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Britton & Koontz Capital Reports Earnings for Second Quarter 2011

      Britton & Koontz Capital Reports Earnings for Second Quarter 2011    PR Newswire    NATCHEZ, Miss., July 29, 2011  NATCHEZ, Miss., July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Board of Directors of Britton & Koontz Capital Corporation (Nasdaq: BKBK, "B&K Capital" or "the Company") today reported net income and earnings per share for the three and six month period ended June 30, 2011.  Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, was $393 thousand, or $.18 per diluted share, compared to $504 thousand, or $.24 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. The decrease for the three month period is primarily related to write-downs to other real estate of approximately $244 thousand in regard to updated appraisal reports. Additional items affecting the change in net income are higher mortgage-related income and sales from investment securities offset by lower net interest income. For the six month period ended June 30, 2011, net income and diluted earnings per share was $969 thousand and $0.46, respectively, an increase from $567 thousand and $0.27, respectively, for the same period in 2010. The increase for the six month period is due primarily to $875 thousand of additional gains on the sale of investment securities and higher mortgage-related income of $215 thousand offset by a drop in net interest income of $694 thousand resulting from a declining net interest margin and the additional charges to other real estate.  Net interest income for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2011, decreased $386 thousand and $694 thousand, respectively, over the same period in 2010. Average earning assets during the quarter ended June 30, 2011 held steady at $361 million while they dropped only slightly for the six month comparison. Although average earning assets remained relatively stable, the shift in the mix of average earning assets was the primary driver of the Company's lower net interest income for the three and six-month periods as cash flows from higher-yielding assets, loans and investment securities were moved to lower-yielding accounts in the first six months of 2011. Even though the lower interest rate environment during the past year has made profitable reinvestment of cash flows back into the market difficult and loan demand remains flat, the decline in interest rates did not contribute materially to a decrease in net interest income. The lower rates did contribute to the decline in interest rate spread and margin compression during both comparative periods. Interest rate spread declined 39 and 32 basis points to 2.85% and 2.97% for the three and six month period ended June 30, 2011, respectively. Interest rate margin declined 43 and 36 basis points to 3.20% and 3.32% for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively.  Non-interest income increased $722 thousand for the 2nd quarter of 2011 compared to the 2nd quarter of 2010, while non-interest income increased $1.1 million for the first six months of 2011 compared to the corresponding period in 2010. Both period increases were primarily due to gains on the sale of investment securities and higher-mortgage related income. Non-interest expense increased $408 thousand for the 2nd quarter of 2011 compared to the 2nd quarter of 2010, due mainly to the higher charges to other real estate and other smaller increases across the board. Non-interest expense remained stable at $6.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, increasing only $21 thousand compared to the corresponding period in 2010.  Non-performing assets, which include non-accrual loans, troubled debt restructurings, loans delinquent 90 days or more and other real estate, increased to $12.7 million, or 3.32% of total assets, at June 30, 2011, from $11.3 million, or 3.01% of total assets, at December 31, 2010. The increase in non-performing assets since year-end focuses on the transfer of two commercial credits in the amount of approximately $1.6 million during the 1st quarter of 2011 to non-accrual status. Foreclosure on the real estate collateral of both loans is expected and scheduled in the 3rd quarter of 2011. Although non-performing loans have increased, net charge-offs have declined substantially for the six months ended June 30, 2011, to $170 thousand compared to $2.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010. Nevertheless, subsequent to the end of the quarter, further review has necessitated the downgrade of six loan relationships in the Company's Baton Rouge, Louisiana market totaling approximately $15 million. None of the aforementioned loans has been moved to nonaccrual status, and no material losses are identified, although the downgrade reflects management's ongoing concern that the Baton Rouge market, which has seen less economic stress than other parts of the Company's geographic footprint, is showing signs of slower growth and weakened repayment sources.  The Company's loan loss provision in the 2nd quarter of 2011 was $300 thousand compared to $200 thousand for the corresponding period in 2010. For the six months ended June 30, 2011, the Company's loan loss provision decreased to $1.1 million compared to $1.3 million thousand during the same period in 2010. The allowance for loan losses of $3.3 million, or 1.68% of loans, excluding loans-held-for-sale ("LHFS"), at June 30, 2010, compares to $2.4 million, or 1.15% of loans, excluding LHFS, at December 31, 2010. Even with the increased level of classified loans, the Company believes the allowance for loan losses is adequate as of June 30, 2011. In addition to the allowance for loan losses calculation, the Company has added a $50 thousand allowance for unfunded, off-balance sheet items.   The Company's Regulatory Tier 1 Capital of $43 million, or approximately 17% of risk weighted assets, substantially exceeds the approximate $10 million, or 4%, minimum regulatory capital requirements   Britton & Koontz Capital Corporation, headquartered in Natchez, Mississippi, is the parent company of Britton & Koontz Bank, N.A. which operates three full service offices in Natchez, two in Vicksburg, Mississippi, three in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a loan production office in Central, Louisiana. As of June 30, 2011, the Company reported assets of $382.9 million and equity of $40.1 million. The Company's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol BKBK and the transfer agent is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company. Total shares outstanding at June 30, 2011, were 2,142,466.  Forward Looking Statements  This news release contains statements regarding the projected performance of Britton & Koontz Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries. These statements constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Actual results may differ materially from the projections provided in this release since such projections involve significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: competitive pressures among financial institutions increasing significantly; economic conditions, either nationally or locally, in areas in which the Company conducts operations being less favorable than expected; and legislation or regulatory changes which adversely affect the ability of the Company to conduct business combinations or new operations. The Company disclaims any obligation to update such factors or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements included herein to reflect future events or developments.                     Britton and Koontz Capital Corporation                             Financial Highlights                                  (Unaudited)                    For the three months ended      For the six months ended                             June 30,                       June 30,                        2011           2010           2011           2010 Income Statement Data                    $        $        $        $                                                                  Interest income        4,103,901      4,747,555      8,407,398      9,621,745 Interest expense       1,208,616      1,465,964      2,436,583      2,956,522 Net interest income                 2,895,285      3,281,591      5,970,815      6,665,223 Provision for loan losses              300,000        200,000      1,050,000      1,299,996 Net interest income after provision for loan losses            2,595,285      3,081,591      4,920,815      5,365,227 Non-interest income                 1,433,025        711,496      2,964,334      1,827,302 Non-interest expense                3,623,905      3,215,778      6,757,454      6,735,618 Income before income taxes             404,405        577,309      1,127,695        456,911 Income taxes              11,294         73,458        159,165      (110,232)                    $        $        $        $                                                               Net income              393,111        503,851       968,530       567,143 Return on Average Assets                     0.41%          0.53%          0.51%          0.30% Return on Average Equity                     3.96%          5.08%          4.88%          2.83% Diluted:                    $        $        $        $       Net income per                                    share                    0.18          0.24        0.46        0.27 Weighted average shares outstanding            2,143,497      2,136,450      2,140,714      2,134,092                               June 30,        December 31,       June 30, Balance Sheet Data             2011              2010             2010                          $          $         $        Total assets                  382,671,875     375,419,683    380,791,933 Cash and due from banks         39,442,715        5,818,853        6,921,880 Federal funds sold                       -          112,497           25,496 Investment securities          130,791,472      138,904,366      138,203,875 Loans, net of UI & loans held for sale                  196,749,011      210,564,816      216,403,258 Loans held for sale              3,756,617        6,074,014        5,949,000 Allowance for loan losses                           3,300,305        2,420,143        2,538,737 Deposits-interest bearing                        217,118,074      212,662,464      213,252,751 Deposits-non interest bearing                         58,681,484       45,880,066       45,664,635 Total deposits                 275,799,558      258,542,530      258,917,386 Short-term debt                 17,520,670       24,977,895       29,123,336 Long-term debt                  47,000,000       49,000,000       49,000,000 Stockholders' equity            39,947,819       39,931,973       40,352,813                          $          $         $                                                                  Book value (per share)              18.65            18.70           18.90 Total shares outstanding         2,142,466        2,135,466        2,135,466 Asset Quality Data                                                              $                                 $          $                     Non-accrual loans             8,851,825     7,509,711        7,695,388 Loans 90+ days past due            653,727          484,154            1,949 Troubled debt restructurings, still accruing                           147,749                -                - Total non-performing loans                            9,653,301        7,993,865        7,697,337 Other real estate owned          2,975,736        3,303,189        1,953,871                                                              $        Total non-performing     $          $                     assets                        12,629,037     11,297,054        9,651,208 Total non-performing assets to average assets             3.32%            3.00%            2.54%                                                              $                                 $          $                     Net chargeoffs - ytd          169,838     3,133,599        2,640,000 YTD net chargeoffs as a percent of average loans             0.08%            1.42%            1.18%  SOURCE Britton & Koontz Capital Corporation  Website: http://www.bkbank.com Contact: W. Page Ogden, President & CEO, or William M. Salters, Treasurer & CFO, +1-601-445-5576, corporate@bkbank.com, http://www.bkbank.com