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Standard AVB Financial Corp. Announces Fourth Quarter and Calendar Year Earnings and a Quarterly Dividend Payment

January 30, 2020 GMT

MONROEVILLE, Pa., Jan. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Standard AVB Financial Corp. (the “Company”) - (NASDAQ: STND), the holding company for Standard Bank, PaSB, announced earnings for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 of $2.1 million, or $0.46 per basic share, compared to $1.8 million, or $0.38 per basic share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. The Company’s annualized return on average assets and average equity was 0.83% and 5.84%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 compared to 0.72% and 5.17%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, net income was $8.8 million, or $1.91 per basic share, compared to $8.8 million, or $1.90 per basic share for the year ended December 31, 2018. The Company’s annualized return on average assets and average equity was 0.90% and 6.28%, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to 0.90% and 6.55%, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2018.

The Company’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.221 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable to stockholders of record as of February 10, 2020 and will be paid on February 24, 2020.

Timothy K. Zimmerman, CEO, stated, “Strong asset quality, consistent underwriting standards and control of expenses highlighted a very challenging quarter and year. We were able to produce earnings in line with the last several quarters during a time when we faced a relatively flat yield curve and intense competition offering aggressive pricing for loans and deposits. We concentrated on the factors that we could control with emphasis on efficiency of operations and maximizing earnings from sources other than interest income. We also stayed on course with our strategy of repositioning the balance sheet.”

Total assets at December 31, 2019 increased $12.6 million, or 1.3% to $984.4 million, from $971.8 million at December 31, 2018. The increase in total assets included an increase in cash and cash equivalents of $16.2 million, or 100.1%, an increase in investment securities of $13.6 million, or 9.0%, partially offset by a decrease in loans receivable of $16.0 million, or 2.2%. The decrease in loans receivable was the result of loan payoffs exceeding loan production during the period.

Total deposits at December 31, 2019 increased by $16.5 million, or 2.3%, to $734.4 million from $717.9 million at December 31, 2018. The increase resulted from increases in money market and interest-bearing checking accounts partially offset by decreases in non-interest-bearing checking accounts, savings accounts and time deposits. Borrowed funds decreased by $8.8 million, or 7.9% to $102.8 million at December 31, 2019 from $111.6 million at December 31, 2018. The decrease was primarily due to the repayment of maturing long term advances and pay downs on both amortizing long term advances and the overnight borrowing line, partially offset by new advances entered into during the period.

Stockholders’ equity increased by $4.0 million, or 2.9% to $141.8 million at December 31, 2019 from $137.9 million at December 31, 2018. The increase was the result of net income earned during the period as well as an increase in accumulated other comprehensive income, partially offset by dividends paid and stock repurchased during the year.

Net interest income was $7.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2019 compared to $7.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. The net interest margin for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was 2.99%, compared to 3.18% for the same period in the prior year. Net interest income was $28.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $29.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The net interest margin for the year ended December 31, 2019 was 3.10%, compared to 3.21% for the prior year. The decreases in net interest income and the net interest margin for both periods were primarily due to an increase in the cost of interest-bearing deposits partially offset by an increase in the yield on interest-earning assets.

A provision for loan losses of $181,000 was recorded for the three months ended December 31, 2019, compared to $174,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2018. A provision of $725,000 was recorded for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $572,000 for the year ended December 31, 2018. Non-performing loans at December 31, 2019 were $2.7 million, or 0.38% of total loans compared to $2.7 million, or 0.37% of total loans at December 31, 2018.

Noninterest income totaled $1.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, compared to $801,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. The increase in noninterest income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was primarily the result of increases in net equity securities fair value adjustment gains, loan sale gains and service charges, partially offset by a decrease in other income. Noninterest income was $5.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $4.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The increase in noninterest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 was primarily the result of increases in net equity securities fair value adjustment gains as well as increases in loan sale gains, service charges and investment management fees. These increases were partially offset by there being no gains on the sales of equity securities during the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 compared $394,000 in the prior year.

Noninterest expenses totaled $5.6 million for both the quarter ended December 31, 2019 and the quarter ended December 31, 2018. For the year ended December 31, 2019, noninterest expenses totaled $21.6 million compared to $22.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. Total noninterest expenses remained relatively the same for all periods presented. Other operating expenses, core deposit amortization, premises and occupancy expenses, and federal deposit insurance were lower in 2019, however, those decreases were offset to a large extent by increases in compensation and benefits as well as increases in automatic teller machine and data processing expenses. The lower federal deposit insurance was due to the application of small bank credits to the third and fourth quarter’s assessment.

Standard AVB Financial Corp., with total assets of $984.4 million at December 31, 2019, is the parent company of Standard Bank, PaSB, a Pennsylvania chartered savings bank that operates 17 offices serving individuals and small to mid-sized businesses in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Bedford Counties, in Pennsylvania and Allegany County in Maryland. Standard Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

This news release may contain a number of forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which such statements were made.

Standard AVB Financial Corp. Financial Highlights (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) OPERATIONS DATA: Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, ------------------------ ------------------------ 2019 2018 2019 2018 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Interest and Dividend Income $ 9,329 $ 9,361 $ 37,704 $ 36,795 Interest Expense 2,363 2,077 9,262 7,454 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Net Interest Income 6,966 7,284 28,442 29,341 Provision for Loan Losses 181 174 725 572 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Net Interest Income after Provision for Loan Losses 6,785 7,110 27,717 28,769 Noninterest Income 1,333 801 5,052 4,347 Noninterest Expenses 5,542 5,622 21,625 22,067 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Income before Income Tax Expense 2,576 2,289 11,144 11,049 Income Tax Expense 501 521 2,338 2,248 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Net Income $ 2,075 $ 1,768 $ 8,806 $ 8,801 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Earnings Per Share - Basic $ 0.46 $ 0.38 $ 1.91 $ 1.90 Earnings Per Share - Diluted $ 0.45 $ 0.37 $ 1.90 $ 1.88 Annualized Return on Average Assets 0.83 % 0.72 % 0.90 % 0.90 % Average Assets $ 990,310 $ 976,279 $ 983,042 $ 978,520 Annualized Return on Average Equity 5.84 % 5.17 % 6.28 % 6.55 % Average Equity $ 140,901 $ 135,607 $ 140,189 $ 134,410 Efficiency Ratio 65.42 % 63.45 % 62.91 % 62.82 % Net Interest Spread 2.67 % 2.87 % 2.77 % 2.90 % Net Interest Margin 2.99 % 3.18 % 3.10 % 3.21 % Annualized Noninterest Expense to Average Assets 2.22 % 2.28 % 2.20 % 2.26 % FINANCIAL CONDITION DATA: December December 31, 31, 2019 2018 - ------- - - ------- - Total Assets $ 984,387 $ 971,796 Cash and Cash Equivalents 32,427 16,207 Investment Securities 164,566 150,937 Loans Receivable, Net 712,965 728,982 Deposits 734,406 717,874 Borrowed Funds 102,838 111,624 Total Stockholders’ Equity 141,848 137,890 Book Value Per Share $ 30.25 $ 28.65 Tangible Book Value Per Share $ 24.34 $ 22.76 Allowance for Loan Losses $ 4,882 $ 4,414 Non-Performing Loans $ 2,716 $ 2,730 Allowance for Loan Losses to Total Loans 0.68 % 0.60 % Allowance for Loan Losses to Non-Performing Loans 179.75 % 161.68 % Non-Performing Assets to Total Assets 0.32 % 0.33 % Non-Performing Loans to Total Loans 0.38 % 0.37 %

CONTACTS: Timothy K. Zimmerman Andrew W. Hasley Susan A. Parente Chief Executive Officer President Executive Vice President & Chief 412.856.0363 412.856.0363 Financial Officer 412.856.0363