The First of Long Island Corporation (Nasdaq: FLIC), the parent company of The First National Bank of Long Island, reported net income and earnings per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.  In the highlights that follow, all comparisons are of the current three or six-month period to the same period last year unless otherwise indicated.

SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net Income and EPS were $10.8 million and $.45, respectively, compared to $10.7 million and $.43
  • ROA and ROE were 1.02% and 11.30%, respectively, compared to 1.02% and 11.00%
  • Net interest margin was 2.64% versus 2.58%
  • Cost of interest-bearing deposits declined 51 basis points to .96% and cost of interest-bearing liabilities declined 43 basis points to 1.14%
  • Cash Dividends Per Share increased 5.9% to $.18 from $.17
  • Provided $621 million in loan modifications and originated $171 million in SBA Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans in support of customers during the pandemic
  • Effective Tax Rate was 16.8% versus 16.0%

SIX MONTH HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net Income and EPS were $19.9 million and $.83, respectively, compared to $21.6 million and $.86
  • ROA and ROE were .96% and 10.34%, respectively, compared to 1.03% and 11.15%
  • Net interest margin was 2.63% versus 2.57%
  • Effective Tax Rate was 16.1% versus 16.9%

Analysis of Earnings – Six Months Ended June 30, 2020

Net income for the first six months of 2020 was $19.9 million, a decrease of $1.7 million, or 7.8%, versus the same period last year.  The decrease is due to increases in the provision for credit losses of $2.5 million and noninterest expense of $607,000, or 2.0%.  These items were partially offset by increases in net interest income of $405,000, or .8%, and noninterest income of $428,000, or 8.3%, and a decrease in income tax expense of $581,000.

The increase in net interest income is mainly attributable to a reduction in deposit rates in response to decreases in the Federal Funds Target Rate and a very low interest rate environment.  The cost of savings, NOW and money market deposits declined 28 basis points to .78% and the cost of interest-bearing liabilities declined 26 basis points to 1.30%.  These decreases far outpaced the 10 basis point decline in yield on securities and loans which are generally not subject to immediate repricing with changes in market interest rates.  The increase in net interest income was also attributable to income from SBA PPP loans of $896,000 and a favorable shift in the mix of funding as an increase in average checking deposits of $81.9 million and a decline in average interest-bearing liabilities of $158.1 million resulted in average checking deposits comprising a larger portion of total funding.  The increase in average checking deposits is mainly attributable to the SBA PPP.  

The decline in yield on securities and loans was mainly attributable to an increase in prepayment speeds and lower yields available on securities purchases and loan originations.  The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (“pandemic”) has slowed loan and overall balance sheet growth.  The average balance of loans decreased $77.8 million, or 2.4%, and the average balance of investment securities declined $64.3 million, or 8.2%.  The average balance of loans includes $62.7 million of SBA PPP loans at a weighted average yield of 2.9% for the current six-month period.  The pandemic and measures taken to contain it significantly disrupted economic activity in our area, causing businesses and schools to close and an increase in unemployment.  These disruptions made it difficult to solicit new business, analyze the financial impact on new and existing customers and grow our loan pipeline.  The pandemic was largely responsible for a mortgage loan pipeline at quarter end of $39 million and an increase in average interest-earning bank balances of $66.6 million. 

Net interest margin for the second quarter and first six months of 2020 was 2.64% and 2.63%, respectively, each increasing 6 basis points over the comparable periods of 2019.  The increases were mainly attributable to our ability to reduce the rates paid on interest-bearing deposits faster than our interest-earning assets repriced downward as a significant portion of our municipal bond and mortgage loan portfolios have fixed rates.   

The provision for credit losses was $2.5 million for the first six months of 2020 on a current expected credit loss (“CECL”) basis as compared to a credit provision of ($35,000) for the 2019 period on an incurred loss basis.  The $2.5 million provision for the current six-month period was largely attributable to the pandemic and includes $4.2 million to reflect current and forecasted economic conditions and $576,000 for net chargeoffs, partially offset by a decline in outstanding residential and commercial mortgage loans and lower historical loss rates.  The credit provision of ($35,000) for the 2019 period was driven mainly by declines in outstanding loans and historical loss rates partially offset by net chargeoffs.

The increase in noninterest income of $428,000 is primarily attributable to an increase in the non-service components of the Bank’s defined benefit pension plan of $523,000.  Management remains focused on revenue enhancement initiatives; however, the pandemic is negatively affecting most categories of noninterest income.  

The increase in noninterest expense of $607,000 includes approximately $300,000 of expense attributable to the pandemic and $128,000 of severance charges related to the pending closure and consolidation of three branches.  Pandemic expenses include branch and office sanitizing expenses, cleaning and safety equipment, IT-related expenditures and special staff bonuses in recognition of COVID-19 work-related challenges and the SBA PPP.  Other factors which increased noninterest expense include higher salaries, employee benefits and equity compensation expense mainly related to hiring a middle market lending team, salary adjustments and the immediate vesting of stock awards granted to directors in the second quarter of 2020.  These expenses were partially offset by decreases in FDIC insurance expense of $413,000 and marketing expense of $210,000.  The decrease in FDIC insurance expense was due to assessment credits received by the Bank which are now fully utilized.

The decrease in income tax expense of $581,000 is primarily attributable to lower pretax earnings in the current six-month period as compared to the 2019 period and a decline in the effective tax rate to 16.1%.

Analysis of Earnings – Second Quarter 2020 Versus Second Quarter 2019

Net income for the second quarter of 2020 of $10.8 million was relatively unchanged from the comparable period of 2019.  Earnings for the second quarter include an increase in net interest income of $829,000 and a decrease in the provision for credit losses of $330,000.  Substantially offsetting these items were increases in noninterest expense and income tax expense of $884,000 and $114,000, respectively, and a decline in service charges on deposit accounts of $161,000 due to the pandemic.  The increase in net interest income occurred for substantially the same reasons discussed above with respect to the six-month periods.  The provision for credit losses was $92,000 for the current quarter on a CECL basis.  The $92,000 provision was mainly attributable to the pandemic and includes $1.5 million to reflect current and forecasted economic conditions and $146,000 for net chargeoffs, partially offset by a decline in outstanding residential and commercial mortgage loans and lower historical loss rates.  The increase in noninterest expense was primarily attributable to the items discussed above with respect to the six-month periods.  The increase in income tax expense reflects higher pretax earnings in the current quarter and an increase in the effective tax rate to 16.8%.

Analysis of Earnings – Second Quarter Versus First Quarter 2020

Net income for the second quarter of 2020 increased $1.6 million from $9.1 million earned in the first quarter.  The increase is primarily attributable to an increase in net interest income of $1.1 million and a decrease in the provision for credit losses of $2.3 million.  Partially offsetting these items were a decrease in service charges on deposit accounts of $368,000 due to the pandemic and increases in salaries, employee benefits and equity compensation expense of $912,000 and income tax expense of $528,000.  The increase in net interest income occurred for substantially the same reasons discussed above with respect to the six-month periods.  The decrease in the provision for credit losses reflects lower charges for current and forecasted economic conditions in the second quarter as a substantial portion of the estimated negative impact of the pandemic was recorded in the first quarter, a larger decline in outstanding residential and commercial mortgage loans in the second quarter and higher net chargeoffs in the first quarter.  The increase in salaries, employee benefits and equity compensation expense includes the aforementioned special staff bonuses, severance charges and a charge for stock awards granted to directors.  The increase in income tax expense reflects higher pretax earnings in the current quarter and an increase in the effective tax rate.

Asset Quality

The Bank’s allowance for credit losses to total loans (reserve coverage ratio) was 1.01% at January 1, 2020 on a CECL basis, 1.09% at March 31, 2020 and 1.08% at June 30, 2020.  The reserve coverage ratio increased 8 basis points during the first quarter and, excluding Federally-guaranteed SBA PPP loans, increased 4 basis points during the second quarter to 1.13% at June 30, 2020.  The lower increase in the reserve coverage ratio in the second quarter reflects lower charges for current and forecasted economic conditions as a substantial portion of the estimated negative impact of the pandemic was recorded in the first quarter.  The January 1, 2020 implementation of CECL increased the reserve coverage ratio 9 basis points from .92% at December 31, 2019 on an incurred loss basis. 

Nonaccrual loans, troubled debt restructurings and loans past due 30 through 89 days all remain at low levels.  Nonaccrual loans increased slightly by $2.1 million during the second quarter with the increase unrelated to the pandemic or loan modifications.

Loan Modifications

During the second quarter, the Bank entered into $621 million of loan modifications on 775 loans.  These modifications were done to support borrowers experiencing financial disruption and economic hardship as a result of the pandemic.  Loan modifications were evaluated on a case-by-case basis for borrowers that were current as to principal and interest and were not in default prior to the pandemic.  Modifications outstanding as of June 30, 2020 are as follows:

Type of Modification Number of Loans Type of Loans Outstanding Loan Balance Accrued Interest
3 Month Deferral of Principal 274 Small Business $23 million $94,000
           
3 Month Deferral of Principal and Interest 28418928 Residential Mortgages Commercial MortgagesMainly C&I 163 million423 million12 million 1.4 million4.5 million161,000

Accrued interest on loan modifications of $6.2 million is included in interest income for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and is a component of other assets on the balance sheet.

As of July 27, 2020, approximately $217 million of loan modifications came due with $189 million, or 87%, making their scheduled payment, $16 million requesting and receiving a further deferral of principal and interest and the remaining $12 million making only a partial payment or no payment at all.   

Second deferrals of principal and interest for up to an additional three months are considered for certain borrowers that continue to experience a significant reduction in income or liquidity as a result of the pandemic.  Payments on all modified loans are scheduled to commence on or before October 1, 2020.  Management is carefully monitoring the payment status of modified loans and the extent such loans become past due or are in default under their modified terms.

Modified residential and commercial mortgage loans are secured by first liens on underlying real estate, substantially all of which is in the New York City (“NYC”) metropolitan area.  Such residential and commercial mortgage loans have median original loan-to-value ratios of 64% and 58%, respectively.  Concentrations of commercial mortgage loans are as follows:

By Location:   By Property Type:
  County Numberof Loans Balance at6/30/20     Type Numberof Loans Balance at6/30/20
Suffolk 50 $97 million   Multifamily 79 $206 million
Bronx 27 90 million   Retail 40 100 million
Kings 29 62 million   Office 20 64 million
New York 19 49 million   Mixed Use 27 23 million
Nassau 38 46 million        
Queens 13 34 million        
             

Loans to borrowers in the hospitality industry, such as hotels and restaurants, are not significant.

Modified loans present an elevated level of credit risk to the Bank because they involve borrowers adversely affected by the pandemic.  Such modifications could result in a higher level of nonaccrual loans, reversal of accrued interest and loan chargeoffs in the future which could have a material negative effect on earnings.    

Capital

The Corporation adopted the Community Bank Leverage Ratio framework in 2020. The Corporation’s Leverage Ratio was approximately 9.3% at June 30, 2020.  The Corporation’s balance sheet remains positioned for lending and growth.

Serving Customers

The Bank remains focused on serving customers during the pandemic. Our employees have been heroic in their efforts to assist customers especially during periods of limited branch access, split shifts and working remotely. Loan modifications and lending under the SBA’s PPP provide support to customers adversely affected by the economic downturn.  We maintain open communication with customers, provide ready access to deposits through our branch network, ATMs and digital offerings and processed daily transactions such as deposits and fund transfers.

The Bank’s participation in the SBA’s PPP for small business customers began in the second quarter of 2020 and includes 687 loans with a carrying value of $166 million as of June 30, 2020.  PPP loans have a 1% rate of interest and 2-year term with fees paid to the Bank by the SBA ranging from 1% to 5% of each loan depending on the loan amount.  Fees are amortized as a yield adjustment over the expected life of the loans.  PPP loans are 100% guaranteed by the SBA.

The Bank’s strong capital and liquidity positions, branch network, lending and deposit platforms and focus on internal controls and cybersecurity provide a solid foundation for serving customers during these challenging times.  Our liquidity position is monitored daily and remains strong and stable.  The Bank maintains a series of operating, health and safety protocols through a pandemic committee to ensure business continuity and protect customers and employees.  As the severity of the pandemic has subsided in the NYC metropolitan area, which is the main market the Bank serves, our branches returned to their traditional service model including hours and methods of operating and staffing, and back office personnel returned to the office.        

Key Initiatives and Challenges We Face

The Bank’s strategy is focused on increasing shareholder value through loan and deposit growth, the maintenance of strong credit quality, a strong efficiency ratio and an optimal amount of capital.  Key strategic initiatives in 2020 include enhancing our brand, highlighting our digital offerings, refining our branch strategy, building on our relationship banking business and growing fee income.  These initiatives are being negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Notwithstanding the actions taken to mitigate the impact on earnings of the current interest rate and economic environment, net interest income, net interest margin, earnings, profitability metrics and ability to grow remain under pressure.  These items could be negatively impacted by yield curve inversion, low yields available on loans and securities and potential credit losses arising from weak economic conditions and loan modifications.  In addition, during the fourth quarters of 2020 and 2021, corporate bonds with current fair values of $77.6 million and $28.6 million, respectively, and a fixed rate yield of 5.14% will begin to reprice on a quarterly basis to a floating rate.  At current rates, the weighted average floating rate yield would be approximately .77%.       

The pandemic continues to create substantial challenges for the Bank and its customers.  Normal business activity in the NYC metropolitan area was significantly disrupted for an extended period of time due to government mandated business and school closures and stay-at-home orders to protect public health.  As a result, many of the Bank’s customers, which include small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, consumers, municipalities and other organizations, experienced a significant decline in, or complete discontinuance of, business activity, earnings and cash flow.  Although the local economy is slowly reopening, the full impact of the pandemic on the Bank is beyond the Bank’s current knowledge and will ultimately be determined by the pace at which economic activity rebounds and the extent to which the economy recovers from the high level of unemployment and business disruption.  

Forward Looking Information

This earnings release contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of that term as set forth in Rule 175 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Such statements are generally contained in sentences including the words “may” or “expect” or “could” or “should” or “would” or “believe” or “anticipate”.  The Corporation cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could cause future results to vary from current management expectations include, but are not limited to, changing economic conditions; legislative and regulatory changes; monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; changes in interest rates; deposit flows and the cost of funds; demand for loan products; competition; changes in management’s business strategies; changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; changes in real estate values; and other factors discussed in the “risk factors” section of the Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  In addition, the pandemic is having an adverse impact on the Corporation, its customers and the communities it serves.  The adverse effect of the pandemic on the Corporation, its customers and the communities where it operates may adversely affect the Corporation’s business, results of operations and financial condition for an indefinite period of time.  The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and the Corporation assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

For more detailed financial information please see the Corporation’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.  The Form 10-Q will be available through the Bank’s website at www.fnbli.com on or about August 6, 2020, when it is electronically filed with the SEC. Our SEC filings are also available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Unaudited)

             
         
    6/30/20   12/31/19
    (dollars in thousands)
Assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $  173,740     $  38,968  
Investment securities available-for-sale, at fair value      748,032        697,544  
             
Loans:            
Commercial and industrial      104,673        103,879  
SBA Paycheck Protection Program      165,704        —  
Secured by real estate:            
     Commercial mortgages      1,351,542        1,401,289  
     Residential mortgages      1,470,181        1,621,419  
     Home equity lines      58,945        59,231  
Consumer and other      1,416        2,431  
       3,152,461        3,188,249  
Allowance for credit losses      (34,051 )      (29,289 )
       3,118,410        3,158,960  
             
Restricted stock, at cost      29,543        30,899  
Bank premises and equipment, net      39,463        40,017  
Right of use asset - operating leases      13,675        14,343  
Bank-owned life insurance      84,251        83,119  
Pension plan assets, net      18,407        18,275  
Deferred income tax benefit      3,856        317  
Other assets      18,951        15,401  
    $  4,248,328     $  4,097,843  
Liabilities:            
Deposits:            
Checking   $  1,152,945     $  911,978  
Savings, NOW and money market      1,701,266        1,720,599  
Time, $100,000 and over      213,262        242,359  
Time, other      255,449        269,080  
       3,322,922        3,144,016  
             
Short-term borrowings      60,019        190,710  
Long-term debt      439,972        337,472  
Operating lease liability      14,561        15,220  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities      21,116        21,317  
       3,858,590        3,708,735  
Stockholders' Equity:            
Common stock, par value $.10 per share:             
Authorized, 80,000,000 shares;            
Issued and outstanding, 23,848,626 and 23,934,632 shares      2,385        2,393  
Surplus      106,047        111,744  
Retained earnings      283,379        274,376  
       391,811        388,513  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax      (2,073 )      595  
       389,738        389,108  
    $  4,248,328     $  4,097,843  
 
 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(Unaudited)

                           
                           
    Six Months Ended   Three Months Ended  
    6/30/20   6/30/19   6/30/20   6/30/19  
  (dollars in thousands)
Interest and dividend income:                          
Loans   $    56,888   $    59,029     $    27,957   $    29,613  
Investment securities:                          
Taxable        6,749        7,968          3,323        3,923  
Nontaxable        5,066        6,046          2,501        2,954  
         68,703        73,043          33,781        36,490  
Interest expense:                          
Savings, NOW and money market deposits        6,639        8,841          2,359        4,841  
Time deposits        5,928        7,331          2,886        3,933  
Short-term borrowings        885        2,507          266        542  
Long-term debt        4,157        3,675          2,162        1,895  
         17,609        22,354          7,673        11,211  
Net interest income        51,094        50,689          26,108        25,279  
Provision (credit) for credit losses        2,450        (35 )        92        422  
Net interest income after provision (credit) for credit losses        48,644        50,724          26,016        24,857  
                           
Noninterest income:                          
Investment Management Division income        1,067        998          519        517  
Service charges on deposit accounts        1,606        1,485          619        780  
Other        2,916        2,678          1,433        1,420  
         5,589        5,161          2,571        2,717  
Noninterest expense:                          
Salaries and employee benefits        18,913        17,981          9,639        8,723  
Occupancy and equipment        6,133        5,840          3,061        2,903  
Other        5,472        6,090          2,960        3,150  
         30,518        29,911          15,660        14,776  
Income before income taxes        23,715        25,974          12,927        12,798  
Income tax expense        3,808        4,389          2,168        2,054  
Net income   $    19,907   $    21,585     $    10,759   $    10,744  
                           
Share and Per Share Data:                          
Weighted Average Common Shares        23,871,245        25,051,412          23,838,224        24,821,026  
Dilutive stock options and restricted stock units        39,135        169,048          23,638        181,751  
         23,910,380        25,220,460          23,861,862        25,002,777  
                           
Basic EPS     $ 0.83     $ 0.86       $ 0.45     $ 0.43  
Diluted EPS     $ 0.83     $ 0.86       $ 0.45     $ 0.43  
Cash Dividends Declared per share     $ 0.36     $ 0.34       $ 0.18     $ 0.17  
                           
FINANCIAL RATIOS
(Unaudited)
ROA        0.96 %      1.03   %      1.02 %      1.02 %
ROE        10.34 %      11.15   %      11.30 %      11.00 %
Net Interest Margin        2.63 %      2.57   %      2.64 %      2.58 %
Dividend Payout Ratio        43.37 %      39.53   %      40.00 %      39.53 %
 
 

PROBLEM AND POTENTIAL PROBLEM LOANS AND ASSETS(Unaudited)

                 
                 
    6/30/20     12/31/19  
      (dollars in thousands)  
                 
Loans, excluding troubled debt restructurings:                
Past due 30 through 89 days   $  610     $  2,928  
Past due 90 days or more and still accruing      —        —  
Nonaccrual      6,964        423  
       7,574        3,351  
Troubled debt restructurings:                
Performing according to their modified terms      1,346        1,070  
Past due 30 through 89 days      —        —  
Past due 90 days or more and still accruing      —        —  
Nonaccrual      —        465  
       1,346        1,535  
Total past due, nonaccrual and restructured loans:                
Restructured and performing according to their modified terms      1,346        1,070  
Past due 30 through 89 days      610        2,928  
Past due 90 days or more and still accruing      —        —  
Nonaccrual      6,964        888  
       8,920        4,886  
Other real estate owned      —        —  
    $  8,920     $  4,886  
                 
Allowance for credit losses   $  34,051     $  29,289  
Allowance for credit losses as a percentage of total loans      1.08 %      .92 %
Allowance for credit losses as a multiple of nonaccrual loans      4.9 x      33.0 x
                 
                 

AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET, INTEREST RATES AND INTEREST DIFFERENTIAL(Unaudited)

                                     
                                     
    Six Months Ended June 30,
    2020   2019
    Average   Interest/   Average   Average   Interest/   Average
(dollars in thousands)   Balance   Dividends   Rate   Balance   Dividends   Rate
Assets:                                    
Interest-earning bank balances   $  91,821     $  120    .26 %   $  25,253     $  300    2.40 %
Investment securities:                                    
Taxable      344,932        6,629    3.84        368,572        7,668    4.16  
Nontaxable (1)      375,326        6,412    3.42        416,006        7,653    3.68  
Loans (1)      3,170,449        56,891    3.59        3,248,214        59,032    3.63  
Total interest-earning assets      3,982,528        70,052    3.52        4,058,045        74,653    3.68  
Allowance for credit losses      (33,115 )                  (30,501 )            
Net interest-earning assets      3,949,413                    4,027,544              
Cash and due from banks      32,925                    36,252              
Premises and equipment, net      39,814                    41,217              
Other assets      134,421                    128,493              
    $  4,156,573                 $  4,233,506              
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:                                    
Savings, NOW & money market deposits   $  1,704,484        6,639    .78     $  1,685,467        8,841    1.06  
Time deposits      503,364        5,928    2.37        637,630        7,331    2.32  
Total interest-bearing deposits      2,207,848        12,567    1.14        2,323,097        16,172    1.40  
Short-term borrowings      92,235        885    1.93        196,481        2,507    2.57  
Long-term debt      423,846        4,157    1.97        362,461        3,675    2.04  
Total interest-bearing liabilities      2,723,929        17,609    1.30        2,882,039        22,354    1.56  
Checking deposits      1,013,832                    931,942              
Other liabilities      31,819                    29,233              
       3,769,580                    3,843,214              
Stockholders' equity      386,993                    390,292              
    $  4,156,573                 $  4,233,506              
                                     
Net interest income (1)         $  52,443               $  52,299      
Net interest spread (1)                2.22 %                2.12 %
Net interest margin (1)                2.63 %                2.57 %

(1) Tax-equivalent basis. Interest income on a tax-equivalent basis includes the additional amount of interest income that would have been earned if the Corporation's investment in tax-exempt loans and investment securities had been made in loans and investment securities subject to federal income taxes yielding the same after-tax income. The tax-equivalent amount of $1.00 of nontaxable income was $1.27 for each period presented using the statutory federal income tax rate of 21%.

 

AVERAGE BALANCE SHEET, INTEREST RATES AND INTEREST DIFFERENTIAL(Unaudited)

                                       
                                       
      Three Months Ended June 30,  
    2020   2019  
(dollars in thousands)   Average Balance   Interest/ Dividends   Average Rate   Average Balance   Interest/ Dividends   Average Rate  
Assets:                                      
Interest-earning bank balances   $  153,565     $  38   0.10 %   $  25,701     $  154   2.40 %  
Investment securities:                                      
Taxable      347,202        3,285   3.78        363,080        3,769   4.15    
Nontaxable (1)      370,479        3,165   3.42        413,145        3,738   3.62    
Loans (1)      3,181,365        27,958   3.52        3,234,861        29,615   3.66    
Total interest-earning assets      4,052,611        34,446   3.40        4,036,787        37,276   3.69    
Allowance for credit losses      (34,119 )                  (30,114 )              
Net interest-earning assets      4,018,492                    4,006,673                
Cash and due from banks      31,488                    35,834                
Premises and equipment, net      39,696                    41,125                
Other assets      139,330                    127,614                
    $  4,229,006                 $  4,211,246                
                                       
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:                                      
Savings, NOW & money market deposits   $  1,698,207        2,359   .56     $  1,728,112        4,841   1.12    
Time deposits      496,691        2,886   2.34        668,217        3,933   2.36    
Total interest-bearing deposits      2,194,898        5,245   .96        2,396,329        8,774   1.47    
Short-term borrowings      61,133        266   1.75        92,475        542   2.35    
Long-term debt      448,351        2,162   1.94        369,142        1,895   2.06    
Total interest-bearing liabilities      2,704,382        7,673   1.14        2,857,946        11,211   1.57    
Checking deposits      1,109,620                    932,256                
Other liabilities      32,179                    29,398                
       3,846,181                    3,819,600                
Stockholders' equity      382,825                    391,646                
    $  4,229,006                 $  4,211,246                
Net interest income (1)         $  26,773               $  26,065        
Net interest spread (1)               2.26 %               2.12 %  
Net interest margin (1)               2.64 %               2.58 %  

(1) Tax-equivalent basis. Interest income on a tax-equivalent basis includes the additional amount of interest income that would have been earned if the Corporation's investment in tax-exempt loans and investment securities had been made in loans and investment securities subject to federal income taxes yielding the same after-tax income. The tax-equivalent amount of $1.00 of nontaxable income was $1.27 for each period presented using the statutory federal income tax rate of 21%.

For More Information Contact: Jay McConie, EVP and CFO (516) 671-4900, Ext. 7404

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