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Carolina Financial Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Release and Conference Call

/EIN News/ -- CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CARO) announced that it will release earnings for the third quarter of 2017 after the market closes on October 19, 2017.

Conference Call

A conference call will be held at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on October 20, 2017. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (866) 464-9448 or (213) 660-0874 and requesting the Carolina Financial Corporation third quarter earnings call. The conference ID number is 99743248.  Listeners should dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The live webcast and presentation slides will be available on under Investor Relations, “Investor Presentations.”

A replay of the webcast will be available on under Investor Relations, “Investor Presentations” approximately three hours after the call and can be assessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and requesting conference number 99743248.

About Carolina Financial Corporation

Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CARO) is the holding company of CresCom Bank, which also owns and operates Atlanta-based Crescent Mortgage Company.  As of June 30, 2017, Carolina Financial Corporation (the “Company”) had approximately $2.2 billion in total assets and Crescent Mortgage Company was licensed to originate loans in 48 states partnering with community banks, credit unions and mortgage brokers.  During 2014, CresCom Bank completed two branch acquisitions and grew from 11 to 26 branch locations.  In addition, in 2014 CresCom Bank added loan production offices in Greenville, SC, and Wilmington, NC.  In August 2015, CresCom Bank opened a full-service branch in Greenville, SC.  On December 14, 2015, the Company closed a public offering of approximately 2.26 million shares of its common stock with net proceeds of approximately $32.2 million, net of related expenses. On June 11, 2016, the Company completed its acquisition of Congaree Bancshares Inc.  On January 5, 2017, the Company closed a public offering of approximately 1.8 million shares of its common stock with net proceeds of approximately $47.7 million, net of related expenses. On March 18, 2017, the Company completed its acquisition of Greer Bancshares Incorporated.   On June 9, 2017, the Company announced the execution of an Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization by and between the Company and First South Bancorp, Inc. (“First South”), pursuant to which, subject to the terms and conditions set forth therein, First South will merge with and into the Company, with the Company as the surviving corporation.

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 statements with respect to our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts, and 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 the Company or any person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by the 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) competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions may increase significantly and have an effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues; (2) the strength of the United States 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 the credit quality or a reduced demand for credit, including the resultant effect on the Company’s loan portfolio and allowance for loan losses; (3) the rate of delinquencies and amounts of charge-offs, the level of allowance for loan loss, the rates of loan growth, or adverse changes in asset quality in our loan portfolio, which may result in increased credit risk-related losses and expenses; (4) the risk that the preliminary financial information reported herein and our current preliminary analysis will be different when our review is finalized; (5) changes in the U.S. legal and regulatory framework including, but not limited to, the Dodd-Frank Act and regulations adopted thereunder; (6) adverse conditions in the stock market, the public debt market and other capital markets (including changes in interest rate conditions) could have a negative impact on the Company; (7) the business related to acquisitions may not be integrated successfully or such integration may take longer to accomplish than expected; (8) the expected cost savings and any revenue synergies from acquisitions may not be fully realized within expected timeframes; and (9) disruption from acquisitions may make it more difficult to maintain relationships with clients, associates, or suppliers.  Additional factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in our reports (such as our Annual Report 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 (  All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the Company or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their 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.

For More Information, Contact - Carolina Financial Corporation, William A. Gehman III, EVP and CFO, 843.723.7700

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