Though its credit quality weakened, First Financial Holdings Inc. in Charleston, S.C., said Friday that earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Sept. 30, increased 21.5% from a year earlier, to $6.3 million.

The $3 billion-asset company also said it has filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $135 million of capital by selling common or preferred stock, trust-preferred securities, or other instruments "from time to time."

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