EXHIBIT 99

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Contact:   

Alan D. Eskow

Senior Executive Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer

973-305-4003

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS, SOLID

LOAN GROWTH AND NET INTEREST MARGIN

WAYNE, NJ – January 26, 2012 —

Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), the holding company for Valley National Bank, today reported net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 of $24.8 million, or $0.15 per diluted common share, after non-cash impairment charges on investment securities and merger expenses totaling $13.4 million after taxes ($0.08 per common share), as compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 earnings of $38.2 million, or $0.23 per diluted common share. See the “Key highlights for the fourth quarter” section below for more details.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $133.7 million, or $0.79 per diluted common share, compared to 2010 earnings of $131.2 million, or $0.78 per diluted common share.

Key highlights for the fourth quarter:

 

   

Loan Growth: Total non-covered loans (i.e., loans which are not subject to our loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC) increased by $210.1 million to $9.5 billion at December 31, 2011 from September 30, 2011. Our residential mortgage and commercial real estate (including construction) loans grew by $113.0 million and $59.0 million, or 20.8 percent and 6.0 percent, respectively, on an annualized basis, during the fourth quarter of 2011. Commercial and industrial loans increased by $45.2 million at December 31, 2011 compared to September 30, 2011; however, most of the increase in this portfolio was due to a $37.0 million short-term loan to State Bancorp, Inc. (used to repurchase State’s Series A Preferred Stock from the Treasury), which was acquired by Valley effective January 1, 2012. The loan was subsequently eliminated as of the acquisition date. Total covered loans (i.e., loans subject to our loss-sharing agreements with the FDIC) decreased to $271.8 million, or 2.8 percent of our total loans, at December 31, 2011 as compared to $282.4 million at September 30, 2011 mainly due to normal payment activity. Excluding the loan to State Bancorp, our total loan portfolio grew by 6.8 percent on an annualized basis during the fourth quarter of 2011.

 

   

Net Interest Income and Margin: Net interest income decreased $3.6 million to $118.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 as compared to $121.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. On a tax equivalent basis, our net interest margin decreased 12 basis points to 3.74 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to 3.86 percent for the third quarter of 2011, and was 11 basis points higher than the 3.63 percent net interest margin for the fourth quarter of 2010. The decreases in the net interest income and margin as compared to the linked third quarter of 2011 were mainly due to lower yields on taxable investments and loans. See the “Net Interest Income and Margin” section below for more details.


The following information was filed by Valley National Bancorp (VLY) on Thursday, January 26, 2012 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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