Nonperforming assets totaled $85.1 million, or 5.36% of total assets, at December 31, 2012, compared to $80.3 million, or 4.67% of total assets, at June 30, 2012 and $89.5 million, or 5.67% at December 31, 2011. Nonperforming assets included $72.4 million in nonperforming loans and $12.7 million in foreclosed real estate at December 31, 2012, compared to $64.2 million and $16.1 million, respectively, at June 30, 2012. The increase in nonperforming loans was primarily due to a previously classified $3.4 million commercial real estate loan which became nonperforming during the recent quarter. At December 31, 2012, $35.2 million or 48.7% of nonperforming loans were current on their loan payments.

The ratio of classified assets to total assets increased to 8.04% at December 31, 2012 from 7.75% at June 30, 2012 and decreased from 8.72% at December 31, 2011. Classified assets decreased to $127.6 million at December 31, 2012, compared to $133.4 million and $137.7 million at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.

On July 10, 2012, HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") became the holding company for HomeTrust Bank (the "Bank") in connection with the completion of the Bank's conversion from the mutual to the stock form of organization and the Company's related public stock offering. In the offering, the Company sold 21,160,000 shares of common stock at a price of $10.00, for gross offering proceeds of $211.6 million. HomeTrust Bancshares' common stock began trading on the Nasdaq Global Market on July 11, 2012, under the symbol "HTBI".

HomeTrust Bank, including its banking divisions – HomeTrust Bank, Tryon Federal Bank, Shelby Savings Bank, Home Savings Bank, Industrial Federal Bank, Cherryville Federal Bank and Rutherford County Bank, is a community-oriented financial institution with $1.59 billion in assets as of December 31, 2012. The Bank offers traditional financial services within its local communities through its 20 full service offices in Western North Carolina, including the Asheville metropolitan area, and the "Piedmont" region of North Carolina. The Bank is the 10 th largest bank headquartered in North Carolina.  

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding anticipated future events and can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," and "intend" or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may." Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties. Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results for the businesses of HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. and HomeTrust Bank include: the credit risks of lending activities, including changes in the level and trend of loan delinquencies and write offs and changes in our allowance for loan losses and provision for loan losses that may be impacted by deterioration in the housing and commercial real estate markets; changes in general economic conditions, either nationally or in our market areas; changes in the levels of general interest rates, and the relative differences between short and long term interest rates, deposit interest rates, our net interest margin and funding sources; fluctuations in the demand for loans, the number of unsold homes, land and other properties and fluctuations in real estate values in our market areas; decreases in the secondary market for the sale of loans that we originate; results of examinations of us by the OCC or other regulatory authorities, including the possibility that any such regulatory authority may, among other things, require us to increase our reserve for loan losses, write-down assets, change our regulatory capital position or affect our ability to borrow funds or maintain or increase deposits, which could adversely affect our liquidity and earnings; legislative or regulatory changes that adversely affect our business including the effect of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") and Basel III, changes in regulatory policies and principles, or the interpretation of regulatory capital or other rules; our ability to attract and retain deposits; increases in premiums for deposit insurance; management's assumptions in determining the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses; our ability to control operating costs and expenses, especially new costs associated with our operation as a public company; the use of estimates in determining fair value of certain of our assets, which estimates may prove to be incorrect and result in significant declines in valuation; difficulties in reducing risks associated with the loans on our balance sheet; staffing fluctuations in response to product demand or the implementation of corporate strategies that affect our workforce and potential associated charges; computer systems on which we depend could fail or experience a security breach; our ability to retain key members of our senior management team; costs and effects of litigation, including settlements and judgments; our ability to successfully integrate any assets, liabilities, customers, systems, and management personnel we may in the future acquire into our operations and our ability to realize related revenue synergies and cost savings within expected time frames and any goodwill charges related thereto; increased competitive pressures among financial services companies; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits; the availability of resources to address changes in laws, rules, or regulations or to respond to regulatory actions; adverse changes in the securities markets; inability of key third-party providers to perform their obligations to us; statements with respect to our intentions regarding disclosure and other changes resulting from the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 ("JOBS Act"); changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the financial institution regulatory agencies, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board or the Financial Accounting Standards Board; and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory, and technological factors affecting our operations, pricing, products and services; and the other risks described in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2012.

Any of the forward-looking statements that we make in this release are based upon management's beliefs and assumptions at the time they are made and may turn out to be wrong because of inaccurate assumptions we might make, because of the factors illustrated above or because of other factors that we cannot foresee. We do not undertake and specifically disclaim any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statements. These risks could cause our actual results for fiscal 2013 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements by, or on behalf of, us, and could negatively affect our operating and stock price performance.

Selected Financial Data      
  At December 31, 2012 At June 30, 2012 (1)  
  (In thousands)  
Selected Financial Condition Data:      
Total assets  $1,586,860 $1,720,056  
Loans receivable, net (2) 1,147,121 1,193,945  
Allowance for loan losses  34,249 35,100  
Certificates of deposit in other banks  124,914 108,010  
Securities available for sale, at fair value  28,977 31,335  
Federal Home Loan Bank stock  2,368 6,300  
Deposits  1,149,247 1,466,175  
Other borrowings  7,167 22,265  
Stockholders' equity  373,901 172,485  
  At or For the Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2012 (3)  June 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
Asset quality ratios:  
Non-performing assets to total assets (4) 5.36% 4.67% 5.67%
Non-performing loans to total loans (4) 6.11 5.21 6.12
Total classified assets to total assets  8.04 7.75 8.72
Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans (4) 47.31 54.69 46.69
Allowance for loan losses to total loans  2.89 2.85 2.86
Net charge-offs to average loans  0.64 0.96 2.30
Capital ratios:    
Equity to total assets at end of period  23.56% 10.03% 10.71%
Average equity to average assets  23.35 10.98 10.62
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
  (In thousands) (In thousands)
Selected Operations Data:        
Total interest and dividend income  $15,481 $17,248 $31,209 $34,455
Total interest expense  1,904 3,129 4,113 6,508
Net interest income  13,577 14,119 27,096 27,947
Provision for loan losses  300 3,800 1,800 9,100
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  13,277 10,319 25,296 18,847
Fees and service charges  650 658 1,303 1,367
Mortgage banking income and fees 1,509 1,008 2,685 1,680
Loss on sale of fixed assets   --  --  -- (3)
Other non-interest income  694 385 1,208 681
Total non-interest income  2,853 2,051 5,196 3,725
Salaries and employee benefits 6,329 5,220 12,658 10,399
Net occupancy expense 1,356 1,218 2,615 2,374
FHLB advance prepayment penalty 1,509  -- 3,069  --
Other 4,187 5,172 8,432 8,869
Total non-interest expense  13,381 11,610 26,774 21,642
Income before income taxes 2,749  760 3,718  930
Income tax expense (benefit) 481 (83) 298 (197)
Net income  $2,268 $843 $3,420 $1,127
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  December 31, (3) December 31, (3)
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Selected Financial Ratios and Other Data:      
Performance ratios:        
Return on assets (ratio of net income to average total assets)  0.57% 0.21% 0.42% 0.14%
Return on equity (ratio of net income to average equity)  2.43 2.00 1.90 1.34
Tax equivalent yield on earning assets (5) 4.42 4.89 4.40 4.81
Rate paid on interest-bearing liabilities  0.69 0.96 0.72 0.99
Tax equivalent average interest rate spread (5) 3.73 3.93 3.68 3.82
Tax equivalent net interest margin (5) (6) 3.91 4.04 3.85 3.95
Average interest-earning assets to average interest-bearing liabilities  133.71 113.38 131.41 114.03
Operating expense to average total assets  3.35 2.93 3.31 2.70
Efficiency ratio (7) 72.26 71.80 73.41 68.33
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Per Share Data:        
Net income per common share:      
Basic $0.11  n/a $0.17 n/a
Diluted  $0.11  n/a $0.17 n/a
Book value per share at end of period $17.67  n/a $17.67  n/a
Average shares outstanding:         
Basic  20,121,837  n/a 20,115,225 n/a
Diluted  20,121,837  n/a 20,115,225 n/a
Average Balance Sheet Data: For the Three Months Ended December 31,
  2012 2011
  (Dollars in thousands)
  Average Balance Yield/ Cost Average Balance Yield/ Cost
Loans receivable (5) $1,215,968 5.21% $1,309,618 5.35%
Interest-earning deposits with banks 209,136 0.71 127,988 1.18
Securities available for sale 29,639 1.08 36,231 0.81
Other interest-earning assets 22,757 0.88 8,165 0.93
Interest-bearing deposits 1,091,942 0.67 1,221,667 0.90
Other borrowings 13,062 2.66 85,442 1.77
Tax equivalent interest rate spread (5)   3.73%   3.93%
Tax equivalent net interest margin (5) (6)   3.91   4.04
  For the Six Months Ended December 31,
  2012 2011
  (Dollars in thousands)
  Average Balance Yield/ Cost Average Balance Yield/ Cost
Loans receivable (5) $1,226,693 5.20% $1,318,257 5.35%
Interest-earning deposits with banks 219,277 0.68 133,431 1.00
Securities available for sale 30,438 1.16 42,897 0.92
Other interest-earning assets 19,202 0.89 8,734 0.85
Interest-bearing deposits 1,120,762 0.68 1,225,958 0.94
Other borrowings 17,372 3.18 92,423 1.66
Tax equivalent interest rate spread (5)   3.68%   3.82%
Tax equivalent net interest margin (5) (6)   3.85   3.95
(1) Derived from audited financial statements.
(2) Net of allowances for loan losses, loans in process and deferred loan fees.
(3) Ratios are annualized where appropriate.
(4) Non-performing assets include non-performing loans and real estate owned. Non-performing loans consist of non-accruing loans, certain restructured loans and accruing loans more than 90 days past due. At December 31, 2012, there were $28.8 million of restructured loans included in non-performing loans and $35.2 million, or 48.7%, of non-accruing loans were current on their loan payments. 
(5) The weighted average rate for municipal leases is adjusted for a 34% federal tax rate since the interest from these leases is tax exempt.
(6) Net interest income divided by average interest earning assets.
(7) A non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) measure calculated by dividing total non-interest expense, net of FHLB advance prepayment penalties, by the sum of net interest income and total non-interest income, net of realized gain/loss on securities. Management has presented this non-GAAP financial measure in this earnings release because it believes that it provides useful and comparative information to assess trends in core operations reflected in the current quarter's results and facilitates the comparison of the Company's performance with others in the banking industry. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as a substitute for operating results determined in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to other similarly titled financial measures used by other companies. Set forth below is a reconciliation to GAAP of the non-GAAP efficiency ratio shown in the table above:
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Non-interest expense $13,381 $11,610 $26,774 $21,642 
Adjustment for FHLB advance prepayment expense 1,509 -- 3,069 --
Non-interest expense – as adjusted $11,872 $11,610 $23,705 $21,642 
Net interest income $13,577 $14,119 $27,096 $27,947 
Plus non-interest income 2,853 2,051 5,196 3,725 
Less realized gain/loss on securities -- -- -- --
Net interest income plus non-interest income – as adjusted $16,430 $16,170 $32,292 $31,672 
Efficiency ratio 72.26% 71.80% 73.41% 68.33%
Efficiency ratio (without adjustments) 81.44% 71.80% 82.91% 68.33%
CONTACT: Dana L. Stonestreet - President and Chief Operating Officer         Tony J. VunCannon - Senior Vice President and          Chief Financial Officer         828-259-3939

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