KENILWORTH, N.J., March 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enterprise Bank NJ (the “Bank”) (OTC:ENBN) is pleased to announce the opening of its fourth branch in the Ironbound section of Newark during the fourth quarter. The facility was newly built and is on the corner of Wilson Avenue and Jabez Street located near Routes 1&9 for easy access. As of year-end, the Newark Branch exceeded $10.0 million in deposits and we are very pleased with the activity since the opening. With this branch now open, our team is exploring additional opportunities for continued expansion in the market areas we serve.
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Enterprise Bank NJ is pleased to report record earnings of`$1,929,000, or $0.61 per share, for the fiscal period ending December 31, 2016, compared to earnings of $1,583,000, or $0.55 per share, for the fiscal year end December 31, 2015 – an increase of $346,000, or 21.9%, year-over-year. Our strong earnings growth continues to be facilitated by the great customer relationships we have been privileged to have fostered within the communities we serve.
Net Interest Income
Net interest income was $7,678,000 for the fiscal year end December 31, 2016 compared to $7,144,000 for the comparable period in 2015 – an increase of $534,000, or 7.5%. The Bank’s net interest margin (NIM) year-to-date for 2016 continued to perform well at 4.08% compared to 4.18% for the same period in 2015. The slight decline in the NIM is attributed to higher costs related to funding sources necessary to support loan growth.
Provision for Loan Loss
During the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, the Bank added $240,000 to the provision. The decrease year-over-year is $123,000 or 33.9%, which is primarily due to the strong performance of the portfolio.
For the year ended December 31, 2016, total non-interest income was $436,000 compared to $200,000 in the prior year. The increase was $236,000 or 118.0%, primarily due to higher than anticipated prepayment penalties for unscheduled loan payoffs.
For the year end December 31, 2016, total non-interest expense was $4,639,000 compared to $4,314,000 for the year end December 31, 2015 – an increase of $325,000 or 7.5%. On a year-to-date basis, compensation and benefits accounted for $243,000 of the increase related to staffing additions made in 2016 in preparation of the Newark Branch opening. Information Technology expenses increased $71,000 year-over-year due to a full year’s expense related to the new infrastructure investment in the telephone system and servers that were installed in the middle of 2015.
As of December 31, 2016, total assets were $209.9 million as compared to $192.8 million at December 31, 2015 – an increase of $17.1 million or 8.9%.
Don Haake, President and CEO stated, "Although net loan growth was modest for the year, we continue to be pleased with our asset generation and overall sound performance of our portfolio. Loan growth for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $9.7 million, up 5.4% over year-end 2015. This coupled with an efficiency ratio and net interest margin that is among the best of our peers continues to help us achieve consistent growth in earnings year over year."
Stockholders’ equity totaled $27.5 million at December 31, 2016, compared to $25.1 million at December 31, 2015 – an increase of $2.4 million primarily due to sustained earnings and the exercise of expiring stock options. All of the Bank’s capital ratios remain strong and well in excess of the current regulatory definition of a “well capitalized” institution. At December 31, 2016, the Bank’s tier one leverage capital ratio was 13.21% and the Bank’s total risk based capital ratio was 16.34%. In addition, the new Common Equity Tier 1 Ratio was 15.09% for the year ended December 31, 2016, which continues to be well in excess of the 4.5% current minimum regulatory threshold and the fully transitioned ratio of 7.0% for the year 2019.
The bank had two non-performing loans totaling $217,000 at December 31, 2016, as compared to one non-performing loan totaling $115,000 for the same period last year. One non-performing loan was added in the second quarter 2016 in the amount of $110,000; however, this loan was fully collateralized as of year-end December 31, 2016, and paid off in February with the Bank not incurring any loss. In addition, the Bank has one OREO property on its books as of the end of the year, but would like to note that we are currently in negotiations to sell the property and it should be off the balance sheet by the end of the second quarter.
Enterprise Bank NJ, headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey, is listed on the Pink Sheets under the symbol "ENBN." The Bank focuses on serving the needs of small to medium sized businesses, commercial real estate borrowers, professional practices and consumers. Its services include business and personal checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit accounts. Additionally, the Bank offers commercial and consumer loans, lines of credit, ATM cards, debit cards, E-Banking, remote deposit capture, and free telephone and online banking.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements. We caution that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Such statements are also subject to certain factors that may cause the Bank's results to vary from those expected. These factors include changing economic and financial market conditions, competition, ability to execute the Bank's business plan, items already mentioned in this press release, and other factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's judgment only as of this date. The Bank undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events and circumstances that arise after the date of this release.
|Enterprise Bank NJ|
|CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS (unaudited)|
|Net Interest Income||7,678||7,144||534||7.5||%|
|Provision for Loan Losses||240||363||(123||)||-33.9||%|
|Net Interest Income after|
|Provision for Loan Losses||7,438||6,781||657||9.7||%|
|Income Before Income Taxes||3,235||2,667||568||21.3||%|
|Net Income per Common Share||$||0.61||$||0.55||$||0.06|
|Average shares outstanding||3,162,838||2,892,014|
|Enterprise Bank NJ|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)|
|dollars in thousands|
|Cash and due from banks||$||14,839||$||5,484||$||9,355||170.6||%|
|Allowance for loan losses||(2,322||)||(2,081||)||(241||)||11.6||%|
|Bank premises and equipment, net||654||346||308||89.0||%|
|Real estate owned||1,250||1,250||-||0.0||%|
|Deferred income taxes||1,152||1,160||(8||)||-0.7||%|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Non-interest bearing deposits||$||21,981||$||22,256||$||(275||)||-1.2||%|
|Interest bearing deposits||142,004||129,477||12,527||9.7||%|
|Total stockholders' equity||27,548||25,122||2,426||9.7||%|
|Total Liabilities and|
Source:Enterprise Bank NJ