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Northeast Bancorp Reports Fourth Quarter Results, Declares Dividend

Lewiston, Maine
July 29th, 2013

Northeast Bancorp (“Northeast” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: NBN), a Maine-based full-service financial services company and parent of Northeast Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income of $205 thousand for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to $1.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.  Net income for the year ended June 30, 2013 was $4.4 million, compared to $2.2 million for the year ended June 30, 2012.  Net income for the year ended June 30, 2012 included $1.1 million from discontinued operations.

The current quarter included $1.4 million of expenses related to severance and the settlement of a previously disclosed lawsuit, based on a claim arising from events occurring in 2005 and 2006. Excluding these items, which the Company considers to be non-core, net operating earnings were $1.1 million or $0.11 per diluted common share. Reported net income and net operating earnings for the quarters and years ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, are set forth below:

The Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.09 per share, payable on August 23, 2013 to shareholders of record as of August 9, 2013.

“The growing value of our business strategy is reflected in this year’s results, in which we achieved over 22% growth in our loan portfolio, and 15% deposit growth,” said Richard Wayne, Chief Executive Officer.  “Loan originations and acquisitions for the quarter totaled $117 million, of which $67 million was generated by our loan purchasing group, and $48 million through our residential lending division. The success of our lending efforts helped drive our net interest margin to 5.32% for the quarter,” continued Wayne.

At June 30, 2013, total assets were $670.6 million, an increase of $1.4 million, or 0.2%, compared to June 30, 2012 and a decrease of $28.9 million, or 4.1%, compared to March 31, 2013. The principal components of the year-over-year and quarterly changes in the balance sheet follow:

  1. The loan portfolio grew by $79.1 million, or 22.2%, compared to June 30, 2012, principally due to net growth of $116.1 million in commercial loans purchased or originated by the Bank’s Loan Acquisition and Servicing Group (“LASG”), offset by net amortization and payoffs of $37.0 million in the Community Banking Division loan portfolio.

    Compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2013, the Bank’s LASG loan portfolio increased $57.3 million, reflecting purchases and originations of $45.8 million and $21.6 million, respectively, offset by loan payoffs and asset sales totaling $9.9 million.  LASG originations during the quarter included $12.0 million secured by marketable securities and $9.6 million of loans secured by real estate.  Loan payoffs and asset sales during the quarter ended June 30, 2013 resulted in $2.8 million of transactional income, compared to $4.1 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and $2.5 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

    As has been discussed in more detail in the Company’s SEC filings, in connection with the merger of FHB Formation LLC with and into the Company, the Company made certain commitments to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), including a commitment to hold commercial real estate loans (including owner-occupied commercial real estate) to within 300% of total risk-based capital.  On June 28, 2013, the Federal Reserve approved the amendment of that commitment to exclude owner-occupied commercial real estate loans.  All other commitments made to the Federal Reserve in connection with the merger remain unchanged.   The Company’s loan purchasing capacity under these conditions follows:

    To increase its capacity under the “Total Loans” regulatory condition, the Company will continue to hold in its portfolio, as necessary and on a duration–matched basis, residential fixed and adjustable rate loans that would otherwise be sold in the secondary market.

    An overview of the LASG portfolio follows:


  2. Deposits increased by $62.4 million, or 14.8%, compared to June 30, 2012 primarily due to a $69.0 million increase in deposits raised through ableBanking, the Bank’s online affinity deposit platform.  During the quarter ended June 30, 2013, the Bank allowed $23.5 million of maturing time deposits to run-off, in a plan to reduce excess short-term balance sheet liquidity.
  3. Total borrowings decreased by $6.9 million and $56.8 million, for the quarter and year ended June 30, 2013, respectively, as the Bank did not replace maturing structured repurchase agreements and FHLB advances
  4. Stockholders’ equity decreased by $5.3 million, or 4.5%, compared to June 30, 2013, primarily due to the redemption of TARP preferred stock and warrants totaling $4.3 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2012.  Stockholders’ equity decreased by $1.9 million, or 1.7%, compared to March 31, 2013, primarily due to unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities.

Net income decreased by $843 thousand to $205 thousand for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to $1.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.  Income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 included $926 thousand of nonrecurring expenses, net of tax, relating to the settlement of a lawsuit, and compensation expense associated with the Bank’s decision to exit the investment brokerage business and the resignation of a senior manager.  Operating results for the quarter included the following items of significance:

  1. Net interest income increased by $1.8 million, or 26.5%, to $8.5 million for the quarter compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2012, primarily due to growth in the purchased loan portfolio.  This result is evident in the net interest margin, which increased to 5.32% for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to 4.63% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, and 5.07% for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
  2. The following table summarizes interest income and related yields recognized on the loan portfolios:

    The yield on purchased loans was increased by unscheduled loan payoffs, which resulted in immediate recognition of the prepaid loans’ discount in interest income. The following table details the “total return” on purchased loans, which includes transactional income of $2.8 million for the quarter and $10.6 million for the year ended June 30, 2013.
  3. Noninterest income decreased by $334 thousand for the current quarter, compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2012, principally due to lower net gains on the sale of portfolio loans, which decreased by $564 thousand due to lower LASG loan sales in the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Gains on sales of residential mortgages increased to $714 thousand, up slightly compared to the June 30, 2012 quarter and an increase of 14.2% when compared to the March 31, 2013 quarter.

    The Bank announced on July 2nd its intention to exit the investment brokerage business, over a transition period estimated at 60 to 90 days. For the year ended June 30, 2013, investment brokerage revenue totaled $2.9 million and contributed $267 thousand to the Company’s pre-tax income, net of direct expenses.

  • Noninterest expense increased by $2.7 million for the current quarter, compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2012, principally due to the following:

  • An increase of $1.4 million in employee compensation, due mainly to higher incentive compensation, severance, and increases in staffing levels.  Non-recurring compensation expense, associated with the departure of a senior manager and the Bank’s decision to exit the investment brokerage business, totaled $388 thousand for the quarter. Full-time equivalent employees increased by 16 over the past twelve months, as the Company has added staff to several operational areas and the LASG.

  • An increase of $1.0 million related to the settlement of a lawsuit.  The summons and complaint was filed in August of 2011, in connection with a dispute regarding certain deposit account activity occurring in 2005 and 2006.• An increase of $192 thousand in occupancy and equipment expense, principally due to increased rent associated with the relocation of the Company’s office in Boston, MA, and depreciation of investments in new technology, principally those associated with ableBanking. 

  • An increase of $173 thousand in loan acquisition and collection expenses, principally due to an increase in the size of the LASG portfolio, which has grown to $205.7 million from $89.6 million at June 30, 2012.

  • An increase of $157 thousand in marketing expense, principally due to ableBanking and residential mortgage advertising.

At June 30, 2013, nonperforming assets were $7.0 million, or 1.0% of total assets, an increase of $42 thousand from June 30, 2012 and a decrease of $441 thousand from March 31, 2013.   

At June 30, 2013, the Company’s Tier 1 leverage ratio was 17.8%, a decrease from 19.9% at June 30, 2012 and an increase from 17.4% at March 31, 2013.  At June 30, 2013, the Company’s total risk-based capital ratio was 27.5%, a decrease from 33.3% and 30.7% at June 30, 2012 and March 31, 2013, respectively.


Investor Call Information
Richard Wayne, Chief Executive Officer of Northeast Bancorp, and Claire Bean, Chief Financial Officer of Northeast Bancorp, will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter earnings and business outlook at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.  Investors can access the call by dialing 877.878.2762 and entering the following passcode: 22872642. The call will be available via live webcast, which can be viewed by accessing the Company’s website at www.northeastbank.com and clicking on the About Us - Investor Relations section. To listen to the webcast, attendees are encouraged to visit the website at least fifteen minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. Please note there will also be a slide presentation that will accompany the webcast. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available online for one year at www.northeastbank.com.

About Northeast Bancorp
Northeast Bancorp (NASDAQ: NBN) is the holding company for Northeast Bank, a full-service bank headquartered in Lewiston, Maine. Northeast Bank offers traditional banking services through its Community Banking Division, which operates ten full-service branches and six loan production offices that serve individuals and businesses located in western and south-central Maine, southern New Hampshire and southeastern Massachusetts. Northeast Bank’s Loan Acquisition and Servicing Group purchases and originates commercial loans for the Bank’s portfolio. ableBanking, a division of Northeast Bank, offers savings products to consumers online. Information regarding Northeast Bank can be found on its website at www.northeastbank.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure
In addition to results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including tangible common stockholders’ equity, tangible book value per share, and net operating earnings. Northeast’s management believes that the supplemental non-GAAP information is utilized by regulators and market analysts to evaluate a company’s financial condition and therefore, such information is useful to investors. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies’ non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. 
Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although Northeast believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable estimates and assumptions, they are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors. You should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. You should exercise caution in interpreting and relying on forward-looking statements because they are subject to significant risks, uncertainties and other factors which are, in some cases, beyond the Company’s control. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, changes in interest rates and real estate values; competitive pressures from other financial institutions; the effects of continuing weakness in general economic conditions on a national basis or in the local markets in which the Company operates, including changes which adversely affect borrowers’ ability to service and repay our loans; changes in loan defaults and charge-off rates; changes in the value of securities and other assets, adequacy of loan loss reserves, or deposit levels necessitating increased borrowing to fund loans and investments; increasing government regulation; the risk that the Company may not be successful in the implementation of its business strategy; the risk that intangibles recorded in the Company’s financial statements will become impaired; changes in assumptions used in making such forward-looking statements; and the other risks and uncertainties detailed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and updated by the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements speak only as of the date of this release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this communication or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Securities and Advisory Services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA, SIPC, and a Registered Investment Adviser. Securities are not FDIC insured, not bank obligations or otherwise bank guaranteed and may lose value. Northeast Financial is located at 77 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101.