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BankFinancial Announces Additional Asset Resolution Actions

 

Feb 4 - BankFinancial Corp., Burr Ridge, Ill., (Nasdaq:BFIN) took additional actions in the fourth quarter of 2012 in furtherance of its plan to materially reduce future nonperforming asset expenses and accelerate the return to the Company's historical asset quality levels. The actions supplemented the company's previously announced completion of two bulk sales of non-performing assets with a carrying value of $22.7 million.

The actions included the designation of additional loans with a carrying value of $7.5 million as "held for sale" in preparation for a bulk sale, the restructuring of $7.1 million of certain performing classified loans to enable the basis for their classification to be resolved in 2013, and a reduction in the carrying values of certain non-performing assets to levels designed to facilitate or accelerate resolution.

As a result of these actions, the two completed bulk sales and ordinary course of business classifications, resolutions and dispositions that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2012:

The pre-tax charges that the company recorded in connection with these actions, combined with the $11.5 million pre-tax charge that the company recorded in connection with the completed bulk loan sales, substantially contributed to the recording of a pre-tax net operating loss of $25 million for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, 2012, and a pre-tax net operating loss of $27.1 million of the year ended Dec. 31, 2012. At Dec. 31, 2012, the company's total risk-based capital ratio was 18.01 percent, its Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio was 16.75 percent, and its Tier 1 leverage ratio was 11.43 percent.

As previously disclosed, the non-performing loans and assets in the closed bulk sales involved multifamily and commercial real estate assets. The remaining element of the bulk sale plan involved the designation of certain owner-occupied and investor-owned 1-4 family loans as held for sale. The designation resulted in a $5.9 million pre-tax charge against the provision for loan losses for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012. The loans designated as held for sale generally involved properties that exhibited significant declines in collateral valuations and/or presented limited resolution options. The company is currently pursuing loan sale alternatives that are expected to result in the disposition of these assets in the first or second quarter of 2013.

The split-note restructurings involved four separate borrowers. The restructurings were conducted pursuant to applicable published regulatory and accounting guidance. The loans had an aggregate carrying value of $7.1 million prior to the completion of the restructurings. At the conclusion of the restructurings, $5.2 million remained on accrual status due to these actions and are expected to be eligible for favorable risk-rating classification in 2013 after a period of sustained performance. The remaining $1.9 million was charged against the provision for loan losses for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012.

The company also recorded a pre-tax charge of $6 million against the provision for loan losses with respect to certain purchased impaired loans and other impaired loans, and a $1.8 million valuation adjustment of certain other real estate owned. These charges are expected to better position these assets for resolution, and were primarily based on updated appraisal and market data, decisions to shorten expected disposition periods or lower sales prices, and in the case of certain loans, decisions to terminate discussions with borrowers and institute legal action.

"These actions and the bulk sales that we have already completed have enabled us to enter 2013 with significantly improved asset quality metrics that are more consistent with our historical asset quality levels," said F. Morgan Gasior, chairman and CEO. "As a result, we can return our focus in 2013 to more normalized operations, with an emphasis on diversified and measured loan growth, improving non-interest income, implementing additional expense control measures and taking other steps that we believe should enhance shareholder value."

A Quarterly Financial and Statistical Supplement is available on BankFinancial's website, www.bankfinancial.com on the "Stockholder Information" page, and through the EDGAR database on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov.


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