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The First of Long Island Corporation Announces Increase in Net Income for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

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GLEN HEAD, N.Y., Oct. 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The First of Long Island Corporation (Nasdaq: FLIC), the parent company of The First National Bank of Long Island, reported that net income and earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were $15.3 million and $1.71, respectively, representing increases over the same period last year of 4.2% and 3.0%, respectively. Dividends per share were $.71 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, or 6% more than the $.67 per share declared in the same period last year. Returns on average assets (ROA) and average equity (ROE) for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 were 1.00% and 10.35%, respectively, versus 1.09% and 11.56%, respectively, for the same period last year. An increase in average unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities accounts for a significant portion of the decline in ROE.

Analysis of Earnings – Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012

The increase in net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 versus the same period last year is primarily attributable to an increase in net interest income of $1.5 million, or 3.4%, an increase in noninterest income, excluding securities gains, of $200,000, or 4.2%, and a $152,000 decrease in income tax expense. Partially offsetting the positive earnings impact of these items was a net loss of $338,000 on a deleveraging transaction executed in the second quarter of this year, an increase in noninterest expense, before debt extinguishment costs, of $652,000, or 2.4%, and a $266,000 increase in the provision for loan losses.

The increase in net interest income resulted from an increase in average interest-earning assets of $243.7 million, or 14.0%, as partially offset by a 31 basis point decline in net interest margin. Net interest margin declined from 3.67% for the first nine months of 2011 to 3.36% for the current nine-month period as loans repriced and available cash flows were deployed in a very low interest rate environment. The growth in average interest-earning assets is principally comprised of increases in average loans outstanding of $112.6 million, or 12.0%, nontaxable securities of $72.3 million, or 24.7%, and taxable securities of $66.8 million, or 13.5%. Although most of the loan growth occurred in residential and commercial mortgage loans, commercial and industrial loans grew as well. Management believes that its continued success in growing loans is attributable to a variety of factors including, among others, targeted solicitation efforts, increased focus on multifamily lending, new and expanded programs for first-lien home equity loans and jumbo residential mortgages and the Bank's positive reputation in its marketplace. Home equity loans are included in residential mortgages on the Corporation's balance sheet. While the average balances of the Bank's nontaxable and taxable securities portfolios grew significantly when comparing the first nine months of this year to the same period last year, the size of the total securities portfolios actually declined during the first nine months of 2012. The decline occurred because of the deleveraging transaction and the deployment of available funds, when possible, into loans rather than securities. Management's continued efforts to make loans a larger portion of total assets and the ongoing management of deposit and borrowing costs have helped to mitigate the negative impact of the low interest rate environment and contributed to maintaining a relatively stable net interest margin throughout the current nine month period. In the first, second and third quarters of this year, net interest margin was 3.37%, 3.36% and 3.35%, respectively.

The most significant sources of funding for the growth in the average balances of loans and securities were growth in the average balances of savings, NOW and money market deposits of $113.1 million, or 15.8%, noninterest-bearing checking deposits of $45.3 million, or 11.0%, and borrowings of $49.6 million, or 22.1%. The Bank's ability to continue to grow deposits is believed to be attributable to, among other things, targeted solicitation efforts, expansion of the Bank's branch distribution system, new and expanded lending relationships, the Bank's positive reputation in its marketplace, volatility in the equity markets and the acquisition of some local competitors by larger financial institutions.

The $200,000 increase in noninterest income, excluding securities gains, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 is primarily attributable to increases in mortgage assignment fees and commissions earned on the sale of mutual funds and annuities and a decrease in losses on loans held-for-sale. Despite an increase in income before income taxes, income tax expense decreased for the current nine-month period primarily because of an increase in tax-exempt income on municipal securities. The increase in noninterest expense, before debt extinguishment costs, largely resulted from costs incurred to promote home equity loans and increases in salaries, legal and problem loan expenses. Salaries increased because of normal annual salary adjustments and expansion of the Bank's branch distribution system. The provision for loan losses increased for the current nine-month period primarily because the period includes a larger amount of loan growth.       

Analysis of Earnings – Three Months Ended September 30, 2012

For the third quarter of 2012, net income and earnings per share were $4.8 million and $.53, respectively, representing decreases versus the same quarter last year of 9.4% and 11.7%, respectively.

The decrease in net income for the third quarter of 2012 versus the same quarter last year is primarily attributable to a decrease in net interest income of $181,000, or 1.2%, an increase in the provision for loan losses of $403,000, and an increase in noninterest expense of $438,000, or 4.8%. The negative earnings impact of these items was partially offset by a related decrease in income tax expense of $439,000 and an increase in noninterest income of $84,000, or 5.4%. 

The decline in net interest income occurred because the negative impact of a 24 basis point decline in net interest margin for the quarter more than offset the positive impact of quarterly growth in average interest-earnings assets of 6.6%. The provision for loan losses increased for the current quarter primarily because the quarter includes a larger amount of loan growth and a $413,000 chargeoff on one loan transferred to the held-for-sale category. The increase in noninterest expense occurred for the same reasons discussed with respect to the nine-month periods and because of increases in marketing expense, data processing expense and recruiting fees. The increase in noninterest income occurred for the same reasons discussed with respect to the nine-month periods. 

Asset Quality

The Bank's allowance for loan losses to gross loans (reserve coverage ratio) was 1.64% at September 30, 2012 compared to 1.68% at the beginning of the year. The $2.9 million provision for loan losses for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 is mostly attributable to loan growth and $863,000 of chargeoffs on two loans. The $2.6 million provision for loan losses for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 was mostly attributable to loan growth and a $1.3 million chargeoff on one loan.

The credit quality of the Bank's loan portfolio remains excellent, with nonaccrual loans, excluding the loan held-for-sale, amounting to only $3.0 million, or .26% of total loans, at September 30, 2012. Additionally, loans delinquent 30 to 89 days amounted to only $212,000, or .02% of total loans. Troubled debt restructurings declined from $5.4 million at the beginning of the year to $4.4 million at the end of the current period primarily because one such loan was partially charged off and transferred to the held-for-sale category. Of the $4.4 million in troubled debt restructurings outstanding at September 30, 2012, $3.5 million are performing in accordance with their modified terms and $.8 million are delinquent and included in the aforementioned amounts for delinquent and nonaccrual loans. The credit quality of the Bank's securities portfolio also remains excellent. The Bank's mortgage securities are backed by mortgages underwritten on conventional terms, and almost all of these securities are full faith and credit obligations of the U.S. government. The remainder of the Bank's securities portfolio consists principally of high quality, general obligation municipal securities rated AA or better by major rating agencies. In selecting municipal securities for purchase, the Bank uses credit agency ratings for screening purposes only and then performs its own credit analysis.

Capital

The Corporation's Tier 1 leverage, Tier 1 risk-based and total risk-based capital ratios were 9.26%, 19.14% and 20.39%, respectively, at September 30, 2012. The strength of the Corporation's balance sheet from both a capital and asset quality perspective positions the Corporation for continued growth in a measured and disciplined fashion.

Balance Sheet 

In the second quarter of this year, the Bank executed a deleveraging transaction and also refinanced a portion of its overnight borrowings with long-term debt. These transactions were undertaken to bolster the Bank's Tier 1 leverage capital ratio and potentially reduce the negative impact that an eventual increase in interest rates could have on the Bank's earnings.

The deleveraging transaction involved using the proceeds from the sale of investment securities with a market value of $97.1 million to extinguish long-term debt with a redemption value of $68.8 million. The excess proceeds on this transaction were initially used to repay short-term borrowings and, to the extent possible, will eventually be used to fund loan growth. The net loss of $338,000 on the deleveraging transaction resulted from the combination of $3.8 million in debt extinguishment costs and $3.5 million in securities gains. The refinancing strategy involved the repayment of $50 million of overnight borrowings with approximately equal amounts of six and seven year term borrowings.

On an ongoing basis, the deleveraging transaction should positively impact net interest income in that the yield on the securities sold was 2.80%, the interest cost on the extinguished debt was 3.24%, and the yield to be earned on the reinvestment of the excess proceeds should not differ significantly from that of the securities sold. The refinancing transaction negatively impacts net interest income in that the cost of the overnight borrowings was approximately 35 basis points and the cost of the long-term debt is approximately 170 basis points. When taken together, the deleveraging and refinancing transactions should not significantly impact the Bank's future earnings. The deleveraging transaction positively impacted the Corporation's Tier 1 leverage capital ratio which, despite third quarter balance sheet growth, increased from 8.85% at the close of the second quarter to 9.26% at the close of the current quarter.           

Key Strategic Initiatives

Key strategic initiatives with respect to the Bank's earnings prospects will continue to include loan and deposit growth through effective relationship management, targeted solicitation efforts, new product offerings and continued expansion of the Bank's branch distribution system. In 2011, the Bank opened two full service branches on Long Island, one in Point Lookout and one in Massapequa, and is planning to open another full service branch in Lindenhurst, Long Island in the upcoming quarter.

Challenges We Face

Interest rates are currently very low and are expected to be low for an extended period of time. In addition, there is significant price competition for loans in the Bank's marketplace. The persistence of these factors could result in a further decline in net interest margin. If that were to occur, and management is unable to offset the impact by increasing the volume of interest-earning assets, expense savings or other measures, the Bank's profitability could decline.

Commercial and residential real estate values have been negatively impacted by persistently high levels of unemployment and underemployment, a decline in household disposable income, foreclosures and commercial vacancies. These factors present threats to the maintenance of loan quality.

The banking industry is currently faced with an ever-increasing number of new and complex regulatory requirements which are putting downward pressure on revenues and upward pressure on required capital levels and the cost of doing business.

     
     
BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION    
(Unaudited)    
     
  9/30/12 12/31/11
  (in thousands, except share
  and per share data)
     
Total Assets  $ 2,053,167  $ 2,022,407
     
Loans:    
Commercial and industrial  53,861  42,572
Secured by real estate:    
Commercial mortgages  491,411  459,875
Residential mortgages  497,373  385,374
Home equity lines  81,367  90,616
Construction and land development  1,039  --
Other  3,714  4,596
   1,128,765  983,033
Net deferred loan origination costs  4,244  2,826
   1,133,009  985,859
Allowance for loan losses  (18,560)  (16,572)
   1,114,449  969,287
Investment Securities:    
U.S. government agencies  --  5,113
State and municipals  368,180  356,286
Pass-through mortgage securities  46,103  80,637
Collateralized mortgage obligations  418,805  514,005
   833,088  956,041
Deposits:    
Checking  485,317  435,517
Savings, NOW and money market  847,134  796,009
Time, $100,000 and over  179,524  174,691
Time, other  93,307  96,651
   1,605,282  1,502,868
Borrowed Funds  218,255  309,727
Stockholders' Equity  205,261  189,347
     
Share and Per Share Data:    
Common Shares Outstanding at Period End 8,962,687 8,793,932
Book Value Per Share $22.90 $21.53
Tangible Book Value Per Share $22.88 $21.51
         
         
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
         
  Nine Months Ended Three Months Ended
  9/30/12 9/30/11 9/30/12 9/30/11
  (dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Interest and dividend income:        
Loans  $ 37,133  $ 35,740  $ 12,535  $ 12,133
Investment securities:        
Taxable  11,102  12,284  3,045  4,432
Nontaxable  9,594  8,653  3,140  3,022
   57,829  56,677  18,720  19,587
Interest expense:        
Savings, NOW and money market deposits  2,731  2,936  802  1,109
Time deposits  4,384  4,501  1,463  1,539
Short-term borrowings  175  76  12  10
Long-term debt  5,363  5,488  1,603  1,908
   12,653  13,001  3,880  4,566
Net interest income  45,176  43,676  14,840  15,021
Provision for loan losses  2,903  2,637  1,157  754
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  42,273  41,039  13,683  14,267
         
Noninterest income:        
Investment Management Division income  1,218  1,161  392  367
Service charges on deposit accounts  2,318  2,437  744  818
Net gains on sales of available-for-sale securities  3,613  122  --  --
Other  1,393  1,131  517  384
   8,542  4,851  1,653  1,569
Noninterest expense:        
Salaries  12,113  11,826  4,179  4,028
Employee benefits  3,948  3,962  1,275  1,363
Occupancy and equipment  5,361  5,406  1,794  1,730
Debt extinguishment  3,812  --  --  --
Other  6,473  6,049  2,230  1,919
   31,707  27,243  9,478  9,040
         
Income before income taxes  19,108  18,647  5,858  6,796
Income tax expense  3,766  3,918  1,071  1,510
Net Income  $ 15,342  $ 14,729  $ 4,787  $ 5,286
         
Share and Per Share Data:        
Weighted Average Common & Common Equivalent Shares 8,977,770 8,849,204 9,030,655 8,852,398
Basic EPS $1.73 $1.68 $.54 $.60
Diluted EPS $1.71 $1.66 $.53 $.60
Cash Dividends Declared $.71 $.67 $.25 $.23
         
FINANCIAL RATIOS        
         
ROA 1.00% 1.09% 0.94% 1.10%
ROE 10.35% 11.56% 9.44% 11.75%
Net Interest Margin 3.36% 3.67% 3.35% 3.59%
Dividend Payout Ratio 41.52% 40.36% 47.17% 38.33%
     
     
ASSET QUALITY INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
     
  9/30/12 12/31/11
  (dollars in thousands)
     
Loan held-for-sale  $ 550  $ --
     
Delinquent and nonaccrual loans*:    
Past due 30 through 89 days  $ 212  $ 740
Past due 90 days or more and still accruing  --  --
Nonaccrual  2,965  3,211
   $ 3,177  $ 3,951
     
Troubled debt restructurings*:    
Performing in accordance with their modified terms  $ 3,535  $ 3,549
Included in delinquent and nonaccrual loans  830  1,846
   $ 4,365  $ 5,395
     
Other real estate owned  $ --  $ --
     
Allowance for loan losses  $ 18,560  $ 16,572
Allowance for loan losses as a percentage of total loans* 1.64% 1.68%
Allowance for loan losses as a multiple of nonaccrual loans*  6.3  5.2
     
* Excludes loan held-for-sale that is nonaccruing and was modified in a trouble debt restructuring
             
             
AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET, INTEREST RATES AND INTEREST DIFFERENTIAL
(Unaudited)
             
  Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2012 2011
  Average Interest/ Average Average Interest/ Average
  Balance Dividends Rate Balance Dividends Rate
Assets (dollars in thousands)
Interest-bearing bank balances  $ 10,002  $ 15 .20%  $ 17,967  $ 31 .23%
Investment Securities:            
Taxable  562,527  11,087 2.63  495,744  12,253 3.30
Nontaxable (1)  364,718  14,536 5.31  292,410  13,111 5.98
Loans (1) (2)  1,052,934  37,155 4.71  940,346  35,762 5.07
Total interest-earning assets  1,990,181  62,793 4.21  1,746,467  61,157 4.67
Allowance for loan losses  (17,792)      (14,764)    
Net interest-earning assets  1,972,389      1,731,703    
Cash and due from banks  27,107      26,177    
Premises and equipment, net  23,158      21,315    
Other assets  30,879      30,379    
   $ 2,053,533      $1,809,574    
             
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Savings, NOW & money market deposits  $ 831,363  2,731 .44  $ 718,230  2,936 .55
Time deposits  269,994  4,384 2.17  272,888  4,501 2.21
Total interest-bearing deposits  1,101,357  7,115 .86  991,118  7,437 1.00
Short-term borrowings  66,246  175 .35  27,699  76 .37
Long-term debt  207,929  5,363 3.45  196,916  5,488 3.73
Total interest-bearing liabilities  1,375,532  12,653 1.23  1,215,733  13,001 1.43
Checking deposits  458,840      413,525    
Other liabilities  21,246      10,015    
   1,855,618      1,639,273    
Stockholders' equity  197,915      170,301    
   $ 2,053,533      $1,809,574    
             
Net interest income (1)    $50,140      $48,156  
Net interest spread (1)     2.98%     3.24%
Net interest margin (1)     3.36%     3.67%
             
             
(1) Tax-equivalent basis. Interest income on a tax-equivalent basis includes the additional amount of interest income that would have been earned if the Corporation's investment in tax-exempt loans and investment securities had been made in loans and investment securities subject to Federal income taxes yielding the same after-tax income. The tax-equivalent amount of $1.00 of nontaxable income was $1.52 in each period presented based on a Federal income tax rate of 34%.
(2) For the purpose of these computations, nonaccruing loans are included in the daily average loan amounts outstanding.

Forward Looking Information

This earnings release contains various "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of that term as set forth in Rule 175 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements are generally contained in sentences including the words "may" or "expect" or "could" or "should" or "would" or "believe". The Corporation cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and therefore actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. In addition, the Corporation assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements.

For more detailed financial information please see the Corporation's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2012. The Form 10-Q will be available through the Bank's website at www.fnbli.com on or about November 9, 2012, after it is electronically filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Our SEC filings are also available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. You may also read and copy any document we file with the SEC at the SEC's public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Room 1580, Washington, DC 20549. You should call 1-800-SEC-0330 for more information on the public reference room.

CONTACT: For More Information Contact: Mark D. Curtis, Senior Vice President and Treasurer (516) 671-4900, Ext. 556
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