First Commerce Bank

Business Name:
First Commerce Bank
Business Genre:
Handan Koch
Short Business Description:
First Commerce Bank
Long Business Description:

We are a community-based, full-service commercial bank that emphasizes the banking needs of small to medium-sized businesses, professional entities, governmental agencies and individuals. We opened in January 2006 under the name Northern State Bank. We offer a broad range of consumer and commercial banking services to our customers. We offer high-quality service by providing more direct, personal attention than we believe is offered by competing financial institutions, most of which are branch offices of banks headquartered outside our primary trade area. We believe that this combination of quick, responsive and personal service, combined with state-of-the-art banking technology, provides our customers with a superior banking experience. We urge potential investors to read our 2015 Annual Report, and subsequent Shareholder Letters, for a review of our operations, by selecting the investor relations tab on this website.

On July 22, 2010, we entered into a Recapitalization Agreement. The Recapitalization was consummated on December 14, 2010, and we raised approximately $18.3 million in additional capital. As part of the Recapitalization, we also relocated our headquarters to 105 River Avenue in Lakewood, while maintaining our original branch in Closter, New Jersey. We now serve Ocean, Monmouth, and Mercer Counties in New Jersey, as well as our original target market of Bergen County, New Jersey. We also restructured our Board of Directors, adding 11 new Board Members, while maintaining four members of the Bank’s original Board.

With the Recapitalization in December 2010, Northern State Bank finished the year 2010 with $77.6 million in total assets and $21.6 million in total capital. Subsequently, the Bank formally changed its name to First Commerce Bank in June, 2011, with additional capital of $7.2 million being raised in January, 2012 and $11.0 million in August, 2013. In the 4th quarter, 2015, there was $2.9 million raised from the exercise of warrants previously granted to the Northern State Bank shareholders as well as the founding directors and founders of First Commerce Bank, in formation. As of June 30, 2016 total assets were $758.4 million and total capital was $63.8 million.

From January 2011, to February 2018, First Commerce Bank expanded its physical presence as follows:



April, 2011
Headquarters, 105 River Avenue, Lakewood

April, 2013
Operations Center, 105 River Avenue, Lakewood

May, 2013
Branch, 40 North Main Street, Allentown

October, 2013
Branch, 1008 Teaneck Road, Teaneck

April, 2014
Branch, 44 Engle Street, Englewood

March, 2015
Branch, 118A Schanck Road, Freehold

March, 2015
Branch, 101 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale

March, 2016
Branch, 1412 Route 130, Robbinsville

July, 2017
Branch, 280 Passaic Ave, Fairfield

February, 2018
Branch, 789 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown

We would wish to share with you the financial highlights of First Commerce Bank.



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Recently, the Bank has received certain performance recognition in the banking community.

The Bank was the fastest growing bank, headquartered in New Jersey, for 2013, 2014 and 2015 with growth being measured organically and on a relative basis.
Financial Management Consulting Group (FMCG) in 2015 ranked our Bank as number 4 in overall financial performance for banks headquartered in New Jersey.
FMCG ranked our Bank as number 1 in overall financial performance for banks headquartered in New Jersey as of March 31, 2016.
SNL, in Charlottesville, Virginia, ranked First Commerce Bank number 13 in the country in overall financial performance in 2014 for banks in asset size between $500.0 million and $5.0 billion.
SNL, in Charlottesville, Virginia, ranked First Commerce Bank number 27 in the country in overall financial performance in 2015 for banks with less than $1.0 billion in assets.

First Commerce Bank prides itself on being efficient, responsive, and relationship driven. The mission is to build the right family of talented staff members in order to achieve the desired results. First Commerce Bank is not about earnings, which is a short-term objective, as its mission is to build franchise value.

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1008 Teaneck Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666