PLANO, Texas, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc. ("ViewPoint") (NASDAQ: VPFG) and LegacyTexas Group, Inc. ("LegacyTexas") announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which LegacyTexas will merge into ViewPoint and, immediately thereafter, ViewPoint's bank subsidiary, ViewPoint Bank, N.A., will merge into LegacyTexas' subsidiary bank, LegacyTexas Bank. The merger will result in one of the largest independent banks in the state of Texas, with 51 branches and pro forma assets of over $5 billion. LegacyTexas is a 50 year old, privately held commercial bank headquartered in Plano, Texas, that operates 20 branches in Collin, Dallas, Tarrant and Parker counties. As of September 30, 2013, LegacyTexas reported, on a consolidated basis, total assets of $1.7 billion, total loans of $1.2 billion and total deposits of $1.5 billion. LegacyTexas offers a full range of banking products and services, including insurance and mortgage lending. Under the terms of the agreement, ViewPoint will issue 7.85 million shares of ViewPoint common stock plus approximately $115 million in cash for all the outstanding stock of LegacyTexas. Each LegacyTexas shareholder will have the right to elect to receive either ViewPoint stock or cash, subject to proration as specified in the merger agreement. The transaction is expected to be highly accretive to earnings per share. Upon completion of the merger, George Fisk, CEO and vice chairman of LegacyTexas, and Greg Wilkinson, each current LegacyTexas board members, will join the Boards of Directors of both ViewPoint and its banking subsidiary. Mays Davenport, Executive Vice President of LegacyTexas Bank, will become Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ViewPoint. Aaron Shelby, Executive Vice President of LegacyTexas, will be named Executive Vice President of ViewPoint. Both Davenport and Shelby will report directly to ViewPoint President and CEO Kevin Hanigan. "I am very excited to announce the merger of LegacyTexas with ViewPoint," stated Hanigan. "The Shelby family and management team from LegacyTexas have built one of the jewels of North Texas community banking. This combination allows ViewPoint to accomplish many of our strategic objectives, including: gaining greater scale in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; accelerating ViewPoint's transition to a full-service, commercial-oriented community bank; leveraging our excess capital in a financially attractive transaction, and deepening our management and board depth and experience." "We have always respected LegacyTexas as a competitor and admired their commitment to the communities they serve," stated ViewPoint Chairman James McCarley. "Bringing our organizations together will serve to increase our ability to help grow area businesses and support our communities." LegacyTexas Chairman Pat Shelby stated, "We are pleased to become partners with ViewPoint, an organization that mirrors the culture and pride of our own. Our organizations have both built strong foundations in Collin County, and we look forward to becoming the leading commercially focused community bank in Dallas." "We share ViewPoint's commitment to our clients in the Dallas area and look forward to having our employees and stakeholders participate in the continued growth of our combined franchise," added George Fisk. Immediately following the close, ViewPoint will be known as LegacyTexas Financial Group, Inc. and the banking subsidiary will be known as LegacyTexas Bank.
The ex-dividend date for ViewPoint Financial Group (Nasdaq:VPFG) is tomorrow, May 8, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $16.22 as of 9:30 a.m., the dividend yield is 1.5%.
ViewPoint Financial Group (Nasdaq:VPFG) hit a new 52-week high Wednesday as it is currently trading at $15.79, above its previous 52-week high of $15.77 with 2,816 shares traded as of 9:34 a.m. ET. Average volume has been 229,700 shares over the past 30 days.