Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation (NYSE Amex: SGB), the parent company of Southwest Georgia Bank, announced that its Board of Directors at its meeting January 26, 2011, declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per common share. The dividend is payable February 15, 2011 to shareholders of record on February 7, 2011. The Company has approximately 2.5 million shares of common stock outstanding.
DeWitt Drew, President and CEO of Southwest Georgia Financial commented, “We believe the Company has sufficient equity to both support our continued growth and pay a cash dividend.”
The Company paid a cash dividend of $0.10 per common share in January 2010 and a cash dividend of $0.07 per common share in January 2009. Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation or its predecessor, Southwest Georgia Bank, has paid cash dividends for 83 consecutive years.
About Southwest Georgia Financial CorporationSouthwest Georgia Financial Corporation is a state-chartered bank holding company with approximately $296 million in assets headquartered in Moultrie, Georgia. Its primary subsidiary, Southwest Georgia Bank, offers comprehensive financial services to consumer, business, and governmental customers. The current banking facilities include the main office located in Colquitt County, branch offices located in Baker County, Thomas County, and Worth County, and a loan production office located in Lowndes County. The bank provides, in addition to conventional banking services, investment planning and management, trust management, mortgage banking and commercial and individual insurance products. Insurance products and advice are provided by Southwest Georgia Insurance Services which has an office in Colquitt County. Mortgage banking for primarily commercial properties is provided by Empire Financial Services, Inc., a mortgage banking services firm. More information on Southwest Georgia Financial Corp. and Southwest Georgia Bank can be found at its website: www.sgfc.com. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT This news release contains certain brief forward-looking statements concerning the Company's outlook. The Company cautions that any forward-looking statements are summary in nature involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the Company's control. Accordingly, the Company's future performance and financial results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in any such forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could affect the Company's actual results and could cause actual results in the future to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements included in this release: the ability of the bank to manage the interest rate environment, the success of reducing operating costs, overall economic conditions, customer preferences, the impact of competition, the ability to execute its strategy for growth. Additional information regarding these risks and other factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from our expectations is contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as otherwise required by federal securities laws, Southwest Georgia Financial undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.