The Los Angeles thrift company FirstFed Financial Corp. said Friday that its third-quarter loss widened 45.4% from the previous quarter, to $51.6 million.

FirstFed said its loan-loss provision rose 22.3%, to $110.3 million, compared with the second quarter. For last year's third quarter it reported net income of $23 million and set aside $4.5 million for bad loans.

FirstFed has been hurt by option adjustable-rate mortgages. It said 1,741 with balances totaling $802.3 million are due to recast to higher monthly payments this year.

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