Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported aggregate net income of $60.7 billion in first quarter of 2019, up $4.9 billion (8.7 percent) from a year earlier. The increase in net income was mainly attributable to a $7.9 billion (6 percent) increase in net interest income. Financial results for first quarter of 2019 are included in the FDIC’s latest Quarterly Banking Profile released May 29.
The 4,930 insured institutions identified as community banks reported net income of $6.5 billion in the first quarter, up $596 million (10.1 percent) from a year earlier. The increase was driven by higher net interest income (up $1.1 billion, or 6.4 percent), higher securities gains (up $110 million, or 206.7 percent), and lower provision expense (down $137 million, or 17.3 percent). Lower noninterest income (down $84 million, or 1.9 percent) and higher noninterest expense (up $585 million, or 4 percent) partially offset improvements to net income.
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