ASHEVILLE, N.C., March 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (HTBI) (“Company”), the holding company of HomeTrust Bank (“Bank”), announced today that it will not pursue the sale of the remaining $85.6 million of one-to-four family loans previously reported as held for sale as of December 31, 2019, due to recent economic conditions and the current interest rate environment. These loans with a 3.70% weighted average rate will be moved back to loans held for investment from loans held for sale prior to the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Previously as part of a balance sheet restructuring, the Company announced the sale of $154.9 million of one-to-four family loans which generated an after-tax gain of $958,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2019.
About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.
HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank. As of December 31, 2019, the Company had assets of $3.5 billion. The Bank, founded in 1926, is a North Carolina state chartered, community-focused financial institution committed to providing value added relationship banking with over 40 locations as well as online/mobile channels. Locations include: North Carolina (including the Asheville metropolitan area, the "Piedmont" region, Charlotte, and Raleigh/Cary), Upstate South Carolina (Greenville), East Tennessee (including Kingsport/Johnson City/Bristol, Knoxville, and Morristown) and Southwest Virginia (including the Roanoke Valley). The Bank is the second largest community bank headquartered in North Carolina.
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Dana L. Stonestreet - Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Tony J. VunCannon - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Treasurer