updated 10/28/2010 4:45:20 AM ET 2010-10-28T08:45:20

GREENWOOD, S.C., Oct. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Community Capital Corporation (Nasdaq:CPBK) reports operating results for the nine months and quarter ended September 30, 2010.

  • Tier 1 leverage ratio increased to 8.65% compared to 8.41% as of June 30, 2010, however based on period end total assets this ratio increased to 9.22%
  • Tangible equity to tangible assets of 7.83% versus prior quarter ratio of 7.19%
  • Total risk based capital increased to 13.84%, which remains above the regulatory definition to be considered "well capitalized" of 10%
  • Balance sheet contracted $69.3 million from $757.0 million at June 30, 2010 to $687.7 million at September 30, 2010
  • Eliminated $60.1 million in CDs during the quarter that yielded approximately 2.75% utilizing cash on hand to fund the runoff
  • NIM for the third quarter of 2010 was 2.84%; NIM month to date through October 26, 2010 was 3.68% with the increase being a direct result of the deleveraging activities noted
  • Bonds were sold during the quarter to shorten the duration of the portfolio resulting in gains of $728,000
  • Nonperforming loans increased $3.8 million during the quarter primarily due to the transfer from troubled debt restructurings
  • Troubled debt restructurings declined $7.8 million, or 54%, to $6.1 million at September 30, 2010
  • Loans past due 30 to 89 days to gross loans was 0.28% at September 30, 2010, compared to 0.66% at June 30, 2010
  • Construction and development real estate loans have declined $71.8 million or 40.42% since September 30, 2009
  • Market value of accounts in our wealth management division surpassed $600 million as of September 30, 2010, an 8.11% increase since June 30, 2010.

Community Capital Corporation today reported a net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2010 of $478,000, or $(0.05) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $21,785,000, or $(4.35) per diluted share, for the same period in 2009. The company recorded provision for loan losses of $2.75 million during the third quarter of 2010 compared to $24.00 million during the third quarter of 2009. Return on average assets for the quarter was (0.26)% for 2010 compared to (11.08)% for the same period in 2009. Return on average equity was (3.39)% for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 compared to (135.74)% for the same period in 2009.

Year to date income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 was $1,475,000, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $23,863,000, or ($5.14) per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2009. Return on average assets was 0.26% for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to (4.08)% for the same period in 2009. Return on average equity was 3.57% for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to (49.63)% for the same period in 2009.  

Total assets decreased 8.24% to $687,704,000 at September 30, 2010 from $749,442,000 as of December 31, 2009, and 9.16% from $757,045,000 at June 30, 2010. Total loans decreased $62,670,000, or 11.05%, to $504,508,000 at September 30, 2010 from $567,178,000 at December 31, 2009, and decreased $16,978,000 from $521,486,000 at June 30, 2010. Total deposits decreased $63,845,000, or 10.94%, to $519,638,000 at September 30, 2010 from $583,483,000 at December 31, 2009, and decreased $69,138,000, or 11.74%, from $588,776,000 at June 30, 2010. 

William G. Stevens, President/CEO of Community Capital Corporation, stated, "We decided to materially alter the balance sheet during the quarter by allowing approximately $60 million in high cost CDs to run off. We funded the deposits outflow with very low yielding cash. As a result, we significantly bolstered period end capital ratios and expect to have a much improved margin going forward due to the elimination of negative leverage. While we are disappointed that nonaccrual loans did not decline this quarter, our core profitability remains sound and will only be improved by our increasing margin and strong noninterest income levels. We continue to believe our core earnings and strengthening capital levels will allow us to be very aggressive in our efforts to eliminate bad loans and other real estate from our company's balance sheet."

Community Capital Corporation is the parent company of CapitalBank, which operates 18 community oriented branches throughout upstate South Carolina and offers a full array of banking services, including a diverse wealth management group. Additional information on CapitalBank's locations and the products and services offered are available at www.capitalbanksc.com .

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, such as statements relating to future plans and expectations, and are thus prospective.  Such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to (1) statements regarding potential future economic recovery, (2)  statements with respect to our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts, and (3) other statements identified by words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "targets," and "projects," as well as similar expressions.  Such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  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 our company or any person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by our company will be achieved. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: (1) the potential that loan charge-offs may exceed the allowance for loan losses or that such allowance will be increased as a result of factors beyond our control; (2) our ability and success in resolving troubled loans; (3) adverse conditions in the stock market, the public debt market, and other capital markets (including changes in interest rate conditions); (4) changes in deposit rates, the net interest margin, and funding sources; (5) the strength of the U.S. economy in general and the strength of the local economies in which we conduct operations may be different than expected resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in credit quality or a reduced demand for credit, including the resultant effect on our loan portfolio and allowance for loan losses; (6) the challenges, costs and complications associated with the continued development of our branches; (7) changes in the U.S. legal and regulatory framework, including the effect of recent financial reform legislation on the banking industry; (8) our dependence on senior management; (9) competition from existing financial institutions operating in our market areas as well as the entry into such areas of new competitors with greater resources, broader branch networks and more comprehensive services; (10) risks inherent in making loans including repayment risks and value of collateral; (11) fluctuations in consumer spending and saving habits; (12) the demand for our products and services; (13) the challenges and uncertainties in the implementation of our expansion and development strategies; (14) the adequacy of expense projections and estimates of impairment loss; (15) unanticipated regulatory or judicial proceedings; and (16) the timely development and acceptance of products and services, including products and services offered through alternative delivery channels such as the Internet. 

Additional factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in Community Capital Corporation's reports (such as Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K) filed with the SEC and available at the SEC's Internet site ( http://www.sec.gov ).  All references to financial information as of December 31, 2009 are derived from our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the company or any person acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by the cautionary statements above. We do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

(1)      The effect of loans in nonaccrual status and fees collected is not significant to the computations.

(2)      Average investment securities exclude the valuation allowance on securities available-for-sale.

(3)      Fully tax-equivalent basis at 38% tax rate for nontaxable securities and loans.

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