ESSA Bancorp Announces Monroe County, Pa. Branch Facility Acquisition, Deposit and Loan Assumption

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STROUDSBURG, PA--(Marketwired - Aug 16, 2013) - ESSA Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESSA), the holding company for ESSA Bank & Trust, a $1.38 billion asset institution providing a full range of retail, commercial financial services, and financial advisory and asset management capabilities, today announced plans for ESSA Bank & Trust to acquire from First National Community Bank, the subsidiary of First National Community Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: FNCB), a branch and customer deposits and loans from two FNCB offices located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

ESSA Bank & Trust will purchase the deposits and loans, and the FNCB branch, located in Marshalls Creek, PA. Customer deposits and loans from the FNCB Stroudsburg office will be transferred to ESSA's Stroudsburg facility. ESSA Bank & Trust plans to consolidate two of its branches located in Bushkill, PA and Marshalls Creek into the new facility. Subject to regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in December 2013.

Gary S. Olson, ESSA's President and CEO, commented: "This acquisition will add to our retail deposit base in Monroe County, where we have the leading market share of retail deposits. We are purchasing a conveniently located, highly visible and attractive facility, and improving our efficiency by consolidating two of our nearby locations into this new facility. Both companies plan to work closely together to facilitate a smooth transition for branch customers."

When the transaction is completed, the Marshalls Creek branch will be part of the ESSA Bank & Trust network. The Company anticipates the new branch will have combined deposits totaling more than $40 million.

About The Company

ESSA Bank & Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ESSA Bancorp, Inc., has total assets of over $1.3 billion and is the leading service-oriented financial institution headquartered in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The Bank maintains its corporate headquarters in downtown Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and has 26 community offices throughout the Greater Pocono and Lehigh Valley areas in Pennsylvania. In addition to being one of the region's largest mortgage lenders, ESSA Bank & Trust offers a full range of retail, commercial financial services, and financial advisory and asset management capabilities. ESSA Bancorp, Inc. stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Market(SM) under the symbol "ESSA."

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