Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) (“Trustmark”) and BancTrust Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BTFG) (“BancTrust”) announced that the definitive agreement dated May 28, 2012, pursuant to which BancTrust will merge into Trustmark has been amended to accommodate the closing of the merger in early 2013. As such, the latest possible closing date for the merger has been extended from December 31, 2012, to February 28, 2013. This extension provides additional time in which to receive regulatory approval as well as to ensure a smooth transition and operational conversion to Trustmark systems in early 2013. All other material aspects of the definitive agreement remain unchanged.
Gerard R. Host, President and CEO of Trustmark, stated, “BancTrust and Trustmark associates have been diligently working together to ensure a seamless experience for BancTrust customers through the conversion and integration process. We are very pleased with our progress thus far. Recognizing that regulatory approvals may not be obtained in time for the merger and integration processes to be completed prior to year-end, we worked together with BancTrust management and developed a revised timeline that we thought was best for all concerned. We anticipate regulatory approvals later this year or in early 2013, and we are planning for a closing in late January, but no later than February 28, 2013.”
W. Bibb Lamar, Jr., President and CEO of BancTrust commented, “With the overwhelming shareholder support for this merger shown at our special shareholders’ meeting on September 26, we remain convinced that we are on the right path. We are extending our timeline to minimize any potential customer disruption, particularly during the holiday season. We remain fully committed to this transaction and look forward to becoming part of the Trustmark organization.”
About Trustmark CorporationTrustmark is a financial services company providing banking and financial solutions through approximately 170 offices in Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.