Georgia-Carolina Bancshares Reports First Quarter Earnings And Quarterly Dividend

AUGUSTA, Ga., April 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc. (OTCQB:GECR), parent company of First Bank of Georgia, today reported 2014 first quarter net income of $852,000 ($0.24 per diluted common share), compared to $2,307,000 ($0.65 per diluted common share) for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Book value totaled $16.54 per common share at March 31, 2014.

Remer Y. Brinson III, President and CEO of the Company, stated: "We are pleased to report first quarter earnings of $852,000, although this is well below our first quarter of 2013, where net income was increased by an $806,000 benefit on an insurance policy, as well as higher mortgage loan volume and related gain on loans held for sale. We've seen an increase in loan demand which has resulted in a quarterly increase of 4.6% in loans, excluding loans held for sale. We have also experienced a 5.0% increase in net interest income when comparing the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of last year."

Brinson continued, "We have continued to see soft demand in mortgage originations for the third consecutive quarter. Originations for the first quarter of 2014 are down approximately 40% from the first quarter of 2013, which is consistent with national mortgage originations."

"Asset quality continues to improve and is approaching pre-recession levels," Brinson related. "Non-performing assets are now only 1.15% of total assets and we continue to operate in a net recovery position related to our allowance for loans losses."

Georgia-Carolina Bancshares' Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share of common stock payable on May 20, 2014, to shareholders of record as of May 13, 2014.

Georgia-Carolina Bancshares' common stock is quoted on the OTC Marketplace (OTCQB) under the symbol "GECR". First Bank of Georgia conducts banking operations through seven offices in Richmond County (Augusta), Columbia County (Evans and Martinez), and McDuffie County (Thomson), Georgia and operates mortgage origination offices in Augusta and Savannah, Georgia.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "anticipates," "plans" or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, and are made on the basis of management's plans and current analyses of the Company, its business and the industry as a whole. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic and market conditions, competition, interest rate sensitivity and exposure to regulatory and legislative changes, and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Although we believe that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, we can give no assurance that the results contemplated in the forward-looking statements will be realized. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be construed as a representation by the Company or any person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by the Company will be achieved. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
GEORGIA-CAROLINA BANCSHARES, INC.
     
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
     
  March 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
  (Unaudited)  
ASSETS    
     
Cash and due from banks  $ 16,228  $ 16,828
Securities available-for-sale  156,788  158,439
     
Loans  287,138  274,747
Allowance for loan losses  (5,332)  (5,357)
Loans, net  281,806  269,390
     
Loans held for sale at fair value  29,395  31,298
Bank-owned life insurance  14,963  14,834
Bank premises and equipment, net  9,441  9,512
Accrued interest receivable  1,907  1,854
Other real estate owned, net  4,701  4,897
Federal Home Loan Bank stock  1,140  1,606
Other assets  6,714  7,840
     
Total assets  $ 523,083  $ 516,498
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
Deposits    
Non-interest bearing  $ 80,048  $ 76,747
Interest-bearing:    
NOW accounts  62,640  59,661
Money market accounts  77,180  74,056
Savings  56,866  56,757
Time deposits less than $100,000  53,434  54,859
Time deposits $100,000 or greater  72,604  72,637
Brokered and wholesale deposits  24,381  24,988
Total deposits  427,153  419,705
     
Short-term debt  15,000  22,200
Repurchase agreements  13,481  12,111
Other liabilities  7,975  5,593
     
Total liabilities  463,609  459,609
     
Shareholders' equity    
Preferred stock, par value $.001; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued  --   -- 
Common stock, par value $.001; 9,000,000 shares authorized; 3,594,973 and 3,572,204 shares issued and outstanding  4  4
Additional paid-in-capital  16,364  16,192
Retained earnings  45,449  44,758
Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss)  (2,343)  (4,065)
Total shareholders' equity  59,474  56,889
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 523,083  $ 516,498
 
 
GEORGIA-CAROLINA BANCSHARES, INC.
     
Consolidated Statements of Income
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
     
   
  Three Months Ended March 31,
Interest income 2014 2013
Interest and fees on loans  $ 3,820  $ 3,884
Interest on taxable securities  635  514
Interest on nontaxable securities  151  116
Other interest income  4  6
Total interest income  4,610  4,520
     
Interest expense    
Interest on NOW, money market, and savings deposits  126  147
Interest on time deposits less than $100,000  111  134
Interest on time deposits $100,000 or greater  148  170
Interest on brokered and wholesale deposits  59  112
Interest on funds purchased and other borrowings  17  6
Total interest expense  461  569
     
Net interest income  4,149  3,951
     
Provision for loan losses  (222)  (602)
     
Net interest income after provision for loan losses  4,371  4,553
     
     
Non-interest income    
Service charges on deposits  343  370
Mortgage banking activities  1,425  2,004
Net gains on sales of other real estate  82  145
Net gains on securities available for sale  16  13
Other  402  1,257
Total non-interest income  2,268  3,789
     
Non-interest expense    
Salaries and employee benefits  3,327  3,074
Occupancy expenses  381  368
Other real estate owned expenses  169  159
Other  1,617  1,612
Total non-interest expense  5,494  5,213
     
Income before income taxes  1,145  3,129
     
Income tax expense  293  822
     
Net income   $ 852  $ 2,307
     
Earnings per common share    
Basic  $ 0.24  $ 0.65
Diluted  $ 0.24  $ 0.65
     
Dividends per common share  $ 0.045  $ 0.040
CONTACT: Remer Y. Brinson III         President & CEO         remerbrinson@firstbankofga.com         First Bank of Georgia         3527 Wheeler Rd         Augusta, GA 30909         office (706) 731-6600         fax (706) 731-6601

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