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Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. Reinstates Cash Dividend

AUGUSTA, Ga., April 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Board of Directors of Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. (OTCQB:SBFC), the holding company for Georgia Bank & Trust Company of Augusta (GB&T), today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.13 per share of common stock payable on May 17, 2013, to shareholders of record as of May 6, 2013. Based on the share price of $19.05 at the close of business on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, this dividend represents an annualized yield to shareholders of 2.73%.

"We are pleased to announce that we are reinstating our quarterly dividend to shareholders," said R. Daniel Blanton, president and chief executive officer. "After the economic downturn, we maintained a conservative and prudent approach to the accumulation and protection of additional capital to insulate our balance sheet and better position us for the long term. Given our steady growth and profitability over the past year, we now feel comfortable in returning the dividend to historical levels and rewarding our shareholders for their loyalty and support."

About Southeastern Bank Financial Corp.

Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. is the $1.7 billion-asset bank holding company of Georgia Bank & Trust Company of Augusta (GB&T). GB&T is the largest locally owned and operated community bank in the Augusta metro market, with nine full-service Augusta-area offices, three full-service offices in Aiken County, S.C. operating as Southern Bank & Trust and one limited service Loan Production Office in Athens, GA. The company also has mortgage operations in Augusta and Savannah. The banks focus primarily on real estate, commercial and consumer loans to individuals, small to medium-sized businesses and professionals, and also provide wealth management and trust services. The company's common stock is publicly traded under the symbol SBFC on OTCQB. Investors can find Real-Time quotes and market information for the Company on www.otcmarkets.com or by visiting the Company's Web site, www.georgiabankandtrust.com.

Safe Harbor Statement – Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this release by Southeastern Bank Financial Corporation (The Company) other than those concerning historical information, should be considered forward-looking and subject to various risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are made based upon management's belief as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management pursuant to "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company's actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including: unanticipated changes in the Bank's local economy and in the national economy; governmental monetary and fiscal policies; deposit levels, loan demand, loan collateral values and securities portfolio values; difficulties in interest rate risk management; difficulties in operating in a variety of geographic areas; the effects of competition in the banking business; changes in governmental regulation relating to the banking industry, including regulations relating to branching and acquisitions; failure of assumptions underlying the establishment of reserves for loan losses, including the value of collateral underlying delinquent loans; and other factors. The Company cautions that such factors are not exclusive. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by, or on behalf of, the Company.

CONTACT: Ronald L. Thigpen Executive Vice President and COO Southeastern Bank Financial Corp. 706-481-1014 Andy Mus Vice President Ketchum Inc. 404-879-9075Source:Southeastern Bank Financial Corp.