Seacoast to Acquire First Green Bancorp, Inc., Expanding Its Presence in the Attractive Orlando and Fort Lauderdale Markets
Acquisition of $731 Million Asset Bank Expected to Be Significantly Earnings-Accretive in 2019; Strengthens Seacoast’s Leadership Position in Florida’s 3rd-Largest and Fastest-Growing Orlando MSA and expands the franchise in Fort Lauderdale
STUART, Fla., June 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (“Seacoast”) (NASDAQ:SBCF), the holding company for Seacoast National Bank (“Seacoast Bank”), announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire First Green Bancorp, Inc., (“First Green”) the holding company for First Green Bank, in a transaction that will expand Seacoast’s presence in the attractive Orlando market and bolster its franchise in Fort Lauderdale.
Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, First Green, headquartered in Orlando, will be merged with and into Seacoast, and First Green Bank will be merged with and into Seacoast Bank. Organized in 2009, First Green has deposits of approximately $629 million and loans of $629 million, and will increase Seacoast’s deposits in Orlando by 49% to approximately $1,420 million.
First Green operates seven branches in the Orlando, Daytona, and Fort Lauderdale markets, and will add five branches in the Orlando MSA, increasing Seacoast’s presence, which it entered into with the acquisition of The BANKshares, Inc. in October 2014 and expanded with the acquisition of Floridian Financial Group in March 2016 and BMO Harris’ Orlando banking operations in June 2016.
“This acquisition brings Seacoast a highly complementary banking institution in a transaction with excellent economics, strengthening our position in Orlando, which is already at scale, and our overall franchise in the state,” said Dennis S. Hudson III, Seacoast Chairman and CEO. “First Green builds upon our three previous Orlando acquisitions and subsequent organic growth, adding five branches and increased assets, deposits and distribution to our strong position in Florida’s third largest MSA. We look forward to welcoming First Green’s employees and customers to the Seacoast family.”
“We set out in 2009 to establish a differentiated bank with an environmental and social mission. As we take the next step in our bank’s journey, we are delighted to partner with Seacoast, a highly respected institution with a more than 90-year history of serving Florida,” said Kenneth E. LaRoe, Founder and Chairman of First Green. “Seacoast is recognized as one of the most innovative community banks in the nation, and we look forward to introducing their innovative suite of mobile and other products to our customers.”
Under the terms of the merger agreement, First Green shareholders will receive 0.7324 shares of Seacoast common stock for each share of First Green common stock. Based on Seacoast’s 10-day volume weighted average price of $31.40 as of June 8, 2018, the transaction is valued at approximately $132.6 million or $23.00 per share (which includes cashing out the First Green options). Closing of the acquisition is expected early in the fourth quarter of 2018 following receipt of approvals from regulatory authorities, the approval of First Green shareholders and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
Seacoast expects the First Green acquisition to be over 10% accretive to earnings per share in 2019, excluding one-time transaction costs, and have a tangible book value earn-back period of less than one year using the crossover method. The transaction also is expected to provide an internal rate of return of over 25 percent.
Orlando, representing Florida’s third largest MSA, is benefiting from an increasingly diversified economy. U.S. Census Bureau data ranked the Orlando MSA eighth in the nation in economic growth in 2017, and Orlando led Florida in job creation last year.
Raymond James & Associates, Inc. served as financial advisor and Alston & Bird LLP served as legal counsel to Seacoast. Hovde Group served as financial advisor and Smith Mackinnon PA served as legal counsel to First Green.
Investor Conference Call
Seacoast will host a conference call on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss the acquisition. Investors may call in (toll-free) by dialing (888) 424-8151 passcode: 7688 168#. Slides will be used during the conference call and may be accessed at Seacoast’s website at SeacoastBanking.com by selecting “Presentations” under the heading “News/Events.” A replay of the call will be available for one month, beginning late afternoon of June 12, 2018, by dialing (888) 843-7419 and using passcode 7688 168#.
Alternatively, individuals may listen to the live webcast of the presentation by visiting Seacoast’s website at SeacoastBanking.com. The link is located on the IR Home page under the heading “Webcasts.” Beginning the afternoon of June 12, an archived version of the webcast can be accessed from this same section of the website. The archived webcast will be available for one year.
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 $5.9 billion in assets and $4.7 billion in deposits as of March 31, 2018. The Company provides integrated financial services including commercial and retail banking, wealth management, and mortgage services to customers through advanced banking solutions, 49 traditional branches of its locally-branded wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Seacoast Bank, and five commercial banking centers. Offices stretch from Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach north through the Daytona Beach area, into Orlando and Central Florida and the adjacent Tampa market, and west to Okeechobee and surrounding counties. More information about the Company is available at SeacoastBanking.com.
Important Information for Investors and Shareholders
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. Seacoast will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a proxy statement of First Green and a prospectus of Seacoast, and Seacoast will file other documents with the SEC with respect to the proposed merger. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to shareholders of First Green. Investors and security holders of Seacoast and First Green are urged to read the entire proxy statement/prospectus and other documents that will be filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Seacoast through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Seacoast will be available free of charge on Seacoast’s internet website or by contacting Seacoast.
Seacoast, First Green, their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Seacoast is set forth in its proxy statement for its 2018 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 6, 2018 and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.
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Dennis S. Hudson, IIIChairman and Chief Executive OfficerSeacoast Banking Corporation of Florida(772) 288-6086
Charles M. ShafferExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerSeacoast Banking Corporation of Florida(772) 221-7003