SOURCE: 1ST Constitution Bancorp

November 02, 2009 09:15 ET

1ST Constitution Bancorp Reports Operating Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009

CRANBURY, NJ--(Marketwire - November 2, 2009) - 1ST Constitution Bancorp (NASDAQ: FCCY), the parent company of 1ST Constitution Bank, reported net income of $621,234 for the quarter ended September 30, 2009, or $0.10 per diluted common share, compared to net income of $782,394 for the quarter ended September 30, 2008, or $0.18 per diluted common share.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the Company reported net income of $1,632,534, or $0.26 per diluted common share, compared with net income of $2,302,437, or $0.54 per diluted common share, for the first nine months of 2008.

At September 30, 2009, the Company's tangible book value per common share was $10.73, up from $10.11 at September 30, 2008.

Earnings per common share for the third quarter of 2009 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 reflect the impact of accrued dividends and discount accretion on the preferred stock issued to the United States Treasury on December 23, 2008. The 2008 per common share amounts have been restated to give effect to a 5 percent stock dividend paid on common shares on February 2, 2009.

Robert F. Mangano, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The decline in net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 as compared to the same quarter in 2008 was principally the result of increases in non-interest expenses relating primarily to FDIC insurance premiums, salaries and employee benefits, and an increased provision for loan losses."

Interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 increased to $7,467,175, up $77,922, or 10.5 percent, from the $7,389,253 reported for the third quarter of 2008. Further supporting earnings for the quarter was the continued generation of non-interest income, which reached $1,233,197, up $276,423, or 28.9 percent, above the same prior year quarter.

The provision for loan losses for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 totaled $505,000 compared to $175,000 for the same period last year. Net charge-offs for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 were $865,850, compared to $303,316 for the year ended December 31, 2008.

At September 30, 2009, the allowance for loan losses was $4,111,914, an increase of $427,150 from December 31, 2008. The ratio of the allowance for loan losses to total loans was 1.09 percent at September 30, 2009, and 0.98 percent at December 31, 2008.

Total assets at September 30, 2009 reached $667.6 million, representing an increase of $121.3 million compared to total assets of $546.3 million at December 31, 2008. Deposits at September 30, 2009 grew to $556.2 million, up from $414.7 million at December 31, 2008.

At September 30, 2009 1ST Constitution Bank's capital ratios were all above the levels required to be categorized as "well capitalized." The Bank's total risk-based capital, Tier I risk-based capital, and leverage capital ratios were 17.81 percent, 16.86 percent, and 11.09 percent, respectively, at September 30, 2009. The regulatory requirements to be considered "well capitalized" for total risk-based capital, Tier I risk-based capital, and leverage capital ratios are 10 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively.

1ST Constitution Bancorp, through its primary subsidiary, 1ST Constitution Bank, operates eleven branch banking offices in Cranbury (2), Fort Lee, Hamilton, Hightstown, Jamesburg, Montgomery, Perth Amboy, Plainsboro, West Windsor and Princeton, New Jersey.

1ST Constitution Bancorp common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the trading symbol "FCCY." Information about 1ST Constitution Bancorp can be accessed via the Internet at www.1STCONSTITUTION.com.

The foregoing contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are not historical facts and include expressions about management's confidence and strategies and management's expectations about new and existing programs and products, relationships, opportunities, taxation, technology and market conditions. These statements may be identified by such forward-looking terminology as "expect," "look," "believe," "anticipate," "may," "will," or similar statements or variations of such terms. Actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, changes in the direction of the economy in New Jersey, the direction of interest rates, effective income tax rates, loan prepayment assumptions, continued levels of loan quality and origination volume, continued relationships with major customers including sources for loans, a higher level of net loan charge-offs and delinquencies than anticipated, passage by Congress of a law which unilaterally amends the terms of the Treasury's preferred stock investment in 1ST Constitution Bancorp in a way that adversely affects 1ST Constitution Bancorp, bank regulatory rules, regulations or policies that restrict or direct certain actions, the adoption, interpretation and implementation of new or pre-existing accounting pronouncements, a change in legal and regulatory barriers including issues related to compliance with anti-money laundering and bank secrecy act laws, as well as the effects of general economic conditions and legal and regulatory barriers and structure. 1ST Constitution Bancorp assumes no obligation for updating any such forward-looking statements at any time, except as required by law.

                         1st Constitution Bancorp
                   Selected Consolidated Financial Data
                              (unaudited)



 ($ in thousands except per
  share amounts)                 Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                    September 30,         September 30,
                                   2009       2008       2009       2008
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Income Statement Data:
 Interest income                $   7,467  $   7,389  $  22,473  $  21,748
 Interest expense                   3,117      3,202      9,404      9,547
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Net interest income                4,350      4,187     13,069     12,201
 Provision for loan losses            505        175      1,293        535
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Net interest income after
  prov. for loan losses             3,845      4,012     11,776     11,666
 Non-interest income                1,233        957      3,023      2,548
 Non-interest expenses              4,350      3,909     13,162     10,940
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Income before income taxes           728      1,060      1,637      3,274
 Income tax expense                   107        278          4        972
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Net income                           621        782      1,633      2,302
 Preferred stock dividends and
  accretion                           177          0        543          0
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Net income available to common
  shareholders                  $     444  $     782  $   1,090  $   2,302
                                =========  =========  =========  =========

Balance Sheet Data:
 Total Assets                                         $ 667,641  $ 513,562
 Loans, including loans held
  for sale                                              392,510    374,934
 Allowance for loan losses                               (4,112)    (3,729)
 Securities available for sale                          133,257     87,064
 Securities held to maturity                             36,139     16,131
 Deposits                                               556,173    390,577
 Shareholders' Equity                                    57,903     43,069

Performance Ratios:
 Return on average assets            0.38%      0.62%      0.36%      0.64%
 Return on average equity            4.34%      7.39%      3.89%      7.36%
 Net interest margin
  (tax-equivalent basis)             2.87%      3.61%      3.09%      3.69%
 Efficiency ratio                    77.9%      76.0%      81.8%      74.2%

Asset Quality:
 Loans past due over 90 days
  and still accruing                                  $       6  $       0
 Nonaccrual loans                                         5,015      2,482
 OREO property                                            2,711      5,007
 Net charge-offs (recoveries)                               866        154
 Allowance for loan losses to
  total loans                                              1.09%      1.03%
 Nonperforming loans to total
  loans                                                    1.34%      0.66%

Per Common Share Data:
 Earnings per share - Basic     $    0.10  $    0.19  $    0.26  $    0.55
 Earnings per share - Diluted   $    0.10  $    0.18  $    0.26  $    0.54
 Book value per share                                 $   10.89  $   10.27
 Tangible book value per share                        $   10.73  $   10.11

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:

    Robert F. Mangano
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    (609) 655-4500

    Joseph M. Reardon
    Senior Vice President & Treasurer
    (609) 655-4500