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-- ABNJ --
ABNJ Feb. 6 2006, 5:00 PM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
ABNJ performance:
Price near date of rating (02/06/2006): 10.40
Recent price (05/29/2009): 8.00
Price change: -2.40
Dividends collected: 0.56

Gain/Loss over 5732 days: -1.84 -17.69% Annualized Gain/Loss: -1.13%


the consensus view on this board seems to be that a converted bank's mgt team will do us all (themselves included) the best service if they (in no particular order);

1) buy back shares as early, often and in largest size as they can, given regulator(y) constraints;
2) pay a divvy soon and keep increasing it;
3) pay a special divvy if there is not an immediate better use for the money;
4) do nothing stupid (like overpay for an acquisition of another bank or a broker or an insurance agency, etc);
5) do 2nd step (if an mhc) ASAP;
6) ask to do buybacks even if the "nominal" regs say no;
7) grow into excess capital raise (when forced to raise $ at too high a valuation by regulators) as well and quickly as possible
by growing their deposit base;
8) have BOD and mgt show they are aligned with s'holders by "buying" with their own $ at each offering step as well as in aftmkt and holding all other grants and option stock;
9) sell out to a greater fool as soon as the opp is presented.

finally, there appears to be agreement that signalling intentions correctly on any of these points (i.e. filing for permission to do an early buyback or special divvy is a positive, even if ultimately unsuccessful) is considered a positive when evaluating mgt and the bank.

i think the foregoing provides a good framework for analysis, so;

herewith, the case for ABNJ.
1) immediately after step 2 offering, when the stock broke issue, they presented a request to commence an early buyback to the "reggors" just as had been done by HCBK (successfully). didn't get the ok despite what many of us considered a stronger argument than mounted by henry hudson, but get points for the effort;
2) they immediately announced a divvy, and tho not as large as i would like (and advised them) it is a divvy and some of their contemporaries have not yet declared divvy (see ISBC, for ex);
3) haven't done it since 2nd step (not so long ago) but paid a $0.75 special in 12/04 and started quarterly at 9 cents in 6/05;
4) so far so good on avoiding stupid moves- keepin' my fingers crossed;
5) they did 2nd step in 2 years (vs "normal min" of 3 yrs);
6) see #1 above;
7) this is where i am impressed as hell by these guys. until 2001, they were a 1 branch operation (albeit a large branch with deposits of $180mm +/-. then they opened a new branch in 6/01 and THAT BRANCH HAS GROWN TO $100mm SINCE OPENING! this in the crowded, highly competitive, northern NJ mktplace. looking at the bank as a whole, they have doubled the deposit base, while adding only that 1 new branch, in the period from 9/00 to 9/05. this performance is as good as i have seen anywhere in the country for a thrift. this demonstrated ability to grow deposits will, IMHO, be the key to outstanding returns to s'holders. the company has announced that it plans to open 5 new branches and is well along to completion on 2 of them (tho, admittedly, details are lacking at this point). more about the impact of projected new branch contribution to the total deposit base a bit further on;
8) on a pro forma basis, insiders were expected to buy an additional 351,000 shs in step 2, bringing their total to 7.9% of outstanding shs post offering. 2 of the directors ordered > 90,000 shs and several others ordered 40,000 shs in the offering. this level of orders in a 2nd step is rather extraordinary (for comparison, the NEBS insiders ordered a total of 41,000 shs and only one individual ordered more than 10,000 shs. pro forma ownership of insiders post offering for NEBS was listed at 4.9%);
9) can only speculate re desire and willingness to sell early. the CEO is in his 60s and the heir apparent and COO was hired before the 2nd step. he is the former CEO of warwick savings, where he engineered a sale not long after taking over as head honcho (and less than 5 yrs after joining that bank).

so there we have it. seems to me we have a confluence of motive and opportunity. only need to determine if they have the ability to "burn equity" efficiently enough to make a sale in 3-4 years worthwhile for s'holders. the starting point is 12/31/05 deposits, shs outstanding and equity. total dep were $327mm (~40% CDs and 60% core), tang BV = $126mm and total shs = 14.16mm. now, the problem is clearly that the equity is excessive for the asset base of ~ $525mm and deposits of only $327mm. mgt's job is to grow deposits (anyone aware of other thrifts able to grow by 113% in the 5 year period to 9/05?) while shrinking the share base (i assume by 20% in 3-4 years, to 11.3mm shs).

now, to determine "reasonable takeout price/sh", we need to start by estimating sale date, shs out at that point, deposits and equity, all at that time. clearly, a range of estimates for each parameter (as well as deposit premium a buyer will pay) can be considered reasonable. each of us will have a different opinion as to what is reasonable for each of these measures and will come to a different number for expected sale price at the end point. as a certain prolific poster on this board is wont to say, "that's what makes horse racing interesting."

as for me, i will make a single point estimate by assuming the following (others more facile with simulation and other techniques of modeling may use more sophisticated approaches- hopefully, my results won't be much different regarding sale price/sh);

shs out at sale date (3-4yrs out)= 11.3mm shs
tang BV at sale= $120mm (vs $126 pro forma at step2)
deposits at sale date= $500mm (~ 54% > than 12/31/05)
deposit premium payable by buyer = 17.5% (a bit aggressive, but it is a nice little northern NJ shop and would fit the existing branch network very well for a number of "natural buyers" (read ISBC, art, HCBK, ocean, PFS or any newbie now in the wings).

crunch this all together and what do we get? wahla! $18.36/sh in 3-4 years. now, when JJR and i first "discussed" this piglet, it could be bot for $9.80-9.90/sh. now trading at $10.25+/- so i guess we have to use the latter #. as far as compounding period, conservatism dictates we use 4 yrs, tho 3 1/2 yrs possible. i get about 15 1/2% IRR for a sale in 4 yrs and about 18% if it takes 3 1/2 yrs.

could it be higher? yes, especially if they grow deposits at a rate closer to historical performance. also could be higher if they sell at a 2X multiple of TBV or greater (which is much closer to prices paid in NJ (see PFS's last purchase in NJ)- in fact, $18.36 is ONLY 1.73X my estimate of TBV= $10.62/sh at sale date and is quite conservative from that perspective). could it sell for less- possibly, but i doubt mgt would do the deal at a lower price but rather would wait a longer time for its price. i think my price/time is a minimum mgt would do.

are there things i don't like about this bank- sure- they earn 50bp on assets and should have announced the first 1 or 2 new branches by now. i also think they should have declared a much bigger divvy, after buyback turndown by regulators (i argued for 10 cents/sh/Q to start). that having been said, all-in-all, i think 15-18% IRR, with relatively conservative assumptions is pretty good, especially given that i don't see much risk involved in this name. on the positive side, i love mgt's attitude and behaviour, as evidenced by the facts spelled out above. i also love the fact the COO and heir apparent has already demonstrated his willingness to sell (warwick savings in 2004).

good luck to all in this name. disclosure- my monkey and i are loaded with this oinker!!

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-- BKMU --
BKMU Mar. 28 2004, 01:19 AM ET
Rating changed on
Mar. 28 2004, 01:23 AM ET
by sbguy (view profile) rating: Hold
BKMU performance:
Price near date of rating (03/29/2004): 11.05
Price near end of rating (03/29/2004): 11.05

Gain/Loss over 0 days: 0.00 0.00%
different view depending on time frame.short term it is vulnerable to sector collapse and overhang of stock from offering in weak hands. med term, probably not a lot of downside or upside- weak mgt but not a lofty valuation after recent selloff. long term it is a definite buy given likelihood the crowley dynasty will not be able to hold up to the pressure to sell. great branch net in a good depositors environment. real question is how long before they decide to take the $ and run from deer tick to sunny fla. mix it all together and for me it spells a hold- don't need more STG in '03.

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BKMU Mar. 28 2004, 01:23 AM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Buy
BKMU performance:
Price near date of rating (03/29/2004): 11.05
Recent price (02/01/2018): 10.40
Price change: -0.65
Dividends collected: 2.895

Gain/Loss over 6412 days: +2.25 +20.32% Annualized Gain/Loss: +1.16%
different view depending on time frame.short term it is vulnerable to sector collapse and overhang of stock from offering in weak hands. med term, probably not a lot of downside or upside- weak mgt but not a lofty valuation after recent selloff. long term it is a definite buy given likelihood the crowley dynasty will not be able to hold up to the pressure to sell. great branch net in a good depositors environment. real question is how long before they decide to take the $ and run from deer tick to sunny fla. mix it all together and for me it spells a hold- don't need more STG in '03.....................................................just reviewed my comments from earlier post. stock now at $10.95 on 3/28. while there might be more vulnerability, based on possibility of sector collapse, this thing starting to look attractive. will start to nibble with any cash freed up as i sell some of the KFED and NABC i get in those IPO's. i have more than equilibrium amounts of those two.

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-- BKMUD --
BKMUD Nov. 18 2003, 12:18 AM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Hold
BKMUD performance:
Price near date of rating (11/18/2003): 11.35
Recent price (11/26/2003): 11.61

Gain/Loss over 6543 days: +0.26 +2.29% Annualized Gain/Loss: +0.13%
different view depending on time frame.short term it is vulnerable to sector collapse and overhang of stock from offering in weak hands. med term, probably not a lot of downside or upside- weak mgt but not a lofty valuation after recent selloff. long term it is a definite buy given likelihood the crowley dynasty will not be able to hold up to the pressure to sell. great branch net in a good depositors environment. real question is how long before they decide to take the $ and run from deer tick to sunny fla. mix it all together and for me it spells a hold- don't need more STG in '03.

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-- BRKL --
BRKL Oct. 8 2003, 1:20 PM ET
Rating changed on
Oct. 8 2003, 1:24 PM ET
by sbguy (view profile) rating: Hold
BRKL performance:
Price near date of rating (10/08/2003): 15.35
Price near end of rating (10/08/2003): 15.35

Gain/Loss over 0 days: 0.00 0.00%
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BRKL Oct. 8 2003, 1:24 PM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Hold
BRKL performance:
Price near date of rating (10/08/2003): 15.35
Recent price (10/18/2021): 15.44
Price change: +0.09
Dividends collected: 8.58

Gain/Loss over 6585 days: +8.67 +56.48% Annualized Gain/Loss: +3.13%
seems a bit pricey on a PE basis.

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-- EBSB --
EBSB Jul. 10 2008, 2:27 PM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
EBSB performance:
Price near date of rating (07/10/2008): 3.82
Recent price (10/15/2021): 21.99
Price change: +18.17
Dividends collected: 1.41

Gain/Loss over 4848 days: +19.58 +512.57% Annualized Gain/Loss: +38.59%
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-- FFFL --
FFFL Nov. 5 2004, 3:02 PM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Hold
FFFL performance:
Price near date of rating (11/05/2004): 26.40
Recent price (07/25/2007): 39.33
Price change: +12.93
Dividends collected: 0.61333

Gain/Loss over 6190 days: +13.54 +51.30% Annualized Gain/Loss: +3.02%
i will admit that i am one of those drinkin' the kool-aid on this puppy. i have owned it ever since it tried to sell out at the 2 yr point (after ipo) and was told to wait 'til it is time (3yrs), by the regulators. i agree with those who point out that gold coast of fla is the most attractive place in the country for acquirors and FFFL has a great footprint in the PB cty/ broward cty , etc. area. so far so great! now for the caveat. at $40, it is @ 3.3x TBV. p/e is similarly in nosebleed territory. we are now at the 3yr + mark since IPO, so it is "good to go". my guess is the only thing holding things up is asking price. at $48, it will cost 3.8x TBV. ouch! i have no doubt it will go sooner rather than later, but not sure i think this is a good entry point. i think the price is discounting an imminent sale. may be better to wait for a 10% pullback, before establishing an entry. hence, i rate it a "hold".

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-- FPTB --
FPTB Oct. 23 2003, 3:02 PM ET
Rating changed on
Oct. 23 2003, 3:44 PM ET
by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
FPTB performance:
Price near date of rating (10/23/2003): 21.03
Price near end of rating (10/23/2003): 21.03

Gain/Loss over 0 days: 0.00 0.00%
12 others have rated this SD, Cal. thrift over the past year (2.08 composite rating). the recent conversion of RPFG, also originally a cdt u, leads me to take a look. conclusion is i like it a lot better than its cousin from tacoma (disclosure- i own a mid size position in FPTB and a smaller, IPO position in RPFG). FPTB ("F") has $532mm in assets and a 9 branch network in SD county(6) & riverside cty(3). it raised $64mm in its IPO in 8/23/02. the ceo is an impressive guy and is focused on growth in branches, dep., loans, eps and stock price. he has completed a 4% buyback and has announced a 10% bb which is ongoing. he has said he will inc the div and is considering a tax free return of capitol. he is a swiss nat'l and it would not be a surprise if he sells out for the 1st good offer after he has been public for 3-4 yrs. my attraction is not ltd to those factors, tho. the guy is performing! dep growth avg >16% over last 3 1/2 yrs. loans on the B/S have more than doubled in last 2 1/2 yrs to $490mm while AT earnings are now running at 2.3 X those acheived in 2000. in the 3 Q's since "F" came public, eps have gone from $.15 to $.21and i est. they will be $.25 this Q which will be announced sometime next week. during the same period, the eff ratio has gone from 73% to 57% and the op exp ratio is well under 200bp. a rosey picture. there seem to be 3 issues holding back the stock ( tang BV = $18.35@ 6/30); liquidity, the SD economy which has shown some weakness in employment (tho not as bad as tacoma), and a fear that the rapid loan growth may lead to cdt quality issues in the future (none have appeared yet). at $21, "F" sells at 1.13x BV (at est for 9/30) and with a run rate of > $1.00 eps, the P?E ratio is acceptable for a recent convert and, in fact pretty good given demonstrated performance on a number of fronts since the IPO. i give it a strong buy.

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FPTB Oct. 23 2003, 3:44 PM ET
Rating changed on
Feb. 3 2004, 10:12 AM ET
by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
FPTB performance:
Price near date of rating (10/23/2003): 21.03
Price near end of rating (02/03/2004): 22.21
Price change: +1.18
Dividends collected: 0.08

Gain/Loss over 103 days: +1.26 +5.99% Annualized Gain/Loss: +21.23%
12 others have rated this SD, Cal. thrift over the past year (2.08 composite rating). the recent conversion of RPFG, also originally a cdt u, leads me to take a look. conclusion is i like it a lot better than its cousin from tacoma (disclosure- i own a mid size position in FPTB and a smaller, IPO position in RPFG). FPTB ("F") has $532mm in assets and a 9 branch network in SD county(6) & riverside cty(3). it raised $64mm in its IPO in 8/23/02. the ceo is an impressive guy and is focused on growth in branches, dep., loans, eps and stock price. he has completed a 4% buyback and has announced a 10% bb which is ongoing. he has said he will inc the div and is considering a tax free return of capitol. he is a swiss nat'l and it would not be a surprise if he sells out for the 1st good offer after he has been public for 3-4 yrs. my attraction is not ltd to those factors, tho. the guy is performing! dep growth avg >16% over last 3 1/2 yrs. loans on the B/S have more than doubled in last 2 1/2 yrs to $490mm while AT earnings are now running at 2.3 X those acheived in 2000. in the 3 Q's since "F" came public, eps have gone from $.15 to $.21and i est. they will be $.25 this Q which will be announced sometime next week. during the same period, the eff ratio has gone from 73% to 57% and the op exp ratio is well under 200bp. a rosey picture. there seem to be 3 issues holding back the stock ( tang BV = $18.35@ 6/30); liquidity, the SD economy which has shown some weakness in employment (tho not as bad as tacoma), and a fear that the rapid loan growth may lead to cdt quality issues in the future (none have appeared yet). at $21, "F" sells at 1.13x BV (at est for 9/30) and with a run rate of > $1.00 eps, the P/E ratio is acceptable for a recent convert and, in fact pretty good given demonstrated performance on a number of fronts since the IPO. i give it a strong buy.

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FPTB Feb. 3 2004, 10:12 AM ET
Rating changed on
Feb. 3 2004, 10:26 AM ET
by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
FPTB performance:
Price near date of rating (02/03/2004): 22.21
Price near end of rating (02/03/2004): 22.21

Gain/Loss over 0 days: 0.00 0.00%
12 others have rated this SD, Cal. thrift over the past year (2.08 composite rating). the recent conversion of RPFG, also originally a cdt u, leads me to take a look. conclusion is i like it a lot better than its cousin from tacoma (disclosure- i own a mid size position in FPTB and a smaller, IPO position in RPFG). FPTB ("F") has $532mm in assets and a 9 branch network in SD county(6) & riverside cty(3). it raised $64mm in its IPO in 8/23/02. the ceo is an impressive guy and is focused on growth in branches, dep., loans, eps and stock price. he has completed a 4% buyback and has announced a 10% bb which is ongoing. he has said he will inc the div and is considering a tax free return of capitol. he is a swiss nat'l and it would not be a surprise if he sells out for the 1st good offer after he has been public for 3-4 yrs. my attraction is not ltd to those factors, tho. the guy is performing! dep growth avg >16% over last 3 1/2 yrs. loans on the B/S have more than doubled in last 2 1/2 yrs to $490mm while AT earnings are now running at 2.3 X those acheived in 2000. in the 3 Q's since "F" came public, eps have gone from $.15 to $.21and i est. they will be $.25 this Q which will be announced sometime next week. during the same period, the eff ratio has gone from 73% to 57% and the op exp ratio is well under 200bp. a rosey picture. there seem to be 3 issues holding back the stock ( tang BV = $18.35@ 6/30); liquidity, the SD economy which has shown some weakness in employment (tho not as bad as tacoma), and a fear that the rapid loan growth may lead to cdt quality issues in the future (none have appeared yet). at $21, "F" sells at 1.13x BV (at est for 9/30) and with a run rate of > $1.00 eps, the P/E ratio is acceptable for a recent convert and, in fact pretty good given demonstrated performance on a number of fronts since the IPO. i give it a strong buy.

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FPTB Feb. 3 2004, 10:26 AM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
FPTB performance:
Price near date of rating (02/03/2004): 22.21
Recent price (09/30/2011): 11.33
Price change: -10.88
Dividends collected: 3.86

Gain/Loss over 6466 days: -7.02 -31.61% Annualized Gain/Loss: -1.78%
hans has just put out 12/31/03 earnings and it is clear the fear some had that the calif fires would result in an inc in NPA's and loan losses, were unfounded. eps for the Q were $.24 and for the year = $.86. op exp ratio down to 206bp, which i think is laudable for a bank of $625mm asset size. looks to me hans is firing on all cylinders and at this point (1 1/2 yrs after stock sale, we are 1/2 way to heaven). i am mindful that Hawthorne, which operates in the same area, just agreed to a buyout at 2.75 X TBV. FPTB now at ~1.3 X TBV at $22/sh.........................................................................12 others have rated this SD, Cal. thrift over the past year (2.08 composite rating). the recent conversion of RPFG, also originally a cdt u, leads me to take a look. conclusion is i like it a lot better than its cousin from tacoma (disclosure- i own a mid size position in FPTB and a smaller, IPO position in RPFG). FPTB ("F") has $532mm in assets and a 9 branch network in SD county(6) & riverside cty(3). it raised $64mm in its IPO in 8/23/02. the ceo is an impressive guy and is focused on growth in branches, dep., loans, eps and stock price. he has completed a 4% buyback and has announced a 10% bb which is ongoing. he has said he will inc the div and is considering a tax free return of capitol. he is a swiss nat'l and it would not be a surprise if he sells out for the 1st good offer after he has been public for 3-4 yrs. my attraction is not ltd to those factors, tho. the guy is performing! dep growth avg >16% over last 3 1/2 yrs. loans on the B/S have more than doubled in last 2 1/2 yrs to $490mm while AT earnings are now running at 2.3 X those acheived in 2000. in the 3 Q's since "F" came public, eps have gone from $.15 to $.21and i est. they will be $.25 this Q which will be announced sometime next week. during the same period, the eff ratio has gone from 73% to 57% and the op exp ratio is well under 200bp. a rosey picture. there seem to be 3 issues holding back the stock ( tang BV = $18.35@ 6/30); liquidity, the SD economy which has shown some weakness in employment (tho not as bad as tacoma), and a fear that the rapid loan growth may lead to cdt quality issues in the future (none have appeared yet). at $21, "F" sells at 1.13x BV (at est for 9/30) and with a run rate of > $1.00 eps, the P/E ratio is acceptable for a recent convert and, in fact pretty good given demonstrated performance on a number of fronts since the IPO. i give it a strong buy.

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-- JFBI --
JFBI Oct. 8 2003, 8:11 PM ET
Rating changed on
Jan. 8 2004, 5:16 PM ET
by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
JFBI performance:
Price near date of rating (10/08/2003): 14.55
Price near end of rating (01/08/2004): 13.47
Price change: -1.08
Dividends collected: 0.04

Gain/Loss over 92 days: -1.04 -7.15% Annualized Gain/Loss: -28.37%
BV >$11/sh and sitting on mucho $ from step 2 offering which they are being very patient in deploying. will ask s'holders to ok share buybacks and options for MRP at 1/8/04 ann'l meeting. expect to ask rgulators for 10% buyback ok in 7/04. insiders held reltively little stock befoe step 2 (7/03) but LOADED up in offering with own $. i take this as overwhelming poz and would be surprisedif not sold by 3 yr point.

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JFBI Jan. 8 2004, 5:16 PM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
JFBI performance:
Price near date of rating (01/08/2004): 13.47
Recent price (05/30/2014): 8.02
Price change: -5.45
Dividends collected: 1.395

Gain/Loss over 6492 days: -4.06 -30.10% Annualized Gain/Loss: -1.69%
BV >$11/sh and sitting on mucho $ from step 2 offering which they are being very patient in deploying. will ask s'holders to ok share buybacks and options for MRP at 1/8/04 ann'l meeting. expect to ask rgulators for 10% buyback ok in 7/04. insiders held reltively little stock befoe step 2 (7/03) but LOADED up in offering with own $. i take this as overwhelming poz and would be surprisedif not sold by 3 yr point...........................................................reiterate strong buy. MRP buyback approved today (1/8/04) for up to 12 % of stock outstanding. expect mgt to ask ok for add'l 10 %, 1 year buyback in july, 04.

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-- PFS --
PFS Jan. 26 2004, 12:38 PM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Hold
PFS performance:
Price near date of rating (01/26/2004): 18.83
Recent price (10/15/2021): 24.70
Price change: +5.87
Dividends collected: 10.67

Gain/Loss over 6474 days: +16.54 +87.84% Annualized Gain/Loss: +4.95%
mgt has "hit the #'s" for q4/'03 and did the right thing in announcing buyback and div increase. stock has also weathered the expected storm of 1 year anniv. selling. this proves they can walk and talk at the same time but not much more. the buy of FSLA at an atrocious price and the inability to do anything meaningful in terms of getting ahold of a horrible cost structure (274bp op exp ratio is/should be nothing short of an embarassment for a bank this size) are inexcusable. the frustrating thing for a holder such as i, is that the branch footprint is wonderful and the opportunity to show good earnings performance thru the "easy" mechanism of fixing their bloated costs, truely amounts to nothing more than "picking the low hangin' fruit." there is so much opportunity here that it should be one of the all time home runs. i need to see some basic blocking and tackling before i can up my rating.

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-- PFSB --
PFSB Oct. 10 2003, 3:15 PM ET
Rating changed on
Oct. 10 2003, 3:25 PM ET
by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
PFSB performance:
Price near date of rating (10/10/2003): 14.87
Price near end of rating (10/10/2003): 14.87

Gain/Loss over 0 days: 0.00 0.00%
penn fed is my largest holding and i have had it since IPO in mid '90's. that said, i think it is a solid stock and great takeover target. it has a great branch network in north and central NJ with 22 branches. expected to earn $2.00 this coming yr, but EPS understates cash earnings by $.60/sh/yr. 2/3 of that is gone starting 7/04 and the balance is gone after 7/05. thus an acquirer can see $2.60+ of EPS out from '05 + any organic growth from here. tang BV/sh is about $17/sh. at almost $2b total assets, they are highly cost conscious with an op exp ratio of about 150bp. would make a great in-market target to such as HCBK or PFS or new footprint and expansion platform for WM, NYB, etc.

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PFSB Oct. 10 2003, 3:25 PM ET
Rating changed on
Oct. 10 2003, 5:24 PM ET
by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
PFSB performance:
Price near date of rating (10/10/2003): 14.87
Price near end of rating (10/10/2003): 14.87

Gain/Loss over 0 days: 0.00 0.00%
penn fed is my largest holding and i have had it since IPO in mid '90's. that said, i think it is a solid stock and great takeover target. it has a great branch network in north and central NJ with 22 branches. expected to earn $2.00 this coming yr, but EPS understates cash earnings by $.60/sh/yr. 2/3 of that is gone starting 7/04 and the balance is gone after 7/05. thus an acquirer can see $2.60+ of EPS out from '05 + any organic growth from here. tang BV/sh is about $17/sh. at almost $2b total assets, they are highly cost conscious with an op exp ratio of about 150bp. would make a great in-market target to such as HCBK or PFS or new footprint and expansion platform for WM, NYB, etc. the knock has always been age of ceo (early to mid 50's) and chmn (same). insiders + esop own big chunk at 22% so would have to be friendly. however, all MRP stock and options have been awarded so any new awards require s'holder approval. at 2.5-3X tang BV this is worth $42-50 which should get everyone's attention and not be out of line with recent deals. mgt has been made aware of the sweet package of about $60mm given to top 10 officers at RSLN.

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PFSB Oct. 10 2003, 5:24 PM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
PFSB performance:
Price near date of rating (10/10/2003): 14.87
Recent price (04/04/2007): 21.67
Price change: +6.80
Dividends collected: 0.86

Gain/Loss over 6583 days: +7.66 +51.51% Annualized Gain/Loss: +2.86%
penn fed is my largest holding and i have had it since IPO in mid '90's. that said, i think it is a solid stock and great takeover target. it has a great branch network in north and central NJ with 22 branches. expected to earn $2.00 this coming yr, but EPS understates cash earnings by $.60/sh/yr. 2/3 of that is gone starting 7/04 and the balance is gone after 7/05. thus an acquirer can see $2.60+ of EPS out from '05 + any organic growth from here. tang BV/sh is about $17/sh. at almost $2b total assets, they are highly cost conscious with an op exp ratio of about 150bp. would make a great in-market target to such as HCBK or PFS or new footprint and expansion platform for WM, NYB, etc. the knock has always been age of ceo (early to mid 50's) and chmn (same). insiders + esop own big chunk at 22% so would have to be friendly. however, all MRP stock and options have been awarded so any new awards require s'holder approval. at 2.5-3X tang BV this is worth $42-50 which should get everyone's attention and not be out of line with recent deals. mgt has been made aware of the sweet package of about $60mm given to top 10 officers at RSLN. lastly, with 6.8mm sh out, mkt cap=$204mm .

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-- SFBI --
SFBI Jan. 9 2009, 6:27 PM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Buy
SFBI performance:
Price near date of rating (01/09/2009): 5.51
Recent price (11/03/2017): 0.01

Gain/Loss over 4664 days: -5.50 -99.82% Annualized Gain/Loss: -7.81%
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-- SIB --
SIB Oct. 17 2003, 08:12 AM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Strong Sell
SIB performance:
Price near date of rating (10/17/2003): 20.42
Recent price (04/12/2004): 24.03
Price change: +3.61
Dividends collected: 0.28

Gain/Loss over 6576 days: +3.89 +19.05% Annualized Gain/Loss: +1.06%
SIB is now damaged goods with the announcement that their mortgage co. blew up in Q3. the stock is only at this level based on takeover rumors and is now in for a fall.

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-- SYNF --
SYNF Jan. 23 2004, 3:16 PM ET by sbguy (view profile) rating: Buy
SYNF performance:
Price near date of rating (01/23/2004): 10.90
Recent price (10/05/2007): 15.22
Price change: +4.32
Dividends collected: 0.68

Gain/Loss over 6477 days: +5.00 +45.87% Annualized Gain/Loss: +2.58%
i think this is real value for the money at $10.90 (=1.3X TBV), just after 2nd step. would like to rate it a strong buy but need to see that mgt can get better control of op expenses and need to see that the large, fairly recent investment in new branches starts paying off. mgt team seems to be focused and has a solid plan in place. the key now is execution- both in profitable deposit growth and managing the risk inherent in changing makeup of the asset portfolio (auto loans in particular). love the branch footprint. need to execute, execute, execute.

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