control, non-interest expense increased only 8.5%. The net income available to common shareholders improved from, for the quarter, $5,182,000 to $7,209,000, an increase in net income available to common shareholders of approximately 40%.
Our loan pipeline indicates that we will continue to make strong progress. Because of forgiveness of PPP, our loan portfolio for the quarter did not increase significantly; however, the fact that we replaced PPP loans with core loans, because of the difference in yield, we will increase income by approximately $1,000,000 without any significant difference in our balance sheet. This is the type of management and progress we
expect to continue.
And, in case you didn’t know this, we have been selected by Newsweek and Lending Tree, for the second year in a row as the Best Small Bank in the United States. Our championship last year was not a one-time flash. We have shown that we have the quality and consistency to repeat. We will continue to build a strong, fortress balance sheet. We will continue to enhance shareholder value.
Thank you for your support.
Alton B. Lewis
President and CEO
First Guaranty, Bancshares, Inc.
About First Guaranty
First Guaranty, a Louisiana-based company, has approximately $2.8 billion in assets as of September 30, 2021 and provides personalized commercial banking services through 34 banking facilities located across Louisiana and Texas. For more information, visit www.fgb.net.
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