Southwest Bancorp (OKSB) in Stillwater, Okla., reported higher earnings because of lower expenses, fewer loan losses and higher fee revenue.

The $2.1 billion-asset company earned $972,000 in the fourth quarter, after losing roughly $59 million a year earlier. Earnings per share of 5 cents missed the average of analysts' estimate by 16 cents, according to Bloomberg.

Noninterest expense fell by 58% from a year earlier, to $17.7 million, because of lower expenses from foreclosed real estate, loan costs and collection fees.

Noninterest income rose 36% from a year earlier, to $4.9 million, because of higher fees and gains from the sale of securities.

Net interest income fell roughly 21% from a year earlier, to $17.3 million. The net interest margin compressed 22 basis points from a year earlier, to 3.41%.

Southwest's loan portfolio increased by 18% from a year earlier, to $1.4 billion. The loan-loss provision fell 96% from a year earlier, to $3.1 million.

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