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Commencement Bank Announces Formation of Holding Company

July 20, 2020

Commencement Bank (OTCQX:CBWA, referred to herein as the “Bank”), is pleased to announce the formation of its holding company, Commencement Bancorp, Inc. (referred to herein as “Commencement Bancorp”), effective July 20, 2020.

Commencement Bancorp will trade under the Bank’s former ticker symbol CBWA on the OTC Markets premium trading platform, OTCQX Banks. Each outstanding share of Bank common stock will automatically convert to an equivalent share of Commencement Bancorp common stock. The Board of Directors of the Bank will serve as the Board of Directors for Commencement Bancorp and John E. Manolides will serve as President and CEO.

“Establishing a holding company has been under consideration for some time. It is our intention to take advantage of the holding company structure to increase shareholder value, aid our organization in its strategic growth initiatives, and provide access to capital markets. This is a huge step towards our long-term goals for the institution and I am grateful to have the support of our board of directors and shareholders,” said Mr. Manolides.

The Bank will continue to operate under the name “Commencement Bank,” and engage in the same business in which it is presently engaged and will continue to operate from its current locations.


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