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Oritani Financial Corp. Announces 2nd Quarter Results and Dividend

TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON, N.J., Jan. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oritani Financial Corp. (the “Company” or “Oritani”) (NASDAQ:ORIT), the holding company for Oritani Bank (the “Bank”), reported net income of $15.9 million, or $0.38 per basic (and $0.37 diluted) common share, for the three months ended December 31, 2015, and $28.0 million, or $0.68 per basic (and $0.66 diluted) common share, for the six months ended December 31, 2015. Net income was $10.0 million, or $0.24 per basic and diluted common share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014, and $20.2 million, or $0.48 per basic (and $0.47 diluted) common share, for the six months ended December 31, 2014.

The Company also reported that its Board of Directors has declared a $0.175 quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s common stock. The record date for the dividend will be February 5, 2016 and the payment date will be February 19, 2016.

“I am pleased to report robust financial results and ongoing accomplishments,” said Kevin J. Lynch, the Company’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Our loan growth rebounded strongly and our overall pace for fiscal 2016 is now in line with our vigorous historical growth; we realized continued progress regarding the unwinding of our joint venture and real estate portfolios, materially augmenting income in the process; and we implemented a balance sheet restructure that had a direct positive impact on net interest income.” Mr. Lynch continued: “We continue to share our strong performance with our shareholders. Between the regular dividend and our $0.50 per share special dividend, we paid out over $28.0 million in dividends in the December quarter. In addition, another regular dividend was declared today.”

Comparison of Operating Results for the Periods Ended December 31, 2015 and 2014

Net Income. Net income increased $5.8 million to $15.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, from $10.0 million for the corresponding 2014 quarter. Net income increased $7.8 million to $28.0 million for the six months ended December 31, 2015, from $20.2 million for the corresponding 2014 period. The primary cause of the increase was profits on the sale of investments in real estate joint ventures, partially offset by prepayment fees on the prepayment of FHLB advances.

Total Interest Income. The components of interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, changed as follows:

Three Months Ended December 31,Increase / (decrease)
2015 2014 Average
$Yield$Yield$BalanceYield
(Dollars in thousands)
Interest on mortgage loans$ 31,148 4.43%$ 31,041 4.81%$ 107 $ 232,472 -0.38%
Dividends on FHLB stock 391 4.58% 500 4.65% (109) (8,870) -0.07%
Interest on securities AFS 1,154 1.98% 1,671 2.00% (517) (101,126) -0.02%
Interest on securities HTM 663 1.94% 450 2.05% 213 48,922 -0.11%
Interest on federal funds sold and short term investments 1 0.25% 1 0.25% - (35) -%
Total interest income$ 33,357 4.15%$ 33,663 4.42%$ (306)$ 171,363 -0.27%

The Company’s primary strategic business objective remains the organic growth of multifamily and commercial real estate loans. The average balance of the loan portfolio increased $232.5 million, or 9.0%, for the three months ended December 31, 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period. On a linked quarter basis (December 31, 2015 versus September 30, 2015), the annualized growth rates of the portfolio were 7.7% and 21.3%, when measured based on average and period end balances, respectively. The disparity in these results is due to a significant amount of loan growth in the month of December, 2015. After a somewhat disappointing result in the September 2015 quarter, loan growth rebounded significantly over the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Loan originations totaled $221.1 million and loan purchases totaled $37.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. While management will strive to continue to realize meaningful loan growth, growth at the levels experienced for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 are not expected to continue. Management is currently exploring a loan sale that may partially offset loan growth in the March, 2016 quarter. The amount of this potential sale would approximate the amount purchased in the December quarter. Loan principal payments totaled $112.1 million over that same period. The prepayment level remains elevated. The Company continues to limit the origination of loans with certain features that are desirable to borrowers in the current market (primarily fixed rate periods greater than 5 years and interest only periods greater than one year). This decision contributes to the elevated prepayments in addition to having a negative impact on originations. Management believes this restraint is in the best long term interests of the Company.

The yield on the loan portfolio decreased 38 basis points for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period. A portion of the decrease in yield is due to the impact of decreased prepayment penalties. Absent prepayment penalties, the yield on the loan portfolio decreased 27 basis points over the periods. On a linked quarter basis, the yield on the loan portfolio decreased 3 basis points. The decrease continues a trend of decreased yield on loans and was primarily attributable to the impact of current market rates on new originations as well as refinancings, prepayments and repricings. Competition for multifamily and commercial real estate loan originations remains elevated and the spread to alternative costs of funds remains lower than historical levels. The market rates on new originations are below the average yield of the loan portfolio. The vast majority of our multifamily and commercial real estate loan originations reprice in five years or less. This discipline offers greater interest rate risk protection but provides lower yields than loans with longer fixed rate terms. Prepayment penalties totaled $1.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 versus $2.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Prepayment penalties boosted annualized loan yield by 22 basis points in the 2015 period versus 33 basis points in the 2014 period.

The average balance of securities available for sale decreased $101.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period, while the average balance of securities held to maturity increased $48.9 million over the same period. The Company has been classifying the majority of new purchases as held to maturity and $59.7 million of securities available for sale were sold over the preceding 12 months. The overall level of securities was reduced due to loan growth and the low rates of return available on investment purchases.

The components of interest income for the six months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, changed as follows:

Six Months Ended December 31,Increase / (decrease)
2015 2014 Average
$Yield$Yield$BalanceYield
(Dollars in thousands)
Interest on mortgage loans$ 61,937 4.45%$ 60,768 4.74%$ 1,169 $ 220,975 -0.29%
Dividends on FHLB stock 792 4.40% 976 4.24% (184) (9,986) 0.16%
Interest on securities AFS 2,357 1.95% 3,471 1.99% (1,114) (106,419) -0.04%
Interest on securities HTM 1,234 1.99% 814 2.13% 420 47,790 -0.14%
Interest on federal funds sold and short term investments 2 0.25% 3 0.25% (1) (724) -%
Total interest income$ 66,322 4.16%$ 66,032 4.35%$ 290 $ 151,636 -0.19%

The explanations for changes described above for the three month period are also applicable to the six month period. Loan originations and purchases for the six months ended December 31, 2015 totaled $335.7 million and $37.3 million, respectively. Loan originations for the six months ended December 31, 2014 totaled $340.5 million (and there were no loan purchases over that period). Prepayment penalties totaled $3.1 million in both the 2015 and 2014 periods, and boosted annualized loan yield by 23 basis points in the 2015 period versus 24 basis points in the 2014 period.

Total Interest Expense. The components of interest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, changed as follows:

Three Months Ended December 31,Increase / (decrease)
2015 2014 Average
$Cost$Cost$BalanceCost
(Dollars in thousands)
Savings deposits$ 94 0.24%$ 96 0.24%$ (2)$ (2,907) 0.00%
Money market 1,347 0.80% 557 0.49% 790 213,162 0.31%
Checking accounts 418 0.37% 440 0.38% (22) (9,099) -0.01%
Time deposits 2,597 1.24% 1,750 0.99% 847 134,210 0.25%
Total deposits 4,456 0.84% 2,843 0.64% 1,613 335,366 0.20%
Borrowings 3,607 2.16% 5,756 2.67% (2,149) (194,271) -0.51%
Total interest expense$ 8,063 1.16%$ 8,599 1.30%$ (536)$ 141,095 -0.14%

Strong deposit growth remains a strategic objective of the Company. As detailed above, the average balance of deposits increased $335.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period. The average balance of deposits increased $118.7 million when measured versus the quarter ended September 30, 2015, and $162.5 million when measured versus the quarter ended June 30, 2015. A portion of the growth in the fiscal year has been due to brokered deposits. However, absent the impact of brokered funds, the average balance of deposits increased $70.5 million and $146.3 million versus the quarters ended September 30, 2015, and June 30, 2015, respectively. The overall cost of deposits increased 20 basis points for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period. On a linked quarter basis, the cost of deposits increased 11 basis points. This increase was primarily driven by an increase in the cost of money market accounts, which increased from a cost of 54 basis points for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 to a cost of 80 basis points for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Included in money market balance are $230.0 million of brokered deposits whose costs are tied to a LIBOR index. These balances were used as the hedged item for interest rate swaps that were established in October, 2015. The cost of the swaps is now being reflected as interest expense on these money market funds as the money market funds are the item hedged by the swap. The cost of the swap is higher than the previous cost of the money market accounts as the swap provides much greater interest rate protection. See additional information under “Net Interest Income Before Provision for Loan Losses – Balance Sheet Restructure.”

As detailed in table above, the average balance of borrowings decreased $194.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 versus the comparable 2014 period, while the cost decreased 51 basis points. On a linked quarter basis, the average balance and cost of borrowings decreased $82.3 million and 58 basis points, respectively. The cost of borrowings was also affected by the balance sheet restructure; please see “Net Interest Income Before Provision for Loan Losses – Balance Sheet Restructure” for additional information. The average balance of borrowings decreased as an increase in the average balance of deposits allowed the Company to pay down borrowings. Although the average balance decreased, on a linked quarter basis the period end balance increased. The increase was primarily due to significant loan closings that occurred toward the end of December.

The components of interest expense for the six months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, changed as follows:

Six Months Ended December 31,Increase / (decrease)
2015 2014 Average
$Cost$Cost$BalanceCost
(Dollars in thousands)
Savings deposits$ 188 0.24%$ 192 0.24%$ (4)$ (2,572) 0.00%
Money market 2,186 0.68% 1,081 0.49% 1,105 203,142 0.19%
Checking accounts 814 0.37% 918 0.40% (104) (11,483) -0.03%
Time deposits 4,930 1.22% 3,266 1.01% 1,664 166,394 0.21%
Total deposits 8,118 0.79% 5,457 0.64% 2,661 355,481 0.15%
Borrowings 8,761 2.47% 11,561 2.50% (2,800) (214,204) -0.03%
Total interest expense$ 16,879 1.22%$ 17,018 1.30%$ (139)$ 141,277 -0.08%

The explanations for changes described above for the three month period regarding deposits are also applicable to the six month period.

Net Interest Income Before Provision for Loan Losses. Net interest income increased by $230,000 to $25.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $25.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Net interest income increased by $429,000 to $49.4 million for the six months ended December 31, 2015, from $49.0 million for the six months ended December 31, 2014. The Company’s net interest income, spread and margin over the period are detailed in the chart below.

Including Prepayment PenaltiesExcluding Prepayment Penalties *
Net Interest Net Interest
Income Before Income Before
Quarter EndedProvisionSpreadMarginProvisionSpreadMargin
(dollars in thousands)
December 31, 2015$ 25,294 2.99% 3.14%$ 23,744 2.79% 2.95%
September 30, 2015 24,149 2.89% 3.05% 22,567 2.69% 2.85%
June 30, 2015 23,921 2.89% 3.05% 23,091 2.78% 2.95%
March 31, 2015 23,815 2.90% 3.07% 23,363 2.86% 3.01%
December 31, 2014 25,064 3.12% 3.29% 22,894 2.83% 3.01%
* - Prepayment penalties on FHLB advances that occurred in the quarters ended 12/31/2015 and 03/31/2015 are also excluded.

The Company’s spread and margin have been significantly impacted by prepayment penalties. Due to this situation, the chart above details results with and without the impact of prepayment penalties. While prepayment penalty income is expected to continue, significant fluctuations in the level of prepayment income are also expected.

Excluding the impact of the balance sheet restructure (see below) and prepayment penalties, the spread and margin are expected to continue to experience compression. The Company’s spread and margin remain under pressure due to several factors, including: the further flattening of the treasury yield curve; rates on new loan originations and investment purchases; modifications of loans within the existing loan portfolio; prepayments of higher yielding loans and investments; limited ability to reduce deposit and borrowing costs (without substantial penalty); and promotional interest costs to attract new deposit customers. The rates on new loan originations are being impacted by increased competition. The spread on new loan rates versus external sources of funds have decreased over the past year. In addition, the Company typically originates loans that have a reset period of 5 years or less. Such loans generally bear a lower rate of interest versus loans with a longer reset period.

The Company’s net interest income and net interest rate spread were both negatively impacted in all periods due to the reversal of accrued interest income on loans delinquent more than 90 days. The total of such income reversed was $123,000 and $299,000 for the three and six months ended December 31, 2015, respectively, and 256,000 and $505,000 for the three and six months ended December 31, 2014, respectively.

Balance Sheet restructure. The Company took several steps over the quarter to improve its net interest income and interest rate risk position. These steps are detailed below:

  • The Company had (and maintains) $100.0 million of deferred interest rate swaps. The Company’s liability costs were variable until the effective date of these swaps (the dates when the cash flows are exchanged). The Company executed $100.0 million of short term swaps in order to fix their costs until the existing deferred swaps become effective. The details of these short term swaps are below:

NotionalEffectiveMaturity
AmountDateDateRate
$ 50,000,000 10/12/20154/11/2016 0.279%
25,000,000 10/12/20151/11/2017 0.435%
25,000,000 10/12/20157/11/2017 0.548%
total / weighted average$100,000,000 10/12/201510/10/2016 0.385%

  • The Company executed $130.0 million of additional swaps, as detailed below:

NotionalEffectiveMaturity
AmountDateDateRate
$ 30,000,000 10/1/201510/1/2020 1.233%
20,000,000 10/1/20154/1/2021 1.326%
20,000,000 10/1/201510/1/2021 1.407%
25,000,000 10/1/20154/1/2022 1.480%
35,000,000 10/1/20154/1/2023 1.611%
total / weighted average$ 130,000,000 10/1/201512/9/2021 1.423%

  • The Company prepaid a total of $185.0 million of FHLB advances with a weighted average cost of 4.325%. In conjunction with the prepayments, the Company incurred fees totaling $13.9 million.
  • The Company sold certain investment securities and purchased replacement securities, as detailed below:

PrincipalEffective
DescriptionAmountYieldGain
Purchased
Seasoned 15 year pass through$ 24,811,459 1.95%n/a
Seasoned 10/1 ARM 17,081,581 2.01%n/a
total$ 41,893,040 1.98%
Sold
Various AFS securities$ 37,456,522 1.54%$ 198,530

The Company believes the above transactions achieved their objectives and the Company will continue to investigate transactions that improve net interest income and interest rate risk position.

Provision for Loan Losses. The Company recorded no provision for loan losses for the three and six months ended December 31, 2015 as compared to $0 and $200,000 for the three and six months ended December 31, 2014, respectively. A rollforward of the allowance for loan losses for the three and six months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 is presented below:

Quarter ended Six months ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
(Dollars in thousands)
Balance at beginning of period$30,634 $31,569 $30,889 $31,401
Provisions charged to operations - - - 200
Recoveries of loans previously charged off 1 1 1 2
Loans charged off - 304 255 337
Balance at end of period$30,635 $31,266 $30,635 $31,266
Allowance for loan losses to total loans 1.04% 1.18% 1.04% 1.18%
Net charge-offs (annualized) to average loans outstanding-% 0.047% 0.018% 0.026%

Delinquency and nonaccrual trends, changes in loan risk ratings, loan growth, charge-offs and economic and business conditions continue to have a meaningful impact on the level of provision for loan losses.

Delinquency and non performing asset information is provided below:

12/31/20159/30/20156/30/20153/31/201512/31/2014
(Dollars in thousands)
Delinquency Totals
30 - 59 days past due$ 6,320 $ 8,188 $ 2,535 $ 5,126 $ 3,824
60 - 89 days past due 404 190 416 291 205
Nonaccrual 10,880 10,879 12,575 13,191 17,533
Total$ 17,604 $ 19,257 $ 15,526 $ 18,608 $ 21,562
Non Performing Asset Totals
Nonaccrual loans, per above$ 10,880 $ 10,879 $ 12,575 $ 13,191 $ 17,533
Real Estate Owned 487 2,926 4,059 5,594 4,368
Total$ 11,367 $ 13,805 $ 16,634 $ 18,785 $ 21,901
Nonaccrual loans to total loans 0.37% 0.39% 0.45% 0.48% 0.66%
Delinquent loans to total loans 0.60% 0.69% 0.55% 0.68% 0.81%
Non performing assets to total assets 0.32% 0.41% 0.50% 0.57% 0.67%

Delinquent loan and non performing asset totals continue to illustrate minimal credit issues at the Company. In addition, of the $10.9 million in loans classified as nonaccrual at December 31, 2015, $8.6 million were fully current.

Other Income. Other income increased $25.7 million to $27.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $1.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The Company continued its previously announced intention of the strategic disposition of its investments in real estate joint ventures and real estate held for investment portfolios. The pretax gain realized on such dispositions for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was $25.3 million. There was also a gain of $225,000 on the disposition of real estate owned. There were no sales of real estate joint venture or real estate held for investment in the comparable 2014 period. See additional information under “Comparison of Financial Condition at December 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015,” regarding the sales of investments in real estate joint ventures and real estate held for investment. Net income from investments in real estate joint ventures decreased by $176,000 to $311,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $487,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Income from real estate operations, net decreased by $279,000 to $36,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $315,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014. Earnings from these two categories have decreased due to the sale of properties that had contributed income. This trend can be expected to continue as the Company continues to strategically sell such properties. A gain of $604,000 was realized on the sale of equity securities as well as the sale of investment securities sold in conjunction with the balance sheet restructure. See “Net Interest Income Before Provision for Loan Losses – Balance Sheet Restructure” for additional information.

Other income increased $29.7 million to $33.5 million for the six months ended December 31, 2015 from $3.8 million for the six months ended December 31, 2014. The six month period was also impacted by the issues described above regarding the sales of, and income from, investments in real estate joint ventures and real estate held for investment.

Other Expenses. Other expenses increased $15.6 million to $26.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $11.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The increase was primarily due to prepayment fees incurred in connection with the prepayment of various FHLB advances. See “Net Interest Income Before Provision for Loan Losses – Balance Sheet Restructure” for additional information. Compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits increased $2.3 million to $10.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $7.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The increase was primarily due to increased ESOP expense but also impacted by increases in direct compensation, primarily due to additional staffing and salary adjustments. Real estate owned operations decreased $979,000 to $11,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015, from $990,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014. The decrease was principally due to a $900,000 valuation adjustment recognized on a REO property in the 2014 period.

Other expenses increased $16.3 million to $37.7 million for the six months ended December 31, 2015, from $21.4 million for the six months ended December 31, 2014. The six month period was also affected by the items described above for the three month period.

Income Tax Expense. Income tax expense for the three months ended December 31, 2015 was $10.0 million on pre-tax income of $25.8 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 38.7%. Income tax expense for the three months ended December 31, 2014 was $5.5 million on pre-tax income of $15.5 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 35.3%. Income tax expense for the six months ended December 31, 2015, was $17.2 million, due to pre-tax income of $45.2 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 38.0%. For the six months ended December 31, 2014, income tax expense was $11.0 million, due to pre-tax income of $31.2 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 35.3%.

Comparison of Financial Condition at December 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015

Total Assets. Total assets increased $159.9 million to $3.51 billion at December 31, 2015, from $3.35 billion at June 30, 2015.

Cash and Cash Equivalents. Cash and cash equivalents (which include fed funds and short term investments) decreased $5.3 million to $9.9 million at December 31, 2015, from $15.1 million at June 30, 2015.

Net Loans. Loans, net increased $155.3 million to $2.91 billion at December 31, 2015, from $2.76 billion at June 30, 2015. See “Total Interest Income” for discussion regarding loans balances.

Securities available for sale. Securities AFS decreased $34.5 million to $224.4 million at December 31, 2015, from $259.0 million at June 30, 2015. In conjunction with balance sheet restructure, the Company sold securities AFS totaling $38.0 million and purchased such securities totaling $42.2 million. The overall decrease in Securities AFS was due to principal payments that occurred over the period.

Securities held to maturity. Securities HTM increased $49.6 million to $157.6 million at December 31, 2015, from $108.0 million at June 30, 2015. Purchases over the period totaled $59.0 million.

Investments in Real Estate Joint Ventures, Net and Real Estate Held for Investment. The Company previously announced its intention to explore the sale of the properties and interests in these portfolios. The table below details the properties that have been sold:

Book
EntityType Proceeds Value Gain
(dollars in thousands)
Oaklyn Associatesa$ 1,963 $ (125)$ 2,088
Palisades Parkb 9,833 304 9,529
2015 Fiscal year 11,796 179 11,617
Madison Associatesa 2,453 (45) 2,498
Van Buren Apartmentsa 1,811 145 1,666
34 Grant LLCa 342 297 45
Quarter Ended 9/30/2015 4,606 397 4,209
Hampshire Realtya 1,469 (26) 1,495
10 Landing Lanea 5,807 (586) 6,393
River Villa Mews, LLCa 579 274 305
Marine Viewb 4,697 648 4,049
Brighton Court Associatesa 1,207 80 1,127
Park Laneb 7,021 (161) 7,182
Parkway Eastb 1,701 (332) 2,033
Park Viewb 2,571 (174) 2,745
Quarter Ended 12/31/2015 25,052 (277) 25,329
2016 Fiscal Year 29,658 120 29,538
Total Sales $ 41,454 $ 299 $ 41,155
a - Investment in real estate joint venture
b - Real estate held for investment

As of December 31, 2015, there were seven entities remaining in the portfolios. Four of these entities are under contract for sale and the remaining three are being marketed for sale.

Real Estate Owned. REO decreased $3.6 million to $487,000 at December 31, 2015, from $4.1 million at June 30, 2015. The balance at December 31, 2015 consisted of 2 properties and the balance at June 30, 2015 consisted of 8 properties.

Deposits. Deposits increased $157.7 million to $2.12 billion at December 31, 2015, from $1.96 billion at June 30, 2015. See “Total Interest Expense” for discussion regarding deposit balances.

Borrowings. Borrowings decreased $2.6 million to $793.8 million at December 31, 2015, from $796.4 million at June 30, 2015. See “Total Interest Expense” for discussion regarding borrowing amounts.

Stockholders’ Equity. Stockholders’ equity increased $686,000 to $518.4 million at December 31, 2015, from $517.7 million at June 30, 2015. The increase was primarily due to net income and the net impact of the amortization of stock based compensation plans, partially offset by dividends and repurchases. Dividends paid over the six month period include two regular dividends, totaling $0.35 per share, as well as a $0.50 per share special dividend. During the six months ended December 31, 2015, 100,978 shares of stock were repurchased at a total cost of $1.6 million and an average cost of $15.77 per share. Based on our December 31, 2015 closing price of $16.50 per share, the Company stock was trading at 141.3% of book value.

About the Company

Oritani Financial Corp. is the holding company for Oritani Bank, a New Jersey state chartered bank offering a full range of retail and commercial loan and deposit products. Oritani Bank is dedicated to providing exceptional personal service to its individual and business customers. The Bank currently operates its main office and 24 full service branches in the New Jersey Counties of Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic. A new branch in Westwood, New Jersey (in Bergen County) will be opening soon. For additional information about Oritani Bank, please visit www.oritani.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods, or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may," "will," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "continue,” or similar terms or variations on those terms, or the negative of those terms. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those risk factors disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2015 (as supplemented by our quarterly reports), and the following: those related to the economic environment, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, competitive products and pricing, fiscal and monetary policies of the U.S. Government, changes in government regulations affecting financial institutions, including regulatory fees and capital requirements, changes in prevailing interest rates, credit risk management, asset-liability management, the financial and securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity.

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company wishes to advise readers that the factors listed above could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause the Company's actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements. The Company does not undertake and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions, which may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

Oritani Financial Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)
Dec. 31, June 30,
Assets 2015 2015
(unaudited) (audited)
Cash on hand and in banks $ 9,859 $ 11,380
Federal funds sold and short term investments 3,749
Cash and cash equivalents 9,859 15,129
Loans, net 2,911,468 2,756,212
Securities available for sale, at fair value 224,434 258,963
Securities held to maturity, fair value of $156,292 and $107,749 at Dec. 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015, respectively 157,570 107,990
Bank Owned Life Insurance (at cash surrender value) 91,983 90,609
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock ("FHLB"), at cost 39,761 39,898
Accrued interest receivable 6,335 9,266
Investments in real estate joint ventures, net 5,599 6,658
Real estate held for investment 655
Real estate owned 487 4,059
Office properties and equipment, net 14,567 14,431
Deferred tax assets 41,811 41,356
Other assets 9,117 7,839
Total Assets $ 3,512,991 $ 3,353,065
Liabilities
Deposits $ 2,120,476 $ 1,962,737
Borrowings 793,807 796,372
Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance 20,006 20,445
Official checks outstanding 3,096 3,528
Other liabilities 57,250 52,313
Total liabilities 2,994,635 2,835,395
Stockholders' Equity
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 56,245,065 shares issued; 44,397,697 shares outstanding at Dec. 31, 2015 and 44,012,239 shares outstanding at June 30, 2015 562 562
Additional paid-in capital 510,016 508,999
Unallocated common stock held by the employee stock ownership plan (21,158) (22,803)
Restricted Stock Awards (4,242) (8,088)
Treasury stock, at cost; 11,847,368 shares at Dec. 31, 2015 and 12,232,826 shares at June 30, 2015 (157,466) (162,344)
Retained income 194,871 203,192
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax (4,227) (1,848)
Total stockholders' equity 518,356 517,670
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 3,512,991 $ 3,353,065


Oritani Financial Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
Three and Six Months Ended December 31, 2015 and 2014
(In thousands, except share data)
Three months ended Six months ended
Dec. 31, Dec. 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
unaudited
Interest income:
Mortgage loans $31,148 $ 31,041 $61,937$ 60,768
Dividends on FHLB stock 391 500 792 976
Securities available for sale 1,154 1,671 2,357 3,471
Securities held to maturity 663 450 1,234 814
Federal funds sold and short term investments 1 1 2 3
Total interest income 33,357 33,663 66,322 66,032
Interest expense:
Deposits 4,456 2,843 8,118 5,457
Borrowings 3,607 5,756 8,761 11,561
Total interest expense 8,063 8,599 16,879 17,018
Net interest income before provision for loan losses 25,294 25,064 49,443 49,014
Provision for loan losses 200
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 25,294 25,064 49,443 48,814
Other income:
Service charges 208 240 466 463
Real estate operations, net 36 315 271 668
Net income from investments in real estate joint ventures 311 487 718 1,335
Bank-owned life insurance 678 680 1,374 1,192
Net gain (loss) on sale of assets 25,554 (10) 29,866 (10)
Net gain (loss) on sale of securities 604 604 (2)
Other income 91 69 168 142
Total other income 27,482 1,781 33,467 3,788
Other expenses:
Compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits 10,056 7,730 17,759 14,954
Advertising 90 105 180 195
Office occupancy and equipment expense 689 692 1,407 1,421
Data processing service fees 496 472 1,014 935
Federal insurance premiums 399 390 798 778
Real estate owned operations 11 990 341 1,129
FHLBNY prepayment penalties 13,873 13,873
Other expenses 1,315 930 2,294 1,954
Total other expenses 26,929 11,309 37,666 21,366
Income before income tax expense 25,847 15,536 45,244 31,236
Income tax expense 9,996 5,490 17,211 11,029
Net income $15,851 $ 10,046 $28,033 20,207
Earnings per basic common share$ 0.38 $ 0.24 $ 0.68$ 0.48
Earnings per diluted common share$ 0.37 $ 0.24 $ 0.66$ 0.47


Average Balance Sheet and Yield/Rate Information
For the Three Months Ended (unaudited)
December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
Average
Outstanding
Balance
Interest
Earned/
Paid
Average
Yield/
Rate
Average
Outstanding
Balance
Interest
Earned/
Paid
Average
Yield/
Rate
(Dollars in thousands)
Interest-earning assets:
Loans (1) $ 2,812,491 $ 31,148 4.43% $ 2,580,019 $ 31,041 4.81%
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock 34,155 391 4.58% 43,025 500 4.65%
Securities available for sale 233,061 1,154 1.98% 334,187 1,671 2.00%
Securities held to maturity 136,653 663 1.94% 87,731 450 2.05%
Federal funds sold and short term investments 1,600 1 0.25% 1,635 1 0.25%
Total interest-earning assets 3,217,960 33,357 4.15% 3,046,597 33,663 4.42%
Non-interest-earning assets 181,344 181,083
Total assets $ 3,399,304 $ 3,227,680
Interest-bearing liabilities:
Savings deposits 157,025 94 0.24% 159,932 96 0.24%
Money market 670,240 1,347 0.80% 457,078 557 0.49%
Checking accounts 448,086 418 0.37% 457,185 440 0.38%
Time deposits 839,997 2,597 1.24% 705,787 1,750 0.99%
Total deposits 2,115,348 4,456 0.84% 1,779,982 2,843 0.64%
Borrowings 668,983 3,607 2.16% 863,254 5,756 2.67%
Total interest-bearing liabilities 2,784,331 8,063 1.16% 2,643,236 8,599 1.30%
Non-interest-bearing liabilities 80,764 64,448
Total liabilities 2,865,095 2,707,684
Stockholders' equity 534,209 519,996
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,399,304 $ 3,227,680
Net interest income $ 25,294 $ 25,064
Net interest rate spread (2) 2.99% 3.12%
Net interest-earning assets (3) $ 433,629 $ 403,361
Net interest margin (4) 3.14% 3.29%
Average of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities 115.57% 115.26%



Average Balance Sheet and Yield/Rate Information
For the Six Months Ended (unaudited)
December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
Average
Outstanding
Balance
Interest
Earned/
Paid
Average
Yield/
Rate
Average
Outstanding
Balance
Interest
Earned/
Paid
Average
Yield/
Rate
(Dollars in thousands)
Interest-earning assets:
Loans (1) $ 2,785,918 $ 61,937 4.45% $ 2,564,943 $ 60,768 4.74%
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock 36,012 792 4.40% 45,998 976 4.24%
Securities available for sale 242,252 2,357 1.95% 348,671 3,471 1.99%
Securities held to maturity 124,166 1,234 1.99% 76,376 814 2.13%
Federal funds sold and short term investments 1,630 2 0.25% 2,354 3 0.25%
Total interest-earning assets 3,189,978 66,322 4.16% 3,038,342 66,032 4.35%
Non-interest-earning assets 180,870 171,444
Total assets $ 3,370,848 $ 3,209,786
Interest-bearing liabilities:
Savings deposits 157,956 188 0.24% 160,528 192 0.24%
Money market 644,928 2,186 0.68% 441,786 1,081 0.49%
Checking accounts 442,274 814 0.37% 453,757 918 0.40%
Time deposits 810,822 4,930 1.22% 644,428 3,266 1.01%
Total deposits 2,055,980 8,118 0.79% 1,700,499 5,457 0.64%
Borrowings 710,119 8,761 2.47% 924,323 11,561 2.50%
Total interest-bearing liabilities 2,766,099 16,879 1.22% 2,624,822 17,018 1.30%
Non-interest-bearing liabilities 76,991 63,176
Total liabilities 2,843,090 2,687,998
Stockholders' equity 527,758 521,788
Total liabilities and stockholder's equity $ 3,370,848 $ 3,209,786
Net interest income $ 49,443 $ 49,014
Net interest rate spread (2) 2.94% 3.05%
Net interest-earning assets (3) $ 423,879 $ 413,520
Net interest margin (4) 3.10% 3.23%
Average of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities 115.32% 115.75%
(1) Includes nonaccrual loans and prepayment income.
(2) Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the yield on average interest-earning assets and the cost of average interest-bearing liabilities.
(3) Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
(4) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.


For further information contact: Kevin J. Lynch Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Oritani Financial Corp. (201) 664-5400

Source:Oritani Financial Corp.