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Kearny Financial Corp. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Operating Results

FAIRFIELD, NJ -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/13 -- Kearny Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: KRNY) (the "Company"), the holding company of Kearny Federal Savings Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 of $1,177,000 or $0.02 per diluted share.

The results represent a decrease of $483,000 compared to net income of $1,660,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in net income between linked quarters reflected a decrease in net interest income and an increase in the provision for loan losses that were partially offset by an increase in non-interest income coupled with decreases in non-interest expense and the provision for income taxes.

Kearny Federal Savings Bank operates from its administrative headquarters in Fairfield, New Jersey, and 41 retail branch offices located in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic and Union Counties, New Jersey, including 14 branches operated under the Central Jersey Bank, a division of Kearny Federal Savings Bank brand. At December 31, 2012, Kearny Financial Corp. had total assets of $2.90 billion which included net loans receivable of $1.29 billion and total investment securities, including mortgage-backed and non-mortgage-backed securities, of $1.19 billion. As of that same date, deposits and borrowings totaled $2.14 billion and $242.1 million, respectively, while stockholders' equity totaled $491.8 million or 16.97% of total assets.

The following is a discussion and tabular presentation of the Company's financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 in comparison to those for the prior linked quarter ended September 30, 2012. Comparative statement of condition information for June 30, 2012 and statement of operations information for the three and six months ended December 31, 2011 is also presented in tabular form in the Financial Highlights section at the end of this discussion.

Net Interest Income

Net interest income during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 was $16.0 million, a decrease of $881,000 compared to net interest income of $16.9 million during the quarter ended September 30, 2012. For those same comparative periods, the Company's net interest margin decreased by 13 basis points to 2.42% from 2.55%.

The decrease in net interest income between linked quarters resulted from a decrease in interest income that was partially offset by a smaller decline in interest expense. The decrease in interest income between linked periods was primarily attributable to a 20 basis point decline in the average yield on interest-earning assets to 3.30% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 from 3.50% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The net decline in average yield was reflected across all categories of interest-earning assets including loans, mortgage-backed securities, non-mortgage-backed securities and other interest-earning assets. These declines in average yield largely reflected the effects of reinvesting cash flows from accelerating loan and mortgage-backed security prepayments into comparatively lower yielding assets. Additionally, the decline in average yield of the mortgage-backed securities portfolio also reflected the adverse effect of an increase in premium amortization attributable to such prepayments.

The impact on interest income from the net decline in the average yield on interest-earning assets was exacerbated by an overall net decrease of $9.2 million in their average balance comprising net decreases in the average balance of mortgage-backed securities and loans that were partially offset by increases in the average balance of non-mortgage-backed securities and other interest-earning assets.

As noted, the decrease in net interest income attributable to the decline in interest income between linked quarters was partially offset by a decrease in interest expense between the same comparative periods. The decrease in interest expense between linked quarters was attributable, in part, to an eight basis point decline in the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities which decreased to 1.05% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 from 1.13% for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The reduction in average cost reflected declines across all categories of interest-bearing deposits including interest-bearing checking accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit, as well as declines in the average cost of Federal Home Loan Bank ("FHLB") borrowings and that of other borrowings, comprised primarily of depositor sweep accounts. The decrease in the average cost of FHLB advances reflected the Bank's comparatively greater use of lower rate short-term advances during the current period for liquidity management purposes compared to the earlier period.

The decline in interest expense between linked periods also reflected a net decrease of $24.5 million in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities with such declines reflecting a decrease in the average balance of interest-bearing deposits that was partially offset by an increase in the average balance of borrowings. With regard to interest-bearing deposits, the net decrease reflected declines in the average balance of certificates of deposit that were partially offset by increases in the average balances of interest-bearing checking accounts and savings and club accounts. The net increase in the average balance of borrowings reflected an increase in the average balance of FHLB advances, as noted above, as well as an increase in the average balance of depositor sweep accounts included in other borrowings.

Provision for Loan Losses

The provision for loan losses totaled $1.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 compared to a provision of $339,000 for the prior quarter ended September 30, 2012. The greater provision in the current period partly reflected an increase in impairment losses identified on specific impaired loans compared to those recorded during the prior quarter. However, the current period provision also reflected the comparatively greater growth in the balance of the non-impaired portion of the loan portfolio which is evaluated collectively for impairment using historical and environmental loss factors. Such factors were updated during the current quarter in accordance with the Bank's allowance for loan loss calculation methodology.

Non-interest Income

Non-interest income, excluding gains and losses on the sale of securities and real estate owned ("REO"), decreased by $67,000 to $1,427,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 from $1,494,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in non-interest income was largely attributable to the absence in the current period of a gain recognized in miscellaneous income during the earlier comparative period that arose from the sale of a parcel of vacant land previously owned by the Bank. The decrease in non-interest income also reflected declines in electronic banking and other fees and service charges due largely to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Such effects included a temporary decline in ATM activity and related fees coupled with the Bank's waiver of deposit overdraft charges as an accommodation to its customers in the days following the storm.

Non-interest income also includes gains and losses on sale of REO. For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, net REO sale losses totaled $239,000 compared to $294,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 with losses during both comparative periods being primarily attributed to reducing the carrying value of various REO properties to reflect reductions in expected sales prices below the fair values at which the properties were previously being carried. Where applicable, such losses were partially offset by REO sale gains.

At December 31, 2012, the Bank held a total of nine REO properties with an aggregate carrying value of $3.2 million. Two properties with aggregate carrying values totaling $1.6 million were under contract for sale at December 31, 2012 with such values reflecting the net sale proceeds that the Bank expects to receive based upon the terms of those contracts.

Finally, non-interest income during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 reflected net gains on sale of securities totaling $1.1 million attributable to the sale of mortgage-backed securities totaling approximately $70.8 million during the quarter. There were no sales of securities during the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Non-interest Expense

Non-interest expense decreased by $82,000 to $15.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 from $15.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The decrease in non-interest expense primarily reflected declines in compensation expense, equipment and systems expense and miscellaneous expense with less noteworthy decreases also reported in advertising and marketing expense and deposit insurance expense. The noted decreases were partially offset by an increase in occupancy expense coupled with a nominal increase in director compensation expense.

Several offsetting factors contributed to the net decrease in compensation expense including a decline in Employee Stock Ownership Plan ("ESOP") expense reflecting the differences in average market price for the Company's common shares between comparative periods. The Company also reported an overall decline in employee wages and salary expenses primarily attributable to a decline in commission-related expenses.

The decrease in equipment and systems expenses partly reflected a comparative reduction in the amount of duplicate data communication service provider charges associated with the ongoing upgrades to the Bank's wide area network infrastructure. The decrease in equipment and systems expenses also reflected a reduction in overall information technology repairs and maintenance costs between periods.

The noted decline in miscellaneous expense was largely attributable to a decrease in both loan and REO-related expenses that were partially offset by an increase in professional and consulting service fees relating to independent loan review services, XBRL rendering of the Company's financial statements as well as other consulting services relating to the growth and diversification of the Company's sources of non-interest income.

The noted increase in occupancy expense largely reflected facility-related repairs and maintenance expenses necessitated by damage caused by Hurricane Sandy at a limited number of the Bank's branches located in or near certain New Jersey shore communities. In general, the facility-related damages caused by the hurricane were cosmetic in nature as evidenced by all 41 of the Bank's branches re-opening within two weeks of the hurricane.

The remaining increases and decreases in non-interest expense noted above reflect normal operating fluctuations within the noted categories.

In an effort to offset a portion of the increase in operating expenses arising from its expanded commercial lending operations, management anticipates embarking on a comprehensive evaluation of all non-interest expenses with the goal of reducing current operating expenses, where practicable, while also controlling increases in operating expenses in the future.

Provision for Income Taxes

The provision for income taxes decreased by $285,000 to $518,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 from $803,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The variance in income taxes between comparative quarters was largely attributable to the underlying differences in the taxable portion of pre-tax income between comparative periods. However, the variance also reflected the Bank's recognition of a deferred income tax benefit during the prior quarter arising from a capital gain associated with the aforementioned sale of land for which no such benefit was recognized during the current period.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents, which consist primarily of interest-earning and non-interest-earning deposits in other banks, decreased by $1.1 million to $187.0 million at December 31, 2012 from $188.1 million at September 30, 2012. The balance of cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2012 reflected the incoming cash flows arising from the sale of approximately $70.8 million of mortgage-backed securities during the last month of the current quarter. Such cash flows are expected to fund a portion of the Bank's increasing volume of commercial loan originations during the subsequent quarter ending March 31, 2013.

Management will continue to monitor the level of short term, liquid assets in relation to the expected need for such liquidity to fund the Company's strategic initiatives -- particularly those relating to the expansion of its commercial lending functions. The Company may alter its liquidity reinvestment strategies based upon the timing and relative success of those initiatives.

Loans Receivable

The outstanding balance of loans receivable, excluding deferred fees and costs and the allowance for loan losses, increased by $14.1 million to $1.30 billion at December 31, 2012 from $1.29 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The overall increase in the loan portfolio during the current quarter reflected an aggregate increase in commercial loans, including non-residential mortgages, multi-family mortgages, commercial business loans and land loans, of $40.2 million that was partially offset by a net decline in the balance of one-to-four family mortgage loans, comprising residential first mortgages, home equity loans and home equity lines of credit, of $23.5 million. For those same comparative periods, the outstanding balance of construction loans decreased $2.3 million while consumer loans decreased $127,000.

The Company's strategic focus in commercial lending -- through which it has increased its commercial loan origination and support staff and expanded relationships with loan participants and other external loan origination resources -- continues to support the loan-related goals and objectives outlined in the Company's business plan. Over the past twelve months, the commercial loan portfolio has grown by approximately $140.3 million or 23.8% to $635.9 million or 48.8% of total loans at December 31, 2012 compared to $495.6 million or 40.3% of total loans at December 31, 2011. The Company's commercial loan origination and closing volume increased significantly during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and it expects such volumes to remain robust over the near term. Toward that end, the Company expects to continue expanding its commercial loan origination and acquisition resources in the coming quarters as part of the Bank's ongoing evolution from a traditional thrift institution into a full service community bank.

By contrast, the aggregate decline in the residential mortgage loan portfolio for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 continues to reflect a diminished level of "new purchase" loan demand resulting from a weak economy and lower real estate values. The decline in the outstanding balance of the portfolio was exacerbated by accelerated refinancing activity resulting primarily from longer-term mortgage rates holding at historical lows during the current quarter. Such declines in mortgage rates were largely attributable to the Federal Reserve's efforts to stimulate the economy by driving longer term interest rates lower through quantitative easing. Through this policy, the Federal Reserve has continued to aggressively purchase mortgage-backed securities in the open market thereby driving the yield on such securities, and their underlying mortgage loans, to historical lows.

As a portfolio lender cognizant of potential exposure to interest rate risk, the Company has generally refrained from lowering its long term, fixed rate residential mortgage rates to the levels available in the marketplace. Consequently, a portion of the Company's residential mortgage borrowers may continue to seek long term, fixed rate refinancing opportunities from other market resources resulting in further declines in the outstanding balance of its residential mortgage loan portfolio. As part of the ongoing evolution of its business plan, the Company expects to evaluate various strategies that would enable it to support and expand its residential mortgage lending activities while effectively managing the associated business risks.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, the balance of the Company's non-performing assets increased to a total of $35.5 million or 1.22% of total assets and comprised non-performing loans totaling $32.3 million, or 2.48% of total loans, plus nine REO properties totaling $3.2 million. By comparison, at September 30, 2012, non-performing assets totaled $34.7 million or 1.19% of total assets and comprised non-performing loans totaling $30.4 million, or 2.36% of total loans, plus 11 REO properties totaling $4.3 million.

The category of non-performing loans generally includes loans reported as "accruing loans over 90 days past due" as well as loans reported as "nonaccrual". At December 31, 2012, the balance of non-performing loans included approximately $1.5 million of accruing loans over 90 days past due and $30.7 million of nonaccrual loans. By comparison, at September 30, 2012, the balance of non-performing loans included approximately $454,000 of accruing loans over 90 days past due and $29.9 million of nonaccrual loans. The noted increase in "accruing loans over 90 days past due" is largely attributable to an increase in non-delinquent "past maturity" loans that were in the process of being extended at December 31, 2012.

Mortgage-backed and Non-mortgage-backed Securities

The aggregate balance of mortgage-backed securities, which are predominantly government agency pass-through certificates and collateralized mortgage obligations, decreased by $176.4 million to $1.03 billion at December 31, 2012 from $1.21 billion at September 30, 2012. The net decrease partly reflected principal repayments, net of premium and discount amortization and accretion, totaling approximately $103.9 million which continued to reflect accelerating prepayments from borrower refinancings brought about by the historically low mortgage rates noted above. Such repayments were augmented by security sales totaling $70.8 million and a decrease in the unrealized gain within the available for sale portion of the portfolio of approximately $9.6 million to $39.2 million at December 31, 2012 from $48.8 million at September 30, 2012. These declines in the portfolio were partially offset by the Bank's purchase of $6.7 million of 30-year, fixed rate agency pass-through securities that were acquired based upon their Community Reinvestment Act eligibility.

The aggregate balance of non-mortgage backed securities increased by $142.9 million to $160.0 million at December 31, 2012 from $17.1 million at September 30, 2012. The net increase primarily reflected purchases of agency debentures totaling $143.3 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 that was augmented by a net decrease of $328,000 in the unrealized loss on available for sale non-mortgage-backed securities to $1.4 million at December 31, 2012 from $1.8 million at September 30, 2012.

The Company is currently evaluating various investment portfolio diversification strategies. Implementation of selected strategies are expected to broaden the eligible asset classes that may be held in the Company's investment portfolio for the purposes of enhancing earnings and more effectively managing the business risks inherent in its investment portfolio and overall balance sheet.

Other Assets

The aggregate balance of other assets, including premises and equipment, FHLB stock, interest receivable, goodwill, bank owned life insurance, deferred income taxes and other miscellaneous assets, decreased by $1.3 million to $227.4 million at December 31, 2012 from $228.7 million at September 30, 2012. The net decrease generally reflected normal fluctuations in the balances of other assets.

Deposits

The balance of total deposits decreased by $5.2 million to $2.14 billion at December 31, 2012 from $2.15 billion at September 30, 2012. The net decrease in deposit balances primarily reflected a decline in the balance of interest-bearing deposits of $6.6 million that was partially offset by an increase in non-interest bearing deposits of $1.4 million. The decrease in interest-bearing deposit accounts reflected a decline in certificates of deposit totaling $45.8 million which was partially offset by increases in the balances of interest-bearing checking accounts and savings accounts of $25.6 million and $13.6 million, respectively. The decline in the balance of certificates of deposit was largely attributable to the Company's active management of deposit pricing to support net interest rate spread and margin which continued to allow for some degree of controlled outflow of time deposits during the quarter ended December 31, 2012.

Borrowings

The Company reported a net decrease in borrowings of $8.1 million to $242.1 million at December 31, 2012 from $250.3 million at September 30, 2012. The reported decrease primarily reflected an $8.1 million decrease in the balance of outstanding overnight "sweep account" balances linked to customer demand deposits that was partially offset by the scheduled principal repayment of an amortizing advance from the FHLB.

Stockholders' Equity and Capital Management

During the quarter ended December 31, 2012, stockholders' equity decreased $4.9 million to $491.8 million from $496.7 million at September 30, 2012. The decrease was largely attributable to a $5.5 million net decline in accumulated other comprehensive income primarily reflecting decreases in the net unrealized gains in investment securities available for sale. This decrease was augmented by a $988,000 increase in Treasury stock reflecting the Company's repurchase of 105,400 shares of its common stock during the period at an average price of $9.37 per share. These declines were partially offset by net income of $1.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 coupled with a reduction of unearned ESOP shares for plan shares earned during the period.

At December 31, 2012, the Company's total equity to assets ratio was 16.97% while the equity to assets ratio of the Bank was 16.27%. As of that same date, the Bank's Tier 1 leverage ratio was 12.36% while its Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio and Total risk-based capital ratio were 24.60% and 25.37%, respectively, far in excess of the levels required by federal banking regulators to be classified "well-capitalized" under regulatory guidelines.

Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include, but are not limited to factors discussed in documents filed by Kearny Financial Corp. with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. The Company does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company.



KEARNY FINANCIAL CORP.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data, Unaudited)

                                                     At
                                -------------------------------------------
                                 December 31,  September 30,     June 30,
                                     2012           2012           2012
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
Selected Balance Sheet Data:
Cash and cash equivalents       $     186,991  $     188,071  $     155,584
Securities available for sale          12,761         12,705         12,602
Securities held to maturity           147,225          4,368         34,662
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
  Non-mortgage-backed
   securities                         159,986         17,073         47,264
Loans receivable                    1,302,012      1,287,831      1,284,236
Allowance for loan losses             (10,594)        (9,849)       (10,117)
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
  Net loans receivable              1,291,418      1,277,982      1,274,119
Mortgage-backed securities
 available for sale                 1,030,906      1,207,231      1,230,104
Mortgage-backed securities held
 to maturity                              941          1,027          1,090
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
  Mortgage-backed securities        1,031,847      1,208,258      1,231,194
Premises & equipment                   37,813         38,118         38,677
Federal Home Loan Bank stock           14,140         14,141         14,142
Goodwill                              108,591        108,591        108,591
Bank owned life insurance              49,894         49,501         48,615
Other assets                           16,927         18,364         18,820
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
    Total assets                $   2,897,607  $   2,920,099  $   2,937,006
                                =============  =============  =============
Non-interest bearing deposits   $     167,400  $     166,028  $     165,118
Interest-bearing deposits           1,973,065      1,979,627      2,006,679
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
  Deposits                          2,140,465      2,145,655      2,171,797
Federal Home Loan Bank advances       211,115        211,174        211,232
Other borrowings                       31,030         39,112         38,545
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
  Borrowings                          242,145        250,286        249,777
Other liabilities                      23,210         27,454         23,815
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
    Total liabilities               2,405,820      2,423,395      2,445,389
Stockholders' equity                  491,787        496,704        491,617
                                -------------  -------------  -------------
    Total liabilities &
     stockholders' equity       $   2,897,607  $   2,920,099  $   2,937,006
                                =============  =============  =============
Consolidated Capital Ratios:
Equity to assets at period end          16.97%         17.01%         16.74%
Tangible equity to tangible
 assets at period end (1)               13.12%         13.03%         12.87%
Share Data:
Outstanding shares (in
 thousands)                            66,765         66,870         66,936
Closing price as reported by
 NASDAQ                         $        9.75  $        9.74  $        9.69
Equity per share                $        7.37  $        7.43  $        7.34
Tangible equity per share (1)   $        5.40  $        5.39  $        5.36
Asset Quality Ratios:
Non-performing loans to total
 loans                                   2.48%          2.36%          2.61%
Non-performing assets to total
 assets                                  1.22%          1.19%          1.27%
Allowance for loan losses to
 total loans                             0.81%          0.76%          0.79%
Allowance for loan losses to
 non-performing loans                   32.84%         32.43%         30.20%

(1) Tangible equity equals total stockholders' equity reduced by goodwill,
 core deposit intangible assets and accumulated other comprehensive income.



(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data, Unaudited)

                                  For the                     For the
                             Three Months Ended           Six Months Ended
                      -------------------------------  ---------------------
                       December  September   December   December   December
                       31, 2012   30, 2012   31, 2011   31, 2012   31, 2011
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
Summary of
 Operations:
Interest income on:
  Loans receivable    $  15,165  $  15,776  $  16,216     $30,941    $32,684
  Mortgage-backed
   securities             6,162      7,003      7,933      13,165     15,915
  Non-mortgage-backed
   securities               280        232        345         512        881
  Other interest-
   earning assets           195        195        182         390        377
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
      Total interest-
       earning assets    21,802     23,206     24,676      45,008     49,857
Interest expense on:
  Interest-bearing
   checking                 470        546        641       1,016      1,454
  Savings and clubs         225        282        311         507        733
  Certificates of
   deposit                3,078      3,449      4,271       6,527      8,628
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
    Total interest-
     bearing deposits     3,773      4,277      5,223       8,050     10,815
  Federal Home Loan
   Bank advances          1,984      2,000      1,979       3,984      3,958
  Other borrowings           51         54         56         105        119
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
    Total borrowings      2,035      2,054      2,035       4,089      4,077
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
      Total interest-
       bearing
       liabilities        5,808      6,331      7,258      12,139     14,892
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
Net interest income      15,994     16,875     17,418      32,869     34,965
  Provision for loan
   losses                 1,393        339      1,323       1,732      2,388
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
    Net interest
     income after
     loan loss
     provision           14,601     16,536     16,095      31,137     32,577
Fees and service
 charges                    617        629        639       1,246      1,265
Gain on securities,
 including other-
 than-temporary
 impairment               1,097          0         (5)      1,097        (5)
Loss on sale of real
 estate owned              (239)      (294)    (2,020)      (533)    (2,056)
Gain on sale of loans         0          0        123           0        309
Income from bank-
 owned life insurance       393        383        185         776        374
Electronic banking
 fees and charges           285        289        236         574        471
Miscellaneous               132        193         81         325        157
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
  Total non-interest
   income                 2,285      1,200       (761)      3,485        515
Salaries and employee
 benefits                 8,791      8,812      8,383      17,603     16,544
Net occupancy expense
 of premises              1,655      1,598      1,596       3,253      3,181
Equipment and systems     1,896      1,977      1,774       3,873      3,743
Advertising and
 marketing                  275        286        321         561        622
Federal deposit
 insurance premium          549        552        496       1,101        981
Directors'
 compensation               175        167        158         342        324
Miscellaneous             1,850      1,881      1,964       3,731      3,736
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
  Total non-interest
   expense               15,191     15,273     14,692      30,464     29,131
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
Income before taxes       1,695      2,463        642       4,158      3,961
Provision for income
 taxes                      518        803        172       1,321      1,473
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------- ----------
Net income            $   1,177  $   1,660  $     470      $2,837     $2,488
                      =========  =========  =========  ========== ==========
Per Share Data:
Net income per share
 - basic and diluted  $    0.02  $    0.03  $    0.01       $0.04      $0.04
Weighted average
 number of common
 shares outstanding -
 basic and diluted
 (in thousands)          66,188     66,256     66,498      66,222     66,733
Cash dividends per
 share (1)            $    0.00  $    0.00  $    0.05       $0.00      $0.10
Dividend payout ratio
 (2)                        0.0%       0.0%     163.9%       0.0%      62.6%

(1) Represents dividends declared per common share.
(2) Represents dividends declared, excluding dividends waived by Kearny MHC,
 divided by net income.



(Dollars in Thousands, Except Per Share Data, Unaudited)

                                 For the                     For the
                            Three Months Ended           Six Months Ended
                     -------------------------------- ---------------------
                      December   September  December   December   December
                      31, 2012   30, 2012   31, 2011   31, 2012   31, 2011
                     ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
Average Balances:
  Loans receivable   $1,283,239 $1,286,097 $1,234,821 $1,284,668 $1,247,537
  Mortgage-backed
   securities         1,116,115  1,201,436  1,167,609  1,158,776  1,112,267
  Non-mortgage-backed
   securities           105,384     46,975     74,510     76,179     97,880
  Other interest-
   earning assets       139,650    119,046    156,831    129,347    184,951
                     ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
      Total interest-
       earning assets 2,644,388  2,653,554  2,633,771  2,648,970  2,642,635
  Non-interest-
   earning assets       269,389    282,372    264,943    275,881    261,382
                     ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
      Total assets   $2,913,777 $2,935,926 $2,898,714 $2,924,851 $2,904,017
                     ========== ========== ========== ========== ==========
    Interest-bearing
     checking        $  483,908 $  472,170 $  450,711 $  478,039 $  450,648
    Savings and clubs   435,957    431,570    405,760    433,764    404,681
    Certificates of
     deposit          1,045,541  1,092,475  1,139,005  1,069,008  1,145,860
                     ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
      Total interest-
       bearing
       deposits       1,965,406  1,996,215  1,995,476  1,980,811  2,001,189
  Federal Home Loan
   Bank advances        216,690    211,205    211,378    213,948    211,258
  Other borrowings       36,857     36,031     34,496     36,443     35,230
                     ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
    Total borrowings    253,547    247,236    245,874    250,391    246,488
                     ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
      Total interest-
       bearing
       liabilities    2,218,953  2,243,451  2,241,350  2,231,202  2,247,677
  Non-interest-
   bearing
   liabilities          202,978    200,306    168,839    201,641    168,350
                     ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
      Total
       liabilities    2,421,931  2,443,757  2,410,189  2,432,843  2,416,027
  Stockholders'
   equity               491,846    492,169    488,525    492,008    487,990
                     ---------- ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
      Total
       liabilities
       and
       stockholders'
       equity        $2,913,777 $2,935,926 $2,898,714 $2,924,851 $2,904,017
                     ========== ========== ========== ========== ==========
Average interest-
 earning assets to
 average interest-
 bearing liabilities     119.17%    118.28%    117.51%    118.72%    117.57%



                                  For the                    For the
                             Three Months Ended          Six Months Ended
                      -------------------------------  --------------------
                       December  September   December   December   December
                       31, 2012   30, 2012   31, 2011   31, 2012   31, 2011
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Performance ratios:
Yield on average:
  Loans receivable         4.73%      4.91%      5.25%      4.82%      5.25%
  Mortgage-backed
   securities              2.21%      2.33%      2.72%      2.27%      2.86%
  Non-mortgage-backed
   securities              1.07%      1.97%      1.85%      1.35%      1.80%
  Other interest-
   earning assets          0.56%      0.66%      0.46%      0.60%      0.41%
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
      Total interest-
       earning assets      3.30%      3.50%      3.75%      3.40%      3.77%
Cost of average:
  Interest-bearing
   checking                0.39%      0.46%      0.57%      0.43%      0.65%
  Savings and clubs        0.21%      0.26%      0.31%      0.23%      0.36%
  Certificates of
   deposit                 1.18%      1.26%      1.50%      1.22%      1.51%
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Interest-bearing
     deposits              0.77%      0.86%      1.05%      0.81%      1.08%
  Federal Home Loan
   Bank advances           3.66%      3.79%      3.74%      3.72%      3.75%
  Other borrowings         0.55%      0.60%      0.65%      0.58%      0.68%
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total borrowings       3.21%      3.32%      3.31%      3.27%      3.31%
                      ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
      Total interest-
       bearing
       liabilities         1.05%      1.13%      1.30%      1.09%      1.33%
    Net interest rate
     spread (1)            2.25%      2.37%      2.45%      2.31%      2.44%
    Net interest
     margin (2)            2.42%      2.55%      2.65%      2.49%      2.65%
    Non-interest
     income to average
     assets                0.31%      0.16%     -0.11%      0.24%      0.04%
    Non-interest
     expense to
     average assets        2.09%      2.08%      2.03%      2.08%      2.01%
    Efficiency ratio      83.11%     84.50%     88.21%     83.80%     82.11%
    Return on average
     assets                0.16%      0.23%      0.06%      0.19%      0.17%
    Return on average
     equity                0.96%      1.35%      0.38%      1.15%      1.02%

(1) Interest income divided by average interest-earning assets less
 interest expense divided by average interest-bearing liabilities.
(2) Net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.

For further information contact:
Eric B. Heyer
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kearny Financial Corp.
(973) 244-4024

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