Community Bank System to Acquire Elmira Savings Bank | Financial Buzz

Community Bank System to Acquire Elmira Savings Bank

Community Bank System, Inc. (NYSE: CBU) and Elmira Savings Bank (NASDAQ: ESBK) reported entry into a definitive agreement where Community Bank System’s subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A. will acquire Elmira Savings Bank in cash valued approximately at USD 82.8 Million.  Shareholders of Elmira will receive USD 23.10 cash for each share of common stock owned.  The board of directors of both companies have approved the transaction.  “Our acquisition of Elmira Savings Bank will enhance and extend our banking footprint in the Finger Lakes Region, across markets which we successfully compete in and aspire to continue to grow our business,” said Mark E. Tryniski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Bank System. “This combination will establish a broader and deeper community banking presence in Central New York and the Southern Tier and will further enhance our ability to serve these markets. For over 150 years, Elmira Savings Bank has been engaged and committed to its customers, communities, and shareholders, values which align closely with those of Community Bank. Equally important, our institutions have similar organizational values and cultures that respect and value the people that contribute to our success. We are delighted to welcome the Elmira Savings Bank team to the Community Bank organization and look forward to the future of the combined company.”

“We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a merger agreement with Community Bank System, which is a financially strong and effectively managed bank. Our shareholders, customers and employees will all benefit from this merger,” said Thomas M. Carr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elmira. “Our customers will continue to receive the highly personalized service they expect, while having access to a greatly expanded set of products and services available from the larger combined organization with an extensive branch network and a robust digital and mobile banking presence. We are pleased to be able to enhance our service capacity in all of our current communities. Our employees benefit by becoming part of an organization which also values their commitment and contribution to the Company’s growth and profitability and which offers additional opportunities for professional growth and advancement. We view our combination with Community Bank as a win for all of our stakeholders, and we look forward to working closely with their team to complete the combination.”

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