United Bankshares, Inc. (“United”) and Virginia Commerce Bancorp, Inc. (“Virginia Commerce”) received regulatory approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve Board”) for the merger (the “Merger”) of Virginia Commerce with and into George Mason Bankshares, Inc. (“George Mason”), a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of United, pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, dated as of January 29, 2013, as amended, among United, George Mason and Virginia Commerce, and related plan of merger. United and Virginia Commerce previously received the necessary regulatory approval for the Merger from the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and each of United’s and Virginia Commerce’s shareholders approved the Merger in October of 2013. With the Federal Reserve Board approval, all regulatory and shareholder approvals required for consummation of the Merger have now been obtained. Richard M. Adams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United, stated: “We are looking forward to having the largest community bank headquartered in the Washington, D.C. MSA.”
Consummation of the Merger remains subject to customary closing conditions. Assuming such conditions are satisfied, the parties intend for the Merger and the merger of Virginia Commerce Bank, a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of the Virginia Commerce, with and into United Bank, a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of George Mason (the “Bank Merger”), to close on January 31, 2014.
Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information
The information presented herein contains forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements of the goals, intentions, and expectations of United and Virginia Commerce as to future plans and events. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the expected closing date for each of the Merger and the Bank Merger. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as “may,” “will,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “should,” and similar words or phrases. These statements are based upon the beliefs of the respective managements of United and Virginia Commerce as to judgments about the ability of the parties to successfully consummate the Merger and the Bank Merger and other conditions which, by their nature, are not susceptible to accurate forecast and are subject to significant uncertainty. Factors that could cause results and outcomes to differ materially include, among others, (i) the ability to meet closing conditions to the Merger on the expected terms and schedule; and (ii) a delay in closing of either the Merger or the Bank Merger. Because of these uncertainties and the assumptions on which this discussion and the forward-looking statements are based, actual future operations and results in the future may differ materially from those indicated herein. Readers are cautioned against placing undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future performance. United and Virginia Commerce assume no obligation to revise, update, or clarify forward-looking statements to reflect events or conditions after the date of this filing.