A long-running feud between two Maryland banking companies has ended
Glen Burnie (Md.) Bancorp said Wednesday that it will pay about $5.6
Glen Burnie also agreed to pay First Mariner $675,000 in cash over the
"We are more relieved than anything else," said F. William Kuethe Jr.,
"Its a good feeling to assure your independence."
Mr. Kuethe said Glen Burnie will use its capital reserves to pay for the
First Mariner, with $460 million of assets, will make about $600,000
"Our first goal was to merge the two companies, because we believe it
"But for a bank like ours that earned $180,000 last quarter, $600,000 is
"I think First Mariner decided that the legal fees of continuing this
The battle between the two banks started in mid-1997, when First Mariner
In March, Glen Burnie shareholders defeated a slate of board candidates
That proxy contest led to both companies' filing suit against the other.
Under the agreement reached this week, all suits between the two parties
"We were tired of lawsuits and proxy battles, and so were they," Mr.
There is now a good chance the rivalry will move to the retail playing
Mr. Hale said his company, which has opened five branches this year,
"We already own five locations in the county, and we are definitely
"The premium Glen Burnie is paying will definitely assist us."