Valley National Bancorp in Wayne, N.J., reported higher quarterly profit because of loan sales and increases in other fees.

The $21.8 billion-asset company said in a press release Wednesday that net income rose 22% from a year earlier to $39 million, or 15 cents a share.

Noninterest income increased by 20% to $24.2 million, reflecting gains from the sale of loans, along with higher insurance commissions and income from bank-owned life insurance.

Net interest income rose by 11.2% to $151.5 million. Total loans increased by 13.1% to $16.4 billion, including an 18% increase in commercial real estate lending. The net interest margin narrowed by 8 basis points to 3.10%.

The loan-loss provision fell by 69% to $1.4 million. Valley recorded $1.3 million in net recoveries during the second quarter.

Noninterest expenses rose 12% to $119.8 million due to increased costs for salary and employment benefits and professional fees. The company also recorded a $315,000 loss from extinguishing debt.

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