Peoples Bancorp, Inc.
When Peoples Bancorp sought to expand their geographic footprint, they turned to Dinsmore for counsel. We guided Peoples Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Peoples Bank, NA, through the acquisition of Sistersville Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of First Federal Savings Bank. We counseled the client through the transaction, beginning with due diligence, assessment of the risks and benefits and the structuring of the transaction. We also negotiated and drafted the documents for the acquisition, which included the merger of the two holding companies and the subsequent merger of the two subsidiary banks, resulting in two additional full-service bank branches for Peoples Bank located in Sistersville and Parkersburg, West Virginia. We also worked with the client to ensure compliance with banking regulators, including the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and various state organizations, and handled all of the regulatory application filings. We also counseled the client through transitioning and terminating employee benefits plans to ensure legal compliance and compliance with People’s plans. The acquisition, which was completed for aggregate cash consideration of approximately $9.81 million, enables the client to continue their growth into new markets and positively impact their earnings in the near future.