Emclaire Financial Corp Completes Northern Hancock Bank and Trust Co. Acquisition


EMLENTON, Pa., Oct. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emclaire Financial Corp (NASDAQ:EMCF) (Emclaire), the parent holding company of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton (Farmers National), announced today that, as of September 30, 2017, they have completed the acquisition of Northern Hancock Bank and Trust Co., Newell, West Virginia (Northern Hancock).

The transaction has expanded Emclaire’s franchise into Hancock County, West Virginia and increased Emclaire’s consolidated total assets and total deposits to approximately $750 million and $629 million, respectively. The merger is expected to be immediately accretive to Emclaire’s earnings for the remainder of 2017, excluding one-time charges, and 6% accretive to 2018 earnings and higher in future years. No additional capital was needed to complete the transaction and Emclaire and Farmers National remain “well-capitalized” institutions for regulatory purposes.

William C. Marsh, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emclaire and Farmers National, stated, “We are pleased to welcome all Northern Hancock depositors and customers to the Emclaire family. We are excited to expand our franchise into the upper panhandle of West Virginia and look forward to building upon and enhancing the customer relationships that Northern Hancock developed over the years. We believe we can provide Northern Hancock customers with a broader array of banking services, including expanded commercial and consumer lending capabilities and a more robust array of depository products and services. The acquisition of Northern Hancock, near the proposed Shell cracker plant in adjacent Beaver County, along with the recent opening of our new full-service banking office in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania (a Pittsburgh suburb) reflects our strategy to profitably grow our banking franchise in desirable contiguous markets.”

Mark A. Mangano, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Hancock, said, “We are pleased to have joined forces with Emclaire and Farmers National. We are excited about the new products and services that will be available to our customers.”

Silver, Freedman, Taff & Tiernan LLP, Washington, DC acted as legal counsel to Emclaire in the transaction. Keevican, Weiss, Bauerle & Hirsh, LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania acted as legal counsel and Renaissance Partners, LLC acted as financial advisor to Northern Hancock.

About Emclaire Financial Corp

Emclaire Financial Corp is the parent company of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, an independent, nationally chartered, FDIC-insured community bank headquartered in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, operating 18 full service offices in Pittsburgh and in Venango, Butler, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Jefferson and Mercer counties, Pennsylvania as well as Hancock county, West Virginia. Emclaire’s common stock is quoted on and traded through the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol “EMCF”. For more information, visit Emclaire’s website at “www.emclairefinancial.com”.

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