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Southern Hills Community Bank, Adams County Building and Loan to merge

Leesburg, Ohio-based Southern Hills Community Bank and West Union, Ohio-based Adams County Building and Loan Co. have agreed to merge, The (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette reported Aug. 2.

With Southern Hills Community's deal with Ripley, Ohio-based Ripley Federal Savings Bank, which is expected to close Oct. 23, the combined banking organization will have operations in Highland, Brown and Adams counties, operating under the Southern Hills Community Bank brand, according to the news story.

The combined bank will operate two branches in Adams County, Ohio, to be ranked fourth with a 5.14% share of approximately $385.8 million in total market deposits and will operate three branches in Highland County, Ohio, to be ranked fourth with a 3.06% share of approximately $2.35 billion in total market deposits.

SNL valuations for bank and thrift targets in the Midwest region between August 2, 2016, and August 2, 2017, averaged 149.32% of book, 154.19% of tangible book and had a median of 19.77x last-12-months earnings, on an aggregate basis.

As of June 30, Southern Hills Community had $81.8 million in assets, while Adams County Building and Loan had $23.0 million in assets.

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