ASHEVILLE, N.C., Dec. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (HTBI) (“Company”), the holding company of HomeTrust Bank (“Bank”), announced the sale of approximately $160 million of one-to-four family loans previously reported as held for sale as of September 30, 2019. This sale generated a gain of approximately $1.3 million which will be included in the Company’s pretax income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The loans sold had a weighted average rate of 3.50% and included both fixed and adjustment rate loans previously originated by the Bank. The Company plans to sell up to $90 million more of these loans in the quarter ended March 31, 2020.
“The sale of these lower rate one-to-four family loans and our recent strong deposit growth will help to lower the Bank’s loan to deposit ratio to below 100% while shifting our loan mix to a higher percentage of commercial loans and equipment financing,” said Stonestreet. “The gain generated from the sale of these loans will help to offset the short-term decrease in net interest income until new loans are originated at higher yields. This loan sale, coupled with our strong loan origination pipeline, should improve our long-term interest rate margin and profitability.”
About HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc.
HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for HomeTrust Bank. As of September 30, 2019, the Company had assets of $3.7 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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