ConnectOne Bancorp (NASDAQ:CNOB) has not attracted a great deal of investor interest. Only 43 readers at SeekingAlpha have requested ConnectOne Email alerts. From the lack of interest, you'd think ConnectOne was located deep in the backcountry. Yet, this New Jersey bank is headquartered half an hour outside New York City and serves some of the wealthiest communities in the United States.
In fact, ConnectOne is one of the fastest growing banks in the nation, having increased its loan portfolio a breath-taking 440% increase in 6 years - even faster than the supercharged BofI Holding (NASDAQ:BOFI). Moreover, all that growth was done organically and was accomplished during the most challenging economic period in the last 70 years....
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