Howard Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Howard Bank, announced that it has completed its acquisition of Patapsco Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of Patapsco Bank. The combination of Howard and Patapsco creates the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in the Greater Baltimore Marketplace and the seventh largest bank in the state of Maryland, with total assets of nearly $1 billion and 16 branches. In addition, the combination significantly reinforces Howard’s present franchise in Baltimore County and provides Howard entry to Baltimore City allowing Howard the opportunity to expand its reach of diversified financial solutions in these very desirable markets and to leverage Patapsco’s legacy of over 100 years of banking service in these communities.
“Howard, a 2004 de novo, has experienced significant growth over the past 11 years, through consistent execution on organic growth – one customer at a time- supplemented by the execution of team lift outs in the residential mortgage arena, branch acquisitions, purchase of assets in an FDIC resolution transaction and now a traditional whole bank merger. The combination of Howard and Patapsco is, however, in and of itself, transformational and of exceptional strategic importance to us,” said Mary Ann Scully, Howard’s Chairman and CEO. “Howard has nearly tripled its asset size since its capital raise in 2012 and is now achieving the size and scale that is so important in the highly regulated and highly competitive banking industry today. It also demonstrates our disciplined ability to deploy capital quickly and in a way that supports growth both organically and by acquisition.”
“We are pleased to welcome Patapsco’s employees and customers to Howard Bank and welcome Thomas O’Neill and Gary Bozel to our board of directors. We are confident that their commitment and dedication will constitute a vital component of our success going forward,” concluded Scully.