Community Banking: Cambridge Financial Group Will Buy Melrose Bancorp

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This is the 10th takeover for the Banking on Profit portfolio.

Cambridge Financial Group is acquiring Melrose Bancorp (MELR) for $25 a share in cash.

The mutual holding company for Cambridge Savings Bank will receive quite a boost after this deal. Cambridge would have assets of approximately $4.7 billion and a branch network of 17 full-service offices. The transaction is subject to regulatory and shareholder approval and should close in the second quarter of 2020.

“We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Melrose to expand our presence in Middlesex County,” said Wayne Patenaude, President and CEO of Cambridge Financial Group. “As local banks, we share similar core values and a relationship-centric approach to serving the communities that we are fortunate to be a part of. This transaction is a very natural and contiguous expansion of our current footprint.”

Jeffrey D. Jones, President and CEO of Melrose Bancorp, also praised the deal.

But the people who got the most benefit out of the merger: Investors who bought Melrose Bancorp off the recommendation of Tim Melvin.

Cambridge Financial Merger: Community Banking Win No. 10

Meanwhile, the Melrose takeover was the 10th of the year for Tim Melvin’s Banking on Profit portfolio.

The stake also closed out with readers generating 37% on their position.

Further, this has become a regular occurrence. Since the inception of the Banking on Profit newsletter, Melvin has achieved annual returns in the double-digits each year. In the last three years, Melvin’s portfolio has seen 33 takeovers, with 26 of them in the last 24 months. More important, his community banking letter has never experienced a losing position.

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Related: Community Banking Merger: Kearny Financial Buys MSB Financial

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