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Shore United Bank Expands Maryland Operations with Acquisition of Three Branches in the Greater Baltimore Metro Areas of Elkridge, Owings Mills and Arbutus from Northwest Bank

Dienstag, 10.01.2017 22:45 von PR Newswire

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EASTON, Md. and WARREN, Pa., Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Shore Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHBI) announced today that its banking subsidiary, Shore United Bank, has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement to acquire three bank branches located in the greater Baltimore, Maryland metropolitan area with approximately $214 million in deposits, $152 million of performing loans and $40 million of cash from Northwest Bank, the bank subsidiary of Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NWBI).  This acquisition provides Shore United Bank with the opportunity to enhance its footprint in Maryland by extending its branch network across the Eastern Shore to the greater Baltimore area communities of Elkridge, Owings Mills and Arbutus.

The premium to be paid on the deposits to be transferred is 8.0%.  Excluding estimated transaction expenses, the transaction is currently anticipated to generate additional pre-tax income of approximately $1.7 million and $2.5 million in 2017 and 2018, respectively.  Upon completion of the transaction, Shore Bancshares, Inc. is expected to have approximately $1.35 billion in total assets.

Both banks are working closely together to ensure a seamless transition for the customers and employees. Shore United Bank plans to retain all employees at these branch locations.

"We are excited to announce this transaction and look forward to having our new customers and employees join the Shore United team," noted Shore Bancshares' President and Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd L. "Scott" Beatty, Jr.  "These branches are a natural extension of our Eastern Shore base of operations and the transaction reflects our announced intention to expand our footprint through accretive acquisition opportunities.  The acquisition will provide us with the liquidity to support future growth as well as a significant amount of performing loans, both of which will strengthen our franchise value."  Pat Bilbrough, Shore United Bank's President and Chief Executive Officer, added "we believe our new customers will be pleased with our personalized approach to banking, our competitive banking products and services and our commitment to our people and our communities."

William J. Wagner, Chairman, President and CEO of Northwest Bank stated "Northwest is pleased to have the opportunity to transfer these branches to Shore, given its long-standing tradition of success as a Maryland-based community bank.  We believe the employees and customers of these offices will embrace the products, services and culture of Shore, which are remarkably similar to Northwest.  After thoroughly vetting the merits of this potential divestiture, we concluded that the transaction with Shore presented a reasonable financial return, while providing significant opportunities for our company to devote additional resources to the markets in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio where we have a more significant presence and greater opportunities for success."

Subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, the acquisition is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2017.  Customers of the acquired branches will receive detailed information regarding the transfer of their accounts in the next few months.

Monocacy Financial Advisors, LLC is serving as financial advisor to Shore United Bank and Holland & Knight LLP is serving as legal advisor.  Sandler O'Neill + Partners, LLP is serving as financial advisor to Northwest Bank and Luse Gorman, PC is serving as legal advisor.

About Shore Bancshares, Inc.

Shore Bancshares, Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Easton, Maryland and is the largest independent bank holding company located on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  It is the parent company of Shore United Bank; one retail insurance producer firm, The Avon-Dixon Agency, LLC ("Avon-Dixon"), with two specialty lines, Elliott Wilson Insurance (Trucking) and Jack Martin Associates (Marine); and an insurance premium finance company, Mubell Finance, LLC ("Mubell").  Shore Bancshares Inc. engages in trust and wealth management services through Wye Financial & Trust, a division of Shore United Bank.

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About Northwest Bancshares, Inc.

Headquartered in Warren, Pennsylvania, Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company of Northwest Bank.  Founded in 1896, Northwest Bank is a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of business and personal banking products, employee benefits and wealth management services, as well as the fulfillment of business and personal insurance needs.  Northwest operates 167 full-service community banking offices and nine free-standing drive-up facilities in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Maryland and 49 consumer finance offices in Pennsylvania through its subsidiary, Northwest Consumer Discount Company.  Northwest Bancshares, Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market ("NWBI").  Additionally, information regarding Northwest Bancshares, Inc. and Northwest Bank can be accessed on-line at

Forward-Looking Statements

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