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First Capital, Inc. Reports Quarterly Earnings

CORYDON, Ind., April 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Capital, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCAP) (the "Company"), the holding company for First Harrison Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $896,000 or $0.32 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $1.0 million or $0.36 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.      
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

CORYDON, Ind., April 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Capital, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCAP) (the "Company"), the holding company for First Harrison Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income of $896,000 or $0.32 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $1.0 million or $0.36 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010.      

The decrease in net income is primarily due to an increase in noninterest expense, partially offset by increases in net interest income and noninterest income.

Net interest income after provision for loan losses increased $37,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the same prior year period. Interest income decreased $380,000 when comparing the periods as the average tax-equivalent yield on interest-earning assets decreased from 5.25% in the three-month period ended March 31, 2010 to 5.11% during the same period in 2011, primarily as a result of lower market interest rates.  The average balance of interest-earning assets decreased from $427.6 million to $410.2 million when comparing the same two periods, primarily due to a decline in the average balance of loans receivable. Interest expense decreased $457,000 when comparing the periods as the average cost of interest-bearing liabilities decreased from 1.62% to 1.20% and the average balance of interest-bearing liabilities decreased from $373.2 million to $349.2 million, primarily due to a decline in the average balance of time deposits. As a result, the interest-rate spread increased from 3.63% during the quarter ended March 31, 2010 to 3.91% during the same period in 2011. The provision for loan losses increased from $460,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 to $500,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. The Bank continued to provide reserves during the quarter to offset current period charge-offs and to provide for inherent loss exposure due to weakened general economic conditions such as depreciating collateral values, job losses and continued pressures on household budgets in the Bank's market area.

Noninterest income increased $100,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. Service charges on deposit accounts and mortgage brokerage fees increased $86,000 and $14,000, respectively, when comparing the two periods. 

Noninterest expense increased $362,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2010, due primarily to increases in compensation and benefits expense and other operating expenses. Compensation and benefits expenses increased $64,000 when comparing the two periods primarily due to normal salary increases. Other operating expenses increased $373,000 for 2011 as compared to the prior year. During the quarter ended March 31, 2010, the Bank received a $278,000 refund of disputed ATM charges paid by the Bank in 2009. Costs associated with the maintenance and sale of foreclosed properties also increased by $34,000 during the quarter ended March 31, 2011 as compared to the same prior year period.

Total assets decreased $3.2 million to $449.2 million at March 31, 2011 compared to $452.4 million at December 31, 2010. Total assets decreased primarily due to decreases of $7.5 million and $3.6 million in net loans receivable and loans held for sale, respectively. These changes were partially offset by a $6.5 million increase in cash and cash equivalents. Deposits decreased $3.4 million to $374.6 million at March 31, 2011 compared to $378.0 million at December 31, 2010. Nonperforming assets (consisting of nonaccrual loans, accruing loans 90 days or more past due and foreclosed real estate) totaled $8.5 million at March 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010.

At March 31, 2011, the Bank was considered well-capitalized under applicable federal regulatory capital guidelines.

First Harrison Bank currently has thirteen offices in the Indiana communities of Corydon, Edwardsville, Greenville, Floyds Knobs, Hardinsburg, Palmyra, New Albany, New Salisbury, Jeffersonville, Salem and Lanesville. Access to First Harrison Bank accounts, including online banking and electronic bill payments, is available anywhere with Internet access through the Bank's website at . First Harrison Bank, through its business arrangement with Lincoln Investments, member SIPC, continues to offer non FDIC insured investments to complement the Bank's offering of traditional banking products and services. You can also follow us now on Facebook.

This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are not historical facts; rather, they are statements based on the Company's current expectations regarding its business strategies and their intended results and its future performance. Forward-looking statements are preceded by terms such as "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends" and similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Numerous risks and uncertainties could cause or contribute to the Company's actual results, performance and achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause or contribute to these differences include, without limitation, general economic conditions, including changes in market interest rates and changes in monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; legislative and regulatory changes; and other factors disclosed periodically in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Because of the risks and uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on them, whether included in this report or made elsewhere from time to time by the Company or on its behalf. Except as may be required by applicable law or regulation, the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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