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Suffolk Bancorp Announces Agreement With Fiserv for a Comprehensive Core Systems Transformation and a Related Fourth Quarter Restructuring Charge of $1.4 Million

RIVERHEAD, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Suffolk Bancorp (the “Company”) (NYSE:SCNB), parent company of Suffolk County National Bank (the “Bank”), today announced the execution of final agreements with Fiserv, Inc. pursuant to which the Company intends to convert its core banking platform and many of its ancillary products and services into Fiserv’s comprehensive Premier suite of products and services. Relating to the upcoming core conversion, the Company also announced a fourth quarter 2015 restructuring charge of $1.4 million, largely for payments to terminate existing contracts with the provider of the current core system and other vendors and service providers.

President & CEO Howard C. Bluver stated: “We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with Fiserv and bringing the Premier system to our customers and employees. Like many community banks, we have, over many decades, layered numerous products and services on top of our core system, creating a complex technology environment that is difficult to manage and has made introducing new products and services challenging and inefficient. The Premier solution provides us with a scalable and flexible technology platform that will result in significant enterprise-wide business process improvements. Most importantly, it will create simplicity and uniformity for our customers so they experience the same look and feel no matter how they are transacting with us: online, mobile, at an ATM or in a branch. Premier also aligns perfectly with our strategic growth plans, and its innovative products and service features will allow us to attract and service new customers as the Bank continues to expand into new markets.

“We are also pleased to be working closely with Fiserv’s conversion management team that has successfully completed hundreds of core conversions over the past six years. We are well into the work needed to successfully convert and expect to go live with our new systems in the second quarter of 2016. We also expect the conversion to be positive from a financial standpoint once completed. Because we will be replacing numerous vendors and service providers with a single vendor that will support all delivery channels in an integrated way and with a much higher level of automation, future expense levels for data processing, software maintenance, equipment expense and depreciation will be positively impacted.”

“SCNB has a clear vision for the future, and Fiserv has aligned with the bank’s needs to help them get where they want to go,” said Dave Wegman, General Manager Premier Solutions, Fiserv. “It’s important to SCNB that customers can get everything they need as easily as possible, so they can get back to their busy lives. Fiserv is helping SCNB deliver on that promise by replacing custom interfaces to multiple disparate systems with a single, integrated cross-channel customer experience.”

Corporate Information

Suffolk Bancorp is a one-bank holding company engaged in the commercial banking business through Suffolk County National Bank, a full service commercial bank headquartered in Riverhead, New York and Suffolk Bancorp’s wholly owned subsidiary. Organized in 1890, the Bank has 27 branch offices in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties, New York. For more information about the Bank and its products and services, please visit www.scnb.com.

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Investor and Press Contact: Brian K. Finneran Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (631) 208-2400

Source:Suffolk Bancorp