FITZGERALD, Ga., July 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Colony Bankcorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBAN), today reported net income available to shareholders of $611,000, or $0.07 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $403,000, or $0.05 per diluted share for the comparable 2012 period, while net income available to shareholders for six months ended June 30, 2013 was $1,178,000, or $0.14 per diluted share compared to $592,000, or $0.07 per share for the comparable 2012 period. This increase of 98.99 percent in net income for the comparable six month period was primarily driven by an increase in net interest income and noninterest income – along with a reduction in provision for loan losses. "In addition to meaningful core earnings improvement, Colony again had marked improvement in asset quality. Substandard assets to tier one capital plus loan loss allowance ratio improved to 43.00 percent at June 30, 2013 from 45.85 percent at March 31, 2013. Though improvement was once again realized this quarter, we still have much work ahead to meet our goals of reducing our problem assets to an acceptable level and returning to acceptable earnings. Our board, management and staff remain committed to making incremental progress toward these goals during 2013," said Ed Loomis, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Though the economy continues to be less than robust and short term interest rates remain at historic low levels, we are cautiously optimistic that signs of economic recovery are surfacing. We had a modest increase in loans outstanding from the previous quarter end and have a healthy loan pipeline that should result in continued loan growth and core earnings improvement." Capital Colony continues to maintain a strong capital position to be categorized as "well-capitalized" by regulatory benchmarks. At June 30, 2013, the Company's tier one leverage ratio, tier one and total risk-based capital ratios were 10.36 percent, 15.63 percent and 16.89 percent, respectively, compared to the previous quarter end of 10.18 percent, 15.60 percent and 16.86 percent, respectively, at March 31, 2013 and to 9.71 percent, 15.67 percent and 16.94 percent, respectively, at June 30, 2012. Regulatory benchmarks to be categorized as "well-capitalized" for tier one leverage ratio, tier one and total risk-based capital ratios are 5.00 percent, 6.00 percent and 10.00 percent, respectively.