TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CCBG) today reported net income of $1.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012, compared to a net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012, and net income of $2.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011. For the first nine months of 2012, the Company reported a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to net income of $5.4 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. Compared to the second quarter of 2012, the increase in earnings reflects a lower loan loss provision of $2.9 million, and a $2.1 million decline in noninterest expense, partially offset by lower operating revenues (net interest income plus noninterest income) of $0.4 million and higher income taxes of $1.8 million. Compared to the third quarter of 2011, the reduction in earnings was due to lower operating revenues of $2.7 million partially offset by a $0.9 million decrease in the loan loss provision, a $0.4 million reduction in noninterest expense, and lower income taxes of $0.5 million. The decrease in earnings for the nine month period ended September 30, 2012 is attributable to lower operating revenues of $9.7 million, and a higher loan loss provision of $2.0 million, partially offset by lower noninterest expense of $0.1 million and income taxes of $4.4 million. Earnings in 2011 reflect the sale of our Visa Class B shares of stock which resulted in a net pre-tax gain of $2.6 million ($3.2 million pre-tax gain included in noninterest income and recognition of a $0.6 million swap liability included in noninterest expense). "While the economy remains challenging, our pre-tax, pre-credit cost operating income improved as we continued to trim expenses," said William G. Smith, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. "Credit quality remains a top priority and continues to improve. Nonperforming assets declined as did our past due loans and net charge-offs; and our retail strategy for the disposition of problem assets continues to produce results, which we believe are in the best interest of our shareowners. A modest level of loss in newly identified problem loans coupled with less severe valuation adjustments on our other real estate owned properties have contributed to lower credit costs and improved profitability. As we have stated all along, we don't expect the path forward to be linear and anticipate quarterly performance will continue to be choppy, but when viewed on an annual basis, we are clearly making progress and are optimistic about the future."