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

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:  [email protected]

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, 2020 June 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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