On April 1, 2013, the Company completed the merger of ECB with and into the Company (the "ECB merger"). The ECB merger was completed pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of September 25, 2012 (the "Merger Agreement"). Immediately following the ECB merger, The East Carolina Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ECB, was merged with and into VantageSouth Bank. Upon the closing of the ECB merger, each outstanding share of ECB common stock was converted into the right to receive 3.55 shares of common stock of the Company. The aggregate merger consideration consisted of approximately 10,312,186 shares of the Company's common stock. Based upon the $3.94 per share closing price of the Company's common stock on March 28, 2013, the transaction value was $40.6 million. Following the ECB merger, Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, Inc. ("Piedmont") owns approximately 70 percent of the Company's outstanding common stock.
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, the Company agreed to exchange each share of ECB's Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, into one share of the Company's Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B. At the closing of the ECB merger, the Company also issued a warrant to purchase 514,693.2 shares of the Company's common stock to the U.S. Treasury Department ("Treasury") in exchange for the warrant issued by ECB to Treasury on January 16, 2009 to purchase 144,984 shares of ECB's common stock, which reflects the exchange ratio associated with the ECB merger.
As of March 31, 2013, ECB had total assets of $857.9 million, loans of $497.3 million, deposits of $731.9 million, and shareholders' equity of $80.9 million. The Company's first quarter 2013 financial results do not reflect ECB's financial condition or results of operations since the ECB merger was completed subsequent to quarter end. In connection with the ECB merger on April 1, 2013, the Company applied the acquisition method of accounting to ECB's balance sheet. Therefore, all acquired assets and liabilities will be adjusted to fair value, and the historical allowance for loan losses will be eliminated. Goodwill will be recorded to the extent that the combined purchase price and fair value of non-controlling interests exceeds the fair value of acquired net assets. A gain will be recorded in the Company's second quarter 2013 earnings to the extent that the fair value of acquired net assets exceeds the combined purchase price and fair value of non-controlling interests. The Company is currently in the process of finalizing its preliminary valuations of ECB's assets and liabilities.