Third quarter non-GAAP operating noninterest expense was $237.1 million, up $26.7 million, or 13% over the second quarter of 2012. The increase primarily reflects the full quarter cost of operating the acquired HSBC branches. The non-GAAP operating efficiency ratio increased to 64.7% compared to 62.1% in the prior quarter given the impact of the loss of revenue attributed to the MBS sale.
On a GAAP basis, noninterest expense for the second quarter was $266.5 million, including $29.4 million in acquisition and restructuring expenses primarily associated with the HSBC branch transaction.
CapitalAt September 30, 2012, the company's estimated consolidated Total Risk Based capital and Tier 1 Common Risk Based capital ratios were 11.5% and 7.6%, respectively. The company remains well above current regulatory guidelines for well-capitalized institutions. About First Niagara First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 430 branches, approximately $36 billion in assets, $28 billion in deposits, and approximately 6,000 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.firstniagara.com . Investor Call A conference call will be held at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 19, 2012 to discuss the company's financial results. Those wishing to participate in the call may dial toll-free 1-888-606-8413 with the passcode: FNFG. Presentation slides will be used during the earnings conference call and is available under the investor relations tab of our website at www.firstniagara.com. A replay of the call will be available until November 2, 2012 by dialing 1-866-353-3016, passcode: 7253. Non-GAAP Measures - This news release contains financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP). The Company believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide a meaningful comparison of the underlying operational performance of the company, and facilitate investors' assessments of business and performance trends in comparison to others in the financial services industry. In addition, the company believes the exclusion of these non-operating items enables management to perform a more effective evaluation and comparison of the company's results and to assess performance in relation to the company's ongoing operations. These disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. Where non-GAAP disclosures are used in this news release, the comparable GAAP financial measure, as well as the reconciliation to the comparable GAAP financial measure, can be found in this document.