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Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. Reports 175% Year-Over-Year Increase in Business Banking Loan Portfolio

January 24, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: DCOM) (the “Company” or “Dime”), the parent company of Dime Community Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income of $51.3 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, or $1.38 per diluted common share. For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, net income was $12.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share.

Excluding the impact of $0.7 million of pre-tax severance-related expenses related to a workforce reduction and a $0.7 million reduction in income tax expense associated with a one-time tax rate benefit recognized in conjunction with the filing of the prior year tax return, earnings per share (“EPS”) for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 would have been $0.34, which represents a 6.3% increase versus EPS of $0.32 for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

The increase in linked quarter EPS was primarily attributable to a 13 basis points linked quarter increase in the net interest margin (“NIM”). Excluding the impact of prepayment related fee income, the NIM increased by 1 basis point on a linked quarter basis.

Relationship Based Business Banking Division Drives Net Interest Margin Expansion

Commenting on the linked quarter NIM expansion, Kenneth J. Mahon, President and CEO of the Company, stated, “The increase in our NIM (excluding the impact of prepayment fees) was driven by the growing contribution of our Business Banking division. The Business Banking division’s loan portfolio reached $648 million (or 12% of total loans) at December 31, 2018, versus $511 million (or 9% of total loans) at September 30, 2018. As the Business Banking portfolio increasingly becomes a larger percentage of our overall balance sheet, we expect our overall loan yields to continue trending upwards. Notably, the ending weighted average rate on the total loan portfolio increased nine basis points when comparing the fourth quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2018, versus a seven basis points increase when comparing the third quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2018.”

Mr. Mahon continued: “In addition, the linked quarter increase in our cost of deposits was only nine basis points, compared to a twelve basis point increase when comparing the third quarter of 2018 with the second quarter of 2018. Total Business Banking deposits grew to approximately $188 million at year-end and contributed to the lower linked quarter deposit beta. Dime’s new business model is beginning to bear fruit, and the results are becoming more apparent on our financial statements as each quarter passes.”

Repricing Loans, That Have Low Existing Coupons, Provide Significant Re-Mixing Opportunity

Mr. Mahon commented: “As outlined in the table below, Dime has $1.54 billion of real estate loans on its balance sheet that will reach contractual repricings (generally at 200-250 basis points over the then current 5-Year Federal Home Loan Bank advance rate) over the next two years. The presence of these loans on our balance sheet, and the loan origination capabilities we have developed as part of our Business Banking build out, provides us the opportunity to continue growing the core NIM in the year ahead.”

(As of December 31, 2018) FY 2019 FY 2020 ------------------------------------- -------------- -------------- Amount of Repricing Real Estate Loans $613.3 million $924.5 million ------------------------------------- -------------- -------------- Weighted Average Rate 3.24% 3.55% ------------------------------------- -------------- --------------

Highlights for the fourth quarter of 2018 included:

-- Continued robust Business Banking originations of $142.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 176% increase versus the fourth quarter of 2017; -- New Business Banking loan originations for the fourth quarter of 2018 were at significantly higher rates than the overall portfolio. The weighted average rate (“WAR”) on new Business Banking real estate originations was 5.08% and the WAR on new C&I originations was 6.12% for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to the total real estate and C&I loan portfolio WAR of 3.82% for the quarter ended December 31, 2018; -- Strong growth in checking account balances. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, the sum of average non-interest bearing checking account balances and average interest bearing checking account balances for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased by 18.4% to $502.1 million; -- In December 2018, the Bank was designated a “Preferred Lender” by the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”). The designation will enable the Bank to make SBA lending approvals more rapidly. In January 2019, the Bank hired Kevin Gallagher as Senior Vice President and Head of SBA Lending, to lead its SBA Lending division; -- The Company repurchased 494,249 shares, which represented approximately 1.4% of beginning period shares outstanding, in the fourth quarter of 2018 at a weighted average price of $17.13; -- Consolidated Company commercial real estate (“CRE”) concentration ratio of 703% at December 31, 2018, versus 775% at December 31, 2017; -- Nonperforming assets and loans 90 days or more past due on accrual status declined by 42% on a linked quarter basis to $2.4 million at December 31, 2018, and represented only 0.04% of total assets at that date; and -- Reported book value per share and tangible book value per share (which consists of common equity less goodwill, divided by the number of shares outstanding) grew to $16.68 and $15.14, respectively, at December 31, 2018 (see “Non-GAAP Reconciliation” tables at the end of this news release).

Mr. Mahon commented, “We surpassed our internal full year 2018 loan portfolio net growth target for the Business Banking division by over $90 million and expect continued strong growth for this portfolio during 2019. We remain steadfast in our belief that the Business Banking division will accelerate the re-mixing of our balance sheet towards a more relationship-driven model and drive solid, long-term risk adjusted commercial-bank like margins and returns.”

Management’s Discussion of Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Results

Net Interest Income

Net interest income in 2018 was $146.3 million, a decrease of $6.4 million (-4.2%) from 2017. The decrease reflects a $9.6 million increase in interest income offset by a $16.0 million increase in interest expense. Net interest margin was 2.41% during 2018, compared to 2.54% in 2017.

Balance Sheet

Total assets decreased by $82.9 million (-1.3%) in 2018, primarily the result of a decrease in loans of $209.0 million, partially offset by an increase in securities of $150.4 million. Mr. Mahon commented, “We are pleased that our decision to contain asset growth for 2018 produced the desired results on core NIM. While the size of our balance sheet contracted a modest amount in 2018, we were focused on creating a higher quality balance sheet with the intermediate-term goal of growing linked quarter core NIM by year-end, which we successfully accomplished. As mentioned previously, relationship-based Business Banking loans now comprise 12% of our loan portfolio and we intend to continue growing this component of our balance sheet in 2019.” Total deposits decreased $46.7 million from 2018 to 2017. Mr. Mahon continued, “Total deposits declined by approximately 1% on a year-over-year basis, primarily due to approximately $415 million of net outflows from our DimeDirect internet channel, as we did not raise our posted rates beyond 1.35%. The current internet channel deposit portfolio is down to approximately $291 million at year-end 2018, and we expect the magnitude of dollar outflows to decline over time, resulting in less of a headwind to grow overall deposits over time. Most importantly, we improved the quality of our deposit base over the course of 2018, as evidenced by the non-interest- bearing deposits to total deposits ratio increasing by over 200 basis points on a year-over-year basis. We continue to manage our deposit pricing to remain competitive with the market while keeping our loan-to-deposit ratio range at approximately 125%. We remain committed to managing the balance sheet and the loan-to-deposit ratio with the goal of keeping deposit betas as low as possible. This past year, the results have met our financial objectives.” We reduced our reliance on Federal Home Loan Bank advances, as that portfolio declined by approximately $44.7 million on a year-over-year basis.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income of $9.5 million in 2018 included gains of $1.4 million on securities and other assets and $0.3 million from the sale of loans. Non-interest income of $21.5 million in 2017 included gains of $10.4 million from the sale of premises, $2.6 million from securities and other assets, and $1.5 million from the sale of loans. Excluding these gains, non-interest income was $7.9 million in 2018 and $7.0 million in 2017.

Non-Interest Expense

Non-interest expense was $86.9 million in 2018 and $85.0 million during 2017. During 2018, the Company recognized $0.7 million of severance expense related to a reduction in the workforce in the fourth quarter of 2018. During 2017, the Company recognized non-recurring expenses of $1.3 million for loss on extinguishment of debt related to the redemption of trust preferred securities and $1.7 million related to de-conversion costs associated with the planned change in the Bank’s core processor. Excluding these items, non-interest expense was $86.2 million in 2018 and $82.0 million in 2017, an increase of $4.2 million in 2018. The increase was primarily the result of increased salaries and employee benefits as the Company added relationship bankers and support staff for its Business Banking buildout.

The ratio of non-interest expense to average assets was 1.38% in 2018 compared to 1.37% in 2017. Excluding the non-recurring expenses mentioned above, the ratio was 1.37% and 1.32% for 2018 and 2017, respectively. The efficiency ratio was 56.25% in 2018, up from 53.24% in 2017. Excluding the non-recurring expenses mentioned above, the ratio was 55.77% and 51.37% for 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Management’s Discussion of Quarterly Operating Results

Net Interest Income

Net interest income in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $37.2 million, higher than the $35.0 million for the third quarter of 2018, and a decrease of $1.6 million (-4.1%) over the fourth quarter of 2017. NIM was 2.46% during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to 2.33% in the third quarter of 2018, and 2.50% in the fourth quarter of 2017. For the fourth quarter of 2018, income from prepayment activity totaled $3.2 million, benefiting NIM by 21 basis points, compared to $1.3 million, or 9 basis points, during the third quarter of 2018, and $1.3 million, or 8 basis points, during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Average interest-earning assets were $6.03 billion for the fourth quarter of 2018, representing a 1.0% (annualized) increase from $6.02 billion for the third quarter of 2018 and a 2.8% decrease from $6.20 billion for the fourth quarter of 2017.

For the fourth quarter of 2018, the average yield on interest-earning assets was 3.85%, an increase of 22 basis points compared with the third quarter of 2018, and an increase of 33 basis points compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. The average cost of funds (which includes Federal Home Loan Bank advances) was 1.63% for the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of 11 basis points versus the third quarter of 2018, and an increase of 44 basis points versus the fourth quarter of 2017.

Loans

The real estate loan portfolio decreased by $41.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2018. Real estate loan originations were $232.8 million during the quarter, at a weighted average interest rate of 4.89%. Real estate loan amortization and satisfactions totaled $267.6 million, or 20.7% (annualized) of the portfolio balance, at an average rate of 3.69%. The annualized real estate loan payoff rate of 20.7% for fourth quarter 2018 was higher than both the third quarter 2018 (14.0%) and the fourth quarter 2017 (10.2%). Average real estate loans were $5.18 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, a decrease of $20.2 million (-1.6% annualized) from the third quarter of 2018 and a decrease of $644.0 million (-11.1%) from the fourth quarter of 2017.

Outlined below are the loan originations for the current quarter, linked quarter and year-ago quarter.

($s in millions) Originations/ Weighted Average Rate ------------------------ ------------------------------------- Real Estate Originations Q4 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2017 ------------------------ ------------ ------------ ----------- Non-Business Banking $131.6/4.74% $ 47.2/4.71% $46.5/4.14% ------------------------ ------------ ------------ ----------- Business Banking $101.2/5.08% $101.8/4.99% $24.1/4.78% ------------------------ ------------ ------------ ----------- Total Real Estate $232.8/4.89% $149.0/4.90% $70.6/4.36% ------------------------ ------------ ------------ ----------- C&I Originations $ 41.2/6.12% $ 44.3/5.67% $27.5/4.94% ------------------------ ------------ ------------ -----------

Deposits and Borrowed Funds

The Company continues to focus on growing relationship-based business deposits sourced from its retail branches and its Business Banking division. The Business Banking division ended the fourth quarter of 2018 with approximately $98.7 million of low-cost relationship-based checking and leasehold deposits at an average rate of approximately 1 basis point and total deposits of $188.2 million at an average rate of 51 basis points, compared to approximately $52.2 million of checking and leasehold deposits at an average rate of approximately 1 basis point and total deposits of $77.3 million at an average rate of 13 basis points, respectively, for the year-ago time period.

The cost of total deposits increased 9 basis points on a linked quarter basis, compared to a 12 basis points increase when comparing the third quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2018. Total deposits decreased by $25.5 million on a linked quarter basis to $4.36 billion, due to net outflows from the DimeDirect internet channel totaling $88.2 million offset by $62.7 million of growth in all other deposit categories.

The loan-to-deposit ratio was 123.8% at December 31, 2018, compared to 123.5% at September 30, 2018 and 127.2% at December 31, 2017.

Total borrowings increased $82.4 million during the fourth quarter of 2018 versus the third quarter of 2018. At December 31, 2018, 32.7% of the $1.13 billion Federal Home Loan Bank borrowing portfolio consisted of bullet advances that have a remaining term of less than a year, compared to 45.5% of the $1.17 billion Federal Home Loan Bank borrowing portfolio from the prior year end.

Non-Interest Income

Non-interest income was $1.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2018. Non-interest income for the third quarter of 2018 was $2.2 million. In the fourth quarter of 2017, non-interest income was $13.7 million which included $10.4 million from the sale of premises and $1.5 million on the sale of loans; excluding these items, non-interest income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $1.8 million.

Non-Interest Expense

Non-interest expense was $22.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2018, $21.6 million during the third quarter of 2018, and $22.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2017. During the fourth quarter the Company recognized a non-recurring expense of $0.7 million for severance expense related to a reduction in the workforce.

Excluding the non-recurring item in the fourth quarter of 2018, non-interest expense was $22.0 million.

The ratio of non-interest expense to average assets was 1.46% during the fourth quarter of 2018, higher than the third quarter of 2018 (1.39%), and higher than the fourth quarter of 2017 (1.41%). The efficiency ratio was 57.98% during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to 58.13% during the linked quarter and 55.63% during the fourth quarter of 2017. Excluding the non-recurring expenses mentioned above, the ratio of non-interest expense to average assets was 1.41% and the efficiency ratio was 56.12% during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Income Tax Expense and Deferred Tax Asset and Liability Re-evaluation

The effective income tax rate was 20.4% during the fourth quarter of 2018, lower than the 23.1% recorded in the third quarter of 2018. As disclosed previously, in the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company recognized a one-time tax rate benefit in conjunction with the filing of the prior year tax return.

Credit Quality

Non-performing loans were $2.3 million, or 0.04% of total loans, at December 31, 2018, a decrease from $3.0 million, or 0.05% of total loans, at September 30, 2018. The allowance for loan losses was 0.40% of total loans at December 31, 2018, up slightly from the 0.39% at September 30, 2018. At December 31, 2018, non-performing assets represented 0.4% of the sum of tangible capital plus the allowance for loan losses (this non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (“GAAP”) statistic is otherwise known as the “Texas Ratio”) (see table at the end of this news release). A provision for loan losses of $0.6 million was recorded during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to a loan loss provision of $0.3 million during the third quarter of 2018.

Capital Management

The Company’s consolidated Tier 1 capital to average assets (“leverage ratio”), which was 8.92% at December 31, 2018, was in excess of all applicable regulatory requirements.

The Bank’s regulatory capital ratios continued to be in excess of all applicable regulatory requirements, inclusive of conservation buffer amounts. At December 31, 2018, the Bank’s leverage ratio was 10.31%, while Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets and Total capital to risk-weighted assets ratios were 13.36% and 13.82%, respectively.

Mr. Mahon commented, “During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Board of Directors approved our thirteenth share repurchase program. We believe that the share repurchase program is consistent with the Company’s objectives to enhance long-term shareholder value. As disclosed previously, the Company repurchased 1.4% of beginning period shares outstanding in the fourth quarter at a weighted average price of $17.13.”

Diluted earnings per common share exceeded the quarterly $0.14 cash dividend per share by 142.86% during the fourth quarter of 2018, equating to a 41.18% payout ratio.

Book value per share was $16.68 and tangible book value (common equity less goodwill divided by number of shares outstanding) per share was $15.14 at December 31, 2018.

Earnings Call Information

The Company will conduct a conference call at 5:30 p.m. (ET) on January 24, 2019, during which President and Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth J. Mahon, will discuss the Company’s fourth quarter and fiscal year performance, with a Q&A session to follow. Dial-in information for the live call is 1-888-317-6016. Upon dialing in, request to be joined into Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. call with the conference operator.

The conference call will be simultaneously webcast (listen only), and archived for a period of one year, at https://services.choruscall.com/links/dcom190124.html. Dial-in information for the replay is 1-877-344-7529 using access code #10127443. Replay will be available January 24, 2019 (6:30 p.m.) through January 31, 2019 (11:59 p.m.).

ABOUT DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC.

The Company had $6.32 billion in consolidated assets as of December 31, 2018, and is the parent company of the Bank. The Bank was founded in 1864, is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, and currently has twenty-nine branches located throughout Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Nassau County and Suffolk Counties, New York. More information on the Company and the bank can be found on Dime’s website at www.dime.com.

This news release contains a number of forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). These statements may be identified by use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “outlook,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and similar terms and phrases, including references to assumptions.

Forward-looking statements are based upon various assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of management’s experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors (many of which are beyond the Company’s control) that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following: the timing and occurrence or non-occurrence of events may be subject to circumstances beyond the Company’s control; there may be increases in competitive pressure among financial institutions or from non-financial institutions; changes in the interest rate environment may reduce interest margins; changes in deposit flows, loan demand or real estate values may adversely affect the business of the Company and/or the Bank; changes in tax laws or accounting principles, policies or guidelines may cause the Company’s financial condition to be perceived differently; changes in corporate and/or individual income tax laws may adversely affect the Company’s financial condition or results of operations; general economic conditions, either nationally or locally in some or all areas in which the Company conducts business, or conditions in the securities markets or the banking industry may be less favorable than the Company currently anticipates; legislation or regulatory changes may adversely affect the Company’s business; technological changes may be more difficult or expensive than the Company anticipates; success or consummation of new business initiatives may be more difficult or expensive than the Company anticipates; or litigation or other matters before regulatory agencies, whether currently existing or commencing in the future, may delay the occurrence or non-occurrence of events longer than the Company anticipates. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. See the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission for more information.

Contact: Avinash ReddyExecutive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer718-782-6200 extension 5909

DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES,INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION (Dollars in thousands except share amounts) December 31, September 30, December 31, 2018 2018 2017 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - ASSETS: Cash and due from banks $ 147,256 $ 132,822 $ 169,455 Mortgage-backed securities available for sale 466,605 465,490 351,384 Investment securities available for sale 36,280 5,088 4,006 Marketable equity securities, at fair value 5,667 6,111 - Trading securities - - 2,715 Real Estate Loans: One-to-four family and cooperative/condominium apartment 96,847 71,464 63,095 Multifamily residential and residential mixed use (1)(2) 3,866,788 4,015,424 4,381,180 Commercial real estate 1,170,085 1,106,430 1,010,603 Acquisition, development, and construction (“ADC”) 29,402 11,144 9,189 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Total real estate loans 5,163,122 5,204,462 5,464,067 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Commercial and industrial (“C&I”) 229,504 207,743 136,671 Other loans 1,192 1,162 1,379 Allowance for loan losses (21,782 ) (21,330 ) (21,033 ) - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Total loans, net 5,372,036 5,392,037 5,581,084 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Premises and fixed assets, net 24,713 24,736 24,326 Loans held for sale 1,097 - - Federal Home Loan Bank of New York capital stock 57,551 53,842 59,696 Bank Owned Life Insurance (“BOLI”) 111,427 110,706 108,545 Goodwill 55,638 55,638 55,638 Other assets 42,308 47,723 46,611 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - TOTAL ASSETS $ 6,320,578 $ 6,294,193 $ 6,403,460 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY: Deposits: Non-interest bearing checking $ 395,477 $ 368,780 $ 307,746 Interest-bearing checking 115,972 112,180 124,283 Savings 336,669 342,908 362,092 Money Market 2,098,599 2,220,719 2,517,439 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Sub-total 2,946,717 3,044,587 3,311,560 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Certificates of deposit 1,410,037 1,337,663 1,091,887 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Total Due to Depositors 4,356,754 4,382,250 4,403,447 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Escrow and other deposits 85,234 119,796 82,168 Federal Home Loan Bank of New York advances 1,125,350 1,042,925 1,170,000 Subordinated Notes Payable, net 113,759 113,722 113,612 Other liabilities 37,400 31,923 35,666 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - TOTAL LIABILITIES 5,718,497 5,690,616 5,804,893 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY: Common stock ($0.01 par, 125,000,000 shares authorized, 53,690,825 shares, 53,690,825 shares and 53,624,453 shares issued at December 31, 2018, September 30, 2018, and December 31, 2017, respectively, and 36,092,952 shares, 36,612,153 shares and 37,419,070 shares outstanding at December 31, 2018, September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, 537 537 536 respectively) Additional paid-in capital 277,512 277,718 276,730 Retained earnings 565,713 558,357 535,130 Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of deferred taxes (6,500 ) (5,734 ) (3,641 ) Unearned Restricted Stock Award common stock (3,623 ) (4,699 ) (2,894 ) Common stock held by the Benefit Maintenance Plan (1,509 ) (1,509 ) (2,736 ) Treasury stock (17,597,873 shares, 17,078,672 shares and 16,205,383 shares at December 31, 2018, September 30, 2018, and December 31, 2017, (230,049 ) (221,093 ) (204,558 ) respectively) - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY 602,081 603,577 598,567 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 6,320,578 $ 6,294,193 $ 6,403,460 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - (1) Includes loans underlying cooperatives. (2) While the loans within this category are often considered “commercial real estate” in nature, multifamily and loans underlying cooperatives are here reported separately from commercial real estate loans in order to emphasize the residential nature of the collateral underlying this significant component of the total loan portfolio.

DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Dollars in thousands except share and per share amounts) For the Three MonthsEnded For the Year Ended -------------------------------------------- ---------------------------- December 31, September December 31, December 31, December 31, 30, 2018 2018 2017 2018 2017 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Interest income: Loans secured by real estate $ 49,953 $ 47,486 $ 51,254 $ 194,842 $ 204,487 Commercial and industrial (“C&I”) 3,200 2,729 1,514 9,741 3,072 Other loans 19 18 20 74 75 Mortgage-backed securities 3,279 2,852 487 10,794 542 Investment securities 240 59 115 363 577 Other short-term investments 1,359 1,480 1,204 5,896 3,343 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Total interestincome 58,050 54,624 54,594 221,710 212,096 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Interest expense: Deposits and escrow 14,289 13,361 9,967 50,389 38,391 Borrowed funds 6,611 6,235 5,895 24,995 20,975 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Total interest expense 20,900 19,596 15,862 75,384 59,366 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Net interest income 37,150 35,028 38,732 146,326 152,730 Provision for loan losses 603 335 (1,000 ) 2,244 520 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Net interest income afterprovision for loan losses 36,547 34,693 39,732 144,082 152,210 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Non-interest income: Service charges and other fees 1,199 1,233 1,167 4,642 3,828 Mortgage banking income, net 75 79 51 367 201 Gain (loss) on equity and trading (416 ) 99 (29 ) (302 ) 133 securities Gain on sale of securities and - - - 1,370 2,607 other assets Gain on sale of loans 159 18 1,475 302 1,475 Gain on the sale of premises held - - 10,412 - 10,412 for sale Income from BOLI 721 729 563 2,882 2,217 Other 83 63 67 262 641 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Total non-interest income 1,821 2,221 13,706 9,523 21,514 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Non-interest expense: Salaries and employee benefits 12,042 10,963 9,777 45,066 37,354 Stock benefit plan compensation 326 403 339 1,524 1,369 expense Occupancy and equipment 3,836 3,845 3,581 15,250 14,201 Data processing costs 1,635 1,823 1,778 7,009 8,280 Marketing 1,030 975 1,375 3,198 5,774 Federal deposit insurance premiums 448 382 724 1,969 2,966 Loss from extinguishment of debt - - - 1,272 Other 3,428 3,194 4,999 12,874 13,770 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Total non-interest expense 22,745 21,585 22,573 86,890 84,986 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Income before taxes 15,623 15,329 30,865 66,715 88,738 Income tax expense 3,183 3,547 15,442 15,427 36,856 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Net Income $ 12,440 $ 11,782 $ 15,423 $ 51,288 $ 51,882 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Earnings per Share (“EPS”): Basic $ 0.34 $ 0.32 $ 0.41 $ 1.38 $ 1.38 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Diluted $ 0.34 $ 0.32 $ 0.41 $ 1.38 $ 1.38 - ---------- - - ---------- - ---------- - - ---------- - - ---------- Average common shares outstanding for Diluted EPS 36,296,298 37,189,648 37,432,283 37,087,762 37,510,449

DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (Dollars in thousands except per share amounts) Ator For the Three MonthsEnded At or For the YearEnded ------------------------------------------- ---------------------------- December 31, September 30, December 31, December 31, December 31, 2018 2018 2017 2018 2017 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Per Share Data: Reported EPS (Diluted) $ 0.34 $ 0.32 $ 0.41 $ 1.38 $ 1.38 Cash dividends paid per share 0.14 0.14 0.14 0.56 0.56 Book value per share 16.68 16.49 16.00 16.68 16.00 Tangible book value per share (1) 15.14 14.97 14.51 15.14 14.51 Dividend payout ratio 41.18 % 43.75 % 34.15 % 40.58 % 40.58 % Performance Ratios (Based upon Reported Net Income): Return on average assets 0.80 % 0.76 % 0.96 % 0.82 % 0.84 % Return on average common equity 8.25 % 7.71 % 10.41 % 8.44 % 8.94 % Return on average tangible common 9.08 % 8.49 % 11.49 % 9.30 % 9.89 % equity (1) Net interest spread 2.22 % 2.11 % 2.33 % 2.20 % 2.38 % Net interest margin 2.46 % 2.33 % 2.50 % 2.41 % 2.54 % Average interest-earning assets to 118.71 % 117.46 % 117.07 % 117.47 % 116.55 % average interest-bearing liabilities Non-interest expense to average 1.46 % 1.39 % 1.41 % 1.38 % 1.37 % assets Efficiency ratio 57.98 % 58.13 % 55.63 % 56.25 % 53.24 % Loan-to-deposit ratio at end of 123.80 % 123.53 % 127.22 % 123.80 % 127.22 % period CRE consolidated concentration ratio 702.7 % 706.1 % 775.2 % 702.7 % 775.2 % (2) Effective tax rate 20.37 % 23.14 % 50.03 % 23.12 % 41.53 % Average Balance Data: Average assets $ 6,251,691 $ 6,231,801 $ 6,400,719 $ 6,279,483 $ 6,211,645 Average interest-earning assets 6,031,823 6,016,728 6,203,511 6,060,291 6,007,562 Average loans 5,400,166 5,388,065 5,949,955 5,454,128 5,843,409 Average deposits 4,349,419 4,386,631 4,351,863 4,377,439 4,417,287 Average common equity 603,358 611,022 592,762 607,353 580,430 Average tangible common equity (1) 547,721 555,385 537,124 551,716 524,792 Asset Quality Summary: Non-performing loans (excluding $ 2,345 $ 2,978 $ 533 $ 2,345 $ 533 loans held for sale) Non-performing assets 2,345 2,978 533 2,345 533 Net charge-offs (recoveries) 152 (11 ) (26 ) 1,497 23 Non-performing loans/ Total loans 0.04 % 0.06 % 0.01 % 0.04 % 0.01 % Non-performing assets/ Total assets 0.04 % 0.05 % 0.01 % 0.04 % 0.01 % Allowance for loan loss/ Total loans 0.40 % 0.39 % 0.38 % 0.40 % 0.38 % Allowance for loan loss/ 928.87 % 716.25 % 3946.15 % 928.87 % 3946.15 % Non-performing loans Loans delinquent 30 to 89 days at $ 424 $ 531 $ 37 $ 424 $ 37 period end Capital Ratios - Consolidated: Tangible common equity to tangible 8.72 % 8.78 % 8.55 % 8.72 % 8.55 % assets (1) Tier 1 common equity ratio 11.52 11.66 11.42 11.52 11.42 Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 11.52 11.66 11.42 11.52 11.42 Total risk-based capital ratio 14.38 14.54 14.27 14.38 14.27 Tier 1 leverage ratio 8.92 8.96 8.61 8.92 8.61 Capital Ratios - Bank Only: Tier 1 common equity ratio 13.36 % 13.26 % 12.38 % 13.36 % 12.38 % Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 13.36 13.26 12.38 13.36 12.38 Total risk-based capital ratio 13.82 13.71 12.83 13.82 12.83 Tier 1 leverage ratio 10.31 10.15 9.32 10.31 9.32 (1) See “Non-GAAP Reconciliation” table for reconciliation of tangible common equity and tangible assets. Average balances are calculated using the ending balance for months during the period indicated. (2) The CRE concentration ratio is calculated using the sum of commercial real estate, excluding owner occupied commercial real estate, multifamily, and ADC, divided by consolidated capital.

DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED AVERAGE BALANCES AND NET INTEREST INCOME (Dollars in thousands) For the Three Months Ended ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December September December 31, 2018 30, 2018 31, 2017 ----------- ---------- ------ ----------- ---------- ------ ----------- ---------- ------ Average Average Average Average Yield/ Average Yield/ Average Yield/ Balance Interest Cost Balance Interest Cost Balance Interest Cost ----------- ---------- ------ ----------- ---------- ------ ----------- ---------- ------ Assets: Interest-earning assets: Real estate loans $ 5,179,805 $ 49,953 3.86 % $ 5,200,021 $ 47,486 3.65 % $ 5,823,794 $ 51,254 3.52 % Commercial and 219,295 3,200 5.84 186,686 2,729 5.85 125,095 1,514 4.84 industrial loans Other loans 1,066 19 7.13 1,358 18 5.30 1,066 20 7.50 Mortgage-backed 472,965 3,279 2.77 432,213 2,852 2.64 84,942 487 2.29 securities Investment 19,728 240 4.87 11,158 59 2.12 6,500 115 7.08 securities Other short-term 138,964 1,359 3.91 185,292 1,480 3.19 162,114 1,204 2.97 investments Total interest-earning 6,031,823 58,050 3.85 % 6,016,728 54,624 3.63 % 6,203,511 54,594 3.52 % assets - --------- - ------ - ---- - - --------- - ------ - ---- - - --------- - ------ - ---- - Non-interest-earning 219,868 215,073 197,208 assets - --------- Total assets $ 6,251,691 $ 6,231,801 $ 6,400,719 - --------- - --------- - --------- Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity: Interest-bearing liabilities: Interest-bearing $ 114,563 $ 60 0.21 % $ 114,865 $ 55 0.19 % $ 117,468 $ 56 0.19 % checking accounts Money market 2,131,276 7,630 1.42 2,264,082 7,542 1.32 2,491,423 5,986 0.95 accounts Savings accounts 338,837 47 0.06 347,041 50 0.06 358,859 51 0.06 Certificates of 1,377,207 6,552 1.89 1,297,857 5,714 1.75 1,077,376 3,874 1.43 deposit - --------- - ------ - ---- - - --------- - ------ - ---- - - --------- - ------ - ---- - Total interest-bearing 3,961,883 14,289 1.43 4,023,845 13,361 1.32 4,045,126 9,967 0.98 deposits Borrowed Funds 1,119,225 6,611 2.34 1,098,713 6,235 2.25 1,253,860 5,895 1.87 - --------- - ------ - ---- - - --------- - ------ - ---- - - --------- - ------ - Total interest-bearing 5,081,108 20,900 1.63 % 5,122,558 19,596 1.52 % 5,298,986 15,862 1.19 % liabilities - --------- - ------ - ---- - - --------- - ------ - ---- - - --------- - ------ - ---- - Non-interest-bearing 387,536 362,786 306,737 checking accounts Other non-interest-bearing 179,689 135,435 202,234 liabilities - --------- - --------- - --------- Total liabilities 5,648,333 5,620,779 5,807,957 Stockholders’ equity 603,358 611,022 592,762 - --------- - --------- - --------- Total liabilities and stockholders’ $ 6,251,691 $ 6,231,801 $ 6,400,719 equity - --------- - --------- - --------- Net interest income $ 37,150 $ 35,028 $ 38,732 - ------ - - ------ - - ------ - Net interest spread 2.22 % 2.11 % 2.33 % ---- - ---- - ---- - Net interest-earning $ 950,715 $ 894,170 $ 904,525 assets - --------- - --------- - --------- Net interest margin 2.46 % 2.33 % 2.50 % ---- - ---- - ---- - Ratio of interest-earning assets to 118.71 % 117.46 % 117.07 % interest-bearing liabilities - ------ - - ------ - - ------ - Deposits (including non-interest bearing $ 4,349,419 $ 14,289 1.30 % $ 4,386,631 $ 13,361 1.21 % $ 4,351,863 $ 9,967 0.91 % checking accounts)

DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED SCHEDULE OF LOAN COMPOSITION AND WEIGHTED AVERAGE RATES (“WAR”)(1) (Dollars in thousands) At December 31, At September 30, At December 31, 2018 2018 2017 ------------------ ------------------ ------------------ Balance WAR Balance WAR Balance WAR ----------- ------ ----------- ------ ----------- ------ Loan balances at period end: One-to-four family residential, including $ 96,847 4.59 % $ 71,464 4.42 % $ 63,095 4.33 % condominium and cooperative apartment Multifamily residential and residential mixed use 3,866,788 3.56 4,015,424 3.52 4,381,180 3.40 (2)(3) Commercial and commercial mixed use real estate 1,170,085 4.17 1,106,430 4.10 1,010,603 3.95 Acquisition, development, and construction (“ADC”) 29,402 6.64 11,144 6.26 9,189 5.59 Total real estate loans 5,163,122 3.74 5,204,462 3.66 5,464,067 3.51 Commercial and industrial (“C&I”) 229,504 5.76 207,743 5.53 136,671 4.82 Total $ 5,392,626 3.82 % $ 5,412,205 3.73 % $ 5,600,738 3.55 % - --------- ---- - - --------- ---- - - --------- ---- - (1) Weighted average rate is calculated by aggregating interest based on the current loan rate from each loan in the category, divided by the total amount of loans in the category. (2) Includes loans underlying cooperatives. (3) While the loans within this category are often considered “commercial real estate” in nature, multifamily and loans underlying cooperatives are here reported separately from commercial real estate loans in order to emphasize the residential nature of the collateral underlying this significant component of the total loan portfolio.

DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED SCHEDULE OF NON-PERFORMING ASSETS AND TROUBLED DEBT RESTRUCTURINGS (“TDRs”) (Dollars in thousands) December September At December 31, 30, 31, 2018 2018 2017 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Non-Performing Loans One-to-four family residential, including condominium and cooperative $ 712 $ 443 $ 436 apartment Multifamily residential and residential mixed use(1)(2) 280 1,473 - Commercial real estate 964 975 - Commercial mixed use real estate(2) 77 84 93 C&I 309 - - Other 3 3 4 Total Non-Performing Loans (3) $ 2,345 $ 2,978 $ 533 Total Non-Performing Assets $ 2,345 $ 2,978 $ 533 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Performing TDR Loans One- to four-family and cooperative/condominium apartment $ 14 $ 16 $ 22 Multifamily residential and mixed use residential real estate(1)(2) 271 277 619 Mixed use commercial real estate (2) 4,084 4,107 4,174 Commercial real estate - - 3,296 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Total Performing TDRs $ 4,369 $ 4,400 $ 8,111 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - (1) Includes loans underlying cooperatives. (2) While the loans within this category are often considered “commercial real estate” in nature, multifamily and loans underlying cooperatives are here reported separately from commercial real estate loans in order to emphasize the residential nature of the collateral underlying this significant component of the total loan portfolio. (3)There was one non-accruing TDR for September 30, 2018. There were no non-accruing TDRs for December 31, 2018 or December 31, 2017. PROBLEM ASSETS AS A PERCENTAGE OF TANGIBLE CAPITAL AND RESERVES (TEXAS RATIO) (Dollars in thousands) At December At At December 31, September 31, 30, 2018 2018 2017 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Total Non-Performing Assets $ 2,345 $ 2,978 $ 533 Loans 90 days or more past due on accrual status(5) 100 1,242 19,935 TOTAL PROBLEM ASSETS $ 2,445 $ 4,220 $ 20,468 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Tangible common equity (6) $ 546,443 $ 547,939 $ 542,929 Allowance for loan losses and reserves for contingent liabilities 21,807 21,355 21,058 TANGIBLE COMMON EQUITY PLUS RESERVES $ 568,250 $ 569,294 $ 563,987 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - TEXAS RATIO (PROBLEM ASSETS AS A PERCENTAGE OF TANGIBLE COMMON EQUITY AND RESERVES) 0.4 % 0.7 % 3.4 % (5)These loans were, as of the respective dates indicated, expected to be either satisfied, made current or re-financed in the near future, and were not expected to result in any loss of contractual principal or interest. These loans are not included in non-performing loans. (6) See “Non-GAAP Reconciliation” table for reconciliation of tangible common equity and tangible assets.

DIME COMMUNITY BANCSHARES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Dollars in thousands except per share amounts) For the Three MonthsEnded For the Year Ended ------------------------------------------- ---------------------- December 31, September 30, December 31, December December 31, 31, 2018 2018 2017 2018 2017 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - - ------ - - ------ - Reconciliation of Reported and Adjusted (“non-GAAP”) Net Income: Reported net income $ 12,440 $ 11,782 $ 15,423 $ 51,288 $ 51,882 Adjustments to Net Income (1): Add: Severance payment 496 - - 496 - Add: Loss from extinguishment of debt - - - - 698 Add: De-conversion costs - - - - 946 Less: Gain on sale of securities - - - (930 ) (1,430 ) Less: After tax gain on the sale of real - - (5,724 ) - (5,724 ) estate Tax adjustment (716 ) (104 ) 3,135 (912 ) 2,150 Adjusted (“non-GAAP”) net income $ 12,220 $ 11,678 $ 12,834 $ 49,942 $ 48,522 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - - ------ - - ------ - Adjusted Ratios (Based upon “non-GAAP Net Income” as calculated above): Adjusted EPS (Diluted) $ 0.34 $ 0.32 $ 0.34 $ 1.35 $ 1.29 Adjusted return on average assets 0.78 % 0.75 % 0.80 % 0.80 % 0.78 % Adjusted return on average common equity 8.10 7.64 8.66 8.22 8.36 Adjusted return on average tangible common 8.92 8.41 9.56 9.05 9.25 equity Adjusted non-interest expense to average 1.41 1.39 1.41 1.37 1.32 assets Adjusted efficiency ratio 56.12 58.13 55.63 55.77 51.37 December 31, September 30, December 31, 2018 2018 2017 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Reconciliation of Tangible Assets: Total assets $ 6,320,578 $ 6,294,193 $ 6,403,460 Less: Goodwill 55,638 55,638 55,638 Tangible assets $ 6,264,940 $ 6,238,555 $ 6,347,822 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - Reconciliation of Tangible Common Equity - Consolidated: Total common equity $ 602,081 $ 603,577 $ 598,567 Less: Goodwill 55,638 55,638 55,638 Tangible common equity $ 546,443 $ 547,939 $ 542,929 - --------- - - --------- - - --------- - (1) Adjustments to net income are taxed at the company’s statutory tax rate of approximately 32% for 2018 and 45% for 2017, unless otherwise noted.

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