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Bank of the Carolinas Corporation Reports First Quarter Financial Results

MOCKSVILLE, N.C., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of the Carolinas Corporation (OTCQB: BCAR) today reported financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013.

For the three-month period ended March 31, 2013, the Company reported net income available to common shareholders of $191,000 as compared to net income of $551,000 for the fourth quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $2.7 million for the first quarter of 2012.  Net income per diluted common share was $0.05 for the first quarter of 2013 compared with net income per share of $0.14 for the fourth quarter of 2012 and a net loss per share of $0.70 for the first quarter of 2012.

Results of operations were positive for the second consecutive quarter.  The provision for loan losses recognizes a recovery of $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to an expense of $1.3 million in the first quarter a year ago.  Costs related to foreclosed real estate were $365,000 for the first quarter of 2013 as compared to $839,000 in the first quarter of 2012.  For the first quarter of 2013, credit-related costs totaled a recovery of $995,000, or a 146.1% decrease over the previous year's first quarter costs of $2.2 million.

The Company continues its progress in reducing the level of nonperforming assets.  As of March 31, 2013, the Company's nonperforming assets decreased to $7.8 million and amounted to 1.80% of total assets as compared to $12.7 million or 2.91% of total assets as of December 31, 2012 and compared to $23.4 million, or 4.88% of total assets as of March 31, 2012.  The allowance for loan losses was 2.42% of total loans as of March 31, 2013. Net loan recoveries amounted to $754,000 for the first quarter of 2013, as compared to net loan recoveries of $77,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012 and net loan chargeoffs of $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2012.

The Company's net interest margin was 2.74% in the first quarter of 2013, which is a decrease of 7 basis points from 2.81% in the first quarter of 2012.  Noninterest expense for the three-month period, excluding the costs related to foreclosed real estate, decreased 15.4% versus the first quarter of 2012.  The Company was able to reduce other noninterest expenses by closing its Cleveland, North Carolina branch in February 2013.  Cost savings of $587,000 have been recognized in salary and benefits, occupancy and equipment, and consultant and legal fees.

Total assets at March 31, 2013 amounted to $432.2 million, a decrease of 9.9% when compared to $479.8 million as of March 31, 2012.   Loans totaled $269.0 million at March 31, 2013, a decline of 9.2% from a year earlier, and deposits decreased 11.3% over the prior year to $366.5 million. The Company's deposit mix has improved by decreasing non-core brokered deposits by $36.6 million, or 85.6%, since March 31, 2012.

The Company's banking subsidiary had a Tier 1 leverage capital ratio and Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets ratio of 3.75% and 5.17% respectively, while its total capital to risk-weighted assets ratio was 6.43% as of March 31, 2013.

President and CEO, Stephen R. Talbert, said, "We are proud of the progress we have made and we will continue to work diligently for our shareholders."

Bank of the Carolinas Corporation is the holding company for Bank of the Carolinas, a North Carolina chartered bank headquartered in Mocksville, NC with offices in Advance, Asheboro, Concord, Harrisburg, King, Landis, Lexington and Winston-Salem.  The common stock of the Company is quoted under the symbol "BCAR" on the OTCQB marketplace operated by OTC Markets Group Inc.

For further information contact:



Stephen R. Talbert


President and Chief Executive Officer


Bank of the Carolinas Corporation


(336) 751-5755

DISCLOSURES ABOUT FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this press release relating to plans, strategies, economic performance and trends, projections of results of specific activities or investments, expectations or beliefs about future events or results, and other statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors which include, but are not limited to, factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.  Copies of those reports are available directly through the SEC's Internet website at www.sec.gov.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects," "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "feels," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "forecasts," "potential" or "continue," or similar terms or the negative of these terms, or other statements concerning opinions or judgments of our management about future events.  Factors that could influence the accuracy of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to (a) pressures on our earnings, capital and liquidity resulting from current and future conditions in the credit and capital markets, (b) continued or unexpected increases in nonperforming loans and credit losses in our loan portfolio, (c) continued adverse conditions in the economy and in the real estate market in our banking markets (particularly those conditions that affect our loan portfolio, the abilities of our borrowers to repay their loans, and the values of collateral that secures our loans), (d) the financial success or changing strategies of our customers, (e) actions of government regulators, or change in laws, regulations or accounting standards, that adversely affect our business, (f) changes in the interest rate environment and the level of market interest rates that reduce our net interest margins and/or the values of loans we make and securities we hold,  (g) changes in competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions or in our ability to compete effectively against other financial institutions in our banking markets, and (h) other developments or changes in our business that we do not expect.  Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements included in this press release are reasonable, they represent our management's judgments only as of the date they are made, and we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.  As a result, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.  All forward-looking statements attributable to us are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph.  We have no obligation, and do not intend, to update these forward-looking statements.

Bank of the Carolinas Corporation






Consolidated Balance Sheets






(In Thousands Except Share Data)






(Unaudited)














March 31,




2013


2012


Assets:






Cash and due from banks, noninterest-bearing


$        12,967


$      4,674


Temporary investments


26,983


46,807


Investment securities


99,666


103,682


Loans


268,970


296,092


 Less, allowance for loan losses


(6,498)


(8,048)


     Total loans, net


262,472


288,044


Premises and equipment, net


11,683


12,256


Other real estate owned


3,884


7,502


Bank owned life insurance


10,623


10,823


Other assets


3,905


5,970


     Total Assets


$      432,183


$   479,758








Liabilities:






Noninterest bearing demand deposits


$        34,211


$     36,087


Interest-checking deposits


39,199


38,349


Savings and money market deposits


108,047


104,733


Time deposits


185,010


233,816


     Total deposits


366,467


412,985


Securities sold under repurchase agreements


46,500


45,418


Subordinated debt


7,855


7,855


Other liabilities


2,096


1,947


     Total Liabilities


422,918


468,205


Shareholders' Equity:






Preferred stock,  no par value


13,179


13,179


Discount on preferred stock 


(341)


(644)


Common stock, $5 par value per share


19,479


19,479


Additional paid-in capital


12,991


12,992


Retained losses


(36,392)


(34,419)


Accumulated other comprehensive income


349


966


     Total Shareholders' Equity


9,265


11,553


     Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity


$      432,183


$   479,758








Preferred shares authorized


3,000,000


3,000,000


Preferred shares issued and outstanding


13,179


13,179


Unaccrued preferred stock dividend


1,400


741


Common shares authorized


15,000,000


15,000,000


Common shares issued and outstanding


3,895,840


3,895,840








Book value per common share


$          (1.36)


$       (0.61)














 

Bank of the Carolinas Corporation





Consolidated Statements of Income





(In Thousands Except Share Data)





(Unaudited)






Three Months Ended



March 31,



2013


2012





Interest income





   Interest and fees on loans

$           3,216


$           3,786


   Interest on securities

589


737


   Other interest income

14


17


     Total interest income

3,819


4,540







Interest expense





   Interest on deposits

621


899


   Interest on borrowed funds

557


564


      Total interest expense

1,178


1,463







Net interest income

2,641


3,077


   Provision for loan losses

(1,146)


1,292


   Net interest income after provision for





     loan losses

3,787


1,785







Noninterest income





   Customer service fees

281


281


   Increase in value of bank owned life insurance

87


91


   Gains on investment securities

-


748


   Other income (loss)

(2)


7


     Total non-interest income

366


1,127







Noninterest expense





   Salaries and benefits

1,598


1,758


   Occupancy and equipment

452


504


   FDIC insurance assessments

367


418


   Data processing services

269


239


Valuation provisions and net operating costs





associated with foreclosed real estate

365


839


   Other

668


1,262


     Total non-interest expense

3,719


5,020


Income (loss) before income taxes

434


(2,108)


   Provision for Income taxes

0


368


Net income (loss)

434


(2,476)


Dividends and accretion on preferred stock

(243)


(237)


Net income (loss) available 





to common shareholders

191


(2,713)







Income (loss) per common share:  





   Basic

$             0.05


$           (0.70)


   Diluted

$             0.05


$           (0.70)












 

Bank of the Carolinas Corporation








Other Financial Data








(In Thousands Except Share Data)








(Unaudited)











As of or for the






three months ended March 31,





2013

2012

Change*


Average balance sheet data









Average loans

$ 268,545


$ 302,002


(11.08)

%



Average earning assets

390,884


439,771


(11.12)




Average total assets

429,201


483,113


(11.16)




Average common shareholders' equity

(4,560)


235


(2,040.43)




Average total shareholders' equity

8,619


13,414


(35.75)























Period-end balance sheet data:









Total loans

$ 268,970


$ 296,092


(9.16)

%



Allowance for loan losses

(6,498)


(8,048)


(19.26)




Total assets

432,183


479,758


(9.92)




Total deposits

366,467


412,985


(11.26)




Common shareholders' equity

(3,914)


(1,626)


140.71




Total shareholders' equity

9,265


11,553


(19.80)























Asset quality indicators









Net loan charge-offs (recoveries)

$        (754)


$      1,345


(156.06)

%



Total nonperforming loans

3,882


15,860


(75.52)




Total nonperforming assets

7,766


23,412


(66.83)























Asset quality ratios









Net-chargeoffs (recoveries) to average loans **

(1.14)

%

1.79

%

(293)

BP



Nonperforming loans to total loans

1.44


5.36


(391)




Nonperforming assets to total assets

1.80


4.88


(308)




Nonperforming assets to loan-related assets

2.85


7.71


(486)




Allowance for loan losses to total loans

2.42


2.72


(30)























Financial ratios









Return on average assets **

0.41

%

(2.06)

%

247

BP



Return on average common shareholders' equity **

 N/M 


 N/M 


 N/M 




Net interest margin **

2.74


2.81


(7)























Per share amounts available to common shareholders









Basic earnings (loss) per common share

$        0.05


$      (0.70)


107.04

%



Diluted earnings (loss) per common share

0.05


(0.70)


107.04




Book value per common share

(1.36)


(0.61)


124.50























*   BP denotes basis points. N/M denotes not meaningful.


** ratio annualized.












 

SOURCE Bank of the Carolinas Corporation



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