Thomasville Bancshares, Inc., the holding company of Thomasville National Bank and TNB Financial Services announced an increase in its dividend for the seventeenth consecutive year at the annual shareholders’ meeting held Tuesday, May 16th.
In announcing the dividend, which increased 10% from $.50 to $.55 per share, the Company’s CEO Stephen H. Cheney stated that “We are very pleased that our Bank’s strong financial performance allows us to increase our dividend.”
Cheney also stated “Over the last 21 years the support of this community, our shareholders and customers have made our Bank extremely successful. We are very pleased to share the earnings of the Company with the people that made it a reality. One of the most important benefits of a locally owned bank is that the earnings remain in the community.” Over the past twenty years, TNB has paid over $33 million in dividends to local shareholders.
The Bank also reported results for the first three months of 2017. For the period ending March 31, 2017 net income was $3,081,765, a 13% increase over the same period last year, and a 19.3% return on average shareholders’ equity. Total assets at quarter end were $778 million, an increase of $56 million over the previous year. The Bank has also experienced strong loan growth. Total loans have increased over $40 million over the last twelve months. In commenting on this growth the Bank’s President Charles H. Hodges, III stated that “Our ability to quickly respond to our customers’ loan needs with a common sense approach continues to separate us from the trends of the banking industry and is enabling us to achieve solid loan growth and maintain excellent credit quality.”
The Bank’s total Regulatory Capital as of March 31, 2017 was $66 million or 8.43% of total assets, well above the 5% capital level considered to be well capitalized by the regulators. “Our capital is strong and increasing” stated Cheney. “A strong capital position is certainly important and is one of our Bank’s strengths.”
Thomasville Bancshares, Inc. was founded in 1995 as the holding company for Thomasville National Bank. Today the Bank has total assets of over $788 million. TNB was named Georgia’s Top Ranked Bank in each of the last three years in the Georgia Bank Performance Report and was recently recognized by American Banker magazine as one of the Top 200 Community Banks in the country, ranked 2nd in the nation based upon three years average return on shareholders’ equity. The Bank’s investment division, TNB Financial Services, now has client assets over $2.0 billion under advisement and provides financial planning, investments, trust, brokerage and other related financial services. They now have offices located in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Ohio and Illinois. The Company is headquartered in Thomasville, Georgia and has over 800 local shareholders.