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Heritage Financial Group, Inc. Reports Higher Third Quarter Net Income Of $2.0 Million Or $0.25 Per Diluted Share

Dorminey added, "In addition to our efforts to increase revenues, we are concurrently working on expense management initiatives. During the quarter, we completed an early retirement program that will generate annual savings of approximately $700,000. We also continue to take steps to efficiently manage our capital. During the quarter, we completed our stock buyback plan adopted in December 2011. Concurrently, we are announcing a new 5% buyback plan along with a shelf stock offering of $60 million. These two plans will allow us to efficiently manage our capital levels at our current size, while also providing us with the tools we need to take advantage of acquisition and internal growth opportunities that may arise."

Expense Management Initiatives

During the third quarter of 2012, the Company completed the early retirement program announced during the second quarter of 2012 regarding certain employees at a cost of $641,000. It is anticipated that the early retirement program will generate annual savings of approximately $700,000 per year beginning in 2013.

Additionally, the Company is still on track to close its Collins, Georgia and Guyton, Georgia branches that it acquired in FDIC-assisted acquisitions. Combined, these branches have loans of approximately $5 million and deposits of $13 million. The Company expects that it will not experience a material reduction in customer relationships in these areas and will seek to service these customers from nearby branches. The Company expects these branches to close in the fourth quarter of 2012, subject to customary regulatory conditions, and anticipates expense savings of approximately $500,000 per year related to these closures.

Capital Management Initiatives

The Company announced that it will file a shelf offering on Form S-3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Under the shelf registration statement, once declared effective by the SEC, the Company may offer and sell from time to time in the future, in one or more offerings, common stock, preferred stock, debt securities, warrants, depository shares, or units consisting of any combination of the forgoing.

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