SAVANNAH, Ga., Oct. 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Savannah Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SAVB) reported a net loss for the third quarter 2010 of $1,563,000 compared to net income $346,000 in the third quarter of 2009. Net loss per diluted share was 22 cents in the third quarter of 2010 compared to net income per diluted share of 6 cents in 2009. The quarter over quarter decline in earnings results primarily from a higher provision for loan losses and higher loss on sale of foreclosed assets. Pretax earnings before the provision for loan losses and gain/loss on sale of securities and foreclosed assets were $3,321,000 in the third quarter 2010 compared to $3,607,000 in 2009. Other growth and performance ratios are included in the attached financial highlights. Total assets increased 5.3 percent to $1.10 billion at September 30, 2010, up $55 million from $1.04 billion a year earlier. Loans totaled $833 million compared to $867 million one year earlier, a decrease of 3.9 percent. Deposits totaled $947 million and $881 million at September 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively, an increase of 7.4 percent. Shareholders' equity was $88.7 million at September 30, 2010 compared to $79.0 million at September 30, 2009. The Company's total capital to risk-weighted assets ratio was 12.96 percent at September 30, 2010, which exceeds the 10 percent required by the regulatory agencies to maintain well-capitalized status. John C. Helmken II, President and CEO, said, "In the third quarter, we spent a significant amount of time integrating our FDIC-assisted acquisition of First National Bank, Savannah and continuing to work through our Company's problem assets. While we continue to be affected by declining real estate values and appraisals, we will maintain our discipline of reappraising properties, both collateral and foreclosed assets, and adjusting the values as appropriate. Unfortunately, these actions have the short term impact of reducing earnings and creating losses. Even so, we will proactively re-value these assets so that we recognize the inherent risk in our portfolio."