Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:PGC) (the “Corporation”) announced today that it has received approval from the U.S. Treasury to redeem an additional 25% of the preferred shares originally issued under the Treasury’s Capital Purchase Program (“CPP”). The Corporation expects to repay approximately $7.2 million to the Treasury (including accrued and unpaid dividends of approximately $15 thousand) on March 2, 2011. The Corporation’s redemption of the shares is not subject to additional conditions or stipulations from the Treasury.

Frank A. Kissel, Chairman and CEO, said “We are pleased to be able to redeem a second 25% portion of the original CPP investment. When combining this redemption with our first redemption in 2010, we will have repaid half of the original CPP investment from internally generated capital, without diluting existing shareholders. Our plan has been, and is, to redeem the CPP investment over time from internally generated capital.” Mr. Kissel went on to note that the partial redemption this year will save the Corporation approximately $360 thousand in dividend expense on an annual basis.

As a result of the repurchase, the accretion related to the preferred stock will be accelerated and an approximate $246 thousand reduction to retained earnings will be recorded during the first quarter.

In connection with the January 2009 original issuance of the preferred stock under the Treasury’s CPP program, the Corporation issued to the Treasury a warrant to purchase 150,296 common shares at $28.63 per share (after adjusting for a 5% stock dividend issued August 3, 2009). This warrant is still held by the Treasury and will remain outstanding.

About the Corporation

Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation is a bank holding company with total assets of $1.51 billion as of December 31, 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. The Bank’s 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 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 “intend,” “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, those risk factors set forth in the “Risk Factor” section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and subsequent Forms 10-Q. The Corporation assumes no obligation for updating any such forward-looking statements at any time.

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