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1ST Constitution Bancorp Reports Record Increases in Net Income for the Third Quarter and for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013


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CRANBURY, NJ -- (Marketwired) -- 11/01/13 -- 1ST Constitution Bancorp (NASDAQ: FCCY), parent company of 1ST Constitution Bank, reported net income of $1.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted common share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, a 12% increase above the $1.4 million, or $0.25 per diluted common share, earned in the third quarter of 2012.



Return on average assets was 0.76% and the return on average equity was 9.25% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. This compares to a return on average assets of 0.70% and a return on average equity of 9.24% for the third quarter of 2012.



For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company reported net income of $4.4 million, or $0.72 per diluted common share, a 15% increase in net income when compared to $3.8 million in net income, or $0.70 per diluted common share, reported for the first nine months of 2012.



During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company concluded a rights offering to existing shareholders that raised approximately $4.8 million of additional equity capital and resulted in the issuance of 555,555 new shares of common stock. All share and per share data for the respective reporting periods have also been adjusted for a 5% stock dividend paid on common shares on January 31, 2013. At September 30, 2013, the Company's tangible book value per common share was $10.39.



Robert F. Mangano, President and Chief Executive Officer, noted, "The growth in third quarter and nine-month earnings in 2013 over their respective periods of 2012 was principally the result of increased non-interest revenues from the sale of SBA loans, retail mortgage originations, and service fees, combined with reduced non-interest expenses primarily associated with lower carrying costs on and write-downs of foreclosed real estate and lower FDIC insurance premium expense. We continue to maintain our cost containment discipline as evidenced by our ability to control the growth in staff, occupancy, and data processing costs. These favorable developments were partly offset by declines in net interest revenue resulting largely from reduced mortgage warehouse lending activity."





Total assets at September 30, 2013 decreased to $790.2 million from $841.0 million at December 31, 2012. Gross portfolio loans at September 30, 2013 were $362.5 million, down $159.3 million when compared to $521.8 million in loans at December 31, 2012; total investment securities at September 30, 2013 were $252.1 million compared to $225.9 million at December 31, 2012; and total deposits at September 30, 2013 were $686.9 million, down from $707.7 million at December 31, 2012.



Net interest income for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 totaled $6.3 million, a decrease of 13% from the $7.2 million earned for the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to lower average interest earning assets. Non-interest income increased by 23% to $1.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 when compared to $1.3 million earned for the third quarter of 2012.



The Company reported net interest margin, on a tax-equivalent basis, of 3.52% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, representing a decrease of 57 basis points when compared to the 4.09% net interest margin reported for the comparable three months in 2012. The decrease in margin was primarily the result of decreases in higher-yielding interest-earning assets, primarily driven by decreases in average outstanding loans originated by the Company's wholesale mortgage banking unit.



For the third quarter of 2013, the loan loss provision amounted to $540,000 compared to $500,000 for the third quarter of 2012. The Company recorded a net recovery of $11,000 in the third quarter of 2013 versus net charge-offs of $64,000 in the third quarter of 2012.



Non-interest expense decreased 15% to $5.3 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $6.2 million for the third quarter of 2012. The key decrease in non-interest expense was attributable to a $1.1 million reduction in other real estate owned expenses related primarily to lower carrying costs and valuation write-downs of foreclosed real estate.



At September 30, 2013, the allowance for loan losses amounted to $6.8 million, or 1.88% of total loans, compared to $7.2 million, or 1.37% of total loans, at December 31, 2012. The provision for loan losses for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $777,000 compared to $1.6 million for the nine-months ended September 30, 2012, while net charge-offs were $1.1 million and $491,000 for these respective periods. Total non-performing assets, which include non-accrual loans and OREO, declined $3.7 million to $10.6 million, or 1.34% of total assets, at September 30, 2013 from $14.3 million, or 1.70% of total assets, at December 31, 2012.



The Company's regulatory capital ratios continue to reflect its strong capital position. The Company's total risk-based capital, Tier I capital, and leverage capital were 19.30%, 18.05%, and 10.36%, respectively, at September 30, 2013. The regulatory requirements to be considered "well-capitalized" for total risk-based capital, Tier 1 capital, and leverage capital are 10%, 6%, and 5%, respectively.



1ST Constitution Bancorp, through its primary subsidiary, 1ST Constitution Bank, operates fourteen branch banking offices in Cranbury (2), Fort Lee, Hamilton, Hightstown, Hillsborough, Hopewell, Jamesburg, Lawrenceville, Perth Amboy, Plainsboro, Rocky Hill, West Windsor, and Princeton, New Jersey.



1ST Constitution Bancorp is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the trading symbol "FCCY" and can be accessed through the Internet at www.1STCONSTITUTION.com : www.1stconstitution.com/



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, relationships, opportunities, taxation, technology and market conditions. These statements may be identified by such forward-looking terminology as "expect," "look," "believe," "anticipate," "may," "will," 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, changes in the direction of the economy in New Jersey, the direction of interest rates, effective income tax rates, loan prepayment assumptions, continued levels of loan quality and origination volume, continued relationships with major customers including sources for loans, a higher level of net loan charge-offs and delinquencies than anticipated, bank regulatory rules, regulations or policies that restrict or direct certain actions, the adoption, interpretation and implementation of new or pre-existing accounting pronouncements, a change in legal and regulatory barriers including issues related to compliance with anti-money laundering and bank secrecy act laws, as well as the effects of general economic conditions and legal and regulatory barriers and structure. 1ST Constitution Bancorp assumes no obligation for updating any such forward-looking statements at any time, except as required by law.





                          1st Constitution Bancorp
                    Selected Consolidated Financial Data
                                (Unaudited)

                          Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                             September 30,             September 30,
                        ----------------------  ---------------------------
($ in thousands, except
per share amounts)         2013        2012          2013          2012
                        ----------  ----------  -------------  ------------
Income Statement Data :
  Interest income       $    7,339  $    8,487  $      21,993  $     24,428
  Interest expense           1,034       1,242          3,243         3,925
                        ----------  ----------  -------------  ------------
  Net interest income        6,305       7,245         18,750        20,503
  Provision for loan
   losses                      540         500            777         1,650
                        ----------  ----------  -------------  ------------
  Net interest income
   after provision for
   loan losses               5,765       6,745         17,973        18,853
  Non-interest income        1,617       1,317          4,673         3,670
  Non-interest expenses      5,254       6,184         16,499        17,170
                        ----------  ----------  -------------  ------------
  Income before income
   taxes                     2,128       1,878          6,147         5,353
  Income tax expense           605         523          1,742         1,533
                        ----------  ----------  -------------  ------------
  Net income            $    1,523  $    1,355  $       4,405  $      3,820
                        ==========  ==========  =============  ============

Per Common Share Data:
 (1)
  Earnings per common
   share - Basic        $     0.25  $     0.25  $        0.74  $       0.71
  Earnings per common
   share - Diluted            0.25        0.25           0.72          0.70
  Tangible book value
   per common share at
   the period-end                                       10.39         10.02
  Average common shares
   outstanding:
    Basic                5,991,480   5,378,854      5,960,294     5,360,395
    Diluted              6,146,662   5,508,873      6,088,833     5,456,502

Performance Ratios :
  Return on average
   assets                     0.76%       0.70%          0.73%         0.67%
  Return on average
   equity                     9.25%       9.24%          8.96%         8.98%
  Net interest margin
   (tax-equivalent
   basis) (2)                 3.52%       4.09%          3.48%         3.98%
  Efficiency ratio (3)        64.1%       70.6%          68.2%         69.3%


                                               September 30,   December 31,
                                                    2013           2012
                                               -------------  -------------
Balance Sheet Data:
  Total Assets                                 $     790,169  $     840,968
  Investment Securities                              252,130        225,869
  Loans                                              362,549        521,814
  Loans held for sale                                 14,536         35,960
  Allowance for loan losses                           (6,820)        (7,151)
  Goodwill and other intangible assets                 4,957          5,158
  Deposits                                           686,944        707,689
  Shareholders' Equity                                67,152         65,054

Asset Quality Data :
  Loans past due over 90 days and still
   accruing                                    $          95  $          85
  Non-accrual loans                                    7,653          5,878
  OREO property                                        2,809          8,333
                                               -------------  -------------
    Total non-performing assets                $      10,557  $      14,296
                                               =============  =============

  Net charge-offs for the nine-month period
   and year, respectively                      $      (1,108) $        (533)
  Allowance for loan losses to total loans              1.88%          1.37%
  Non-performing loans to total loans                   2.14%          1.14%
  Non-performing assets to total assets                 1.34%          1.70%

Capital Ratios :
  1st Constitution Bancorp
    Tier 1 capital to average assets                   10.36%          9.29%
    Tier 1 capital to risk weighted assets             18.05%         11.84%
    Total capital to risk weighted assets              19.30%         12.98%
  1st Constitution Bank
    Tier 1 capital to average assets                   10.06%          9.05%
    Tier 1 capital to risk weighted assets             17.54%         11.43%
    Total capital to risk weighted assets              18.79%         12.57%

(1) Includes the effect of the 5% stock dividend paid January 31, 2013.
(2) Represents net interest income on a taxable equivalent basis as a
    percent of average interest earning assets. The tax equivalent
    adjustment was $276,000 and $197,000 for the three months ended
    September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and $784,000 and $596,000 for
    the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
(3) Represents non-interest expenses divided by the sum of net interest
    income on a taxable equivalent basis and non-interest income.





CONTACT:
Robert F. Mangano
President & Chief Executive Officer
(609) 655-4500


Joseph M. Reardon
Sr. Vice President & Treasurer
(609) 655-4500



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