Sandy Spring Bancorp Acquisition of WashingtonFirst Bankshares to Create Region’s Largest, Locally-Headquartered Community Bank

OLNEY, Md., May 16, 2017 -- Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SASR) (“Sandy Spring”), the parent company of Sandy Spring Bank, and WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. (Nasdaq:WFBI) (”WashingtonFirst”), the parent company of WashingtonFirst Bank, jointly announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement for Sandy Spring to acquire the Virginia-based WashingtonFirst to create one of the premier banks in the Greater Washington, D.C. region.
 
With combined assets of approximately $7.5 billion, the acquisition creates the largest, locally-headquartered community bank and brings together two well-known financial services brands that focus on providing remarkable client experiences, building lasting relationships and helping people and businesses reach their financial goals. 
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ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2016 Results

RED BANK, N.J., March 24, 2017  -- ZAIS Group Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZAIS) ("ZAIS"), today reported financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016.  ZAIS conducts substantially all of its operations through ZAIS Group, LLC ("ZAIS Group").  ZAIS Group provides investment advisory and asset management services to private funds, separately managed accounts, structured vehicles and, until October 31, 2016, to ZAIS Financial Corp. ("ZFC REIT"), a publicly traded real estate investment trust (collectively, the "ZAIS Managed Entities").  References to the "Company" herein refer to ZAIS, together with (where the context requires) its consolidated subsidiaries and affiliates. 
 
Michael F. Szymanski, Chief Executive Officer, said "In 2016, we produced strong investment performance for our clients across our Securitized Credit, Leveraged Finance, and Credit Trading products and platforms.  
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The First Bancshares, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Iberville Bank and Gulf Coast Community Bank, and a Private Placement of Preferred Stock

HATTIESBURG, Miss.--- The First Bancshares, Inc. (FBMS) (“First Bancshares” or “the Company”), holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, (“The First”) announced today the signing of a Stock Purchase Agreement with A. Wilbert’s Sons Lumber and Shingle Company (“A. Wilbert’s Sons”), parent company of Iberville Bank, Plaquemine, Louisiana, under which First Bancshares has agreed to acquire 100% of the common stock of Iberville Bank in an all-cash transaction. The Company also announced today the signing of an Agreement and Plan of Merger under which it has agreed to acquire Gulf Coast Community Bank (“GCCB”), Pensacola, Florida, in an all-stock transaction. In addition, the Company entered into Securities Purchase Agreements (“SPAs”) with a limited number of institutional and other accredited investors, including certain directors of the Company (collectively the “Purchasers”) to sell a total of 3,563,380 shares of mandatorily convertible non-cumulative, non-voting, perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E, $1.00 par value (the “Series E Preferred Stock”) at a price of $17.75 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds of $63.25 million.
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Salem Five Bancorp to Acquire Georgetown Bancorp, Inc.

SALEM, Mass. & GEORGETOWN, Mass.-- Salem Five Bancorp, parent of Salem Five Cents Savings Bank (“Salem Five Bank”) and Georgetown Bancorp, Inc. (GTWN) (“Georgetown Bancorp”) parent of Georgetown Bank, today jointly announced that they have signed a definitive agreement whereby Salem Five Bancorp has agreed to acquire Georgetown Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary Georgetown Bank, in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $49.2 million.
 
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Under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of Georgetown Bancorp, Inc. will receive $26.00 in cash in exchange for each share of Georgetown Bancorp common stock. The consideration represents approximately 148% of Georgetown Bancorp tangible book value at June 30, 2016.
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OceanFirst Financial Corp. Announces Agreement to Acquire Ocean Shore Holding Co.; OceanFirst To Strengthen Franchise and Become Fourth Largest New Jersey Based Banking Institution by Deposit Market Share

TOMS RIVER, N.J. and OCEAN CITY, N.J., July 13, 2016 -- OceanFirst Financial Corp. (“OceanFirst”) (OCFC), headquartered in Toms River, New Jersey, and Ocean Shore Holding Co. (“Ocean Shore”) (OSHC), headquartered in Ocean City, New Jersey, jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger pursuant to which Ocean Shore, the holding company and parent of Ocean City Home Bank, will merge with and into OceanFirst, the holding company and parent of OceanFirst Bank. Ocean City Home Bank will also merge with and into OceanFirst Bank. The transaction is valued at approximately $22.47 per Ocean Shore common share or approximately $145.6 million in the aggregate.
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