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Crescent Financial Bancshares, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2013 Financial Results, Which Reflect Strong Loan Growth And Merger Activities

RALEIGH, N.C., May 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crescent Financial Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:CRFN), the bank holding company for VantageSouth Bank, today reported unaudited financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Highlights include the following:
  • Net loss was $806 thousand in 1Q 2013, which included significant merger and system conversion costs, while net income was $57 thousand in the successor period from February 1 to March 31, 2012 ("2012 Successor Period") and $529 thousand in the predecessor period from January 1 to January 31, 2012 ("2012 Predecessor Period").
  • The merger with ECB Bancorp, Inc. ("ECB") was completed on April 1, 2013, which provides the Company with $2.0 billion in total assets and an expanded network of ATMs and 45 branches in central and eastern North Carolina. ECB's data processing system conversion was also completed in April, and the combined bank now operates on a single technology platform with common business processes and policies across the organization.
  • Merger and system conversion costs totaled $1.6 million in 1Q 2013 while such costs totaled $497 thousand in the 2012 Successor Period and $78 thousand in the 2012 Predecessor Period.
  • Annualized net loan growth in 1Q 2013 was 17 percent, which was driven by loan originations of $81.2 million. Net loan growth over the trailing four quarters was 13 percent. Loan growth has remained strong through the first month of 2Q 2013.
  • Revenue mix improved as non-interest income increased to 26 percent of total revenues in 1Q 2013 from 18 percent in the 2012 Successor Period and 16 percent in the 2012 Predecessor Period.
  • Asset quality continued to improve as nonperforming assets decreased to 1.48 percent of total assets as of March 31, 2013 from 1.71 percent of total assets as of December 31, 2012 and 2.54 percent of total assets as of March 31, 2012.

"The Company generated strong loan growth in the first quarter of 2013 while continuing to reduce legacy nonperforming assets," stated Scott Custer, CEO of the Company. Mr. Custer continued, "Our earnings in the quarter were negatively impacted by ECB merger costs as well as costs to prepare for the ECB data conversion. Completion of this merger and operational integration of ECB's systems, processes, and personnel have been a major focus of our senior management team for the past two quarters. We are pleased to now be the largest community bank east of Raleigh, North Carolina. Our market position, coupled with the strength of our balance sheet, should serve us well in the future."

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