United Community Financial Corp. Completes Acquisition of James & Sons Insurance

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio--()--United Community Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: UCFC), holding company of The Home Savings and Loan Company, announced that it completed its acquisition of James & Sons Insurance on January 29, 2016.

Gary M. Small, President and CEO of Home Savings and UCFC, said, “I'd like to thank the management teams of Home Savings and James & Sons for all their efforts in closing the deal within a week of announcement. Again, we are very pleased to be partnering with the James & Sons organization. In the coming months, we will be working on integrating James & Sons with Home Savings in order to maximize this tremendous opportunity.”

This transaction marks the initial step in the formation of The Home Savings Insurance Group. Home Savings looks forward to expansion of the insurance business via organic growth coupled with a selective acquisition strategy.

James & Sons Insurance is a local insurance agency established in 1921. Operating independently, they work with regional and national insurance companies offering coverage at the most competitive rates available. James & Sons offers a wide variety of insurance products for business and residential customers, which include, auto, homeowners, life-health, commercial, surety bonds, aviation and much more. For more information on the agency visit http://www.jamesandsonsins.com/

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Community Financial Corp., Home Savings operates 31 full-service banking offices located throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Additional information on UCFC and Home Savings may be found at www.ucfconline.com.

When used in this press release, the words or phrases “believes,” “will likely result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimate,” “project”, “will have” or similar expressions are intended to identify “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including changes in economic conditions in the Company’s market area, changes in policies by regulatory agencies, fluctuations in interest rates, demand for loans in the Company’s market area, and competition that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical earnings and those presently anticipated or projected. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company advises readers that the factors listed above could affect the Company’s financial performance and could cause the Company’s actual results for future periods to differ materially from any opinions or statements expressed with respect to future periods in any current statements.

The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release publicly the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events.

Contacts

Media Contact:
Home Savings
Colleen Scott, 330-718-4050
Vice President, Director of Marketing
cscott@homesavings.com
or
Investor Contact:
Gary M. Small, 330-742-0472
President and Chief Executive Officer

Contacts

Media Contact:
Home Savings
Colleen Scott, 330-718-4050
Vice President, Director of Marketing
cscott@homesavings.com
or
Investor Contact:
Gary M. Small, 330-742-0472
President and Chief Executive Officer