CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Royal Financial, Inc. (the “Company”) (OTCQX: RYFL), incorporated under the laws of Delaware on December 15, 2004, for the purpose of serving as the holding company of Royal Savings Bank (the “Bank”), announced earnings for the second quarter end of fiscal year 2019.

Net Income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $1.0 million or $0.40 per common share, compared to a net loss of $1.7 million, or $(0.69) per common share, in the same period of fiscal 2018.

The Company also reported total assets of $409.1 million and stockholders’ equity of $36.8 million as of December 31, 2018.  As of the same date, the Company’s book value per share was $14.46 and tangible book value per share was $13.42.

Comparison of Results of Operation for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017

The Company reported net income of $1.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of $2.7 million (158%) compared to a net loss of $1.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Net income for the six months ended December 31, 2018 was $1.9 million, an increase of $2.3 million (630%) from the same period of fiscal 2018. The increase in net income is a result of lower non-interest expenses and provision for taxes and an increase in net interest income and non-interest income.

For the quarter end December 31, 2018, the provision for income taxes was $401,000 compared to the provision for income taxes at the quarter end of December 31, 2017, of $2.2 million, a decrease of $1.8 million (82%). The Company had a one-time downward adjustment of the Deferred Tax Asset (“DTA”) of $2.0 million due to the new federal income tax rate change enacted in December 2017. 

Total interest income for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, increased $879,000 (24%) from December 31, 2017. Total interest income for loans, including fees, increased $818,000 (24%) due to increases in the loan portfolio. Interest income for securities increased $85,000 (45%) due to an increase in the securities portfolio from the prior fiscal year. These increases in interest income were offset by a decrease of $24,000 (57%) in interest income from federal funds sold and by the increase in total interest expense of $416,000 (73%) due to higher cost of funds for borrowings and deposit accounts.

Total non-interest income increased $39,000 (18%) from December 31, 2017. The increase was caused by an increase in service charges on deposit accounts of $32,000 (23%) as a result of the Company’s new fee structure and an increase in secondary mortgage market fees of $7,000 (15%) as the Company continues to increase lending.

The provision for loan losses at the quarter end of December 31, 2018, was $75,000, a decrease of $15,000 (17%) from the prior year.

Total non-interest expense decreased $412,000 (15%) from December 31, 2017. The decrease in non-interest expense was primarily caused by the decrease of $634,000 (97%) in merger and acquisition expense. The Company booked a one-time expense of $650,000 at December 31, 2017 to accrue for the expected costs associated with the December 15, 2017 acquisition of the insured deposits and other assets of Washington Federal Bank for Savings (“WaFed”), FDIC failure. The decrease was offset by increases in occupancy and equipment of $95,000 (24%), data processing of $41,000 (52%), and salaries and employee benefits of $39,000 (4%). These increases were a result of acquiring the branches of WaFed and the increase in the customer base of WaFed.

Comparison of Financial Condition at December 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018

The Company’s total assets decreased $4.1 million (1%) to $409.1 million at December 31, 2018, from $413.2 million at June 30, 2018.

Cash and cash equivalents decreased $8.1 million (57%), to $6.1 million at December 31, 2018 from $14.2 million at June 30, 2018.  The decrease in cash and cash equivalents is the result of loan funding and general business operations.  

Loans, net of allowance for loan losses, increased $4.9 million (2%), to $327.8 million at December 31, 2018 from $322.9 million at June 30, 2018, primarily due to an increase in commercial loan growth.

The allowance for loan losses was $2.7 million, or 0.82% of total loans, at December 31, 2018, as compared to $2.4 million, or 0.73% of total loans, at June 30, 2018. In addition to the allowance for loan losses, net purchase discount on acquired loans was $904,000 at December 31, 2018 compared to $1.0 million at June 30, 2018. Individual loan discounts are being accreted into interest income over the life of the loans; however, they can offset loan losses upon loan default. Nonperforming loans totaled $715,000, or 0.22% of outstanding loans, at December 31, 2018 compared to $899,000 or 0.28%, at June 30, 2018. 

Other real estate owned remains at $308,000 as of December 31, 2018, an increase of $3,000 (1%) from June 30, 2018. The property is recorded at fair value, less estimated costs to sell. 

The DTA decreased $904,000 (9%), to $9.5 million, at December 31, 2018 from $10.4 million at June 30, 2018. The Bank has a $200,000 valuation allowance for the State of Illinois DTA as of December 31, 2018.

The Core Deposit Intangibles (“CDI”) held by the Company decreased $253,000 (22%) as of December 31, 2018. The decrease in the CDI was due to the fair value re-evaluation of the acquisition WaFed deposits which increased Goodwill by $183,000 (12%) to $1.8 million as of December 31, 2018.  

Total deposits increased $1.2 million to $342.4 million at December 31, 2018, from $341.2 million at June 30, 2018. The increase was primarily due to the increase in money market accounts, offset by a decrease in time deposits.

The note payable decreased $1.5 million to $12.0 million at December 31, 2018 from $13.0 million at June 30, 2018. In addition to the normal $500,000 monthly principal payment, an additional payment of $1.0 million was made in efforts to pay-down the loan and restructure the note. In October, the loan was restructured from two separate notes payable into one note. The new note will amortize in full over eight years with quarterly payments of $375,000 in principal reduction and interest at the rate of 0.15% below the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate.

Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) advances decreased $7.0 million (37%), to $12.0 million at December 31, 2018, from $19.0 million at June 30, 2018. All FHLB advances are limited to short term maturities.

Total stockholders’ equity increased $2.3 million, to $36.8 million at December 31, 2018 from $34.5 million at June 30, 2018, which was primarily the result of an increase of $1.9 million in retained earnings and a decrease of $170,000 in unrealized loss in equity.

For the six months ended December 2018, the Bank paid cash dividends of $1.9 million.  The upstream of funds enabled the Company to make debt and interest payments on its notes payable, as well as pay general business expenses for fiscal 2019.

The Bank is “well capitalized” under prompt corrective action regulations. This classification requires the Bank to maintain regulatory capital that meets or exceeds the following ratios: Tier 1 Capital leverage of 5.00%, Common Equity Tier 1 Capital of 6.50%, Tier 1 Capital of 8.00%, and Total Capital of 10.00%. At December 31, 2018, the Bank exceeded each of these requirements with ratios of 9.80%, 14.94%, 14.94% and 15.98%, respectively.

In November, 2018, the Board of Directors, thru the Compensation Committee, approved the Royal Financial, Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”). The purpose of the 2018 Plan is to promote the long-term financial success of Royal Financial by providing a means to attract, retain, and reward individuals who can and do contribute to such success and to further align interest with those of the Company’s shareholders. The effective date of the plan was November 20, 2018 with a ten year life. 

The 2018 Plan was omnibus in nature and capped at 350,000 equity awards. On December 31, 2018, the Board of Directors, thru the Compensation Committee, approved 78,600 non-qualified option awards and 26,400 grants to be issued for a total of 105,000 awards or 30% of the plan cap of 350,000 awards. The vesting period for both types of awards was four years. The expense per option, using the Black Scholes method, was determined to be $4.57 with a strike price of $14.30. The grant expense was also determined to be $14.30, based on the trade value on the issuance date. The awards were granted in various amounts to the Board of Directors and to named executive officers of the Company. The full 2018 Plan will be published to the Company investor site and made part of the 2019 proxy.

In addition, during the quarter, Mr. Szwajkowski, the Company President and CEO, exercised 10,740 vested options from the 2005 Plan. Also, Mr. Morua, the Company Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, exercised 800 vested options form the 2005 Plan.

The 2018 grant awards of 26,400 and the exercise of Mr. Szwajkowski’s and Mr. Morua’s options of 10,740 and 800 respectively were issued from the Company treasury which now totals 99,948 shares and Company outstanding shares now total 2,545,052 as of December 31, 2018.

At December 31, 2018, the book value per common share, shares outstanding of 2,545,052, was $14.46 compared to the book value per common share of $13.77 at June 30, 2018, for shares outstanding of 2,507,112. The tangible book value per share was $13.42 at December 31, 2018, compared to tangible book value per share of $12.69 at June 30, 2018. 

The complete audited consolidated financial statements for 2018 and 2017 are available at www.royalbankweb.com

Royal Savings Bank offers a range of checking and savings products and a full line of home and commercial lending solutions. Royal Savings Bank has been operating continuously in the Chicagoland area since 1887, and currently has nine branches and lending centers in Homewood and St. Charles, Illinois. Visit Royal Financial, Inc. and Royal Savings Bank at www.royalbankweb.com.

Safe–Harbor

Forward Looking Statements: This press release may include forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by use of the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” or similar expressions.  Our ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those predicted in such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of the Company and the Bank include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates; the economic health of the local real estate market; general economic conditions; continued credit deterioration in our loan portfolio that would cause us to further increase our allowance for loan losses; legislative/regulatory changes; monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board; the quality or composition of the loan and securities portfolios; demand for loan products in our market areas; deposit flows; competition; demand for financial services in our market areas; and changes in accounting principles, policies, and guidelines.  These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements
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Royal Financial, Inc. and Subsidiary 
Consolidated Statements of Operations 
Three and Six months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 
(Unaudited) 
         
 Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Six Months Ended
December 31,
 
   
 2018  2017  2018  2017  
         
Interest income        
Loans, including fees$  4,193,572 $  3,375,213  $  8,426,417 $  6,639,670  
Securities   273,944    189,084     543,658    380,227  
Federal funds sold and other   18,259    42,221     34,601    59,144  
Total interest income   4,485,776    3,606,518     9,004,675    7,079,041  
         
Interest expense        
Deposits   766,867    476,850     1,394,963    852,090  
Borrowings   219,596    93,528     435,801    163,933  
Total interest expense   986,463    570,378     1,830,764    1,016,023  
         
Net interest income   3,499,313    3,036,140     7,173,911    6,063,018  
         
Provision/(Credit) for loan losses   75,000    90,000     225,000    270,000  
         
Net interest income after provision/ (credit) for loan losses   3,424,313    2,946,140     6,948,911    5,793,018  
         
Non-interest income        
Service charges on deposit accounts   175,095    142,795     354,763    277,214  
Secondary mortgage market fees   56,186    48,904     107,596    62,434  
Rental Income   31,727    34,672     63,098    61,878  
Other   255    2,133     547    55,416  
Total non-interest income   263,262    228,504     526,004    456,943  
         
Non-interest expense        
Salaries and employee benefits   1,086,814    1,047,595     2,203,618    2,169,421  
Occupancy and equipment   499,213    404,156     1,012,385    803,806  
Data processing   196,987    160,680     371,265    315,031  
Professional services   120,427    79,467     309,212    242,939  
Director fees   46,200    40,000     92,400    76,000  
Marketing   6,706    14,913     23,576    33,201  
FDIC insurance expense   36,412    36,200     74,687    66,867  
Insurance premiums   24,344    26,198     48,339    52,046  
Other Real Estate Owned Expense (income), net   5,862    (5,408)    12,970    50,491  
Acquisition Expense   19,403    653,803     26,913    656,757  
Core Deposit Intangibles Amortization   35,207    26,499     70,413    52,998  
Other   203,483    208,677     428,292    408,568  
Total non-interest expense   2,281,057    2,692,780     4,674,071    4,928,125  
         
Income before income taxes   1,406,519    477,379     2,800,844    1,321,836  
         
Provision for income taxes   401,000    2,205,000     827,530    1,694,364  
Net Income (Loss)$  1,005,519 $  (1,727,621) $  1,973,314 $  (372,528) 
         
Basic earnings per share$  0.40 $  (0.69) $  0.78 $  (0.15) 
Diluted earnings per share$  0.39 $  (0.68) $  0.77 $  (0.15) 
         
 
This report has not been prepared in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC")    
rules applicable to SEC registrant companies and is not intended to comply with such rules.     


  
Royal Financial, Inc. and Subsidiary  
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition  
December 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018  
   
     
 December 31, 2018June 30, 2018  
     
Assets    
     
Cash and non-interest bearing balances in financial institutions$  3,199,173 $  2,825,543   
Interest Bearing Financial Institutions   2,813,674    11,357,538   
Federal Funds Sold   102,283    45,159   
         Total Cash and Cash Equivalents$  6,115,130 $  14,228,240   
     
Investment Certificates of Deposit$  1,844,000 $  1,844,000   
Securities available for sale   42,959,192    42,863,407   
Loans Receivable, net of Allowance for loan losses    327,792,481    322,859,548   
of $2,697,347 at December 31, 2018, $2,388,428 at June 30, 2018    
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock   724,100    724,100   
Premises & Equipment, net   14,685,073    14,810,797   
Accrued Interest Receivable   1,488,153    1,354,267   
Other Real Estate Owned   308,099    305,311   
Deferred Tax Asset   9,502,423    10,406,528   
Core Deposit Intangible   890,246    1,143,504   
Goodwill   1,755,189    1,572,344   
Other Assets   1,061,419    1,116,626   
         Total Assets$   409,125,504  $  413,228,672    
     
     
Liabilities & Stockholders Equity    
Total Deposits$  342,412,488 $  341,228,412   
Advances from Borrowers for Taxes and Insurance   4,556,437    3,691,202   
FHLB Advances   12,000,000    19,000,000   
Notes Payable   12,000,000    13,500,000   
Accrued Interest Payable and Other Liabilities   1,350,726    1,277,951   
  Total Liabilities$  372,319,650 $  378,697,565   
     
Stockholder's Equity    
Common Stock$  26,450 $  26,450   
Additional Paid-In Capital   23,555,596    24,012,821   
Retained Earnings   14,582,411    12,609,097   
Treasury Stock   (424,384)   (1,012,924)  
Unrealized G/L in Equity   (934,219)   (1,104,337)  
         Total Capital$  36,805,854 $  34,531,107   
     
  Total Liabilities and Stockholder's Equity$   409,125,504  $  413,228,672    
     
  
This report has not been prepared in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") rules applicable
to SEC registrant companies and is not intended to comply with such rules.   

 

Mr. Leonard Szwajkowski
President and CEO
Royal Financial, Inc.
Telephone:  (773) 382-2111
E-mail:  lszwajkowski@royal-bank.us