CLINTON, N.J., Jan. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Unity Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTY), parent company of Unity Bank, reported net income of $7.3 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, a 20.0 percent increase compared to net income of $6.1 million, or $0.55 per diluted share for the prior year’s fourth quarter. For the year ended December 31, 2020, Unity reported net income of $23.6 million, or $2.19 per diluted share, compared to net income of $23.7 million, or $2.14 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2019. Overall earnings were impacted primarily due to an increased provision for loan losses, necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, partially offset by revenue generated by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).
James A. Hughes, President and CEO, commented on the financial results: “2020 was a year of resilience for Unity. The safety and success of our employees and customers was, and continues to remain, our top priority. I am extremely proud of our employees who stepped up to deliver tremendous service to our customers and small businesses. Employees worked diligently with customers coming off payment deferrals, the majority of which are repaying their loans per the original terms. While 2020 was a challenging year, we achieved record loan volume in our mortgage division. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to evaluate the sufficiency of our loan reserve. Our ability to sustain a robust balance sheet, strong liquidity and solid credit quality has made me optimistic about the future for Unity.”
For the full version of the Company’s 2020 fourth quarter earnings release, including financial tables, please visit https://unitybancorp.q4ir.com/news/default.aspx.
Unity Bancorp, Inc. is a financial service organization headquartered in Clinton, New Jersey, with approximately $2.0 billion in assets and $1.6 billion in deposits. Unity Bank, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, provides financial services to retail, corporate and small business customers through its 19 retail service centers located in Bergen, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties in New Jersey and Northampton County in Pennsylvania. For additional information about Unity, visit our website at www.unitybank.com , or call 800- 618-BANK.
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, either expressed or implied, which are provided to assist the reader in understanding anticipated future financial performance. These statements may be identified by use of the words “believe”, “expect”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “project” or similar expressions. These statements involve certain risks, uncertainties, estimates and assumptions made by management, which are subject to factors beyond the company’s control and could impede its ability to achieve these goals. These factors include those items included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K under the heading “Item IA-Risk Factors” as amended or supplemented by our subsequent filings with the SEC, as well as general economic conditions, trends in interest rates, the ability of our borrowers to repay their loans, our ability to manage and reduce the level of our nonperforming assets, results of regulatory exams, and the impact of COVID-19 on the Bank, its employees and customers, among other factors.
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