AUGUSTA, Ga., July 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc. (OTCBB:GECR) (the "Company"), parent company of First Bank of Georgia, today reported net income of $2,119,000, or $0.59 per diluted common share, for the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared to net income of $1,703,000, or $0.47 per diluted common share, for the three months ended June 30, 2012. The Company reported net income of $4,426,000, or $1.24 per diluted common share, for the six months ended June 30, 2013, compared to net income of $2,987,000, or $0.83 per diluted common share for the six months ended June 30, 2012. Book value totaled $16.00 per common share at June 30, 2013.
These earnings represent a 15.28% return on average equity and a 1.83% return on average assets for the six month period ended June 30, 2013, up from an 11.43% return on average equity and a 1.22% return on average assets for the six month period ended June 30, 2012.
Remer Y. Brinson III, President & CEO of the Company, stated, "We continue to report very strong quarterly and year to date earnings in 2013 and also continue to reflect a very strong balance sheet and capital position.
We continue to see an improvement in overall credit quality and delinquencies. In addition, we received recoveries of $946,000 from loans previously charged off. As a result we have recorded a year to date credit to the loan loss provision of $1,802,000. New loan demand has increased in the second quarter, however, due to slightly lower loan outstandings, lower loans held for sale and a lower net interest margin, net interest income has declined. Non-interest income remains strong and is led by strong mortgage origination income. These factors, coupled with strong expense control, have resulted in our superior earnings performance.
Bank loans have declined 0.83% since December 31, 2012, and total $263,620,000, while total deposits have increased 1.92% during the year and total $424,974,000. Our capital position remains very strong as evidenced by a Tier 1 Leverage ratio of 11.88% and a Total Risk Based Capital ratio of 17.73%," Brinson continued.
Brinson continued, "We are pleased to announce that we opened our seventh banking office in Evans, Georgia during the second quarter. This newest office allows us to continue to serve this vital section of our community. Columbia County was recently cited as the 45th fastest growing county in the United States."
Georgia-Carolina Bancshares' Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share of common stock payable on August 13, 2013, to shareholders of record as of August 6, 2013.
Georgia-Carolina Bancshares' common stock is quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "GECR". First Bank of Georgia conducts banking operations through offices in Richmond County (Augusta), Columbia County (Evans and Martinez), and McDuffie County (Thomson), Georgia and operates mortgage origination offices in Augusta and Savannah, Georgia.
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Although we believe that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, we can give no assurance that the results contemplated in the forward-looking statements will be realized. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be construed as a representation by the Company or any person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by the Company will be achieved. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
|GEORGIA-CAROLINA BANCSHARES, INC.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and due from banks||$ 14,293||$ 30,279|
|Allowance for loan losses||(4,961)||(5,954)|
|Loans held for sale at fair value||34,480||48,432|
|Bank-owned life insurance||9,551||10,001|
|Bank premises and fixed assets||9,603||8,790|
|Accrued interest receivable||1,820||1,772|
|Other real estate owned, net of allowance||4,702||5,876|
|Federal Home Loan Bank stock||855||1,865|
|Total assets||$ 496,478||$ 506,175|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Non-interest bearing||$ 70,247||$ 70,880|
|Money market accounts||71,967||54,982|
|Time deposits of $100,000, and over||102,038||111,537|
|Other time deposits||57,283||57,839|
|Federal Home Loan Bank and other borrowings||5,500||25,028|
|Preferred stock, par value $.001; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued||--||--|
|Common stock, par value $.001; 9,000,000 shares authorized; 3,556,648 and 3,528,296 shares issued and outstanding||4||4|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||(2,267)||1,457|
|Total shareholders' equity||56,891||56,325|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$ 496,478||$ 506,175|
|GEORGIA-CAROLINA BANCSHARES, INC.|
|Consolidated Statements of Income|
|(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Interest and fees on loans||$ 3,786||$ 4,564||$ 7,670||$ 9,175|
|Interest on taxable securities||635||526||1,149||1,040|
|Interest on nontaxable securities||127||115||243||226|
|Interest on Federal funds sold and other interest||28||21||34||41|
|Total interest income||4,576||5,226||9,096||10,482|
|Interest on time deposits of $100,000 or more||266||429||548||899|
|Interest on other deposits||275||362||556||739|
|Interest on funds purchased and other borrowings||4||225||10||450|
|Total interest expense||545||1,016||1,114||2,088|
|Net interest income||4,031||4,210||7,982||8,394|
|Provision for loan losses||(1,200)||125||(1,802)||430|
|Net interest income after provision for loan losses||5,231||4,085||9,784||7,964|
|Service charges on deposits||390||378||760||734|
|Mortgage banking activities||2,693||2,687||4,697||4,795|
|Gain (loss) on sale of other real estate||14||(20)||159||6|
|Gain on sale of securities||78||--||91||1|
|Total noninterest income||3,801||3,484||7,590||6,405|
|Salaries and employee benefits||3,291||2,960||6,365||5,902|
|Other real estate expenses||543||279||702||491|
|Total noninterest expense||5,868||5,065||11,081||10,031|
|Income before income taxes||3,164||2,504||6,293||4,338|
|Income tax expense||1,045||801||1,867||1,351|
|Net income||$ 2,119||$ 1,703||$ 4,426||$ 2,987|
|Net income per share of common stock|
|Basic||$ 0.60||$ 0.47||$ 1.25||$ 0.83|
|Diluted||$ 0.59||$ 0.47||$ 1.24||$ 0.83|
|Dividends per share of common stock||$ 0.045||$ 0.040||$ 0.085||$ 0.040|
CONTACT: Remer Y. Brinson III President & CEO firstname.lastname@example.org First Bank of Georgia 3527 Wheeler Rd Augusta, GA 30909 office (706) 731-6600 fax (706) 731-6601Source:Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc.