Circle Bank's fourth quarter up

NOVATO – Circle Bancorp, parent company of Circle Bank, reported a net income of $590,000, up 41 percent compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

The bank reported net income of $1.6 million for the year, down slightly from the $1.7 million in 2008.

In 2009 the bank focused on its SBA lending program and plans to continue to expand the program in 2010.

“In 2009 we were able to widen our interest margin and to keep nonperforming assets to a lower level that the majority of our peers,” said Kim Kaselionis, president and chief executive officer of the bank.

Loans totaled $233 million for the year, up $5 million from the previous year.

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