LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Feb. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Flushing Financial Corporation (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FFIC), the parent holding company for Flushing Bank (the "Bank"), today announced that the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $0.15 per common share, payable on March 28, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 7, 2014.
John R. Buran, Flushing Financial's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "Our improved financial performance, strong capital position and our confidence in the opportunities for future growth, underlie the Company's decision to increase the quarterly cash dividend by 15%. The improvement we have seen in our credit quality and the local economy is allowing us to shift our focus from management of credit issues to growing our bank. We recently hired additional business bankers to focus on the Long Island market and are looking to hire additional real estate loan officers to increase growth in our loan portfolio. As part of our continuing efforts to enhance the total return to our shareholders, the Board will continue to review future dividend payouts on a quarterly basis."
Flushing Financial Corporation, with $4.7 billion in consolidated assets, is the holding company for Flushing Bank, a New York State-chartered commercial bank insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The Bank serves consumers, businesses, and public entities by offering a full complement of deposit, loan, and cash management services through its 17 banking offices located in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Nassau County. The Bank also operates an online banking division, iGObanking.com®, which offers competitively priced deposit products to consumers nationwide.
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Additional information on Flushing Financial Corporation may be obtained by visiting the Company's web site at http://www.flushingbank.com.
David Fry Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Flushing Financial Corporation (718) 961-5400