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First Savings Financial Group, Inc. Reports 2016 First Quarter Financial Results

CLARKSVILLE, Ind., Jan. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Savings Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSFG) (the "Company"), the holding company for First Savings Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income and net income available to common shareholders of $2.3 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 compared to net income and net income available to common shareholders of $1.2 million, or $0.52 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.  

Net interest income after provision for loan losses increased $525,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015. Interest income increased $885,000 when comparing the two periods due primarily to an increase in the average balance of interest-earning assets of $69.5 million, from $675.1 million for 2015 to $744.6 million for 2016, and an increase in the average tax-equivalent yield from 4.42% for 2015 to 4.49% for 2016. Interest expense increased $54,000 when comparing the two periods due to an increase in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities of $63.1 million, from $565.3 million for 2015 to $628.4 million for 2016, which more than offset a decrease in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities, from 0.68% for 2015 to 0.65% for 2016.

The Company recognized $306,000 in provision for loan losses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, due primarily to growth in the loan portfolio, as compared to no provision for loan losses recognized for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.  The loan portfolio increased $16.3 million for the 2016 quarter as compared to an increase of $3.2 million for the 2015 quarter. Nonperforming loans, which consist of nonaccrual loans and loans over 90 days past due and still accruing interest, increased $325,000, from $3.9 million at September 30, 2016 to $4.2 million at December 31, 2016. The Company recognized net charge-offs of $9,000 for the 2016 quarter as compared to net recoveries of $20,000 for the 2015 quarter.

Noninterest income increased $431,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015. The increase was due primarily to an increase in net gain on sale of loans guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) of $764,000 and a gain on life insurance of $189,000, which more than offset decreases in net gain/loss on trading account securities and real estate lease income of $459,000 and $163,000, respectively. The decrease in net gain/loss on trading account securities is due to a net loss of $282,000 for the 2016 quarter, due primarily to market volatility in the municipal bond sector during the quarter, compared to a net gain of $177,000 for the 2015 quarter.  The decrease in real estate lease income is due to the sale of the Company’s commercial real estate development in September 2016.

Noninterest expense decreased $352,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015. The decrease was due primarily to a reduction in net gain/loss on other real estate owned, professional fees, and occupancy and equipment expense of $164,000, $87,000 and $52,000, respectively.  The decrease in gain/loss on other real estate owned was due primarily to the recognition of gains during the 2016 quarter that were previously deferred, and professional fees decreased primarily due to a decrease in performance-based investment advisor fees on the trading account securities portfolio.

The Company recognized income tax expense of $681,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, for an effective tax rate of 22.6% as compared to income tax expense of $467,000, for an effective tax rate of 27.3%, for the same period in 2015.  The reduction in effective tax rate for the 2016 quarter was due primarily due to an increase in tax-exempt income.

Comparison of Financial Condition at December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2016

Total assets increased $26.1 million, from $796.5 million at September 30, 2016 to $882.6 million at December 31, 2016.  Net loans increased $16.0 million, due primarily to continued growth in the commercial real estate loan portfolio, and SBA-guaranteed loans held for sale increased $11.1 million.  Total deposits increased $45.5 million due primarily to increases in noninterest-bearing demand deposit and interest-bearing demand deposit accounts of $12.9 million and $29.0 million, respectively.  The increase in interest-bearing demand deposits was due primarily to an increase in public funds.
                       
Stockholders’ equity decreased $1.5 million, from $86.6 million at September 30, 2016 to $85.1 million at December 31, 2016 due to a decrease of $3.6 million in accumulated other comprehensive income, as a result of a decrease in net unrealized gains on available for sale securities, which more than offset retained net income of $2.0 million.  At December 31, 2016, the Bank was considered “well-capitalized” under applicable regulatory capital guidelines.

/EIN News/ -- First Savings Bank has fourteen offices in the Indiana communities of Clarksville, Jeffersonville, Charlestown, Sellersburg, New Albany, Georgetown, Corydon, Lanesville, Elizabeth, English, Leavenworth, Marengo and Salem.  Access to First Savings Bank accounts, including online banking and electronic bill payments, is available anywhere with Internet access through the Bank's website at www.fsbbank.net

This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are not historical facts; rather, they are statements based on the Company's current expectations regarding its business strategies and their intended results and its future performance. Forward-looking statements are preceded by terms such as "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends" and similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause or contribute to the Company's actual results, performance and achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause or contribute to these differences include, without limitation, changes in general economic conditions, including changes in market interest rates and changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors disclosed periodically in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Because of the risks and uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them, whether included in this report or made elsewhere from time to time by the Company or on its behalf.  Except as may be required by applicable law or regulation, the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

FIRST SAVINGS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Unaudited)
             
    Three Months Ended    
    December 31,    
OPERATING DATA:   2016
  2015
   
(In thousands, except share and per share data)            
             
Total interest income   $ 8,011     $ 7,126      
Total interest expense     1,022       968      
             
Net interest income     6,989       6,158      
Provision for loan losses     306       -      
             
Net interest income after provision for loan losses     6,683       6,158      
             
Total noninterest income     1,875       1,444      
Total noninterest expense     5,540       5,892      
             
Income before income taxes     3,018       1,710      
Income tax expense     681       467      
             
Net Income   $ 2,337     $ 1,243      
             
Less: Preferred stock dividends declared     -       (43 )    
             
Net Income available to common shareholders   $ 2,337     $ 1,200      
             
Net Income per share, basic   $ 1.06     $ 0.55      
Weighted average common shares outstanding, basic     2,205,309       2,186,712      
             
Net Income per share, diluted   $ 1.00     $ 0.52      
Weighted average common shares outstanding, diluted     2,329,271       2,297,460      
             
Performance ratios (three-month data annualized):            
Return on average assets     1.15 %     0.67 %    
Return on average equity     10.85 %     5.21 %    
Return on average common stockholders' equity     10.85 %     6.35 %    
Interest rate spread     3.84 %     3.73 %    
Net interest margin     3.94 %     3.85 %    
Efficiency ratio     62.50 %     77.51 %    
             
    December 31,    September 30,    Increase
FINANCIAL CONDITION DATA:    2016     2016    (Decrease)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)            
             
Total assets   $ 822,559     $ 796,516     $ 26,043  
Cash and cash equivalents     27,171       29,342       (2,171 )
Investment securities     185,578       186,914       (1,336 )
Gross loans     542,065       525,733       16,332  
Allowance for loan losses     7,419       7,122       297  
Earning assets     764,872       738,925       25,947  
Goodwill     7,936       7,936       -  
Core deposit intangibles     951       1,037       (86 )
Deposits     624,946       579,467       45,479  
FHLB borrowings     104,996       121,633       (16,637 )
Total liabilities     737,442       709,936       27,506  
Stockholders' equity     85,117       86,580       (1,463 )
             
Book value per common share     38.27       39.27       (1.00 )
Tangible book value per common share (1)     34.28       35.20       (0.92 )
             
Non-performing assets:            
Nonaccrual loans     3,941       3,875       66  
Accruing loans past due 90 days     281       22       259  
Troubled debt restructurings classified as performing loans     7,318       7,486       (168 )
Foreclosed real estate     553       519       34  
             
Asset quality ratios:            
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of            
total gross loans     1.29 %     1.30 %     -0.01 %
Allowance for loan losses as a percent of            
nonperforming loans     175.72 %     182.76 %     -7.03 %
Nonperforming loans as a percent of total gross loans     0.74 %     0.71 %     0.02 %
Nonperforming assets as a percent of total assets     1.47 %     1.49 %     -0.02 %
             
(1) Tangible book value per share is a non-GAAP financial measure.  It excludes goodwill and other intangible assets from
the calculation of book value per share.            
             
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                    Tony A. Schoen, CPA
                    Chief Financial Officer
                    812-283-0724

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