Northwest Bancshares completes merger with Donegal

Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NWBI), the holding company for Northwest Bank, announced it has successfully completed its merger with Donegal Financial Services Corporation (“DFSC”), the privately-owned holding company for Union Community Bank (“UCB”).

Ronald J. Seiffert, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Northwest Bancshares, Inc., said, “We are pleased to announce the completion of our merger with Donegal Financial Services Corporation and Union Community Bank. The management teams and employees of Northwest, DFSC, and UCB have worked tirelessly over the last several months to prepare for the integration of our companies. We believe that this transaction will help deliver value through the increased operating scale in one of the most rapidly growing counties in our footprint. The combined strength of our institutions will allow us to better serve customers across all of our markets with a wide range of financial products and services while maintaining the personal service they expect from their community bank.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, the two shareholders, Donegal Mutual Insurance Company and Donegal Group Inc., received payment in the form of 50 percent cash and 50 percent stock, or a total of $42.5 million and 2,462,373 shares of NWBI common stock.

The completion of the merger has resulted in a bank with approximately $10.1 billion in total assets, providing banking services through 182 locations and 205 ATMs in three states. The transaction has expanded Northwest’s franchise by 12 offices in Lancaster County in eastern Pennsylvania.

Ambassador Financial Group, Inc. served as financial advisor and Luse Gorman, PC served as legal counsel to Northwest in this transaction.

Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods, Inc. served as financial adviser and Duane Morris, LLP served as legal counsel to the two shareholders of DFSC.

About Northwest Bancshares, Inc.

Headquartered in Warren, Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company of Northwest Bank. Founded in 1896, Northwest Bank is a full-service financial institution offering a complete line of business and personal banking products, employee benefits and wealth management services, as well as the fulfillment of business and personal insurance needs. Northwest now operates 172 full-service community banking offices and ten freestanding drive-through facilities in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. Northwest Bancshares, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NWBI”). Additional information regarding Northwest Bancshares, Inc. and Northwest Bank can be accessed online at