BSB Bancorp of Binghamton, N.Y., said Monday that it plans to expand its presence in the Syracuse market by acquiring Skaneateles (N.Y.) Bancshares for $41 million.
The deal calls for Skaneateles shareholders to receive 0.970 shares of BSB stock for each share they own. At BSB's closing price Friday, that would come to $27.89 per share-2.1 times Skaneateles' book value and 25.1 times 1998 earnings per share.
The seller is parent of Skaneateles Savings Bank, a $276 million-asset thrift founded in 1866. Skaneateles operates nine branches in greater Syracuse. BSB, holding company for BSB Bank and Trust Co., a $2 billion- asset bank, has 13 offices in central New York.
BSB expects the deal to close this summer.