WSFS, Beneficial merger moves a step closer as regulator OKs deal


WSFS Financial Corporation announced that its primary subsidiary,WSFS Bank, received approval from theOffice of the Comptroller of the Currency(OCC) to mergeBeneficial Bank, the primary subsidiary ofBeneficial Bancorp, Inc., Philadelphia

WSFS and Beneficial expect to close the mergers ofBeneficial and Beneficial BankintoWSFS and WSFS Bank on March 1.

Following the closing of the mergers, WSFS will have approximately$13 billionin assets and will become the largest, locally-headquartered community bank in theGreater Delaware Valley.

About one-quarter of the combined branches will be closed. Earlier, it was announced that a handful of southern New Jersey branches will be sold. A portion of the savings from cost cuts will be used on technology upgrades that are needed in an era when more people are banking via mobile device.

“The OCC’s approval is another major milestone in the journey we started last summer to combine the strengths of two local community banks with more than 350 years of combined experience in serving the communities, residents and businesses of theGreater Delaware Valley,” saidRodger Levenson, WSFS’ new CEO. “We are excited about the progress we have made to date, and we are confident in our ability to execute on our plan to close this transaction in the coming weeks and integrate our systems by late summer.”

Following the closing of the merger, both banks will continue to operate as separate brands untilAugust. At that time, all branches will be converted to the WSFS name.

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