FITZGERALD, Ga., Jan. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Colony Bankcorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBAN), today reported net income available to shareholders of $1,241,000, or $0.15 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $203,000, or $0.02 per diluted share for the comparable 2012 period, while net income available to shareholders for twelve months ended December 31, 2013 was $3,120,000, or $0.37 per diluted share compared to $1,206,000, or $0.14 per share for the comparable 2012 period. This increase of 158.71 percent in net income for the comparable twelve month period was primarily driven by an increase in net interest income and noninterest income (excluding securities gains) – along with a reduction in provision for loan losses. "In addition to significant core earnings improvement, Colony again had marked improvement in asset quality. Substandard assets to tier one capital plus loan loss allowance ratio improved to 39.22 percent at December 31, 2013 from 40.94 percent at September 30, 2013 and 55.60 percent at December 31, 2012. Though we were successful in having regulatory agencies lift the memorandum of understanding during 2013 and realized significant improvement in earnings and asset quality, we still are committed to reducing our problem assets to an acceptable level and returning to acceptable earnings," said Ed Loomis, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Momentum carrying over from 2013 initiatives has Colony positioned for a successful and productive year in 2014."      

Capital

Colony continues to maintain a solid capital position to be categorized as "well-capitalized" by regulatory benchmarks. At December 31, 2013, the Company's tier one leverage ratio, tier one and total risk-based capital ratios were 10.29 percent, 15.36 percent and 16.61 percent, respectively, compared to the previous quarter end of 10.40 percent, 15.40 percent  and 16.66 percent, respectively, at September 30, 2013 and to 10.22 percent, 15.22 percent and 16.47 percent, respectively, at December 31 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.

Net Interest Margin

During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company reported net interest income of $9.69 million and a net interest margin of 3.68 percent, compared to $9.08 million and 3.49 percent, respectively, for fourth quarter 2012, while net interest income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 was $37.69 million and a net interest margin of 3.61 percent compared to $36.27 million and 3.41 percent, respectively, for the twelve months ended December 31 2012.  The improvement is indicative of the Company's focus on balance sheet restructuring and maximizing its net interest margin through deposit and loan pricing guidance.   

Asset Quality

The Company continues to closely monitor our substandard and non-performing assets and focus on problem asset resolution. Substandard assets that include non-performing assets totaled $53.45 million at December 31, 2013 compared to $55.39 million and $74.57 million, respectively, at September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012. Substandard assets adjusted for SBA guarantees to tier one capital plus loan loss reserve ratio was 39.22%, 40.94% and 55.60%, respectively, at December 31, 2013, September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012.   Non-performing assets decreased slightly from the previous quarter end to $39.61 million or 5.17 percent of total loans and other real estate owned as of December 31, 2013. This compares to $40.64 million or 5.32 percent and $46.16 million or 6.05 percent, respectively, as of September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012.  Loan loss reserve methodology resulted in twelve months ended December 31, 2013 provision for loan losses of $4.49 million compared to $6.79 million for the comparable 2012 period. With continued stabilization in the economy and the housing and real estate market, we expect continued improvement in our substandard assets.    

Other real estate ("OREO") totaled $15.50 million at December 31, 2013 compared to $16.11 million and $15.94 million, respectively, at September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012. During twelve months ended December 31, 2013, $11.19 million has been added to OREO, thus a reduction from sales and/or write-downs of $11.63 million. Colony has established a target of twelve months to liquidate improved properties due to the high carrying cost of taxes, insurance, maintenance and repairs associated with holding these properties on our books.

In the fourth quarter of 2013 net charge-offs were $1.43 million, or 0.19 percent of average loans as compared to net charge-offs of $2.81 million, or 0.38 percent of average loans in fourth quarter 2012, while for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 net charge-offs were $5.42 million, or 0.73 percent of average loans as compared to net charge-offs of $9.70 million, or 1.34 percent of average loans for the comparable 2012 period. The loan loss reserve was $11.81 million on December 31, 2013, or 1.57 percent of total loans compared to $12.95 million, or 1.73 percent on September 30, 2013 and to $12.74 million, or 1.70 percent on December 31, 2012.  Management believes that the 2013 contributions to Allowance for Loan Losses address the level of non-performing assets and the related level of substandard assets to be adequately reserved at December 31, 2013.

Noninterest Income

Total noninterest income decreased in the comparable periods as noninterest income for twelve months ended December 31, 2013 was $8.38 million compared to $9.73 million in the comparable 2012 period, or a decrease of 13.93 percent. Service charge fee income on deposit accounts increased $1.12 million, or 31.29 percent. Mortgage fee income increased $84 thousand, or 21.00 percent and gains on the sale of SBA/USDA loans increased $329 thousand, or 107.52 percent. Offsetting these increases was security gains and losses in which losses were $364 thousand for twelve months ended December 31, 2013 compared to gains of $2.84 million for the comparable 2012 period. The company continues to explore revenue enhancement products and services to improve fee income.      

Noninterest Expense

Total noninterest expense decreased slightly to $34.62 million in twelve months ended December 31, 2013 compared to $35.38 million in the comparable 2012 period, or a decrease of 2.15%. Credit-related expenses continue to be a strain on earnings as write down and losses on OREO property and repossessed assets along with repossession and foreclosure expenses totaled $3.92 million in twelve months ended December 31, 2013 compared to $5.61 million in the comparable 2012 period. Salaries and employee benefit expenses increased to $16.69 million in twelve months ended December 31, 2013 compared to $15.57 million in the comparable 2012 period, or an increase of 7.24 percent. This increase is primarily attributable to an increase in headcount related to additional "back-office" regulatory compliance demands along with merit pay increases. Occupancy expenses remained flat in the comparable periods. Other noninterest expense decreased to $14.13 million compared to $15.93 million, or a decrease of 11.29 percent – primarily due to the decrease in credit-related expenses noted above.

Colony Bankcorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Fitzgerald, Georgia that consists of one operating subsidiary, Colony Bank. The Company conducts a general full service commercial, consumer and mortgage banking business through thirty offices located in the central, southern and coastal Georgia cities of Albany, Ashburn, Broxton, Centerville, Chester, Columbus, Cordele, Douglas, Eastman, Fitzgerald, Leesburg, Moultrie, Pitts, Quitman, Rochelle, Savannah, Soperton, Sylvester, Thomaston, Tifton, Valdosta and Warner Robins, Georgia. 

Colony Bankcorp, Inc. Common Stock is quoted on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "CBAN."

Certain statements contained in the preceding release that are not statements of historical fact constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"), notwithstanding that such statements are not specifically identified. In addition, certain statements may be contained in the Company's future filings with the SEC, in press releases, and in oral and written statements made by or with the approval of the Company that are not statements of historical fact and constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) projections of revenues, income or loss, earnings or loss per share, the payment or nonpayment of dividends, capital structure and other financial items; (ii) statement of plans and objectives of Colony Bankcorp, Inc. or its management or Board of Directors, including those relating to products or services; (iii) statements of future economic performance; and (iv) statements of assumptions underlying such statements. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "targeted" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in such statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.    Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.
 
COLONY BANKCORP, INC.
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)
DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA
         
  QUARTER ENDED  YEAR-TO-DATE 
EARNINGS SUMMARY   12/31/13  12/31/12  12/31/13  12/31/12
Net Interest Income  $9,694 $9,076 $37,689 $36,273
Provision for Loan Losses  285 1,158 4,485 6,785
Non-interest Income  2,018 2,642 8,377 9,733
Non-interest Expense  8,998 9,744 34,617 35,379
Income Taxes  803 248 2,235 1,201
Net Income  1,626 568 4,629 2,641
Preferred Stock Dividend  385 365 1,509 1,435
Net Income Available to Common Shareholders  1,241 203 3,120 1,206
         
  QUARTER ENDED YEAR-TO-DATE
PER COMMON SHARE SUMMARY  12/31/13  12/31/12 12/31/13  12/31/12
Common Shares Outstanding  8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258
Weighted Average Basic Shares  8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258
Weighted Average Diluted Shares  8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258
Earnings Per Basic Share (b)  $0.15 $0.02 $0.37 $0.14
Earnings Per Diluted Share (b)  $0.15 $0.02 $0.37 $0.14
Common Book Value Per Share  $7.34 $8.05 $7.34 $8.05
Tangible Common Book Value Per Share  $7.32 $8.02 $7.32 $8.02
         
  QUARTER ENDED YEAR-TO-DATE
OPERATING RATIOS (1)  12/31/13  12/31/12  12/31/13 12/31/12
Net Interest Margin (a)  3.68% 3.49% 3.61% 3.41%
Return on Average Assets (b)  0.44% 0.07% 0.28% 0.11%
Return on Average Total Equity (b) 5.43% 0.85% 3.34% 1.25%
Efficiency (c)  74.24% 88.67% 74.29% 81.68%
         
(1)  Annualized
(a) Computed using fully taxable-equivalent net income
(b) Computed using net income available to shareholders
(c ) Computed by dividing non-interest expense by the sum of fully taxable- equivalent net interest income and non-interest income and excluding security gains/losses. 
       
  QUARTER ENDED    
ENDING BALANCES   12/31/13  12/31/12    
Total Assets  $1,151,085 $1,139,397    
Loans, Net of Reserves  739,052 734,079    
Allowance for Loan Losses  11,806 12,737    
Intangible Assets  188 224    
Deposits  987,530 979,685    
Common Shareholders' Equity  61,954 67,932    
Common Equity to Total Assets 5.38% 5.96%    
Total Equity  89,954 95,759    
Total Equity to Total Assets  7.81% 8.40%    
         
  QUARTER ENDED  YEAR-TO-DATE
AVERAGE BALANCES   12/31/13  12/31/12  12/31/13  12/31/12
Total Assets  $1,131,317 $1,114,766 $1,118,071 $1,139,814
Loans, Net of Reserves  740,538 725,672 731,280 706,091
Deposits  966,458 956,438 953,312 969,690
Common Shareholders' Equity 63,526 67,783 65,446 68,798
Total Equity  91,501 95,587 93,358 96,541
         
   QUARTER ENDED YEAR-TO-DATE
ASSET QUALITY   12/31/13  12/31/12  12/31/13  12/31/12
Nonperforming Loans  $24,111 $29,855 $24,111 $29,855
Nonperforming Assets  39,613 46,163 39,613 46,163
Substandard Assets  53,449 74,574 53,449 74,574
Net Loan Chg-offs (Recoveries)  1,430 2,810 5,416 9,698
Reserve for Loan Loss to Total Loans  1.57% 1.70% 1.57% 1.70%
Reserve for Loan Loss to Non- performing Loans  48.97% 42.66% 48.97% 42.66%
Reserve for Loan Loss to Non-performing Assets  29.80% 27.59% 29.80% 27.59%
Net Loan Chg-offs (Recoveries) to Avg. Total Loans  0.19% 0.38% 0.73% 1.34%
Nonperforming Loans to Total Loans  3.21% 4.00% 3.21% 4.00%
Nonperforming Assets to Total Assets  3.44% 4.05% 3.44% 4.05%
Nonperforming Assets to Total Loans And Other Real Estate  5.17% 6.05% 5.17% 6.05%
Substandard Assets to Tier One Capital and Allowance for Loan Losses  39.22% 55.60% 39.22% 55.60%
 
Quarterly Comparative Data (in thousands, except per share data)
   4Q2013   3Q2013   2Q2013  1Q2013   4Q2012
           
Assets  $1,151,085 $1,113,141 1,106,454 $1,118,865 $1,139,397
Loans  739,052 734,792 730,920 723,651 734,079
Deposits  987,530 949,463 943,337 953,575 979,685
Common Shareholders' Equity 61,954 62,859 63,828 67,567 67,932
Total Equity  89,954 90,815 91,740 95,437 95,759
Net Income  1,626 1,080 986 937 568
Net Income Available to          
 Common Shareholders  1,241 701 611 567 203
 Net Income Per Share  0.15 0.08 0.07 0.07 0.02
           
           
Key Performance Ratios   4Q2013  3Q2013  2Q2013  1Q2013  4Q2012 
           
Return on Average Assets (1)  0.44% 0.25% 0.22% 0.20% 0.07%
Return on Average Total Equity (1) 5.43% 3.09% 2.56% 2.37% 0.85%
Common Equity to Total Assets  5.38% 5.65% 5.77% 6.04% 5.96%
Total Equity to Total Assets  7.81% 8.16% 8.29% 8.53% 8.40%
Net Interest Margin  3.68% 3.67% 3.64% 3.45% 3.49%
           
 (1) Computed using net income available to shareholders 
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets Colony Bankcorp, Inc.
 (in thousands)
     
  Dec. 31, 2013 Dec. 31, 2012
   (unaudited)   (audited) 
ASSETS    
Cash and Cash Equivalents     
 Cash and Due from Banks  $25,692 $29,244
 Federal Funds Sold  20,495 20,002
  46,187 49,246
Interest-Bearing Deposits  21,960 21,795
Investment Securities    
 Available for Sale, at Fair Value  263,258 268,301
 Held for Maturity, at Cost (Fair Value of $37 and $42 as of Dec. 31, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2012 , Respectively)  37 41
  263,295 268,342
Federal Home Loan Bank Stock, at Cost  3,164 3,364
Loans  751,218 747,050
 Allowance for Loan Losses  (11,806) (12,737)
 Unearned Interest and Fees  (360) (234)
  739,052 734,079
Premises and Equipment  24,876 24,916
Other Real Estate  15,502 15,941
Other Intangible Assets  188 224
Other Assets  36,861 21,490
Total Assets $1,151,085 $1,139,397
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
Deposits    
 Noninterest-Bearing  $115,261 $123,967
 Interest-Bearing  872,269 855,718
  987,530 979,685
Borrowed Money     
 Subordinated Debentures  24,229 24,229
 Other Borrowed Money  40,000 35,000
  64,229 59,229
     
Other Liabilities  9,372 4,724
     
Stockholders' Equity    
 Preferred Stock, Stated Value $1,000 a Share;     
 Authorized 10,000,000 Shares, Issued 28,000 Shares 28,000 27,827
 Common Stock, Par Value $1 a share; Authorized 20,000,000 Shares, Issued 8,439,258 Shares as of Dec. 31, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2012, Respectively  8,439 8,439
 Paid in Capital  29,145 29,145
 Retained Earnings  33,445 30,498
 Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss, Net of Tax (9,075) (150)
  89,954 95,759
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $1,151,085 $1,139,397
 
Consolidated Statements of Income Colony Bankcorp, Inc.
 (in thousands except per share data) 
  Quarter  Year-to-Date
  Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
   12/31/13  12/31/12  12/31/13 12/31/2012
  (unaudited)   (audited)   (unaudited) (audited)
Interest Income        
 Loans, Including Fees  $10,327 $10,572 $41,350 $41,963
 Federal Funds Sold  12 27 39 99
Deposits with Other Banks  6 9 27 43
Investment Securities         
 U. S. Government Agencies  1,063 699 3,517 4,824
 State, County and Municipal  30 34 124 207
 Corporate Obligations/Asset-Backed Sec.  5 14 47 76
Dividends on Other Investments  23 22 82 77
  11,466 11,377 45,186 47.289
Interest Expense         
 Deposits  1,369 1,904 5,821 8,737
 Borrowed Money  403 397 1,676 2,279
  1,772 2,301 7,497 11,016
Net Interest Income  9,694 9,076 37,689 36,273
 Provision for Loan Losses  285 1,158 4,485 6,785
Net Interest Income After Provision for Loan Losses 9,409 7,918 33,204 29,488
         
Noninterest Income        
 Service Charges on Deposits  1,207 1,046 4,691 3,573
 Other Service Charges, Commissions and Fees  436 396 1,725 1,515
 Mortgage Fee Income  107 104 484 400
 Securities Gains(Losses)  (362) 770 (364) 2,837
 Other  630 326 1,841 1,408
  2,018 2,642 8,377 9,733
Noninterest Expense        
 Salaries and Employee Benefits  4,196 4,079 16,692 15,565
 Occupancy and Equipment  952 983 3,794 3,884
 Other  3,850 4,682 14,131 15,930
  8,998 9,744 34,617 35,379
         
Income Before Income Taxes  2,429 816 6,964 3,842
Income Taxes  803 248 2,335 1,201
Net Income  1,626 568 4,629 2,641
         
Preferred Stock Dividends  385 365 1,509 1,435
         
Net Income Available to Common Shareholders  $1,241 $203 $3,120 $1,206
Net Income Per Share of Common Stock        
 Basic  $0.15 $0.02 $0.37 $0.14
 Diluted  $0.15 $0.02 $0.37 $0.14
Weighted Average Basic Shares Outstanding  8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258
Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding  8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258 8,439,258
CONTACT: Terry L. Hester         Chief Financial Officer         (229) 426-6002