CLINTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 18, 2000--UNITY BANCORP, INC.
(NASDAQ NM: UNTY), announced today that its subsidiary, Unity Bank,
had completed the sale of one bank branch located in Berkeley Heights,
New Jersey to Hilltop Community Bank, a community-based bank
headquartered in Summit, New Jersey.
Under the terms of the transaction, Unity Bank will recognize a
gain of $0.9 million, based on assumed deposits of approximately $8
million and an agreed deposit premium of 11.15%.
Mr. David Dallas, Chairman of the Unity Bancorp, Inc. and Unity
Bank stated, "This transaction completes an integral phase of the
Company's previously disclosed capital restoration and strategic
plans. The divestiture of five branches will have an immediate and
positive impact on capital and operating results. As a result of the
reduction in assets and anticipated gains relative to the branch
sales, the Company projects meeting its 6% tangible capital equity to
average assets ratio earlier than required by the New Jersey
Commissioner of Banking and Insurance."
Unity Bank President Anthony J. Feraro added, "Unity's branch
franchise is now stronger than ever before. Our retail administrative
and sales teams can better focus their collective energies on the
financial needs of consumers and small businesses in the 12 central
Jersey communities we serve."
Unity Bancorp, Inc., is a holding company for Unity Bank
headquartered in Clinton, New Jersey. Unity provides a variety of
retail and commercial financial services through 12 full-service
branches located in Hunterdon, Middlesex, Union and Somerset Counties.
Unity Bank is a leading "Preferred Lender" of SBA financing in New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York.
For additional information about the Bank, call Unity Direct at
800.618.BANK, or visit Unity's website at www.unitybank.com. E-mail
may be addressed to the Bank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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