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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

Washington, D.C. 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):  December 14, 2018

NorthWest Indiana Bancorp
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

9204 Columbia Avenue
Munster, Indiana 46321
(Address of principal executive offices)

(219) 836-4400
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 8.01
Other Events.

On December 14, 2018, the stockholders of AJS Bancorp, Inc. (“AJSB”) approved and adopted the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) dated July 30, 2018 by and among NorthWest Indiana Bancorp (“NWIN”) and AJSB, providing for the merger of AJSB with and into NWIN, with NWIN as the surviving corporation (the “Merger”).  The shareholders of NWIN are not voting on the Merger.

The closing of the Merger remains subject to various conditions as set forth in the Merger Agreement.  NWIN anticipates that the Merger will close during January 2019.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K may contain forward-looking statements regarding the financial performance, business prospects, growth and operating strategies of NWIN and AJSB.  For these statements, each of NWIN and AJSB claims the protections of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Statements in this communication should be considered in conjunction with the other information available about NWIN and AJSB, including the information in the filings NWIN makes with the SEC.  Forward-looking statements provide current expectations or forecasts of future events and are not guarantees of future performance.  The forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties.  Forward-looking statements are typically identified by using words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “will” and similar expressions in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance.

Although management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.  Risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially include: ability to obtain regulatory approvals and meet other closing conditions to the Merger; delay in closing the Merger; difficulties and delays in integrating NWIN’s and AJSB’s businesses or fully realizing cost savings and other benefits; business disruption following the Merger; changes in asset quality and credit risk; the inability to sustain revenue and earnings growth; changes in interest rates and capital markets; inflation; customer acceptance of NWIN’s and AJSB’s products and services; customer borrowing, repayment, investment, and deposit practices; customer disintermediation; the introduction, withdrawal, success, and timing of business initiatives; competitive conditions; the inability to realize cost savings or revenues or to implement integration plans and other consequences associated with mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; economic conditions; and the impact, extent, and timing of technological changes, capital management activities, and other actions of the Federal Reserve Board and legislative and regulatory actions and reforms.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

NorthWest Indiana Bancorp
Date:  December 14, 2018
/s/ Robert T. Lowry
Printed Name: Robert T. Lowry
Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

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