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Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana Reports Results of Operations for the Quarter and Year Ended June 30, 2013

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SHREVEPORT, La., July 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana (the "Company") (Nasdaq:HFBL), the holding company of Home Federal Bank, reported net income for the three months ended June 30, 2013 of $636,000, a decrease of $137,000 compared to net income of $773,000 reported for the three months ended June 30, 2012. The Company's basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.30 and $0.29, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.29 and $0.28, respectively, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

The Company reported net income of $3.1 million for the year ended June 30, 2013, an increase of $287,000, or 10.1%, compared to $2.8 million reported for the year ended June 30, 2012. The Company's basic and diluted earnings per share were $1.34 and $1.31, respectively, for the year ended June 30, 2013, compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $1.02 and $1.01, respectively, for the year ended June 30, 2012.

The decrease in net income for the three months ended June 30, 2013, resulted primarily from a $205,000, or 9.9%, increase in non-interest expense, a $123,000, or 45.1%, increase in income tax expense, a decrease of $50,000, or 5.9%, in non-interest income, and an $8,000, or 0.3%, decrease in net interest income, partially offset by a $249,000, or 68.0%, decrease in the provision for loan losses. The decrease in net interest income for the three months ended June 30, 2013, was primarily due to a decrease of $107,000, or 3.2%, in total interest income, partially offset by a decrease of $99,000, or 13.8%, in aggregate interest expense on borrowings and deposits primarily due to an overall decrease in rates paid on interest-bearing liabilities. The Company's average interest rate spread was 3.76% for the three months ended June 30, 2013, the same as the prior year three month period. The Company's net interest margin was 4.00% for the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared to 4.08% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The decrease in net interest margin on a comparative quarterly basis was primarily the result of a higher average volume of interest earnings assets and a decrease of 25 basis points in average yield on interest-earning assets for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to the prior year quarterly period.

The increase in net income for the year ended June 30, 2013, resulted primarily from a $903,000, or 9.3%, increase in net interest income, a $100,000, or 3.0%, increase in non-interest income, and a $298,000 or 34.8%, decrease in the provision for loan losses, partially offset by an increase of $513,000, or 6.3%, in non-interest expense and a $501,000, or 44.5%, increase in income tax expense. The increase in net interest income for the twelve month period was primarily due to a $432,000 increase in total interest income as a result of an increase in the volume of interest-earning assets combined with a $471,000 decrease in interest expense on borrowings and deposits due to an overall decline in the average cost of funds. The Company's average interest rate spread was 3.80% for the year ended June 30, 2013, compared to 3.62% for the year ended June 30, 2012. The Company's net interest margin was 4.06% for the year ended June 30, 2013, compared to 4.00% for the year ended June 30, 2012. The increase in net interest margin and average interest rate spread is attributable primarily to the implementation of management's strategy to enhance our core earnings by increasing commercial loan volume and related income in conjunction with decreasing costs associated with deposits and advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank.

The following tables set forth the Company's average balances and average yields earned and rates paid on its interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities for the periods indicated.

For the Three Months Ended June 30,
2013 2012
Average
Balance
Average
Yield/Rate
Average
Balance
Average
Yield/Rate
(Dollars in thousands)
Interest-earning assets:
Loans receivable $ 210,899 5.59% $176,534 6.32%
Investment securities 50,727 2.32 69,248 3.25
Interest-earning deposits 1,247 0.64 12,598 0.06
Total interest-earning assets $ 262,873 4.94% $ 258,380 5.19%
Interest-bearing liabilities:
Savings accounts 9,475 0.30 $ 6,842 0.64%
NOW accounts 24,092 1.07 16,641 0.72
Money market accounts 41,067 0.36 47,199 0.40
Certificates of deposit 111,060 1.59 106,561 1.93
Total interest-bearing deposits 185,694 1.19 177,243 1.36
FHLB advances 23,800 1.14 24,080 1.91
Total interest-bearing liabilities $ 209,494 1.18% $ 201,323 1.43%
For the Year Ended June 30,
2013 2012
Average
Balance
Average
Yield/Rate
Average
Balance
Average
Yield/Rate
(Dollars in thousands)
Interest-earning assets:
Loans receivable $ 197,812 5.82% $ 156,759 6.50%
Investment securities 58,132 2.80 76,310 3.31
Interest-earning deposits 4,750 0.24 8,674 0.14
Total interest-earning assets $260,694 5.05% $241,743 5.26%
Interest-bearing liabilities:
Savings accounts $ 7,724 0.27% $ 6,600 0.59%
NOW accounts 20,812 0.88 16,854 0.71
Money market accounts 40,539 0.42 39,044 0.55
Certificates of deposit 109,033 1.72 97,838 2.13
Total interest-bearing deposits 178,108 1.26 160,336 1.54
FHLB advances 27,529 1.22 25,492 2.31
Total interest-bearing liabilities $ 205,637 1.25% $ 185,828 1.64%

The $50,000 decrease in non-interest income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to the prior year quarterly period was due to decreases of $107,000 in gain on sale of securities, and $33,000 in other non-interest income, partially offset by an increase of $92,000 in gain on sale of loans held for sale. The $100,000 increase in non-interest income for the year ended June 30, 2013, compared to the prior year period was primarily due to an increase of $320,000 in gain on loans held for sale, partially offset by decreases of $146,000 in gain on sale of securities, $55,000 in other non-interest income and $19,000 in income from bank owned life insurance. The Company sells most of its fixed rate mortgage loan originations other than those loans selected for portfolio.

The $205,000 increase in non-interest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to 2012 was primarily due to increases of $123,000 in compensation and benefits expense, $63,000 in occupancy and equipment expense, $14,000 in other non-interest expenses, $10,000 in loan and collection expense, and $6,000 in legal expense. These increases were partially offset by decreases of $15,000 in advertising expense and $3,000 in franchise and bank shares tax expense. The $513,000 increase in non-interest expense for the year ended June 30, 2013 compared to 2012 was primarily due to increases in compensation and benefits expense of $433,000, due in part to increasing loan volume and related commissions to commercial and residential loan officers, as well as increases of $88,000 in legal expenses, $73,000 in data processing costs and $45,000 in occupancy and equipment expense. These increases were partially offset by decreases of $60,000 in audit and examination fees, $41,000 in advertising expense, $21,000 in loan and collection expense, $10,000 in franchise and bank shares tax expense and $9,000 other non-interest expenses. Additions to the provision for loan losses during the quarter and year ended June 30, 2013, reflect the increase in loan loss allowances deemed necessary by management for risks associated with the increasing volume of non-residential and commercial loans.

At June 30, 2013, the Company reported total assets of $277.2 million, a decrease of $19.0 million, or 6.4%, compared to total assets of $296.2 million at June 30, 2012. The decrease in assets was comprised primarily of decreases in investment securities of $20.4 million, or 29.2%, from $69.8 million at June 30, 2012, to $49.4 million at June 30, 2013, loans held-for-sale of $7.7 million, or 69.0%, from $11.2 million at June 30, 2012 to $3.5 million at June 30, 2013, and a decrease in cash and cash equivalents of $31.2 million, or 89.4%, from $34.9 million at June 30, 2012 to $3.7 million at June 30, 2013, partially offset by an increase in net loans receivable of $37.8 million, or 22.5% from $168.3 million at June 30, 2012 to $206.1 million at June 30, 2013. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents was due to a non-recurring deposit in the quarter ended June 30, 2012 which had a balance of approximately $31.7 million at June 30, 2012. The deposit was short-term in nature and was fully withdrawn during the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in investment securities was due to sales and principal repayments during the year ended June 30, 2013. The decrease in loans held-for-sale primarily reflects a decrease at June 30, 2013 in receivables from financial institutions purchasing the Company's loans held-for-sale and a decrease in loan origination volume during the last quarter of fiscal 2013.

The following table shows total loans originated and sold during the periods indicated.

Year Ended
June 30,
2013 2012 % Change
(In thousands)
Loan originations:
One — to four-family residential $ 169,806 $ 163,326 3.97 %
Commercial — real estate secured (owner occupied and non-owner occupied) 17,018 13,195 28.97%
Multi-family residential 7,325 4,751 54.18%
Commercial business 9,877 14,145 (30.17)%
Land 6,591 7,596 (13.23)%
Construction 26,410 39,608 (33.32)%
Home equity loans and lines of credit and other consumer 3,827 9,309 (58.89)%
Total loan originations $ 240,854 $ 251,930 (4.40)%
Loans sold $(110,428) $(119,969) (7.95)%

Included in the $26.4 million of construction loan originations for the year ended June 30, 2013 are approximately $23.1 million of one- to four-family residential construction loans and $3.3 million of commercial and multi-family construction loans, secured by properties which are primarily located in the Company's market area.

Total liabilities decreased $11.1 million, or 4.5%, from $246.3 million at June 30, 2012 to $235.2 million at June 30, 2013, primarily due to a decrease in total deposits of $9.5 million, or 4.3%, to $211.9 million at June 30, 2013, compared to $221.4 million at June 30, 2012. The decrease in deposits was primarily due to the withdrawal during the quarter ended September 30, 2012, of the non-recurring deposit discussed above which had a balance of approximately $31.7 million at June 30, 2012. During the latter part of fiscal 2012, the Company began utilizing brokered certificates of deposit as a component of its strategy for lowering Home Federal Bank's overall cost of funds. The Company has accepted $2.3 million in new brokered certificates of deposit in fiscal 2013. The brokered certificates of deposit which have maturity dates greater than twelve months are callable by Home Federal Bank after twelve months pursuant to early redemption provisions. At June 30, 2013 and June 30, 2012, the Company had $12.7 million and $10.4 million, respectively, in brokered deposits. Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas decreased $1.8 million, or 7.7%, to $21.7 million at June 30, 2013, from $23.5 million at June 30, 2012.

At June 30, 2013, the Company had $649,000 of non-performing assets compared to $14,000 of non-performing assets at June 30, 2012, consisting of four single-family residential loans and one non-performing line of credit at June 30, 2013, compared to one non-performing single family residential loan at June 30, 2012. The Company had three commercial loans and one residential mortgage loan classified substandard at June 30, 2013 in the aggregate amount of $5.3 million, compared to two residential mortgage loans and one line of credit classified as substandard at June 30, 2012 in the aggregate amount of $451,000. The loans are performing in accordance with their terms at June 30, 2013. The Company had one line of credit classified as doubtful at June 30, 2013 in the amount of $27,000 compared to none at June 30, 2012.

Shareholders' equity decreased $7.9 million, or 15.8%, to $42.0 million at June 30, 2013, from $49.9 million at June 30, 2012. The primary reasons for the decrease in shareholders' equity from June 30, 2012, were the acquisition of treasury stock of $10.5 million, dividends paid of $633,000 and a decrease in the Company's accumulated other comprehensive income of $1.3 million. These decreases in shareholders' equity were partially offset by net income of $3.1 million for the year ended June 30, 2013, proceeds from the issuance of common stock from the exercise of stock options of $767,000 and the vesting of restricted stock awards, stock options and release of employee stock ownership plan shares totaling $617,000.

The Company repurchased 584,842 shares of its common stock during the year ended June 30, 2013 at an average price per share of $17.57. Of the repurchased shares, 397,342 shares were acquired under the stock repurchase programs. As of June 30, 2013, there were a total of 123,607 shares remaining for repurchase under the programs.

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana is the holding company for Home Federal Bank which conducts business from its four full-service banking offices and one agency in northwest Louisiana.

Statements contained in this news release which are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words like "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" and "intend" or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may." We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION
(In thousands)
June 30,
2013 2012
ASSETS (Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,685 $ 34,863
Securities available for sale at fair value 47,961 68,426
Securities held to maturity (fair value June 30, 2013: $1,465; June 30, 2012: $1,381) 1,465 1,381
Loans held-for-sale 3,464 11,157
Loans receivable, net of allowance for loan losses (June 30, 2013: $2,240; June 30, 2012: $1,698) 206,079 168,263
Other assets 14,501 12,093
Total assets $ 277,155 $ 296,183
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Deposits $ 211,922 $ 221,436
Advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas 21,662 23,469
Other liabilities 1,589 1,390
Total liabilities 235,173 246,295
Shareholders' equity 41,982 49,888
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 277,155 $ 296,183
Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
June 30, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Interest income
Loans, including fees $ 2,949 $ 2,788 $ 11,513 $ 10,181
Investment securities 2 7 21 95
Mortgage-backed securities 293 556 1,608 2,433
Other interest-earning assets 2 2 12 13
Total interest income 3,246 3,353 13,154 12,722
Interest expense
Deposits 551 603 2,244 2,461
Federal Home Loan Bank borrowings 63 115 326 589
Other bank borrowings 5 -- 9 --
Total interest expense 619 718 2,579 3,050
Net interest income 2,627 2,635 10,575 9,672
Provision for loan losses 117 366 558 856
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 2,510 2,269 10,017 8,816
Non-interest income
Gain on sale of loans 681 589 2,673 2,353
Gain on sale of securities 1 108 216 362
Income on Bank Owned Life Insurance 45 47 186 205
Other income 76 109 349 404
Total non-interest income 803 853 3,424 3,324
Non-interest expense
Compensation and benefits 1,451 1,328 5,519 5,086
Occupancy and equipment 257 194 798 753
Data processing 105 100 418 345
Audit and examination fees 48 49 206 266
Franchise and bank shares tax 84 87 308 318
Advertising 60 75 241 282
Legal fees 77 71 475 387
Loan and collection 38 28 124 145
Deposit insurance premium 33 30 128 113
Other expenses 128 114 466 475
Total non-interest expense 2,281 2,076 8,683 8,170
Income before income taxes 1,032 1,046 4,758 3,970
Provision for income tax expense 396 273 1,628 1,127
NET INCOME $ 636 $ 773 $ 3,130 $ 2,843
EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic $ 0.30 $ 0.29 $ 1.34 $ 1.02
Diluted $ 0.29 $ 0.28 $ 1.31 $ 1.01
Three Months Ended Year Ended
June 30, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Selected Operating Ratios(1):
Average interest rate spread 3.76% 3.76% 3.80% 3.62%
Net interest margin 4.00% 4.08% 4.06% 4.00%
Return on average assets 0.91% 1.13% 1.13% 1.11%
Return on average equity 5.80% 6.19% 6.86% 5.62%
Asset Quality Ratios(2):
Non-performing assets as a percent of total assets 0.23% *% 0.23% *%
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of non-performing loans 345.15% 12,128.57% 345.15% 12,128.57%
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of total loans receivable 1.07% 1.00% 1.07% 1.00%
Per Share Data:
Shares outstanding at period end 2,351,950 2,877,032 2,351,950 2,877,032
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 2,120,677 2,683,551 2,330,303 2,799,945
Diluted 2,181,365 2,722,588 2,394,517 2,818,075
Tangible book value at period end $17.85 $17.34 $17.85 $17.34
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(1) Ratios for the three month periods are annualized.
(2) Asset quality ratios are end of period ratios.
* Not meaningful

CONTACT: James R. Barlow President and Chief Operating Officer (318) 222-1145

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