Washington Federal Savings, the Seattle-based company that has branches in Utah, is announcing record earnings of $24.1 million or 66 cents per share in the quarter ending Dec. 31, compared to earnings of $22.2 million of 61 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago.

Guy C. Pinkerton, president and chief executive officer, said the company closed the largest loan volume in its 76-year history with the origination of $327 million in the quarter.