Blackhawk Bancorp Announces Richmond and Island Lake Branch Closures

BELOIT, WI / ACCESSWIRE / May 4, 2022 / Blackhawk Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX:BHWB), (the "Company") parent company of Blackhawk Bank (the "Bank"), today announced plans to close two banking centers located in Richmond and Island Lake, Illinois. The Company currently expects the closures to occur in August 2022.

These efforts are being undertaken by the Company as part of its long-term strategy to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its delivery systems. The Company continues to see migration of customer transactions to digital channels, reducing in-branch traffic and activities. These closures will help to offset the investment in financial technology needed to stay competitive and meet the needs of today's customers.

In connection with the banking center closures, the Company expects to record pre-tax charges of approximately $1.38 million during the second quarter of 2022. These one-time expenses consist primarily of building disposition costs and employee severance payments. It is expected that the one-time expenses will be recouped by reduced operating expenses within 30 months of the closures.

About Blackhawk Bancorp

Blackhawk Bancorp, Inc. is headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin, and is the parent company of Blackhawk Bank. The combined entity operates twelve full-service banking centers located in Rock County, Wisconsin, and the Illinois counties of Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, and Kane. The Company offers a variety of value-added consultative services to its business customers and their employees related to the financial products it provides.

Forward-Looking Statements

When used in this communication, the words "believes," "expects," "likely", "would", and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company's actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Factors which could cause such a variance to occur include, but are not limited to: heightened competition; adverse state and federal regulation; failure to obtain new or retain existing customers; ability to attract and retain key executives and personnel; changes in interest rates; unanticipated changes in industry trends; unanticipated changes in credit quality and risk factors, including general economic conditions particularly in the Company's markets; potential deterioration in real estate values, success in gaining regulatory approvals when required; changes in the Federal Reserve Board monetary policies; unexpected outcomes of new and existing litigation in which Blackhawk or its subsidiaries, officers, directors or employees is named defendants; technological changes; changes in accounting principles generally accepted in the United States; changes in assumptions or conditions affecting the application of "critical accounting policies"; inability to recover previously recorded losses as anticipated, and the inability of third party vendors to perform critical services for the Company or its customers. The inclusion of forward-looking information should not be construed as a representation by the Company or any person that future events or plans contemplated by the Company will be achieved. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information or otherwise.

Further information is available on the Company's website at

Blackhawk Bancorp, Inc.
Todd J. James, Chairman & CEO
Phone: (608) 364-8911

Matthew McDonnell, SVP & CFO

SOURCE: Blackhawk Bancorp, Inc.

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