Interest expense declined 25.1% to $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The decline in interest expense was due primarily to lower average rates paid on interest bearing deposits. Average deposits increased 1.2% to $507.0 million, compared with $502.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.Net interest income was down 0.7% to $8.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with $8.9 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year. The decrease in net interest income was due to a decrease in average loans, partially offset by a 41 basis point increase in the net interest margin, compared with the fourth quarter of 2009. Net interest margin improved by 11 basis points to 6.12% in the fourth quarter of 2010 from the third quarter of 2010.
United Security Bancshares, Inc. Reports 2010 Results
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