Park National Corp. announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2015, including increased net income and continued loan growth in the commercial, consumer, and mortgage categories. The board of directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.94 per common share, payable on Dec. 10 to common shareholders of record as of Nov. 20.
Park’s net income for the three months ended Sept. 30 was $20.0 million, compared to $18.3 million for the same period in 2014, an increase of $1.7 million or 9.7 percent. Net income per diluted common share for the third quarter of 2015 was $1.30, compared with $1.19 in the same period of 2014. Net income for the nine months ended Sept. 30 was $60.1 million, compared with $59.7 million for the same period in 2014. Net income per diluted common share for the first nine months of 2015 was $3.90, compared to $3.87 in the same period of 2014.
Park’s community-banking subsidiary, The Park National Bank, reported net income of $61.2 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, compared with net income of $60.9 million for the same period of 2014. The Park National Bank had total assets of $7.2 billion at Sept. 30 and $6.9 billion at Sept. 30, 2014. This performance generated an annualized return on average assets of 1.14 percent and 1.21 percent for the bank for the first nine-month periods of 2015 and 2014, respectively.
The Park National Bank loan portfolio expanded during the third quarter of 2015. Loans outstanding at Sept. 30 were $4.96 billion, compared with $4.86 billion at June 30, an increase of $100 million or an annualized 8.19 percent. The bank reported growth in the third quarter across all loan categories: mortgage loan growth of $10 million (3.2 percent annualized), commercial loan growth of $70 million (11.4 percent annualized) and consumer loan growth of $20 million (8.4 percent annualized).
“This quarter, our strong lending capabilities combined with our reputation for reliability created more opportunities for us to serve business owners and families,” said Park Chief Executive Officer David L. Trautman. “We continue to focus our energy and resources on being a top provider of financing.”