Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. Receives Approval to Convert to Pennsylvania Savings Bank

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HATBORO, Pa., Oct. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FXCB), the holding company for Fox Chase Bank (the "Bank"), today announced that the Bank has received regulatory approval to convert from a federally chartered savings bank to a Pennsylvania-chartered savings bank. The charter conversion is expected to occur during the fourth quarter of 2013. As part of the charter conversion, the Company will become a bank holding company.

Thomas M. Petro, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank, commented, "This charter conversion represents a significant milestone in the transition of Fox Chase Bank from a thrift to a commercial bank. Commercial loans now represent more than 75% of the Bank's loan portfolio. The new charter will allow us to continue the strong growth of our commercial lending business which has experienced a 41% compound annual growth rate over the past six years. From our customers' perspective, the charter conversion will be transparent. The terms and conditions of our customers' loans and deposit accounts will not be affected by the charter conversion."

Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. is the stock holding company of Fox Chase Bank. The Bank is a federally chartered savings bank originally established in 1867. The Bank offers traditional banking services and products from its main office in Hatboro, Pennsylvania and ten branch offices in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania and Atlantic and Cape May Counties in New Jersey. For more information, please visit the Bank's website at

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CONTACT: Thomas M. Petro Chief Executive Officer Phone: (215) 682-4101

Source:Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc.