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§ Total loans of $4.5 billion were up 9.8% over the same period in 2016; and are up 5.5% over December 31, 2016.
§ Total deposits of $4.9 billion reflect an increase of 5.4% over the same period last year, and are up 6.9% from December 31, 2016.
§ Third quarter return on average equity was 11.77% compared to 10.81% for the same quarter last year.
NET INTEREST INCOME
Net interest income of $51.0 million for the third quarter of 2017 increased by $5.7 million, or 12.5% compared to the same period in 2016. For the year-to-date period, net interest income was $149.3 million, up $15.1 million, or 11.2% from the same nine-month period in 2016.
Growth in net interest income for the third quarter of 2017 over the third quarter of 2016 was largely driven by $430.1 million of growth in average loans over the third quarter of 2016, an increase of 10.7%. Average deposits increased $249.1 million, or 5.5% compared to the same period in 2016. Included in the increase in average deposits was a $165.7 million or 14.4% increase in noninterest bearing deposits. For the third quarter of 2017, net interest margin measured 3.40%, compared to 3.45% for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, and 3.31% in the third quarter of 2016.
Noninterest income represented 25.2% of total revenues in the third quarter of 2017, compared to 28.3% in the same period in 2016, and 25.8% for the most recent prior quarter. Noninterest income of $17.2 million was down $703,000, or 3.9% compared to the same period last year. The third quarter of 2017 included a loss on sales of available for sale securities of approximately $423,000 compared to a gain of $455,000 reported in the third quarter of 2016. Sales of available-for-sale securities are generally the result of general investment security portfolio maintenance and interest rate risk management.
Year-to-date noninterest income of $51.9 million was in line with the previous year noninterest income of $52.5 million.
Noninterest expense was $41.9 million for the third quarter of 2017, up $1.6 million, or 3.9%, over the third quarter of 2016. For the year-to-date period, noninterest expense was $124.8 million, up $5.6 million, or 4.7%, from the same period in 2016. The increase in noninterest expense for both the third quarter and year-to-date periods was mainly due to higher salaries and benefits. Expenses for the quarter also included $345,000 of expense related to OREO properties held by the bank.
Asset quality trends remained strong in the third quarter of 2017. Nonperforming assets represented 0.37% of total assets at September 30, 2017, compared to 0.36% at December 31, 2016, and 0.32% at September 30, 2016. Though credit quality metrics showed some modest deterioration during the quarter, overall credit quality remains strong and compares favorably to our peers. Nonperforming asset levels as a percentage of total assets of 0.37% compares favorably to the most recent Federal Reserve Board Peer Group Average1 of 0.51%.
Provision for loan and lease losses was $402,000 for the third quarter of 2017, down $380,000 compared to the third quarter of 2016. Net recoveries for the third quarter of 2017 were $479,000 compared to net recoveries of $205,000 reported in the third quarter of 2016.
The Company’s allowance for originated loan and lease losses totaled $37.9 million at September 30, 2017, and represented 0.91% of total originated loans and leases at September 30, 2017, relatively unchanged from the most recent prior quarter and the third quarter of 2016. The total allowance represented 170.12% of total nonperforming loans and leases at September 30, 2017, compared to 164.98% at December 31, 2016, and 186.45% at September 30, 2016.
The level of Special Mention originated loans increased during the quarter to $50.4 million, up from $27.2 million a year ago, and up from $38.5 million at June 30, 2017. The increase is largely related to the Company’s agricultural portfolio that has been negatively impacted by lower average milk prices in 2016, which had an unfavorable impact on operations of our agricultural customers. Milk prices have rebounded in 2017. As of September 30, 2017, payments on all loans in our agricultural portfolio were current. Of the $50.4 million of loans currently listed as Special Mention, 94.3% of the dollar amount outstanding was current on their payments as of September 30, 2017.
Capital ratios remain well above the regulatory well capitalized minimums. The ratio of Tier 1 capital to average assets was 8.50% at September 30, 2017, compared to 8.41% reported at December 31, 2016. Total capital to risk-weighted assets at September 30, 2017 was 12.52%, compared to 12.22% at December 31, 2016. Both ratios are down from the same period last year, in large part due to the redemption of $20.5 million of 7% fixed rate Trust Preferred securities in January 2017.