HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BNC Bancorp (Nasdaq: BNCN) ("BNC") and KeySource Financial, Inc. ("KeySource") today announced the signing of an Agreement and Plan of Merger ("Agreement"). This transaction provides an opportunity for BNC and KeySource to utilize their combined market presence to expand and enhance the BNC franchise in the Raleigh-Durham market. KeySource Commercial Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KeySource, with an office serving the attractive Greater Durham and Raleigh markets, reported total assets of $206 million, consisting of loans of $157 million and deposits of $166 million as of September 30, 2011.
The Agreement provides for consideration to be a 100% stock exchange, with the exchange ratio set at one share of BNCN stock for every outstanding share of KeySource. Based on the closing price of BNC's common stock on Nasdaq on December 20th, the acquisition value is approximately $12.2 million. The definitive agreement further provides for KeySource Commercial Bank to merge with Bank of North Carolina, a wholly owned subsidiary of BNC.Transaction Highlights
- The low-risk combination provides increased distribution and scale in the combined Raleigh-Durham MSA, the market with the highest forecasted five-year growth rate in the Carolinas.
- Increases presence in the Raleigh-Durham market to two full-service offices and approximately $220 million in loans and $187 million in deposits.
- Strong cultural and business fit: Seasoned banking and credit team with a strategic focus toward business banking, mortgage lending, and high-touch retail products and services.
- Clean loan portfolio dramatically reduces risk: Majority of current outstanding credits were originated after the 2008 initial declines in real estate values, with the majority of problem credits concentrated in three relationships which have been appropriately marked.
- Immediately accretive to BNC's forward earnings per share, Tangible Common Equity ratio and Tier-One common ratios. The estimated internal rate of return is in excess of twenty percent, materially exceeding BNC's current cost of capital. Share-for-share exchange, resulting in price to KeySource's stated tangible book of 60%.
- Third transaction either announced or closed by BNC during the fourth quarter of 2011, along with:
- Blue Ridge Savings Bank, Inc., Asheville, NC – FDIC-assisted transaction closed October 14, 2011.
- Regent Bank of South Carolina, Greenville, SC – Announced on September 8, 2011, and approved by all regulatory agencies and expected to close on December 30, 2011.
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