NARBERTH, PA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc. (NASDAQ: RBPAA) ("Royal") today announced its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2010, net loss attributable to Royal was $1.1 million, or 12 cents per common share, as compared to a net loss of $6.8 million, or 53 cents per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. Royal's primary banking subsidiary, Royal Bank America, and its subsidiaries, returned to profitability with a first quarter profit of $195,000.

The notably improved financial results in the first quarter of 2010 were driven by a $1.0 million increase in net interest income; a $4.1 million decrease in investment impairments; a $0.9 million decrease in provision for loan and lease losses; $0.5 million in gains on sale of loans and leases; and $0.3 million of net gains on sales of other real estate owned (OREO) and available-for-sale (AFS) investment securities compared to a $0.3 million loss in the first quarter of 2009. These improvements were partially offset by increases in FDIC assessments, as well as OREO impairment charges and loan collection expenses.

Robert R. Tabas, Chairman and CEO, said "With the return of our core Royal Bank America banking subsidiary to profitability in the first quarter, we believe we are turning the corner. Net interest income and net interest margins are expanding, our regulatory capital ratios are increasing, and our core banking franchise continues to serve our customers and communities. The tone of business in our marketplace is different than it was a year ago, and there is a sense of optimism in both the consumer and small business markets."

Mr. Tabas continued, "One area of disappointment was an increase in non-accrual and impaired loans during the first quarter. Clearly the economic environment remains uncertain, and this is impacting collateral valuations. We believe we are taking the right actions to mitigate risk in our loan portfolios, and that we continue to make positive progress in this regard."

The following is an overview of key financial metrics at quarter end:

-- Total assets were $1.2 billion at March 31, 2010, compared to $1.3
   billion at December 31, 2009.

-- Total deposits were $826.2 million at March 31, 2010 compared to
   $881.8 million at December 31, 2009. The decrease was largely driven
   by Royal's ongoing effort to reduce brokered CDs which continued
   during the first quarter of 2010.

-- Total loans decreased to $630.4 million at March 31, 2010 compared to
   $656.5 million at December 31, 2009 due to pay downs and pay-offs of
   existing loans and charge-offs.

-- At March 31, 2010, Royal Bank America had capital ratios above the
   level required to meet regulatory standards for a well-capitalized
   institution.  Total capital to risk-weighted assets was 14.74%; Tier
   I capital to risk-weighted assets was 13.46%: and Tier I capital to
   average assets was 8.64%.  All regulatory capital ratios increased
   during the first quarter.

-- Net interest income was $8.0 million in the first quarter of 2010,
   compared to $7.1 million in the comparable prior year period.  The
   increase was largely driven by Royal's ongoing effort to reduce
   brokered CDs, Federal Home Loan Bank advances and repricing of
   maturing retail CDs, which resulted in lower interest expense relative
   to interest income. This effort also drove a 27 basis point improvement
   in net interest margin, to 2.79% in the first quarter of 2010, compared
   to 2.52% in the first quarter of 2009, and a 35 basis point improvement
   from the linked fourth quarter 2009 where net interest margin was 2.44%.

-- Non-accrual and impaired loans were $83.7 million at March 31, 2010,
   compared to $73.7 million at December 31, 2009, an increase of $10.0
   million.  The $10.0 million increase was primarily the result of $19.8
   million in additions partially offset by a $6.1 million reduction in
   existing non-accrual loan balances through payments or loans becoming
   current and placed back on accrual and $3.7 million in charge-offs.

-- Gains on sales of AFS investment securities were $167,000 for the
   quarter as compared to a loss on sales of AFS investment securities of
   $214,000 in the first quarter of 2009.

About Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc.

Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc., headquartered in Narberth, Pennsylvania, is a two-bank holding company operating the Royal Bank America and Royal Asian Bank brands throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. For the past 40+ years, Royal has played a lead role in the growth and development of our region, empowering small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals to achieve their financial goals and enrich our communities. More information on Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, our banks and subsidiaries is available at

Forward-Looking Statements

The foregoing material may contain forward-looking statements. We caution that such statements may be subject to a number of uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially; therefore, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc. does not undertake, and specifically disclaims, any obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. For a discussion of the factors that could cause actual results to differ from the results discussed in any such forward-looking statements, see the filings made by Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report - Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009.


                                                       Three Months
(in thousands, except for earnings per               Ended Mar. 31st
 common share)                                      2010          2009
                                                 -----------   -----------
                                                 (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)

Interest Income                                  $    15,623   $    16,354
Interest Expense                                       7,603         9,285
                                                 -----------   -----------
Net Interest Income                                    8,020         7,069
Provision for Loan Losses                              1,903         2,797
                                                 -----------   -----------
Net Interest Income after Provision                    6,117         4,272
Non Interest Income/(Loss)                             1,305        (3,583)
Non Interest Expense                                   8,053         7,226
                                                 -----------   -----------
Loss before Taxes                                       (631)       (6,537)
Income Taxes                                               0             0
                                                 -----------   -----------
Net Loss                                                (631)       (6,537)
Less Net Income attributable to noncontrolling
 interest                                                442           216
Net Loss attributable to Royal Bancshares       ($     1,073) ($     6,753)
                                                 ===========   ===========
Loss per common share - basic                   ($      0.12) ($      0.53)
                                                 ===========   ===========
Return on Average Assets                                -0.3%         -2.3%
Return on Average Equity                                -4.1%        -28.4%
Average Equity to Assets                                 8.4%          7.9%
Book Value Per Share                             $      5.44   $      5.56


                                                   Mar. 31,      Dec. 31,
(in thousands)                                       2010          2009
                                                 (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Cash and Cash Equivalents                        $     64,315  $     58,298
Investment Securities                                 418,260       449,671
Loans & Leases (net)                                  630,401       658,787
Premises and Equipment (net)                           18,269        18,798
Accrued Interest receivable                            15,532        14,942
Other Assets                                           75,165        92,230
                                                 ------------  ------------
          Total Assets                           $  1,221,942  $  1,292,726
                                                 ------------  ------------

Deposits                                              826,227       881,755
Borrowings                                            240,556       257,827
Other Liabilities                                      23,196        23,056
Subordinated debentures                                25,774        25,774
Royal Bancshares Shareholders' Equity                 102,589       101,156
Noncontrolling Interest                                 3,600         3,158
                                                 ------------  ------------
        Total Equity                                  106,189       104,314
                                                 ------------  ------------
        Total Liabilities and Equity             $  1,221,942  $  1,292,726
                                                 ------------  ------------
  The above condensed financial information includes consolidation of
  Equity Real Estate Investments, owned by Royal Bancshares of
  Pennsylvania, Inc., which are required as a result of FIN 46(R)
  "Variable Interest Entities."

Contact Information: Media Contact: Joseph Crivelli Senior Vice President Gregory FCA Communications Office: 610-228-2100 Cell: 610-299-6700 Company Contact: Marc Sanders Director of Marketing Royal Bank America Office: 610-668-4700 Cell: 484-802-1944