FirstBank Expands into Kentucky
FB Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBK) ("FB Financial") completed, effective February 14, 2020, its previously announced acquisition of FNB Financial Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary, The Farmers National Bank of Scottsville (collectively referred to as "Farmers National").
FirstBank, the third-largest Tennessee-headquartered bank, now has approximately $6.4 billion in assets, $4.6 billion in loans held for investment and $5.1 billion in deposits on a pro forma basis as of December 31, 2019 following the acquisition of Farmers National.
The acquisition provides FirstBank with an entry into the attractive Bowling Green MSA where Farmers National is currently ranked 7th in deposit market share with approximately $204 million in deposits based on FDIC data as of June 30, 2019.
FB Financial’s President and CEO Chris Holmes stated, "This is an outstanding combination of like-minded banks. Farmers National has been a pillar of Scottsville for almost 100 years, and we look forward to continuing to deliver the outstanding service and community involvement that Farmers National’s customers and communities have come to expect. We are thrilled to welcome Farmers National’s associates into the FirstBank family."
FNB Financial Corp. shareholders received 954,827 shares of FB Financial common stock and $15.0 million in cash as acquisition consideration.
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP served as legal advisor to FB Financial. Mercer Capital served as financial advisor, and Daniel W. Small & Co. served as legal advisor, to Farmers National.
ABOUT FB FINANCIAL CORPORATION
FB Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBK) is a bank holding company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. FB Financial operates through its wholly owned banking subsidiary, FirstBank, the third largest Tennessee-headquartered bank, with 73 full-service bank branches across Tennessee, North Alabama, North Georgia and Central Kentucky and mortgage offices across the Southeast. FirstBank serves five of the largest metropolitan markets in Tennessee and has approximately $6.4 billion in assets.
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Jeanie M. Rittenberry
James R. Gordon