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Northfield Bancorp, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results

October 23, 2019

NOTABLE ITEMS FOR THE QUARTER INCLUDE:

-- DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE INCREASED 65% TO $0.28 FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2019, COMPARED TO $0.17 PER DILUTED SHARE FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2019, AND 47% COMPARED TO $0.19 PER DILUTED SHARE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2018 -- Current quarter increase over both trailing and prior year quarters reflects the benefit of $2.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, of tax-exempt income from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the related policies, and $1.6 million, after tax, or $0.03 per diluted share, of income related to recoveries on loans previously charged-off -- NET INTEREST INCOME INCREASED $1.7 MILLION, OR 6.1%, OVER PRIOR QUARTER AND 3.2% FROM COMPARABLE PRIOR YEAR QUARTER -- NET INTEREST MARGIN INCREASED TWO BASIS POINTS TO 2.57% FOR THE CURRENT QUARTER AS COMPARED TO 2.55% FOR THE PRIOR QUARTER AND DECREASED 18 BASIS POINTS FROM COMPARABLE PRIOR YEAR QUARTER -- ORIGINATED LOANS INCREASED $58.9 MILLION, OR 8.4% ANNUALIZED, FOR THE QUARTER AND $180.9 MILLION, OR 9.0% ANNUALIZED, FROM DECEMBER 31, 2018 -- DEPOSITS, EXCLUDING BROKERED, INCREASED $21.4 MILLION, OR 2.8% ANNUALIZED, FOR THE QUARTER AND $72.5 MILLION, OR 3.2% ANNUALIZED, FROM DECEMBER 31, 2018 -- REPURCHASED 360,965 SHARES DURING THE QUARTER AT A TOTAL COST OF $5.6 MILLION -- CASH DIVIDEND DECLARED OF $0.11 PER SHARE OF COMMON STOCK, PAYABLE NOVEMBER 20, 2019, TO STOCKHOLDERS OF RECORD AS OF NOVEMBER 6, 2019

WOODBRIDGE, N.J., Oct. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC. (Nasdaq:NFBK), the holding company for Northfield Bank, reported diluted earnings per common share of $0.28 for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, as compared to $0.17 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, and $0.19 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. For both nine month periods ended September 30, 2019, and September 30, 2018, diluted earnings per common share totaled $0.64. Earnings for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2019, included $2.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, of tax-exempt income from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the policies, as well as $1.6 million, after tax, or $0.03 per diluted share, of income related to recoveries on loans previously charged-off. Earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, included excess tax benefits related to the exercise or vesting of equity awards of $2.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. There were no material excess tax benefits for the quarter or nine months ended September 30, 2019, or for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Commenting on the quarter, Steven M. Klein, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer noted, “We reported strong financial results for the three-months ended September 30, 2019, as we remained focused on investing in our people, and the customer experience, to build both retail and business banking relationships and stockholder value.” Mr. Klein continued, “For the quarter, we prudently grew both loans and deposits, managed our net interest margin and operating expenses in a highly competitive operating environment, and deployed our strong capital base through stock repurchases to produce increased earnings for our stockholders.”

Mr. Klein further noted, “I’m pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.11 per common share, payable on November 20, 2019, to stockholders of record on November 6, 2019.”

Results of Operations

Comparison of Operating Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018

Net income was $30.1 million for both the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018. Significant variances from the comparable prior year period are as follows: a $3.1 million increase in non-interest income, a $2.8 million decrease in the provision for loan losses, a $3.6 million increase in non-interest expense, and a $2.4 million increase in income tax expense.

Net interest income remained largely unchanged at $83.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $83.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, as a $396.0 million, or 10.1%, increase in our average interest-earning assets was offset by a 26 basis point decrease in our net interest margin to 2.58%. The decrease in net interest margin was primarily due to the increased cost of our interest-bearing liabilities, which increased 42 basis points to 1.52% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, from 1.10% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, while yields on interest-earning assets increased 10 basis points to 3.80% for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, from 3.70% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The increase in yields on interest-earning assets was primarily driven by higher yields on loans and securities. The increase in our average interest-earning assets was primarily due to increases in average loans outstanding of $100.2 million, average mortgage-backed securities of $201.0 million, and average other securities of $100.7 million. Net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 included loan prepayment income of $1.2 million as compared to $1.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. Also included in net interest income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 is $314,000 of interest income recorded from the pay-off of a non-accrual loan.

The provision for loan losses decreased by $2.8 million to a negative provision of $750,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to a provision of $2.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The negative provision was primarily related to a $1.8 million recovery on a loan previously charged-off, partially offset by a $521,000 charge-off on an impaired commercial real estate loan, and loan growth. Net recoveries for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, were $1.3 million compared to net charge-offs of $481,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Non-interest income increased $3.1 million, or 41.8%, to $10.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, from $7.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, primarily due to an increase of $2.3 million in income on bank owned life insurance, attributable to insurance proceeds in excess of the related cash surrender value of the policies, and a $901,000 increase in gains on securities transactions, net (which include gains on available-for-sale debt securities and gains on trading securities). For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, gains on securities transactions, net, included gains of $1.5 million related to the Company’s trading portfolio, compared to gains of $714,000 in the comparative prior year period. The trading portfolio is utilized to fund the Company’s deferred compensation obligation to certain employees and directors of the Company’s deferred compensation plan (the “Plan”). The participants of this Plan, at their election, defer a portion of their compensation. Gains and losses on trading securities have no effect on net income since participants benefit from, and bear the full risk of, changes in the trading securities market values. Therefore, the Company records an equal and offsetting amount in compensation expense, reflecting the change in the Company’s obligations under the Plan.

Non-interest expense increased $3.6 million, or 6.9%, to $54.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $51.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. This is due primarily to a $2.2 million increase in employee compensation and benefits, $742,000 of which is related to the Company’s deferred compensation plan, which is described above and has no effect on net income, with the remainder attributable to increased costs associated with new hires related to a branch opening and new lending personnel, merit increases effective January 1, 2019, and higher medical benefit cost, partially offset by a decrease in equity award expense. Additionally, there was a $425,000 increase in occupancy costs, primarily attributable to higher rent expense related to a new branch opening, an increase of $690,000 in data processing costs, related to our continued strategic initiative to enhance our customers experience and growth in the number of accounts we service, and an increase of $1.0 million in advertising expense, attributable to the timing of advertising programs and increased expenditure focused on driving growth. These increases were partially offset by decreases of $275,000 in federal insurance premiums due to a reduction in our deposit insurance assessment as a result of the utilization of credits, and $513,000 in other non-interest expense, primarily related to a decrease in Directors’ equity award expense. Non-interest expense included equity award expense of $2.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to $4.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The lower expense in the current period is primarily attributable to equity awards that were fully vested on June 11, 2019.

On September 16, 2019, the Company announced its intention to combine three branch offices (two located in Brooklyn, New York, and one in Milltown, New Jersey) into existing nearby Northfield Bank locations. The branch consolidations are expected to occur on December 31, 2019, and the Company expects to record a one-time charge in occupancy costs of approximately $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, attributable to accelerated lease rental expense and accelerated leasehold amortization expense.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $9.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, compared to $7.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, was 24.4% compared to 19.5% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The increase was primarily due to lower excess tax benefits related to the exercise or vesting of equity awards and changes in New Jersey tax laws, partially offset by $2.4 million of tax-exempt income from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the policies. There were no material excess tax benefits recorded for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. Excess tax benefits were $2.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. Excess tax benefits will fluctuate throughout the year based on the Company’s stock price and timing of employee stock option exercises and vesting of other share-based awards.

On May 15, 2019 the State of New Jersey issued a tax technical bulletin which gave guidance on which entities are to be included in a combined group. Real estate investment trusts and investment companies will be excluded from the combined group. They will continue to file separate company New Jersey tax returns. As a result of this guidance the Company recorded an additional $559,000 of state tax expense net of federal benefit for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The $559,000 increase was comprised of $773,000 of current tax expense, partially offset by a write-up of deferred tax assets of $214,000.

Comparison of Operating Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018

Net income was $13.1 million and $9.1 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2019, and September 30, 2018, respectively. Significant variances from the comparable prior year quarter are as follows: an $896,000 increase in net interest income, a $2.6 million decrease in the provision for loan losses, a $2.1 million increase in non-interest income, a $231,000 decrease in non-interest expense, and a $1.8 million increase in income tax expense.

Net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, increased $896,000, or 3.2%, primarily due to a $425.9 million, or 10.6%, increase in our average interest-earning assets, partially offset by an 18 basis point decrease in our net interest margin to 2.57% from 2.75% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The increase in average interest-earning assets was primarily due to increases in average loans outstanding of $127.3 million, average mortgage-backed securities of $267.3 million, and average other securities of $47.3 million, partially offset by a $20.5 million decrease in average interest-earning deposits in financial institutions. The decrease in net interest margin was primarily due to the increased cost of our interest-bearing liabilities, which increased 32 basis points to 1.55% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from 1.23% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, while yields earned on interest-earning assets increased 10 basis points to 3.82% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from 3.72% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The increase in yields earned on interest-earning assets was driven by higher yields on loans and securities. Net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, included loan prepayment income of $596,000 as compared to $367,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Also included in net interest income in the current quarter is $314,000 of interest income recorded from the pay-off of a non-accrual loan.

The provision for loan losses decreased by $2.6 million to a negative provision of $1.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from a provision of $1.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The negative provision was primarily related to a $1.8 million recovery on a loan previously charged off, partially offset by a $514,000 charge-off on an impaired commercial real estate loan, and loan growth. Net recoveries were $1.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to net charge-offs of $499,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Non-interest income increased $2.1 million, or 79.5%, to $4.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from $2.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, primarily due to an increase of $2.3 million in income on bank owned life insurance, attributable to insurance proceeds in excess of the related cash surrender values of the policies, and a decrease of $268,000 in gains on securities transactions, net (which include gains on available-for-sale debt securities and gains on trading securities). For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, gains on securities transactions, net, included gains of $28,000 related to the Company’s trading portfolio, compared to gains of $412,000 in the comparative prior year quarter. As previously noted, the trading portfolio is utilized to fund the Company’s deferred compensation obligation to certain employees and directors of the Company’s deferred compensation plan, and gains and losses on trading securities have no effect on net income since participants benefit from, and bear the full risk of, changes in the trading securities market values.

Non-interest expense decreased by $231,000, or 1.4%, to $16.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from $17.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The decrease was due primarily to a decrease of $410,000 in compensation and employee benefits, $384,000 of which is related to the Company’s deferred compensation plan, which is described above and has no effect on net income, lower equity award expense, and lower medical benefit costs, partially offset by higher salary expense. Additionally, there were decreases of $236,000 in federal insurance premiums due to a reduction in our deposit insurance assessment as a result of the utilization of credits, partially offset by an increase in our premium base, and $296,000 in other non-interest expense, primarily related to lower Directors’ equity award expense. Partially offsetting the decreases were increases of $364,000 in data processing costs and $185,000 in advertising expense. Non-interest expense included equity award expense of $425,000 and $1.4 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018, respectively. The lower expense in the current quarter is primarily attributable to equity awards that were fully vested on June 11, 2019.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $4.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to $3.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, was 26.9% compared to 25.3% for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the higher rate due in part to changes in New Jersey tax laws discussed above, partially offset by $2.4 million of tax-exempt income from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the policies.

Comparison of Operating Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2019, and June 30, 2019

Net income was $13.1 million and $8.2 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2019, and June 30, 2019, respectively. Significant variances from the prior quarter are as follows: a $1.7 million increase in net interest income, a $1.8 million decrease in the provision for loan losses, a $2.2 million increase in non-interest income, a $1.9 million decrease in non-interest expense, and a $2.6 million increase in income tax expense.

Net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, increased $1.7 million, or 6.1%, primarily due to a $173.3 million, or 4.1%, increase in our average interest-earning assets, and a two basis point expansion in our net interest margin to 2.57% from 2.55% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The increase in our average interest-earning assets was due primarily to increases in average loans outstanding of $69.3 million, average mortgage-backed securities of $118.1 million, and average Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock of $5.0 million, partially offset by a decrease in average other securities of $19.2 million. Net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, included loan prepayment income of $596,000, as compared to $174,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, and $314,000 of interest income recorded from the pay-off of a non-accrual loan. Yields earned on interest-earning assets increased five basis points to 3.82% for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from 3.77% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The cost of our interest-bearing liabilities increased two basis points to 1.55% for the current quarter as compared to 1.53% for the prior quarter.

The provision for loan losses decreased by $1.8 million to a negative provision of $1.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from a provision of $491,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The negative provision was primarily related to a $1.8 million recovery on a loan previously charged off, partially offset by a $514,000 charge-off on an impaired commercial real estate loan. Net recoveries were $1.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to net charge-offs of $145,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Non-interest income increased $2.2 million to $4.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from $2.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. This increase was primarily due to a $2.4 million increase in income on bank owned life insurance, attributable to insurance proceeds in excess of the related cash surrender values of the policies, partially offset by a decrease of $251,000 in gains on securities transactions, net (which include gains on available-for-sale debt securities and gains on trading securities). For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, gains on securities transactions, net, included gains of $28,000 related to the Company’s trading portfolio, compared to gains of $343,000 in the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Non-interest expense decreased $1.9 million, or 10.0%, to $16.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from $18.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, primarily due to a decrease of $804,000 in employee compensation and benefits, $315,000 of which is related to the Company’s deferred compensation plan (previously discussed) which has no effect on net income, lower equity award expense, and lower medical benefit costs, partially offset by higher salary expense. Additionally, there were decreases of $585,000 in advertising expense, due to the timing of our advertising programs, $250,000 in federal insurance premiums, due to a reduction in our deposit insurance assessment as a result of the utilization of credits, partially offset by increases in premium base, and $428,000 in other non-interest expense, primarily lower Directors’ equity award expense. Included in non-interest expense for the quarters ended September 30, 2019, and June 30, 2019, is total equity award expense of $425,000 and $1.1million, respectively, the lower expense in the current quarter being primarily attributable to equity awards that were fully vested on June 11, 2019.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $4.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to $2.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The effective tax rate for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 was 26.9% compared to 21.7% for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, the increase being primarily due to tax deficiencies related to the exercise or vesting of equity awards recorded as income tax expense in the current quarter, as compared to excess tax benefits recorded in the prior quarter, partially offset by $2.4 million of tax-exempt income from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the policies.

Financial Condition

Total assets increased $399.9 million, or 9.1%, to $4.81 billion at September 30, 2019, from $4.41 billion at December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily due to increases in available-for sale debt securities of $251.5 million, or 31.1%, loans held-for-investment, net, of $110.0 million, or 3.4%, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock of $9.6 million, or 42.6%, and the recording of our operating leased assets of $41.2 million from the adoption of a new lease accounting standard, Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02 Leases (Topic 842) on January 1, 2019. The new lease standard requires us to recognize on the balance sheet right-of-use assets, which approximate the present value of our remaining lease payments. Partially offsetting these increases was a decrease in cash and cash equivalents of $8.1 million, or 10.4%, and a decrease in other assets of $6.8 million, or 21.5%.

As of September 30, 2019, we estimate that our non-owner occupied commercial real estate concentration (as defined by regulatory guidance issued in 2006) to total risk-based capital was approximately 441%. Management believes that Northfield Bank (the Bank) has implemented appropriate risk management practices including risk assessments, board approved underwriting policies and related procedures which include monitoring bank portfolio performance, performing market analysis (economic and real estate), and stressing of the Bank’s commercial real estate portfolio under severe adverse economic conditions. Although management believes the Bank has implemented appropriate policies and procedures to manage our commercial real estate concentration risk, the Bank’s regulators could require us to implement additional policies and procedures or could require us to maintain higher levels of regulatory capital, which might adversely affect our loan originations, ability to pay dividends, and profitability.

Cash and cash equivalents decreased by $8.1 million, or 10.4%, to $69.7 million at September 30, 2019, from $77.8 million at December 31, 2018. Balances fluctuate based on the timing of receipt of security and loan repayments and the redeployment of cash into higher-yielding assets such as loans and securities, or the funding of deposit outflows or borrowing maturities.

Loans held-for-investment, net, increased $110.0 million to $3.36 billion at September 30, 2019, from $3.25 billion at December 31, 2018, primarily due to an increase in originated loans held-for-investment of $180.8 million, partially offset by decreases in acquired loans of $68.1 million and purchased credit-impaired (“PCI”) loans of $2.7 million. Originated loans held-for-investment, net, totaled $2.86 billion at September 30, 2019, as compared to $2.68 billion at December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily due to an increase in multifamily real estate loans of $167.8 million, or 8.7%, to $2.10 billion at September 30, 2019, from $1.93 billion at December 31, 2018.

On June 12, 2019, New York City announced revised rent laws that included: repealing provisions that remove units from rent stabilization when rent crosses a high threshold or when a unit becomes vacant; or if the tenant’s income is $200,000 or higher in the preceding two years. The updated laws also eliminate a “vacancy bonus” provision which allows property owners to raise rents as much as 20% each time a unit becomes vacant. At September 30, 2019, the Company has approximately $398.0 million in multifamily loans in New York City with tenants that have some form of rent stabilization or rent control. The weighted average loan to value (“LTV”) was 46.4% based on the current balance and the collateral value at date of origination on this portfolio. The highest LTV in this portfolio is 73.0%. All of the loans are performing as agreed. Management will continue to evaluate the effect of rent regulations on the collateral values.

The following tables detail our multifamily real estate originations for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 (dollars in thousands):

For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 Weigh Weighte ted d Avera Weighted Average Months to Next (F)ixed or Multifamily Average ge Rate Change or Maturity for Fixed Amortization Term Originations Loan- (V)ariable Interes to-Va Rate Loans t Rate lue Ratio ------------ ------ ---- --------------------------------- ---------- ----------------- $ 296,236 4.16 % 56 % 92 V 10 to 30 Years 36,178 4.36 % 55 % 241 F 10 to 30 Years --------- -- $ 332,414 4.18 % 56 % - ------- --

For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018 Weigh Weighte ted d Avera Weighted Average Months to Next Multifamily Average ge Rate Change or Maturity for Fixed (F)ixed or ( Amortization Term Originations Loan- V)ariable Interes to-Va Rate Loans t Rate lue Ratio ------------ ------ ---- --------------------------------- ------------ ----------------- $ 256,442 3.88 % 64 % 78 V 25 to 30 Years 12,365 4.17 % 39 % 181 F 15 Years --------- -- $ 268,807 3.89 % 63 % - ------- --

Acquired loans decreased by $68.1 million to $478.0 million at September 30, 2019, from $546.2 million at December 31, 2018, primarily due to paydowns of one-to-four family residential and multifamily loans with weighted average interest rates (net of the servicing fee retained by the originating bank) of 3.57% and 3.08%, respectively, partially offset by purchases of one-to-four family residential loan pools totaling $44.2 million.

The following table provides the details of the loan pools purchased during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 (dollars in thousands):

Weighte Weighte d d Weighted Average Months to Average Average (F)ixed or Original Purchase Loan Type Interes Next Rate Change or Amortization Amount t Loan-to Maturity for Fixed Rate (V)ariable Term Rate -Value Loans (1) Ratio --------- ----------- ------ ------ -------------------------- ---------- $ 4,230 Residential 4.19 % 70.5 % 324 F 15 - 30 Years 17,253 Residential 3.69 % 63.0 % 78 V 30 Years 19,448 Residential 4.19 % 71.3 % 333 F 30 Years 3,262 Residential 3.93 % 65.5 % 346 F 30 Years -------- $ 44,193 3.98 % - ------

(1) Net of servicing fee retained by the originating bank

The geographic locations of the properties collateralizing the loans purchased in the table above are as follows: 83% in Massachusetts, 13% in New York, and 4% in New Jersey.

PCI loans totaled $17.4 million at September 30, 2019, as compared to $20.1 million at December 31, 2018. The majority of the PCI loan balance consists of loans acquired as part of a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-assisted transaction. The Company accreted interest income of $1.1 million and $3.1 million attributable to PCI loans for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, as compared to $1.0 million and $3.1 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively.

The Company’s available-for-sale debt securities portfolio increased by $251.5 million, or 31.1%, to $1.06 billion at September 30, 2019, from $808.0 million at December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to purchases of mortgage-backed and corporate securities, partially offset by paydowns and sales. At September 30, 2019, $874.6 million of the portfolio consisted of residential mortgage-backed securities issued or guaranteed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae. In addition, the Company held $184.7 million in corporate bonds, the majority of which were considered investment grade at September 30, 2019, and $222,000 in municipal bonds.

Other assets decreased $6.8 million, or 21.5%, to $24.8 million at September 30, 2019, from $31.6 million at December 31, 2018. The decrease was primarily attributable to a decrease in net deferred tax assets associated with an increase in net unrealized gains on our securities available-for-sale portfolio.

Total liabilities increased $376.4 million, or 10.1%, to $4.12 billion at September 30, 2019, from $3.74 billion at December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in deposits of $50.8 million, securities sold under agreements to repurchase of $75.0 million, other borrowings of $207.3 million, and lease liabilities of $45.2 million, attributable to capitalization of our operating leases as a result of the adoption of ASU No. 2016-02, effective January 1, 2019.

Deposits increased $50.8 million, or 1.5%, to $3.34 billion at September 30, 2019, as compared to $3.29 billion at December 31, 2018. The increase was attributable to increases of $88.2 million in transaction accounts and $138.9 million in savings accounts, partially offset by decreases of $71.0 million in money market accounts, and $105.1 million in certificates of deposit. Deposit account balances are summarized as follows (dollars in thousands):

September 30, 2019 June 30, 2019 December 31, 2018 ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Transaction: Non-interest bearing checking $ 399,237 $ 386,784 $ 395,375 Negotiable orders of withdrawal 542,315 486,529 458,012 ----------- ------ ----------- - ----------- ----- Total transaction 941,552 873,313 853,387 ----------- ------ ----------- - ----------- ----- Savings and Money market: Savings 733,086 720,130 594,290 Money market 670,904 702,405 741,939 Total savings 1,403,990 1,422,535 1,336,229 ----------- ------ ----------- - ----------- ----- Certificates of deposit: Brokered deposits 253,651 237,908 275,398 $250,000 and under 622,785 647,958 696,957 Over $250,000 115,331 118,477 124,541 ----------- ------ ----------- - ----------- ----- Total certificates of deposit 991,767 1,004,343 1,096,896 ----------- ------ ----------- - ----------- ----- Total deposits $ 3,337,309 $ 3,300,191 $ 3,286,512 - --------- ------ - --------- - - --------- -----

Included in the table above are business and municipal deposit account balances as follows (dollars in thousands):

September 30, 2019 June 30, 2019 December 31, 2018 ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Business customers $ 517,670 $ 506,727 $ 468,166 Municipal customers $ 363,574 $ 322,369 $ 337,053

Borrowings and securities sold under agreements to repurchase increased to $691.2 million at September 30, 2019, from $408.9 million at December 31, 2018. Management utilizes borrowings to mitigate interest rate risk, for short-term liquidity, and to a lesser extent as part of leverage strategies. Management increased borrowings because it was more cost effective than the incremental cost of deposits.

The following is a table of term borrowing maturities (excluding capitalized leases and overnight borrowings) and the weighted average rate by year at September 30, 2019 (dollars in thousands):

Year Amount Weighted Average Rate ---------- -------- --------------------- 2019 $180,000 2.15% 2020 90,000 1.65% 2021 145,000 1.94% 2022 120,000 2.29% 2023 87,500 2.89% Thereafter 62,500 2.57% -------- $685,000 2.20% --------

Total stockholders’ equity increased by $23.5 million to $689.9 million at September 30, 2019, from $666.4 million at December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to net income of $30.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, a $14.3 million increase in accumulated other comprehensive income associated with unrealized gains on our debt securities available-for-sale portfolio, and a $9.8 million increase in ESOP and equity award activity. The increase was partially offset by $15.1 million in dividend payments and $15.6 million in stock repurchases.

Asset Quality

The following table details total originated and acquired (excluding PCI) non-accrual loans, non-performing loans, non-performing assets, troubled debt restructurings on which interest is accruing, and accruing loans 30 to 89 days delinquent at September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019, and December 31, 2018 (dollars in thousands):

September June 30, December 30, 2019 2019 31, 2018 ---------- ---------- ---------- Non-accrual loans: Held-for-investment Real estate loans: Commercial $ 8,310 $ 9,234 $ 7,291 One-to-four family residential 895 1,026 1,129 Multifamily 444 447 566 Home equity and lines of credit 149 150 151 Commercial and industrial — — 25 Total non-accrual loans 9,798 10,857 9,162 -------- - -------- - -------- - Loans delinquent 90 days or more and still accruing: Held-for-investment Real estate loans: Commercial 553 — — One-to-four family residential 6 6 33 Home equity and lines of credit 37 20 — -------- - -------- - -------- - Total loans delinquent 90 days or more and still accruing 596 26 33 Total non-performing assets $ 10,394 $ 10,883 $ 9,195 - ------ - - ------ - - ------ - Non-performing loans to total loans 0.31 % 0.33 % 0.28 % Non-performing assets to total assets 0.22 % 0.22 % 0.21 % Loans subject to restructuring agreements and still accruing $ 14,316 $ 14,508 $ 16,390 Accruing loans 30 to 89 days delinquent $ 5,348 $ 4,291 $ 8,562

Accruing Loans 30 to 89 Days Delinquent

Loans 30 to 89 days delinquent and on accrual status totaled $5.3 million, $4.3 million, and $8.6 million at September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019, and December 31, 2018, respectively. The following table sets forth delinquencies for accruing loans by type and by amount at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018 (dollars in thousands):

September 30, 2019 June 30, 2019 December 31, 2018 ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Held-for-investment Real estate loans: Commercial $ 2,475 $ 2,237 $ 2,377 One-to-four family residential 2,235 1,799 4,120 Multifamily 431 — 2,018 Home equity and lines of credit 112 — — Commercial and industrial loans 87 248 45 Other loans 8 7 2 ------- ---------- Total delinquent accruing loans held-for-investment $ 5,348 $ 4,291 $ 8,562 - ----- ---------- - ----- ----- - ----- ---------

PCI Loans (Held-for-Investment)

At September 30, 2019, 6.5% of PCI loans were past due 30 to 89 days, and 23.5% were past due 90 days or more, as compared to 10.0% and 23.3%, respectively, at December 31, 2018.

About Northfield Bank

Northfield Bank, founded in 1887, operates 40 full-service banking offices in Staten Island and Brooklyn, New York, and Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer, and Union counties, New Jersey. For more information about Northfield Bank, please visit www.eNorthfield.com.

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NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (unaudited)

At or For the Three At or For the Months Ended Nine Months Ended -------------- September 30, June 30, September 30, -------- 2019 2018 2019 2019 2018 ------ ------ -------- ------ ------ Selected Financial Ratios: Performance Ratios(1) Return on assets (ratio of net income to average total assets) (7) 1.10% 0.84% 0.72% 0.87% 0.97% (8) Return on equity (ratio of net income to average equity)(7) (8) 7.59 5.51 4.84 5.92 6.22 Average equity to average total assets 14.44 15.32 14.86 14.75 15.57 Interest rate spread 2.27 2.49 2.24 2.28 2.60 Net interest margin 2.57 2.75 2.55 2.58 2.84 Efficiency ratio(2) (8) 50.28 55.95 63.08 58.37 56.51 Non-interest expense to average total assets 1.41 1.59 1.64 1.59 1.65 Non-interest expense to average total interest-earning assets 1.50 1.69 1.76 1.70 1.75 Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing 123.91 127.37 125.20 124.86 128.23 liabilities Asset Quality Ratios: Non-performing assets to total assets 0.22 0.23 0.23 0.22 0.23 Non-performing loans(3) to total loans(4) 0.31 0.31 0.33 0.31 0.31 Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans held-for-investment 270.02 276.31 255.74 270.02 276.31 Allowance for loan losses to originated loans held-for-investment, 0.94 1.03 0.95 0.94 1.03 net(5) Allowance for loan losses to total loans held-for-investment, net(6) 0.84 0.86 0.83 0.84 0.86

(1) Annualized when appropriate.(2) The efficiency ratio represents non-interest expense divided by the sum of net interest income and non-interest income.(3) Non-performing loans consist of non-accruing loans and loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing (excluding PCI loans), and are included in total loans held-for-investment, net.(4) Includes originated loans held-for-investment, PCI loans, and acquired loans.(5) Excludes PCI loans and acquired loans held-for-investment, and related reserve balances.(6) Includes PCI and acquired loans held-for-investment.(7) There were no material tax benefits in the three or nine months ended September 30, 2019. The three months ended June 30, 2019, includes excess tax benefits of $193,000 related to the exercise or vesting of equity awards. The nine months ended September 30, 2018 includes excess tax benefits of $2.2 million related to the exercise or vesting of equity awards. Excess tax benefits will fluctuate based on the Company’s stock price and timing of employee stock option exercises and vesting of other share-based awards.(8) The three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, includes tax-exempt income of $2.4 million from bank owned life insurance proceeds in excess of the cash surrender value of the policies.

NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

September 30, June 30, 2019 December 31, 2019 2018 ------------- ------------- ------------- ASSETS: Cash and due from banks $ 17,487 $ 14,156 $ 15,147 Interest-bearing deposits in other financial institutions 52,165 32,751 62,615 ----------- - ----------- - ----------- - Total cash and cash equivalents 69,652 46,907 77,762 ----------- - ----------- - ----------- - Trading securities 10,375 10,214 8,968 Debt securities available-for-sale, at estimated fair value 1,059,560 1,049,660 808,031 Debt securities held-to-maturity, at amortized cost 8,817 8,872 9,505 Equity securities 2,288 2,328 1,280 Originated loans held-for-investment, net 2,859,704 2,800,816 2,678,877 Loans acquired 478,009 519,885 546,150 Purchased credit-impaired (PCI) loans held-for-investment 17,435 18,077 20,143 ----------- - ----------- - ----------- - Loans held-for-investment, net 3,355,148 3,338,778 3,245,170 Allowance for loan losses (28,066 ) (27,832 ) (27,497 ) ----------- - ----------- - ----------- - Net loans held-for-investment 3,327,082 3,310,946 3,217,673 ----------- - ----------- - ----------- - Accrued interest receivable 13,818 14,116 12,959 Bank owned life insurance 154,204 155,939 154,135 Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock, at cost 32,105 32,330 22,517 Operating lease right-of-use assets 41,228 42,377 — Premises and equipment, net 25,967 25,700 25,605 Goodwill 38,411 38,411 38,411 Other assets 24,804 30,482 31,586 ----------- - ----------- - ----------- - Total assets $ 4,808,311 $ 4,768,282 $ 4,408,432 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY: LIABILITIES: Deposits $ 3,337,309 $ 3,300,191 $ 3,286,512 Securities sold under agreements to repurchase 75,000 75,000 — Federal Home Loan Bank advances and other borrowings 616,161 620,105 408,891 Lease liabilities 45,196 46,321 — Advance payments by borrowers for taxes and insurance 18,751 20,817 18,007 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 25,954 24,755 28,583 ----------- - ----------- - ----------- - Total liabilities 4,118,371 4,087,189 3,741,993 ----------- - Total stockholders’ equity 689,940 681,093 666,439 ----------- - ----------- - ----------- - Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 4,808,311 $ 4,768,282 $ 4,408,432 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Total shares outstanding 49,154,878 49,112,139 49,635,673 Tangible book value per share (1) $ 13.24 $ 13.07 $ 12.63

(1) Tangible book value per share is calculated based on total stockholders’ equity, excluding intangible assets (goodwill and core deposit intangibles), divided by total shares outstanding as of the balance sheet date. Core deposit intangibles were $833,000, $899,000, and $1.0 million at September 30, 2019, June 30, 2019, and December 31, 2018, respectively, and are included in other assets.

NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended ---------------------- September 30, June 30 September 30, --------- 2019 2018 2019 2019 2018 ---------- --------- --------- ----------- --------- Interest income: Loans $ 35,285 $ 32,443 $ 33,308 $ 101,183 $ 94,686 Mortgage-backed securities 5,409 3,475 4,599 14,082 9,269 Other securities 1,511 1,104 1,699 5,075 2,427 Federal Home Loan Bank of New York dividends 396 428 340 1,138 1,240 Deposits in other financial institutions 246 277 247 1,028 722 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Total interest income 42,847 37,727 40,193 122,506 108,344 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Interest expense: Deposits 10,516 7,593 10,549 31,312 18,854 Borrowings 3,511 2,210 2,485 7,885 6,252 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Total interest expense 14,027 9,803 13,034 39,197 25,106 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Net interest income 28,820 27,924 27,159 83,309 83,238 (Recovery)/provision for loan losses (1,300 ) 1,304 491 (750 ) 2,008 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Net interest income after provision for loan losses 30,120 26,620 26,668 84,059 81,230 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Non-interest income: Fees and service charges for customer services 1,286 1,241 1,207 3,633 3,602 Income on bank owned life insurance 3,268 919 907 5,071 2,787 Gains on available-for-sale debt securities, net 123 7 59 337 178 Gains on trading securities, net 28 412 343 1,457 714 Other 28 58 50 115 205 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Total non-interest income 4,733 2,637 2,566 10,613 7,486 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Non-interest expense: Compensation and employee benefits 9,033 9,443 9,837 29,890 27,681 Occupancy 3,084 3,015 3,120 9,486 9,061 Furniture and equipment 280 239 265 804 747 Data processing 1,517 1,153 1,437 4,217 3,527 Professional fees 938 886 811 2,496 2,558 Advertising 746 561 1,331 2,841 1,815 FDIC insurance 5 241 255 537 812 Other 1,266 1,562 1,694 4,552 5,065 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Total non-interest expense 16,869 17,100 18,750 54,823 51,266 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Income before income tax expense 17,984 12,157 10,484 39,849 37,450 Income tax expense 4,845 3,081 2,280 9,735 7,318 -------- - -------- -------- --------- - -------- Net income $ 13,139 $ 9,076 $ 8,204 $ 30,114 $ 30,132 - ------ - - ------ - ------ - ------- - - ------ Net income per common share: Basic $ 0.28 $ 0.19 $ 0.18 $ 0.64 $ 0.65 - ------ - - ------ - ------ - ------- - - ------ Diluted $ 0.28 $ 0.19 $ 0.17 $ 0.64 $ 0.64 - ------ - - ------ - ------ - ------- - - ------ 46,631,00 46,604,05 46,855,64 46,808,188 46,192,27 Basic average shares outstanding 8 1 7 3 46,979,21 47,294,64 47,271,69 47,178,690 47,137,40 Diluted average shares outstanding 4 5 0 7

NORTHFIELD BANCORP, INC.ANALYSIS OF NET INTEREST INCOME(Dollars in thousands) (unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2019 June 30, 2019 September 30, 2018 Average Average Average Average Average Average Outstanding Interest Yield/ Outstanding Interest Yield/ Outstanding Interest Yield/ Balance Rate (1) Balance Rate (1) Balance Rate (1) ------------ --------- -------- ------------ --------- -------- ------------ --------- -------- Interest-earning assets: Loans (2) $ 3,329,893 $ 35,285 4.20 % $ 3,260,550 $ 33,308 4.10 % $ 3,202,616 $ 32,443 4.02 % Mortgage-backed 833,071 5,409 2.58 714,930 4,599 2.58 565,783 3,475 2.44 securities (3) Other securities (3) 208,196 1,511 2.88 227,379 1,699 3.00 160,877 1,104 2.72 Federal Home Loan Bank of New York 29,974 396 5.24 24,966 340 5.46 25,499 428 6.66 stock Interest-earning deposits in 48,841 246 2.00 48,885 247 2.03 69,327 277 1.59 financial institutions ----------- -------- ----------- -------- ----------- -------- Total interest-earning 4,449,975 42,847 3.82 4,276,710 40,193 3.77 4,024,102 37,727 3.72 assets Non-interest-earning 303,406 298,223 244,191 assets ----------- ----------- Total assets $ 4,753,381 $ 4,574,933 $ 4,268,293 - --------- - --------- - --------- Interest-bearing liabilities: Savings, NOW, and money market $ 1,940,764 $ 5,281 1.08 % $ 1,918,810 $ 5,377 1.12 % $ 1,620,562 $ 2,691 0.66 % accounts Certificates of 1,007,163 5,235 2.06 1,010,045 5,172 2.05 1,064,005 4,902 1.83 deposit ----------- -------- ----------- -------- ----------- -------- Total interest-bearing 2,947,927 10,516 1.42 2,928,855 10,549 1.44 2,684,567 7,593 1.12 deposits Borrowed funds 643,280 3,511 2.17 487,115 2,485 2.05 474,773 2,210 1.85 ----------- -------- ----------- -------- ----------- -------- Total interest-bearing 3,591,207 14,027 1.55 3,415,970 13,034 1.53 3,159,340 9,803 1.23 liabilities Non-interest bearing 382,563 385,820 404,570 deposits Accrued expenses and 93,143 93,176 50,527 other liabilities ----------- ----------- ----------- Total liabilities 4,066,913 3,894,966 3,614,437 Stockholders’ equity 686,468 679,967 653,856 ----------- ----------- Total liabilities and stockholders’ $ 4,753,381 $ 4,574,933 $ 4,268,293 equity - --------- - --------- - --------- Net interest income $ 28,820 $ 27,159 $ 27,924 - ------ - ------ - ------ Net interest rate 2.27 % 2.24 % 2.49 % spread (4) Net interest-earning $ 858,768 $ 860,740 $ 864,762 assets (5) - --------- - --------- - --------- Net interest margin 2.57 % 2.55 % 2.75 % (6) Average interest-earning assets to 123.91 % 125.20 % 127.37 % interest-bearing liabilities

(1) Average yields and rates are annualized.(2) Includes non-accruing loans.(3) Securities available-for-sale and other securities are reported at amortized cost.(4) Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.(5) Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.(6) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.

For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 September 30, 2018 Average Average Average Average Outstanding Interest Yield/ Outstanding Interest Yield/ Balance Rate (1) Balance Rate (1) ------------ ---------- -------- ------------ --------- -------- Interest-earning assets: Loans (2) $ 3,269,983 $ 101,183 4.14 % $ 3,169,780 $ 94,686 3.99 % Mortgage-backed securities (3) 725,879 14,082 2.59 524,905 9,269 2.36 Other securities (3) 227,318 5,075 2.98 126,578 2,427 2.56 Federal Home Loan Bank of New York stock 25,587 1,138 5.95 25,271 1,240 6.56 Interest-earning deposits in financial 63,261 1,028 2.17 69,528 722 1.39 institutions ----------- --------- ----------- -------- Total interest-earning assets 4,312,028 122,506 3.80 3,916,061 108,344 3.70 Non-interest-earning assets 296,043 241,828 ----------- ----------- Total assets $ 4,608,071 $ 4,157,889 - --------- - --------- Interest-bearing liabilities: Savings, NOW, and money market accounts $ 1,906,047 $ 15,452 1.08 % $ 1,652,683 $ 7,146 0.58 % Certificates of deposit 1,039,344 15,860 2.04 929,654 11,708 1.68 ----------- --------- ----------- -------- Total interest-bearing deposits 2,945,391 31,312 1.42 2,582,337 18,854 0.98 Borrowed funds 508,176 7,885 2.07 471,567 6,252 1.77 ----------- --------- ----------- -------- Total interest-bearing liabilities 3,453,567 39,197 1.52 3,053,904 25,106 1.10 Non-interest bearing deposits 382,686 408,116 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 92,122 48,596 ----------- ----------- Total liabilities 3,928,375 3,510,616 Stockholders’ equity 679,696 647,273 ----------- Total liabilities and stockholders’ $ 4,608,071 $ 4,157,889 equity - --------- - --------- Net interest income $ 83,309 $ 83,238 - ------- - ------ Net interest rate spread (4) 2.28 % 2.60 % Net interest-earning assets (5) $ 858,461 $ 862,157 - --------- - --------- Net interest margin (6) 2.58 % 2.84 % Average interest-earning assets to 124.86 % 128.23 % interest-bearing liabilities

(1) Average yields and rates are annualized.(2) Includes non-accruing loans.(3) Securities available-for-sale and other securities are reported at amortized cost.(4) Net interest rate spread represents the difference between the weighted average yield on interest-earning assets and the weighted average cost of interest-bearing liabilities.(5) Net interest-earning assets represent total interest-earning assets less total interest-bearing liabilities.(6) Net interest margin represents net interest income divided by average total interest-earning assets.

Company Contact:William R. JacobsChief Financial OfficerTel: (732) 499-7200 ext. 2519