Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter and Nine Months Ended March 31, 2013

  Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter and Nine   Months Ended March 31, 2013  Business Wire  MORRISTOWN, Tenn. -- April 25, 2013  Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: JFBI), the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank (the “Bank”), announced net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 of $386,000, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to net income of $334,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. For the nine months ended March 31, 2013, the Company reported net income of $1.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, for the nine months ended March 31, 2012. The provision for loan losses was $800,000 for the nine months ended March 31, 2013 compared to $9.3 million for the comparable period in 2012.  Anderson L. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to report another quarter of profitability and continued improvement in asset quality trends. We have focused our efforts on improving asset quality and are pleased with the steady progress we have made in reducing the level of adversely classified assets. However, as with many financial institutions, historically low interest rates and the slow economic recovery continue to present an ongoing challenge for the Company.”  Net interest income decreased $199,000, or 4.7%, to $4.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 compared to $4.2 million for the same period in 2012. The decrease in net interest income is primarily due to lower average balances on loans, partially offset by lower average balances and lower rates on deposits. The net interest margin was 3.63% for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 compared to 3.60% for the same period in 2012. For the nine months ended March 31, 2013, net interest income decreased $1.3 million, or 9.4%, to $12.3 million compared to $13.6 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2012, while the net interest margin decreased 12 basis points to 3.63% compared to 3.75% for the same period in 2012.  Noninterest income increased $74,000, or 14.6%, to $582,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 compared to $508,000 for the same period in 2012 due primarily to an $89,000 increase in net gain on sale of other real estate owned (“OREO”). For the nine months ended March 31, 2013, noninterest income decreased $70,000, or 4.1%, to $1.6 million compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2012.The decrease was the result of a decline in service charges and fees totaling $61,000, an increase in net losses on sale of OREO totaling $41,000 and a decrease in gain on sale of investment securities totaling $27,000 more than offsetting an increase in mortgage origination fee income totaling $110,000.  Noninterest expense increased $101,000, or 2.7%, to $3.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and decreased $1.1 million, or 8.9%, to $11.7 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2013 compared to the same periods in 2012. Valuation adjustments and expenses on OREO decreased $145,000 and $1.5 million, respectively, for the three and nine month periods ended March 31, 2013 compared to the same periods in 2012. Compensation expense increased $218,000 and $534,000, respectively, for the three and nine month periods ended March 31, 2013 due to increases in commissions, salary expense, bonus accruals, and health insurance costs.  At March 31, 2013, total assets were $506.0 million compared to $522.9 million at June 30, 2012. Net loans decreased $10.9 million, or 3.4%, to $311.6 million at March 31, 2013, compared to $322.5 million at June 30, 2012, due primarily to reduced loan demand combined with normal paydowns on existing loans. Reduced loan demand is primarily the result of continued economic weakness in the Bank’s market areas.  Total deposits decreased $18.5 million, or 4.4%, to $405.4 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $423.9 million at June 30, 2012. Certificates of deposit decreased $19.6 million, or 11.5%, to $150.8 million while transaction accounts increased $1.1 million, to $254.6 million at March 31, 2013. The average cost of interest-bearing deposits for the three month period ended March 31, 2013 was 0.41% compared to 0.71% for the corresponding period in 2012. Certificates of deposit comprised 37.2% of total deposits at March 31, 2013 compared to 40.2% of total deposits at June 30, 2012.  The Bank continues to be well-capitalized under regulatory requirements. At March 31, 2013, the Bank's total risk-based, Tier 1 risk-based, and Tier 1 leverage capital ratios were 14.31%, 13.05%, and 9.04%, respectively, compared to 13.42%, 12.17%, and 8.23%, respectively, at June 30, 2012. At March 31, 2013, the Company had 6,604,585 common shares outstanding with a book value of $8.11 per common share.  Nonperforming assets totaled $20.1 million, or 3.98% of total assets, at March 31, 2013, compared to $25.2 million, or 4.82% of total assets, at June 30, 2012. Nonaccrual loans totaled $12.9 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $18.6 million at June 30, 2012. Nonaccrual loans with a current payment status represented approximately 82% of total nonaccrual loans at March 31, 2013. Foreclosed real estate totaled $6.5 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $6.1 million at June 30, 2012. Net charge-offs for the three months ended March 31, 2013 were $232,000, or 0.29% of average loans annualized, compared to $4.7 million, or 5.22% of average loans annualized, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The allowance for loan losses was $5.7 million, or 1.79% of total loans, at March 31, 2013 compared to $5.9 million, or 1.78% of total loans, at June 30, 2012 and $6.8 million, or 1.95% of total loans, at March 31, 2012. The provision for loan losses totaled $200,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared to $600,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.  Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank, a Tennessee-chartered savings bank headquartered in Morristown, Tennessee. Jefferson Federal Bank is a community oriented financial institution offering traditional financial services with offices in Hamblen, Knox, Washington and Sullivan Counties, Tennessee. The Company’s stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “JFBI.” More information about Jefferson Bancshares and Jefferson Federal Bank can be found at its website: www.jeffersonfederal.com.  This press release, as well as other written communications made from time to time by the Company and its subsidiaries and oral communications made from time to time by authorized officers of the Company, may contain statements relating to the future results of the Company (including certain projections and business trends) that are considered “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “PSLRA”). Such forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of such words as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “planned,” “estimated,” “intend” and “potential.” For these statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the PSLRA.  The Company cautions you that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include, but are not limited to: prevailing economic and geopolitical conditions; changes in interest rates, loan demand, real estate values and competition; changes in accounting principles, policies and guidelines; changes in any applicable law, rule, regulation or practice with respect to tax or legal issues; and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technological factors affecting the Company’s operations, pricing, products and services 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. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this release, and, except as may be required by applicable law or regulation, the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.                                                                 JEFFERSON BANCSHARES, INC.                                                                                         At               At                     March 31,        June 30,                     2013             2012                     (Dollars in thousands)                                                                     Financial Condition Data: Total assets        $506,014         $522,930 Loans receivable,   311,628          322,499 net Cash and cash equivalents, and    35,465           56,693 interest-bearing deposits Investment          99,383           83,483 securities Deposits            405,361          423,882 Repurchase          607              398 agreements FHLB advances       37,644           37,863 Subordinated        7,330            7,245 debentures Stockholders'       $53,579          $52,629 equity                                                                                                                                                             Three Months Ended March 31,    Nine Months Ended March                                                     31,                     2013             2012           2013           2012                     (Dollars in thousands, except   (Dollars in thousands,                     per share data)                 except per share data)                                                                     Operating Data: Interest income     $4,781           $5,302         $14,681        $17,197 Interest expense    751              1,073          2,386          3,631 Net interest        4,030            4,229          12,295         13,566 income Provision for       200              600            800            9,273 loan losses Net interest income after        3,830            3,629          11,495         4,293 provision for loan losses Noninterest         582              508            1,619          1,689 income Noninterest         3,873            3,772          11,740         12,887 expense Earnings before     539              365            1,374          (6,905    ) income taxes Total income        153              31             345            (2,614    ) taxes Net earnings        $386             $334           $1,029         ($4,291   )                                                                                                                                         Share Data: Earnings per        $0.06            $0.05          $0.16          ($0.69    ) share, basic Earnings per        $0.06            $0.05          $0.16          ($0.69    ) share, diluted Book value per      $8.11            $7.85          $8.11          $7.85 common share Weighted average shares: Basic               6,292,214        6,261,939      6,271,036      6,237,203 Diluted             6,292,214        6,261,939      6,271,036      6,237,203                                                                                                                                                             Three Months Ended March 31,    Nine Months Ended March                                                     31,                     2013             2012           2013           2012                     (Dollars in thousands)          (Dollars in thousands)                                                                     Allowance for Loan Losses: Allowance at beginning of        $5,702           $10,880        $5,852         $8,181 period Provision for       200              600            800            9,273 loan losses Recoveries          27               175            427            257 Charge-offs         (259       )     (4,848    )    (1,409    )    (10,904   ) Net Charge-offs     (232       )     (4,673    )    (982      )    (10,647   ) Allowance at end    $5,670          $6,807        $5,670        $6,807     of period                                                                     Net charge-offs to average outstanding loans   0.29       %     5.22      %    0.41      %    3.82      % during the period, annualized                                                                                         At               At             At                     March 31,        June 30,       March 31,                     2013             2012           2012                     (Dollars in thousands)                                                                     Nonperforming Assets: Nonperforming       $12,937          $18,562        $18,468 loans Nonperforming       719              207            277 investments Real estate owned   6,489            6,075          7,823 Other nonperforming       -               348           147        assets                                                                     Total nonperforming       $20,145         $25,192       $26,715    assets                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nine Months      Year Ended     Nine Months                     Ended                           Ended                     March 31,        June 30,       March 31,                     2013             2012           2012                                                                     Performance Ratios: Return on average   0.27       %     (0.74     %)   (1.05     %) assets Return on average   2.56       %     (7.37     %)   (10.44    %) equity Interest rate       3.54       %     3.60      %    3.62      % spread Net interest        3.63       %     3.72      %    3.74      % margin Efficiency ratio    84.45      %     83.38     %    84.69     % Average interest-earning assets to average   112.66     %     111.99    %    111.99    % interest-bearing liabilities                                                                     Asset Quality Ratios: Allowance for loan losses as a    1.79       %     1.78      %    1.95      % percent of total loans Allowance for loan losses as a percent of          43.83      %     31.53     %    36.86     % nonperforming loans Nonperforming loans as a          4.07       %     5.65      %    5.30      % percent of total loans Nonperforming assets as a         3.98       %     4.82      %    5.00      % percent of total assets  Contact:  Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Anderson L. Smith, 423-586-8421 President and Chief Executive Officer or Jane P. Hutton, 423-586-8421 Chief Financial Officer