At June 30, 2010, nonperforming assets increased to $21.3 million or 1.44 percent of total assets as compared to $12.9 million or 0.87 percent of total assets at March 31, 2010. As noted earlier, one commercial customer consisting of three construction loans, was placed on non-accrual status in the quarter. That relationship totaled approximately $6.7 million, after charge-offs of $2.4 million in the quarter.
Mr. Kissel continued, “We have the capital and liquidity to lend to well-qualified individuals and businesses. However, we do remain committed to our conservative underwriting standards that have served us well.”
The allowance for loan losses was $13.9 million or 1.44 percent of total loans at June 30, 2010 as compared to $13.2 million or 1.34 percent of total loans at December 31, 2009.CAPITAL At June 30, 2010, the Corporation’s leverage ratio, tier 1 and total risk based capital ratios were 7.85 percent, 12.28 percent and 13.53 percent, respectively. All ratios include the $7.2 million reduction in regulatory capital due to the partial redemption in January 2010 of the preferred shares previously issued under the CPP. All are above the levels necessary to be considered well capitalized under applicable regulatory guidelines. Additionally, the Corporation’s common equity ratio (common equity to total assets) at June 30, 2010 is 6.45 percent compared to 6.09 percent at December 31, 2009. As previously announced, on July 15, 2010 the Board of Directors declared a regular cash dividend of $0.05 per share payable on August 12, 2010 to shareholders of record on July 29, 2010. ABOUT THE CORPORATION Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation is a bank holding company with total assets of $1.48 billion as of June 30, 2010. Peapack-Gladstone Bank, its wholly owned community bank, was established in 1921, and has 23 branches in Somerset, Hunterdon, Morris, Middlesex and Union Counties. Its Trust Division, PGB Trust and Investments, operates at the Bank’s new corporate offices located at 500 Hills Drive in Bedminster and at four other locations in Clinton, Morristown and Summit, New Jersey and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. To learn more about Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation and its services please visit our web site at www.pgbank.com or call 908-234-0700. 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, investments, relationships, opportunities and market conditions. These statements may be identified by such forward-looking terminology as “expect”, “look”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “may”, 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