WILMINGTON, Del., July 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WSFS Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:WSFS) today announced that WSFS Bank, its wholly owned subsidiary, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the assets and operations of Array Financial Group, Inc. (Array Financial), a mortgage banking company, and a related entity, Arrow Land Transfer Company (Arrow), an abstract and title company, both headquartered in nearby Haverford, Pennsylvania by means of an asset purchase transaction expected to close on July 31, 2013.
Array Financial Group, Inc. is a leading Delaware Valley mortgage banking company, specializing in a variety of residential mortgage and refinancing solutions. In 2012, Array originated $150 million in mortgage loans and has experienced 24% compounded annual growth since its start in 2005.
"Mortgage financing is a core community banking product and needed to help families and communities grow and prosper," said Mark A. Turner, WSFS President and Chief Executive Officer. "Now is an opportune time as we see steady signs of the local economy improving, to expand WSFS' mortgage banking business, especially in the southeastern Pennsylvania market which has very favorable demographics and where we are enhancing our presence. This is clearly a scale business and this partnership helps us achieve some of those economies."
Mr. Turner continued, "We have had the benefit of knowing Array since 2007 when they became a Customer of the bank and have become increasingly impressed with their quality business model which is consistent with our strategy of world-class service. Array will bring with it a robust product line and a very experienced team that will also provide thought-leadership as we eventually combine our mortgage businesses and navigate through the new mortgage market together. This transaction will further increase our fee income and be immediately accretive to earnings."
"We founded Array Financial to provide high-touch mortgage solutions for our clients," said Jeffrey M. Ruben, President of Array Financial Group, Inc. and Arrow Land Transfer Company. "Over the past eight years, we've built many relationships with key influencers throughout our market and managed tremendous growth even through the Great Recession. WSFS will help us to continue our growth, expand our product offering and create synergies and efficiencies in our combined platform to even better serve our clients."
Array Financial and Arrow will each be divisions of WSFS Bank and will continue to operate under their same names and locations at 510 West Lancaster Avenue in Haverford. In addition, all current employees with Array Financial and Arrow will become WSFS Associates.
About WSFS Financial Corporation
WSFS Financial Corporation is a multi-billion dollar financial services company. Its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank, is the oldest, locally-managed bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware with $4.4 billion in assets on its balance sheet and $17.1 billion in fiduciary assets, including approximately $1.1 billion in assets under management. WSFS operates from 51 offices located in Delaware (42), Pennsylvania (7), Virginia (1) and Nevada (1) and provides comprehensive financial services including commercial banking, retail banking and trust and wealth management. Other subsidiaries or divisions include Christiana Trust, WSFS Investment Group, Inc., Cypress Capital Management, LLC and Cash Connect®. Serving the Delaware Valley since 1832, WSFS is the seventh oldest bank in the United States continuously operating under the same name. For more information, please visit www.wsfsbank.com.
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