Heartland Financial to acquire FBLB in roughly $185.6M deal
Heartland Financial USA and First Bank Lubbock Bancshares, or FBLB, announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which FBLB and its wholly-owned subsidiary, FirstBank & Trust, will be acquired by Heartland. This is the second merger announcement for Heartland within the last 30 days as it prepares to pass $10B in assets. Based on Heartland's closing common stock price of $50.15 per share on December 11, 2017, the stock and cash transaction is valued at approximately $185.6M. The actual transaction value will change due to fluctuations in the price of Heartland common stock and is subject to certain adjustments. As a result of the merger of FBLB with and into Heartland, FirstBank & Trust will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heartland, and continue to operate under its present brand and management team as Heartland's 11th state-chartered bank. After the closing of the FBLB transaction and the previously announced acquisition of Signature Bancshares, Inc. in Minnetonka, MN, Heartland will have assets of approximately $11.5B and operate 126 full-service banking locations across 12 states. Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Heartland and FBLB, FBLB common shareholders will receive 3.0934 shares of Heartland common stock for each share of FBLB common stock and total cash of $17.5M, which includes the cash payable to holders of FBLB's stock appreciation rights in the amount of approximately $11.5M, and certain other potential adjustments as set forth in the definitive merger agreement. The transaction is subject to approval by bank regulators, FBLB shareholders and customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018 with a systems conversion planned for the third quarter of 2018.