Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Reports Record First Quarter Earnings and Increase in Quarterly Dividend
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc. (OTCBB:GECR), parent company of First Bank of Georgia, today reported 2013 first quarter net income of $2,307,000 ($0.65 per diluted common share), compared to $1,284,000 ($0.36 per diluted common share) for the three months ended March 31, 2012. This net income represents a 16.36% return on average equity and a 1.94% return on average assets (both annualized). Book value totaled $16.40 per common share at March 31, 2013, up from $14.28 at March 31, 2012.
Remer Y. Brinson III, President and CEO of the Company, stated, "We are pleased to report a record quarter of net income. Due to the continued improvement in our asset quality, we have conservatively reduced our loan loss reserve, in accordance with sound banking practices and proper accounting standards. However, we continue to maintain a healthy loan loss reserve and see improvement in asset quality. In addition, non-interest income included an $806,000 benefit on an insurance policy owned by the bank."
"Deposit growth remains strong and grew 6.36% (annualized) during the first quarter of the year. Loans, excluding loans held for sale, increased slightly during the first quarter and totaled $266,430,000."
Brinson continued, "We are excited about the opening of our seventh branch location which is located in the Kroger shopping center in Evans, Ga. This office will be open in early May and we look forward to serving this vibrant market. Mrs. Phyllis Salazar, Vice President and Office Manager, will be relocating from our West Town Office to deliver the same outstanding service that she and First Bank (FBP.D) are known for by our history."
Georgia-Carolina Bancshares' Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share of common stock payable on May 14, 2013, to shareholders of record as of May 7, 2013. "This dividend represents a 12.5% increase in the $0.04 cash dividend paid in each of the previous four quarters," Brinson stated. "This increased dividend is a reflection of the stability of Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc. and reflects a 1.28% return (annualized) on the last traded stock price of $14.10."
Georgia-Carolina Bancshares' common stock is quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "GECR". First Bank of Georgia conducts banking operations through offices in Richmond County (Augusta), Columbia County (Evans and Martinez), and McDuffie County (Thomson), Georgia and operates mortgage origination offices in Augusta and Savannah, Georgia.
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|GEORGIA-CAROLINA BANCSHARES, INC.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)|
|March 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and due from banks||$ 21,524||$ 30,279|
|Allowance for loan losses||(5,490)||(5,954)|
|Loans held for sale at fair value||34,295||48,432|
|Bank-owned life insurance||10,085||10,001|
|Bank premises and fixed assets||9,119||8,790|
|Accrued interest receivable||1,754||1,772|
|Other real estate owned, net of allowance||5,235||5,876|
|Federal Home Loan Bank stock||697||1,865|
|Total assets||$ 489,709||$ 506,175|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Non-interest bearing||$ 71,995||$ 70,880|
|Money market accounts||67,875||54,982|
|Time deposits of $100,000, and over||107,407||111,537|
|Other time deposits||57,385||57,839|
|Federal Home Loan Bank and other borrowings||--||25,028|
|Preferred stock, par value $.001; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued||--||--|
|Common stock, par value $.001; 9,000,000 shares authorized; 3,555,283 and 3,528,296 shares issued and outstanding||4||4|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||1,183||1,457|
|Total shareholders' equity||58,306||56,325|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$ 489,709||$ 506,175|
|GEORGIA-CAROLINA BANCSHARES, INC.|
|Consolidated Statements of Income|
|(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Interest and fees on loans||$ 3,884||$ 4,611|
|Interest on taxable securities||514||514|
|Interest on nontaxable securities||116||111|
|Interest on Federal funds sold and other interest||6||20|
|Total interest income||4,520||5,256|
|Interest on time deposits of $100,000 or more||282||470|
|Interest on other deposits||281||377|
|Interest on funds purchased and other borrowings||6||225|
|Total interest expense||569||1,072|
|Net interest income||3,951||4,184|
|Provision for loan losses||(602)||305|
|Net interest income after provision for loan losses||4,553||3,879|
|Service charges on deposits||370||356|
|Mortgage banking activities||2,004||2,108|
|Gain on sale of securities||13||--|
|Total noninterest income||3,789||2,921|
|Salaries and employee benefits||3,074||2,942|
|Other real estate expenses||159||212|
|Total noninterest expense||5,213||4,966|
|Income before income taxes||3,129||1,834|
|Income tax expense||822||550|
|Net income||$ 2,307||$ 1,284|
|Net income per share of common stock|
|Basic||$ 0.65||$ 0.36|
|Diluted||$ 0.65||$ 0.36|
|Dividends per share of common stock||$ 0.04||$ --|
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. 2013 GlobeNewswire, Inc.