Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.85 for the fourth quarter of 2011, down from $0.92 per share in the previous quarter, and up from $0.84 per share in the same quarter last year. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $39.2 million, compared to net income of $43.3 million in the third quarter of 2011 and $40.6 million in the same quarter last year. Loan and lease balances grew to $5.5 billion during the fourth quarter of 2011, increasing by 3.5 percent compared with the third quarter of 2011. Deposit growth remained strong, growing by 5.8 percent to $10.6 billion at December 31, 2011. As a result of continued strength in asset quality and an improving Hawaii economy, the allowance for loan and lease losses decreased by $4.8 million to $138.6 million, representing 2.50 percent of outstanding loans and leases. “Bank of Hawaii finished 2011 with solid financial performance,” said Peter S. Ho, Chairman, President, and CEO. “During the quarter, we were pleased that our loan balances increased across most categories and deposit growth remained strong. Credit quality remained strong during the quarter. Our balance sheet remains solid, with high levels of liquidity, capital, and reserves due to our continued focus on disciplined capital and risk management. During the quarter we reduced our shares outstanding by 1.3 percent and maintained our quarterly dividend of $0.45 per share.” The return on average assets for the fourth quarter of 2011 was 1.17 percent, compared with 1.31 percent in the previous quarter and 1.24 percent in the same quarter last year. The return on average equity for the fourth quarter of 2011 was 15.23 percent, compared with 16.80 percent in the previous quarter and 15.08 percent in the same quarter last year. The return on average assets for the full year of 2011 was 1.22 percent, down from 1.45 percent in 2010. The return on average equity for the full year of 2011 was 15.69 percent compared with 18.16 percent in 2010.