GETTYSBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of ACNB Corporation approved and declared the payment of the regular quarterly cash dividend. The cash dividend of $0.23 per share is payable on September 14, 2018, to shareholders of record on August 30, 2018. This per share amount reflects a 15% increase over prior year same quarter and will result in aggregate dividend payments of more than $1.6 million to ACNB Corporation shareholders in the third quarter of 2018. In comparison to a year ago, ACNB Corporation paid a $0.20 dividend per share in the third quarter of 2017.
With this third quarter dividend, the regular quarterly cash dividends paid to shareholders for the first nine months of 2018 will total $0.66 per share. This per share amount will result in a total of more than $4.6 million paid to shareholders through the first three quarters of 2018. In comparison to a year ago, ACNB Corporation paid a total of $0.60 per share for the first three quarters of 2017 and an aggregate of more than $3.8 million to shareholders during the same period.
“For the second consecutive quarter in 2018, the Board of Directors is pleased to reward ACNB Corporation’s shareholders with a dividend amount of $0.23 per share,” said James P. Helt, ACNB Corporation President & Chief Executive Officer. “This is a significant commitment and direct result of the positive momentum experienced following the Corporation’s acquisition of New Windsor Bancorp, Inc. in July 2017, as well as the benefits of the new corporate tax rate.”
“In addition, our banking and insurance operations continue to be fundamentally strong as we remain focused on short-term and long-term growth strategies. At this time, building upon our base in Maryland, geographic expansion efforts are underway through the hiring of experienced commercial lenders to serve the Maryland counties of Baltimore and Frederick,” Mr. Helt added.
ACNB Corporation, headquartered in Gettysburg, PA, is the financial holding company for the wholly-owned subsidiaries of ACNB Bank, Gettysburg, PA, and Russell Insurance Group, Inc., Westminster, MD. Originally founded in 1857, ACNB Bank serves its marketplace with banking and wealth management services, including trust and retail brokerage, via a network of 22 community banking offices located in the four southcentral Pennsylvania counties of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York. In addition, NWSB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank, serves its marketplace via a network of seven community banking offices located in Carroll County, MD. The other wholly-owned subsidiary of ACNB Corporation is Russell Insurance Group, Inc., its insurance subsidiary. As a full-service agency with licenses in 44 states, Russell Insurance Group, Inc. offers a broad range of commercial and personal insurance lines through offices in Westminster, Carroll County, and Germantown, Montgomery County, MD. On June 30, 2018, total assets of ACNB Corporation were $1.6 billion. For more information regarding ACNB Corporation and its subsidiaries, please visit acnb.com.
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