"Looking ahead, we are fully focused on increasing the Company's profitability. We have initiatives under way intended to grow earning assets and boost fee income organically, and to improve our efficiency ratio. Additionally, we continue to evaluate acquisition opportunities that meet our strategic and financial objectives."
The Company's banking operations began with the acquisitions of three banks from the FDIC on July 16, 2010 and subsequently included the acquisitions of TIB Financial Corp. on September 30, 2010, Capital Bank Corporation on January 28, 2011, Green Bankshares, Inc on September 7, 2011 and Southern Community on October 1, 2012. Accordingly, operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 are not generally comparable to the current year operations.
Loan Portfolio Composition
At September 30, 2012, commercial real estate loans were 32% of the total portfolio, down from 35% at December 31, 2011, consistent with our portfolio diversification strategy.
The relative composition of our loan portfolio was as follows:
Net Interest Income
|| September 30, 2012
|| December 31, 2011
| Commercial real estate
Net interest income for the third quarter of 2012 decreased by approximately $3.0 million, or 4.7%, to $60.3 million, from $63.3 million for the second quarter of 2012 and increased $6.1 million, or 11.3%, from the third quarter of 2011. The main driver of the decline in net interest income for the quarter was the reduction in interest earning assets, which fell to $5.4 billion from $5.6 billion, led by problem loan resolutions and strategic repayments, as noted above, partially offset by continuation of a deleveraging strategy, which reduced wholesale borrowings by approximately $67.5 million.