CLINTON, N.J., Jan. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Unity Bancorp, Inc. (UNTY), parent company of Unity Bank, reported net income of $5.8 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to $2.5 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for the prior year’s quarter. Approximately $912 thousand, or $0.08 per diluted share, of this increase is attributed to the lower effective tax rate due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act.”)
For the year ended December 31, 2018, Unity reported net income of $21.9 million, or $2.01 per diluted share, compared to $12.9 million, or $1.20 per diluted share for the prior year’s period. Approximately $3.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, of this increase is attributed to the lower effective tax rate due to the Tax Act.
Net income presented above for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2017, includes an additional $1.7 million in income tax expense as a result of the Company adjusting its deferred income tax balances in response to the Tax Act which was signed into law on December 22, 2017.
James A. Hughes, President and CEO, commented on the financial results: “On behalf of the entire Unity Bancorp team, I am pleased to report another quarter of record profitability. During the quarter, we gained considerable traction in growing our premiere franchise. Our fourth quarter performance is a reflection of our commitment to our clients, communities, employees and shareholders. I am very optimistic about our future and look forward to providing superior returns in 2019.”
For the full version of the Company’s 2018 fourth quarter earnings release, including financial tables, please visit http://www.snl.com/IRW/News/101233.
Unity Bancorp, Inc. is a financial service organization headquartered in Clinton, New Jersey, with approximately $1.6 billion in assets and $1.2 billion in deposits. Unity Bank 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.
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