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Now I'll turn the call over to our President and Chief Executive Officer, Cathy Nash. Cathy?
Cathleen H. NashThank you, Kristine. We are very pleased to report another quarter of strong results that reflect our continued success in executing on key strategic initiatives. We achieved another important milestone this quarter with the reversal of the valuation against our deferred tax asset or DTA. We were able to restore the DTA due to the strong financial condition of our bank and expectations that we will be able to fully utilize the asset in the future. Net income attributable to common shareholders for the second quarter was $297 million or $7.35 per share, which includes the $277 million tax benefit from restoring the DTA. Excluding that tax benefit, we reported continued solid results with net income of $20 million or $0.50 per share for the quarter and pretax pre-provisioned profit of $32 million. Our continued improvements in credit quality metrics led to reduced credit cost again this quarter with provision expense dropping by 37% compared to last quarter. Net interest margin expanded 4 basis points compared to last quarter, reflecting our success in executing our strategic balance sheet initiative. And Lisa will talk more about that in just a moment.