First Financial Services Corp. in Hendersonville, N.C., reported a $9.9 million fourth-quarter loss, six times the $1.6 million loss it posted in the same period a year earlier.

The $793 million-asset parent company of Mountain 1st Bank and Trust Co. said Monday that its quarterly loss stemmed from an $11 million loan-loss provision, a $6.7 million increase from the fourth quarter of 2008.

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