Baton Rouge-based Investar Holding Corp., the holding company for Investar Bank, reported its third-quarter profit grew to $1.8 million, or 26 cents per share, compared to $1.4 million, or 20 cents per share, a year ago.

Investar President and Chief Executive Officer John D’Angelo said the company experienced solid loan growth throughout its markets in south Louisiana.

Commercial and industrial loan growth remains a focus, he said. So far this year, the company has notched a 25 percent increase in that loan portfolio, which was $67.7 million as of Sept. 30.