PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: GECR) , parent company of First Bank of Georgia, reported today net income of $866,000 ($.25 per diluted common share) for the three months ended June 30, 2008, compared to $935,000 ($.27 per diluted common share) for the three months ended June 30, 2007.
Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2008 was $1,618,000 ($.46 per diluted common share) compared to $1,666,000 ($.48 per diluted common share) for the six months ended June 30, 2007.
Remer Y. Brinson III, President & CEO of the Company stated, "We are pleased with our results given the current state of the economy and interest rates. Due to the rapid decrease in interest rates by the Federal Reserve, our net interest margin has declined. This is the primary reason for the decrease in year over year quarterly income."
"Consumer and commercial loan growth has been strong during the first half of 2008, while residential mortgage and construction lending has slowed. We have also enjoyed a 14.7% growth in non-interest bearing deposits and a 17.50% growth in NOW accounts," Brinson continued.
"We feel that this growth is in response to our community bank model and our ATM Anywhere FREE Checking program which provides an automatic refund of other banks' ATM charges," Brinson said.
Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with $456 million in assets as of June 30, 2008. The Company owns First Bank of Georgia, which conducts banking operations through offices in Augusta, Columbia County, and Thomson, Georgia.
Georgia-Carolina Bancshares' common stock is quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol GECR.
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