Columbia Banking System in Tacoma, Wash., reported higher quarterly profits that reflected increased lending.

The $9.3 billion-asset company said in a press release Thursday that its second-quarter net income rose 15% from a year earlier to $25 million, or 44 cents a share.

Net interest income rose 1.3% to $82 million because. Total loans increased 8.9% to $6 billion, including a rise in Small Business Administration loans and mortgages. The net interest margin compressed by 31 basis points to 4.10%.

Noninterest income rose 2.2% to $22 million, while noninterest expense fell 7% to $63.8 million.

The loan-loss provision rose 36% to $3.6 million.

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