New Jersey Community Bank (OTCQB: NJCB) (the “Bank”) reported net loss of $8 thousand for the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared with a net income of $90 thousand, or $0.05 per common share, for the same period in the prior year. The earnings for the quarter were negatively impacted due to increased levels of non-accruing loans, which in turn affected the interest income on loans. Net interest margin decreased 16 basis points year over year largely due to a decline of 23 basis points in yield of interest-earning assets.
Robert D. O’Donnell, Chairman and CEO, commented that, “The Bank has experienced growing pains, it is no secret that the asset quality and the loan administration issues facing us over the last several months required a continued attention to address these issues. In response to this dilemma, the path chosen by management was not the “quick-fix” but a sustained strategy to identify and repair. I have witnessed our staff respond to these challenges by working harder and smarter at every level in our institution to responsibly produce the results that will ultimately allow us to make our way out of these issues.”
Balance Sheet Summary
At March 31, 2014, total assets were $139.7 million, a decline of $4.8 million from December 31, 2013. Total cash and cash equivalents declined $4.5 million compared to year end 2013, offsetting a similar decline in total deposits. Due from banks — time deposits decreased $1.7 million offset by increases in investment securities of $394 thousand and loans receivable of $786 thousand compared to year end 2013.
Total deposits decreased $4.8 million compared to the levels at year end 2013. Majority of the decrease resulted from the maturing time deposits which were paid off utilizing the excess levels of cash and cash equivalents during the first quarter of 2014. During the quarter, non-interest bearing deposits declined $1.4 million while savings, NOW and money market deposits declined $188 thousand compared to year end 2013.
Shareholders’ equity totaled $14.3 million at March 31, 2014, increasing moderately from year-end 2013. The Bank’s capital ratios remain strong and exceed the regulatory requirements to be deemed a well capitalized financial institution.
Results of Operations
For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, net interest income totaled $1.1 million, decreasing marginally over the same period in the prior year. At March 31, 2014, net interest margin was 3.40%, a decrease of 16 basis points compared to the same period a year ago resulting from continued low levels of interest rates. At March 31, 2014, yield on average earning assets declined 23 basis points to 4.16% while the cost of interest-bearing deposits declined 7 basis points to 0.90%, compared to the same period in the prior year primarily due to low interest rates.
The provision for loan loss was $60 thousand for the first quarter 2014, an increase of $25 thousand compared to a year-ago quarter. The allowance for loan loss at period-end was $1.7 million, or 1.76% of total loans. The asset quality deteriorated during the quarter that resulted in increasing the provision for loan loss for the quarter, the current level of the allowance for loan loss is considered to be adequate.
Non-interest income increased $45 thousand to $131 thousand for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared with $86 thousand for the same quarter in the prior year. Majority of such increase is directly related to the increase in loan fees as well as fees and service charges on deposit accounts and all other income.
Non-interest expense totaled $1.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, an increase of $159 thousand, from a year-ago quarter. Of the total increase in non-interest expense, salaries and employee benefits increased $59 thousand as a result of increases in staff compensation and health costs. The professional fees and federal insurance assessment each increased $31 thousand due to increase in cost of professional services utilized by the Bank and the changes in insurance assessment rates. Occupancy and equipment expense increased $27 thousand as a result of increases in lease rentals and routine building maintenance.
About the Bank
New Jersey Community Bank is a state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Freehold, New Jersey. The Bank opened for business in July 2008 and operates three full-service banking offices in the central New Jersey counties of Monmouth and Middlesex. The Bank provides traditional commercial and retail banking services to small businesses and consumers. For additional information about New Jersey Community Bank, please visit www.njcbk.com or call 732-431-2265.
This release contains forward-looking statements relating to present or future trends or factors affecting the banking industry, and specifically the financial condition and results of operations, including without limitation, statements relating to the earnings outlook of the Bank, as well as its operations, markets and products. Actual results could differ materially from those indicated. Among the important factors that could cause results to differ materially are interest rate changes, change in economic climate, which could materially impact credit quality trends and the ability to generate loans, changes in the mix of the Bank’s business, competitive pressures, changes in accounting, tax or regulatory practices or requirements, resolution of tax reviews, and those risk factors detailed in the Bank’s periodic reports. The Bank undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements or reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.
Contacts at New Jersey Community Bank:
Robert D. O’Donnell
Chairman and CEO
Terry H. Thompson
President and COO
Naqi A. Naqvi
Executive Vice President & CFO
SOURCE: New Jersey Community Bank