Peoples Bancorp, parent company of Peoples Bank, completed its acquisition of Premier Financial Bancorp and Premier’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, Premier Bank and Citizens Deposit Bank & Trust. The acquisition became effective as of the close of business on Sept. 17. Peoples and Premier first entered into an agreement to merge on March 29.

The completed acquisition included the mergers of Premier Bank and Citizens into Peoples Bank. As a result, Premier’s 49 office locations throughout Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington D.C. will operate as offices of Peoples Bank. Under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of Premier will receive 0.58 shares of Peoples common stock for each share of Premier common stock they own.

“We are excited to complete this transaction, which expands our presence in Kentucky and West Virginia and gains us an entry into attractive markets within Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.,” Chuck Sulerzyski, president and CEO of Peoples, said. “We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the employees of Premier and Peoples in completing this transaction. In the months ahead, we will begin introducing clients in the Premier communities to our expanded array of products and services, including electronic banking services, investments and retirement planning solutions, insurance and an increased commercial banking capacity.”

At June 30, Premier had approximately $2.1 billion in total assets, $1.2 billion in total loans and $1.7 billion in total deposits.

Raymond James & Associates and the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl advised Peoples on this transaction. Piper Sandler and the law firm of Jackson Kelly advised Premier.