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Ameriana Bancorp Reports Third Quarter 2012 Net Income of $465,000 or $0.16 Per Share

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NEW CASTLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI), parent company for Ameriana Bank, today announced earnings for the third quarter of 2012 of $465,000, or $0.16 per basic and diluted share, compared with $298,000, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011. This marked the 13th consecutive profitable quarter for Ameriana.

For the first nine months of 2012, Ameriana's net income increased to $1.3 million, or $0.42 per basic and diluted share, compared with $689,000, or $0.23 per basic and diluted share, in the year-earlier period.

Commenting on the announcement, Jerome J. Gassen, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We were pleased to see several positive trends continue during the third quarter, which contributed to a 56% increase in net income compared with the same quarter last year. These trends included a solid net interest margin, which, while declining slightly from the year-earlier period, was still relatively stable. Also, credit quality continued to improve, as non-performing loans and losses and write-downs on other real estate owned declined. Lastly, our expense control efforts continued to reduce non-interest costs, which were 7% lower this quarter compared with the third quarter of last year. In addition to these factors, we also experienced an increase in loan demand during the third quarter, with growth in both mortgage and commercial lending.

“While our third quarter results continue to show progress in many of our focus areas, we remain concerned about the economic and regulatory environment we face,” Gassen continued. “The economy is not as strong as we would expect at this point, and the regulatory climate involves unprecedented uncertainty for community banks. Considering this, we recognize the recent pickup in loan volume may not be sustainable over the long term. Therefore, we will continue to focus on expense control and reducing overall credit costs as a way to buffer these risks.”

The Bank recorded a provision for loan losses of $255,000 for the third quarter of 2012, which resulted in an allowance for loan losses to total loans ratio of 1.35% at September 30, 2012, compared with 1.33% at June 30, 2012, and 1.39% at September 30, 2011. Non-performing loans were 2.77% of total net loans at September 30, 2012, compared with 2.79% at the end of the second quarter of 2012, 2.82% at December 31, 2011, and 3.02% at September 30, 2011. Non-performing loans declined for the fourth consecutive quarter.

Ameriana Bancorp is a bank holding company. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ameriana Bank, the Company offers an extensive line of banking services and provides a range of investments and securities products through banking centers in the central Indiana area. Ameriana Bank owns Ameriana Insurance Agency, a full-service insurance agency, and Ameriana Financial Services, which offers securities and insurance products through LPL Financial (Member FINRA/SIPC).

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements in this release that are not strictly historical are forward-looking and are based upon current expectations that may differ materially from actual results. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements made herein. These risks and uncertainties involve general economic trends, changes in interest rates, loss of deposits and loan demand to other financial institutions, substantial changes in financial markets, changes in real estate value and the real estate market, regulatory changes, possibility of unforeseen events affecting the industry generally, the uncertainties associated with newly developed or acquired operations, the outcome of pending litigation, and market disruptions and other effects of terrorist activities. For discussion of these and other risks that may cause actual results to differ from expectations, refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the section entitled “Risk Factors.” The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

AMERIANA BANCORP
Unaudited Financial Highlights
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 
   

Three Months Ended
September 30,

   

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2012     2011 2012     2011
Interest income $ 4,408 $ 4,673 $ 13,522 $ 14,262
Interest expense   947     1,187     3,002     3,779  
Net interest income 3,461 3,486 10,520 10,483
Provision for loan losses   255     255     890     870  

Net interest income after provision for loan losses

3,206 3,231 9,630 9,613
Other income 1,325 1,308 3,957 3,946
Other expense   3,914     4,227     11,968     12,938  
Income before income taxes 617 312 1,619 621
Income tax (benefit)   152     14     356     (68 )
Net income $ 465   $ 298   $ 1,263   $ 689  
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.16   $ 0.10   $ 0.42   $ 0.23  
Diluted $ 0.16   $ 0.10   $ 0.42   $ 0.23  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   2,989     2,989     2,989     2,989  
Diluted   2,989     2,989     2,989     2,989  
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.01   $ 0.01   $ 0.03   $ 0.03  
 

Net interest margin (fully tax-equivalent basis)

  3.59 %   3.69 %   3.68 %   3.73 %
 
 

AMERIANA BANCORP
Unaudited Financial Highlights (Continued)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 
   

Sept. 30,
2012

   

Dec. 31,
2011

   

Sept. 30,
2011

Total assets $ 447,834 $ 429,791 $ 431,183
Cash and cash equivalents 24,722 9,709 26,440
Investment securities available for sale 44,266 43,847 40,535
Loans receivable 313,164 316,641 303,576
Allowance for loan losses   4,236     4,132     4,229  
Loans, net 308,928 312,509 299,347
 

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of loans receivable

1.35 % 1.30 % 1.39 %
Non-performing loans $ 8,557 $ 8,828 $ 9,055

Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-performing loans

49.5 % 46.8 % 46.7 %
 
Deposits:
Non-interest-bearing $ 52,383 $ 40,197 $ 39,846
Interest-bearing   305,539     297,053     303,040  
357,922 337,250 342,886
 
Borrowed funds $ 45,810 $ 49,810 $ 45,810

Shareholders' equity

36,190 34,505 34,201
Book value per share 12.11 11.54 11.44
 
Regulatory capital ratios for Ameriana Bank:
Tier 1 leverage ratio 9.14 % 9.23 % 8.84 %
Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 13.03 % 12.32 % 12.37 %
Total risk-based capital ratio 14.30 % 13.58 % 13.64 %

Ameriana Bancorp
Jerome J. Gassen, 765-529-2230
President and Chief Executive Officer

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