Center Bancorp, Inc. Named to KBW 2012 Bank Honor Roll Award Winners

Center Bancorp, Inc. Named to KBW 2012 Bank Honor Roll Award Winners  UNION, N.J., April 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Center Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNBC) (the "Company," or "Center"), parent company of Union Center National Bank ("UCNB" or "the Bank"), announces that it has been included in the KBW Bank Honor Role for 2012. Honor Roll winners as defined by KBW are publicly traded banking institutions with more than $500 million in total assets that meet the following three conditions:    oNo annual loss reported in net income per share before extraordinary items     over the past 10 years;   o2012 annual reported net income per share before extraordinary items equal     to or greater than peak net income per share over the past 10 years; and   oConsecutive increases in net income per share before extraordinary items     since 2009.  KBW found that 47 banking institutions, out of nearly 400 total companies screened, now qualify for inclusion on the KBW Bank Honor Roll; up from 45 institutions in the prior year.  "The Bank Honor Roll is a way for KBW to acknowledge companies that have managed to successfully navigate a variety of obstacles as they have arisen, despite difficult conditions in what remains a rate-challenged environment," noted Frederick Cannon, KBW Director of Research. "Despite 2012's uneven economic recovery and fiscal uncertainty, these Honor Roll banks managed to post healthier balance sheets through active liability management and also benefited from improving fundamentals as credit quality significantly improved."  This recognition follows a string of recognitions for the Company as previously reported. "Entering our ninetieth year of operation, and achieving this success is another proud milestone for Center and a reflection of the hard work of our management team," said Anthony C. Weagley, President & CEO. "The basis of good performance is core and consistent earnings. This trend reflects continued financial and operational momentum, and speaks to the quality of the organization; specifically our focus on consistently building shareholder value. This recognition by KBW acknowledges the Bank's consistent focus on performance."  About Center Bancorp  Center Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company, which operates Union Center National Bank, its main subsidiary. Chartered in 1923, Union Center National Bank is one of the oldest national banks headquartered in the state of New Jersey and now ranks as the third largest national bank headquartered in the state.Union Center National Bank is currently the largest commercial bank headquartered in Union County. Its primary market niche is its commercial banking business. The Bank focuses its lending activities on commercial lending to small- and medium-sized businesses, real estate developers and high net worth individuals.  The Bank, through its Private Banking and Wealth Management Division, which includes its wholly-owned subsidiary, Center Financial Group LLC, provides personalized wealth management and advisory services to high net worth individuals and families. Our services include banking, liquidity management, investment services, custody, tailored lending, wealth planning, trust and fiduciary services, insurance, family wealth advisory services and philanthropic advisory services.The Bank, through a strategic partnership between the Bank's Private Banking Division and Alexander, Troy & Company ("AT&CO."), Family Office Services, of Katonah, New York, provides customized financial and administrative services to high-net worth individuals.  Center also through a strategic partnership with Compass Financial Management, LLC and ING offers pension/401(k) planning services.Compass is an Investment Advisory Company with five decades of cumulative experience providing investment services in a personal, professional and attentive manner.They provide discretionary private investment management for individuals and corporate accounts as well as 401(k) advisory services.  The Bank currently operates 15 banking locations in Union, Morris and Bergen Counties in New Jersey. Banking centers are located in Union Township (5 locations), Berkeley Heights, Boonton/Mountain Lakes,Englewood, Madison, Millburn/Vauxhall, Morristown, Oakland, Saddle River, Springfield, and Summit, New Jersey. Center filed an application in March 2013 with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to open a Private Banking and Loan Production Office in Princeton, NJ. The Bank's primary market area is comprised of Union, Morris and Bergen Counties, New Jersey.  For further information regarding Center Bancorp, Inc., please visit our web site at http://www.centerbancorp.com or call (800) 862-3683. For information regarding Union Center National Bank, please visit our web site at www.ucnb.com.  Forward-Looking Statements  All non-historical statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may use forward-looking terminology such as "expect," "look," "believe," "plan," "anticipate," "may," "will" or similar statements or variations of such terms or otherwise express views concerning trends and the future. Such forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. These include, but are not limited to, the direction of interest rates, continued levels of loan quality and origination volume, Center Bancorp's ability to integrate Saddle River Valley Bank's branches into Center Bancorp's branch network, continued relationships with major customers including sources for loans, as well as the effects of international, national, regional and local economic conditions and legal and regulatory barriers and structure, including those relating to economic recovery and the deregulation of the financial services industry, and other risks cited in the Corporation's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed by the Corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Center Bancorp, Inc. assumes no obligation for updating any such forward-looking statement at any time.  CONTACT: Investor Inquiries:          Joseph Gangemi          Senior Vice President          Investor Relations          908.206.2863  Center Bancorp, Inc. Logo  
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