Centura Banks Inc., still digesting five recent acquisitions, reported Monday that net income rose 12% to $72.4 million in 1996 - excluding a one-time special assessment on deposits for the Savings Association Insurance Fund recapitalization.

Fully diluted earnings at the Rocky Mount, N.C.-based banking company rose to $2.77 per share, compared to $2.46 the prior year. For the fourth quarter, earnings were 70 cents per share, a 2 cent increase over the year- earlier period.

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