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Oritani Financial Corp. Announces Increased Dividend and 2nd Quarter Results

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TOWNSHIP OF WASHINGTON, N.J., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oritani Financial Corp. (the "Company" or "Oritani") (NASDAQ:ORIT), the holding company for Oritani Bank (the "Bank"), reported net income of $4.0 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted common share, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, and $16.0 million, or $0.36 per basic (and $0.35 diluted) common share, for the six months ended December 31, 2017.  Net income was $11.4 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted common share, for the three months ended December 31, 2016, and $22.0 million, or $0.51 per basic (and $0.50 diluted) common share, for the six months ended December 31, 2016.  As detailed below, the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" that was signed into law on December 22, 2017 had a material impact on results for the 2017 periods and the estimated net impact of the charge to the December 31, 2017 period due to this legislation was $8.9 million.  Excluding the impact of this non-recurring charge, net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 was $12.9 million, or $0.29 per basic (and $0.28 diluted) common share.

The Company also reported that its Board of Directors voted to increase the Company's regular quarterly dividend to shareholders by $0.075, to $0.25 per share.  A $0.25 quarterly cash dividend on the Company's common stock has been declared.  The record date for the dividend will be February 9, 2018 and the payment date will be February 23, 2018.

"I am pleased to report that the Board's confidence in our earnings stream has resulted in a decision to increase our dividend rate by over 40%," said Kevin J. Lynch, the Company's Chairman, President and CEO.  "We believe the impact of tax legislation will enhance our robust income and accordingly voted to increase our regular dividend." Mr. Lynch continued: "Only a modest level of the loan growth we envisioned materialized this quarter.  The CRE market remains arduous as competition has impacted pricing and deal volume has slowed.  We will increase our efforts to get our loan growth back on track and I expect to realize positive results in this regard in the near future."

Comparison of Operating Results for the Periods Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016

Net Income.  Net income decreased $7.4 million to $4.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, from $11.4 million for the corresponding 2016 quarter.  Net income decreased $6.0 million to $16.0 million for the six months ended December 31, 2017, from $22.0 million for the corresponding 2016 period.  Results in the 2017 period were impacted by the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act").  While the Act will lower the Company's future tax rate, it also required the Company to revalue its deferred tax assets and deferred tax liabilities to account for the future impact of lower corporate tax rates on these deferred amounts. The analysis resulted in an estimated one-time non-cash charge to the income statement of $10.2 million.  The Company reports earnings on a fiscal year basis and the decreased federal income tax rate prescribed by the Act will be recognized by the Company ratably over the course of its fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.  Consequently, the Company's estimated effective tax rate for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 has decreased from 37.2% to 30.5%.  The Company's estimated effective tax rate will be lower than its actual tax rate for the periods ended September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2017; and higher than its actual tax rate for the periods ended March 31, 2018 and June 30, 2018.  The Company's estimated effective tax rate is expected to decrease further subsequent to the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.  Applying the new estimated effective rate of 30.5% to the results for the September 30, 2017 quarterly period resulted in a $1.3 million reduction in estimated taxes for that period.  The $1.3 million reduction is being recognized in the December 31, 2017 quarterly period.  The net impact of the revaluation of the deferred tax amounts and the September period tax rate adjustment was $8.9 million. 

Total Interest Income.  The components of interest income for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, changed as follows:

      Three Months Ended December 31,   Increase / (decrease)
       2017    2016       Average    
      Income   Yield   Income   Yield   Income   Balance   Yield
                                                 
      (Dollars in thousands)
Interest on loans   $ 35,891   4.05 %   $ 33,135   4.06 %   $ 2,756     $ 279,444     -0.01 %
Dividends on FHLB stock     451   6.85 %     417   5.05 %     34       (6,701 )   1.80 %
Interest on securities AFS     457   2.11 %     826   1.81 %     (369 )     (96,002 )   0.30 %
Interest on securities HTM     1,145   1.89 %     871   1.83 %     274       51,328     0.06 %
Interest on federal funds sold                          
and short term investments     108   1.29 %     2   0.64 %     106       32,182     0.65 %
  Total interest income   $ 38,052   3.87 %   $ 35,251   3.84 %   $ 2,801     $ 260,251     0.03 %
                               

The Company's primary strategic business objective remains the organic growth of multifamily and commercial real estate loans.  The average balance of the loan portfolio increased $279.4 million, or 8.6%, for the three months ended December 31, 2017 versus the comparable 2016 period.  While the Company has demonstrated an ability to execute its primary strategic business objective for an extended period of time, impediments have been encountered in fiscal 2018.  These impediments include a lower level of deal volume as well as competitor loan terms and pricing.  In addition, prepayments of the existing loan portfolio have continued at a high rate.  On a linked quarter basis (December 31, 2017 versus September 30, 2017), the average balance of the portfolio decreased at an annualized rate of 2.43%.  When measured using period end balances, the loan portfolio increased $24.3 million, an annualized growth rate of 2.73%.  Loan originations and purchases totaled $109.3 million and $52.8 million, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2017.  This compares to loan originations and purchases of $226.0 million and $39.3 million, respectively, for the comparable 2016 period.  Loan principal payments totaled $138.3 million and $91.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.  The Company has adjusted its loan pricing practices to attempt to increase loan origination volume.  However, this adjustment has not had a meaningful impact to date.  The Company will continue to adjust practices in order to return loan growth to historical levels.  In addition, the Company will continue to purchase loans opportunistically in order to offset a portion of the decreased loan origination volume.

The yield on the loan portfolio decreased 1 basis point for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 versus the comparable 2016 period.  The loan yield in both periods was impacted by prepayment penalties.  Prepayment penalties totaled $1.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 versus $1.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.  Prepayment penalties boosted annualized loan yield by 18 basis points in the 2017 period versus 15 basis points in the 2016 period.  On a linked quarter basis, the yield on the loan portfolio increased 3 basis points when prepayment penalties are considered.  Excluding prepayment penalties, the yield on the loan portfolio decreased 1 basis point. 

The level of investment in FHLB stock is predicated by several factors and administered by FHLB.  The yield increased as their dividend rate increased.  The average balance of securities available for sale decreased $96.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 versus the comparable 2016 period, while the average balance of securities held to maturity increased $51.3 million over the same period.  The Company has been classifying the majority of new purchases as held to maturity. These balances were also impacted by purchases and sales.  The Company maintained an atypical level of federal funds sold during the quarter ended December 31, 2017.  This occurred primarily due to a large influx of deposits and loan growth below expectations.  By period end, however, these funds had been utilized in operations and the level of federal funds sold was minimal.

The components of interest income for the six months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, changed as follows:

      Six Months Ended Dec. 31,   Increase / (decrease)
       2017    2016       Average    
      Income   Yield   Income   Yield   Income   Balance   Yield
                                                 
      (Dollars in thousands)
Interest on loans   $ 71,728   4.04 %   $ 65,108   4.06 %   $ 6,620     $ 346,516     -0.02 %
Dividends on FHLB stock     936   6.65 %     874   5.28 %     62       (4,940 )   1.37 %
Interest on securities AFS     953   2.10 %     1,652   1.89 %     (699 )     (83,748 )   0.21 %
Interest on securities HTM     2,244   1.88 %     1,674   1.85 %     570       57,961     0.03 %
Interest on federal funds sold                          
and short term investments     111   1.28 %     3   0.58 %     108       16,299     0.70 %
  Total interest income   $ 75,972   3.87 %   $ 69,311   3.85 %   $ 6,661     $ 332,088     0.02 %
                               

The explanations for changes described above for the three month period are also applicable to the six month period.  Loan originations and purchases for the six months ended December 31, 2017 totaled $256.8 million and $52.8 million, respectively.  Loan originations and purchases for the six months ended December 31, 2016 totaled $378.5 million and $65.8 million, respectively.  Prepayment penalties totaled $2.9 million for the six months ended December 31, 2017 and $1.8 million for the six months ended December 31, 2016.  Prepayment penalties boosted annualized loan yield by 17 basis points in the 2017 period versus 11 basis points in the 2016 period. 

Total Interest Expense. The components of interest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, changed as follows:

      Three Months Ended December 31,   Increase / (decrease)
       2017    2016       Average    
      Expense   Cost   Expense   Cost   Expense   Balance   Cost
                                                 
      (Dollars in thousands)
Savings deposits   $ 104   0.23 %   $ 97   0.23 %   $ 7     $ 8,903     - %
Money market     2,354   1.12 %     1,895   1.03 %     459       110,328     0.09 %
Checking accounts     1,111   0.59 %     728   0.44 %     383       85,377     0.15 %
Time deposits     4,219   1.42 %     3,244   1.31 %     975       196,660     0.11 %
Total deposits     7,788   1.05 %     5,964   0.93 %     1,824       401,268     0.12 %
Borrowings     2,656   2.07 %     3,058   1.82 %     (402 )     (157,556 )   0.25 %
  Total interest expense   $ 10,444   1.20 %   $ 9,022   1.12 %   $ 1,422     $ 243,712     0.08 %
                               

Strong deposit growth remains a strategic objective of the Company.  As detailed above, the average balance of deposits increased $401.3 million, or 15.7%, for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 versus the comparable 2016 period.  The growth for this period, excluding the impact of brokered deposits, was 10.1%.  The balance of deposits increased $81.2 million and $25.5 million when measured versus the average and period end balances for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, respectively.  The overall cost of deposits increased 12 basis points for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 versus the comparable 2016 period.  The increased cost of money market and checking accounts is primarily attributable to the costs of interest rate swaps that are being reflected as interest expense on these accounts.  The situation occurred as a result of balance sheet transactions executed during the quarters ended June 30, 2017, June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015.  The restructures executed during the quarters ended June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015 impacted the results for both the 2017 and 2016 periods detailed above.  The restructure executed during the quarter ended June 30, 2017 only impacted the results for the quarter ended December 31, 2017.  The balance sheet restructures are discussed in the Company's Form 10-K for the annual periods ended June 30, 2017 and 2016.  The increase in the cost of time deposits is primarily due to the impact of market pressures.  On a linked quarter basis, the cost of deposits increased 3 basis points, also primarily due to the impact of market pressures.  Market pressures are expected to continue to increase the cost of deposits.

The average balance of borrowings decreased $157.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 versus the comparable 2016 period, while the cost increased 25 basis points.  The increase in the average balance of deposits allowed the Company to reduce borrowings while still funding growth.  The cost of borrowings has been impacted by the increased cost of overnight and short term borrowings.  The cost of borrowings was also affected by the balance sheet restructures referenced above.  On a linked quarter basis, the average balance of borrowings decreased $79.2 million and the cost of borrowings increased 10 basis points.  The cost of overnight borrowings has increased as the federal discount rate has increased.  Despite the increased cost of such borrowings, they remain a lower cost of funding than longer term borrowings.  The Company significantly decreased its usage of overnight borrowings in the quarter ended December 31, 2017.  The average balance of such borrowings was $22.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 versus $94.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.  The decreased usage of such lower cost funds caused the overall cost of borrowings to increase in the December period.  In general, the Company has reduced its usage of borrowings in recent years.

The components of interest expense for the six months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, changed as follows:

      Six Months Ended Dec. 31,   Increase / (decrease)
       2017    2016       Average    
      Expense   Cost   Expense   Cost   Expense   Balance   Cost
       
      (Dollars in thousands)
Savings deposits   $ 205   0.23 %   $ 194   0.23 %   $ 11     $ 9,582     - %
Money market     4,736   1.12 %     3,779   1.04 %     957       125,550     0.08 %
Checking accounts     2,083   0.57 %     1,277   0.42 %     806       124,763     0.15 %
Time deposits     8,117   1.40 %     6,453   1.31 %     1,664       179,944     0.09 %
Total deposits     15,141   1.04 %     11,703   0.94 %     3,438       439,839     0.10 %
Borrowings     5,579   2.02 %     6,079   1.81 %     (500 )     (119,319 )   0.21 %
  Total interest expense   $ 20,720   1.19 %   $ 17,782   1.13 %   $ 2,938     $ 320,520     0.06 %
                               

The explanations for changes described above for the three month period regarding deposits and borrowings are also applicable to the six month period. 

Net Interest Income Before Provision for Loan Losses. Net interest income increased by $1.4 million to $27.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, from $26.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.  Net interest income increased by $3.7 million to $55.3 million for the six months ended December 31, 2017, from $51.5 million for the six months ended December 31, 2016.  The Company's net interest income, spread and margin over the period are detailed in the chart below.

  Net Interest   NII Before         
  Income   Provision                 
  ("NII") Prepay Excluding
Including Prepayment 
Excluding Prepayment 
  Before Penalty Prepay Penalties Penalties
Quarter Ended Provision Income Penalties Spread Margin Spread Margin
  (Dollars in thousands)
December 31, 2017 $   27,608 $   1,638 $ 25,970 2.67 % 2.81 % 2.50 % 2.64 %
September 30, 2017     27,644     1,289   26,355 2.68 % 2.82 % 2.55 % 2.68 %
June 30, 2017     26,287     236   26,051 2.54 % 2.68 % 2.52 % 2.66 %
March 31, 2017     26,795     821   25,974 2.63 % 2.75 % 2.54 % 2.67 %
December 31, 2016     26,229     1,199   25,030 2.72 % 2.86 % 2.59 % 2.73 %

The Company's spread and margin have been significantly impacted by prepayment penalties.  Due to this situation, the chart above details results with and without the impact of prepayment penalties.  Net interest income before provision for loan losses, excluding prepayment penalties, is a non-GAAP financial measure since it excludes a component (prepayment penalty income) of net interest income and therefore differs from the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure is useful because it provides information to assess the underlying performance of the loan portfolio since prepayment penalty income can be expected to change as interest rates change.  While prepayment penalty income is expected to continue, fluctuations in the level of prepayment income are also expected.  The level of prepayment income is generally expected to decrease as external interest rates increase since borrowers would have less of an incentive to refinance existing loans.  However, the time period when these events could occur may not align, and the specific behavior of borrowers is difficult to predict.  The level of loan prepayments and prepayment income has increased during fiscal 2018 despite a period of generally increasing interest rates.

The Company's spread and margin have been under pressure due to several factors.  These factors were discussed in the Company's Form 10-K for the annual period ended June 30, 2017, and in other prior public releases.  The Company has executed balance sheet restructures partially to counter some of the spread and margin compression.  The impact of the restructure executed in June, 2017 can be seen in the spread and margin expansion (excluding prepayment penalties) that was realized in the September 30, 2017 quarterly period.  However, spread and margin compression returned in the December, 2017 period.  Recent results were negatively impacted by the current costs to acquire and maintain deposits, the minimal expansion of the loan portfolio and the atypical level of federal funds sold (a low yielding asset). 

The Company's net interest income and net interest rate spread were both negatively impacted in all periods due to the reversal of accrued interest income on loans delinquent more than 90 days.  The total of such income reversed was $128,000 and $206,000 for the three and six months ended December 31, 2017, respectively, and $76,000 and $196,000 for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016, respectively. 

Provision for Loan Losses.  The Company recorded no provision for loan losses for the three and six months ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016.  A rollforward of the allowance for loan losses for the three and six months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 is presented below:

  Three months ended   Six months ended
  Dec. 31,   Dec. 31,
    2017       2016       2017       2016  
                               
  (Dollars in thousands)
Balance at beginning of period $30,402     $29,878     $30,272     $29,951  
Provisions charged to operations   -       -       -       -  
Recoveries of loans previously charged off   -       -       152       2  
Loans charged off   -       1       22       76  
Balance at end of period $30,402     $29,877     $30,402     $29,877  
               
Allowance for loan losses to total loans   0.84%       0.87%       0.84%       0.87%  
Net charge-offs (annualized) to average                  
loans outstanding   -%       -%       -0.01 %     0.01%  

Delinquency and non performing asset information is provided below:

  12/31/2017 9/30/2017 6/30/2017 3/31/2017 12/31/2016
  (Dollars in thousands)
Delinquency Totals          
30 - 59 days past due $   3,166   $   987   $   1,374   $   1,266   $   3,133  
60 - 89 days past due     142       1,656       1,571       371       1,196  
Nonaccrual     14,489       9,906       10,223       10,310       10,393  
Total $   17,797   $   12,549   $   13,168   $   11,947   $   14,722  
           
Non Performing Asset Totals          
Nonaccrual loans, per above $   14,489   $   9,906   $   10,223   $   10,310   $   10,393  
Real Estate Owned     -        -        140       140       266  
Total $   14,489   $   9,906   $   10,363   $   10,450   $   10,659  
           
Nonaccrual loans to total loans   0.40%     0.28%     0.28%     0.29%     0.30%  
Delinquent loans to total loans   0.49%     0.35%     0.37%     0.33%     0.43%  
Non performing assets to total assets   0.35%     0.24%     0.25%     0.25%     0.27%  

Overall, delinquent loan and non performing asset totals continue to illustrate minimal credit issues at the Company.  However, during the quarter, the nonaccrual loan total increased $4.6 million and total delinquent loans increased $5.2 million.  The increase is primarily due to two 1-4 family properties which, combined, total $5.0 million.  The Company is pursuing legal remedies and does not see any significant exposure regarding these properties at this time.  In January, 2018, three nonaccrual loans, totaling $2.2 million, were foreclosed upon.  The foreclosed collateral for two of these loans, totaling $1.5 million, were sold at the Sheriff's sale with the Company receiving the full amount due.  The property pertaining to the other foreclosed loan was transferred to Real Estate Owned in January, 2018.

Other IncomeOther income decreased $605,000 to $578,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2017, from $1.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.   Net income from investments in real estate joint ventures decreased $260,000.  Income from this category decreased to zero for the three months ended December 31, 2017 as the Company has disposed of all such properties.  A loss of $324,000 was incurred on the sale of certain AFS investment securities.  The market value of the securities sold was less than their book value and the securities were sold prior to December 31, 2017 in order to realize the maximum tax benefit associated with the loss.

Other income decreased $920,000 to $1.5 million for the six months ended December 31, 2017 from $2.4 million for the six months ended December 31, 2016.  The six month period was also impacted by the items described above though the decrease on net income from investments in real estate joint ventures was greater in the six month period.

Other ExpensesOther expenses decreased $890,000 to $10.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, from $11.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.  The decrease was primarily due compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits, which decreased $724,000 to $7.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, from $8.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.   The decrease was primarily due to decreased ESOP related expenses as well as decreased costs associated with non qualified benefit plans.  Both the 2017 and 2016 periods had elevated ESOP expense versus the other quarters in the related calendar year primarily due to the release of additional ESOP shares in the December quarters.  The release of additional shares is indirectly caused by the Company's special dividend.  However, there were less additional ESOP shares released in the 2017 period. 

Other expenses decreased $1.7 million to $19.7 million for the six months ended December 31, 2017, from $21.3 million for the six months ended December 31, 2016.  The six month period was also affected by the item described above for the three month period.  The decrease in compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits was more pronounced in the six month period.  The cost for the majority of the stock awards and stock options granted in conjunction with the Company's 2011 Equity Plan fully amortized in August 2016.  The 2016 period included a portion of the amortization expense related to this plan while the 2017 period had significantly less expenses related to the amortization of this plan.

Income Tax ExpenseIncome tax expense for the 2017 periods was significantly impacted by the Act.  See "Comparison of Operating Results, Net Income," for more information.  Income tax expense for the three and six month periods ended December 31, 2017 was $14.0 million and $21.2 million, respectively.  Income tax expense for the three months ended December 31, 2016 was $5.0 million on pre-tax income of $16.4 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 30.4%.   Income tax expense for the six months ended December 31, 2016, was $10.7 million, due to pre-tax income of $32.6 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 32.6%.  The Company's effective rate in the 2016 periods was positively affected by the vesting of stock awards and the exercise of nonqualified stock options and disqualified incentive stock options.

Comparison of Financial Condition at December 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017

Total Assets.  Total assets decreased $15.3 million to $4.12 billion at December 31, 2017, from $4.14 billion at June 30, 2017.  Asset growth is typically driven by loan growth.  As discussed below, loan balances decreased this quarter.  Total assets at December 31, 2017 were also negatively impacted by a security sale that occurred toward the end of the period, and the revaluation of the net deferred tax asset.

Cash and Cash Equivalents. Cash and cash equivalents (which include fed funds and short term investments) increased $5.4 million to $39.0 million at December 31, 2017, from $33.6 million at June 30, 2017.  While the balance of such funds fluctuated through the six month period, the period end balances were similar.

Net Loans.  Loans, net increased $19.5 million to $3.59 billion at December 31, 2017, from $3.57 billion at June 30, 2017.  As discussed in "Comparison of Operating Results, Total Interest Income," loan growth has been below expectations and historical levels. 

Securities available for sale.  Securities AFS decreased $45.0 million to $52.9 million at December 31, 2017, from $97.9 million at June 30, 2017.  The decrease is primarily due to the sale of $29.5 million that took place in December, 2017.  The securities sold were in a loss position and sold primarily to maximize the tax benefit associated with the loss.  Principal payments also contributed to the decrease.  No securities AFS were purchased in the period.

Securities held to maturity.  Securities HTM increased $11.6 million to $251.3 million at December 31, 2017, from $239.6 million at June 30, 2017.  The increase is primarily due to purchases of $34.1 million exceeding principal payments.

Federal Home Loan Bank of New York ("FHLB") stock.  FHLB stock decreased $5.0 million to $27.5 million at December 31, 2017, from $32.5 million at June 30, 2017.  FHLB stock holdings are required depending on several factors, including the level of borrowings with the FHLB.  As FHLB borrowings decreased over the period, excess FHLB stock was redeemed.

Deposits.  Deposits increased $89.1 million to $2.95 billion at December 31, 2017, from $2.86 billion at June 30, 2017.  See "Comparison of Operating Results, Total Interest Expense" for discussion regarding deposit balances.

Borrowings.  Borrowings decreased $102.5 million to $539.5 million at December 31, 2017, from $642.1 million at June 30, 2017.  See "Comparison of Operating Results, Total Interest Expense" for discussion regarding borrowing amounts.

Stockholders' Equity.  Stockholders' equity decreased $11.7 million to $547.5 million at December 31, 2017, from $559.2 million at June 30, 2017.  The decrease was primarily due to dividends paid partially offset by net income and the release of treasury shares in conjunction with stock option exercises, as well as the release of ESOP shares.  The dividends paid include regular quarterly dividends of $0.175 per share paid on August 21, 2017 and November 20, 2017, as well as a special dividend of $0.45 per share paid on December 22, 2017.  Based on our December 31, 2017 closing price of $16.40 per share, the Company stock was trading at 138.7% of book value. 

About the Company
Oritani Financial Corp. is the holding company for Oritani Bank, a New Jersey state chartered bank offering a full range of retail and commercial loan and deposit products.  Oritani Bank is dedicated to providing exceptional personal service to its individual and business customers.  The Bank currently operates its main office and 25 full service branches in the New Jersey Counties of Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Passaic.  For additional information about Oritani Bank, please visit www.oritani.com.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Such forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods, or by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as  "may,"  "will,"  "believe,"  "expect," "estimate,"  "anticipate,"  "continue," or similar terms or variations on those terms, or the negative of those terms. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including those risk factors disclosed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2017 (as supplemented by our quarterly reports), and the following: those related to the economic environment, particularly in the market areas in which the Company operates, competitive products and pricing, fiscal and monetary policies of the U.S. Government, changes in government regulations affecting financial institutions, including regulatory fees and capital requirements, changes in prevailing interest rates, credit risk management, asset-liability management, the financial and securities markets and the availability of and costs associated with sources of liquidity.

The Company wishes to caution readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made.  The Company wishes to advise readers that the factors listed above could affect the Company's financial performance and could cause the Company's actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements.  The Company does not undertake and specifically declines any obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions, which may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

For further information contact:
Kevin J. Lynch
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Oritani Financial Corp.
(201) 664-5400

Oritani Financial Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)
                 
        Dec. 31,   June 30,
Assets   2017   2017
         (unaudited)    (audited)
Cash on hand and in banks   $ 38,373   $ 33,252
Federal funds sold and short term investments     598     326
    Cash and cash equivalents     38,971     33,578
                 
Loans, net       3,586,243     3,566,703
Securities available for sale, at fair value     52,908     97,930
Securities held to maturity,            
  fair value of $247,376 and $237,204, respectively.     251,254     239,631
Bank Owned Life Insurance (at cash surrender value)     97,221     95,946
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock ("FHLB"), at cost     27,519     32,504
Accrued interest receivable     10,868     10,620
Real estate owned     —      140
Office properties and equipment, net     13,621     13,909
Deferred tax assets     26,764     37,693
Other assets     17,022     9,030
    Total Assets   $ 4,122,391   $ 4,137,684
                 
Liabilities            
Deposits     $ 2,945,593   $ 2,856,478
Borrowings       539,516     642,059
Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and            
  insurance     22,389     23,496
Official checks outstanding     5,545     4,423
Other liabilities     61,803     52,005
    Total liabilities     3,574,846     3,578,461
                 
    Total stockholders' equity     547,545     559,223
                 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 4,122,391   $ 4,137,684
                 


Oritani Financial Corp. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
Three  and Six Months Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016
(Unaudited)(In thousands, except share data)
                           
        Three months ended     Six months ended
        December 31,     December 31,
        2017     2016     2017     2016
                     
Interest income:                      
  Loans   $ 35,891     $ 33,135   $ 71,728   $ 65,108
  Dividends on FHLB stock   451       417     936     874
  Securities available for sale   457       826     953     1,652
  Securities held to maturity   1,145       871     2,244     1,674
  Federal funds sold and short term investments   108       2     111     3
    Total Interest Income   38,052       35,251     75,972     69,311
                           
Interest expense:                      
  Deposits     7,788       5,964     15,141     11,703
  Borrowings     2,656       3,058     5,579     6,079
    Total interest expense   10,444       9,022     20,720     17,782
                           
    Net interest income before provision for loan losses   27,608       26,229     55,252     51,529
                           
Provision for loan losses   —        —      —      — 
    Net interest income after provision for loan losses   27,608       26,229     55,252     51,529
                           
Other income:                      
  Service charges     196       176     424     358
  Real estate operations, net   3       —      3     — 
  Net income from investments in real estate joint ventures —        260     —      576
  Bank-owned life insurance   630       666     1,276     1,345
  Net loss  on sale of assets   —        —      (2 )   — 
  Net loss on sale of securities   (324 )     —      (324 )   — 
  Other income     73       81     144     162
    Total other income   578       1,183     1,521     2,441
                           
Other expenses:                      
  Compensation, payroll taxes and fringe benefits   7,483       8,207     14,039     15,565
  Advertising     143       125     285     215
  Office occupancy and equipment expense   780       781     1,529     1,581
  Data processing service fees   420       559     964     1,103
  Federal insurance premiums   300       300     600     750
  Real estate owned operations   1       69     2     124
  Other expenses     1,041       1,017     2,233     1,988
    Total other expenses   10,168       11,058     19,652     21,326
                           
    Income before income tax expense   18,018       16,354     37,121     32,644
Income tax  expense     14,048       4,978     21,155     10,657
    Net  income   $ 3,970     $ 11,376   $ 15,966     21,987
                           
                           
Income per basic  common share $ 0.09     $ 0.26   $ 0.36   $ 0.51
Income per diluted common share $ 0.09     $ 0.26   $ 0.35   $ 0.50
                           


 

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