Third-quarter average loan and lease balances, excluding FDIC-covered loans, were $13.6 billion, up 15 percent from the third quarter of 2011 and up 4 percent from the second quarter of this year. Excluding leases obtained in the company's acquisition of First American Equipment Finance, third-quarter average loan and lease balances increased 13 percent from the year-ago period.

For the first nine months of 2012, City National's average loans and leases, excluding FDIC-covered loans, were $13.1 billion, up 13 percent from the year-ago period.  Excluding leases obtained in the company's acquisition of First American, year-to-date average loan and lease balances increased 12 percent from the year-ago period.

Third-quarter average commercial loans were up 24 percent from the year-ago period and 5 percent higher than the second quarter of 2012.  The year-over-year increase was primarily due to organic loan growth, as well as the acquisition of First American. Average balances for commercial real estate mortgages were up 27 percent from the third quarter of 2011, and they increased 7 percent from the second quarter of this year. Average balances for commercial real estate construction loans were down 24 percent from the third quarter of last year, and they declined 15 percent from the second quarter of 2012.

Average balances for single-family residential mortgage loans, nearly all of which are made to City National's private banking and entertainment industry clients, were up 4 percent from the year-ago period and 1 percent higher than the second quarter of 2012.

Average securities for the third quarter of 2012 totaled $8.6 billion, up 24 percent from the third quarter of 2011 and up 11 percent from the second quarter of this year, as period-end deposit growth outpaced loan growth. The average duration of total securities at September 30, 2012 was 2.8 compared to 2.1 at September 30, 2011 and 3.0 at the end of the second quarter of 2012.

City National's net interest margin in the third quarter of 2012 averaged 3.58 percent, compared with 3.91 percent in the second quarter of this year and 3.79 percent in the third quarter of 2011. The second-quarter net interest margin reflected the recovery of a previously charged-off loan, and the decline in the third quarter was due primarily to lower interest income related to covered loans that were repaid or charged off in the third quarter, lower loan yields, and continuing deposit growth. The company continued to invest a large share of its growing deposits in securities and other liquid assets. For the first nine months of 2012, City National's net interest margin averaged 3.74 percent, down from 3.82 percent in the previous year. 

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