Ameriana Bancorp (NASDAQ: ASBI), parent company for Ameriana Bank, today announced earnings for the third quarter of 2012 of $465,000, or $0.16 per basic and diluted share, compared with $298,000, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011. This marked the 13th consecutive profitable quarter for Ameriana.
For the first nine months of 2012, Ameriana’s net income increased to $1.3 million, or $0.42 per basic and diluted share, compared with $689,000, or $0.23 per basic and diluted share, in the year-earlier period.
Commenting on the announcement, Jerome J. Gassen, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We were pleased to see several positive trends continue during the third quarter, which contributed to a 56% increase in net income compared with the same quarter last year. These trends included a solid net interest margin, which, while declining slightly from the year-earlier period, was still relatively stable. Also, credit quality continued to improve, as non-performing loans and losses and write-downs on other real estate owned declined. Lastly, our expense control efforts continued to reduce non-interest costs, which were 7% lower this quarter compared with the third quarter of last year. In addition to these factors, we also experienced an increase in loan demand during the third quarter, with growth in both mortgage and commercial lending.
“While our third quarter results continue to show progress in many of our focus areas, we remain concerned about the economic and regulatory environment we face,” Gassen continued. “The economy is not as strong as we would expect at this point, and the regulatory climate involves unprecedented uncertainty for community banks. Considering this, we recognize the recent pickup in loan volume may not be sustainable over the long term. Therefore, we will continue to focus on expense control and reducing overall credit costs as a way to buffer these risks.”