NEWARK -- Park National Corporation (Park) 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 December 10, 2015 to common shareholders of record as of Nov. 20.

Park's net income for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2015, (third quarter) 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 to $1.19 in the same period of 2014. Net income for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2015, (first nine months) was $60.1 million, compared to $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 September 30, 2015, compared to 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, 2015, 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, 2015, were $4.96 billion, compared to $4.86 billion at June 30, 2015, 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."

About Park National Corporation

Headquartered in Newark, Park National Corporation had $7.3 billion in total assets (as of Sept. 30, 2015).

The Park organization principally consists of 11 community bank divisions, a non-bank subsidiary and two specialty finance companies. Park's Ohio-based banking operations are conducted through Park subsidiary The Park National Bank and its divisions, which include Fairfield National Bank Division, Richland Bank Division, Century National Bank Division, First-Knox National Bank Division, Farmers Bank Division, United Bank, N.A. Division, Second National Bank Division, Security National Bank Division, Unity National Bank Division, and The Park National Bank of Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky Division; and Scope Leasing, Inc. (d.b.a. Scope Aircraft Finance). The Park organization also includes Guardian Financial Services Company (d.b.a. Guardian Finance Company) and SE Property Holdings, LLC.