Deposits totaled $1.50 billion at December 31, 2012 and increased $178 million from $1.33 billion at December 31, 2011, reflecting a $33 million, or 16%, increase in non-interest bearing deposits and a $145 million, or 13%, increase in interest bearing deposits. The increase in interest bearing deposits included the purchase of $61 million of brokered time deposits reflecting the Company's philosophy to opportunistically diversify funding sources at a lowest cost. The weighted average cost of brokered deposits was 0.80% at December 31, 2012, with balances representing 4.1% of total deposits.
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston advances increased $77 million year-to-date to $143.1 million at December 31, 2012. Advances were employed across the maturity curve with the majority of the increase consisting of short term advances with terms of one year or less and a weighted average cost of 0.33%.
Fourth quarter asset quality metrics remain very favorable. Non-performing assets increased $3.3 million to $18.9 million at December 31, 2012 from $15.6 million at December 31, 2011. The ratio of non-performing assets to total assets increased 6 basis points to 0.95% at December 31, 2012 from 0.89% at December 31, 2011. Loans on non-accrual increased $3.5 million to $16.1 million at December 31, 2012 from $12.6 million at December 31, 2011. Included in non-accrual loans are non-accruing troubled debt restructurings (TDR). TDRs decreased $232,000 to $3.1 million at December 31, 2012 from $3.4 million at December 31, 2011. The ratio of non-performing loans to total loans increased 14 basis points to 1.00% at December 31, 2012 from 0.86% at December 31, 2011. At December 31, 2012, the allowance for loan losses as a percentage of non-performing loans and of total loans outstanding was 114.88% and 1.15%, compared to 127.08% and 1.09% at December 31, 2011, respectively.Dividend The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend on the Company's common stock of $0.10 per share to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 28, 2013 and payable on February 4, 2013. This dividend equates to a 3.08% annualized yield based on the $12.98 average closing price of the Company's common stock in the fourth quarter of 2012. The Company has paid dividends for 27 consecutive quarters. The dividend payout ratio for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 was 66%, excluding the special cash dividend the Company paid of $0.16 per share in December 2012.
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