Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation (the "Company"), the proposed holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank and successor company for Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation (NASDAQ: ACFC), today announced that it will extend the community offering being conducted in connection with its reorganization from a two-tier mutual holding company structure to a stock holding company structure to January 27, 2011.

The closing of the offering remains subject to final regulatory approval and, in addition, the Company must sell a minimum of 1,700,000 shares at $10.00 per share to consummate the offering. The terms and conditions of the community offering are more fully set forth in the Company’s prospectus dated November 12, 2010.

Current orders received in the subscription and community offering will be maintained by the Company, with interest accruing on subscribers' funds until no later than February 4, 2011. Persons who are interested in participating in the extended community offering can contact the Stock Information Center at (877) 643-8197.

Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation is the holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank, a federally chartered and insured stock savings bank that was organized in 1939 as a credit union to serve the employees of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. In November 2000, the credit union converted its charter from a federal credit union to a federal mutual savings association and, in January 2003, Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation was formed as the holding company. The Company completed its initial public stock offering in October 2004. Investors may obtain additional information about Atlantic Coast Federal Corporation on the Internet at www.AtlanticCoastBank.net, under the Investor Information section.

Atlantic Coast Bank, with approximately $893 million in assets as of September 30, 2010, is a community-oriented financial institution. It serves southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida through 12 locations, with a focus on the Jacksonville metropolitan area.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements in this release that are not strictly historical are forward-looking and are based upon current expectations that may differ materially from actual results. These forward-looking statements, identified by words such as "will," "expected," "believe," and "prospects," involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements made herein. These risks and uncertainties involve general economic trends and changes in interest rates, increased competition, changes in consumer demand for financial services, the possibility of unforeseen events affecting the industry generally, the uncertainties associated with newly developed or acquired operations, and market disruptions and other effects of terrorist activities. The Company undertakes no obligation to release revisions to these forward-looking statements publicly to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.