asthampton, Massachusetts and Cohasset, Massachusetts - Hometown Financial Group, Inc. the holding company for bankESB (Easthampton, MA) and bankHometown (Oxford, MA), and Pilgrim Bancshares, Inc. (OTC: PLRM) have jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement in which Hometown Financial Group, Inc. will acquire Pilgrim Bancshares, Inc. Pilgrim Bancshares is the parent company of Pilgrim Bank, a $263 million Massachusetts-chartered cooperative bank with branches located in the Massachusetts communities of Cohasset and Marion.
Easthampton, MA and Oxford, MA - Easthampton Savings Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of ESB Bancorp, Inc., (ESB) and Hometown Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Hometown Community Bancorp, Inc., jointly announced today that they will form a strategic partnership through the merger of their holding companies. After this transaction is completed, the combined mutual holding company will have over $1.7 billion in assets and over $180 million in equity capital with a branch network of 23 offices located throughout central and western Massachusetts and northeast Connecticut. This announcement follows ESB’s 2015 acquisition of the Citizens National Bank in Putnam, CT, and continues a well-constructed growth plan. The two banks will merge mutual holding companies, but will continue to run their banks independently and autonomously.