Private Bank of Decatur’s parent company will merge with Birmingham bank

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 6, 2016
Photo provided by Private Bank of Decatur

Photo provided by Private Bank of Decatur

The parent company of Private Bank of Decatur is merging with the parent company of another bank, the company said in a press release.

According to the press release, National Commerce Corporation, the parent company of Birmingham, Ala.-based National Bank of Commerce and Private Bancshares, Inc.,, parent company of Private Bank of Buckhead (“PBB”), headquartered in Atlanta and Private Bank of Decatur, have signed an agreement to move forward with the merger.


Private Bank of Buckhead was formed 10 years ago. Private Bank of Decatur opened in 2012 at One Decatur Town Center. It was led by Judy Turner, the former president of Decatur First Bank, who recently retired.

After the merger, Private Bank will continue to operate as Private Bank of Buckhead and Private Bank of Decatur, the press release says. There will be no management changes.

“The transaction is expected to result in a combined institution with approximately $2 billion in assets,” the press release says.

Here is the full press release, which includes additional details about the merger:

BIRMINGHAM, AL and ATLANTA, GA (August 31, 2016) – National Commerce Corporation (Nasdaq: NCOM) (“NCC”), the parent company of National Bank of Commerce (“NBC”), headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, and Private Bancshares, Inc. (“Private Bancshares”), the parent company of Private Bank of Buckhead (“PBB”), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, today jointly announced the signing of a definitive agreement providing for the merger of Private Bancshares with and into NCC.  Simultaneously with the holding company merger, PBB will merge with and into NBC, but will continue to operate under its current trade names (Private Bank of Buckhead, Private Bank of Decatur and PrivatePlus Mortgage) and existing management team.  The transaction is expected to result in a combined institution with approximately $2.0 billion in assets.

John H. Holcomb, III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, commented on the announcement, saying, “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the team at Private Bank of Buckhead.  Having known Charlie Crawford for more than 16 years, we are pleased to reach this agreement.  PBB’s model of hiring experienced bankers who bring value to their customers through high-touch service fits very well with ours.  PBB’s clients, like ours, appreciate the benefits of working closely with talented bankers who understand their markets and have the authority to make decisions.  The merger with Private Bancshares is an important component of our strategic plan to build a meaningful community banking franchise in areas that we know well.”

Charles B. (Charlie) Crawford, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Private Bancshares, also commented on the announcement, saying, “Our affiliation with NCC will allow us to continue being the bank of choice for the communities we serve.  We share with NCC and NBC a commitment to community banking and exceptional customer service and are honored and excited to continue building an enduring community banking enterprise.  This is the right next step for us and the people we serve, and we believe this is an optimal way to approach our 10th anniversary in December 2016 in a position of strength, stability and customer focus.”

Richard Murray, IV, President and Chief Operating Officer of NCC, also commented on the strategic fit of the merger with NCC’s current Atlanta loan production office operation, stating that “Mike Holcomb and the rest of our Atlanta team are excited about this opportunity to partner with Private Bancshares, as it will give them additional strength and momentum in the market.”

Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, each share of common stock of Private Bancshares issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger will be converted into the right to receive either 0.85417 shares of NCC common stock or cash in the amount of $20.50.  Under the agreement, the total amount of cash payable in the merger will in no event exceed $8,321,000 (representing a cash payment in exchange for approximately 15% of the maximum potential outstanding shares of Private Bancshares common stock), subject to NCC’s option to increase such cash payment to an amount representing a cash payment in exchange for approximately 20% of the outstanding shares of Private Bancshares common stock outstanding at the Effective Time.  Accordingly, elections by shareholders of Private Bancshares to receive a particular form of consideration, whether cash or shares of NCC common stock, will be prorated as necessary to cause the total amount of cash payable by NCC in the merger to equal, as nearly as practicable, the amount calculated as described above.

The boards of directors of NCC, NBC, Private Bancshares and PBB have unanimously approved the transaction.  The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals and approval by Private Bancshares’ shareholde rs.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. acted as financial adviser to NCC, and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. acted as its legal adviser.  Banks Street Partners, LLC acted as financial adviser to Private Bancshares, and Bryan Cave LLP acted as its legal adviser.


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