Hawthorn Bancshares Announces Intent to Sell Branson, MO Branch

Company Release - 10/18/2018 3:34 PM ET

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Oct. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hawthorn Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Hawthorn Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: HWBK), today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its branch located in Branson, Missouri with total deposits of approximately $15 million to Branson Bank, Branson, Missouri. The transaction excludes loans assigned to the branch. 

Commenting on the agreement, David T. Turner, Chairman, CEO and President of Hawthorn Bank said, “We have enjoyed serving the Branson, MO area for the past 14 years. As we focus our network on our other markets, it was vitally important to us that we find a buyer for our southern-most branch who would provide a comparable level of service and the full range of financial products our customers have come to expect. We found what we were looking for in Branson Bank.”

After the sale, Hawthorn Bank will continue to operate 22 branch locations, primarily in central and west central Missouri.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval and certain closing conditions, is expected to close during the first quarter of 2019.

About Hawthorn Bancshares

Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc., a financial-bank holding company headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri, is the parent company of Hawthorn Bank of Jefferson City with locations in the Missouri communities of Lee's Summit, Liberty, Springfield, Branson, Independence, Columbia, Clinton, Windsor, Osceola, Warsaw, Belton, Drexel, Harrisonville, California and St. Robert.

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Contact: Bruce Phelps
Chief Financial Officer
TEL: 573.761.6100 FAX: 573.761.6272
www.HawthornBancshares.com

Source: Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc.