STATEN ISLAND, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 12/11/12 -- VSB Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSBN), the holding company for Victory State Bank, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share payable on December 27, 2012 to stockholders of record on December 21, 2012. Joseph J. LiBassi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, stated, "We are pleased to announce our twenty-first consecutive cash dividend. We decided to pay this cash dividend in 2012 so our stockholders could take advantage of the current tax rates. We are now celebrating our fifteenth anniversary and we look forward to the coming years."
Raffaele M. Branca, President and Chief Executive Officer, reported, "Our dividend payout ratio is 30.1% on third quarter 2012 earnings. We have been able to employ different capital strategies, such as stock repurchases and cash dividends, to increase stockholder value."
VSB Bancorp, Inc. is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. Victory State Bank, a Staten Island based commercial bank, commenced operations on November 17, 1997. The Bank's initial capitalization of $7.0 million was primarily raised in the Staten Island community. The Bancorp's total equity increased to $27.7 million by September 30, 2012. The Bank operates five full service locations in Staten Island, the main office at 4142 Hylan Boulevard in Great Kills and branches on Forest Avenue in West Brighton, Hyatt Street in St. George, Hylan Boulevard in Dongan Hills and Bay Street in Rosebank. We announced our sixth branch location in Charleston/Tottenville section of Staten Island, subject to regulatory approval.
The payment of dividends is at the discretion of the Board of Directors and nothing contained herein should be interpreted as a commitment to pay future dividends.
Statements contained in this press release, which are not historical facts, are forward -looking statements, as 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 materially differ from those currently anticipated. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, possible future changes in (i) the local, regional or national economy, (ii) market interest rates, (iii) customer preferences, (iv) competition or (v) federal or state laws.
Ralph M. Branca
President & CEO