FORT LEE, N.J., April 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bancorp of New Jersey, Inc. (NYSE-AMEX:BKJ), the holding company of Bank of New Jersey, reported its finest quarterly net income since opening in May, 2006. Net income for the first quarter of 2011 reached $638 thousand compared to $514 thousand for the first quarter of 2010, representing an increase of $124 thousand, or approximately 24.1%. Earnings per diluted share reached $0.12 in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $0.10 per diluted share for the same period in 2010. The net income generated during the first quarter of 2011 represents the highest net income ever achieved by the company during any fiscal quarter. The net income generated during this quarter also represents the company's seventeenth consecutive quarter of profitability.
During the first quarter of 2011, net interest income increased by 19.4%, or approximately $583 thousand, to $3.6 million from $3.0 million for the first quarter of 2010. Offsetting the increased net interest income were an increase in non-interest expense of approximately $238 thousand, or 12.8% and an increase in the provision for loan losses of approximately $116 thousand. The increase in non-interest expense primarily reflected increases in operating costs as well as increased expenses related to other real estate owned. The increase in the provision for loan losses is the result of greater loan growth and other factors considered in the company's allowance for loan losses methodology to ensure the allowance is maintained at an adequate level.
Bancorp of New Jersey's total assets grew to $390.5 million at March 31, 2011 compared to $370.3 million at December 31, 2010. The Company also experienced strong growth in its loans, deposits, and equity over the same time period. Total loans reached $328.7 million at March 31, 2011 compared to $302.1 million at December 31, 2010, an increase of approximately $26.6 million, or approximately 8.8%. Total deposits increased to $337.7 million at March 31, 2011 from $318.4 million at December 31, 2010, an increase of approximately $19.3 million, or approximately 6.1%. Stockholders' equity grew to $50.8 million at March 31, 2011 from $50.1 million at December 31, 2010.
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 6 branch offices located in Fort Lee (3 locations), Hackensack, Haworth, and Harrington Park, all in Bergen County, NJ. A seventh location in Englewood, NJ, has received regulatory approvals and is expected to open during 2011 and an eighth branch is planned for Cliffside Park, also in Bergen County, NJ.
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