BROOMALL, Pa., Aug. 11, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alliance Bancorp, Inc. of Pennsylvania (the "Company") (Nasdaq:ALLB), the "mid-tier" holding company of Alliance Bank, announced today that the Boards of Directors of the Company, Alliance Mutual Holding Company (the "MHC") and Alliance Bank have unanimously adopted a Plan of Conversion and Reorganization (the "Plan") pursuant to which Alliance Bank will reorganize from the two-tier mutual holding company structure to the stock holding company structure and will undertake a "second-step" offering of shares of common stock of a new Pennsylvania corporation formed in connection with the conversion. Alliance Bank adopted the mutual holding company structure in 1995 and reorganized to a mid-tier holding company structure in January 2007.
"We believe that adoption of the Plan is in the best interest of our shareholders and of the Bank's depositors and customers," stated William E. Hecht, Chairman of the Board of the Company. Dennis D. Cirucci, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated "Given our significant growth and the continued implementation of our business plan, our proposed second-step and offering is a logical choice at this time. In addition, in recent years we have been expanding our products and services from those of a traditional thrift institution to those of a full service community bank. The stock holding company structure and the second step conversion and stock offering should increase the liquidity in our common stock, provide significant additional capital to support future growth of the Bank and facilitate our continued development as a full service community bank."
The MHC, which owns approximately 59% of the outstanding common stock of the Company, will merge with and into the Company as part of the reorganization and its shares in the Company will be extinguished. The Company will then merge with and into the new Pennsylvania corporation. The new holding company will offer and sell shares of common stock in an amount representing the percentage ownership interest currently held by the MHC, based on an independent appraisal. The new holding company will offer shares of its common stock for sale to Alliance Bank's eligible account holders and employee stock ownership plan and to members of the general public in a subscription and community offering in the manner and subject to the priorities set forth in the Plan. The highest priority will be depositors with qualifying deposits as of June 30, 2009. In addition, upon completion of the conversion of the MHC, shares of the Company's common stock held by public shareholders will be exchanged for shares of common stock of the new Pennsylvania corporation pursuant to an "exchange ratio" designed to preserve their aggregate percentage ownership interest. The exchange ratio will be determined based upon the independent appraisal of the new holding company and the results of the offering.