Meta Financial Group Inc. reported net income for its fiscal third quarter of $3.7 million, or 66 cents per share, compared with $2.4 million, or 66 cents per share, for the year-earlier quarter. Year-to-date net income for the nine months ended June 30 was $9.9 million, or $1.80 per share, compared with $15.4 million, or $4.64 per share, for the prior-year period. Fiscal 2012 earnings included a net gain of $11.4 million from the sale of Ginnie Mae securities and a $1.5 million loss on the redemption of certain trust preferred securities. Excluding these items, earnings for the prior-year period were $9.1 million, or $2.73 per share. Total loans increased 3.7 in the third quarter, with growth in residential real estate and farm lending. Meta also reported a drop in problem loans.