* Q3 EPS of $0.14 missed estimates
* Bad loan provisions up 47 pct to 10.3 mln
Oct 22 SCBT Financial Corp SCBT.O posted a
quarterly profit that missed analysts' expectations as it set
aside more money to cover sour loans.
Net income available to common shareholders was $1.8
million, or 14 cents a share, for the third quarter, compared
with $2.2 million, or 17 cents a share, a year earlier.
Analysts were looking for a profit of 18 cents a share,
according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
SCBT Financial set aside $10.3 million as provision for
loan losses during the period, a 47 percent increase from $7
million a year back.
Net interest margin -- the difference between what banks
earn on loans and pay on deposits -- decreased 6 basis points
to 3.98 percent.
Columbia, South Carolina-based SCBT's shares, which have
rallied 21 percent in the past year, closed at $30.79 Thursday
(Reporting by Tenzin Dekeva in Bangalore; Editing by Jarshad
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