Monday, September 8, 2008

Charter Financial Remains Well Capitalized

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Charter Financial Corporation (OTC:CHFN) (BULLETIN BOARD: CHFN) today reported that it sold its remaining shares of Freddie Mac common stock at an average price of $1.27 which provides cash proceeds of $2.79 million. This sale results in a pre-tax loss of $591,563. For all sales of Freddie Mac common stock during this quarter, the Company will report a pre-tax gain of $5.95 million. CharterBank's core capital as of August 31, 2008, as adjusted to reflect the sale of Freddie Mac common stock, would be 10.05% which is more than twice its regulatory well capitalized requirement.

Charter Financial Corporation is a savings and loan holding company and the parent company of CharterBank, a full-service community bank and a federal savings institution. Charter Financial Corporation and CharterBank are in a mutual holding company structure. CharterBank is headquartered in West Point, Georgia, and operates ten branches on the I-85 corridor from LaGrange, Georgia to Auburn, Alabama. CharterBank's deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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