ASHEBORO, N.C., July 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FNB United Corp. (Nasdaq:FNBN), the holding company for CommunityOne Bank, N.A., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Dover Mortgage Company, today reported a net loss of $25.7 million, or $(2.25) per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2010, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million, or $(0.11) per diluted share, for the second quarter a year ago. Second quarter 2010 results include a $27.4 million provision for loan losses. For the first six months of the year, following a $36.9 million provision for loan losses, FNB United reported a net loss of $30.1 million, or $(2.64) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $7.4 million, or $(0.65) per diluted share, in the first six months of 2009.

"Our negative operating performance is attributable mainly to increased loan loss provisions, resulting from an intensified re-evaluation process directed toward our classified collateral-dependent real estate loans. In addition, an extensive third-party loan review in the second quarter resulted in some increase in classified loans, which carry higher reserves, and thus increased provisions. Our market continues to be adversely affected by the sluggish North Carolina and national economies, making it harder for some of our current loan customers to recover," said R. Larry Campbell, Interim President and CEO. "In light of market realities, we have continued to set aside significant reserves over the past several quarters, almost doubling our allowance for loan losses since June 2009," Mr. Campbell continued. He further commented, "During the past year we have been reducing our loan portfolio and building liquidity. We are also actively engaged with financial advisors to assist us in developing a capital raising plan over the coming months to stabilize our financial position."

Consent Order

The Bank signed a Consent Order with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on July 22, 2010, which mandates specific actions by the Bank to address certain findings from the OCC's examination and to address the Bank's current financial condition. The Consent Order contains various requirements, including a capital directive that requires the Bank to achieve and maintain minimum regulatory capital levels in excess of the statutory minimums to be well-capitalized, more controls on future extensions of credit, and the Bank's development of various programs and procedures to improve its asset quality. In anticipation of the Consent Order, the Bank has been developing a three-year strategic plan that establishes specific objectives, as outlined in the Consent Order.