BOWIE, Md., July 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Old Line Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:OLBK), the parent company of Old Line Bank, reported strong growth in loans and deposits for the period ending June 30, 2014. Net loans increased $44.3 million and deposits increased $35.1 million during the six months ending June 30, 2014. Net income available to common stockholders increased $1.9 million to $1.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014, compared to net loss of $84 thousand for the three months ended June 30, 2013. Earnings were $0.16 per basic and diluted common share for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to a loss of $0.01 per basic and diluted common share for the same period in 2013. The increase in net income is primarily the result of a $1.4 million increase in net interest income, a $697,000 increase in non-interest income and a decrease of $2.0 million in non-interest expense, partially offset by an increase of $1.3 million in the provision for loan losses. Earnings were $3.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, compared with $1.2 million for the same six month period last year. Earnings were $0.33 per basic and diluted common share for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $0.16 per basic and $0.15 per diluted share for the same period last year. The increase in net income is primarily the result of increases of $3.9 million in net interest income and $975,000 in non-interest income, partially offset by an increase of $1.4 million in the provision for loan losses.
James W. Cornelsen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Old Line Bancshares, Inc. stated: "During the quarter we produced 5.0% loan growth and continued to maintain quality in the loan portfolio. We made a strategic move in the securities portfolio which will allow for higher yields and shorter duration while at the same time better positioning ourselves for future loan growth. This quarter we recognized a provision for loan losses of $1.4 million for one commercial loan which has been sold at foreclosure in early July and is awaiting ratification. While this was necessary, it does not represent a change in our future outlook."