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Standard Financial Corp. Announces Quarterly Dividend Payment and Third Quarter Earnings

MONROEVILLE, Pa., July 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Standard Financial Corp. (the "Company") - (Nasdaq:STND), the holding company for Standard Bank PaSB, today announced earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 of $722,000 or $0.25 per share compared to $764,000 or $0.24 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The Company's annualized return on average assets and average equity were 0.66% and 3.77%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to 0.69% and 3.84%, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

For the nine months ended June 30, 2013, net income was $2.2 million or $0.73 per share compared to $2.4 million or $0.75 per share for the nine months ended June 30, 2012. The Company's annualized return on average assets and average equity were 0.67% and 3.73%, respectively, for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 compared to 0.72% and 4.01%, respectively, for the nine months ended June 30, 2012.

The Company's board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.045 per share of the Company's common stock. The dividend will be payable to stockholders of record as of August 1, 2013 and will be paid on August 15, 2013.

Timothy K. Zimmerman, President & CEO, stated, "We continue to see improvements in our asset quality which is reflected in our provision for loan losses. We are also pleased with our quarterly earnings despite operating in this very difficult interest rate and economic environment. The historical low interest rates and weak loan demand continues to put pressure on earnings and our net interest margin. Our focus remains on generating other sources of revenue, controlling expenses and increasing loan production."

Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 decreased $42,000 or 5.5% compared to the same quarter in the prior year. The decrease was primarily the result of a decline in net interest income of $294,000 or 9.2% and an increase in noninterest expenses of $240,000 or 9.8%, partially offset by a decrease in the provision for loan losses of $300,000 or 100.0% and an increase in noninterest income of $129,000 or 21.0% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to the same quarter in the prior year.

Net income for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 decreased $180,000 or 7.6% compared to the same nine months in the prior year. The decrease was primarily the result of a decline in net interest income of $808,000 or 8.3%, an increase in noninterest expenses of $434,000 or 5.9% partially offset by a decrease in the provision for loan losses of $525,000 or 58.3%, higher noninterest income of $324,000 or 18.0% and lower income tax expense of $213,000 or 22.8% for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended June 30, 2012.

Net interest income declined from $3.2 million and $9.8 million for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2012, respectively, to $2.9 million and $9.0 million for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2013, respectively. The decreases in net interest income for both periods resulted primarily from a lower average yield on interest-earning assets partially offset by a lower average cost of funds.

No provision for loan losses was recorded for the current quarter compared to $300,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and $375,000 for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $900,000 for the nine months ended June 30, 2012. Non-performing loans at June 30, 2013 were $3.3 million or 1.12% of total loans compared to $4.0 million or 1.34% of total loans at September 30, 2012 and $4.1 million or 1.39% of total loans at June 30, 2012.

Noninterest income totaled $744,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to $615,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and $2.1 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $1.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2012. The increases for both periods in noninterest income were due mainly to higher service fee income and higher earnings on bank-owned life insurance.

Noninterest expenses totaled $2.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to $2.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and $7.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $7.4 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2012. The increases for both periods were due in part to expenses relating to stock based awards issued in July 2012.

Standard Financial Corp., with total assets of $437.8 million at June 30, 2013, is the parent company of Standard Bank, a Pennsylvania chartered savings bank which operates ten offices serving individuals and small to mid-sized businesses in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Bedford Counties, in Pennsylvania and Allegany County in Maryland. Standard Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

This news release may contain a number of forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to, factors discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which such statements were made.

Standard Financial Corp.
Financial Highlights
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
OPERATIONS DATA: Three Months Ended June 30, Nine Months Ended June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Interest and Dividend Income $ 3,847 $ 4,298 $ 11,901 $ 13,113
Interest Expense 934 1,091 2,914 3,318
Net Interest Income 2,913 3,207 8,987 9,795
Provision for Loan Losses -- 300 375 900
Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses 2,913 2,907 8,612 8,895
Noninterest Income 744 615 2,124 1,800
Noninterest Expenses 2,691 2,451 7,815 7,381
Income before Income Tax Expense 966 1,071 2,921 3,314
Income Tax Expense 244 307 724 937
Net Income $ 722 $ 764 $ 2,197 $ 2,377
Earnings Per Share - Basic and Diluted $ 0.25 $ 0.24 $ 0.73 $ 0.75
Annualized Return on Average Assets 0.66% 0.69% 0.67% 0.72%
Annualized Return on Average Equity 3.77% 3.84% 3.73% 4.01%
Net Interest Spread 2.76% 2.91% 2.83% 3.01%
Net Interest Margin 2.89% 3.07% 2.96% 3.17%
FINANCIAL CONDITION DATA: June 30, September 30,
2013 2012
Total Assets $ 437,754 $ 443,432
Cash and Cash Equivalents 16,287 18,774
Investment Securities 98,080 102,677
Loans Receivable, Net 290,100 291,113
Deposits 325,546 330,299
Borrowed Funds 33,103 30,081
Total Stockholders' Equity 76,170 80,117
Book Value Per Share $ 23.64 $ 23.02
Tangible Book Value Per Share 20.79 20.35
Allowance for Loan Losses to Total Loans 1.34% 1.51%
Non-Performing Assets to Total Assets 0.89% 1.00%
Non-Performing Loans to Total Loans 1.12% 1.34%

CONTACT: Timothy K. Zimmerman President & Chief Executive Officer 412.856.0363 Colleen M. Brown Chief Financial Officer 412.856.0363Source:Standard Financial Corp.