Home Bancorp posts profit

Lafayette-based Home Bancorp Inc., the parent company of Home Bank, reported fourth-quarter earnings rose to $2.3 million, or 33 cents per share, compared to $2.1 million, or 30 cents per share, a year ago.

For the year, Home Bancorp’s earning jumped to $9.2 million, or $1.28 per share, compared to $5.1 million, or 71 cents per share, in 2011.

However, Home’s 2011 earnings included $2.1 million in pre-tax expenses relate to the acquisition of GS Financial Corp.

In a news release, President and Chief Executive Officer John W. Bordelon said Home Bancorp focused on improving customers’ experiences and improving internal processes in 2012, the bank’s first year without an acquisition since 2009.

Bordelon said the company is pleased with the progress it made in 2012 and expects to build on that momentum this year.