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FJ Capital Management

Filed: 7 Sep 21, 2:51pm
 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 13G

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. ) *

 

Lakeland Bancorp Inc. (LBAI)
(Name of Issuer)
 
Common Stock
(Title of Class of Securities)
 
511637 10 0
(CUSIP Number)
 
09/03/2021
(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

 

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule is filed:

 

 Rule 13d-1(b)
   
 Rule 13d-1(c)
   
 Rule 13d-1(d)

 

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

 

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

 
 
 

 

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1

 

NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSONS
(ENTITIES ONLY) 

FJ Capital Management LLC

 

 

2

 

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

 

(a)

(b)

 

3

 

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

 

4

 

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware
NUMBER OF
SHARES
5SOLE VOTING POWER 
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
6SHARED VOTING POWER2,597,787 (1)
EACH
REPORTING
7SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER 
PERSON
WITH:
8SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER2,597,787 (1)

 

9

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

2,597,787 (1)

 

10

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW 9 EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

 

 

11

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9

 

5.13%

 

12

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

 

IA
     

 

(1)Consists of 2,270,507 shares of common stock of the Issuer held by Financial Opportunity Fund LLC and 84,017 shares of common stock of the Issuer held by Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC, of which FJ Capital Management LLC is the managing member, and 243,263 shares of common stock of the Issuer held by managed accounts that FJ Capital Management manages; as such, the Reporting Person may be deemed to be a beneficial owner of reported shares but as to which the Reporting Person disclaims beneficial ownership.
 
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1

 

NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSONS
(ENTITIES ONLY) 

Financial Opportunity Fund LLC

 

 

2

 

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

 

(a)

(b)

 

3

 

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

 

4

 

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware
NUMBER OF
SHARES
5SOLE VOTING POWER 
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
6SHARED VOTING POWER2,270,507 (1)
EACH
REPORTING
7SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER 
PERSON
WITH:
8SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER2,270,507 (1)

 

9

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

2,270,507 (1)

 

10

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW 9 EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

 

 

11

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9

 

4.49%

 

12

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

 

OO
     

 

(1)Consists of 2,270,507 shares of common stock of the Issuer held by Financial Opportunity Fund, LLC.
 

 

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1

 

NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSONS
(ENTITIES ONLY) 

Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC

 

 

2

 

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

 

(a)

(b)

 

3

 

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

 

4

 

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware
NUMBER OF
SHARES
5SOLE VOTING POWER 
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
6SHARED VOTING POWER84,017 (1)
EACH
REPORTING
7SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER 
PERSON
WITH:
8SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER84,017 (1)

 

9

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

84,017 (1)

 

10

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW 9 EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

 

 

11

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9

 

0.17%

 

12

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

 

OO
     

 

(1)Consists of 84,017 shares of common stock of the Issuer held by Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund, LLC.

 

 

 

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1

 

NAME OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NO. OF ABOVE PERSONS
(ENTITIES ONLY) 

Martin Friedman

 

 

2

 

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP

 

(a)

(b)

 

3

 

SEC USE ONLY

 

 

 

4

 

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

United States
NUMBER OF
SHARES
5SOLE VOTING POWER 
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
6SHARED VOTING POWER2,597,787 (1)
EACH
REPORTING
7SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER 
PERSON
WITH:
8SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER2,597,787 (1)

 

9

 

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

2,597,787 (1)

 

10

 

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW 9 EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES

 

 

11

 

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW 9

 

5.13%

 

12

 

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

 

IN
     

 

(1)Consists of 2,270,507 shares of common stock of the Issuer held by Financial Opportunity Fund LLC and 84,017 shares of common stock of the Issuer held by Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC, of which FJ Capital Management LLC is the managing member, and 243,263 shares of common stock of the Issuer held by managed accounts that FJ Capital Management manages. Martin Friedman is the Managing Member of FJ Capital Management LLC; as such, Mr. Friedman may be deemed to be a beneficial owner of reported shares but as to which Mr. Friedman disclaims beneficial ownership.

 

 

 

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Item 1(a). Name of Issuer:
   
  Lakeland Bancorp Inc. (LBAI)
   
Item 1(b). Address of Issuer’s Principal Executive Offices:
   
  250 Oak Ridge Road
  Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
   
Item 2(a). Name of Person Filing:
   
  

This Schedule 13G is being filed on behalf of the following Reporting Persons:

Financial Opportunity Fund LLC

Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC

FJ Capital Management LLC

Martin Friedman

   
Item 2(b). Address of Principal Business Office or, if None, Residence:
   
  

FJ Capital Management, LLC

7901 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 210

McLean, VA 22102

 

Financial Opportunity Fund LLC

7901 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 210

McLean, VA 22102

 

Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC

7901 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 210

McLean, VA 22102

 

Martin Friedman

7901 Jones Branch Dr., Suite 210

McLean, VA 22102

 

   
Item 2(c). Citizenship:
   
  Financial Opportunity Fund LLC, Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC, and FJ Capital Management LLC – Delaware limited liability companies
Martin Friedman – United States citizen
   
Item 2(d). Title of Class of Securities:
   
  Common Stock
   
Item 2(e). CUSIP Number:
   
  511637 10 0

 

 

 

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Item 3.If This Statement is Filed Pursuant to §§240.13d-1(b), or 240.13d-2(b) or (c), Check Whether the Person Filing is a:

 

 (a)Broker or dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78o).
    
 (b)Bank as defined in Section 3(a)(6) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c).
    
 (c)Insurance company as defined in Section 3(a)(19) of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c).
    
 (d)Investment company registered under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-8).
    
 (e)An investment adviser in accordance with §240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E);
    
 (f)An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with §240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F);
    
 (g)A parent holding company or control person in accordance with §240.13d-1(b)(ii)(G);
    
 (h)A savings association as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813);
    
 (i)A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment company under Section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-3);
    
 (j)Group, in accordance with §240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J).

 

Item 4.Ownership.
  
 Provide the following information regarding the aggregate number and percentage of the class of securities of the issuer identified in Item 1.

 

 (a)Amount beneficially owned:
   
  

FJ Capital Management LLC – 2,597,787 shares

Financial Opportunity Fund LLC – 2,270,507 shares

Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC – 84,017 shares

Martin Friedman – 2,597,787 shares

   
 (b)Percent of class:
   
  

FJ Capital Management LLC – 5.13%

Financial Opportunity Fund LLC – 4.49%

Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC – 0.17%

Martin Friedman – 5.13%

   
 (c)Number of shares as to which such person has:
   
  (i)Sole power to vote or to direct the vote

 

 

 

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   All Reporting Persons - 0
    
  (ii)Shared power to vote or to direct the vote
    
   

FJ Capital Management LLC – 2,597,787 shares

Financial Opportunity Fund LLC – 2,270,507 shares

Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC – 84,017 shares

Martin Friedman – 2,597,787 shares

    
  (iii)Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of
    
   All Reporting Persons – 0
    
  (iv)Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of
    
   

FJ Capital Management LLC – 2,597,787 shares

Financial Opportunity Fund LLC – 2,270,507 shares

Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC – 84,017 shares

Martin Friedman – 2,597,787 shares

 

Item 5.Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class.
 If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the class of securities, check the following
  
Item 6.Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person.
  
 N/A.
  
Item 7.Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired the Security Being Reported on by the Parent Holding Company or Control Person.
  
 N/A
  
  
Item 8.Identification and Classification of Members of the Group.
  
 Due to the relationships among them, the reporting persons hereunder may be deemed to constitute a “group” with one another for purposes of Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  
  
Item 9.Notice of Dissolution of Group.
  
 N/A

 

Item 10.Certification.
  
 By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having such purpose or effect.

 

 

 

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After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete, and correct.

 

 

 

   
Date: 9/7/2021 

Financial Opportunity Fund LLC

By: FJ Capital Management LLC, its Managing Member

 

 

By:    /s/ Martin Friedman                           

Name: Martin Friedman
Title: Managing Member

 

 

Financial Opportunity Long/Short Fund LLC

By: FJ Capital Management LLC, its Managing Member

 

 

By:    /s/ Martin Friedman                           

Name: Martin Friedman
Title: Managing Member

 

 

FJ Capital Management LLC

 

 

By:    /s/ Martin Friedman                           

Name: Martin Friedman
Title: Managing Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Martin Friedman                           

MARTIN FRIEDMAN