Home BancShares closes on Florida Stonegate deal

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Conway-based Home BancShares, parent company of Centennial Bank, said it closed on its previously announced $778 million acquisition of Stonegate Bank of Florida. Upon closing, the total cost of acquisition of the bank climbed to $820 million.

As of June 30, 2017, Stonegate had approximately $3.13 billion in total assets, $2.44 billion in loans, and $2.62 billion in deposits. With the completion of the acquisition, the Home BancShares now operates 76 branches in Arkansas, 89 branches in Florida, six branches in South Alabama and one branch in New York City.

“The completion of the acquisition of Stonegate is a pivotal moment for Home and our Florida footprint; and is another example of our ability to make smart, strategic deals that are immediately accretive to diluted earnings per share, book value and tangible book value,” said John Allison, Chairman of Home BancShares. “The combination of Home and Stonegate’s parallel strengths creates an outstanding financial institution with experienced local leadership and talented associates who are ready to serve our valued customers and communities throughout our business footprint. Like our previous mergers, the merger of Stonegate provides added shareholder value on day one while increasing our market share in Florida.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Home BancShares will issue approximately 30,864,029 shares of its common stock valued at approximately $742.3 million as of September 26, 2017, plus approximately $50.1 million in cash in exchange for all outstanding shares of Stonegate common stock.

In addition, the holders of outstanding stock options of Stonegate received approximately $27.6 million in cash in cancellation of their options immediately before the merger, for a total transaction value of approximately $820.0 million.

Dave Seleski, Stonegate’s President & CEO, said, “Stonegate shareholders, employees and customers will benefit from the opportunities provided from these two very high performing franchises coming together. Our customers will gain access to an expanded range of products, backed by a proven history of strong financial performance, while continuing to experience the highest quality of customer service they have grown accustomed to.”

DD&F Consulting Group served as financial advisor and Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. served as legal counsel to Home BancShares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor and Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP served as legal counsel to Stonegate.

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