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Irvine-based Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. reported net income of $2.6 million for the first quarter, a 33% increase from the same period a year earlier.

The company, which operates through its Pacific Premier Bank subsidiary, had about $15.7 million in net interest income, up 24% year-over-year.

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Noninterest income grew about 19% to $2.1 million.

Pacific Premier as of the end of March had $1.7 billion in assets, compared with $1.4 billion a year earlier.

Net loans for investment totaled $1.3 billion, versus $934 million a year earlier.

Pacific Premier Chief Executive Steven Gardner said the bank has a loan pipeline of $247 million and is looking to increase loan production in the second quarter.

Pacific Premier’s deposits at the end of the first quarter were $1.4 billion, a 21% increase year-over-year.