Charter Financial Announces Acquisition of the First National Bank of Florida

Sep 09, 2011, 18:51 ET from Charter Financial Corporation

WEST POINT, Ga., Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CHFN) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, CharterBank, has entered into a definitive agreement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") to assume the deposits and certain assets of The First National Bank of Florida, a full-service bank with eight locations in the Florida Panhandle.  The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency declared The First National Bank of Florida in Milton, Florida, closed today and appointed the FDIC as receiver for The First National Bank of Florida. CharterBank entered into a purchase and assumption agreement whereby CharterBank assumed all of the deposits and substantially all of the assets of The First National Bank of Florida. The purchase and assumption transaction includes loss share coverage of 80% of losses incurred on the disposition of loans and foreclosed real estate.

All of the branches of The First National Bank of Florida will reopen as branches of CharterBank at their next regularly scheduled hours of operation on either Saturday, September 10, 2011 or Monday, September 12, 2011.  All depositors of The First National Bank of Florida will automatically become depositors of CharterBank, and deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC. This transaction marks CharterBank's third FDIC assisted acquisition after which CharterBank will now operate locations in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida Panhandle.

Robert L. Johnson, Charter Financial CEO, commented, "We welcome the customers and employees of The First National Bank of Florida to the CharterBank family. Customers can be confident that their deposits are safe and readily available.  CharterBank is firmly rooted in small town banking and has a rich history of serving and bringing out the best from its communities since its founding in 1954."

As a result of The First National Bank of Florida acquisition, CharterBank will assume approximately $253.0 million in total deposits and $189.5 million in total loans.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated served as financial advisor to Charter Financial Corporation in the transaction.

About Charter Financial Corporation

Charter Financial Corporation is a savings and loan holding company and the parent company of CharterBank, a growing full-service community bank. Charter Financial Corporation is in the mutual holding company structure. CharterBank is headquartered in West Point, Georgia, and operates branches in West Central Georgia, the Florida Panhandle and East Central Alabama. CharterBank's deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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