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Banner Corporation Reports Net Income Of $25.4 Million, Or $1.27 Per Diluted Share, In Second Quarter; Net Income Highlighted By Strong Revenue Generation And Improved Credit Quality, Leading To A Recovery Of The Deferred Tax Asset

Net loans were $3.13 billion at June 30, 2012, compared to $3.15 billion at March 31, 2012 and $3.21 billion a year ago. Commercial and agricultural business loans were $811.8 million at June 30, 2012 compared to $798.5 million at March 31, 2012 and $774.7 million a year ago. Commercial real estate and multifamily real estate loans were $1.22 billion at June 30, 2012, compared to $1.21 billion at March 31, 2012 and $1.24 billion at June 30, 2011.

The combined total of securities at fair value, available for sale and held to maturity, was $596.8 million at June 30, 2012 compared to $541.3 million at March 31, 2012 and $453.2 million at June 30, 2011. The aggregate total of securities and interest-bearing deposits increased to $729.3 million at June 30, 2012 compared to $685.2 million at March 31, 2012 and $621.4 million a year ago. The change in the mix of interest-bearing deposits and securities holdings compared to a year ago reflects a modest extension of the expected duration of this aggregate position designed to increase the yield relative to interest-bearing deposits. The securities purchased in recent periods were primarily short- to intermediate-term U.S. Government Agency notes and mortgage-backed securities and, to a lesser extent, intermediate-term tax-exempt municipal securities.

Deposits totaled $3.43 billion at June 30, 2012, the same as at the end of the preceding quarter. Deposits were $3.47 million at June 30, 2011. Non-interest-bearing accounts increased 4% to $804.6 million at June 30, 2012, compared to $771.8 million at March 31, 2012, and increased 25% compared to $645.8 million at June 30, 2011. Interest-bearing transaction and savings accounts were $1.45 billion at June 30, 2012, compared to $1.46 billion at March 31, 2012 and $1.42 billion a year ago.

“The improvements in our deposit mix are reflective of our super community bank strategy that is reducing our funding cost by remixing our deposits away from high-priced CDs, growing new client relationships, and improving our core funding position. All of this growth is organic growth from our existing branch network,” said Grescovich. Banner’s cost of deposits declined four basis points to 0.48% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 compared to 0.52% for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, and declined 32 basis points from 0.80% for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

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