Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013

  Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter and Fiscal   Year Ended June 30, 2013  Business Wire  MORRISTOWN, Tenn. -- July 30, 2013  Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: JFBI), the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank (the “Bank”), announced net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 of $565,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $291,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The improvement in net income reflects a reduction in the provision for loan losses more than offsetting a decrease in net interest income.  For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, the Company reported net income of $1.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.0 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The provision for loan losses was $800,000 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 compared to $9.9 million for the prior fiscal year.  Anderson L. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased with the steady progress our organization has made over the last twelve months, despite the challenging economic and interest rate environment. We were profitable for the sixth consecutive quarter, with net earnings of $565,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $291,000 for the prior year period. Asset quality continues to improve as charge-offs, nonperforming assets, and delinquencies have decreased. Our loan portfolio experienced growth during the quarter and we are cautiously optimistic that loan demand will continue to increase as we begin a new fiscal year.”  Net interest income decreased $220,000, or 5.1%, to $4.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to $4.3 million for the same period in 2012. The decrease in net interest income is primarily due to lower average balances and lower yields on loans, partially offset by lower average balances and lower rates on deposits. The net interest margin was 3.67% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to 3.68% for the same period in 2012. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, net interest income decreased $1.5 million, or 8.3%, to $16.4 million compared to $17.9 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, while the net interest margin decreased 8 basis points to 3.64% compared to 3.72% for the prior fiscal year.  Noninterest income remained relatively unchanged at $494,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 compared to $491,000 for the same period in 2012. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, noninterest income decreased $67,000, or 3.1%, to $2.1 million compared to $2.2 million for the prior fiscal year.The decrease was primarily the result of a decline in service charges and fees totaling $70,000 and an increase in net losses on sale of other real estate owned (“OREO”) totaling $97,000 more than offsetting an increase in mortgage origination fee income totaling $139,000.  Noninterest expense remained stable at $3.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 and decreased $1.1 million, or 6.9%, to $15.5 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 compared to the same periods in 2012. Valuation adjustments and expenses on OREO decreased $105,000 and $1.6 million, respectively, for the three and twelve month periods ended June 30, 2013 compared to the same periods in 2012. Compensation expense increased $18,000 and $552,000, respectively, for the three and twelve month periods ended June 30, 2013 due to increases in commissions, salary expense, and health insurance costs.  At June 30, 2013, total assets were $503.0 million compared to $522.9 million at June 30, 2012. Net loans decreased slightly to $321.3 million at June 30, 2013, compared to $322.5 million at June 30, 2012. Total deposits decreased $24.2 million, or 5.7%, to $399.6 million at June 30, 2013 compared to $423.9 million at June 30, 2012 primarily due to the planned runoff of higher cost certificates of deposit. Certificates of deposit comprised 37.1% of total deposits at June 30, 2013 compared to 40.2% of total deposits at June 30, 2012. The average cost of interest-bearing deposits for the three-month period ended June 30, 2013 was 0.40% compared to 0.58% for the corresponding period in 2012.  The Bank continues to be well-capitalized under regulatory requirements. At June 30, 2013, the Bank's total risk-based, Tier 1 risk-based, and Tier 1 leverage capital ratios were 14.18%, 12.93%, and 9.21%, respectively, compared to 13.42%, 12.17%, and 8.23%, respectively, at June 30, 2012. At June 30, 2013, the Company had 6,601,091 common shares outstanding with a book value of $8.03 per common share.  Nonperforming assets totaled $19.2 million, or 3.81% of total assets, at June 30, 2013, compared to $25.2 million, or 4.82% of total assets, at June 30, 2012. Nonaccrual loans totaled $12.8 million at June 30, 2013 compared to $18.6 million at June 30, 2012. Nonaccrual loans with a current payment status represented approximately 71% of total nonaccrual loans at June 30, 2013. Foreclosed real estate totaled $5.4 million at June 30, 2013 compared to $6.1 million at June 30, 2012. Net charge-offs for the three months ended June 30, 2013 were $10,000, or 0.01% of average loans annualized, compared to $1.6 million, or 1.84% of average loans annualized, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The allowance for loan losses was $5.7 million, or 1.73% of total loans, at June 30, 2013 compared to $5.9 million, or 1.78% of total loans, at June 30, 2012. There was no provision for loan losses recorded for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to $600,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The decrease in the provision for loan losses is the result of improvements in asset quality.  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                      June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012                      (Dollars in thousands)                                                                        Financial Condition Data: Total assets         $ 503,028       $ 522,930 Loans                  321,299         322,499 receivable, net Cash and cash equivalents, and       24,514          56,693 interest-bearing deposits Investment             96,024          83,483 securities Deposits               399,642         423,882 Repurchase             551             398 agreements FHLB advances          37,626          37,863 Subordinated           7,358           7,245 debentures Stockholders'        $ 53,025        $ 52,629 equity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Three Months Ended June 30,      Year Ended June 30,                      2013            2012             2013            2012                      (Dollars in thousands, except    (Dollars in thousands, except                      per share data)                  per share data)                                                                        Operating Data: Interest income      $ 4,820         $ 5,235          $ 19,501        $ 22,432 Interest expense       744             939              3,130           4,570 Net interest           4,076           4,296            16,371          17,862 income Provision for          -               600              800             9,873 loan losses Net interest income after           4,076           3,696            15,571          7,989 provision for loan losses Noninterest            494             491              2,113           2,180 income Noninterest            3,806           3,806            15,546          16,693 expense Earnings before        764             381              2,138           (6,524    ) income taxes Total income           199             90               544             (2,524    ) taxes Net earnings         $ 565           $ 291            $ 1,594           ($4,000   )                                                                                                                                               Share Data: Earnings per         $ 0.09          $ 0.05           $ 0.25            ($0.64    ) share, basic Earnings per         $ 0.09          $ 0.05           $ 0.25            ($0.64    ) share, diluted Book value per       $ 8.03          $ 7.94           $ 8.03          $ 7.94 common share Weighted average shares: Basic                  6,275,519       6,261,914        6,270,523       6,243,347 Diluted                6,275,519       6,261,914        6,270,523       6,243,347                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Three Months Ended June 30,      Year Ended June 30,                      2013            2012             2013            2012                      (Dollars in thousands)           (Dollars in thousands)                                                                        Allowance for Loan Losses: Allowance at beginning of         $ 5,670         $ 6,807          $ 5,852         $ 8,181 period Provision for          -               600              800             9,873 loan losses Recoveries             12              677              439             934 Charge-offs           (22       )    (2,232    )     (1,431    )    (13,136   ) Net Charge-offs       (10       )    (1,555    )     (992      )    (12,202   ) Allowance at end     $ 5,660        $ 5,852         $ 5,660        $ 5,852      of period                                                                        Net charge-offs to average outstanding            0.01      %     1.84      %      0.31      %     3.36      % loans during the period, annualized                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         At              At                      June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012                      (Dollars in thousands)                                                                        Nonperforming Assets: Nonperforming        $ 12,796        $ 18,562 loans Nonperforming          942             207 investments Real estate            5,433           6,075 owned Other nonperforming         -             348        assets                                                                        Total nonperforming        $ 19,171       $ 25,192     assets                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Year Ended      Year Ended                      June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012                                                                        Performance Ratios: Return on              0.31      %     (0.74     %) average assets Return on              2.97      %     (7.37     %) average equity Interest rate          3.55      %     3.60      % spread Net interest           3.64      %     3.72      % margin Efficiency ratio       84.16     %     83.38     % Average interest-earning assets to              112.76    %     111.99    % average interest-bearing liabilities                                                                        Asset Quality Ratios: Allowance for loan losses as a       1.73      %     1.78      % percent of total loans Allowance for loan losses as a percent of             44.23     %     31.53     % nonperforming loans Nonperforming loans as a             3.91      %     5.65      % percent of total loans Nonperforming assets as a            3.81      %     4.82      % 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