Bank of the Carolinas and Randolph Bank & Trust Company to Merge

ASHEBORO, N.C. and MOCKSVILLE, N.C., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
The Boards of Directors of Bank of the Carolinas Corporation, Mocksville,
North Carolina (Nasdaq: BCAR) and Randolph Bank & Trust Company
(Pink Sheets: RDBN) have announced that they have entered into a definitive
agreement whereby Randolph Bank will be merged into Bank of the Carolinas.
Randolph Bank's common shareholders will receive 2.67 shares of Bank of the
Carolinas Corporation for each Randolph Bank share held. Randolph Bank's
preferred shareholders will receive the face value of their shares plus
prorated dividends. The merger transaction is subject to the approval of the
shareholders of both companies, and to receipt of required state and federal
bank regulatory approvals. Subject to those contingencies, it is expected that
the transaction will be consummated during the fourth quarter of 2007. The
combined banks will have 16 full-service banking offices in the central
Piedmont region of North Carolina and approximately $770 million in assets.
Bank of the Carolinas Corporation's Board of Directors will expand to a total
of eighteen members; four new directors will come from the current Randolph
Board. 
Commenting on the merger, Reid Pollard, President and CEO of Randolph Bank
stated that: "We are delighted to have found a partner that will continue to
build on our strength as a service-oriented community bank, while providing
liquidity for our shareholders. The transaction recognizes the value that we
have created at Randolph and provides an outstanding opportunity for our
shareholders to continue to grow their investment." 
Robert Marziano, Chairman and CEO of Bank of the Carolinas, stated: "As a
native of Asheboro, I am keenly aware of the long tradition of excellent
service offered by Randolph Bank. We are committed to continue that tradition
as our two banks combine to build value for our customers and shareholders." 
Bank of the Carolinas Corporation is the parent company of Bank of the
Carolinas. Bank of the Carolinas is headquartered in Mocksville, North
Carolina with full-service offices in Davie, Cabarrus, Davidson, Forsyth,
Randolph, Rowan and Stokes counties. Randolph Bank & Trust Company is
headquartered in Asheboro, North Carolina and is a full-service community bank
with offices in Randolph and Alamance Counties. 
This joint press release contains "forward-looking statements" (within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including
Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the
Securities Act of 1933) about Bank of the Carolinas Corporation ("BOCC"),
Randolph Bank & Trust Company ("Randolph") and the proposed merger of Randolph
with Bank of the Carolinas ("BOC"). Those statements include, but are not
limited to: (1) statements about the benefits of the proposed merger
(including future financial and operating results, cost savings, and enhanced
revenues), (2) statements regarding BOCC's and Randolph's 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,"
"projects," "would be," "continues," and similar expressions. These statements
are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of BOCC's and Randolph's
management and they are subject to significant risks and uncertainties.
Actual or future results or events may differ from those set forth in the
forward-looking statements. 
The following risks and other factors, among others, could cause actual
results or events to differ materially from the anticipated results, events or
other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: (1) that the
businesses of BOC and Randolph will not be integrated successfully or that the
process of integrating their businesses may be more difficult, time-consuming
or costly than expected; (2) that expected revenue synergies and cost savings
from the merger may not be fully realized or may not be realized within the
expected time frame;(3) that revenues following the merger may be lower than
expected; (4) that deposit attrition, operating costs, customer loss and
business disruption following the merger, including without limitation,
difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, may be greater than
expected; (5) that required governmental approvals of the merger will not be
obtained on its proposed terms and schedule; (6) that Randolph's or BOCC's
stockholders will not approve the merger; (7) that competitive pressures among
depository and other financial institutions may increase significantly and
have an effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues;
(8) that the strength of the United States economy in general, and of the
local economies in which the combined company will operate, may be different
than expected, which could result in, among other things, a deterioration in
credit quality or a reduced demand for credit and have a negative effect on
the loan portfolio and allowance for loan losses of the combined bank; (9)
that there will be changes in the U.S. legal and regulatory framework; and
(10) that there will be adverse conditions in the stock market, the public
debt market and other capital markets (including changes in interest rate
conditions) which would negatively affect the combined bank's business and
operating results. 
Additional factors that could cause BOCC's and Randolph's results to
differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can
be found in reports (such as Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on
Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K) filed by BOCC with the Securities
and Exchange Commission and on Annual Reports on Form 10-KSB, Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-QSB and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed by Randolph with
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. All subsequent written and oral
forward-looking statements concerning the proposed merger or other matters
attributable to BOCC and Randolph or any person acting on their behalf are
expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. BOCC
and Randolph 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. 
The proposed merger will be submitted to the shareholders of Randolph and
BOCC for their consideration and approval. BOCC will file a registration
statement, a prospectus (which will be combined with Randolph's and BOCC's
joint proxy statements) and other related documents with the SEC concerning
the proposed merger. The joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant
materials, as well as any amendments or supplements to those documents and any
other filings containing information about Randolph or BOCC, will contain
important information, and Randolph's and BOCC's shareholders are urged to
read those documents when they become available and before making any voting
or investment decision with respect to the proposed merger. You will be able
to obtain a free copy of the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other
relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents filed
by BOCC or by Randolph jointly with BOCC, at the SEC's Internet site
(http://www.sec.gov). Copies of the reports Randolph files with the FDIC are
available for inspection at the offices of the FDIC's Accounting and
Securities Disclosure Section located at Room F-6043, 550 17th Street, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20429. You also may obtain copies of Randolph's reports by
calling the FDIC's Accounting and Securities Disclosure Section at
(202) 898-8913, by facsimile at (202) 898-8505, or by email at
mfields@fdic.gov. In addition, you may obtain copies of the joint proxy
statement/prospectus, any SEC filings that will be incorporated by reference
in the joint proxy statement/prospectus, and any other documents filed with
the SEC by BOCC, without charge, by directing a request to the President, Bank
of the Carolinas Corporation, 135 Boxwood Village, Mocksville, N.C. 27028-2941
or P.O. Box 129, Mocksville, N.C. 27028-0129, telephone (336) 751-5755. You
may obtain copies of any documents filed with the FDIC by Randolph, without
charge, by directing a request to the President, Randolph Bank & Trust
Company, 175 N. Fayetteville Street, Asheboro, N.C.
27203-5513, or P.O. Box 1888, Asheboro, N.C. 27204-1888, telephone (336) 625-1000. 
BOCC and Randolph, and their respective directors and executive officers,
may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the
stockholders of Randolph and BOCC in favor of the proposed merger. Information
about BOCC's directors and executive officers and their ownership of BOCC's
capital stock is contained in the proxy statement that will be distributed by
BOCC in connection with the merger, which will be filed with the SEC.
Information about Randolph's directors and executive officers and their
ownership of Randolph's capital stock is contained in the proxy statement that
will be distributed by Randolph in connection with its 2007 annual meeting of
stockholders and the merger, which will be filed with the FDIC.
Additional information regarding the interests of those participants in the
proposed merger may be obtained by reading the joint proxy
statement/prospectus regarding the merger when it becomes available.
This press release does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.
Any offer will be made only by the joint proxy statement/prospectus. 


    Contact:
    Robert E. Marziano, Chairman and CEO
    Bank of the Carolinas (336) 751-5755
    K. Reid Pollard, President and CEO
    Randolph Bank & Trust Company (336) 625-1000




SOURCE  Randolph Bank & Trust Company and Bank of the Carolinas 
    Corporation 
CONTACT:
Robert E. Marziano, Chairman and CEO of the Bank of the Carolinas, +1-336-751-5755; or K. Reid Pollard, President and CEO of the Randolph Bank & Trust 
Company, +1-336-625-1000
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