TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CCBG) today reported net income for the second quarter of 2010 totaling $0.7 million ($0.04 per diluted share) compared to a net loss of $3.5 million ($0.20 per diluted share) for the first quarter of 2010 and net income of $0.8 million ($0.04 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2009. For the first six months of 2010, the Company reported a net loss of $2.7 million ($0.16 per diluted share) compared to net income of $1.4 million ($0.08 per diluted share) for the same period in 2009.
Net income for the second quarter reflects a loan loss provision of $3.6 million compared to $10.7 million for the first quarter of 2010 and $8.4 million for the second quarter of 2009. The decline in the loan loss provision was the primary factor driving earnings improvement over the first quarter. Operating revenues (net interest income plus noninterest income) increased $1.1 million, or 2.8%, over the first quarter due to higher fee income and an improved net interest margin, but were offset by higher noninterest expense of $1.2 million, or 3.7%. Compared to the second quarter of 2009, a $4.8 million reduction in the loan loss provision was offset by a decline in net interest income of $2.7 million, or 10.1%, and higher noninterest expense of $1.7 million, or 5.1%.
The decline in earnings for the first half of 2010 is attributable to lower net interest income of $5.7 million, or 10.5%, as well as higher noninterest expense of $2.8 million, or 4.3%. For the first six months of 2010, the Company recorded a loan loss provision of $14.4 million compared to $16.8 million for the same period of 2009."Improvement in our credit quality metrics was an encouraging sign during the second quarter," said William G. Smith, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While we continue to anticipate the road to recovery will be bumpy, we are encouraged by our return to profitability and overall performance in the second quarter.