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ESSA Bancorp Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

December 11, 2009 | About:
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ESSA Bancorp Inc. (ESSA) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2009-09-30.

ESSA Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for ESSA Bank & Trust and is the leading service-oriented financial institution that provides services to individuals, families, and businesses in greater Pocono, Pennsylvania region. The Bank maintains its corporate headquarters in downtown Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and has community offices throughout the Pocono area. In addition to being one of the region's largest mortgage lenders, ESSA Bank & Trust offers a full range of retail and commercial financial services. ESSA Bank & Trust's business consists primarily of accepting deposits from the general public and investing those deposits, together with funds generated from operations and borrowings, in residential first mortgage loans, including construction mortgage loans, commercial real estate, home equity loans and lines of credit, commercial and consumer loans. Essa Bancorp Inc. has a market cap of $172.8 million; its shares were traded at around $12 with a P/E ratio of 26.1 and P/S ratio of 3. The dividend yield of Essa Bancorp Inc. stocks is 1.6%.

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ESSA Bancorp, Inc. is the Pennsylvania-chartered stock holding company of ESSA Bank & Trust. ESSA Bancorp, Inc. owns 100% of the outstanding shares of common stock of ESSA Bank & Trust. Since being formed in 2006, ESSA Bancorp, Inc. has engaged primarily in the business of holding the common stock of ESSA Bank & Trust. Our executive offices are located at 200 Palmer Street, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360. Our telephone number at this address is (570) 421-0531. ESSA Bancorp, Inc. is subject to comprehensive regulation and examination by the Office of Thrift Supervision. At September 30, 2009, ESSA Bancorp, Inc. had consolidated assets of $1.04 billion, consolidated deposits of $408.9 million and consolidated stockholders’ equity of $185.5 million. Its consolidated net income for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2009 was $6.6 million.

On April 3, 2007, ESSA Bancorp, Inc. consummated its stock offering, resulting in gross proceeds of $158.7 million, through the sale of 15,870,000 shares at a price of $10.00 per share. ESSA Bancorp, Inc. also contributed 1,110,900 shares of its common stock to the ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation along with $1.6 million in cash. Expenses related to the offering were approximately $2.9 million, which resulted in net proceeds of approximately $155.8 million prior to the contribution to the ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation.

ESSA Bancorp, Inc. loaned approximately $13.6 million to the ESSA Bank & Trust’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan. ESSA Bancorp, Inc. retained approximately $64.3 million of the net proceeds of the offering prior to the contribution to the ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation, and the remainder of the net proceeds were contributed to ESSA Bank & Trust.

Historically, our principal lending activity has been the origination of first mortgage loans for the purchase, construction or refinancing of one- to four-family residential real property. During the past five years, we have increased our originations of commercial real estate loans in an effort to increase interest income, diversify our loan portfolio, and better serve the community. These loans have increased from 7.2% of our total loan portfolio at September 30, 2005 to $68.0 million, or 9.2% of our total loan portfolio at September 30, 2009. One- to four-family residential real estate mortgage loans represented $603.8 million, or 81.7%, of our loan portfolio at September 30, 2009. Home equity loans and lines of credit totaled $46.8 million, or 6.3% of our loan portfolio at September 30, 2009. Commercial loans totaled $16.5 million, or 2.2% of our loan portfolio at September 30, 2009 and construction first mortgage loans totaled $1.7 million, or 0.2% of the total loan portfolio at September 30, 2009. We originate other consumer loans on a limited basis.

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