FORT LEE, N.J., Feb. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bancorp of New Jersey, Inc. (NYSE:BKJ) (the “Company”), holding company for Bank of New Jersey, reported record annual earnings. For the year ended December 31, 2015, net income reached $4.8 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, compared to $3.8 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2014 representing an increase of approximately 27%. For the quarter ended December 31, 2015, net income was $1.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $580 thousand, or $0.11 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, representing an increase of approximately 78%. The net income generated during the 2015 fiscal year represents the highest net income ever achieved by the Company during any fiscal year. The net income generated during the fourth quarter represents the Company’s thirty seventh consecutive quarter of profitability.
For the year ended December 31, 2015, net interest income increased by $2.2 million, or 10.5%, reaching $23.5 million, a record year for the Company, from $21.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. Net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $5.8 million, compared to $5.6 million for the corresponding quarter of 2014, representing a 3.9% increase. Noninterest expense, net, for the year ended December 31, 2015 increased by $2.9 million, or 24.1%, reaching $15.2 million from $12.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2015, noninterest expense, net increased by $720 thousand, or 22.3%, and reached $4.0 million as compared to $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in noninterest expense, net, is primarily due to increased operating costs associated with the Company’s growth, including additional staffing costs in operations and compliance, and costs associated with enhanced technology and functionality of its electronic banking products. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the provision for loan losses was $924 thousand, compared to the provision for loan losses of $3.1 million, for the year ended December 31, 2014. For the quarter ended December 31, 2015, the Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $266 thousand, compared to a provision for loan losses of $1.6 million, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The decrease in the provision for loan losses was driven by slower loan growth in the current year, as compared to the prior year. Additionally, there was a decrease in the levels of new non-performing loans in the current year, which corresponded to a decrease in the need to provide reserves against such loans.
Bancorp of New Jersey’s total assets reached $802.9 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $743.7 million at December 31, 2014, an increase of $59.2 million or 8.0%. Total loans were $645.1 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $634.0 million at December 31, 2014, representing an increase of $11.1 million, or 1.8%. Total deposits increased to $700.7 million at December 31, 2015 from $649.0 million at December 31, 2014, an increase of $51.8 million, or 8.0%. Stockholder’s equity increased to $73.2 million at December 31, 2015, from $59.9 million at December 31, 2014, which was driven by the current year’s net income, cash dividends to stockholders, and approximately $9.5 million in additional capital contributed to Bancorp of New Jersey as a result of a private placement of common stock completed in March 2015.
Bank of New Jersey, headquartered at 1365 Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee, New Jersey, offers convenient hours and a high level of service for traditional consumer and commercial products and services. The Bank currently has 9 branch offices located in Fort Lee (3 locations), Hackensack, Haworth, Harrington Park, Englewood, Cliffside Park, and Woodcliff Lake, all in Bergen County, NJ. Construction continues on a tenth location in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. All locations are in Bergen County, NJ.
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|Bancorp of New Jersey, Inc.|
|(dollars in thousands, except per share data)|
|Three months ended||For the year ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Net Interest Income||$||5,788||$||5,573||$||23,485||$||21,248|
|Provision for (recoveries of) Loan Losses||266||1,598||924||3,075|
|Noninterest Expense, net||3,952||3,232||15,218||12,262|
|Basic Earnings per Share||$||0.17||$||0.11||$||0.79||$||0.71|
|Diluted Earnings per Share||$||0.17||$||0.11||$||0.79||$||0.70|
|Weighted Average Shares –Basic||6,240||5,370||6,097||5,362|
|Weighted Average Shares –Diluted||6,255||5,387||6,113||5,410|
|SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA AT END OF PERIOD||12/31/2015||12/31/2014|
|Allowance for Loan Losses||8,020||7,192|
Source:Bancorp of New Jersey, Inc.