SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
December 13, 2012
Date of Report
(Date of earliest event reported)
WSFS Financial Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|500 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware||19801|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (302) 792-6000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION
INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT
Section 8 Other Events
|Item 8.01||Other Events|
On December 13th, we prepaid $125 million of FHLB advances with a remaining average maturity of approximately 16 months, with individual advances ranging between 11 months and 22 months. The average rate on these advances was 2.63%. The mortgage backed securities (MBS) portfolio will be reduced by a similar $125 million in a process which began in December 2012 and is expected to be complete in January 2013. The current yield on these MBS sold and to-be-sold is expected to be approximately 1.85%.
We incurred a prepayment penalty on the FHLB advances of $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 which was largely offset by expected gains in the fourth quarter from sales of MBS as part of our continuing portfolio risk management (primarily prepayment risk). MBS portfolio management and resulting gains have been undertaken for the past several quarters as a result of the protracted period of historically low interest rates.
We undertook this deleverage strategy to improve our net interest margin and return on assets, while also improving our overall interest rate risk profile and strengthening our capital ratios.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.
|WSFS FINANCIAL CORPORATION|
|Date: January 17, 2013||By:|
|Stephen A. Fowle|
|Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|