ROCHESTER, Minn., Nov. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HMN Financial, Inc. ("HMN" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:HMNF) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Home Federal Savings Bank (the "Bank"), has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Deerwood Bank, a state bank chartered under the laws of Minnesota ("Deerwood"), located at Deerwood's Albert Lea, Minnesota branch. Once completed, the Bank plans to service the acquired assets and assumed liabilities out of the Bank's existing branch location in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  

The Bank plans to fund the acquisition with internally available funds. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including obtaining regulatory approval. The Bank expects to complete the transaction in the second quarter of 2016.

"We are excited to increase our presence in the Albert Lea community through the acquisition of assets related to Deerwood Bank's Albert Lea branch," said Brad Krehbiel, President of HMN.  "We look forward to the opportunity of offering our complete selection of products and services to our new clients and serving them for many years to come."   

General Information

HMN Financial, Inc. and the Bank are headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota. Home Federal Savings Bank operates twelve full service offices in Minnesota located in Albert Lea, Austin, Eagan, Kasson (2), La Crescent, Rochester (4), Spring Valley and Winona; one full service office in Marshalltown, Iowa; three loan origination offices located in Delafield, Wisconsin, Sartell, Minnesota, and Owatonna, Minnesota.

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A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's assumptions and expectations. These include but are not limited to acquisition integration costs; the adequacy and marketability of real estate and other collateral securing loans to borrowers; federal and state regulation and enforcement; possible legislative and regulatory changes, including additional changes to regulatory capital rules; the ability of the Bank to comply with other applicable regulatory capital requirements; enforcement activity of the OCC and FRB in the event of our non-compliance with any applicable regulatory standard or requirement; adverse economic, business and competitive developments such as shrinking interest margins, reduced collateral values, deposit outflows, changes in credit or other risks posed by the Company's loan and investment portfolios; changes in costs associated with alternate funding sources, including changes in collateral advance rates and policies of the Federal Home Loan Bank; technological, computer-related or operational difficulties; results of litigation; reduced demand for financial services and loan products; changes in accounting policies and guidelines, or monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government or tax laws; international economic developments; the Company's access to and adverse changes in securities markets; the market for credit related assets; the future operating results, financial condition, cash flow requirements and capital spending priorities of the Company and the Bank; the availability of internal and, as required, external sources of funding; acquisition integration costs; or other significant uncertainties. Additional factors that may cause actual results to differ from the Company's assumptions and expectations include those set forth in the Company's most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are qualified by, and should be considered in conjunction with, such cautionary statements. For additional discussion of the risks and uncertainties applicable to the Company, see the "Risk Factors" sections of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and Part II, Item 1A of its subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

All statements in this press release, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

CONTACT: Bradley Krehbiel         President and Chief Executive Officer         HMN Financial, Inc. (507) 252-7169

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