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Cheviot Financial Corp. Reports Fourth-Quarter and Annual Earnings

CINCINNATI, Feb. 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cheviot Financial Corp. (Nasdaq:CHEV), the parent company of Cheviot Savings Bank, today reported net earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2014 of $836,000, or $0.13 per share based upon 6,541,410 weighted average shares outstanding at December 31, 2014. Net earnings for the three months ended December 31, 2013 totaled $355,000 or $0.06 per share based upon 6,628,306 weighted average shares outstanding at December 31, 2013. Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $3.1 million, or $0.47 per share based on 6,585,061 weighted average shares outstanding at December 31, 2014, compared to $1.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, or $0.21 per share based on 6,863,238 weighted average shares outstanding at December 31, 2013.

For the three months ended December 31, 2014:

Net earnings for the three months ended December 31, 2014 totaled $836,000, a $481,000, or 135.4% increase from the $355,000 of earnings reported in the December 2013 period. The increase in net earnings reflects a decrease of $304,000 in the provision for losses on loans, an increase in other income of $260,000, a decrease of $147,000 in general, administrative and other expense, and an increase in net interest income of $66,000, which were partially offset by an increase of $296,000 in the provision for federal income taxes.

Total interest income decreased $110,000, or 2.3%, to $4.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014, from the comparable quarter in 2013. Interest income on loans decreased $125,000, or 3.3%, to $3.7 million during the 2014 quarter from $3.8 million for the 2013 quarter. This decrease was due primarily to a $1.0 million, or 0.3%, decrease in the average balance of loans outstanding and a 13 basis point decrease in the average yield on loans to 4.36% for the 2014 quarter from 4.49% for the three months ended December 31, 2013. Interest income on mortgage-backed securities increased $30,000, or 50.0%, to $90,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $60,000 for the comparable 2013 quarter, due primarily to a $6.4 million, or 49.5% increase in the average balance of securities outstanding and by a one basis point increase in the average yield. Interest income on investment securities decreased $15,000, or 2.0%, to $742,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014, compared to $757,000 for the same quarter in 2013, due primarily to a decrease of $24.7 million in the average balance of investment securities outstanding, which was partially offset by a 30 basis point increase in the average yield to 2.20% in the 2014 quarter. Interest income on other interest-earning deposits decreased $1,000, or 1.1% to $90,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

Interest expense decreased $176,000, or 17.5% to $827,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014, from $1.0 million for the same quarter in 2013. Interest expense on deposits decreased by $135,000, or 16.0%, to $707,000, from $842,000, due primarily to a nine basis point decrease in the average costs of deposits to 0.63% and a $16.9 million, or 3.6% 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 $40,000, or 24.8%, due primarily to a $4.6 million decrease in the average balance outstanding and an eight 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 $66,000, or 1.8%, to $3.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014, as compared to the same quarter in 2013. The average interest rate spread increased to 2.99% for the three months ended December 31, 2014 from 2.82% for the three months ended December 31, 2013. The net interest margin increased to 3.03% for the three months ended December 31, 2014 from 2.86% for the three months ended December 31, 2013.

For the three months ended December 31, 2014, the company recorded a provision for losses on loans of $214,000, as compared to $518,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2013. At December 31, 2014, non-performing loans as a percent of net loans decreased to 1.5% from 2.2% at December 31, 2013.

Other income increased $260,000, or 37.1%, to $961,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014, compared to the same quarter in 2013, due primarily to an increase in the gain on sale of investment and mortgage-backed securities of $255,000 and an increase in the gain on sale of real estate acquired through foreclosure of $166,000.

General, administrative and other expense decreased $147,000, or 4.3%, to $3.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. This decrease is a result of a decrease of $140,000 in employee compensation expense, a decrease of $64,000 in occupancy and equipment expense, a decrease of $58,000 in property, payroll and other taxes, and a decrease of $92,000 in the impairment of real estate owned expense, which were partially offset by an increase of $62,000 in data processing.

The provision for federal income taxes increased $296,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The effective tax rate for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was 31.5%.

For the year ended December 31, 2014:

Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2014 totaled $3.1 million, a $1.6 million, or 115.0% increase from the $1.4 million in net earnings reported for 2013. The increase in net earnings reflects an increase in other income of $1.2 million, a decrease of $1.1 million in general, administrative and other expense, and a decrease in the provision for losses on loans of $419,000, which were partially offset by a decrease in net interest income of $67,000, and an increase in the provision for federal income taxes of $923,000.

Total interest income decreased $878,000, or 4.5%, to $18.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, from the 2013 year. Interest income on loans decreased $902,000, or 5.8%, to $14.7 million during 2014 from $15.6 million for 2013. This decrease was due primarily to a $3.7 million decrease in the average balance of loans outstanding and by a 22 basis point decrease in the average yield to 4.43% from 4.65% in 2013. Interest income on mortgage-backed securities increased $94,000, or 48.0%, to $290,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014, from $196,000 for the 2013 period, due primarily to an increase of $4.7 million in the average balance of securities outstanding and by a six basis point increase in yield year over year. Interest income on investment securities decreased $47,000, or 1.5%, to $3.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, due primarily to a decrease of $27.0 million, or 15.7%, in the average balance of investment securities outstanding, which was partially offset by a 30 basis point increase in the average yield to 2.12% for the 2014 period. Interest income on other interest-earning deposits decreased $23,000, or 6.1%, to $357,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014, as compared to the same period in 2013.

Interest expense decreased $811,000, or 18.7%, to $3.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, from $4.3 million for the same period in 2013. Interest expense on deposits decreased by $636,000, or 17.6%, to $3.0 million from $3.6 million, due primarily to a $17.0 million decrease in the average balance outstanding, which was partially offset by an 11 basis point decrease in the average costs of deposits to 0.65% during the 2014 period. Interest expense on borrowings decreased by $175,000, or 24.7%, due primarily to a $4.8 million, or 22.4%, 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 decreased by $67,000, or 0.4%, to $14.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. The average interest rate spread increased 15 basis points to 2.96% for the year ended December 31, 2014 from 2.81% for the year ended December 31, 2013. The net interest margin increased to 2.99% for the year ended December 31, 2014 from 2.86% for the year ended December 31, 2013.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, the company recorded a provision for losses on loans of $1.0 million, as compared to $1.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Other income increased $1.2 million, or 43.0%, to $3.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013, due primarily to the gain on sale of investment and mortgage-backed securities of $1.1 million and the absence during the 2014 period of a loss on sale of office premises and equipment of $255,000.

General, administrative and other expense decreased $1.1 million, or 7.3%, to $13.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, from $14.4 million for the comparable period in 2013. The decrease is a result of a decrease of $332,000 in employee compensation and benefits, a decrease of $220,000 in occupancy and equipment, a decrease of $276,000 in property, payroll and other taxes, which were partially offset by an increase of $89,000 in data processing expense.

The provision for federal income taxes increased $923,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014. The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2014 was 30.4%.

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

At December 31, 2014, total assets were $571.2 million, compared to $587.1 million at December 31, 2013. Total assets decreased $15.9 million, or 2.7%, primarily due to the decrease in investment securities of $26.9 million and a decrease in mortgage-backed securities of $3.1 million. The decrease in investment securities was a result of calls of $42.5 million, the sale of investment securities of $6.4 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 $8.8 million. The decrease in mortgage-backed securities resulted from the sale of $10.6 million in securities and principal repayments of $2.5 million, which were partially offset by purchases of $10.1 million.

Total liabilities were $475.1 million at December 31, 2014, a decrease of $21.1 million, or 4.3% compared to $496.2 million at December 31, 2013. The decrease in total liabilities is a result of a decrease of $17.6 million, or 3.8% in total deposits which totaled $451.8 million at December 31, 2014, as compared to $469.4 million at December 31, 2013. Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati decreased by $4.4 million, or 22.9%, to $14.9 million at December 31, 2014, from $19.3 million at December 31, 2013. The decrease is a result of approximately $4.3 million in repayments during the year ended December 31, 2014.

Shareholders' equity at December 31, 2014 was $96.2 million, an increase of $5.3 million, or 5.8%, from December 31, 2013. The increase primarily resulted from net income of $3.1 million and a decrease in the unrealized loss on securities designated as available for sale of $5.7 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 $2.4 million. At December 31, 2014, tangible book value per share was $12.72 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 December 31, 2014, other comprehensive loss was $1.5 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 Year Ended
(Unaudited)
12/31/2014 12/31/2013
Selected Operating Data: (In thousands, except per share data)
Total interest income $ 18,434 $19,312
Total interest expense 3,520 4,331
Net interest income 14,914 14,981
Provision for losses on loans 1,024 1,443
Net interest income after provision for losses on loans 13,890 13,538
Total other income 3,863 2,701
Total general, administrative and other expense 13,330 14,386
Earnings before income taxes 4,423 1,853
Federal income taxes 1,344 421
Net earnings $ 3,079 $ 1,432
Earnings per share – basic and diluted $0.47 $0.21
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
12/31/2014 9/30/2014 6/30/2014 3/31/2014 12/31/2013
ASSETS: (In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents $42,439 $16,298 $39,057 $39,816 $22,112
Investment securities available for sale 126,999 144,289 144,123 140,702 153,942
Mortgage-backed securities available for sale 9,400 17,902 8,667 9,130 9,361
Mortgage-backed securities held to maturity – at cost -- 2,769 2,880 2,995 3,116
Loans receivable, net (1) 337,095 335,199 328,187 332,213 336,837
Other assets 55,304 56,376 58,129 59,397 61,742
Total Assets $571,237 $572,833 $581,043 $584,253 $587,110
LIABILITIES:
Deposits $451,784 $455,805 $463,889 $466,635 $469,387
Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank 14,851 15,444 16,187 17,801 19,261
Other liabilities 8,420 6,831 6,626 7,122 7,535
Total Liabilities 475,055 478,080 486,702 491,558 496,183
Total Shareholders' equity 96,182 94,753 94,341 92,695 90,927
Total Liabilities & Shareholders' equity $571,237 $572,833 $581,043 $584,253 $587,110
(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)
12/31/2014 9/30/2014 6/30/2014 3/31/2014 12/31/2013
(In thousands, except per share data)
Total interest income $4,579 $4,573 $4,629 $4,653 $4,689
Total interest expense 827 868 905 920 1,003
Net interest income 3,752 3,705 3,724 3,733 3,686
Provision for losses on loans 214 255 355 200 518
Net interest income after provision for losses on loans 3,538 3,450 3,369 3,533 3,168
Total other income 961 923 935 1,044 701
Total general, administrative and other expense 3,278 3,062 3,574 3,416 3,425
Earnings before income taxes 1,221 1,311 730 1,161 444
Federal income taxes 385 410 203 346 89
Net earnings $836 $901 $527 $815 $355
Earnings per share – basic and diluted $0.13 $0.14 $0.08 $0.12 $0.06
Cheviot Financial Corp.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA
For the Three Months Ended
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
12/31/2014 9/30/2014 6/30/2014 3/31/2013 12/31/2013
Selected Financial Ratios and Other Data:(1)
Performance Ratios:
Return on average assets 0.59% 0.62% 0.36% 0.56% 0.24%
Return on average equity 3.50 3.80 2.26 3.56 1.52
Average equity to average assets 16.72 16.43 15.97 15.79 15.87
Net interest margin (2) 3.03 2.97 2.98 2.96 2.86
Interest rate spread (2) 2.99 2.94 2.95 2.93 2.82
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities 106.04 104.62 102.92 104.43 105.33
Total general, administrative and other expenses to average total assets 2.30 2.12 2.45 2.35 2.32
Efficiency ratio (3) 69.55 66.16 76.73 71.52 78.07
Other Financial Ratios:
Basic earnings per share $0.13 $0.14 $0.08 $0.12 $0.06
Diluted earnings per share $0.13 $0.14 $0.08 $0.12 $0.06
Tangible book value per common share $12.72 $12.53 $12.46 $12.05 $11.72
Shares outstanding 6,718,795 6,707,803 6,707,803 6,793,903 6,834,803
Weighted average shares 6,541,410 6,539,499 6,607,066 6,653,983 6,628,306
Weighted average diluted shares 6,605,690 6,602,029 6,612,977 6,658,492 6,633,549
Asset Quality Ratios:
Nonperforming loans as a percent of net loans (4) 1.51% 1.62% 1.43% 1.67% 2.07%
Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets (4) 1.21 1.35 1.29 1.46 1.75
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of net loans 0.66 0.66 0.61 0.52 0.50
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of nonperforming assets (4) 32.40 28.76 26.64 20.25 16.57
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of net originated loans (5) 0.66 0.62 0.61 0.59 0.58
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of net purchased loans 0.77 0.88 0.71 0.53 0.53
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of originated non-performing assets (5) 41.88 39.36 43.15 32.09 25.38
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of purchased non-performing assets 20.23 18.66 14.90 9.54 8.29
Net charge-offs to average loans 0.06 0.01 0.08 0.05 0.38
Regulatory Capital Ratios (Bank Only):
Tangible capital 13.88% 14.07% 13.73% 13.59% 13.46%
Core capital 13.88 14.07 13.73 13.59 13.46
Risk-based capital 25.23 25.57 26.50 25.70 25.26
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: Scott T. Smith 513-661-0457Source:Cheviot Financial Corp.