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Enterprise Bancorp 3Q profit rises on fees, sales

October 24, 2011

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LOWELL, Mass.—Enterprise Bancorp Inc., the parent of Enterprise Bank, said Monday that third-quarter profit rose slightly as income increased from fees and sales of securities.

Provision for loan losses grew, however, to $1.8 million from $1.3 million. The bank reported an uptick in non-performing assets, to 1.81 percent at quarter's end, compared with 1.36 percent a year earlier.

The company said third-quarter net income rose to $2.9 million, or 31 cents per share, compared with $2.7 million, or 30 cents per share, a year earlier.

Interest income rose to $16.9 million from $16.4 million, and other income, including from deposit fees and advisory services, rose to $3.2 million from $2.7 million. The company also had a $486,000 gain on sales of investment securities.

The company said its loan balances have grown 8 percent this year while many other banks have seen declining loan portfolios.

The shares gained 22 cents to $13.99 in afternoon trading.