For the six months ended March 31, 2013, net interest income decreased $498,000 or 7.3% to $6.3 million as compared to $6.8 million for the same period in 2012. The decrease was due to a $1.1 million or 11.7% decrease in interest income partially offset by a $648,000 or 21.5% decrease in interest expense. The decrease in interest income resulted from a 39 basis point decrease to 3.70% in the weighted average yield earned on interest-earning assets combined with an $11.8 million or 2.5% decrease in the average balance of interest-earning assets for the six months ended March 31, 2013, as compared to the same period in 2012. The decrease in the weighted average yield earned was primarily due to the reinvestment of the proceeds from called investment securities and the origination of new loans at lower current market rates. The decrease in the average balance reflected the use of assets to fund the outflow of higher costing deposits, primarily certificates of deposit. The decrease in interest expense resulted primarily from a 26 basis point decrease to 1.12% in the weighted average rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities, reflecting the continued repricing downward of interest-bearing liabilities during the year combined with a $15.1 million or 3.5% decrease in the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities, primarily certificates of deposit, for the six months ended March 31, 2013, as compared to the same period in 2012. The decline in the weighted average rate paid reflected the continued effect of the low interest rate environment on the Bank's cost of funds as deposits repriced downward as well as the Bank's continued implementation of its asset/liability strategies designed to reduce its use of higher costing certificates of deposit as a funding source.
For the quarter ended March 31, 2013, the net interest margin was 2.68%, as compared to 2.77% for the same period in 2012. For the six months ended March 31, 2013, the net interest margin was 2.69%, as compared to 2.83% for the same period in 2012. The decrease in the net interest margin was consistent with the decline in net interest income as the yields on interest-earning assets declined to a greater degree than the rates paid on interest-bearing liabilities due to the already low level of the Bank's cost of funds.
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