LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 1st Century Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FCTY), the holding company for 1st Century Bank, N.A. (the "Bank"), today reported net income for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 of $217,000 and $6.9 million, respectively, compared to $912,000 and $2.9 million for the same periods last year. Pre-tax, pre-provision earnings for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013 was $736,000 and $3.9 million, respectively, compared to $963,000 and $3.1 million, respectively, for the same periods last year. Pre-tax, pre-provision earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, is presented because management believes adjusting the Company's results to exclude taxes and loan loss provisions provides stockholders with a useful metric for evaluating the profitability of the Company. A schedule reconciling our GAAP net income to pre-tax, pre-provision earnings is provided in the table below. Alan I. Rothenberg, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company stated, "I'm pleased by our financial results for the year. Despite a challenging interest rate environment, net interest income increased by over 15% during the year and loans were up by over 40% compared to the end of last year. As a result of this growth, our net interest margin stabilized at 3.19% during the year, but is still at a historically low level. In addition, asset quality has continued its improving trend during the year with total non-performing assets declining to 0.15% of total assets by the end of 2013." Jason P. DiNapoli, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company added, "Looking forward, I continue to believe that our market offers great opportunities for a community business bank like ours that's focused on the customer experience and relationship banking. We plan to further invest in building upon our strong relationship teams and focus on drilling deeper into our current market. We continue to see customers migrating away from larger money center banks as they recognize the quality of our customer service and the benefits of our relationship banking model."