BELMONT, MA, April 23, 2014 (PR Newswire) - BSB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ-BLMT) (the “Company”), the holding company for Belmont Savings Bank (the “Bank”), a state-chartered savings bank headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts, today reported net income of $680,000, or $0.08 per basic and diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to net income of $416,000, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013.
Robert M. Mahoney, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The quarter was marked by significant loan and deposit growth which fueled the bottom line improvement. Core expense growth has slowed and credit quality remains good."
NET INTEREST AND DIVIDEND INCOME
Net interest and dividend income before provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $7.3 million as compared to $5.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, or a 26.9% increase. The provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $388,000 as compared to a provision for loan losses of $327,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, or an 18.6% increase. This resulted in a $1.5 million or 27.4% increase in net interest and dividend income after provision for loan losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
Noninterest income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $722,000 as compared to $1.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, a decrease of $284,000, or 28.2%. This decrease was driven by a decrease in gains on sales of loans of $289,000 as we benefited less during 2014 from the interest rate environment as compared to the first quarter of 2013.
Noninterest expense for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $6.7 million as compared to $5.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. This increase of $880,000, or 15.2%, was largely driven by an increase in salaries and employee benefits of $593,000 which included the impact of adding personnel for two additional branches. Data processing expenses also increased by $92,000, quarter over quarter, driven by increases in core, online banking and loan servicing costs related to increased loan and deposit volume.
At March 31, 2014, total assets were $1.2 billion, an increase of $114.4 million or 10.8% from $1.1 billion at December 31, 2013. The Company experienced net loan growth of $88.6 million, or 10.6%, from December 31, 2013. Commercial real estate loans, residential mortgage loans, home equity loans, and indirect auto loans increased by $43.9 million, $23.4 million, $3.3 million and $16.0 million, respectively. The asset growth was funded by deposits and borrowings from the Federal Home Loan Bank.
At March 31, 2014, deposits totaled $827.7 million, an increase of $63.0 million or 8.2% from $764.8 million at December 31, 2013. Core deposits, which we consider to include all deposits other than CD’s and brokered CD’s, increased by $45.4 million from December 31, 2013. Hal R. Tovin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said, “Deposit growth was very robust to start the year. On the business side, the ongoing momentum of our Municipal Banking program was a key driver. In addition, the continued marketing of our Platinum Blue family of deposit products and the impact of our InStore branches led to strong performance in consumer deposit growth.”
Total stockholders’ equity increased by $1.3 million from $130.4 million as of December 31, 2013 to $131.8 million as of March 31, 2014. This increase is primarily the result of earnings of $680,000 and a $478,000 increase in additional paid-in capital related to stock-based compensation.
The allowance for loan losses in total and as a percentage of total loans as of March 31, 2014 was $8.3 million and 0.90%, respectively, as compared to $8.0 million and 0.95%, respectively, as of December 31, 2013. For the three months ended March 31, 2014 the Company recorded net charge-offs of $4,000 compared to $11,000 in net recoveries for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Total non-performing assets were $2.2 million, or 0.19% of total assets, as of March 31, 2014, as compared to $4.1 million, or 0.39% of total assets, as of December 31, 2013.
BSB Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Belmont, Massachusetts and is the holding company for Belmont Savings Bank. The Bank provides financial services to individuals, families and businesses through its six full-service branch offices located in Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge, Newton and Waltham in Southeast Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The Bank's primary lending market includes Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts. The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “BLMT”. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.belmontsavings.com.
Certain statements herein constitute “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, as amended. These statements are based on the beliefs and expectations of management, as well as the assumptions made using information currently available to management. Since these statements reflect the views of management concerning future events, these statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. As a result, actual results may differ from those contemplated by these statements. 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.” Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include changes in the interest rate environment, changes in general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory changes that adversely affect the businesses in which the Company is engaged, changes in the securities market, and other factors that may be described in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether in response to new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.
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