SOUTHERN PINES, N.C., Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- First Bancorp (NASDAQ - FBNC), the parent company of First Bank, reports that it has received notification from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond that the Company's merger application to acquire Carolina Bank Holdings, Inc. ("Carolina Bank Holdings") has been approved.
All regulatory approvals have now been received, and the holding company merger date is expected to be March 3, 2017. Shortly after the merger date, Carolina Bank Holdings shareholders will be mailed an election form with instructions and a deadline for electing their desired mix of cash and stock according to the terms of the merger.
Carolina Bank, the bank subsidiary of Carolina Bank Holdings, will continue to operate as Carolina Bank until it is merged into First Bank, which is expected to occur this summer. First Bank will be in regular communication with customers of Carolina Bank prior to the bank merger to ensure a smooth transition.
First Bancorp is a bank holding company headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina, with total assets of approximately $3.6 billion. Its principal activity is the ownership and operation of First Bank, a state-chartered community bank that operates 89 branches in North Carolina and South Carolina. First Bank also has loan production offices in Greensboro, North Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina. First Bank also provides SBA loans to customers through its nationwide network of lenders – for more information on First Bank's SBA lending capabilities, please visit www.firstbanksba.com. First Bancorp's common stock is traded on The NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "FBNC."
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION WITH CAROLINA BANK AND WHERE TO FIND IT
This communication includes statements made in respect of the proposed transaction involving First Bancorp and Carolina Bank Holdings, Inc. ("Carolina Bank"). This material is not a substitute for the proxy statement/prospectus or any other documents which First Bancorp and Carolina Bank may send to their respective shareholders in connection with the proposed merger. This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.
In connection with the proposed transaction, First Bancorp has filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Carolina Bank and a prospectus of First Bancorp, as well as other relevant documents concerning the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders are also urged to carefully review and consider each of First Bancorp's and Carolina Bank's public filings with the SEC, including but not limited to their Annual Reports on Form 10-K, their proxy statements, their Current Reports on Form 8-K and their Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. BEFORE MAKING ANY INVESTMENT DECISIONS, INVESTORS AND SHAREHOLDERS OF CAROLINA BANK ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE ENTIRE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement/prospectus and other filings containing information about First Bancorp and Carolina Bank at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Investors and security holders may also obtain free copies of the documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by First Bancorp on its website at http://www.localfirstbank.com and by Carolina Bank on its website at http://www.carolinabank.com.
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