SOURCE: ESSA Bancorp

ESSA Bancorp

December 04, 2015 16:30 ET

ESSA Bancorp, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Eagle National Bancorp, Inc.

STROUDSBURG, PA--(Marketwired - Dec 4, 2015) - ESSA Bancorp, Inc. ("ESSA Bancorp") (NASDAQ: ESSA) today announced that its acquisition of Eagle National Bancorp, Inc. ("ENB") and its wholly owned subsidiary, Eagle National Bank, was completed on December 4, 2015 through an all-cash transaction.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, stockholders of ENB will receive $5.80 per share or an aggregate of approximately $24.7 million. The merger is expected to be immediately accretive to ESSA Bancorp's earnings, excluding transaction related expenses.

Eagle National Bank, which operated five full-service banking facilities in Chester and Delaware counties spanning the western suburbs of Philadelphia, has been merged with and into ESSA Bancorp's wholly-owned subsidiary, ESSA Bank & Trust. As of September 30, 2015, Eagle National Bank reported assets of $185.0 million, total loans of $127.5 million, and total deposits of $157.5 million. ESSA Bank & Trust is a $1.8 billion asset institution following the acquisition and provides a full range of commercial and retail banking products, insurance, investment, and trust services from 30 locations in eastern Pennsylvania.

Gary O. Olson, President and CEO of ESSA Bancorp commented, "We are excited to welcome Eagle National Bank's customers and employees to ESSA Bank. We believe Eagle National Bank's customers will quickly gain confidence in our capabilities and benefit from our expanded suite of products and services. This acquisition increases our commercial presence and creates a tremendous opportunity for us in the suburban Philadelphia market."

RP Financial, LC served as financial advisor to ESSA and rendered a fairness opinion in connection with the transaction and Luse Gorman, PC served as legal counsel to ESSA. Ambassador Financial Group, Inc. served as financial advisor to ENB and rendered a fairness opinion. Fox Rothschild LLP served as legal counsel to ENB.

About the Company: ESSA Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for its wholly-owned subsidiary, ESSA Bank & Trust, which was formed in 1916. Headquartered in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, the Company has total assets of approximately $1.8 billion and 30 community offices throughout the Greater Pocono, Lehigh Valley, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and western Philadelphia suburbs in Pennsylvania. ESSA Bank & Trust offers a full range of commercial and retail financial services, financial advisory, insurance, and asset management capabilities. ESSA Bancorp Inc. stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market (SM) under the symbol "ESSA".

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