Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Reports First Quarter Earnings and Quarterly Dividend

AUGUSTA, Ga., April 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc. (OTCQB:GECR), parent company of First Bank of Georgia, today reported 2014 first quarter net income of $852,000 ($0.24 per diluted common share), compared to $2,307,000 ($0.65 per diluted common share) for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Book value totaled $16.54 per common share at March 31, 2014.

Remer Y. Brinson III, President and CEO of the Company, stated: "We are pleased to report first quarter earnings of $852,000, although this is well below our first quarter of 2013, where net income was increased by an $806,000 benefit on an insurance policy, as well as higher mortgage loan volume and related gain on loans held for sale. We've seen an increase in loan demand which has resulted in a quarterly increase of 4.6% in loans, excluding loans held for sale. We have also experienced a 5.0% increase in net interest income when comparing the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of last year."

Brinson continued, "We have continued to see soft demand in mortgage originations for the third consecutive quarter. Originations for the first quarter of 2014 are down approximately 40% from the first quarter of 2013, which is consistent with national mortgage originations."

"Asset quality continues to improve and is approaching pre-recession levels," Brinson related. "Non-performing assets are now only 1.15% of total assets and we continue to operate in a net recovery position related to our allowance for loans losses."

Georgia-Carolina Bancshares' Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share of common stock payable on May 20, 2014, to shareholders of record as of May 13, 2014.

Georgia-Carolina Bancshares' common stock is quoted on the OTC Marketplace (OTCQB) under the symbol "GECR". First Bank of Georgia conducts banking operations through seven offices in Richmond County (Augusta), Columbia County (Evans and Martinez), and McDuffie County (Thomson), Georgia and operates mortgage origination offices in Augusta and Savannah, Georgia.

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Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
March 31,
December 31,
Cash and due from banks $ 16,228 $ 16,828
Securities available-for-sale 156,788 158,439
Loans 287,138 274,747
Allowance for loan losses (5,332) (5,357)
Loans, net 281,806 269,390
Loans held for sale at fair value 29,395 31,298
Bank-owned life insurance 14,963 14,834
Bank premises and equipment, net 9,441 9,512
Accrued interest receivable 1,907 1,854
Other real estate owned, net 4,701 4,897
Federal Home Loan Bank stock 1,140 1,606
Other assets 6,714 7,840
Total assets $ 523,083 $ 516,498
Non-interest bearing $ 80,048 $ 76,747
NOW accounts 62,640 59,661
Money market accounts 77,180 74,056
Savings 56,866 56,757
Time deposits less than $100,000 53,434 54,859
Time deposits $100,000 or greater 72,604 72,637
Brokered and wholesale deposits 24,381 24,988
Total deposits 427,153 419,705
Short-term debt 15,000 22,200
Repurchase agreements 13,481 12,111
Other liabilities 7,975 5,593
Total liabilities 463,609 459,609
Shareholders' equity
Preferred stock, par value $.001; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued -- --
Common stock, par value $.001; 9,000,000 shares authorized; 3,594,973 and 3,572,204 shares issued and outstanding 4 4
Additional paid-in-capital 16,364 16,192
Retained earnings 45,449 44,758
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) (2,343) (4,065)
Total shareholders' equity 59,474 56,889
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 523,083 $ 516,498
Consolidated Statements of Income
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
Interest income 2014 2013
Interest and fees on loans $ 3,820 $ 3,884
Interest on taxable securities 635 514
Interest on nontaxable securities 151 116
Other interest income 4 6
Total interest income 4,610 4,520
Interest expense
Interest on NOW, money market, and savings deposits 126 147
Interest on time deposits less than $100,000 111 134
Interest on time deposits $100,000 or greater 148 170
Interest on brokered and wholesale deposits 59 112
Interest on funds purchased and other borrowings 17 6
Total interest expense 461 569
Net interest income 4,149 3,951
Provision for loan losses (222) (602)
Net interest income after provision for loan losses 4,371 4,553
Non-interest income
Service charges on deposits 343 370
Mortgage banking activities 1,425 2,004
Net gains on sales of other real estate 82 145
Net gains on securities available for sale 16 13
Other 402 1,257
Total non-interest income 2,268 3,789
Non-interest expense
Salaries and employee benefits 3,327 3,074
Occupancy expenses 381 368
Other real estate owned expenses 169 159
Other 1,617 1,612
Total non-interest expense 5,494 5,213
Income before income taxes 1,145 3,129
Income tax expense 293 822
Net income $ 852 $ 2,307
Earnings per common share
Basic $ 0.24 $ 0.65
Diluted $ 0.24 $ 0.65
Dividends per common share $ 0.045 $ 0.040

CONTACT: Remer Y. Brinson III President & CEO First Bank of Georgia 3527 Wheeler Rd Augusta, GA 30909 office (706) 731-6600 fax (706) 731-6601Source:Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc.