SCBT Financial Corp. in Columbia, S.C., which bought a failed bank and raised capital in February, on Friday posted its best quarterly results in two years.

The $3.84 billion-asset company's second-quarter earnings were nearly double those of the first quarter and were substantially higher than a year earlier, at $4.9 million. The company largely attributed the improvement to more lending.

Total loans rose slightly from the first quarter and increased 5% from a year earlier, to $2.77 billion. The company bought Habersham Bank from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. during the first quarter.

Credit trends were mixed. SCBT's loan-loss provision fell 60% from the first quarter and 66% from a year earlier, to $4.2 million. Nonperforming assets were essentially flat from the first quarter and up 43% from a year earlier, to $168.7 million.

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