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GETTYSBURG, Pa., Oct. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ACNB Corporation (NASDAQ: ACNB), financial holding company for ACNB Bank and Russell Insurance Group, Inc., announced today that the Board of Directors approved and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 per share of ACNB Corporation common stock payable on December 15, 2021, to shareholders of record as of December 1, 2021. This per share amount reflects a 4.0% increase over the same quarter of 2020 and will result in aggregate dividend payments of approximately $2.3 million to ACNB Corporation shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2021. Compared to a year ago, ACNB Corporation paid a $0.25 dividend per common share in the fourth quarter of 2020.
With this fourth quarter dividend, the regular quarterly cash dividends paid to shareholders for the year of 2021 will total $1.01 per common share coupled with the special cash dividend of an additional $0.02 per common share paid on June 15, 2021. These per share amounts, together $1.03 per common share, will result in a total of nearly $9.0 million paid to shareholders for 2021, which represents an increase of 3.0% in dividends paid per common share and 3.3% in total dollars paid to shareholders over the prior year of 2020. In comparison to a year ago, ACNB Corporation paid a total of $1.00 per common share in 2020 and an aggregate of nearly $8.7 million to shareholders during the same period.
“ACNB Corporation’s commitment to providing a fair return on the investment of shareholders is clearly evidenced by our solid quarterly dividend payments over a history of decades. As we approach the end of 2021, our Board of Directors took action to reward shareholders with a $0.26 dividend per common share. This 4.0% increase in the regular quarterly cash dividend for the fourth quarter of 2021 is in addition to the special cash dividend of $0.02 per share of ACNB Corporation common stock paid earlier this year. More importantly, it will mark 2021 as the third year in the last four years that ACNB Corporation has enhanced the quarterly dividend amount paid to its shareholders with the only interruption due to the significant uncertainties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020,” said James P. Helt, ACNB Corporation President & Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Helt continued, “ACNB Corporation remains a well-capitalized financial institution with a strategic focus on both organic and inorganic growth. Even with the impacts of the pandemic, the acquisition of Frederick County Bancorp, Inc. and its banking subsidiary in January 2020 has proven beneficial to the Corporation with the entry into the robust Frederick community in Maryland. Both the Corporation’s banking and insurance subsidiaries have been resilient and adapted to the conditions of the ongoing pandemic with management discipline, successful systems conversions, and an unrelenting determination to serve customers. As always, at ACNB Corporation, the vision is to be the independent financial services provider of choice in the core markets served by building relationships and finding solutions. Our staff members work hard to fulfill this vision for the benefit of customers and shareholders alike.”
ACNB Corporation, headquartered in Gettysburg, PA, is the $2.7 billion 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 20 community banking offices, located in the four southcentral Pennsylvania counties of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York, as well as loan offices in Lancaster and York, PA, and Hunt Valley, MD. As divisions of ACNB Bank operating in Maryland, FCB Bank and NWSB Bank serve the local marketplace with a network of five and six community banking offices located in Frederick County and Carroll County, MD, respectively. Russell Insurance Group, Inc., the Corporation’s insurance subsidiary, is a full-service agency with licenses in 44 states. The agency offers a broad range of property, casualty, health, life and disability insurance serving personal and commercial clients through office locations in Westminster, Germantown and Jarrettsville, MD, and Gettysburg, PA. For more information regarding ACNB Corporation and its subsidiaries, please visit acnb.com.
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Contact: Lynda L. Glass
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