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Malaga Financial Corporation Reports Record 3rd Quarter And Year-to-Date Earnings

Malaga Financial Corporation (OTCBB:MLGF), the parent company of Malaga Bank FSB, today reported that net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $2,761,000 ($0.47 basic and $0.46 fully diluted earnings per share), an increase of $12,000 from net income of $2,749,000 ($0.47 basic and fully diluted earnings per share) for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $8,932,000 ($1.51 basic and $1.50 fully diluted earnings per share) as compared to $8,209,000 ($1.40 basic and $1.39 fully diluted earnings per share) for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, a 9% increase. Earnings for the third quarter and first nine months were the highest in Malaga Financial’s history for those periods and resulted in an annualized pre-tax return on average equity of 24.05%.

At September 30, 2012, the Company reported one delinquent loan and no real estate owned. The delinquent loan is a single family loan with an outstanding principal balance of $87,000 and was one payment delinquent. The Company’s allowance for loan losses was $2,817,000, or 0.36% of total loans, at September 30, 2012.

Net interest income totaled $7,151,000 in the third quarter of 2012, a small decrease from $7,169,000 in the third quarter of 2011. This decrease resulted primarily due to net increase of $46,000 in amortization of net deferred loan costs. Our interest rate spread was 3.47% in the third quarter of 2012 and was comparable to third quarter of 2011 at 3.46%.

Operating expenses increased 5% in the third quarter of 2012, to $2,699,000 from $2,570,000 in the third quarter of 2011. The increase is due primarily to costs related to the opening of our Torrance-Skypark branch in August 2012.

Randy C. Bowers, President and CEO, remarked, “Our financial strength has allowed us to continue to expand our retail banking operations and open our new Torrance-Skypark Branch.”

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