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Community Bank System, Inc. (CBU) and The Wilber Corporation Announce Signing of Definitive Merger Agreement

SYRACUSE, N.Y. & ONEONTA, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Community Bank System, Inc. (NYSE:CBUNews) and The Wilber Corporation (NYSE Amex: GIW) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement pursuant to which Community Bank System, Inc. will acquire The Wilber Corporation, parent company of Wilber National Bank in Oneonta, NY, for $101.8 million in Community Bank System stock and cash, or $9.50 per share. The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of both companies.

The merger will combine two institutions with a strong history of localized customer service, and expands the Community Bank service footprint into seven new counties covering the Central Leatherstocking, Greater Capital District, and Catskills regions of Upstate New York. At June 30, 2010, The Wilber Corporation had total assets of $929 million, net loans of $553 million, and deposits of $778 million. The transaction is expected to be accretive to CBU earnings per share in 2011, exclusive of one-time acquisition related charges.

“We are excited to be partnering with Wilber National Bank to extend our Upstate New York service area. Wilber has a significant market presence and attractive deposit share in contiguous regions, with demographic characteristics very similar to our current markets,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Tryniski. “Just as important to us, Wilber Bank has an impressive history of service to its customers and its communities, a tradition that aligns well with that of Community Bank.” Tryniski continued, “Wilber has historically strong earnings and operating results and a footprint that lies predominantly within the Marcellus Shale gas region, providing tremendous future growth potential.”

“This is an ideal opportunity for Wilber to partner with a true community bank that has been nationally recognized for providing outstanding customer service,” said Alfred Whittet, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Wilber Corporation. “Their focus on local communities and local decision-making is identical to our model, and our customers will benefit from expanded product and service offerings and a broader network of branch locations and ATM’s.”

Brian Wright, Chairman of the Board of The Wilber Corporation, said, “We are pleased to be partnering with Community Bank System, which will provide enhanced opportunities for our shareholders, customers, and employees. We are pleased with the attractive market premium for our shareholders, in addition to a significantly improved dividend and substantial market liquidity. Community Bank System also has an impressive history of creating shareholder value through both earnings and dividend growth.”

The merger agreement provides for two Wilber Corporation Directors to be added to the Board of Directors of Community Bank System, Inc. The merger transaction is expected to close in early 2011, subject to approval by the shareholders of The Wilber Corporation, as well as completion of the regulatory review and approval process.

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC served as financial advisor to Community Bank System; Sandler O’Neill + Partners, LP served as financial advisor to The Wilber Corporation with Austin Associates, LLC providing a fairness opinion. Legal counsel for Community Bank System was Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, and for Wilber was Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP.

Conference Call Scheduled

Community Bank System management will discuss the transaction during its third quarter earnings conference call scheduled for Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed at 1-877-551-8082 (1-904-520-5770 if outside United States and Canada). An audio recording will be available one hour after the call until December 31, 2010, and may be accessed at 1-888-284-7564 (1-904-596-3174 if outside the United States and Canada) and entering access code 255258. Investors may also listen live via the Internet at:

Additional Information About the Merger

Community Bank System, Inc. and The Wilber Corporation will file a proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents with the SEC in connection with the merger. Shareholders of The Wilber Corporation are advised to read the proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to those documents, because they will contain important information.

The proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents Community Bank System, Inc. has filed with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents Community Bank System, Inc. has filed with the SEC by contacting Josie Rurka, Investor Relations, Community Bank System, Inc., 5790 Widewaters Parkway, DeWitt, NY 13214, telephone: (315) 445-7300 and by The Wilber Corporation by contacting Joseph E. Sutaris, 245 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, telephone: (607) 432-1700.

The Wilber Corporation and its directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from its shareholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information concerning such participants’ ownership of The Wilber Corporation common stock will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus relating to the merger when it becomes available. This communication does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

Community Bank System, Inc. – Profile

Headquartered in DeWitt, NY, Community Bank System, Inc. has $5.5 billion in assets and approximately 150 customer facilities across Upstate New York, where it operates as Community Bank, N.A., and Northeastern Pennsylvania, where it is known as First Liberty Bank & Trust. Its other subsidiaries include: Benefit Plans Administrative Services, Inc., an employee benefits administration and consulting firm with offices in Upstate New York, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA, and Houston, TX; the CBNA Insurance Agency, with offices in three northern New York communities; Community Investment Services, a broker-dealer delivering financial products throughout the company’s branch network; and Nottingham Advisors, a wealth management and advisory firm with offices in Buffalo, NY, and North Palm Beach, FL. For more information, visit: or

About The Wilber Corporation and Wilber National Bank

The Wilber Corporation is a single bank holding company headquartered in Oneonta, New York, and its common stock trades under the symbol “GIW” on the NYSE Amex.

Wilber National Bank operates as a traditional commercial bank in the central New York market with 22 branch offices located in Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie, Ulster, Chenango, Onondaga, Saratoga, and Broome Counties, along with a loan production office located in Saratoga County. Additional information about Wilber National Bank can be found at its website:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The following factors, among others, could cause the actual results of CBU and GIW operations to differ materially from expectations: the successful integration of operations of its acquisitions; competition; changes in economic conditions, interest rates and financial markets; and changes in legislation or regulatory requirements. CBU and GIW assume no duty to update forward-looking statements.

Wilber Corporation Acquisition Highlights
  • Offers significant size in new markets and is a natural market extension into an adjacent region with similar
    demographic profile.
This transaction makes CBU a $6.4 billion institution operating in nearly every market in Upstate New York.
Wilber is currently number one in deposit market share in the Oneonta MSA, an area where CBU currently has no branches.
Wilber operates in markets similar to where CBU has historically performed well, including those areas within the Marcellus Shale formation.
  • Wilber’s current branch network will provide an attractive platform for CBU’s existing product suite.
  • The deal is expected to be accretive to EPS (excl. one-time costs) by 2 – 4% in 2011 and 2012 with an IRR
    of approximately 12%.
  • 80/20% stock/cash mix provides capital support to remain substantially above well-capitalized.
Overview of Wilber Corp.
  • Wilber is a $929 million asset bank headquartered in Oneonta, NY (Otsego County)
  • Wilber operates 22 branches in Otsego (10), Delaware (5), Chenango (2), Broome (1), Onondaga (1), Saratoga (1), Schoharie (1) and Ulster (1) Counties, NY
  • At or for the six months ended June 30, 2010
Total Assets: $929.3 million
Total Net Loans: $553.0 million
Total Deposits: $778.5 million
NPAs/Total Assets: 2.59%
Net Income: $2.9 million
ROAA: 0.62%
ROAE: 7.73%
NIM: 3.60%
Terms and Pricing
$9.50 per share in stock or cash (80% stock / 20% cash subject to
election). Price is fixed, subject to collars.
Deal Value:
$101.8 million
Pricing Metrics:
1.32x book value, 1.41x tangible book value, 13.4x LTM EPS
Detailed Due Diligence:
Completed; utilized third-party credit review firm. Assumed $21.5 –
$26.5 million credit mark.
Estimated One-time Costs:
$7.7 million (pre-tax)
Estimated Cost Savings:
$5.1 million (pre-tax), approximately 19% of Wilber’s estimated 2011
non-interest expenses
Earnings Accretion:
2% – 4% in 2011
Estimated Pro Forma
Capital Ratios at Closing:
7.40%+ Tier 1 Leverage Ratio

12.19% Tier 1, Risk-based Ratio

13.23% Total Capital Ratio

5.82% TCE/TA

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