Total operating expenses for the quarter decreased $25 million sequentially to $281 million due to seasonally higher advertising and compensation expenses incurred during the first quarter. Other expenses included legal settlements and other reserves of $3.1 million, as well as a $10.2 million benefit related to a reduction of the Company’s reserve resulting from the completion of an offer to purchase auction rate securities from eligible holders which expired on May 15, 2012. Over the course of the program, the Company has purchased and subsequently liquidated approximately $145 million in auction rate securities from approximately 1,000 customers. With the completion of the offer to purchase, the Company does not believe it has any remaining material exposure related to auction rate securities.
The Company’s loan portfolio ended the quarter at $11.8 billion, contracting $624 million from the prior quarter, primarily related to $503 million of paydowns. Second quarter provision for loan losses decreased $5 million from the prior quarter to $67 million.
Net charge-offs in the quarter were $121 million, a decrease of $195 million from the prior quarter. Approximately half of the prior quarter’s charge-offs related to aligning certain loan modification policies and procedures with the guidance of the Company’s new primary banking regulator. The allowance for loan losses at quarter-end was $526 million, down $53 million from the previous quarter.
For the Company’s entire loan portfolio, special mention delinquencies decreased seven percent sequentially, and total at-risk delinquencies declined six percent. As compared to the year-ago period, special mention delinquencies declined 24 percent and total at-risk delinquencies declined 28 percent.As of June 30, 2012, the Company reported a consolidated Tier 1 common ratio of 10.2 percent (3), up from 9.4 percent in the prior period and 8.4 percent at the end of the second quarter of 2011. E*TRADE Bank ended the quarter with Tier 1 leverage (4) and total risk-based capital ratios of 7.9 percent and 18.0 percent, compared with 7.3 percent and 17.0 percent, respectively, at the end of the prior period and 7.9 percent and 16.2 percent, respectively, in the year-ago period. Historical metrics and financials can be found on the E*TRADE Financial Investor Relations website at investor.etrade.com. The Company will host a conference call to discuss the results beginning at 5:00 p.m. EDT today. This conference call will be available to domestic participants by dialing 888-657-8143 and 973-935-8153 for international participants. The conference ID number is 97859078. A live audio webcast and replay of this conference call will also be available at investor.etrade.com. About E*TRADE Financial The E*TRADE Financial family of companies provides financial services including online brokerage and related banking products and services to retail investors. Specific business segments include Trading and Investing and Balance Sheet Management. Securities products and services are offered by E*TRADE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC). Bank products and services are offered by E*TRADE Bank, a Federal savings bank, Member FDIC, or its subsidiaries and affiliates. More information is available at www.etrade.com. ETFC-E Important Notices E*TRADE Financial, E*TRADE and the E*TRADE logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of E*TRADE Financial Corporation.