Provident Financial Services, Inc. Announces Increased Core Earnings and an Increase in Its Quarterly Cash Dividend of 7.1%

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ISELIN, N.J., Oct. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Provident Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:PFS) (the "Company") reported net income of $16.1 million, or $0.28 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2013, compared to net income of $16.2 million, or $0.28 per basic and diluted share for the three months ended September 30, 2012. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company reported net income of $53.1 million, or $0.93 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $50.6 million, or $0.89 per basic share and $0.88 per diluted share for the same period last year.

Earnings for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were adversely impacted by the write-off of a deferred tax asset related to non-qualified stock options issued shortly after the Company's 2003 initial public offering. Those options expired unused in July 2013 and the related $3.9 million deferred tax asset was written-off via a $3.2 million charge to income tax expense and a $735,000 charge to equity. Excluding this write-off, core earnings (a non-GAAP financial measure)1 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $19.3 million, or $0.34 per basic and diluted share and $56.3 million, or $0.98 per basic and diluted share, respectively.  Conversely, earnings for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were aided by a continued improvement in asset quality and a related reduction in the provision for loan losses compared with the same periods last year. Year-over-year growth in both average loans outstanding and average non-interest bearing demand deposits has mitigated compression in the net interest margin and the related adverse impact on net interest income. 

Christopher Martin, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our core earnings of $0.34 per share were the culmination of strong loan originations during the quarter, complemented by continued growth in non-interest bearing deposits and a stabilizing net interest margin." Martin noted: "Our team has been successful at improving asset quality, achieving a 23% decrease in non-performing loans from September of last year, without resorting to deeply discounted bulk sales. Further, our operating discipline during the quarter produced an efficiency ratio of 55.5%. In light of our performance, I'm pleased to report that our Board of Directors has increased our quarterly dividend by over 7 percent." 

Declaration of Quarterly Dividend

The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share payable on November 29, 2013, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 15, 2013. The dividend is an increase of 7.1% from the prior quarter's regular cash dividend of $0.14 per share.

Balance Sheet Summary

Total assets increased $57.3 million to $7.34 billion at September 30, 2013, from $7.28 billion at December 31, 2012, primarily due to an increase in total loans, partially offset by a decrease in total investments. 

The Company's loan portfolio increased $178.4 million, or 3.6%, to $5.08 billion at September 30, 2013, from $4.90 billion at December 31, 2012. Loan originations totaled $1.3 billion and loan purchases totaled $22.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013. The loan portfolio had net increases of $136.0 million in multi-family mortgage loans, $70.4 million in construction loans, predominately multi-family apartment projects, $25.4 million in commercial mortgage loans, and $25.1 million in commercial loans, which were partially offset by net decreases of $72.3 million and $4.5 million in residential mortgage and consumer loans, respectively. Loan growth was tempered somewhat by the repayment of $17.3 million on two shared national credits during the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Commercial real estate, commercial and construction loans represented 65.2% of the loan portfolio at September 30, 2013, compared to 62.4% at December 31, 2012.

At September 30, 2013, the Company's unfunded loan commitments totaled $1.02 billion, including $389.8 million in commercial loan commitments, $264.8 million in construction loan commitments and $92.7 million in commercial mortgage commitments. Unfunded loan commitments at June 30, 2013 were $1.00 billion.

Total investments decreased $106.6 million, or 6.4%, to $1.55 billion at September 30, 2013, from $1.66 billion at December 31, 2012, largely due to principal repayments on mortgage-backed securities, maturities of municipal and agency bonds, and sales of certain mortgage-backed securities which had a heightened risk of prepayment, partially offset by purchases of mortgage-backed and municipal securities.

Total deposits decreased $172.6 million, or 3.2%, during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 to $5.26 billion. Core deposits, which consist of savings and demand deposit accounts, decreased $61.0 million, or 1.4%, to $4.41 billion at September 30, 2013. Much of the core deposit decrease was in government money market deposits, largely related to the cyclical outflow of municipal deposits. It also included certain expected outflows resulting from customer tax planning considerations earlier in the year. Time deposits decreased $111.6 million, or 11.7%, to $845.9 million at September 30, 2013, with the majority of the decrease occurring in the 9-, 12- and 60-month maturity categories. Core deposits represented 83.9% of total deposits at September 30, 2013, compared to 82.4% at December 31, 2012. 

Borrowed funds increased $213.2 million, or 26.5% during the nine months ended September 30, 2013, to $1.02 billion, as longer-term wholesale funding was added to mitigate interest rate risk, and shorter-term wholesale funding was used to manage the cyclical outflow of municipal deposits. Borrowed funds represented 13.8% of total assets at September 30, 2013, an increase from 11.0% at December 31, 2012.

Stockholders' equity increased $15.4 million, or 1.6% during the nine months ended September 30, 2013, to $996.7 million, due to net income earned for the period, partially offset by dividends paid to stockholders, common stock repurchases and a decline in unrealized gains on securities available for sale. Common stock repurchases for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 totaled 397,483 shares at an average cost of $14.80 per share. At September 30, 2013, 3.7 million shares remained eligible for repurchase under the current authorization. At September 30, 2013, book value per share and tangible book value per share were $16.64 and $10.69, respectively, compared with $16.37 and $10.40, respectively, at December 31, 2012. 

Results of Operations

Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin

For the three months ended September 30, 2013, net interest income increased $282,000, to $54.0 million, from $53.7 million for the same period in 2012. Net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, decreased $1.8 million, to $161.3 million, from $163.1 million for the same period in 2012. Both comparative periods were impacted by compression in the net interest margin, which was mitigated by an increase in average loans outstanding, partially funded by growth in non-interest bearing demand deposits. 

The Company's net interest margin decreased 1 basis point to 3.28% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, from 3.29% for the trailing quarter ended June 30, 2013.   Compared with the trailing quarter, funding costs remained stable and lower loan yields were offset by an increase in securities yields. The weighted average yield on interest-earning assets declined 1 basis point to 3.83% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared with 3.84% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. The weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was unchanged versus the trailing quarter at 0.67%. The average cost of interest bearing deposits for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was 0.39%, compared with 0.41% for the trailing quarter. The average cost of borrowed funds for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was 2.00%, compared with 2.03% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.  

The net interest margin for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 decreased 3 basis points to 3.28%, compared with 3.31% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in the net interest margin for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared with the same period last year, was primarily attributable to reductions in the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets, which declined 16 basis points to 3.83% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared with 3.99% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. This outpaced a reduction in the weighted average cost of interest bearing liabilities, which declined 15 basis points to 0.67% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared with 0.82% for the third quarter of 2012. The average cost of interest bearing deposits for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was 0.39%, compared with 0.54% for the same period last year. Average non-interest bearing demand deposits totaled $844.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared with $771.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The average cost of borrowed funds for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was 2.00%, compared with 2.32% for the same period last year.  

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the net interest margin decreased 8 basis points to 3.30%, compared with 3.38% for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The weighted average yield on interest earning assets declined 24 basis points to 3.86% for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared with 4.10% for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, while the weighted average cost of interest bearing liabilities declined 18 basis points to 0.68% for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared with 0.86% for the same period in 2012. The average cost of interest bearing deposits for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was 0.41%, compared with 0.58% for the same period last year. Average non-interest bearing demand deposits totaled $823.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared with $710.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The average cost of borrowings for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was 2.08%, compared with 2.26% for the same period last year.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income totaled $11.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, an increase of $1.9 million, or 19.8%, compared to the same period in 2012. For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, fee income increased $2.3 million to $9.8 million, from $7.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, due to increases in commercial loan prepayment fee income, wealth management income and deposit fees. This was partially offset by a $258,000 decrease in net gains on securities transactions for the three months ended September 30, 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, non-interest income totaled $34.3 million, an increase of $2.5 million, or 7.7%, compared to the same period in 2012. Fee income increased $3.1 million, to $26.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, largely due to increases in prepayment fees on commercial loans and wealth management income. BOLI income increased $1.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to the same period in the prior year, principally due to the recognition of a policy claim. These increases were partially offset by a $1.5 million decrease in net gains on securities transactions for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to the same period in 2012.   In addition, other income decreased $553,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, primarily due to a decrease in gains on loan sales. 

Non-Interest Expense

For the three months ended September 30, 2013, non-interest expense decreased $432,000, to $36.5 million, compared to the three months ended September 30, 2012. Other operating expenses decreased $847,000, largely as a result of reduced non-performing asset related expenses. In addition, advertising expense decreased $318,000, to $718,000. FDIC insurance costs declined $204,000 as a result of a lower assessment rate, and the amortization of intangibles decreased $193,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, as a result of scheduled reductions in core deposit intangible amortization. Partially offsetting these reductions, compensation and benefits expense increased $1.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to the quarter ended September 30, 2012, due to an increases in salaries and related payroll taxes, increased severance expense, and an increase in incentive compensation accruals.

The Company's annualized non-interest expense as a percentage of average assets was 2.00% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared with 2.04% for the same period in 2012. The efficiency ratio (non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income) was 55.48% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared with 58.10% for the same period in 2012. 

Non-interest expense for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $111.2 million, a decrease of $220,000 from the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Other operating expenses decreased $1.1 million, largely as a result of reduced non-performing asset related expenses. In addition, the amortization of intangibles decreased $623,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, as a result of scheduled reductions in core deposit intangible amortization. FDIC insurance costs declined $350,000 as a result of a lower assessment rate, and advertising expense decreased $108,000 to $2.7 million. Partially offsetting these reductions, compensation and benefits expense increased $1.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to the same period last year, due to increases in salaries and related payroll taxes, increased severance expense, and an increase in incentive compensation accruals.

Asset Quality

The Company's total non-performing loans at September 30, 2013 were $81.6 million, or 1.60% of total loans, compared with $88.8 million, or 1.78% of total loans at June 30, 2013, and $105.7 million, or 2.19% of total loans at September 30, 2012. The $7.3 million decrease in non-performing loans at September 30, 2013, compared with the trailing quarter, was due to a $3.6 million decrease in non-performing commercial loans, a $1.9 million decrease in non-performing residential loans, a $1.2 million decrease in non-performing commercial mortgage loans, a $416,000 decrease in non-performing consumer loans and a $113,000 decrease in non-performing construction loans. At September 30, 2013, impaired loans totaled $113.0 million with related specific reserves of $10.7 million, compared with impaired loans totaling $115.8 million with related specific reserves of $6.8 million at June 30, 2013. At September 30, 2012, impaired loans totaled $114.4 million with related specific reserves of $8.4 million.

At September 30, 2013, the Company's allowance for loan losses was 1.30% of total loans, a decrease from 1.34% at June 30, 2013, and a decrease from 1.46% of total loans at September 30, 2012. The Company recorded provisions for loan losses of $1.2 million and $3.7 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, compared with provisions of $3.5 million and $12.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company had net charge-offs of $2.2 million and $8.0 million, respectively, compared with net charge-offs of $5.6 million and $16.1 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2012. The allowance for loan losses decreased $4.3 million to $66.0 million at September 30, 2013, from $70.3 million at December 31, 2012 as the weighted average risk rating of the loan portfolio improved, early stage delinquencies declined, certain non-performing asset resolutions were completed, the allowance coverage of remaining non-performing loans increased, and the reduced pace of new non-performing asset formation resulted in accelerated net outflows. 

At September 30, 2013, the Company held $7.3 million of foreclosed assets, compared with $12.5 million at December 31, 2012. Foreclosed assets at September 30, 2013 consisted of $5.2 million of residential real estate, $2.0 million of commercial real estate and $65,000 of marine vessels. Total non-performing assets at September 30, 2013 declined $22.6 million, or 20.3%, to $88.9 million, or 1.21% of total assets, from $111.5 million, or 1.53% of total assets at December 31, 2012.

Income Tax Expense

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company's income tax expense was $12.0 million and $27.6 million, respectively, compared with $7.0 million and $21.0 million, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively. The increase in income tax expense was primarily attributable to the $3.2 million charge associated with the write-off of a deferred tax asset related to expired non-qualified stock options and growth in pre-tax income from taxable sources. The Company's effective tax rate was 42.7% and 34.2% for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, compared with 30.1% and 29.3% for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively. 

About the Company

Provident Financial Services, Inc. is the holding company for The Provident Bank, a community-oriented bank offering a full range of retail and commercial loan and deposit products, through its network of full service branches throughout northern and central New Jersey.

Post Earnings Conference Call

Representatives of the Company will hold a conference call for investors at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 25, 2013 regarding highlights of the Company's third quarter 2013 financial results. The call may be accessed by dialing 1-888-317-6016 (Domestic), 1-412-317-6016 (International) or 1-855-669-9657 (Canada). Internet access to the call is also available (listen only) at www.providentnj.com by going to Investor Relations and clicking on Webcast.

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, but not limited to, 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, acquisitions and the integration of acquired businesses, credit risk management, asset-liability management, the financial and securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity.

The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date made. The Company advises 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 have any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement.

1  Core earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure used to reflect the impact on net income of the $3.2 million charge to income tax expense associated with the $3.9 million write-off of a deferred tax asset related to the July 2013 expiration of non-qualified stock options. The remaining $735,000 was charged against the additional paid-in capital pool component of stockholders' equity.

PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
September 30, 2013 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2012
(Dollars in Thousands)
     
Assets September 30, 2013 December 31, 2012
     
Cash and due from banks  $ 92,971  $ 101,850
Short-term investments 2,315 1,973
Total cash and cash equivalents 95,286 103,823
     
Securities available for sale, at fair value 1,146,144 1,264,002
Investment securities held to maturity (fair value of $358,846 at September 30, 2013 (unaudited) and $374,916 at December 31, 2012) 358,641 359,464
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock 49,645 37,543
     
Loans 5,083,100 4,904,699
Less allowance for loan losses 66,008 70,348
Net loans 5,017,092 4,834,351
Foreclosed assets, net 7,282 12,473
Banking premises and equipment, net 67,406 66,120
Accrued interest receivable 21,302 24,002
Intangible assets 356,708 357,907
Bank-owned life insurance 149,269 147,286
Other assets 72,240 76,724
Total assets  $ 7,341,015  $ 7,283,695
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
     
Deposits:    
Demand deposits  $ 3,488,066  $ 3,556,011
Savings deposits 921,685 914,787
Certificates of deposit of $100,000 or more 283,084 324,901
Other time deposits 562,838 632,572
Total deposits 5,255,673 5,428,271
     
Mortgage escrow deposits 21,953 21,238
Borrowed funds 1,016,446 803,264
Other liabilities 50,251 49,676
Total liabilities 6,344,323 6,302,449
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, none issued
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 83,209,293 shares issued and 59,887,025 outstanding at September 30, 2013, and 59,937,955 outstanding at December 31, 2012 832 832
Additional paid-in capital 1,024,589 1,021,507
Retained earnings 417,716 389,549
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income (5,600) 7,716
Treasury stock (390,881) (386,270)
Unallocated common stock held by the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (49,964) (52,088)
Common Stock acquired by the Directors' Deferred Fee Plan (7,228) (7,298)
Deferred Compensation - Directors' Deferred Fee Plan 7,228 7,298
Total stockholders' equity 996,692 981,246
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 7,341,015  $ 7,283,695
 
 
PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Consolidated Statements of Income
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 (Unaudited)
(Dollars in Thousands, except per share data)
         
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Interest income:        
Real estate secured loans  $ 38,238  $ 38,544  $ 114,158  $ 116,175
Commercial loans 10,092 10,242 30,118 30,817
Consumer loans 5,918 6,343 17,750 18,967
Securities available for sale and Federal Home Loan Bank stock 6,033 6,599 18,345 22,743
Investment securities held to maturity 2,694 2,987 8,300 8,896
Deposits, Federal funds sold and other short-term investments 9 42 30 58
Total interest income 62,984 64,757 188,701 197,656
         
Interest expense:        
Deposits 4,354 6,155 13,917 19,660
Borrowed funds 4,633 4,887 13,481 14,866
Total interest expense 8,987 11,042 27,398 34,526
Net interest income 53,997 53,715 161,303 163,130
Provision for loan losses 1,200 3,500 3,700 12,000
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 52,797 50,215 157,603 151,130
         
Non-interest income:        
Fees 9,792 7,532 26,070 23,018
Bank-owned life insurance 1,201 1,273 5,355 3,895
Net gain on securities transactions 40 298 974 2,482
Other income 697 687 1,913 2,466
Total non-interest income 11,730 9,790 34,312 31,861
         
Non-interest expense:        
Compensation and employee benefits 21,106 19,838 62,103 60,317
Net occupancy expense 5,072 5,142 15,322 15,330
Data processing expense 2,644 2,712 7,913 7,762
FDIC Insurance 1,073 1,277 3,547 3,897
Amortization of intangibles 318 511 1,345 1,968
Advertising and promotion expense 718 1,036 2,741 2,849
Other operating expenses 5,533 6,380 18,252 19,320
Total non-interest expenses 36,464 36,896 111,223 111,443
Income before income tax expense 28,063 23,109 80,692 71,548
Income tax expense 11,987 6,955 27,560 20,963
Net income  $ 16,076  $ 16,154  $ 53,132  $ 50,585
         
Basic earnings per share  $ 0.28  $ 0.28  $ 0.93  $ 0.89
Average basic shares outstanding 57,241,270 57,194,046 57,205,175 57,133,164
         
Diluted earnings per share  $ 0.28  $ 0.28  $ 0.93  $ 0.88
Average diluted shares outstanding 57,357,344 57,238,819 57,279,935 57,169,844
 
 
PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Consolidated Financial Highlights
(Dollars in Thousands, except share data) (Unaudited)
         
  At or for the
Three Months Ended
September 30,
At or for the
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
STATEMENTS OF INCOME:        
Net interest income  $ 53,997  $ 53,715  $ 161,303  $ 163,130
Provision for loan losses 1,200 3,500 3,700 12,000
Non-interest income 11,730 9,790 34,312 31,861
Non-interest expense 36,464 36,896 111,223 111,443
Income before income tax expense 28,063 23,109 80,692 71,548
Net income 16,076 16,154 53,132 50,585
Diluted earnings per share $0.28 $0.28 $0.93 $0.89
Interest rate spread  3.16%  3.17%  3.18%  3.24%
Net interest margin  3.28%  3.31%  3.30%  3.38%
         
PROFITABILITY:        
Annualized return on average assets  0.88%  0.90%  0.98%  0.95%
Annualized return on average equity  6.43%  6.53%  7.16%  6.95%
Annualized return on average tangible equity  10.04%  10.29%  11.19%  11.03%
Annualized non-interest expense to average assets  2.00%  2.04%  2.06%  2.09%
Efficiency ratio (1)  55.48%  58.10%  56.86%  57.15%
         
ASSET QUALITY:        
Non-accrual loans      $ 81,583  $ 105,686
90+ and still accruing    
Non-performing loans     81,583 105,686
Foreclosed assets     7,282 13,900
Non-performing assets     88,865 119,586
Non-performing loans to total loans      1.60%  2.19%
Non-performing assets to total assets      1.21%  1.65%
Allowance for loan losses      $ 66,008  $ 70,280
Allowance for loan losses to total non-performing loans    80.91%  66.50%
Allowance for loan losses to total loans      1.30%  1.46%
         
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET DATA:        
Assets  $ 7,249,273  $ 7,179,112  $ 7,228,735  $ 7,137,854
Loans, net 4,954,204 4,658,208 4,881,172 4,620,253
Earning assets 6,507,968 6,435,616 6,487,678 6,399,917
Core deposits 4,410,427 4,275,493 4,413,095 4,161,283
Borrowings 918,840 837,728 865,144 880,376
Interest-bearing liabilities 5,349,098 5,360,329 5,351,551 5,393,121
Stockholders' equity 992,163 983,731 991,974 972,850
Average yield on interest-earning assets  3.83%  3.99%  3.86%  4.10%
Average cost of interest-bearing liabilities  0.67%  0.82%  0.68%  0.86%
         
LOAN DATA:        
Mortgage loans:        
Residential      $ 1,192,762  $ 1,289,316
Commercial     1,375,372 1,293,143
Multi-family     859,908 687,485
Construction     190,526 125,408
Total mortgage loans     3,618,568 3,395,352
Commercial loans     891,510 839,253
Consumer loans     574,678 583,554
Total gross loans     5,084,756 4,818,159
Premium on purchased loans     4,220 5,327
Unearned discounts     (63) (83)
Net deferred     (5,813) (4,546)
Total loans      $ 5,083,100  $ 4,818,857
         
Notes:        
         
(1) Efficiency Ratio Calculation        
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Net interest income  $ 53,997  $ 53,715  $ 161,303  $ 163,130
Non-interest income 11,730 9,790 34,312 31,861
Total income:  $ 65,727  $ 63,505  $ 195,615  $ 194,991
         
Non-interest expense:  $ 36,464  $ 36,896  $ 111,223  $ 111,443
         
Expense/income:  55.48%  58.10%  56.86%  57.15%
 
 
PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Net Interest Margin Analysis
Quarterly Average Balances
(Unaudited) (Dollars in Thousands)
 
  September 30, 2013 June 30, 2013
  Average
Balance

Interest
Average
Yield
Average
Balance

Interest
Average
Yield
Interest-Earning Assets:            
Deposits  $ 11,867  $ 9 0.29%  $ 14,314  $ 11 0.25%
Federal funds sold and other short-term investments 1,862 0.03% 1,392 0.08%
Investment securities (1) 352,641 2,694 3.06% 351,690 2,767 3.15%
Securities available for sale 1,142,321 5,607 1.96% 1,206,625 5,745 1.90%
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 45,073 426 3.75% 42,684 375 3.53%
Net loans: (2)            
Total mortgage loans 3,538,523 38,238 4.27% 3,447,241 37,585 4.34%
Total commercial loans 845,847 10,092 4.70% 840,827 10,055 4.76%
Total consumer loans 569,834 5,918 4.12% 570,080 5,875 4.13%
Total net loans 4,954,204 54,248 4.33% 4,858,148 53,515 4.39%
Total Interest-Earning Assets  $ 6,507,968  $ 62,984 3.83%  $ 6,474,853  $ 62,413 3.84%
             
Non-Interest Earning Assets:            
Cash and due from banks 70,610     67,732    
Other assets 670,695     673,816    
Total Assets  $ 7,249,273      $ 7,216,401    
             
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:            
Demand deposits  $ 2,634,950  $ 1,836 0.28%  $ 2,649,414  $ 1,866 0.28%
Savings deposits 931,299 227 0.10% 938,110 218 0.09%
Time deposits 864,009 2,291 1.05% 896,838 2,523 1.13%
Total Deposits 4,430,258 4,354 0.39% 4,484,362 4,607 0.41%
             
Borrowed funds 918,840 4,633 2.00% 870,421 4,395 2.03%
Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities 5,349,098 8,987 0.67% 5,354,783 9,002 0.67%
             
Non-Interest Bearing Liabilities 908,012     865,889    
Total Liabilities 6,257,110     6,220,672    
Stockholders' equity 992,163     995,729    
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $ 7,249,273      $ 7,216,401    
             
Net interest income    $ 53,997      $ 53,411  
             
Net interest rate spread     3.16%     3.17%
Net interest-earning assets  $ 1,158,870      $ 1,120,070    
             
Net interest margin (3)     3.28%     3.29%
Ratio of interest-earning assets to total interest-bearing liabilities 1.22 x     1.21 x    
 
 
(1)  Average outstanding balance amounts shown are amortized cost.
(2)  Average outstanding balances are net of the allowance for loan losses, deferred loan fees and expenses, loan premiums and discounts and include non-accrual loans.
(3)  Annualized net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
 
The following table summarizes the quarterly net interest margin for the previous five quarters.
           
  9/30/2013
3rd Qtr.
6/30/2013
2nd Qtr.
3/31/2013
1st Qtr.
12/31/2012
4th Qtr.
9/30/2012
3rd Qtr.
Interest-Earning Assets:          
Securities  2.25%  2.20%  2.19%  2.13%  2.17%
Net loans  4.33%  4.39%  4.51%  4.58%  4.68%
Total interest-earning assets  3.83%  3.84%  3.92%  3.92%  3.99%
           
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:          
Total deposits  0.39%  0.41%  0.44%  0.50%  0.54%
Total borrowings  2.00%  2.03%  2.24%  2.29%  2.32%
Total interest-bearing liabilities  0.67%  0.67%  0.71%  0.77%  0.82%
           
Interest rate spread  3.16%  3.17%  3.21%  3.15%  3.17%
Net interest margin  3.28%  3.29%  3.33%  3.29%  3.31%
           
Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities 1.22x 1.21x 1.21x 1.21x 1.20x
 
 
PROVIDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARY
Net Interest Margin Analysis
Average Year to Date Balances
(Unaudited) (Dollars in Thousands)
             
  September 30, 2013 September 30, 2012
  Average
Balance

Interest
Average
Yield
Average
Balance

Interest
Average
Yield
Interest-Earning Assets:            
Deposits  $ 14,256  $ 30 0.28%  $ 30,440  $ 57 0.25%
Federal funds sold and other short term investments 1,561 0.04% 1,339 1 0.07%
Investment securities (1) 351,561 8,300 3.15% 352,348 8,896 3.37%
Securities available for sale 1,197,160 17,116 1.91% 1,355,955 21,365 2.10%
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 41,968 1,229 3.91% 39,582 1,378 4.65%
Net loans: (2)            
Total mortgage loans 3,468,538 114,158 4.36% 3,237,581 116,175 4.75%
Total commercial loans 842,045 30,118 4.75% 812,524 30,817 5.02%
Total consumer loans 570,589 17,750 4.16% 570,148 18,967 4.44%
Total net loans 4,881,172 162,026 4.41% 4,620,253 165,959 4.76%
Total Interest-Earning Assets  $ 6,487,678  $ 188,701 3.86%  $ 6,399,917  $ 197,656 4.10%
             
Non-Interest Earning Assets:            
Cash and due from banks 71,177     76,319    
Other assets 669,880     661,618    
Total Assets  $ 7,228,735      $ 7,137,854    
             
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:            
Demand deposits  $ 2,660,025  $ 5,656 0.28%  $ 2,550,181  $ 7,998 0.42%
Savings deposits 929,361 713 0.10% 900,600 1,111 0.16%
Time deposits 897,021 7,548 1.13% 1,061,964 10,551 1.33%
Total Deposits 4,486,407 13,917 0.41% 4,512,745 19,660 0.58%
Borrowed funds 865,144 13,481 2.08% 880,376 14,866 2.26%
Total Interest-Bearing Liabilities  $ 5,351,551  $ 27,398 0.68%  $ 5,393,121  $ 34,526 0.86%
             
Non-Interest Bearing Liabilities 885,210     771,883    
Total Liabilities 6,236,761     6,165,004    
Stockholders' equity 991,974     972,850    
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $ 7,228,735      $ 7,137,854    
             
Net interest income    $ 161,303      $ 163,130  
             
Net interest rate spread     3.18%     3.24%
Net interest-earning assets  $ 1,136,127      $ 1,006,796    
             
Net interest margin (3)     3.30%     3.38%
Ratio of interest-earning assets to            
total interest-bearing liabilities 1.21 x     1.19 x    
 
(1) Average outstanding balance amounts shown are amortized cost.
(2) Average outstanding balance are net of the allowance for loan losses, deferred loan fees and expenses, loan premium and discounts and include non-accrual loans.
(3) Annualized net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.
 
The following table summarizes the year-to-date net interest margin for the previous three years.
       
  Nine Months Ended
  9/30/13 9/30/12 9/30/11
Interest-Earning Assets:      
Securities  2.22%  2.37%  2.91%
Net loans  4.41%  4.76%  5.17%
Total interest-earning assets  3.86%  4.10%  4.53%
       
Interest-Bearing Liabilities:      
Total deposits  0.41%  0.58%  0.87%
Total borrowings  2.08%  2.26%  2.62%
Total interest-bearing liabilities  0.68%  0.86%  1.18%
       
Interest rate spread  3.18%  3.24%  3.35%
Net interest margin  3.30%  3.38%  3.51%
       
Ratio of interest-earning assets to interest-bearing liabilities 1.21x 1.19x 1.16x
Investor Relations, Provident Financial Services, Inc.
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