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Investors Bank will stay committed to customers

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Investors Bank recently acquired Astoria-based Marathon Bank for $135 million in cash, reflecting a large accomplishment in its desire to expand.

But even though New Jersey-based Investors Bank intends to grow, it plans to treat its faithful customers with the same community-friendly attitude.

“Our mission is to maintain good employee and client relations and maintain the same level of quality and services to our clients,” said Domenick Cama, the chief operating officer (COO) of Investors Bank and a native of New York.

On track with its mission, the bank created a foundation in 2005 that has since granted more than $6 million to non-profit organizations.

In addition, when a new branch opens, the bank donates money to local charities for every customer that opens a new account.

About five years ago Investors Bank expanded its loan business from construction to multifamily in order to take advantage of the market.

Over the last few years the financial institution has purchased Brooklyn Federal Bank and Millennium Bank, Summit Bank, American Savings Bank, and some Banco Popular branches.

Currently Investors is the third largest commercial bank headquartered in New Jersey, with more than 85 branches scattered throughout the state.

Investors made a significant step with the purchase of Marathon, which will give them 22 branches in the city, but the bank aims to continue to make a difference in the communities Marathon serves.

“We will be able to enhance the services that Marathon customers received, because we have the ability to finance larger projects,” Cama said.


Investors Bank acquires Marathon

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

New Jersey-based Investors Bank deposited $135 million in cash to acquire Astoria’s Marathon Bank, “investing” in its expansion into the Empire State.

“Marathon is a highly regarded commercial bank whose franchise will continue the transformation of Investors into a full-service commercial bank,” said Kevin Cummings, president and CEO of Investors Bancorp. “Additionally, this transaction is a continuation of our strategy of expansion into the New York markets and more than doubles our existing New York branch network.”

Marathon Bank has $902 million in assets, $783 million in deposits, and 13 full-service branches in the metropolitan area. As a result of the purchase of Marathon, Investors Bank will have 22 branches in New York with approximately $1.3 billion in deposits.

Customers had mixed reaction to the sale.

“I didn’t know about that [the sale],” said Mara Morales, who added she may consider leaving “if changes are big.”

However, Marathon customer Marc Michalic said “I don’t really care. They are basically going to keep the same people.”

Murmurs of Marathon on the selling block had been buzzing in the banking industry long before the June 14 announcement, amid published reports that its parent company, Piraeus Bank S.A. of Greece, was struggling in the currently ailing Greek economy.

Marathon officials praised Investors Bank’s community-first approach.

“Investors has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Greek community and to the commercial real estate market,” said Paul Stathoulopoulos, president and CEO of Marathon Banking Corporation, who will be joining the board of directors at Investors. “We are pleased to form this partnership with a bank that cares about their communities and can offer Marathon National Bank’s customers enhanced and expanded services.”

At this time it is unclear when Investors Banks will replace Marathon Bank branches. According to Investors Bank the sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

Additional reporting by Christopher Brito