Financial Institutions, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Scott Danahy Naylon Co., Inc.

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WARSAW, N.Y., Aug. 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Financial Institutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:FISI), the parent company of Five Star Bank, today announced that it has closed on the acquisition of Scott Danahy Naylon Co., Inc. ("SDN"), a full service insurance agency located in Amherst, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo, that provides a broad range of insurance services to both personal and business clients. SDN now operates as a subsidiary of Financial Institutions, Inc. and an affiliate of Five Star Bank.

"Acquiring SDN reflects our commitment to diversifying our revenue base and increasing noninterest income," said Martin K. Birmingham, president and chief executive officer of Financial Institutions, Inc. "It also allows us to meet the growing and expansive needs of our customers, providing a platform to support future growth in insurance sales while adding risk management expertise."

SDN was founded in 1923 and serves over 6,000 clients in 44 states. As the transition process takes place, Five Star Bank anticipates relocating approximately ten of its Western New York commercial lenders to SDN's Amherst facility.

About Financial Institutions, Inc.

Financial Institutions, Inc. provides diversified financial services through its subsidiaries, Five Star Bank and Scott Danahy Naylon. Five Star Bank provides a wide range of consumer and commercial banking services to individuals, municipalities and businesses through a network of over 50 offices and more than 60 ATMs throughout Western and Central New York State. Scott Danahy Naylon provides a broad range of insurance services to personal and business clients across 44 states. Financial Institutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ over 625 individuals. The Company's stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol FISI and is a member of the NASDAQ OMX ABA Community Bank Index. Additional information is available at the Company's website: www.fiiwarsaw.com.

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