County First Bank and The Community Financial Merger Approved

11/15/17

WALDORF, Md., Nov. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Community Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:TCFC), the holding company for Community Bank of the Chesapeake, announced today that County First Bank (OTCQB:CUMD) has received shareholder approval for the merger of County First Bank with and into Community Bank of the Chesapeake that was announced on July 31, 2017. The Community Financial Corporation previously announced that it has received all regulatory approvals to complete the transaction.

“We are very excited that our partnership with County First Bank will become official soon,” stated William J. Pasenelli, Chief Executive Officer of Community Bank of the Chesapeake. “We look forward to a very smooth transition and welcoming County First’s customers and employees at the beginning of the New Year, and to enhancing Community Bank’s positioning in the Southern Maryland markets.” Michael Middleton, Chairman of the Board of The Community Financial Corporation and Community Bank of the Chesapeake added, “This transaction permits us to acquire an excellent franchise and customer base having low cost and stable core deposits. We are indeed pleased with our collective efforts in executing on this strategic opportunity.”

"We are pleased at the strong support displayed by our shareholders for this transaction, with more than 80% of outstanding shares voting in favor of the merger,” said Doug Mitchell, President and Chief Executive Officer of County First Bank. “We are confident that our customers will be equally pleased once the combination is complete."

Founded in 1990, County First has deposits of $208 million and loans of $149 million, as of September 30, 2017. County First operates two branches in Charles County, two branches in St. Mary’s County and one branch in Calvert County. When the transaction is consummated, Community Bank of the Chesapeake will have approximately $1.6 billion in assets.

The transaction is expected to close on January 2, 2018, and is subject to customary closing conditions.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FINANCIAL CORPORATION

Headquartered in Waldorf, MD, The Community Financial Corporation is the bank holding company for Community Bank of the Chesapeake, a full-service commercial bank with assets over $1.3 billion. Through its main office in Waldorf, MD, 10 branch offices in Bryans Road, Dunkirk, Leonardtown, La Plata, Charlotte Hall, Prince Frederick, Lusby, Waldorf and California, Maryland and Fredericksburg, Virginia and with five dedicated commercial lending centers, Community Bank of the Chesapeake offers a broad range of financial products and services to individuals and businesses. More information about Community Bank of the Chesapeake can be found at www.cbtc.com.

ABOUT COUNTY FIRST BANK

County First Bank, founded in 1990 and headquartered in La Plata, MD, is a full-service business and retail banking institution. County First Bank serves the community throughout Southern Maryland through its five branch locations in La Plata, Waldorf, New Market, Prince Frederick and California, MD. As of September 30, 2017, County First Bank total assets were approximately $236 million. To learn more about County First Bank, please visit www.countyfirstbank.com.

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