M&A

First Bank to buy Bucks County Bank in Pennsylvania

03/29/17

First Bank, based in New Jersey, will pay about $27 million for Bucks County Bank in a deal that is expected to close in the third quarter.

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Is Home Bancshares pressing luck in Florida with deal No. 13?

03/28/17

The Arkansas company has bought 12 banks in Florida since 2010, and its CEO said he had coveted Stonegate for years before agreeing to buy it this week. Yet there is nagging talk about a new bubble in the Sunshine State.

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Bank M&A holds steady as pricing ticks up

03/28/17

The number of deals in early 2017 was similar to the same period last year, though the pricing has increased. Also see which M&A advisers were the most active for each region during 2016 in our annual ranking.

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Home BancShares to buy Stonegate in Fla. for $778M

03/27/17

The deal is Home BancShares’ second in Florida in less than five months and would let the Arkansas company further solidify its presence in the Sunshine State.

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Wash. bank expanding to Oregon in $16M deal

03/24/17

Northwest Bancorp in Spokane said it has agreed to acquire the $131.1 million-asset CenterPointe Community Bank in Hood River, Ore.

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When four is a charm in bank M&A

03/23/17

It took several offers for First Busey to seal a deal to buy First Community Financial Partners, and the details in a recent public filing of the back and forth between the two Illinois banks show how patience in merger negotiations is a must.

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SI Financial in Conn. to sell trust and asset management business

03/21/17

Plimoth Investment Advisors, a firm owned by two mutuals in Massachusetts, is buying the business.

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Citizens Community in Wis. to buy Wells Financial in Minn.

03/21/17

Citizens will pay about $40 million in cash and stock for the $269 million-asset Wells in a deal set to close in the third quarter.

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M&A secret: Trim the fat before buying someone else

03/17/17

A vital first step for banks looking to grow through mergers and acquisitions is to shrink.

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Incoming ICBA chair eager for D.C. to walk the talk

03/15/17

Scott Heitkamp is encouraged by a more positive tone coming from President Trump. His goal in the next year is to make regulation easier for his fellow bankers.

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