Seacoast Bank Expands Presence in Miami-Dade County and Enters Ocala and Gainesville
STUART, Fla., Oct. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF) (“Seacoast” or the “Company”), the holding company for Seacoast National Bank, announced today the completion of its acquisitions of Apollo Bancshares, Inc. (“Apollo”), parent company of Apollo Bank and of Drummond Banking Company (“Drummond”), parent company of Drummond Community Bank effective October 7, 2022. The mergers of Apollo Bank and Drummond Community Bank with and into Seacoast National Bank were also effective October 7, 2022 with Seacoast National Bank being the surviving financial institution.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Apollo shareholders received 1.006529 shares of Seacoast common stock for each share of Apollo common stock held immediately prior to the merger and Apollo option holders received options to purchase Seacoast common stock, with the number of shares underlying each such option and the applicable exercise price adjusted using the same 1.006529 exchange ratio. The minority interest holders in Apollo Bank received 1.195651 shares of Seacoast common stock for each share of Apollo Bank common stock. The resulting aggregate merger consideration paid by Seacoast was approximately $146 million.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Drummond shareholders received 51.9561 shares of Seacoast common stock for each share of Drummond common stock held immediately prior to the merger. The resulting aggregate merger consideration paid by Seacoast was approximately $158 million.
Apollo Bank, headquartered in Miami, FL had deposits of approximately $930 million and loans of approximately $736 million as of June 30, 2022. Drummond Bank, headquartered in Chiefland, FL had deposits of approximately $919 million and loans of approximately $571 million as of June 30, 2022.
“We are excited to welcome Apollo and Drummond’s customers and employees to Seacoast. Apollo Bank is a customer-focused franchise with an outstanding reputation for service excellence and deep customer relationships in this important market. We see a great opportunity to grow our presence and expand our position in South Florida by complementing Apollo’s strengths with Seacoast’s innovation and breadth of offerings,” said Charles M. Shaffer, Seacoast’s Chairman and CEO. Shaffer continued, “Drummond Community Bank has demonstrated a deep commitment to the North Florida communities it has been serving for the last 32 years. The combined franchise will continue to provide exceptional service with expanded products and services for this dynamic market.”
Piper Sandler & Co. served as financial advisor and Alston & Bird LLP served as legal counsel to Seacoast on both transactions. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor and Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP served as legal counsel to Apollo and Apollo Bank. Hovde Group LLC served as financial advisor and Smith Mackinnon, PA served as legal counsel to Drummond.
About Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF)
Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida with approximately $10.8 billion in assets and $9.2 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2022. Seacoast provides integrated financial services including commercial and consumer banking, wealth management, and mortgage services to customers at over 50 full-service branches across Florida, and through advanced mobile and online banking solutions. More information about the Company is available at www.SeacoastBanking.com.
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the effects of war or other conflicts, including the impacts related to or resulting from Russia’s military action in Ukraine, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, health emergencies, epidemics or pandemics, or other catastrophic events that may affect general economic conditions; unexpected outcomes of and the costs associated with, existing or new litigation involving the Company, including as a result of the Company’s participation in the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”); Seacoast’s ability to maintain adequate internal controls over financial reporting; potential claims, damages, penalties, fines and reputational damage resulting from pending or future litigation, regulatory proceedings and enforcement actions; the risks that deferred tax assets could be reduced if estimates of future taxable income from the Company’s operations and tax planning strategies are less than currently estimated and sales of capital stock could trigger a reduction in the amount of net operating loss carryforwards that the Company may be able to utilize for income tax purposes; the effects of competition from other commercial banks, thrifts, mortgage banking firms, consumer finance companies, credit unions, non-bank financial technology providers, securities brokerage firms, insurance companies, money market and other mutual funds and other financial institutions operating in the Company’s market areas and elsewhere, including institutions operating regionally, nationally and internationally, together with such competitors offering banking products and services by mail, telephone, computer and the Internet; the failure of assumptions underlying the establishment of reserves for possible credit losses.
The risks relating to the Apollo Bancshares, Inc. and Drummond Banking Company mergers include, without limitation: the diversion of management’s time on issues related to the merger; unexpected transaction costs, including the costs of integrating operations; the risks that the businesses will not be integrated successfully or that such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; the potential failure to fully or timely realize expected revenues and revenue synergies, including as the result of revenues following the merger being lower than expected; the risk of deposit and customer attrition; any changes in deposit mix; unexpected operating and other costs, which may differ or change from expectations; the risks of customer and employee loss and business disruptions, including, without limitation, as the result of difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees; increased competitive pressures and solicitations of customers by competitors; as well as the difficulties and risks inherent with entering new markets.
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