KENILWORTH, N.J., Nov. 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enterprise Bank NJ (the "Bank") (OTC:ENBN) recorded third quarter earnings of $454,000, or $0.14 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, compared to earnings of $440,000, or $0.15 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 - an increase of $14,000, or 3.2%, year over year. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Bank reported a net profit of $1,381,000 or $0.44 per share compared to $1,161,000 or $0.40 per share for the same period in 2015 - an increase of $220,000, or 18.9%. FINANCIAL CONDITIONAssetsAs of September 30, 2016, total assets were $207.3 million as compared to $192.8 million at December 31, 2015 - an increase of $14.5 million or 7.5%. Don Haake, President and CEO stated, "New business generation has been exceptional the past few years and although we did experience a dip in loan closings in the second quarter, we are back on track in the third quarter, with loan growth through third quarter reaching $12.7 million, or 7.1% over year-end 2015. As stated last quarter, we do not have anxiety over intermittent slowdowns as we believe our growth is based on relationships with customers and will continue to produce the consistent earnings we strive for, while maintaining sound asset quality and stable margins." CapitalStockholders' equity totaled $27.0 million at September 30, 2016, compared to $25.1 million at December 31, 2015. All of the Bank's capital ratios remain strong and well in excess of the current regulatory definition of a "well capitalized" institution. At September 30, 2016, the Bank's tier one leverage capital ratio was 13.31% and the Bank's Total Risk Based Capital Ratio was 15.88%. In addition, the new Common Equity Tier 1 Ratio was 14.63% for the third quarter, which continues to be well in excess of the 4.5% current minimum regulatory threshold and the fully transitioned ratio of 7.0% for the year 2019. Net Interest IncomeNet interest income was $1,936,000 for the quarter ending September 30, 2016 compared to $1,836,000 for the quarter ending September 30, 2015 - an increase of $100,000, or 5.4%. On a year to date basis, net interest income was $5,711,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $5,224,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 - an increase of $487,000 or 9.3%. The Bank's net interest margin (NIM) for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 remained strong at 3.89% compared to 4.13% for the same period in 2015. The slight decline in the NIM is attributed to higher rate loans paying off late last year compared to the market for new originations. Provision for Loan LossDuring the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Bank added an additional $234,000 to the provision. The decrease year over year is $12,000 or 4.9% primarily due to a more moderate loan growth in 2016. Non-Interest ExpenseTotal non-interest expense for the quarter ending September 30, 2016 was $1,154,000 compared to $1,051,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, non-interest expense was $3,461,000 compared to $3,198,000 for the same period in 2015 - an increase of $263,000 or 8.2%. On a year to date basis, compensation and benefits account for $153,000 of the increase related to staffing additions made late in 2015 and in the second quarter in preparation of the Newark Branch opening, which is anticipated to open before the end of November 2016. IT related expenses increased $47,000 related the full impact of hardware and telephone system upgrades that occurred in the second half of 2015. In addition, other expenses are up approximately $40,000 primarily due to the gain on the sale of assets, which offset $33,000 in expenses in 2015 that did not recur in 2016. Asset QualityThe bank had two non-performing loans totaling $220,000 at September 30, 2016, as compared to $360,000 for the same period last year. One non-performing loan paid off at year end in the amount of $240,000. Currently, the two loans have been making payments as agreed. In addition, an OREO property remains on the books for $1.25 million, but we received a letter of intent in October and hope to see the sale completed sometime in the first quarter of next year. THE BANKEnterprise Bank NJ, headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey, is listed on the Pink Sheets under the symbol "ENBN." The Bank focuses on serving the needs of small to medium sized businesses, commercial real estate borrowers, professional practices and consumers. Its services include business and personal checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit accounts. Additionally, the Bank offers commercial and consumer loans, lines of credit, ATM cards, debit cards, E-Banking, remote deposit capture, and free telephone and online banking. Enterprise Bank has received approval for their application for its fourth banking office to be located in the "Ironbound" section of Newark, which is an up and coming urban/industrial community and the home to a growing customer base of the bank. A rendering of the new branch is on our website and we are looking forward to serving the community more fully as it is set to open before Thanksgiving.