The Return on Average Assets was 0.17% and the Return on Average Equity was 1.77% for the third quarter of 2012. These metrics were -0.26% and -2.75% for the second quarter of 2012, and 0.31% and 2.97% for the third quarter of 2011, respectively.
For the first nine months of 2012, the Return on Average Assets was -0.09% and the Return on Average Equity was -0.93% compared to 0.28% and 2.77%, respectively, for the same period in 2011.
Discussion of Financial Condition
Average earning assets were $2.209 billion for the third quarter of 2012, a decrease of $53.7 million, or 2.4%, from the second quarter of 2012, and an increase of $62.7 million, or 2.9%, over the fourth quarter of 2011. As compared to the second quarter of 2012, the decline in average earning assets is attributable to a lower level of overnight funds resulting from a decline in deposits and the resolution of problem loans. The shift in the mix of earning assets continued as the loan portfolio declined when compared to the prior quarter. The increase in average earning assets compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 primarily reflects the higher level of deposits resulting from the seasonal influx of public funds.We maintained an average net overnight funds (deposits with banks plus fed funds sold less fed funds purchased) sold position of $386.0 million during the third quarter of 2012 compared to an average net overnight funds sold position of $411.3 million in the second quarter of 2012 and an average overnight funds sold position of $191.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The lower balance when compared to the second quarter of 2012 reflects lower levels of public fund deposits partially offset by a decrease in the loan portfolio. The higher balances when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 reflect higher levels of public funds and savings accounts, in addition to lower balances in the loan and investment portfolios.