PDL Community Bancorp Announces 2020 Second Quarter Results

NEW YORK, July 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PDL Community Bancorp (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: PDLB), the holding company for Ponce Bank (the “Bank”), reported a net loss of ($571,000), or ($0.03) per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of 2020, compared to a net loss of ($1.2 million), or ($0.07) per basic and diluted share, for the prior quarter and net income of $950,000, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of 2019.Carlos P. Naudon, the Company’s President and CEO, noted “2020 continues to be a year of investing – in the safety of our people and the future of our organization and our communities – with the clear goal of enhancing stakeholder values. Although the COVID-19 pandemic slowed our business, we continued our implementation of GPS, our Salesforce based CRM; we attended to the needs of Ponce Bankers by maintaining their jobs and temporarily enhancing their benefits; we responded to the needs of our communities by handling over 1,000 applications for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans from customers and non-customers alike, allowing loan forbearances upon requests and ensuring that we publicly stood by our commitment to fairness and justice for all; we enhanced our asset quality by significantly increasing reserves; and, we increased our shareholders’ value by resuming repurchases of our shares. Although these steps resulted in a loss per share of ($0.11) for the six months ended June 30, 2020, we remain confident that our investments in the first half of the year, coupled with the closing of the Mortgage World Bankers, Inc. transaction in July as well as other initiatives, will continue to build stakeholder value.”Steven A. Tsavaris, the Company’s Executive Chairman, added “It is gratifying that our commitment to our communities was recognized by the National Community Investment Fund in their Banking Industry Peer Group report for the first quarter of 2020. Ponce Bank was ranked 11th nationally in total assets and 7th in total loans among the 140 banks that also are CDFIs.  Among the 20 largest, we were ranked 1st in our housing focus, 2nd in our lending in LMI areas and 6th in the proportion of branches in LMI areas. This data is not an anomaly; we are consistently a top performer in their Social Performance Metrics.”Net Income (Loss)The $571,000 net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2020 is $642,000 less than the $1.2 million net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and is primarily the result of an $875,000, or 76.4%, decrease in provision for loan losses, a $387,000, or 3.6%, decrease in noninterest expense and a $234,000, or 7.5%, decrease in interest expense, offset by a $637,000, or 4.9%, decrease in interest and dividend income, a $169,000, or 80.9%, decrease in benefit for income taxes and a $48,000, or 7.7%, decrease in noninterest income.The $571,000 net loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to $950,000 in net income for the second quarter of 2019 reflects a $1.7 million, or 19.8%, increase in noninterest expense, a $271,000 increase in provision for loan losses, a $112,000, or 16.3%, decrease in noninterest income and a $21,000, or 0.2%, decrease in interest and dividend income, offset by a $413,000, or 110.7%, decrease in provision for income taxes and a $198,000, or 6.4%, decrease in interest expense.The $1.8 million net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $1.6 million in net income for the six months ended June 30, 2019 reflects a $3.5 million, or 19.4%, increase in noninterest expense, a $1.3 million increase in provision for loan losses and a $243,000, or 16.9%, decrease in noninterest income, offset by a $929,000, or 136.6%, decrease in provision for income taxes, a $627,000, or 2.5%, increase in interest and dividend income and a $12,000, or 0.2%, decrease in interest expense.Net Interest MarginNet interest margin decreased by 42 basis points to 3.45% for the three months ended June 30, 2020 from 3.87% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, while the net interest rate spread decreased by 38 basis points to 3.13% from 3.51% for the same periods. Average interest-earning assets increased by $77.7 million, or 7.5%, mainly as a result of $30.3 million in average outstanding Payment Protection Program (“PPP”) loans, to $1,109.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020 from $1,031.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The average yield on interest-earning assets decreased by 58 basis points to 4.49% from 5.07%, for the same periods. Average interest-bearing liabilities increased by $49.9 million, or 6.2%, mainly as a result of $48.9 million in average net PPP funding, to $848.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020 from $799.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The weighted average rate on interest-bearing liabilities decreased by 20 basis points to 1.36% from 1.56% for the same periods. Net interest margin decreased by 30 basis points to 3.45% for the three months ended June 30, 2020 from 3.75% for the three months ended June 30, 2019, while the net interest rate spread decreased by 21 basis points to 3.13% from 3.34% for the same periods. Average interest-earning assets increased by $110.2 million, or 11.0%, mainly as a result of $30.3 million in average outstanding PPP loans, to $1,109.7 million, for the three months ended June 30, 2020 from $999.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The average yield on interest-earning assets decreased by 49 basis points to 4.49% from 4.98%, for the same periods. Average interest-bearing liabilities increased by $98.5 million, or 13.1%, mainly as a result of $48.9 million in average net PPP funding, to $848.9 million, for the three months ended June 30, 2020 from $750.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The average rate on interest-bearing liabilities decreased by 28 basis points to 1.36% from 1.64% for the same periods.Noninterest IncomeNoninterest income was $574,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2020, down $48,000, or 7.7%, from $622,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The decrease was attributable to decreases of $106,000, or 89.1%, in late and prepayment charges related to mortgage loans, $103,000, or 41.5%, in service charges and fees and $28,000, or 56.0%, in brokerage commissions, offset by an increase of $189,000, or 92.2%, in other noninterest income, of which $163,000 were fees related to PPP loans.Noninterest income was $574,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2020, down $112,000, or 16.3%, from $686,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The decrease was mainly attributable to decreases of $249,000, or 95.0%, in late and prepayment charges related to mortgage loans, $83,000, or 36.4%, in service charges and fees and $2,000, or 8.3%, in brokerage commissions, offset by an increase of $222,000, or 129.1%, in other noninterest income, of which $163,000 were fees related to PPP loans.Noninterest ExpenseTotal noninterest expense decreased $387,000, or 3.6%, to $10.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020 compared to $10.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Compensation and benefits decreased $363,000, which primarily includes $256,000 of deferred compensation expenses related to PPP loan originations. Other decreases in noninterest expense at June 30, 2020 from March 31, 2020 are $291,000 of professional services, $89,000 of marketing and promotional expenses and $13,000 in direct loan expenses. The decrease in noninterest expense was offset by increases of $260,000 in occupancy and equipment, $67,000 in other noninterest expenses, $29,000 in data processing expenses, $10,000 in regulatory dues and $7,000 in insurance and surety bond premiums. Included in noninterest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2020 is $475,000 of additional expenses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Total noninterest expense increased $1.7 million, or 19.8%, to $10.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, compared to $8.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The increase in noninterest expense was attributable to increases of $603,000 in professional fees, $545,000 in occupancy and equipment expense mainly due to investments in software licenses, $169,000 in compensation and benefits, $140,000 in other operating expenses mainly due to employment agency fees, $98,000 in marketing and promotional expenses, $65,000 in data processing expenses as a result of system enhancements and implementation charges related to software upgrades, $45,000 in insurance and surety bond premiums, $41,000 in office supplies, telephone and postage and $17,000 in direct loan expenses. The increase of $603,000 in professional fees is mainly attributable to increases in consulting fees of $250,000 and professional services of $344,000 related to the document imaging project adopted in late 2019.Asset QualityTotal nonperforming assets were $11.6 million, or 0.95% of total assets, at June 30, 2020, an increase of $1.9 million from $9.7 million, or 0.85% of total assets, at March 31, 2020 and remain comparable with total nonperforming assets of $11.6 million, or 1.10% of total assets, at December 31, 2019. Comparing nonperforming assets at June 30, 2020 to March 31, 2020, total nonaccruals inclusive of TDRs related to nonresidential loans increased by $1.1 million and 1-4 family residential loans increased by $707,000. Comparing nonperforming assets at June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2019, total nonaccruals inclusive of TDRs related to construction and land loans decreased by $1.1 million, nonresidential loans increased by $810,000 and 1-4 family residential loans increased by $285,000.The Company continues to assess the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on borrowers and believes that it is likely that it will be a detriment to their ability to repay in the short-term and that the likelihood of long-term detrimental effects will depend significantly on the resumption of normalized economic activities, a factor not yet determinable. The allowance for loan losses was $13.8 million, or 1.27% of total loans (total loans include $83.6 million of PPP loans) at June 30, 2020, compared to $12.3 million, or 1.28% of total loans, at December 31, 2019 and $12.5 million, or 1.32% of total loans, at June 30, 2019. Excluding PPP loans, the allowance for loan losses is 1.38% of total loans. Net recoveries totaled $6,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, $9,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 and $11,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.As of July 21, 2020, there were 421 loans aggregating $384.0 million, in forbearance primarily consisting of the deferral of principal, interest, and escrow payments for a period of three months. Of the 421 loans in forbearance, 329 loans aggregating $297.4 million have not requested, and 92 loans in the amount of $86.6 million have requested, up-to-an-additional three-month forbearance extension at the conclusion of their initial three-month forbearance period. All of these loans had been performing in accordance with their contractual obligations prior to the granting of the initial forbearance. The Company actively monitors the business activities of borrowers in forbearance and seeks to determine their capacity to resume payments as contractually obligated upon the termination of the forbearance period. Under the current economic conditions and based upon available data, the Company is unable to conclusively determine the repayment capacity, if any, of most of such borrowers. The initial and extended forbearances are short-term modifications made on a good faith basis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in furtherance of governmental policies.Balance SheetTotal assets increased $166.5 million, or 15.8%, to $1,220.2 million at June 30, 2020 from $1,053.8 million at December 31, 2019. The increase in total assets is mainly attributable to increases in net loans receivable of $116.7 million, mainly due to $83.6 million in PPP loans, cash and cash equivalents of $49.0 million, other assets of $4.2 million, accrued interest receivable of $3.7 million, FHLBNY stock of $687,000 and deferred taxes of $604,000, offset by decreases in available-for-sale securities of $7.7 million and premises and equipment, net of $644,000.Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2020 increased $49.0 million from December 31, 2019 due to increases of $154.2 million in net deposits, of which $65.1 million related to net PPP funding, $16.4 million from sales and maturities of available-for-sale securities and $12.9 million increase in net advances from FHLBNY, offset by increases of $116.7 million in net loans and $9.1 million purchases of available-for-sale securities.Net loans receivable at June 30, 2020 increased $116.7 million from December 31, 2019 primarily due to increases of $82.5 million, or 758.6%, in business loans, mainly due to $83.6 million in PPP loans, $24.4 million, or 9.8%, in multifamily residential loans, $11.2 million, or 2.8%, in 1-4 family residential loans, $1.8 million, or 0.9%, in nonresidential properties loans, $347,000, or 28.2%, in consumer loans and $286,000, or 14.5%, in net deferred loan origination costs, offset by a decrease of $2.5 million, or 2.5%, in construction and land loans and an increase in the allowance for losses on loans of $1.4 million substantially related to the COVID-19 pandemic.Total deposits increased $154.2 million, or 19.7%, to $936.2 million at June 30, 2020 from $782.0 million at December 31, 2019. The increase in deposits was mainly attributable to increases of $85.3 million, or 30.1%, in NOW, money market, reciprocal deposits and savings accounts, $82.9 million, or 75.7%, in demand deposits, of which $65.1 million related to net PPP funding, offset by a decrease of $14.0 million, or 3.6 %, in total certificates of deposit, which includes brokered certificates of deposit and listing service deposits. The $85.3 million increase in NOW, money market, reciprocal deposits and savings accounts was mainly attributable to increases of $49.3 million, or 103.4%, in reciprocal deposits, $38.9 million, or 44.9%, in money market accounts, $3.5 million, or 3.1%, in savings accounts offset by a decrease of $6.4 million, or 19.4%, in NOW/IOLA accounts.Net advances from the FHLBNY increased $12.9 million, or 12.3%, to $117.3 million at June 30, 2020 from $104.4 million at December 31, 2019. The net increase in advances was due to a new FHLBNY advance of $12.9 million, at a weighted average rate of 0.9%.Total stockholders’ equity decreased $3.4 million, or 2.1%, to $155.0 million at June 30, 2020, from $158.4 million at December 31, 2019. The decrease in stockholders’ equity was mainly attributable to $2.7 million of stock repurchases and a net loss of $1.8 million, offset by increases of $698,000 related to restricted stock units and stock options, $247,000 related to the Company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan and $130,000 related to unrealized gains on available-for-sale securities. The Company adopted a share repurchase program effective March 25, 2019 which expired on September 24, 2019. Under the repurchase program, the Company was permitted to repurchase up to 923,151 shares of the Company’s stock, or approximately 5% of the Company’s then current issued and outstanding shares. On November 13, 2019, the Company adopted a second share repurchase program. Under this second program, the Company was permitted to repurchase up to 878,835 shares of the Company’s stock, or approximately 5% of the Company’s then current issued and outstanding shares. The Company’s share repurchase program was terminated on March 27, 2020. On June 1, 2020, the Company adopted a third share repurchase program. Under this third program, the Company is permitted to repurchase up to 864,987 shares of the Company’s stock, or approximately 5% of the Company’s then current issued and outstanding shares. The repurchase program may be suspended or terminated at any time without prior notice, and it will expire no later than November 30, 2020.As of June 30, 2020, the Company had repurchased a total of 1,318,872 shares under the repurchase programs at a weighted average price of $13.99 per share, which were reported as treasury stock. Of the 1,318,872 shares of treasury stock, 90,135 shares have been granted to directors and executive officers under the Company’s 2018 Long-Term Incentive Plan pursuant to restricted stock units which vested on December 4, 2019. As of June 30, 2020, 1,228,737 shares are reported as treasury stock in the Company’s consolidated statement of financial condition.About PDL Community BancorpPDL Community Bancorp is the financial holding company for Ponce Bank. Ponce Bank is a Minority Depository Institution, a Community Development Financial Institution, and a certified Small Business Administration lender. The Bank’s business primarily consists of taking deposits from the general public and to a lesser extent alternative funding sources and investing those deposits, together with funds generated from operations and borrowings, in mortgage loans, consisting of 1-4 family residences (investor-owned and owner-occupied), multifamily residences, nonresidential properties and construction and land, and, to a lesser extent, in business and consumer loans. The Bank also invests in securities, which consist of U.S. Government and federal agency securities and securities issued by government-sponsored or government-owned enterprises, as well as, mortgage-backed securities, corporate bonds and obligations, and Federal Home Loan Bank stock. Forward Looking StatementsCertain statements herein constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act and are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may be identified by words such as “believes,” “will,” “would,” “expects,” “project,” “may,” “could,” “developments,” “strategic,” “launching,” “opportunities,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “targets” and similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors. Factors that could cause such differences to exist include, but are not limited to, adverse conditions in the capital and debt markets and the impact of such conditions on the Company’s business activities; changes in interest rates; competitive pressures from other financial institutions; the effects of general economic conditions on a national basis or in the local markets in which the Company operates, including changes that adversely affect borrowers’ ability to service and repay the Company’s loans; the anticipated impact of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic and the Company’s attempts at mitigation; changes in the value of securities in the Company’s investment portfolio; changes in loan default and charge-off rates; fluctuations in real estate values; the adequacy of loan loss reserves; decreases in deposit levels necessitating increased borrowing to fund loans and investments; operational risks including, but not limited to, cybersecurity, fraud and natural disasters; changes in government regulation; changes in accounting standards and practices; the risk that intangibles recorded in the Company’s financial statements will become impaired; demand for loans in the Company’s market area; the Company’s ability to attract and maintain deposits; risks related to the implementation of acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings; the risk that the Company may not be successful in the implementation of its business strategy; changes in assumptions used in making such forward-looking statements and the risk factors described in the prospectus and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which are available at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. Should one or more of these risks materialize or should underlying beliefs or assumptions prove incorrect, PDL Community Bancorp’s actual results could differ materially from those discussed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or other changes, except as may be required by applicable law or regulation.Contact:
Frank Perez
[email protected] 
718-931-9000



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(1)   Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average rate of interest-bearing liabilities.
(2)   Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.
(3)   Efficiency ratio represents noninterest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and noninterest income.
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(1)     As of June 30, 2020, business loans include $83.6 million of PPP loans.


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(1)     As of June 30, 2020, included in demand deposits are $65.1 million related to net PPP funding.


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(1)  Annualized where appropriate.
(2)  Loans include loans and loans held for sale.
(3)  Includes FHLBNY demand account and FHLBNY stock dividends.
(4)  Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average rate of interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)  Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
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(2)  Loans include loans and loans held for sale.
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(4)  Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average rate of interest-bearing liabilities.
(5)  Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.
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