstanding, which was partially offset by a 31 basis point increase in the average yield to 2.10% for the 2014 period. Interest income on other interest-earning deposits decreased $23,000, or 7.9%, to $267,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, as compared to the same period in 2013.

Interest expense decreased $636,000, or 19.1%, to $2.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, from $3.3 million for the same period in 2013. Interest expense on deposits decreased by $501,000, or 18.0%, to $2.3 million from $2.8 million, due primarily to a $17.1 million decrease in the average balance outstanding, which was partially offset by 11 basis point decrease in the average costs of deposits to 0.66% during the 2014 period. Interest expense on borrowings decreased by $135,000, or 24.6%, due primarily to a $4.9 million, or 22.2%, decrease in the average balance outstanding and an 11 basis point decrease in the average cost of borrowings.

As a result of the foregoing changes in interest income and interest expense, net interest income decreased by $132,000, or 1.2%, to $11.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The average interest rate spread increased 14 basis points to 2.95% for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 from 2.81% for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. The net interest margin increased to 2.98% for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 from 2.85% for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the company recorded a provision for losses on loans of $810,000, as compared to $925,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

Other income increased $902,000, or 45.1%, to $2.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, due primarily to the gain on sale of investment securities designated as available for sale of $795,000 and the absence during the 2014 period of a loss on sale of office premises and equipment of $255,000. During the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company sold the former Franklin Savings headquarters.

General, administrative and other expense decreased $909,000, or 8.3%, to $10.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, from $11.0 million for the comparable period in 2013. The decrease is a result of a decrease of $472,000 in employee compensation and benefits, a decrease of $156,000 in occupancy and equipment, a decrease of $218,000 in property, payroll and other taxes, which were partially offset by an increase of $99,000 in real estate owned loss expense.

The provision for federal income taxes increased $628,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. The effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was 30.0%.

Financial Condition Changes at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013:

At September 30, 2014, total assets were $572.8 million, compared with $587.1 million at December 31, 2013. Total assets decreased $14.3 million, or 2.4%, primarily due to the decrease in investment securities of $9.7 million and a decrease in loans receivable of $1.6 million. The decrease in investment securities was a result of calls of $30.0 million and the sale of corporate securities of $2.7 million, which were offset by an increase in the fair market value of securities designated as available for sale of $7.2 million. The decrease in loans receivable resulted from the sale of loans in the secondary market of $17.2 million and principal repayments of $49.8 million, which were partially offset by loan originations of $66.3 million.

Total liabilities were $478.1 million at September 30, 2014, a decrease of $18.1 million, or 3.6% compared to $496.2 million at December 31, 2013. The decrease in total liabilities is a result of a decrease of $13.6 million, or 2.9% in total deposits which totaled $455.8 million at September 30, 2014, as compared to $469.4 million at December 31, 2013. Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati decreased by $3.8 million, or 19.8%, to $15.4 million at September 30, 2014, from $19.3 million at December 31, 2013. The decrease is a result of approximately $3.8 million in repayments during the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Shareholders' equity at September 30, 2014 was $94.8 million, an increase of $3.8 million, or 4.2%, from December 31, 2013. The increase primarily resulted from net income of $2.2 million and a decrease in the unrealized loss on securities designated as available for sale of $4.8 million, which were partially offset by repurchasing 127,000 shares at an average price of $11.37 per share through the stock buyback program for a total cost of $1.5 million and dividend payments on common stock of $1.8 million. At September 30, 2014, tangible book value per share was $12.53 as compared to $11.72 at December 31, 2013. Tangible book value per share was affected by the increase in the fair market value of investment securities designated as available for sale as other comprehensive loss decreased during the 2014 period. At September 30, 2014, other comprehensive loss was $2.5 million. Over time, the impact of the other comprehensive loss on our tangible book value per share will decrease as investments are called or mature at par; however, a sudden increase in interest rates can have an adverse effect, as increases in rates may increase accumulated comprehensive loss.

Cheviot Financial Corp.
SUMMARIZED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
The following tables set forth consolidated selected financial and other data of Cheviot Financial Corp. at the dates and for the periods presented.
For the Nine Months Ended
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
9/30/2014 9/30/2013
Selected Operating Data: (In thousands, except per share data)
Total interest income $13,855 $14,623
Total interest expense 2,692 3,328
Net interest income 11,163 11,295
Provision for losses on loans 810 925
Net interest income after provision for losses on loans 10,353 10,370
Total other income 2,901 1,999
Total general, administrative and other expense 10,052 10,961
Earnings before income taxes 3,202 1,408
Federal income taxes 959 331
Net earnings $2,243 $1,077
Earnings per share – basic and diluted $0.34 $0.15
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
9/30/2014 6/30/2014 3/31/2014 12/31/2013 9/30/2013
ASSETS: (In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents $16,298 $39,057 $39,816 $22,112 $15,873
Investment securities available for sale 144,289 144,123 140,702 153,942 164,483
Mortgage-backed securities available for sale 17,902 8,667 9,130 9,361 9,792
Mortgage-backed securities held to maturity – at cost 2,769 2,880 2,995 3,116 3,221
Loans receivable, net (1) 335,199 328,187 332,213 336,837 337,048
Other assets 56,376 58,129 59,397 61,742 61,324
Total Assets $572,833 $581,043 $584,253 $587,110 $591,741
LIABILITIES:
Deposits $455,805 $463,889 $466,635 $469,387 $471,493
Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank 15,444 16,187 17,801 19,261 20,108
Other liabilities 6,831 6,626 7,122 7,535 7,008
Total Liabilities 478,080 486,702 491,558 496,183 498,609
Total Shareholders' equity 94,753 94,341 92,695 90,927 93,132
Total Liabilities & Shareholders' equity $572,833 $581,043 $584,253 $587,110 $591,741
(1) Includes loans held for sale, net of allowance for loan losses and deferred loan costs.
For the Three Months Ended
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
9/30/2014 6/30/2014 3/31/2014 12/31/2013 9/30/2013
(In thousands, except per share data)
Total interest income $4,573 $4,606 $4,642 $4,689 $4,682
Total interest expense 868 904 919 1,003 1,065
Net interest income 3,705 3,702 3,723 3,686 3,617
Provision for losses on loans 255 355 200 518 585
Net interest income after provision for losses on loans 3,450 3,347 3,523 3,168 3,032
Total other income 923 957 1,054 701 511
Total general, administrative and other expense 3,062 3,574 3,416 3,425 3,578
Earnings (loss) before income taxes 1,311 730 1,161 444 (35)
Federal income taxes (benefit) 409 203 346 89 (56)
Net earnings $902 $527 $815 $355 $21
Earnings per share – basic and diluted $0.14 $0.08 $0.12 $0.06 $0.00
Cheviot Financial Corp.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA
For the Three Months Ended
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
9/30/2014 6/30/2014 3/31/2014 12/31/2013 9/30/2013
Selected Financial Ratios and Other Data:(1)
Performance Ratios:
Return on average assets 0.62% 0.36% 0.56% 0.24% 0.01%
Return on average equity 3.80 2.26 3.56 1.52 0.09
Average equity to average assets 16.43 15.97 15.79 15.87 15.81
Net interest margin (2) 2.94 2.98 2.96 2.86 2.79
Interest rate spread (2) 2.97 2.95 2.93 2.82 2.75
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities 104.62 102.92 104.43 105.33 104.75
Total general, administrative and other expenses to average total assets 2.12 2.45 2.35 2.32 2.40
Efficiency ratio (3) 66.16 76.73 71.52 78.07 86.68
Other Financial Ratios:
Basic earnings per share $0.14 $0.08 $0.12 $0.06 $0.00
Diluted earnings per share $0.14 $0.08 $0.12 $0.06 $0.00
Tangible book value per common share $12.53 $12.46 $12.05 $11.72 $12.02
Shares outstanding 6,707,803 6,707,803 6,793,903 6,834,803 6,836,903
Weighted average shares 6,539,499 6,607,066 6,653,983 6,628,306 6,628,648
Weighted average diluted shares 6,602,029 6,612,977 6,658,492 6,633,549 6,635,467
Asset Quality Ratios:
Nonperforming loans as a percent of net loans (4) 1.71% 1.47% 1.67% 2.20% 2.76%
Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets (4) 1.40 1.31 1.46 1.82 2.29
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of net loans 0.66 0.61 0.52 0.50 0.47
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of nonperforming assets (4) 27.75 26.14 20.25 15.88 11.61
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of net originated loans (5) 0.62 0.61 0.59 0.58 0.56
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of net purchased loans 0.88 0.71 0.53 0.53 0.44
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of originated non-performing assets (5) 39.36 43.15 32.09 25.38 17.79
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of purchased non-performing assets 17.41 14.39 11.50 9.64 10.04
Net charge-offs to average loans 0.01 0.08 0.05 0.38 0.11
Regulatory Capital Ratios (Bank Only):
Tangible capital 14.07% 13.73% 13.59% 13.46% 13.47%
Core capital 14.07 13.73 13.59 13.46 13.47
Risk-based capital 25.57 26.50 25.70 25.26 25.50
Number of:
Banking offices 12 12 12 12 12
(1) With the exception of end of period ratios, all ratios are based on average monthly balances during the periods.
(2) Interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted-average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted‑average rate on interest-bearing liabilities. Net interest margin represents net interest income as a percentage of average interest-earning assets.
(3) Efficiency ratio represents the ratio of general, administrative and other expenses divided by the sum of net interest income and total other income.
(4) Nonperforming loans consist of non-accrual loans and accruing loans greater than 90 days delinquent, while nonperforming assets consist of non-performing loans and real estate acquired through foreclosure. Includes non-performing assets acquired from First Franklin Corporation.
(5) Ratios exclude the effects of loans and non-performing assets acquired from First Franklin Corporation.

Cheviot Savings Bank was established in 1911 and currently has twelve full-service offices in Hamilton County, Ohio.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this release which are not historical facts are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. The company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

CONTACT: Thomas J. Linneman 513-661-0457Source:Cheviot Financial Corp.