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Moultrie-based bank named an industry All Star

ALBANY — Top analyst firm, Sanford O’Neill and Partners, has chosen Moultrie-based Southwest Georgia Financial Corp, a community bank holding company, one of the top performing banks and thrifts in the nation.

Every year, Sanford O’Neill releases it’s “Sm-All Stars” list, ranking the top performing, publicly-traded banks and thrifts with market capitalization under $2.5 million. This year Southwest Georgia Financial was recognized by Sanford O’Neill as one of the top 31, of a group of 450 financial institutions nationwide, when compared with the industry as a whole.

The analyst firm identified Southwest Georgia Financial as having achieved exceptional performance in the areas of growth, profitability, credit quality and capital strength over the past 12 months.

Founded in 1988, with offices in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco, Sanford O’Neill is a full service investment banking firm and broker-dealer focused on the financial sector. In addition to offering investment services, including merger and acquisition advice, the firm also provides equity research, balance sheet management, mortgage financing and consulting services to financial institutions and their investors.

“This recognition reflects out commitment to our customers and our efforts to deliver long-term value to our shareholders,” said Southwest Georgia Financial President and CEO, DeWitt Drew. “We believe our inclusion on the list is a result of our commitment to growth while balancing earnings performance with exceptional asset quality.”

Southwest Georgia Financial is a state-chartered bank holding company with approximately $351 million in assets. It’s primary subsidiary, Southwest Georgia Bank, with branches in Colquitt, Baker County, Worth County and Lowndes County, offers financial services for consumer, business and governmental clients.