PDL Community Bancorp Announces 2017 Third Quarter Results

11/14/17

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDL Community Bancorp, (NASDAQ:PDLB), the holding company for Ponce Bank, reported a net loss of $3.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 compared to net income of $282,000 for the same period in 2016. The Company reported a net loss of $1.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to net income of $1.2 million for the same period in 2016. The Company’s results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 include a one-time pre-tax contribution of $6.3 million in connection with the funding of the Ponce De Leon Foundation (the “Foundation”), a charitable organization established in connection with the recent reorganization and dedicated to providing financial support to charitable organizations in the communities in which the Bank operates now and in the future. Excluding this non-recurring expense, net income would have been $953,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and $2.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

“The current quarter marks our beginning quarter as a public company, for which we thank our depositors for their faith in our reorganization and our investors for their confidence in our future,” said Steven A. Tsavaris, Executive Chairman. Carlos P. Naudon, President and CEO, noted that “we were able to fund the Foundation and are starting with otherwise excellent results in our metrics, as we have reported today.”

Net Interest Income

Net interest income was $8.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, up $1.4 million, or 20.3%, from $6.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The interest rate spread and net interest margin was 3.58% and 3.86%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 compared to 3.73% and 3.94%, respectively, for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The increase in net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 reflects a $1.8 million, or 21.4%, increase in total interest and dividend income offset by an increase of $325,000, or 21.8%, in total interest expense. The increase in interest and dividend income is primarily due to the commercial loan growth that provided an increase in average outstanding loans of $148.3 million or 24.2%, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The yield on loans decreased to 5.15% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 from 5.27% for the same period in 2016. The increase in interest expense is due to an increase in average interest-bearing liabilities of $82.5 million or 14.8%, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased to 1.12% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 from 1.06% for the same period in 2016.

Net interest income was $23.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, up $2.9 million, or 13.9% from $20.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The interest rate spread and net interest margin was 3.83% and 4.07%, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to 3.84% and 4.04%, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The increase in net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 reflects a $3.5 million, or 13.7%, increase in total interest and dividend income offset by an increase of $520,000, or 11.8% in total interest expense. The increase in interest and dividend income is primarily due to the commercial loan growth that provided an increase in average outstanding loans of $114.0 million or 19.1%, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The yield on loans decreased to 5.28% for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 from 5.44% for the same period in 2016. The increase in interest expense is due to an increase in average interest-bearing liabilities of $51.8 million, or 9.3%, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The cost of interest-bearing liabilities increased to 1.09% for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 from 1.06% for the same period in 2016.

Total borrowings also contributed to the increase in interest expense as the average balance of borrowings increased $20.8 million to $21.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 from $500,000 for the same period in 2016. The cost of borrowings increased to 1.23% for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 from a de minimis amount for the same period in 2016. The average balance of borrowings increased $13.1 million to $14.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 from $1.5 million for the same period in 2016. The cost of borrowings increased to 1.16% for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 from 0.62% for the same period in 2016.

Noninterest Income

Noninterest income was $768,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, up $130,000, or 20.4%, from $638,000 for the same period in 2016. The increase is mainly attributed to increases in miscellaneous non-recurring income of $41,000, brokerage commission fees of $34,000, other mortgage fees of $27,000, debit card fees of $11,000, and line of credit and letter of credit fees of $12,000.

Noninterest income was $2.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, up $567,000, or 30.7%, from $1.8 million for the same period in 2016. The increase is mainly attributed to increases in mortgage loan fees of $327,000, letter of credit fees of $81,000, brokerage commissions of $71,000, and debit card fees of $54,000.

Noninterest Expenses

Noninterest expenses were $13.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, up $6.8 million, or 99.5%, from $6.9 million for the same period in 2016. The increase is mainly attributed to a one-time pre-tax contribution of $6.3 million in connection with the establishment of the Foundation.

Noninterest expenses were $27.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, up $7.0 million, or 33.6%, from $20.8 million for the same period in 2016. The increase is mainly attributed to a one-time pre-tax contribution of $6.3 million in connection with the establishment of the Foundation.

Asset Quality

Provision for loan losses was $238,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, up $122,000, or 105.2%, from $116,000 for the same period in 2016. Provision for loan losses was $497,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, up $693,000, or 353.6%, from a recovery of $196,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. The increases in the provision for loan losses for both periods are mainly reflections of the commercial loan growth. The increases in the provision for loan losses were based on management’s assessment of the loan portfolio growth and composition changes, improving historical charge-off trends, and ongoing evaluation of credit quality and current economic conditions. The allowance for loan losses was $11.1 million, or 1.43%, of total loans at September 30, 2017, compared to $10.2 million, or 1.59%, of total loans at September 30, 2016. Net charge-offs totaled $6,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, or 0.003% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis, compared to $13,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, or 0.008% of average loans outstanding on an annualized basis.

Balance Sheet

Total assets increased $147.3 million, or 19.8%, to $892.3 million at September 30, 2017 from $745.0 million at December 31, 2016. Net loans increased $125.6 million, or 19.6%, to $767.7 million at September 30, 2017 from $642.1 million at December 31, 2016. The increase in net loans was primarily attributed to increases of $72.3 million in commercial real estate loans and $51.9 million in investor-owned one-four family residences.

Total deposits increased $55.6 million, or 8.6%, to $698.7 million at September 30, 2017 from $643.1 million at December 31, 2016. The increase in deposits was primarily attributed to increases in certificates of deposits of $31.9 million, demand deposits of $14.2 million and money market accounts of $7.7 million.

Total stockholders’ equity was $168.5 million at September 30, 2017 compared to $93.0 million at December 31, 2016. The Company and the Bank exceed all regulatory capital requirements to be deemed well-capitalized at September 30, 2017.

Attached hereto are selected financial tables.

About PDL Community Bancorp

PDL Community Bancorp is the holding company for Ponce Bank. The Bank’s business primarily consists of taking deposits from the general public and investing those deposits, together with funds generated from operations and borrowings, in mortgage loans, consisting of one-to-four family residences (investor-owned and owner-occupied), multifamily residences, nonresidential properties and construction and land, and, to a lesser extent, in business and consumer loans. The Bank also invests in securities, which have historically consisted of U.S. Government and federal agency securities and securities issued by government-sponsored or -owned enterprises, as well as, mortgage-backed securities and Federal Home Loan Bank stock. The Bank offers a variety of deposit accounts, including demand, savings, money market and certificates of deposit. 

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