Deposit costs decreased by four basis points in the first quarter compared to the preceding quarter and 21 basis points compared to the first quarter a year ago. Total funding costs for the first quarter of 2013 decreased four basis points compared to the preceding quarter and 27 basis points from the first quarter a year ago. Asset yields were unchanged compared to the preceding quarter and decreased 24 basis points from the first quarter a year ago. However, loan yields decreased by eight basis points compared to the preceding quarter and decreased 26 basis points from the first quarter a year ago. Nonaccrual loans reduced the margin by approximately four basis points in the first quarter of 2013 compared to approximately six basis points in the preceding quarter and approximately 13 basis points in the first quarter of 2012. Securities yields decreased by seven basis points compared to the preceding quarter and were 14 basis points lower than the first quarter of 2012.Banner's first quarter net interest income, before the provision for loan losses, was $41.0 million, compared to $41.5 million in the first quarter a year ago, as the increase in the net interest margin was offset by a modest decrease in the average balance of interest-earning assets and the effect of one additional day in the first quarter of 2012 which was a leap year. In spite of the modest increase in the net interest margin, net interest income also decreased from $41.9 million in the immediately preceding quarter, largely reflecting the fewer number of days in the current quarter and expected seasonal decreases in agricultural loan balances and non-interest-bearing deposits.
Banner Corporation's Net Income Totals $11.6 Million, Or $0.60 Per Diluted Share, In First Quarter; Net Income Highlighted By Strong Revenue Generation And Further Improved Credit Quality
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