Provident Bancorp, Inc. added to membership of U.S. small-cap Russell 2000 Index

June 30, 2016 — Provident Bancorp, Inc.(PVBC) was added as a member of the U.S. small-cap Russell 2000 Index, effective after the U.S. market opened on June 27, as part of the 2016 Russell indexes reconstitution. Membership in the Russell 2000 Index, which remains in place for one year, is based on membership in the broad-market Russell 3000 Index. The stock also was automatically added to the appropriate growth and value indexes.

“Joining the Russell 2000 Index allows Provident Bancorp, Inc. to increase its visibility within the investment community”, commented David Mansfield, CEO. “It is an honor to be included less than one-year after our IPO in July 2015. The Russell 2000 also helps validate our strategic vision of becoming the highest-performing bank, providing excellence in service to our customers, our communities and our employees.”

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For more information on the Russell 2000 Index and the Russell indexes reconstitution, go to the “Russell Reconstitution” section on the FTSE Russell website.

The shares of common stock are not savings accounts or savings deposits, may lose value and are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Depositors Insurance Fund or any other government agency.

About Provident Bancorp, Inc.:

Provident Bancorp, Inc. is a Massachusetts corporation that was formed in 2011 by The Provident Bank to be its holding company. Approximately 53.0% of Provident Bancorp, Inc.’s outstanding shares are owned by Provident Bancorp, a Massachusetts corporation and a mutual holding company. Established in 1828, The Provident Bank, the 10th oldest bank in the country, is a full-service community bank with a focus in commercial lending and business services with offices in Amesbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts as well as Bedford, Exeter, Hampton, Portsmouth and Seabrook, New Hampshire. All deposits are insured in full through a combination of insurance provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). For more information about The Provident Bank please visit or call 877-487-2977.

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