Noninterest income increased $2.1 million, or 268.8%, to $2.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, from $770,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2011. The increase during the period was primarily due to $2.1 million in gains associated with the sale of mortgage loans to the secondary market as part of the home lending initiative. Noninterest income increased $3.7 million, or 149.1%, to $6.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, from $2.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.
Noninterest expense increased $1.7 million, or 52.7%, to $4.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, from $3.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011. Changes in noninterest expense included a $1.3 million, or 88.3%, increase in salaries and benefit costs associated with the addition of more lending staff, a $268,000 or 53.5% increase in operation costs partially due to a $108,000 increase in off-balance sheet reserves including a reserve for the marine loan sale, a $215,000, or 210.8% increase in loan costs associated with increased lending activities, partially offset by a $151,000 decrease in write-downs to fair value of other real estate owned.
About FS Bancorp
FS Bancorp, Inc., a Washington corporation, is the holding company for 1st Security Bank of Washington. The Bank provides loan and deposit services to customers who are predominately small and middle-market businesses and individuals in western Washington through its six branches in suburban communities in the greater Puget Sound area.Disclaimer Certain matters discussed in this press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical fact and often include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "forecasts," "intends," "plans," "targets," "potentially," "probably," "projects," "outlook" or similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as "may," "will," "should," "would" and "could." Forward-looking statements include statements with respect to our beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, expectations, assumptions and statements about future performance. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated, including, but not limited to: general economic conditions, either nationally or in our market area, that are worse than expected; the credit risks of lending activities, including changes in the level and trend of loan delinquencies and write offs and changes in our allowance for loan losses and provision for loan losses that may be impacted by deterioration in the housing and commercial real estate markets; fluctuations in the demand for loans, the number of unsold homes, land and other properties and fluctuations in real estate values in our market area; increases in premiums for deposit insurance; the use of estimates in determining fair value of certain of our assets, which estimates may prove to be incorrect and result in significant declines in valuation; changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our interest margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments; increased competitive pressures among financial services companies; our ability to execute our plans to grow our residential construction lending, our mortgage banking operations and our warehouse lending and the geographic expansion of our indirect home improvement lending; our ability to attract and retain deposits; our ability to control operating costs and expenses; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; our ability to successfully manage our growth; legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect our business or increase capital requirements, including changes related to Basel III; the effect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and implementing regulations, changes in regulation policies and principles, or the interpretation of regulatory capital or other rules; adverse changes in the securities markets; changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the bank regulatory agencies, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board or the Financial Accounting Standards Board; costs and effects of litigation, including settlements and judgments and inability of key third-party vendors to perform their obligations to us.