Non-interest expense increased $237,000, or 8.2% for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 compared to the same period a year ago. The increase is primarily due to an increase in salaries and employee benefits and expenses associated with the additional loan origination offices.
Total assets were $196.7 million at March 31, 2013 compared to $190.3 million at December 31, 2012. Total loans decreased $5.4 million, or 4.2%, to $122.6 million at March 31, 2013 from $128.0 million at December 31, 2012. Deposits increased $7.0 million, or 4.0%, to $176.3 million during the first quarter from $169.5 million at of the end of 2012.
Stockholders' equity decreased by $423,000 at March 31, 2013 compared to December 31, 2012. The Bank must meet certain minimum capital requirements to satisfy federal and state laws. Monarch Community Bank's capital ratios for March 31, 2013 were as follows, tier 1 leverage ratio: 5.88% and total risk based ratio: 10.97%. In May of 2010, the Bank agreed with FDIC to develop a plan to increase its tier 1 leverage ratio to 9% and total risk based ratio to 11%. The Bank is pursuing all opportunities to raise capital and was considered well capitalized according to the FDIC definition as of March 31, 2013.
Monarch Community Bank is headquartered in Coldwater, Michigan and operates five full service retail offices in Branch, Calhoun and Hillsdale counties and nine loan production offices in Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Ingham, Lenawee, Kent, Livingston and Jackson counties in Michigan and one in Steuben county, Indiana.Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934 as amended. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this statement for purposes of these safe harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies, and expectations of the Company, are generally identified by the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate," or "project" or similar expressions. The Company's ability to predict results, or the actual effect of future plans or strategies, is inherently uncertain. Factors which could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of the Company and the subsidiaries include, but are not limited to, changes in: interest rates; general economic conditions; legislative/regulatory changes; monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board; the quality and composition of the loan or securities portfolios; demand for loan products; deposit flows; competition; demand for financial services in the Company's market areas; the Company's implementation of evolving technologies; and accounting principles, policies, and guidelines. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.