Seneca-Cayuga Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Generations Bank, and Medina Savings and Loan Association, a New York-chartered mutual savings association announced a merger on Monday.
The deal will merge Medina into Generations Bank. The merger is expected to increase Seneca-Cayuga’s consolidated assets from $291 million to $344 million.
Medina’s existing branch offices will become branch offices of Generations Bank and are expected to operate under the name “MSL, a division of Generations Bank” for at least two years after completion of the merger.
Additionally, two members of Medina’s board of directors will become members of the boards of directors of Generations Bank, Seneca-Cayuga and The Seneca Falls Savings Bank, MHC, the mutual holding company of Generations Bank and the 56.9 percent majority shareholder of Seneca-Cayuga.
Under the terms of the agreement, depositors of Medina will become depositors of Generations Bank and members of the MHC, and will have the same rights and privileges in the MHC, as if their accounts had been established in Generations Bank on the date established at Medina.
As part of the transaction, Seneca-Cayuga will issue shares of its common stock to the MHC in an amount equal to the fair value of Medina as determined by a third-party appraisal. These shares are expected to be issued concurrent with the completion of the merger.
Since the transaction is structured as a merger with a mutual entity, no purchase price is being paid in connection with the transaction.
As result, the transaction is not expected to be dilutive from a capital or earnings perspective to Seneca-Cayuga’s stockholders while increasing its earnings base. Additionally, the transaction could be expected to add to Generations’ value should it ever implement another stock offering or a second step stock conversion.
Menzo Case, President and Chief Executive Officer of Generations Bank said “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Medina Savings and Loan. We are very familiar with Medina, its conservative approach to banking and its deep roots in the communities it serves. We are very excited about the future of our combined company.”
Tim Moriarty, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medina, added “We’ve always focused on our community and what our banking clients need. We feel that this merger is an excellent opportunity to enhance the services to and convenience for our customers and the communities we serve. Partnering with Generations will allow us to continue providing our customers with a high level of personalized service and local decision-making while preserving our values of our community bank culture.”
The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including the approval by Medina’s depositors and customary regulatory approvals.
Luse Gorman, PC, Washington, D.C., acted as legal counsel to Generations Bank and Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP acted as legal counsel to Medina during the transaction, according to bank officials.