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Tracy L. Keegan Named Chief Financial Officer of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation

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Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation (the “Company,”)(NASDAQ:ACFC) , the holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank (the “Bank”), today announced that Tracy L. Keegan has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Keegan has served the Bank in this capacity since March 30, 2015.

Keegan is a senior financial executive with over 25 years of experience running various business units within the banking sector, including significant leadership roles driving strategic growth and developing organizational culture. She has a broad technical knowledge in all aspects of finance, accounting and bank operations and will report directly to John K. Stephens, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the Bank.

“Keegan’s role is essential to the continued financial strength of Atlantic Coast Bank and advancing our company as the premier community bank in the markets we serve,” said Stephens. “She will closely monitor the Bank’s fiscal position, providing counsel to the Board of Directors while working with our team to establish and expand relationships with both new and existing customers. We are fortunate to have someone with her considerable experience join our team.”

Most recently, Keegan consulted with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. to assist the organization in reviewing the potential purchase of a bank. During that process, Keegan analyzed more than 100 banks and performed due diligence on several institutions, allowing the Tribe to enter into a purchase agreement within 90 days. For the two years prior to being retained by the Tribe, Keegan was the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for First Southern Bank and the Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary for First Southern Bancorp, Inc.

About the Company

Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation is the holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank, a federally chartered and insured stock savings bank. It is a community-oriented financial institution serving Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia markets. Investors may obtain additional information about Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation on the Internet at, under Investor Relations.

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