Georgia Banks’ Earnings up 15% in Third Quarter

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Georgia’s 178 FDIC-insured financial institutions earned $889.3 million during the third quarter of this year, up 15.2 percent over the same period in 2016. For the first nine months of the year, cumulative earnings were $2.5 billion, increasing by 10.3 percent over the same nine-month period in 2016.
Loans and leases were up by 2.9 percent from the same period a year ago, and total deposits were 3.7 percent higher.
Also of note from the latest information released Tuesday from the FDIC, every Georgia bank was profitable during the third quarter, and 95 percent were profitable through the first nine months of the year. The average net interest margin for Georgia’s banks was better than the national average, and noncurrent loans were also down.
“Georgia bank performance continues to be in lockstep with growth in the economy and conditions that allow for stable family finances. We’ve had good momentum on all fronts through the first three quarters. Georgia’s banks are eager to continue making loans for new business growth and to help families meet their needs. And, it’s always encouraging to see that Georgia’s FDIC-insured institutions remain a trusted haven for deposits,” said Joe Brannen, GBA president and CEO.
Here are highlights from the first quarter’s results:
Net income for the quarter was up 15.2%, and up 10.3% year to date.

Total assets up $8.8 billion, up 2.9%

Loans and leases up $6.2 billion, up 2.9%

Deposits up $9.1 billion, up 3.7%

All Georgia-based banks profitable during third quarter, 95% profitable year to date

Net interest margin up 0.10 percentage points to 3.34%, which is above national average

Noncurrent loans down

Capital strong

Net charge-offs to loans ratio more than 50% below national average

Capital levels remain good.