Royal Financial, Inc. Announces Preliminary Fiscal Year 2020 Fourth Quarter and Year End Earnings Results

Wednesday, 15. July 2020 01:00

CHICAGO, July 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Royal Financial, Inc. (the “Company”) (OTCQX: RYFL), incorporated under the laws of Delaware on December 15, 2004, for the purpose of serving as the holding company of Royal Savings Bank (the “Bank”), announces the preliminary earnings results and statement of condition for the fiscal year ended 2020.

Net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $1.0 million or $0.41 per share, compared to $874,000, or $0.34 per share, for the same period in fiscal 2019.  Net income for the year ended June 30, 2020, was $2.0 million, or $0.80 per share, compared to $3.7 million, or $1.46 per share in 2019.

The Company also reported total assets of $434.1 million and stockholders’ equity of $42.8 million as of June 30, 2020. 

At June 30, 2020, the book value per common share, shares outstanding of 2,556,518, was $16.75 compared to the book value per common share of $15.65 at June 30, 2019, for shares outstanding of 2,545,052.  The tangible book value per share was $15.80 at June 30, 2020, compared to tangible book value per share of $14.64 at June 30, 2019.  Total treasury shares as of June 30, 2020 is 88,482 shares, compared to 2019, with treasury shares at 99,948.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Update on Business Operations.

The World Health Organization (“WHO”) declared novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a global pandemic in March 2020 and on March 21, 2020, the Governor issued a shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois. The State of Illinois continues to progress through the phased reopening plan and the Company continues to follow all local, state, and federal guidance.

Processes, controls and business continuity plan

The Company implemented its business continuity plan in March, 2020, as we monitored the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Chicagoland metropolitan areas to ensure the safety of the Bank’s employees and customers. As a result, the Company made specific improvements to the way it conducts business. In June, the Company re-opened all branch lobbies and continues to implement social distancing measures and continues to follow guidance from all local, state, and federal authorities.

Lending operations and accommodations to borrowers

In response to the pandemic, the Company is offering fee waivers, payment deferrals for up to 120 days, and other expanded assistance for mortgage, commercial real estate, small business and personal lending customers. The Company’s forbearance program supports 8% of the Company’s portfolio, and consists of 135 borrowers with present loan balances of $29.7 million.  Additionally, the Company made accommodations to 21 commercial loan customers with balances of $38.5 million in March. The number of accommodation requests has decreased to 13 customers with balances of $30.9 million at June 30, 2020 as the environment has begun to stabilize. The Company has also identified and continues to monitor certain performing retail industry segment concentrations. 

The Company has designated staff to assist customers to access funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act passed at the end of the first quarter, including the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), for which the Bank received SBA approval for 153 loans totaling approximately $11.7 million. As of June 30, 2020, the Company funded 139 loans, totaling $11.5 million in SBA loans.

Comparison of Results of Operations for the Quarters Ended June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019

Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was $1.0 million or $0.41 per share, an increase in net income of $164,000 (19%) from June 30, 2019. 

Net interest income was $3.5 million, an increase of $49,000 (1%) from the quarter ended June 30, 2019.  The increase in net interest income was the result of the decrease in interest expense by $457,000 (39%) due to lower cost of funds and was offset by a decrease in total interest income of $408,000 (9%). 

The Company funded the allowance for loan losses (“ALLL”) $471,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 to provide for the increased growth in the loan portfolio due to the purchase of one-to-four family whole loans and as a replenishment of the ALLL for a single customer loan charge-off from the March 31, 2020 quarter end, that was in the ALLL as a specific reserve.

Total non-interest income increased $759,000 (323%) to $994,000, from the same period last year. The increase is the result of a gain on the sale of investment securities of $814,000, offset by decreases in service charges on deposit accounts of $26,000 (16%), secondary mortgage market fees of $23,000 (98%), and rental income of $6,000 (12%).

Total non-interest expense increased $247,000 (11%) compared to the same period last year. The increase in non-interest expense was driven by increases in acquisition expense of $141,000 (871%), occupancy and equipment of $131,000 (33%), salaries and employee benefits of $20,000 (2%), and marketing of $19,000 (196%).  These increases were offset by decreases in data processing of $17,000 (7%) and professional services of $38,000 (23%).

Comparison of Results of Operations for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2020 and 2019

Net income for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 was $2.0 million, a decrease of $1.7 million (45%) from June 30, 2019. Net interest income for the fiscal year ended 2020 decreased $457,000 (3%) to $13.6 million. The primary driver for the decrease in net interest income was the $793,000 (4%) net decrease in total interest income.  The decrease in interest income was offset by a decrease of $368,000 (47%) in interest expense on borrowings, offset by a $32,000 (1%) increase in interest expense on deposits due to the increase in certificate of deposit accounts.  

The provision for loan losses in 2020 was $1.8 million, an increase of $1.5 million (683%) from the prior year. In fiscal year 2020, the Company increased the provisions for the ALLL in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide for the increased growth in the loan portfolio due to the purchase of one-to-four family whole loans, and due to the replenishment of the ALLL for a single customer loan charge-off.

From the March 31, 2020 quarter, the Company continues to monitor and work through a $1.7 million dollar commercial relationship that has now filed for bankruptcy protection. Prior to this Chapter 11 bankruptcy, collection efforts included the use of the courts. Through discovery the Company believes its collateral position was diluted through misappropriated acts by the borrower, which is now being investigated by the US Trustee. As a result, the Company has taken $1.1 million in write downs and made the appropriate provisions to the ALLL. The Company believes there will be some level of recovery in the future as the situation continues resolution through the court process. The remaining $600,000, which the Bank holds, is guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The Bank is in the process of a SBA buyback of that remaining $600,000 balance. The SBA has been cooperative and have approved their portion of legal fees.

Non-interest income for the year ended 2020 was $1.6 million, an increase of $651,000 (66%) from the previous year.  The increase is the result of a gain on the sale of investment securities of $814,000 and an increase in rental income of $51,000 (24%), offset by decreases in service charges on deposit accounts of $79,000 (12%) and in secondary mortgage market fees of $127,000 (82%).

Non-interest expense increased $748,000 (8%) during fiscal year 2020.  The increase in non-interest expense is due to an increase of $305,000 (613%) in acquisition expenses and an increase of $77,000 in professional services due to increased legal expenses. During the fiscal year, there was also an increase in salaries and employee benefits of $176,000 (4%), an increase in occupancy and equipment of $96,000 (5%) as a result of an increase in real estate taxes and depreciation expense, an increase of $76,000 in data processing costs, and an increase in marketing costs of $69,000 due to the Company’s increased advertisements of certificates of deposit rates. These increases were offset by decreases of $16,800 in director fees due to the reduction of director fees, and a decrease of $96,000 in FDIC insurance expense due to the assessment credit refund. 

For the fiscal year ended 2020, the provision for income taxes was $1.2 million compared to $1.7 million for the same period in 2019.  

Comparison of Financial Condition at June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019

The Company’s total assets increased $29.1 million (7%), to $434.1 million at June 30, 2020, from $404.9 million at June 30, 2019.

Total cash and cash equivalents increased $158,000 (1%) to $14.8 million from the prior year.

Securities available for sale decreased $8.0 million (20%), to $31.3 million at June 30, 2020 from $39.3 million at June 30, 2019.  The decrease is the result of a $5.0 million agency bond maturing and the sale of $17.8 million in municipal bonds and $1.1 million in corporate bonds, offset by the purchase of $11.5 million in municipal bonds and $3.9 million in corporate bonds and the increase of $716,000 of the unrealized gain in the portfolio.

Loans, net of allowance for loan losses, increased $37.4 million (12%), to 356.7 million at June 30, 2020, from $319.3 million at June 30, 2019.  The increase is the result of an increase of $7.5 million in commercial loans and the purchase of a $50 million 1-4 family mortgage loan purchase, offset by a decrease of $22.0 million in the portfolio due to pay-offs.

The allowance for loan losses was $3.2 million, or 0.88% of total loans, at June 30, 2020, as compared to $2.6 million, or 0.82% of total loans, at June 30, 2018.  In addition to the allowance for loan losses, net purchase discount on acquired loans was $497,000 at June 30, 2020 compared to $774,000 at June 30, 2019.  Individual loan discounts are being accreted into interest income over the life of the loan; however, they can offset loan losses upon loan default. Nonperforming loans totaled $2.4 million, or 0.56% of outstanding loans, at June 30, 2020 compared to $1.2 million, or 0.37%, at June 30, 2019.  

Other real estate owned (“OREO”) is $297,000 at June 30, 2020. The property is recorded at fair value, less estimated costs to sell. 

The Deferred Tax Asset (“DTA”) decreased by $1.4 million (17%) from $8.1 million on June 30, 2019, to $6.7 million on June 30, 2020.  The Company increased the valuation allowance for State of Illinois DTA during the fiscal year an additional $300,000 based on the fiscal 2020 performance and updated forecasting. The valuation allowance as of June 30, 2020 is $600,000.

The Core Deposit Intangibles (“CDI”) held by the Company decreased $141,000 (17%) as of June 30, 2020. The decrease was the result of a full year of amortization of the CDI of $141,000. The Company is performing an extensive analysis to conclude if goodwill is impaired as a result of the impact COVID-19 has had on the Company’s stock. In the event that the Company concludes that all or a portion of its goodwill is impaired, a non-cash charge for the amount of such impairment would be recorded to earnings. Such a charge would have no impact on tangible capital or regulatory capital.

Total deposits increased $25.4 million (7%), to $373.3 million at June 30, 2020 from $347.9 million at June 30, 2019. The increase was primarily due to the increase in money market accounts, offset by a decrease in time deposits.

As of June 30, 2020, the Company had $4.0 million Federal Home Loan Bank advances outstanding. The advance is 0% interest and has a maturity of May 3, 2021.

Notes payable decreased by $3.5 million (31%) to $7.5 million as of June 30, 2020. Throughout the fiscal year, the Company made two special payments totaling $2.0 million in principal reductions, and a reduction of $1.5 million with quarterly payments of $375,000. In June, the loan and line of credit was renewed. The note will amortize in full over 7.75 years with an interest only payment to be made on August 1, 2020, followed by quarterly payments of $250,000 in principal reduction and interest at the rate of 0.25% below the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate; however, the interest rate will not be below 3% per annum.

Total stockholders’ equity increased $3.0 million (7%), to $42.8 million at June 30, 2020 from $39.8 million at June 30, 2019. The increase is primarily a result of net income of $2.0 million (13%) and an increase in unrealized gain in equity of $715,000 (292%) and an increase in additional paid in capital of $249,000 (1%).

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, the Bank paid cash dividends of $3.1 million to the Company. The upstream of funds enabled the Company to make debt and interest payments on its notes payable, as well as pay general business expenses and retain cash for fiscal 2021.

In August, 2019, the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program for up to 76,849 shares of its outstanding common stock. The Company did not repurchase any shares during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020. The Company repurchased a total of 7,633 shares during the fiscal year.

As previously announced, in October, 2019, the Company announced that the Bank entered a definitive purchase and assumption agreement to acquire two Illinois State Bank branch banking centers located in Lake in the Hills, Illinois and McHenry, Illinois. The Bank terminated the purchase and assumption agreement in April, 2020. North Shore Bank, FSB subsequently filed suit against the Bank, alleging such termination was in breach of the agreement. In June, 2020, the Bank filed its Answer to the Complaint along with its Counterclaim against North Shore Bank FSB, alleging multiple material violations of the purchase and assumption agreement, which ultimately led to the April, 2020 termination. The Bank continues to work with Howard and Howard Attorneys, PLLC, to steadfastly represent the Company in this matter and seek breach damages along with other monetary damages to the Bank and Company.

In late May and early June, 2020, the Company’s property and business was affected by civil disturbances that occurred at some of its Chicagoland market area offices. The events led to a full Bank closure on June 1, 2020. On June 2, 2020, all locations opened with the exception of two locations that experienced the most damage and posed the highest employee risk. The Bank Disaster Recovery Team met regularly and carefully made the decision to return the Bank to full operation on June 3, 2020. Damages to the locations affected, including ATM machines, are estimated at $250,000. The Company is working closely with its insurance company to provide reimbursement. The damages are currently classified as receivables.  

To meet the minimum requirement to be well capitalized under prompt corrective action regulations, the Bank is required to maintain regulatory capital sufficient to meet Tier 1 capital leverage ratio, and risk-based ratios for Common Equity Tier 1 capital, Tier 1 capital and Total capital of at least 5.0%, 6.5%, 8.0% and 10.0%, respectively.  At June 30, 2020, the Bank exceeded each of its capital requirements with ratios of 9.94%, 14.39%, 14.39% and 15.50%, respectively.

The audited consolidated financial statements for 2019 and 2018 are available at www.royal-bank.us. We expect the audited consolidated financial statements for 2020 to be available early September 2020.

About Royal Financial, Inc.

Royal Savings Bank offers a range of checking and savings products and a full line of home and commercial lending solutions.  Royal Savings Bank has been operating continuously in the south and southeast communities of Chicago since 1887, and currently has nine branches in Chicagoland and lending centers in Homewood and St. Charles, Illinois. Visit Royal Financial, Inc. and Royal Savings Bank at www.royalbankweb.com.

Safe–Harbor

Forward Looking Statements: This press release may include forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by use of the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” or similar expressions.  Our ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those predicted in such forward-looking statements.  Factors that could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of the Company and the Bank include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates; the economic health of the local real estate market; general economic conditions, including but not limited to the coronavirus outbreak; continued credit deterioration in our loan portfolio that would cause us to further increase our allowance for loan losses; legislative/regulatory changes; monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board; the quality or composition of the loan and securities portfolios; demand for loan products in our market areas; deposit flows; competition; demand for financial services in our market areas; and changes in accounting principles, policies, and guidelines.  These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.

Contact:  Mr. Leonard Szwajkowski
President and CEO
Telephone:  (773) 382-2111
E-mail:  lszwajkowski@royal-bank.us

Royal Financial, Inc. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Quarters and Year Ended June 30, 2020 and 2019
Unaudited
        
 Quarters Ended June 30, Years Ended June 30,
  
  2020  2019  2020   2019
        
Interest income       
Loans, including fees$3,928,276 $4,276,352 $16,108,374  $16,958,011
Securities 252,585  248,811  984,408   1,050,924
Federal funds sold and other 9,168  73,047  260,553   137,360
Total interest income 4,190,029  4,598,210  17,353,335   18,146,295
        
Interest expense       
Deposits 658,522  1,024,957  3,363,381   3,331,098
Borrowings 60,813  151,101  413,574   781,926
Total interest expense 719,335  1,176,058  3,776,955   4,113,024
        
Net interest income 3,470,694  3,422,153  13,576,380   14,033,271
        
Provision for loan losses 471,000  -  1,761,000   225,000
        
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 2,999,694  3,422,153  11,815,380   13,808,271
        
Non-interest income       
Service charges on deposit accounts 134,829  161,150  597,723   676,538
Secondary mortgage market fees 460  23,224  28,445   155,203
Rental income 44,353  50,493  202,433   151,232
Loss on sale of fixed assets -  -  (8,185)  -
Gain on sale of investment securities 813,893  -  813,893   -
Other 220  267  935   1,082
Total non-interest income 993,755  235,135  1,635,243   984,055
        
Non-interest expense       
Salaries and employee benefits 1,098,843  1,078,460  4,628,748   4,452,645
Occupancy and equipment 531,983  401,329  2,029,058   1,933,001
Data processing 214,189  231,535  883,479   807,035
Professional services 129,293  166,836  696,355   618,623
Director fees 45,000  52,800  180,000   196,800
Marketing 29,043  9,816  112,084   43,158
FDIC insurance expense 42,000  36,412  56,305   152,049
Insurance premiums 23,259  21,308  100,788   97,396
Foreclosed Asset expense 6,672  7,732  35,789   27,478
Acquisition Expense 157,657  16,242  354,661   49,772
Core Deposit Intangibles Amortization 35,207  35,207  140,827   140,827
Other 228,844  237,447  960,366   911,832
Total non-interest expense 2,541,991  2,295,125  10,178,461   9,430,615
        
Income before income taxes 1,451,458  1,362,162  3,272,162   5,361,711
        
Income tax expense 413,500  488,000  1,232,500   1,657,530
Net Income$1,037,958 $874,162 $2,039,662  $3,704,181
        
Basic earnings per share$0.41 $0.34 $0.80  $1.46
Diluted earnings per share$0.41 $0.34 $0.80  $1.43
        
        
This report has not been prepared in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC")
rules applicable to SEC registrant companies and is not intended to comply with such rules.  
        


Royal Financial, Inc. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition
Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2020 and 2019
Unaudited
   
 June 30, 2020June 30, 2019
   
Assets  
   
Cash and non-interest bearing balances in financial institutions$3,757,301 $3,092,057 
Interest bearing balances in financial institutions 10,872,461  11,242,481 
Federal funds sold 133,515  271,189 
  Total cash and cash equivalents$14,763,277 $14,605,727 
   
Investment certificates of deposit$672,000 $1,840,000 
Securities available for sale 31,355,841  39,310,395 
Loans Receivable, net of Allowance for loan losses 356,735,349  319,325,977 
of $3,150,808 at June 30, 2020, $2,654,045 at June 30, 2019  
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock 836,300  836,300 
Premises and equipment, net 15,694,976  14,856,772 
Accrued interest receivable 1,788,867  1,464,514 
Other real estate owned 297,544  297,544 
Deferred tax asset 6,736,969  8,159,750 
Core deposit intangibles 679,006  819,833 
Goodwill 1,755,189  1,755,189 
Other assets 2,799,407  1,715,633 
  Total Assets$ 434,114,725 $ 404,987,634 
   
   
Liabilities & Stockholders Equity  
Deposits$373,340,219 $347,897,715 
Advances from borrowers for taxes and insurance 4,876,363  4,777,979 
Federal Home Loan Bank advances 4,000,000  - 
Notes payable 7,750,000  11,250,000 
Accrued interest payable and other Lliabilities 1,333,685  1,225,537 
  Total Liabilities$391,300,267 $365,151,231 
   
Stockholder's Equity  
Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value per share, authorized  
1,000,000 shares, no issues are outstanding$- $- 
Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share, authorized 5,000,000 
shares, 2,645,000 shares issued at June 30, 2020 and 2019 26,450  26,450 
Additional Paid-In Capital 23,924,787  23,676,229 
Retained Earnings 18,352,940  16,313,278 
Treasury Stock, 88,482 shares in 2020 and  
99,948 shares in 2019, at cost (450,370) (424,384)
Unrealized G/L in Equity 960,651  244,830 
  Total Capital$42,814,458 $39,836,403 
   
  Total Liabilities and Stockholder's Equity$ 434,114,725 $ 404,987,634 
   
   
This report has not been prepared in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") rules applicable
to SEC registrant companies and is not intended to comply with such rules. 

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