Seacoast Announces the Acquisitions of Sabal Palm Bancorp, Inc. and Business Bank of Florida, Corp.
Establishes Presence in Growing and Affluent Sarasota County
Advances Market Share Expansion in Brevard County, the Silicon Valley of the Aerospace Industry
STUART, Fla., Aug. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (“Seacoast”) (NASDAQ: SBCF), the holding company for Seacoast National Bank (“Seacoast Bank”), announced today that it has entered into two separate definitive agreements to acquire Sabal Palm Bancorp, Inc. (“Sabal Palm”), parent company of Sabal Palm Bank based in Sarasota, FL and Business Bank of Florida, Corp. (“BBFC”), parent company of Florida Business Bank based in Melbourne, FL. The proposed transactions will deepen Seacoast’s presence in Brevard County and provide an entry into the desirable Sarasota market. Upon the completion of each acquisition, the banks will merge with and into Seacoast Bank.
Sabal Palm Bank operates three branches across the Sarasota market with deposits of approximately $377 million and loans of $272 million as of June 30, 2021. Florida Business Bank operates one branch in Melbourne, FL with deposits of approximately $166 million and loans of $136 million as of the same period. In aggregate, the two transactions will add approximately $600 million in assets.
“Sabal Palm Bank and Florida Business Bank are two highly successful, local community banking franchises. Both institutions are customer-focused franchises with an outstanding reputation for service excellence and deep customer relationships in their markets. We see great opportunity to complement their strengths with Seacoast’s innovation and breadth of offerings to grow our presence and expand our position in two very attractive Florida markets,” said Charles M. Shaffer, Seacoast’s President and CEO. “The transactions are expected to be accretive to earnings in 2022 with minimal dilution of tangible book value, and will add scale in growing and dynamic markets. We look forward to welcoming the employees and customers of Sabal Palm Bank and Florida Business Bank to the Seacoast franchise.”
“Sabal Palm Bank has always been passionate about serving the needs of our community and working side by side with our customers to help them achieve their financial goals. We are delighted to partner with Seacoast, which shares our values and has been serving Florida consumers and businesses for more than 90 years,” said Neil D. McCurry Jr., President and CEO of Sabal Palm Bancorp, Inc. Following the merger, Mr. McCurry will remain with Seacoast, serving as Sarasota and Manatee County Market President.
“We are delighted to partner with one of Florida’s major and fast-growing regional banks,” said Zuheir Sofia, Chairman and CEO of BBFC. “We share Seacoast’s commitment to providing best in class customer service, local decision making, and building a highly motivated management team. Our customers will be able to take advantage of Seacoast’s convenient statewide network and an impressive array of products and services.”
“Florida Business Bank has a valuable community banking franchise in Brevard County, which is one of the strongest business and real estate markets in Florida,” said William R. Norris, President and CEO of Florida Business Bank. “Our team’s incredible hard work and focus made us a top-performing bank by any measure. As such, we earned many distinctions including being ranked in the Top 100 US Community Banks under $3 Billion by S&P Global Market. We are pleased to partner with Seacoast, whose seasoned bankers understand the value of being a relationship bank with extraordinary personal service.”
Seacoast expects the transaction to be 4% accretive to earnings per share in 2023, the first full year of combined operations, and expects minimal upfront tangible book value dilution to be earned back within 1.25 years.
Under the terms of the Sabal Palm merger agreement, Sabal Palm shareholders are expected to receive 0.2203 shares of Seacoast common stock for each share of Sabal Palm common stock. The exchange ratio for the transaction is fixed, which means that the transaction value will fluctuate as a result of changes in Seacoast’s stock price. Based on Seacoast’s closing price of $31.58 as of August 20, 2021, the Sabal Palm transaction, including the exchange of Sabal Palm options, is valued at approximately $53.9 million or $6.96 per share.
Under the terms of the BBFC merger agreement, BBFC shareholders are expected to receive 0.7997 shares of Seacoast common stock for each share of BBFC common stock. The exchange ratio for the transaction is also fixed, which means that the transaction values will fluctuate as a result of changes in Seacoast’s stock price. Based on Seacoast’s closing price of $31.58 as of August 20, 2021, the BBFC transaction is valued at approximately $28.4 million or $25.25 per share.
Closing of each transaction is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2022, following receipt of approvals from regulatory authorities, the approval of the respective entity’s shareholders, and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
Piper Sandler & Co. served as financial advisor and Alston & Bird LLP served as legal counsel to Seacoast on both transactions. Hovde Group LLC served as financial advisor to Sabal Palm and BBFC. Smith Mackinnon, PA served as legal counsel to Sabal Palm and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP served as legal counsel to BBFC.
Investor Conference Call
Seacoast will host a conference call on August 24, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss the acquisitions. Investors may call in (toll-free) by dialing (800) 774-6070 passcode: 7451 052#. Slides will be used during the conference call and may be accessed at Seacoast’s website at SeacoastBanking.com by selecting “Presentations” under the heading “News/Events.” Additionally, a recording of the call will be made available to individuals shortly after the conference call, and can be accessed via a link at www.SeacoastBanking.com under the heading “Corporate Information,” using the passcode 50215047. The archived recording will be available for one year.
About Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ: SBCF)
Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida is one of the largest community banks headquartered in Florida with approximately $9.3 billion in assets and $7.8 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2021. The Company provides integrated financial services including commercial and retail banking, wealth management, and mortgage services to customers through advanced banking solutions, and 52 traditional branches of its locally-branded, wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Seacoast Bank. Offices stretch from Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach north through the Daytona Beach area, into Orlando and Central Florida and the adjacent Tampa market, and west to Okeechobee and surrounding counties. More information about the Company is available at www.SeacoastBanking.com.
Important Information for Investors and Shareholders
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. Seacoast will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form S-4 for each of the transactions, containing a proxy statement of Sabal Palm Bancorp, Inc. and Business Bank of Florida, Corp., respectively, and a prospectus of Seacoast, and Seacoast will file other documents with the SEC with respect to each of the proposed mergers. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to shareholders of Sabal Palm Bancorp, Inc. and Business Bank of Florida, Corp.Investors and security holders of Seacoast, Sabal Palm Bancorp, Inc., and Business Bank of Florida, Corp. are urged to read the entire proxy statement/prospectus and other documents that will be filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Seacoast through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Seacoast will be available free of charge on Seacoast’s internet website or by contacting Seacoast.
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The risks relating to the proposed mergers include, without limitation: the timing to consummate the proposed mergers; the risk that a condition to closing of the proposed mergers may not be satisfied; failure to obtain the approval of shareholders of each entity in connection with the mergers; the risk that a regulatory approval that may be required for the proposed mergers is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that the mergers are not completed at all; the diversion of management time on issues related to the proposed mergers; unexpected transaction costs, including the costs of integrating operations; the risks that the businesses will not be integrated successfully or such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; the potential failure to fully or timely realize expected revenues and revenue synergies, including as the result of revenues following the mergers being lower than expected; the risk of deposit and customer attrition; any changes in deposit mix; unexpected operating and other costs, which may differ or change from expectation; the risk of customer and employee loss and business disruptions, including, without limitation, as the result of difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees; increased competitive pressures on solicitations of customers by competitors; as well as difficulties and risks inherent with entering new markets.
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Rafael Brazon-Di Fatta