Total interest expense decreased $13.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, as compared to the same period last year. The change was due primarily to reductions of $12.4 million in interest paid on deposits. The overall decrease in interest expense was attributable to the maturity of higher cost Step CDs and a shift in deposit balances from certificates of deposit to relatively less expensive non-time deposits. Between December 31, 2011, and December 31, 2012, the average outstanding balance of certificates of deposit declined by $222.1 million (of which $140.0 million were Step CDs), while non-time deposits increased by $47.6 million. Also contributing to the decrease in interest expense was a reduction of 94 basis points in the cost of certificates of deposit, as well as a decrease in the cost of non-time deposits of 14 basis points.The primary cause of the decrease in interest expense on FHLB advances was a decrease in the average balance of those funds of $20.6 million, in addition to a rate decrease on those borrowings of 19 basis points in 2012 compared to 2011. These decreases were caused by the prepayment of $25.7 million of term advances in the second and third quarters of 2012 and the need to use fewer short-term overnight advances during the period.
United Community Financial Corp. Announces Fourth Quarter Results; Profitability Returns
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