Five months of looking for a buyer hasn't kept Bankers First Corp. of Augusta, Ga., from racking up its most profitable quarter ever.

The $1.1 billion-asset thrift company this week reported third-quarter net income of $3.4 million, a 19% increase from a year earlier. The gains were attributed to income from real estate operations, which jumped to $361,000 from a $32,000 loss last year, and core earnings.

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