• 1ST Constitution Bancorp Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results and Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.06 Per Share

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 02 Feb 2018 16:51:49   America/New_York

    CRANBURY, N.J., Feb. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

    1ST Constitution Bancorp (NASDAQ:FCCY), the holding company (the “Company”) for 1ST Constitution Bank (the “Bank”), today reported net income of $574,000 and diluted earnings per share of $0.07 for the three months ended December 31, 2017. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, net income was $6.9 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.83.

    Net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 included additional estimated income tax expense of $1.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, due to the revaluation of the Company’s net deferred tax assets. As a result of the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Act”) on December 22, 2017, which reduced the maximum federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21% beginning in 2018, the Company revalued its net deferred tax assets to reflect the lower federal corporate income tax rate that would be in effect in future years.

    In addition, merger-related expenses on an after-tax basis of $188,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, related to the pending merger of New Jersey Community Bank with and into the Bank, were incurred during the fourth quarter of 2017.

    As a result of the additional income tax expense and the merger-related expenses, net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 decreased $1.5 million, or 72.1%, compared to the corresponding period of 2016.

    Net income excluding the additional income tax expense and merger-related expenses (“Adjusted Net Income”) was $2.5 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2017. Adjusted Net Income for the three months ended December 31, 2017 increased $417,000, or 20.3%, compared to net income for the three months ended December 31, 2016 of $2.1 million, or $0.25 per diluted share.

    For the year ended December 31, 2017, Adjusted Net Income was $8.8 million, or $1.06 per diluted share, compared to net income for the year ended December 31, 2016 of $9.3 million, or $1.14 per diluted share. If the lower federal corporate income tax rate had been in effect in 2017, the Company’s reported 2017 income tax expense of $5.9 million, excluding the $1.7 million of tax expense due to the revaluation of the deferred taxes, would have been approximately $2.9 million, or $1.3 million lower.

    Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share are non-GAAP measures. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the reported net income and net income per diluted share is included in this release.

    The Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share that will be paid on February 27, 2018 to shareholders of record on February 16, 2018.

    FOURTH QUARTER 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

    • Return on average assets and return on average equity based on reported net income were 0.21% and 2.03%, respectively. Adjusted return on average assets and adjusted return on average equity based on Adjusted Net Income were 0.92% and 8.76%, respectively.
    • Commercial business, commercial real estate and construction loans totaled $538.2 million at December 31, 2017, and increased $100.2 million, or 22.9%, compared to $438.1 million at December 31, 2016.
    • Net interest income was $9.8 million and the net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, was 3.98%. 
    • The Bank recorded a provision for loan losses of $150,000 and net recoveries were $62,000.
    • Non-performing assets were $7.1 million or 0.66% of assets at December 31, 2017.
    • The Bank sold OREO properties totaling $356,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 and owned no OREO properties at December 31, 2017.
    • Book value per share and tangible book value per share were $13.81 and $12.27, respectively, at December 31, 2017.

    Robert F. Mangano, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am pleased to report that we continued to generate significant loan and deposit growth during the year. We generated good core deposit growth as total deposits grew $87.5 million and ended the year at $922 million, up approximately 10.5%. Total loans were up approximately 9% and closed the year at $789.9 million.”

    Mr. Mangano also said, “On November 6, 2017, we announced a definitive agreement to acquire New Jersey Community Bank by merging it with and into the Bank. We are proceeding with our integration planning, have submitted the requisite applications with our bank regulators and have filed a Form S-4 registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

    Mr. Mangano added, “The addition of the two offices of New Jersey Community Bank and its employees and customers will enhance our presence in Monmouth County and provide additional growth opportunities for the Company and the Bank. We anticipate consummating the merger in the second quarter of 2018.”

    Discussion of Financial Results

    Net interest income was $9.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 and increased $1.2 million, or 13.7%, compared to net interest income of $8.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. Total interest income was $11.2 million and $10.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. This increase was primarily due to the increase in the yield on loans, which was 5.05% for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to 4.62% for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. Average interest-earning assets were $1.0 billion with a tax-equivalent yield of 4.49% for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $971.0 million with a tax-equivalent yield of 4.15% for the fourth quarter of 2016. The 75 basis point increase in the Federal Reserve’s targeted federal funds rate and the corresponding increase in the Prime Rate since December of 2016 has had a positive effect on the yields of construction, commercial business and warehouse loans with variable interest rate terms.

    Interest expense on average interest-bearing liabilities was $1.4 million, with an interest cost of 0.75%, for the three months ended December 31, 2017 compared to $1.4 million, with an interest cost of 0.73%, for the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase of $58,000 in interest expense on interest-bearing liabilities for the fourth quarter of 2017 reflected primarily higher deposit interest costs due to higher market interest rates in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter of 2016.

    The net interest margin, on a fully tax-equivalent basis, increased to 3.98% for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to 3.64% for the fourth quarter of 2016 due primarily to the higher yield on average interest-earning assets.

    The Company recorded a provision for loan losses of $150,000 for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to no provision for loan losses for the fourth quarter of 2016 due primarily to the growth and change in the mix of loans in the loan portfolio.

    At December 31, 2017, loans totaled $789.9 million and the allowance for loan losses was $8.0 million, or 1.01% of total loans, compared to total loans of $724.8 million and an allowance for loan losses of $7.5 million, or 1.03% of total loans, at December 31, 2016. Management believes that the current economic conditions in the Bank’s markets are generally positive, and these factors were considered in management's evaluation of the adequacy of the allowance for loan losses.

    For the fourth quarter of 2017, non-interest income was $1.9 million, representing a decline of $81,000 from non-interest income of $2.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016. This decrease was due primarily to a decrease of $117,000 in gains on sales of loans in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter of 2016, which was partially offset by an increase in other income. In the fourth quarter of 2017, residential lending activity produced $30.4 million of closed loans and $28.8 million of loan sales, which generated gains on sales of loans of $1.0 million, compared to $34.3 million of residential mortgage loans sold and $925,000 of gains recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016. The decrease in residential mortgage loans sold was due primarily to lower residential mortgage lending activity as a result of higher residential mortgage interest rates and a lower level of refinancing activity. In the fourth quarter of 2017, $1.5 million of SBA loans were sold and gains of $139,000 were recorded compared to $3.7 million of SBA loans sold and gains of $335,000 recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016. At December 31, 2017, approximately $2.0 million of SBA loans were available for sale, but were not sold due to tax planning considerations. SBA guaranteed commercial lending activity and loan sales vary from period to period and the level of activity is due primarily to the timing of loan originations. The pipeline of approved and committed SBA loans was $9.0 million, with another $11.1 million of loans in process, at December 31, 2017.

    Non-interest expenses were $8.1 million and $7.6 million for the fourth quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively, representing an increase of $492,000, or 6.5%, for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. Salaries and employee benefits expense increased $267,000, or 5.7%, in the fourth quarter of 2017 due primarily to increases in salaries, share-based compensation expense and benefits expense that were partially offset by a decrease in commissions paid to residential loan officers. Commission expense decreased due to the lower volume of residential mortgages originated in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. Occupancy costs decreased $61,000, or 7.2%, due primarily to lower depreciation and building maintenance expenses as a result of the closing of a branch office at the end of the first quarter of 2017. Other operating expenses increased $292,000 for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 due primarily to merger-related expenses of $265,000.

    Income tax expense was $3.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to income tax expense of $1.0 million for the same quarter of 2016. As previously discussed, the Company recorded additional income tax expense of $1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 due to the revaluation of deferred tax assets as a result of the enactment of the Tax Act. The Company’s effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 also increased as a result of the non-deductibility of certain merger-related expenses and a portion of employee compensation expenses.

    At December 31, 2017, the allowance for loan losses was $8.0 million compared to $7.5 million at December 31, 2016. As a percentage of total loans, the allowance was 1.01% at December 31, 2017 compared to 1.03% at December 31, 2016. The increase in the allowance for loan losses reflects the increase in loans and the change in the mix of loans since the end of 2016.

    Total assets increased $41.1 million to $1.08 billion at December 31, 2017 from $1.04 billion at December 31, 2016 due primarily to a $65.1 million increase in total loans, which was partially offset by a decrease of $14.9 million in investment securities and a decrease of $10.6 million in loans held for sale. The increase in assets was funded primarily by an $87.5 million increase in deposits and a $6.9 million increase in shareholders’ equity. Borrowings declined by $52.6 million. Total portfolio loans at December 31, 2017 were $789.9 million compared to $724.8 million at December 31, 2016. The increase in loans was due primarily to an increase of $66.7 million in commercial real estate loans and a $40.4 million increase in construction loans, which were partially offset by a $26.8 million decrease in mortgage warehouse loans, a $7.0 million decrease in commercial business loans and a $4.3 million decrease in residential mortgage loans. The decline in mortgage warehouse loans reflects generally higher mortgage interest rates during 2017 compared to 2016, which reduced the volume of residential mortgage loan refinancing activity in 2017 compared to 2016 and resulted in a decline in the average balance of mortgage warehouse loans during 2017 and at December 31, 2017. The decline in residential mortgage loan refinancing activity more than offset the increase in home purchase financing activity during the period that was financed by the Bank’s warehouse loans to mortgage banking customers.

    Total deposits at December 31, 2017 were $922.0 million compared to $834.5 million at December 31, 2016, primarily reflecting the growth in core deposits. Non-interest-bearing demand deposits increased $25.7 million, interest-bearing demand deposits increased $62.0 million and savings deposits increased $9.9 million. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $10.1 million in time deposits.

    Regulatory capital ratios for the Company and the Bank continue to reflect a strong capital position. Under current regulatory capital standards, the Company’s common equity Tier 1 to risk based assets (“CET1”), total risk-based capital, Tier I capital, and leverage ratios were 10.19%, 12.84%, 12.02% and 11.23%, respectively, at December 31, 2017. The Bank’s CET1, total risk-based capital, Tier 1 capital and leverage ratios were 11.74%, 12.56%, 11.74% and 10.96%, respectively, at December 31, 2017. The Company and the Bank are considered “well capitalized” under these capital standards.

    Asset Quality

    Non-performing loans were $7.1 million at December 31, 2017 compared to $5.2 million at December 31, 2016. During the fourth quarter of 2017, three commercial loans with a total balance of $745,000 were classified as non-accrual.

    During the first quarter of 2017, the Bank was notified that a shared national credit syndicated loan in which it was a participant in a $4.3 million facility had further deteriorated. The Bank downgraded the loan, which had a balance of $4.0 million, and placed it on non-accrual. In the second quarter, the borrower was recapitalized through an equity contribution by new investors and the loan was paid down by $906,000 and all interest was paid current. All loan payments for this borrower are current at December 31, 2017. Management continues to monitor the borrower’s financial position.

    During the fourth quarter of 2017, there were net recoveries of $62,000 for loans previously charged off. The allowance for loan losses was 113% of non-performing loans at December 31, 2017 compared to 144% of non-performing loans at December 31, 2016.

    Overall, management observed generally stable trends in loan quality, with non-performing loans to total loans of 0.90% and non-performing assets to total assets of 0.66% at December 31, 2017 compared to non-performing loans to total loans of 0.72% and non-performing assets to total assets of 0.52% at December 31, 2016.

    The Company held no OREO as of December 31, 2017 as the two commercial properties held as OREO at September 30, 2017 were sold during the fourth quarter of 2017.

    About 1ST Constitution Bancorp

    1ST Constitution Bancorp, through its primary subsidiary, 1ST Constitution Bank, operates 18 branch banking offices in Cranbury (2), Fort Lee, Hamilton, Hightstown, Hillsborough, Hopewell, Jamesburg, Lawrenceville, Perth Amboy, Plainsboro, Rocky Hill, Princeton, Rumson, Fair Haven, Shrewsbury, Little Silver and Asbury Park, New Jersey.

    1ST Constitution Bancorp is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the trading symbol “FCCY” and information about the Company can be accessed through the Internet at www.1STCONSTITUTION.com 

    Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain information set forth in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the rules, regulations and releases of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”). Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the Company’s beliefs, goals, plans or prospects. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact, including statements containing such words as “will,” “could,” “plans,” “intends,” “expect,” “believe,” “view,” “opportunity,” “allow,” “continues,” “reflects,” “typically,” “anticipate,” “estimated,” or similar expressions, should also be considered forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Readers should not place undue influence on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of the Company and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties outside of the Company’s control.

    Among the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the factors described under “Business,” “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the 2016 Form 10-K, and those contained in other reports filed by the Company with the Commission. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the overall economy and the interest rate environment; the ability of customers to repay their obligations; competition; significant changes in accounting, tax or regulatory practices and requirements; certain interest rate risks; and risks associated with speculative construction lending. Although management has taken certain steps to mitigate any negative effect of the aforementioned items, significant unfavorable changes could severely impact the assumptions used and could have an adverse effect on profitability. The Company undertakes no obligation to update, alter, or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

    No Offer or Solicitation

    On November 6, 2017, the Company and the Bank entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with New Jersey Community Bank (“NJCB”), providing for the merger of NJCB with and into the Bank, with the Bank as the surviving entity (the “Merger”). The material terms of the Merger Agreement and the Merger were disclosed on a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on November 7, 2017.

    This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

    Additional Information and Where to Find It

    In connection with the Merger, the Company has filed a registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a preliminary prospectus of the Company and a preliminary proxy statement of NJCB (the “Proxy Statement/Prospectus”), with the Commission. The registration statement on Form S-4 has not yet become effective and the Proxy Statement/Prospectus included therein is in preliminary form. The Company may file other documents with the Commission regarding the proposed Merger. A definitive proxy statement-prospectus will be mailed to the shareholders of NJCB. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT-PROSPECTUS WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE COMMISSION, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO SUCH DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.  Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the registration statement (when available), including the Proxy Statement/Prospectus, and other documents containing information about the Company at the Commission’s website at www.sec.gov.  Copies of these documents may also be obtained from the Company (when available) by directing a request to Robert F. Mangano, President and Chief Executive Officer, 1st Constitution Bancorp, at 2650 Route 130 North, P.O. Box 634, Cranbury, New Jersey 08512, telephone (609) 655-4500.

    Certain Information Regarding Participants

    The Company, NJCB, their respective directors and executive officers and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from NJCB’s shareholders in respect of the proposed Merger.  Information regarding the directors and executive officers of the Company may be found in its definitive proxy statement relating to its 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the Commission on April 24, 2017 and can be obtained free of charge from the Commission’s website at www.sec.gov or from the Company by directing a request to Robert F. Mangano, President and Chief Executive Officer, 1st Constitution Bancorp, at 2650 Route 130 North, P.O. Box 634, Cranbury, New Jersey 08512, telephone (609) 655-4500.  Information regarding the directors and executive officers of NJCB may be found in its proxy statement relating to its 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which can be obtained free of charge from William H. Placke, President and Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey Community Bank, at 3441 U.S. Highway 9, Freehold, New Jersey 07728, telephone (732) 431-2265.  Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the Commission when they become available.

      
    1st Constitution Bancorp 
    Selected Consolidated Financial Data 
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) 
    (Unaudited) 
       Three months ended Twelve months ended 
       December 31, December 31, 
        2017   2016   2017   2016  
    Per Common Share Data:         
    Earnings per common share:         
     Basic $  0.07  $  0.26  $  0.86  $  1.17  
     Diluted    0.07     0.25     0.83     1.14  
    Tangible book value per common share at period end        12.27     11.50  
    Book value at period end        13.81     13.11  
    Average common shares outstanding:         
     Basic  8,075,173   7,985,677   8,049,981   7,962,121  
     Diluted  8,340,318   8,228,741   8,312,784   8,177,439  
    Shares Outstanding      8,082,903   7,993,789  
               
    Performance ratios/data:         
    Return on average assets  0.21%  0.80%  0.67%  0.93% 
    Return on average equity  2.03%  7.89%  6.36%  9.21% 
    Net interest income (tax-equivalent basis) (1) $  10,055  $  8,876  $  37,192  $  34,974  
    Net interest margin (tax-equivalent basis) (2)  3.98%  3.64%  3.81%  3.70% 
    Efficiency ratio  67.28%  69.54%  68.25%  65.14% 
               
    Loan portfolio composition:         
    Commercial business     $  92,906  $  99,859  
    Commercial real estate      308,924   242,184  
    Construction loans      136,412   96,035  
    Mortgage warehouse lines      189,412   216,259  
    Residential real estate      40,494   44,791  
    Loans to individuals      20,720   22,640  
    Other loans      488   1,303  
    Gross loans     $  789,356  $  723,071  
    Deferred costs, net      550   1,737  
    Total loans     $  789,906  $  724,808  
               
    Asset quality data:         
    Loans past due over 90 days and still accruing     $  -  $  24  
    Non-accrual loans        7,114     5,174  
    OREO property        -     166  
     Total non-performing assets     $  7,114  $  5,364  
               
    Net (charge-offs)/recoveries $  62  $  8  $  (81) $  234  
               
    Allowance for loan losses to total loans      1.01%  1.03% 
    Allowance for loan losses to non-performing loans      112.64%  144.17% 
    Non-performing loans to total loans      0.90%  0.72% 
    Non-performing assets to total assets      0.66%  0.52% 
               
           Twelve months ended 
           December 31, 
            2017   2016  
               
    Capital ratios:         
    1st Constitution Bancorp         
     Common equity to risk-weighted assets ("CET 1")      10.19%  10.40% 
     Total capital to risk-weighted assets      12.84%  13.24% 
     Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets      12.02%  12.41% 
     Tier 1 capital to average assets (leverage ratio)      11.23%  10.93% 
               
    1st Constitution Bank         
     Common equity to risk-weighted assets ("CET 1")      11.74%  12.13% 
     Total capital to risk-weighted assets      12.56%  12.96% 
     Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets      11.74%  12.13% 
     Tier 1 capital to average assets (leverage ratio)      10.96%  10.68% 
               
    (1)The tax equivalent adjustment was $246 and $252 for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively,
     and $1.03 million and $997,000 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.  
    (2)Represents net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis as a percent of average interest-earning assets. 
    (3)Represents non-interest expenses divided by the sum of net interest income on a tax-equivalent basis and  
     non-interest income.         
               


    1st Constitution Bancorp 
    Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (1) 
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) 
    (Unaudited) 
       Three months ended Twelve months ended 
       December 31, December 31, 
        2017   2016   2017   2016  
    Adjusted net income         
     Net income $  574  $  2,056  $  6,928  $  9,285  
     Adjustments:         
       Revaluation of deferred tax assets    1,712     -     1,712     -  
       Merger-related expenses    265     -     265     -  
       Income tax effect of adjustments (2)    (77)    -     (77)    -  
     Adjusted net income $  2,474  $  2,056  $  8,828  $  9,285  
               
    Adjusted net income per diluted share         
     Adjusted net income $  2,474  $  2,056  $  8,828  $  9,285  
               
     Diluted shares outstanding  8,340,318   8,228,741   8,312,784   8,177,439  
               
     Adjusted net income per diluted share $0.30  $0.25  $1.06  $1.14  
               
    Adjusted average return on average assets         
     Adjusted net income $  2,474  $  2,056  $  8,828  $  9,285  
               
     Average assets  1,062,232     1,028,464   1,031,796     1,001,769  
               
     Adjusted return on average assets  0.92%  0.80%  0.86%  0.93% 
               
    Adjusted average return on average equity         
     Adjusted net income $  2,474  $  2,056  $  8,828  $  9,285  
               
     Average equity  112,054     103,986   108,925     100,807  
               
     Adjusted return on average equity  8.76%  7.89%  8.10%  9.21% 
               
    (1)The Company used the non-GAAP financial measures, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share, 
     because the Company believes that it is useful for the users of the financial information to understand the effect on net 
     income of the revaluation of its deferred tax assets and of the merger-related expenses incurred in connection with the 
     merger with New Jersey Community Bank. These non-GAAP financial measures improve the comparability of the 
     current period results with the results of prior periods. The Company cautions that the non-GAAP financial measures 
     should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the Company's GAAP results.   
    (2)Tax effected at an income tax rate of 39.94%, less the impact of non-deductible merger expenses.   


      
    1st Constitution Bancorp 
    Consolidated Statements of Condition 
    (Dollars in thousands) 
    December 31, 2017 
    (Unaudited) 
       2017   2016  
    ASSETS     
    Cash and cash equivalents $  18,754  $  14,886  
    Investment securities:     
      Available for sale, at fair value    105,458     103,794  
      Held to maturity (fair value of $111,866 and $128,559     
      at December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively)    110,267     126,810  
    Total securities    215,725     230,604  
          
    Loans held for sale    4,254     14,829  
          
    Loans    789,906     724,808  
      Less: Allowance for loan losses    (8,013)    (7,494) 
           Net loans    781,893     717,314  
          
    Premises and equipment, net    10,705     10,673  
    Accrued interest receivable    3,478     3,095  
    Bank-owned life insurance    25,051     22,184  
    Other real estate owned    -     166  
    Goodwill and intangible assets    12,496     12,880  
    Other assets    6,918     11,582  
    Total assets $ 1,079,274  $  1,038,213  
          
    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY     
          
    LIABILITIES:     
    Deposits     
      Non-interest bearing $  196,509  $  170,854  
      Interest bearing    725,497     663,662  
           Total deposits    922,006     834,516  
          
    Borrowings    20,500     73,050  
    Redeemable subordinated debentures    18,557     18,557  
    Accrued interest payable    804     866  
    Accrued expense and other liabilities    5,754     6,423  
    Total liabilities    967,621     933,412  
    SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY:     
    Preferred stock, no par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued    -     -  
    Common stock, no par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized; 8,116,201 and     
      8,027,087 shares issued and 8,082,903 and 7,993,789 shares outstanding     
      as of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively    73,419     71,695  
    Retained earnings    39,229     34,074  
    Treasury stock, 33,298 shares at December 31, 2017 and 2016    (368)    (368) 
    Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (627)    (600) 
    Total shareholders' equity    111,653     104,801  
          
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,079,274  $  1,038,213  
          


    1ST Constitution Bancorp 
    Consolidated Statements of Income 
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) 
    (Unaudited) 
             
     Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31, 
      2017  2016  2017  2016  
    INTEREST INCOME:        
      Loans, including fees$  9,842 $  8,643 $  35,967 $  33,701  
      Securities:        
           Taxable   826    809    3,326    3,268  
           Tax-exempt   512    523    2,140    2,078  
      Federal funds sold and        
           short-term investments   47    9    230    88  
    Total interest income   11,227    9,984    41,663    39,135  
             
    INTEREST EXPENSE:        
      Deposits   1,198    1,055    4,550    4,044  
      Borrowings   81    189    429    687  
      Redeemable subordinated debentures   139    116    519    427  
    Total interest expense   1,418    1,360    5,498    5,158  
             
    Net interest income   9,809    8,624    36,165    33,977  
             
    PROVISION (CREDIT) FOR LOAN LOSSES   150    -    600    (300) 
    Net interest income after provision (credit)         
      for loan losses   9,659    8,624    35,565    34,277  
             
    NON-INTEREST INCOME:        
      Service charges on deposit accounts   152    156    596    715  
      Gain on sales of loans    1,213    1,260    5,149    3,785  
      Income on Bank-owned life insurance   131    136    522    549  
      Gain on sales of securities   -    -    129    -  
      Other income   434    459    1,844    1,873  
    Total non-interest income 1,930  2,011  8,240  6,922  
             
    NON-INTEREST EXPENSES:        
      Salaries and employee benefits   4,922    4,655    18,804    16,543  
      Occupancy expense   788    849    3,169    3,243  
      Data processing expenses   331    336    1,314    1,277  
      FDIC insurance expense   105    125    360    453  
      Other real estate owned expenses   24    5    42    74  
      Other operating expenses   1,894    1,602    7,317    5,701  
    Total non-interest expenses   8,064    7,572    31,006    27,291  
             
      Income before income taxes   3,525    3,063    12,799    13,908  
    INCOME TAXES   2,951    1,007    5,871    4,623  
      Net Income$  574 $  2,056 $  6,928 $  9,285  
             
    NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE        
      Basic$0.07 $0.26 $0.86 $1.17  
      Diluted$0.07 $0.25 $0.83 $1.14  
             
    WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES        
      OUTSTANDING        
      Basic   8,075,173    7,962,121    8,049,981    7,962,121  
      Diluted   8,340,318    8,177,439    8,312,784    8,177,439  
             


    1st Constitution Bancorp
    Net interest Margin Analysis
    (Dollars in thousands)
    (Unaudited)
            
     Three months ended December 31, 2017 Three months ended December 31, 2016
     Average Average Average Average
    (yields on a tax-equivalent basis)BalanceInterestYield BalanceInterestYield
            
    Assets       
    Federal funds sold/short term investments$  19,622 $  470.95% $  10,713 $  90.33%
    Investment securities:       
      Taxable 136,776    8262.42%  140,266    8092.31%
      Tax-exempt 4 83,792    7583.62%  85,640    7753.62%
      Total 220,568  1,5842.87%  225,906  1,5842.80%
            
    Loans:        
      Construction 129,197    1,9836.01%  95,707    1,2405.07%
      Residential real estate 41,192    4424.29%  43,645    4614.22%
      Loans to individuals 21,411    2033.76%  22,640    2183.82%
      Commercial real estate 294,799    3,7634.99%  237,887    3,1615.20%
      Commercial business 97,120    1,4815.99%  97,306    1,2184.92%
      Mortgage warehouse lines 175,598    1,9234.29%  218,781    2,2384.00%
      Loans held for sale 3,572    374.14%  15,826    932.35%
      All other loans 1,283    103.05%  2,622    142.09%
      Total 764,172  9,8425.05%  734,414  8,6434.62%
            
    Total interest-earning assets   1,004,362  $   11,473 4.49%    971,033  $   10,236 4.15%
            
    Allowance for loan losses (7,873)    (7,550)  
    Cash and due from bank 5,777     5,222   
    Other assets 59,966     59,759   
    Total assets$   1,062,232     $   1,028,464    
            
    Liabilities and shareholders' equity:       
    Interest-bearing liabilities:       
      Money market and NOW accounts$  358,273 $  4070.45% $  316,895 $  3070.39%
      Savings accounts 212,228    3400.64%  205,461    3200.62%
      Certificates of deposit 140,881    4511.27%  147,714    4281.15%
      Other borrowed funds 23,052    811.39%  54,974    1891.37%
      Trust preferred securities 18,557    1393.00%  18,557    1162.50%
     Total interest-bearing liabilities  752,991  $   1,418 0.75%  743,601  $   1,360 0.73%
            
    Net interest spread (2)  3.74%   3.42%
            
    Demand deposits 190,243     170,908   
    Other liabilities 6,944     9,969   
    Total liabilities   950,178       924,478   
            
    Shareholders' equity 112,054     103,986   
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$   1,062,232     $   1,028,464    
            
    Net interest income/Net interest margin (3) $   10,055 3.98%  $   8,876 3.64%
            
    (1) Loan origination fees are considered an adjustment to interest income. For the purpose of calculating loan yields, average loan 
     balances include non-accrual loans with no related interest income and the average balance of loans held for sale. 
    (2) The net interest spread is the difference between the average yield on interest-earning assets and the average rate paid on  
     interest-bearing liabilities.       
    (3) The net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.  
    (4) Tax-equivalent basis.       
            


    1st Constitution Bancorp
    Net Interest Margin Analysis
    (Dollars in thousands)
    (Unaudited)
            
     Twelve months ended December 31, 2017 Twelve months ended December 31, 2016
     Average Average Average Average
    (yields on a tax-equivalent basis)BalanceInterestYield BalanceInterestYield
            
    Assets       
    Federal funds sold/short term investments$  27,533 $  2300.84% $  21,041 $  880.42%
    Investment securities:       
      Taxable 140,431    3,3262.37%  143,461    3,2682.28%
      Tax-exempt 4 90,186    3,1673.51%  81,570    3,0753.77%
      Total 230,617  6,4932.82%  225,031  6,3432.82%
            
    Loans:        
      Construction 115,913    6,7805.77%  93,648    4,8965.16%
      Residential real estate 41,898    1,7774.24%  42,694    1,8284.28%
      Loans to individuals 22,171    9034.07%  23,250    9334.01%
      Commercial real estate 274,192    13,8514.98%  220,700    12,4355.56%
      Commercial business 96,193    5,4745.63%  102,810    4,9534.77%
      Mortgage warehouse lines 160,756    6,9374.26%  205,711    8,4254.04%
      Loans held for sale 4,197    2024.81%  7,256    1762.43%
      All other loans 1,690    432.51%  2,367    552.29%
      Total 717,010  35,9674.96%  698,436  33,7014.77%
            
    Total interest-earning assets   975,160  $   42,690 4.33%    944,508  $   40,132 4.21%
            
    Allowance for loan losses (7,703)    (7,538)  
    Cash and due from bank 5,371     5,120   
    Other assets 58,968     59,679   
    Total assets$   1,031,796     $   1,001,769    
            
    Liabilities and shareholders' equity:       
    Interest-bearing liabilities:       
      Money market and NOW accounts 336,445 $  1,4400.43% $  301,086 $  1,1280.37%
      Savings accounts 210,798    1,3320.63%  206,208    1,2080.59%
      Certificates of deposit 145,539    1,7781.22%  152,078    1,7081.12%
      Other borrowed funds 21,139    4292.03%  48,448    6871.42%
      Trust preferred securities 18,557    5192.80%  18,557    4272.30%
     Total interest-bearing liabilities  732,478  $   5,498 0.75%  726,377  $   5,158 0.71%
            
    Net interest spread (2)  3.58%   3.50%
            
    Demand deposits 183,802     166,380   
    Other liabilities 6,591     8,205   
    Total liabilities   922,871       900,962   
            
    Shareholders' equity 108,925     100,807   
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$   1,031,796     $   1,001,769    
            
    Net interest income/Net interest margin (3) $   37,192 3.81%  $   34,974 3.70%
            
    (1) Loan origination fees are considered an adjustment to interest income. For the purpose of calculating loan yields, average loan 
     balances include non-accrual loans with no related interest income and the average balance of loans held for sale. 
    (2) The net interest spread is the difference between the average yield on interest-earning assets and the average rate paid on  
      interest-bearing liabilities.       
    (3) The net interest margin is equal to net interest income divided by average interest-earning assets.  
    (4) Tax-equivalent basis.       
            

    CONTACT:

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

    Stephen J. Gilhooly
    Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    (609) 655-4500

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