Fulton Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: FULT) (“Fulton”) today announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Prudential Bancorp, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: PBIP) (“Prudential Bancorp”) headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a transaction in which Prudential Bancorp was merged into Fulton (the “Merger”).
“We are excited to have completed, in approximately four months, the acquisition of Prudential Bancorp,” said E. Philip Wenger, Fulton’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I am really proud of the team members from both banks, who are joining together to create a smooth transition for Prudential Bank customers as they become Fulton Bank customers later this year. Our company’s enhanced presence in Philadelphia will help us expand our efforts to change lives for the better in the communities we serve. I would also like to welcome Prudential Bancorp’s shareholders to Fulton. We are delighted to have you with us.”
Prudential Bancorp’s subsidiary, Prudential Bank, will operate as a separate subsidiary of Fulton until the fourth quarter of this year when Fulton expects to merge Prudential Bank into its existing subsidiary, Fulton Bank, N.A. (“Fulton Bank”), and to convert Prudential Bank’s operating systems and customer accounts to Fulton Bank’s. Until the bank merger and systems conversion occurs, Prudential Bank customers will continue to be served through Prudential Bank’s current product and service offerings, and Prudential Bank’s existing office locations will continue to operate as ‘Prudential Bank.’
In conjunction with the acquisition, as previously announced, Fulton has made a $2 million contribution to the Fulton Forward® Foundation, designated to provide impact gifts to nonprofit community organizations in Philadelphia that are focused on advancing economic empowerment -- particularly in underserved communities. Grants will focus on programs in the areas of affordable housing and home ownership; job training and workforce development; financial education and economic empowerment; and diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Merger was approved by banking regulators and by Prudential Bancorp’s shareholders. Under the terms of the merger agreement between Fulton and Prudential Bancorp (the “Merger Agreement”), Prudential Bancorp shareholders are receiving shares of Fulton common stock based on a fixed exchange ratio of 0.7974 of a Fulton share and $3.65 in cash for each share of Prudential Bancorp common stock they owned.
Additional information about the merger transaction and the Merger Agreement are available in a Current Report on Form 8-K that is being filed by Fulton with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) simultaneously with the issuance of this press release.
Fulton Financial Corporation is the holding company for Fulton Bank (www.fultonbank.com) and Prudential Bank (www.psbanker.com). With consolidated assets of approximately $26.4 billion, Fulton provides financial services through more than 200 financial centers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.
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These forward-looking statements are also subject to the “Risk Factors” as well as other principal risks and uncertainties applicable to the respective businesses and activities of Fulton and the former Prudential Bancorp that are disclosed in Fulton’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter-ended March 31, 2022, and in other documents Fulton filed with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and in the former Prudential Bancorp’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, in its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters-ended December 31, 2021 and March 31, 2022, and in other documents Prudential Bancorp files with the SEC. Fulton’s and the former Prudential Bancorp’s SEC filings are accessible on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.