OAK HARBOR, Wash., Oct. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Banking Company (Nasdaq:WBCO), the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, today reported its core banking business generated strong operating profits in the first nine months of 2010 augmented by two FDIC-assisted acquisitions, which contributed $17.5 million in pretax gains to third quarter earnings and $1.8 million to second quarter earnings. Before preferred dividends, net income grew to $13.7 million, compared to $4.6 million in the second quarter and $1.7 million for the third quarter a year ago. Net income available to common shareholders was $13.3 million or $0.86 per diluted common share in the third quarter, compared to $4.2 million, or $0.27 per diluted common share, in the second quarter, and $1.3 million, or $0.13 per diluted common share, in the third quarter a year ago.

Year-to-date, Washington Banking earned $20.3 million, compared to $4.5 million for the same period last year. For the first nine months of 2010, net income available to common shareholders, after preferred dividend payments increased to $19.0 million, or $1.23 per diluted common share, compared to $3.3 million, or $0.35 per diluted common share, for the first nine months of 2009.

"Our FDIC-assisted acquisition of North County Bank, which closed on September 24, produced a significant bargain purchase gain in the third quarter, but more importantly it is a solid geographical and cultural addition to our franchise," said Jack Wagner, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are also pleased with the contributions that the second quarter acquisition of CityBank brought to the franchise and believe both transactions will be successful on strategic and operational levels. In addition, our core franchise continues to be profitable and healthy. With all the accounting 'noise' from the acquisitions, we have included certain non-GAAP presentations that illustrate the earnings power of our franchise, which we hope will be useful to investors."