The recovery continues at Sun Bancorp in Mount Laurel, N.J.

The $2.1 billion-asset company said in a press release Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings rose 4.7% from a year earlier to $3 million, or 16 cents a share.

Net interest income fell 3.3% from a year earlier, to $14.9 million. Total loans fell slightly, to $1.6 billion, despite a nearly 11% increase in loans tied to non-owner-occupied commercial real estate. The net interest margin widened by 19 basis points to 2.98%.

Sun's noninterest income fell 23% to $3.8 million; the company recorded a $1.2 million gain in the year-earlier quarter that was tied to loan sales. Still, deposit service charges and interchange fees were lower than in the second quarter of 2015.

Noninterest expenses fell 7% to $17 million because of lower occupancy costs and reduced expenses tied to professional fees, data processing and insurance. The company recorded $1.7 million reserve release in the second quarter, which Sun said reflects "the overall stability of the bank's asset quality at significantly improved levels."

Total deposits fell 8.6% to $1.7 billion. 

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