CHICAGO, April 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Royal Financial, Inc. (the “Company”) (OTCQX: RYFL), incorporated under the laws of Delaware on March 15, 2004, for the purpose of serving as the holding company of Royal Savings Bank (the “Bank”), announced record earnings for the third quarter of fiscal year 2021. The Company reported net income of $1.8 million, or $0.69 per common share, for the quarter and $3.9 million or $1.50 per common share, for the nine-month year-to-date (“YTD”) period, respectively, ended March 31, 2021. The Company also reported total assets of $523.9 million and stockholders’ equity of $46.8 million as of March 31, 2021. As of the same date, the Company’s book value per share was $18.22 and tangible book value per share was $17.31. Comparison of Results of Operation for the Three and Nine Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 The Company reported net earnings of $1.8 million, compared to a net loss of $578,000 in the same period of fiscal 2020, an increase of $2.4 million (408%). The Company recorded YTD net income of $3.9 million, which increased by $2.9 million during the same period of last year. The loss in income recorded for March 2020 quarter end was a result of increased provisions to the Allowance for Loan Losses (“ALLL”) because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a replenishment to the ALLL for a single customer loan charge-off and an increase to the valuation reserve for the State Deferred Tax Asset due to the net loss incurred for the quarter. Total net interest income for the quarter increased by $831,000 (25%) to $4.1 million from March 31, 2020. Total interest income on loans (including fees) increased by $581,000 (15%) to $4.5 million and decreases in interest expense by $391,000 (43%) to $510,000 due to the low interest rate environment, offset by decreases in federal funds sold and other sources by $69,000 (87%), and a decrease in investment security interest income by $72,000 (31%). The decrease in interest income on investment securities was the result of taxable agency security maturing. The decrease in interest expense resulted from a decreased cost of funds for customer deposits and other liabilities. Total non-interest income for the quarter increased by $9,000 (4%) to $203,000 from March 31, 2020. This increase in income was from service charges on deposit accounts of $14,000 (10%) to $156,000, offset by a decrease in secondary mortgage market fees of $5,000 (100%). The Company recorded a credit of $300,000 in the ALLL based on the total quarter recoveries of $508,000. Total non-interest expense for the quarter decreased by $273,000 (10%) to $2.5 million from the same period last year resulting from a decrease in professional services by $86,000 (31%) to $194,000, a decrease in salaries and employee benefits of $43,000 (3%) to $1.2 million, and a decrease in acquisition expense of $237,000 (306%) due to the repayment of legal costs incurred due to the North Shore litigation matter by the insurance company. This decrease is offset by an increase in data processing expenses of $5,000 (2%) to $227,000, increases in Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) insurance expense of $53,000 (210%) and in marketing expenses of $10,000 (33%). The increase in the FDIC expense was due to the increase in asset size of the Bank and a result of the FDIC assessment credits received that were issued last fiscal year as the FDIC reserve requirement was met as of June 30, 2019. Comparison of Financial Condition at March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020 The Company’s total assets increased $89.8 million (21%), to $523.9 million at March 31, 2021, from $434.1 million at June 30, 2020. Cash and cash equivalents increased $12.3 million (83%) to $27.0 million at March 31, 2021, from $14.8 million at June 30, 2020, due to the increase in deposits and maturity of an agency bond, offset by the funding of loans. Securities available for sale decreased $4.2 million (13%), to $27.1 million at March 31, 2021 from $31.3 million at June 30, 2020. During the quarter, a $5.0 million agency bond matured, and a $750,000 taxable municipal bond was purchased. Loans, net of allowance, increased $84.1 million (24%) to $440.8 million at March 31, 2021, from $356.7 million at June 30, 2020. Commercial loans increased $50.8 million and mortgage loans increased $33.1 million from June 30, 2020, which was the result of the purchase of a $69.5 million single family, owner occupied ARM purchase, offset by $36.4 million in mortgage loan payoffs. The allowance for loan losses was $3.7 million, or 0.84% of total loans, at December 31, 2020, as compared to $3.2 million, or 0.87% of total loans, at June 30, 2020. In addition to the allowance for loan losses, net purchase discount on acquired loans was $385,000 at March 31, 2021 compared to $478,000 at June 30, 2020. Individual loan discounts are being accreted into interest income over the life of the loans; however, they can offset loan losses upon loan default. Nonperforming loans totaled $2.2 million, or 0.50% of outstanding loans, at March 31, 2021 compared to $2.0 million or 0.56%, at June 30, 2020. Other real estate owned (“OREO”) decreased $297,000 (100%) from June 30, 2020 to $780. The remaining balance of OREO is the small portion of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (“NHS”) owned by the Bank that was acquired in 2016 from the Park Federal Bank for Savings merger and acquisition. The Bank sold off one OREO property for a gain of $13,000, offset by the sale of NHS OREO for a loss of $7,000. The Deferred Tax Asset (“DTA”) decreased $2.0 million (30%) to $4.7 million at March 31, 2021, from $6.7 million at June 30, 2020. During the current quarter, the Bank reversed out $200,000 of the valuation allowance for the State of Illinois DTA, due to updated projections and higher income recognized throughout the year. As of March 31, 2021, the Bank has a remaining $300,000 valuation allowance for the State of Illinois DTA, as it is more likely than not that Company will be unable to utilize the State Net Operating Losses (“NOLs”) that expire in fiscal years 2023 and 2024, which are NOLs of $17.0 million and $10.4 million, respectively. The Bank paid $800,000 in federal taxes to the Holding Company as of March 31, 2021. The Bank has no remaining Federal DTA. The Core Deposit Intangibles (“CDI”) held by the Company decreased $106,000 (16%) as of March 31, 2021. The decrease was the result of three quarters of amortization. Total deposits increased $91.9 million (25%) to $465.2 million at March 31, 2021, from $373.3 million at June 30, 2020. The increase was $60.0 million in brokered certificates of deposits and an increase of $21.0 million in deposit listing certificates of deposit, an increase in money market accounts of $2.7 million, an increase of $10.5 million in savings accounts, an increase of $1.9 million in NOW accounts, and an increase of $15.1 million in non-interest checking accounts, offset by $19.4 million in certificate of deposit maturities. The brokered deposits have $10.0 million blocked laddered maturities over the next five years and a weighted average rate of 0.47%; the first $10 million block will mature in July 2021. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had no Federal Home Loan Bank advances outstanding. Notes payable decreased $500,000 (6%) due to the Company’s quarterly payments. The Company currently has outstanding $7.3 million on the amortizing note payable. Per the agreement, the Company made an interest only payment in August for the note. The note will amortize in full over 7.75 years with quarterly payments of $250,000 in principal reduction and interest at the rate of 0.25% below the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate; however, the interest rate will not be below 3% per annum. Total stockholders’ equity increased $4.0 million (9%), to $46.8 million at March 31, 2021, from $42.8 million at June 30, 2020, which was primarily a result of the net income of $3.9 million earned in the period, an increase in accumulated other comprehensive income of $187,000 (19%), an increase in additional paid in capital of $437,000 (2%), and an increase in treasury stock of $666,000 (48%). The Bank paid a cash dividend of $144,000 to the Company in the quarter ended March 31, 2021. The Bank is “well capitalized” under prompt corrective action regulations. This classification requires the Bank to maintain regulatory capital that meets or exceeds the following ratios: Tier 1 Capital leverage of 5.00%, Common Equity Tier 1 Capital of 6.50%, Tier 1 Capital of 8.00%, and Total Capital of 10.00%. At March 31, 2021, the Bank exceeded each of these requirements with ratios of 9.08%, 13.20%, 13.20% and 14.26%, respectively. At March 31, 2021, the book value per common share was $18.22 compared to the book value per common share of $16.75 at June 30, 2020, for shares outstanding of 2,567,573 and 2,556,518, respectively. The tangible book value per share was $17.31 at March 31, 2021, compared to tangible book value per share of $15.80 at June 30, 2020. Total treasury shares as of March 31, 2021 is 77,427 shares, compared to June 30, 2020, with treasury shares at 88,482. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2021, Mr. Szwajkowski, the Company President and CEO, exercised 400 options from the 2018 Option plan; Mr. Morua, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, exercised 400 options from the 2018 Option plan; Mr. Nichols, Senior Vice President an Commercial Loan Officer, exercised 415 options from the 2018 Option plan; Ms. Gonzalez, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, exercised 370 options from the 2018 Option plan; and Ms. Thomiszer, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, exercised 400 options from the 2018 Option plan. All the vested options of the 2018 Option plan for the management team have been exercised. In August 2019, the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program for up to 76,849 shares of its outstanding common stock. The Company repurchased a total of 7,633 shares during fiscal year 2020. The Company repurchased 75 shares during the third quarter of fiscal year 2021 at a weighted cost of $14.15 per share. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2021, Mr. Szwajkowski purchased a total of 1,100 shares at a weighted average price of $15.93. The complete audited consolidated financial statements for fiscal years ended 2020 and 2019 are available at www.royalbankweb.com The COVID-19 Pandemic Update on Business Operations. As of March 1, 2021, the Company has reopened all branch lobbies and continues to implement social distancing measures as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and continues to follow guidance from all local, state, and federal authorities. Lending operations and accommodations to borrowers In response to the pandemic, the Company offered fee waivers, payment deferrals for up to 120 days, and other expanded assistance for mortgage, commercial real estate, small business, and personal lending customers. Secondary payment deferral assistance is limited to 60 days requiring a hardship letter and payment of any required escrows. The Bank’s forbearance program as of June 30, 2020, assisted 8.8% of borrowers for a total of $42.2 million in loans. As of March 31, 2021, a total of 5 borrowers, totaling $1.7 million in loans, remain on the forbearance program. Additionally, the Company made accommodations to 21 commercial loan customers with balances of $38.5 million in March 2020. The Company has no outstanding accommodation requests at March 31, 2021. The Company has designated staff to assist customers to access funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act passed at the end of the first quarter, including the PPP, for which the Bank received SBA approval and has funded 153 loans totaling approximately $11.7 million. As of March 31, 2021, the Company has received forgiveness for 124 loans from round one of the PPP, totaling $8.8 million in SBA loans. The Company has booked $411,000 in fee income for round one for the current fiscal year. The remaining fee income will be accreted over the life of the remaining PPP loans. Within the second round of the PPP, the Company has funded 83 loans totaling approximately $5.7 million and has received approval for 89 loans, totaling $6.5 million. The Company anticipates $375,000 in additional PPP fee income from the second round. Update on Litigation Matters. North Shore Bank, FSB Matter In October 2019, the Company announced that the Bank entered a definitive purchase and assumption agreement to acquire two Illinois State Bank branch banking centers located in Lake in the Hills, Illinois and McHenry, Illinois. The Bank terminated the purchase and assumption agreement in April 2020. North Shore Bank, FSB subsequently filed suit against the Bank, alleging such termination was in breach of the agreement. In June 2020, the Bank filed its Answer to the Complaint along with its Counterclaim against North Shore Bank FSB, alleging multiple material violations of the purchase and assumption agreement, which ultimately led to the April 2020 termination. The Bank continues to work with Howard and Howard Attorneys, PLLC, to steadfastly represent the Company in this matter and seek breach damages of $500,000, legal fees, along with other monetary damages to the Bank and Company in the mid to high seven figure range. The Bank is continuing the discovery phase of the claim and believes that the likelihood of an adverse event occurring is remote. As a result of the limited knowledge of the facts and circumstances of the situation to date and that a loss is neither considered probable or estimable at this point, a loss contingency does not need to be recorded, nor disclosed, in the financial statements. Accounting guidance supports the accrual of probable and reasonably estimable legal fees that relate to loss contingencies. Management concludes that it is probable that legal fees will be incurred, and those fees are reasonably estimable (based on communications from the attorney’s handing the matter). The Bank has been receiving updated estimates monthly from Howard and Howard and continues to accrue for those expenses monthly. As of June 30, 2020, the Bank has met its $50,000 deductible and the expense has been recorded with the year end June 30, 2020 financial statements. The Company received reimbursement from the insurance bond, for previous period accruals, for a total of $235,000. Any future legal costs for defense expense are expected to be reimbursed by the Company bond. Fraudulent Loan Matter From the March 31, 2020 quarter, the Company continues to monitor and work through a $1.7 million-dollar commercial relationship that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early in June. Prior to this Chapter 11 bankruptcy, collection efforts included the use of the courts in DuPage County, IL. The case was converted by the court to a full Chapter 7 whereby the Bank continues to hold senior priority lien rights on remaining assets. In addition, the Bank holds personal guarantees of the three principals. Through discovery the Company believes its collateral position was diluted through misappropriated acts by the borrower, which was identified in the first 30 days by the Bank and is now being investigated by the US Trustee. As a result, the Company has taken $1.1 million in write downs and made the appropriate provisions to the ALLL. The Company has received recoveries of $504,000 during the current quarter end and believes there will be further recoveries in the future as the situation continues resolution through the court process. The remaining $639,000, which the Bank holds, is guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The Bank is in the process of an SBA buyback of that remaining $639,000 balance. The SBA has been cooperative, has approved their portion of legal fees, and is seeking a referral to the SBA Office of Inspector General for further criminal investigation. Concurrently, since February 2020, the Company is a Plaintiff in DuPage County, Illinois, for the personal guarantees. About Royal Financial, Inc. Royal Savings Bank offers a range of checking and savings products and a full line of home and commercial lending solutions. Royal Savings Bank has been operating continuously in the Chicagoland area since 1887, and currently has nine branches and lending centers in Homewood and St. Charles, Illinois. Visit Royal Financial, Inc. and Royal Savings Bank at www.royalbankweb.com. Safe–Harbor Forward Looking Statements: This press release may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies, and expectations, can generally be identified by use of the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” or similar expressions. Our ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those predicted in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of the Company and the Bank include, but are not limited to, changes in interest rates; the economic health of the local real estate market; general economic conditions, including but not limited to the coronavirus outbreak; continued credit deterioration in our loan portfolio that would cause us to further increase our allowance for loan losses; legislative/regulatory changes; monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board; the quality or composition of the loan and securities portfolios; demand for loan products in our market areas; deposit flows; competition; demand for financial services in our market areas; and changes in accounting principles, policies, and guidelines. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Contact: Mr. Leonard Szwajkowski President and CEO Royal Financial, Inc. Telephone: (773) 382-2111 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Royal Financial, Inc. and SubsidiaryConsolidated Statements of OperationsThree and Nine Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020(Unaudited) Three Months EndedMarch 31, Nine Months EndedMarch 31, 2021 2020 2021 2020 Interest income Loans, including fees$4,489,697 $3,908,286 $13,562,026 $12,180,098 Securities 163,292 235,452 517,315 731,824 Federal funds sold and other 10,615 79,931 31,535 251,384 Total interest income 4,663,604 4,223,669 14,110,876 13,163,306 Interest expense Deposits 455,362 807,916 1,709,401 2,704,859 Borrowings 54,652 93,579 171,850 352,761 Total interest expense 510,014 901,495 1,881,251 3,057,620 Net interest income 4,153,590 3,322,175 12,229,625 10,105,686 Provision (credit) for loan losses (300,000) 1,290,000 260,000 1,290,000 Net interest income after provision for loan losses 4,453,590 2,032,175 11,969,625 8,815,686 Non-interest income Service charges on deposit accounts 156,053 141,903 477,788 462,894 Secondary mortgage market fees - 5,365 348 27,985 Rental Income 46,527 47,044 139,288 158,079 Loss on sale of premises and equipment - - - (8,185)Other 554 249 1,005 715 Total non-interest income 203,134 194,560 618,428 641,488 Non-interest expense Salaries and employee benefits 1,203,737 1,246,268 3,411,492 3,529,904 Occupancy and equipment 542,996 512,967 1,604,623 1,497,075 Data processing 226,605 221,648 715,730 669,291 Professional services 194,383 280,198 449,812 567,062 Director fees 42,000 42,000 126,000 126,000 Marketing 39,461 29,747 92,536 83,041 FDIC insurance expense 77,600 25,000 227,534 14,305 Insurance premiums 27,517 31,887 76,454 77,528 Other real estate owned expense, net 7,230 9,847 (4,477) 29,117 Acquisition Expense (159,839) 77,547 31,887 197,004 Amortization on Core Deposit Intangibles 35,207 35,207 105,620 105,620 Other 214,886 212,026 638,468 740,522 Total non-interest expense 2,451,784 2,724,343 7,475,678 7,636,470 Income (loss) before income taxes 2,204,940 (497,608) 5,112,375 1,820,704 Provision for income taxes 428,000 80,000 1,257,000 819,000 Net Income (Loss)$1,776,940 $(577,608)$3,855,375 $1,001,704 Basic earnings (loss) per share$0.69 $(0.23) $1.50 $0.39 Diluted earnings (loss) per share$0.68 $(0.23) $1.48 $0.39 This report has not been prepared in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") rules applicable to SEC registrant companies and is not intended to comply with such rules. Royal Financial, Inc. and SubsidiaryConsolidated Statements of Financial Condition March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020(Unaudited) March 31, 2021 June 30, 2020 Assets Cash and non-interest bearing balances in financial institutions$3,341,573 $3,757,301 Interest bearing balances in financial institutions 23,579,980 10,872,461 Federal funds sold 106,265 133,515 Total cash and cash equivalents$27,027,819 $14,763,277 Investment certificates of deposit$492,000 $672,000 Securities available for sale 27,133,753 31,355,841 Loans Receivable, net of Allowance for loan losses 440,848,191 356,735,349 of $3,738,215 at March 31, 2021, $3,150,808 at June 30, 2020 Federal Home Loan Bank Stock, at cost 836,300 836,300 Premises and equipment, net 15,479,859 15,694,976 Accrued interest receivable 2,225,247 1,788,867 Other real estate owned 780 297,544 Deferred tax asset 4,708,504 6,736,969 Core deposit intangibles 573,386 679,006 Goodwill 1,755,189 1,755,189 Other assets 2,807,413 2,799,407 Total Assets$ 523,888,442 $ 434,114,725 Liabilities & Stockholders Equity Deposits$465,211,097 $373,340,219 Advances from borrowers for taxes and insurance 4,106,046 4,876,363 Federal Home Loan Bank advances - 4,000,000 Notes payable 7,250,000 7,750,000 Accrued interest payable and other liabilities 537,050 1,333,685 Total Liabilities$477,104,193 $391,300,267 Stockholder's Equity Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value per share, authorized 1,000,000 shares, no issues are outstanding$- $- Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share, authorized 5,000,000 shares, 2,645,000 shares issued at June 30, 2020 and 2019 26,450 26,450 Additional Paid-In Capital 24,362,134 23,924,787 Retained Earnings 22,208,315 18,352,940 Treasury Stock, 77,427 shares as of March 31, 2021 and 88,482 shares as of June 30, 2020, at cost (665,954) (450,370)Accumulated other comprehensive income 853,303 960,651 Total Capital$46,784,249 $42,814,458 Total Liabilities and Stockholder's Equity$ 523,888,442 $ 434,114,725 This report has not been prepared in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") rules applicable to SEC registrant companies and is not intended to comply with such rules.