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Rating Action:

Moody's downgrades Astoria Financial (senior to Baa1)

27 Apr 2009

New York, April 27, 2009 -- Moody's Investors Service downgraded the bank financial strength rating (BFSR) and deposit and debt ratings of Astoria Financial Corporation and its rated subsidiaries, including those of its lead thrift subsidiary, Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association. Astoria Financial Corporation's long-term senior rating was lowered to Baa1 from A2. Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association's BFSR was lowered to C from B-, its long- and short-term term deposit ratings to A3 and Prime-2 from A1 and Prime-1, respectively, and its issuer rating to A3 from A1. The outlook is negative. This concludes the review for possible downgrade that was initiated on December 19, 2008. Astoria Financial Corporation and its subsidiaries are collectively referred to hereafter as 'Astoria'.

The downgrade reflects Moody's view that increasing credit losses arising from Astoria's portfolio of residential mortgages over the next 12 to 18 months are likely to result in weaker asset quality and profitability ratios, and could pressure its regulatory capital ratios and ratio of tangible common equity to risk-weighted assets. Also a factor behind the downgrade is the dependence of the holding company, Astoria Financial Corporation, on remittances from its thrift subsidiary to meet its operational and financial obligations.

Moody's observed that residential mortgages account for three-quarters of Astoria's loan portfolio, and that jumbo residential mortgages, particularly those secured by properties in the metropolitan New York area, constitute a large concentration risk. Although the metro-New York segment of the residential mortgage portfolio has performed well thus far in relation to residential mortgages secured by properties in other regions of the country, Moody's expects asset quality indicators for the residential mortgage portfolio to deteriorate as the effects of the U.S. recession translate into higher unemployment rates. Moody's recognizes that Astoria's net charge-offs have been low to date, due to its sound underwriting. Nevertheless, the rating agency is of the view that a concentration of this size is a major credit concern, given the risk it poses for the firm's earnings and capital should credit losses be greater than expected.

Moody's also expects credit losses from Astoria's non-owner-occupied commercial real estate portfolio, including multi-family and construction, to increase over the same time horizon. However, credit losses from multifamily mortgages secured by rent-stabilized and rent-controlled properties are expected to be minimal, the rating agency added.

With regard to the holding company's liquidity profile, Moody's observed that Astoria's practice for some time now has been to maintain a high double leverage ratio, and to keep financial resources at the holding company at a low level. More specifically, the holding company's resources have been maintained at a level that is insufficient to cover operational and financial obligations beyond one year, which makes it dependent on dividends from the thrift subsidiary, Moody's added. While this practice is efficient from a cost perspective, Moody's believes that the heightened liquidity risk assumed through this practice is not commensurate with its previous ratings in the current strained economic and capital markets environment.

At the time Astoria's ratings were placed on review for possible downgrade in December 2008, Moody's expressed its concern that the company's ratio of core deposits to loans would weaken further as a result of appreciably faster projected loan growth than projected deposit growth in 2009. Astoria's ratio of core deposit funding as a percentage of its loan portfolio has been trending lower over several quarters, and at about 60% is among the weakest in the rating peer group. With the slowing of the economy, the company has scaled back its projected loan growth, which should result in a more stable core funding ratio.

Moody's said that Astoria's ratings continue to be supported by its good market shares in Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn, and its superior operating efficiency.

Downgrades:

..Issuer: Astoria Capital Trust I

....Preferred Stock Preferred Stock, Downgraded to Baa2 from A3

..Issuer: Astoria Federal Savings & Loan Association

....Bank Financial Strength Rating, Downgraded to C from B-

....Issuer Rating, Downgraded to A3 from A1

....OSO Rating, Downgraded to P-2 from P-1

....Deposit Rating, Downgraded to P-2 from P-1

....OSO Senior Unsecured OSO Rating, Downgraded to A3 from A1

....Senior Unsecured Deposit Rating, Downgraded to A3 from A1

..Issuer: Astoria Financial Corporation

....Issuer Rating, Downgraded to Baa1 from A2

....Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, Downgraded to Baa1 from A2

Outlook Actions:

..Issuer: Astoria Capital Trust I

....Outlook, Changed To Negative From Rating Under Review

..Issuer: Astoria Federal Savings & Loan Association

....Outlook, Changed To Negative From Rating Under Review

..Issuer: Astoria Financial Corporation

....Outlook, Changed To Negative From Rating Under Review

The last rating action on Astoria was taken on December 19, 2008, when the ratings were placed on review for possible downgrade. The principal methodologies used in rating this issuer are "Bank Financial Strength Ratings: A Global Methodology" and "Incorporation of Joint-Default Analysis into Moody's Bank Ratings: A Refined Methodology", which can be found at www.moodys.com in the Ratings Methodologies subdirectory of the Credit Policy & Methodologies directory. Other methodologies and factors that may have been considered in the process of rating this issuer can also be found in the Credit Policy and Methodologies directory.

Astoria Financial Corporation, a thrift holding company headquartered in Lake Success, New York, reported consolidated assets of $21 billion at the end of March 2009.

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Robert Young
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Financial Institutions Group
Moody's Investors Service
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Michael L. Mascarenhas
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Moody's Investors Service
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Moody's downgrades Astoria Financial (senior to Baa1)
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