Medina Savings & Loan to merge with Generations Bank

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 March 2018 at 10:32 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Tim Moriarty, president and CEO of Medina Savings & Loan for the past 22 years, is pictured at the bank’s Medina site in this photo from 2013.

MEDINA – A bank with roots in Medina since 1888 announced today it will be merging with another bank.

Medina Savings & Loan Association will merge with Generations Bank with Generations the surviving entity, according to a news release from the two institutions.

Seneca-Cayuga Bancorp is the holding company for Generations Bank. The merger is expected to increase Seneca-Cayuga’s consolidated assets from $291 million at December 31, 2017 to $344 million.

Medina’s existing branch offices – Maple Ridge Road in Medina and inside the Wal-Mart on Route 31 in Albion – 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% majority shareholder of Seneca-Cayuga.

“We’ve always focused on our community and what our banking clients need,” said Tim Moriarty, president and chief executive officer of Medina. “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.”

Medina Savings & Loan last year completed a 768-square-foot addition on the western edge of the existing 3,480-square-foot building on Maple Ridge Road. The bank in the past decades experienced growth with commercial loans, commercial checking, various types of consumer loans, home equity lines of credit, growth in the bank’s residential construction program, and expanded depository services.

Under the terms of the merger 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.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Medina Savings and Loan,” said Menzo Case, president and CEO of Generations Bank. “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.”

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.

Because the transaction is structured as a merger with a mutual entity, no purchase price is being paid in connection with the transaction. As a 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. In addition, the transaction could be expected to add to Generations’ value should it ever implement another stock offering or a second step stock conversion.

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.

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