merger & acquisition

Kearny Financial Corp. Completes Merger with Clifton Bancorp Inc.

Fairfield-based Kearny Financial Corp. (“Kearny”), the holding company for Kearny Bank, announced the successful closing of the previously announced acquisition of Clifton Bancorp Inc. (“Clifton”) and its Clifton Savings Bank subsidiary. Under the terms of the merger agreement, each outstanding share of Clifton common stock was exchanged for 1.191 shares of Kearny common stock together with cash in lieu of any fractional shares equivalent to $13.24 per whole share of Kearny.  The merger will enhance Kearny’s footprint across dynamic and desirable northern New Jersey markets, and be significantly accretive to future earnings per share.  Kearny now has 54 full service banking locations across New Jersey.  At December 31, 2017, Clifton Bancorp Inc. had approximately $1.67 billion in total assets.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand into a number of new marketplaces in northern New Jersey while continuing to support our long term strategic growth and diversification plans over the coming years.  We welcome the customers, employees, and shareholders of CSBK to the Kearny family,” said Craig L. Montanaro, president and CEO of Kearny Bank.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor to Kearny, and Luse Gorman, PC served as its legal counsel.  Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. served as financial advisor to Clifton, and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP served as its legal counsel.

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