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Cambridge Bancorp Announces Third Quarter Results

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. - Cambridge Bancorp (OTCBB: CATC) today reported unaudited net income of $3,695,000 for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $3,664,000 for the same quarter in 2012. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) remained unchanged at $0.94 for the third quarter of 2013 versus the same quarter in 2012. For the nine months ending September 30, 2013, unaudited net income was $10,501,000 versus $10,400,000 for the same period in 2012. Diluted earnings per share remained unchanged at $2.69 for the nine month period versus the same period in 2012.

"Our third quarter results this year were in line with our expectations. Despite continued robust loan growth in both residential and commercial real estate mortgages, the persistent low rate environment and resultant margin pressure restricted net interest income growth," notes Joseph V. Roller II, the Bank's president and CEO. "Our Wealth Management business continues to deliver double digit revenue growth for 2013 by attracting new client relationships, while benefitting from favorable equity markets."

Net interest income grew to $11.5 million for the third quarter of 2013, an increase of $314,000 (2.8%) over the third quarter of 2012. For the nine months ending September 30, 2013, net interest income was $33.5 million compared to $34.3 million for the same period in 2012. The decrease of $712,000 (2.1%) in net interest income for the nine month period of 2013 versus the same period in 2012 was primarily a function of lower yields on the Bank's loans and investments.

Noninterest income of $5.9 million for the September 2013 quarter was up $292,000 (5.2%) compared to the same quarter in 2012. The Bank continued to generate solid Wealth Management income, which increased by $496,000 (12.9%) compared to the third quarter of 2012. Wealth Management assets under management stood at $2.0 billion at third quarter end compared to $1.8 billion at year-end 2012. Gains on loans held for sale were lower by $167,000 (83.5%) in the quarter ended September 30, 2013 compared to the same quarter in 2012 due to a lack of production for secondary market loans as higher interest rates for conforming 30-year mortgages deflated demand industry-wide. Additionally, the third quarter of 2013 contained $185,000 of gains on the disposition of investment securities, a decrease of $139,000 when compared to the same quarter in 2012.

The Bank controlled noninterest expense growth, which increased by $52,000 (0.5%) to $11.3 million for the quarter ending September 30, 2013 compared to the same quarter in 2012.

The industry-wide headwind of contracting margins continued to place a strain on the Bank's net interest margin. Sustained lower asset yields and a limited ability to further reduce deposit rates, led to a decrease of 11 basis points in the Bank's net interest margin for the third quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter in 2012; and a decrease of 26 basis points for the comparable nine month period.

Total loans outstanding as of September 30, 2013 were $896.4 million compared to $742.2 million at the end of last year and $724.2 million at September 30, 2012. Since the beginning of 2013, total loans outstanding have increased $154.1 million. The noteworthy growth in the loan portfolio is attributable to increases in residential mortgages of $95.3 million (27.4%), and commercial mortgages of $60.3 million (21.8%) million. The Bank's home equity portfolio has seen run-off of $4.8 million since the end of last year as consumers refinance first mortgages in this favorable rate environment and consolidate or pay down debt.

Non-performing loans as a percentage of total loans stood at 15 basis points on September 30, 2013, a decrease from 21 basis points at year-end 2012. Loan quality remains solid and the Allowance for Loan Losses stood at $11.9 million or 1.33% of total loans outstanding at September 30, 2013. At December 31, 2012, the Allowance for Loan Losses was $10.9 million or 1.47% of total loans outstanding. The higher provision for loan losses for the nine month period ($1.0 million in 2013 versus $700,000 in 2012) is primarily in response to the significant increase in loans outstanding.

Deposits have decreased slightly by $23.9 million (1.9%) through the third quarter of 2013 after a run-up at year-end 2012.

Total deposits at third quarter end were $1.3 billion. Total assets as of September 30, 2013 were $1.4 billion.

About Cambridge Bancorp

Cambridge Bancorp and its subsidiary, Cambridge Trust Company, are based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the heart of Harvard Square. Cambridge Trust Company is a 123-year-old Massachusetts chartered commercial bank with $1.4 billion in total assets and 12 Massachusetts branch offices in Cambridge, Boston, Belmont, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, and Weston. Cambridge Trust Company is one of New England’s leaders in wealth management with $2.0 billion in client assets under management. The Wealth Management group maintains offices in Boston, Massachusetts, and Concord and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The accompanying unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial information should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Cambridge Bancorp 2012 Annual Report, which is posted in the investor relations section of our website at www.cambridgetrust.com. We will also post supplemental financial information for the third quarter of 2013 at the same site later this month. Interim results are not necessarily reflective of the results for the entire year.

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