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Peoples Bancorp Enters Cleveland Market With Acquisition of Ohio Commerce Bank


July 2 - Peoples Bancorp Inc. (Nasdaq: PEBO), holding company for Peoples Bank, National Association, has announced that on July 1, 2013, Peoples Bank signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Ohio Commerce Bank, which operates a single branch in the highly attractive banking market of Beachwood, Ohio.

"We are pleased to continue to grow our footprint while acquiring a well performing bank that complements our current growth strategy," said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples' president and CEO. "Dell Duncan and the Ohio Commerce team have done an excellent job of building a franchise that focuses on serving the banking needs of local small businesses and entrepreneurs. We are excited about the opportunity to provide our extensive product offering and a full spectrum of financial expertise to Ohio Commerce customers." 

Sulerzyski continued, "For the past 111 years, Peoples has earned the reputation as a leader in community banking by providing a personalized brand of banking, a broad choice of financial products and services delivered through state of the art technology. We are large enough to provide the same products and services as the region's large banks, but with a much higher degree of personalized service. Our goal is to be the leading provider of financial services in the region, with local decision-making and familiar faces for our customers."

Stuart Kline, chairman of Ohio Commerce, commented, "We are excited to be affiliated with an outstanding community bank such as Peoples, and we believe this transaction will be beneficial for our customers and community. Our customers will gain access to a greater array of products and services, including retirement plan services, investment, insurance and more commercial loan products, while continuing to see the same high level service they have come to expect. We will also have a significantly larger lending limit, which will allow us to invest even more in our local communities." 

Under the terms of the agreement, Peoples Bank has agreed to pay $13.75 in cash for each share of Ohio Commerce common stock for a total cash consideration of approximately $16.5 million. Peoples expects this acquisition to be accretive to its 2014 earnings per share.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and Ohio Commerce shareholder approval, and is anticipated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2013. At that time, Ohio Commerce's office will become a branch of Peoples Bank. At March 31, 2013, Ohio Commerce had total assets of $107 million, total loans of $86 million and total deposits of $95 million. 

Ohio Commerce is being advised by Boenning & Scattergood Inc. and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is serving as Peoples' legal counsel.

Peoples Bancorp Inc. is a diversified financial services holding company with $1.9 billion in total assets, 49 locations and 44 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Peoples makes available a complete line of banking, investment, insurance and trust solutions through its subsidiaries - Peoples Bank, National Association and Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC. Peoples' common shares are traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "PEBO," and Peoples is a member of the Russell 3000 index of U.S. publicly traded companies. Learn more about Peoples at

Ohio Commerce Bank is a $107 million institution headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, focused on serving the needs of small businesses, with state of the art services and a comprehensive array of loan products.