NBH Holdings Announces FDIC-Assisted Acquisition of Hillcrest Bank

NBH's Planned Acquisitions of Hillcrest and Bank Midwest Creates Strong Community Banking Franchise for Customers in Missouri and Kansas Markets

Oct 22, 2010, 19:16 ET from NBH Holdings Corp

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. and BOSTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- NBH Holdings Corp (NBH) announced today that it has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") to purchase certain assets and to assume certain deposits and other liabilities of Hillcrest Bank.  Hillcrest is a state chartered, commercial bank based in Overland Park, KS.

This acquisition follows on the heels of NBH's recent announcement to acquire Bank Midwest from Dickinson Financial Corporation (DFC) and is consistent with NBH's strategy to build a strong commercial banking presence in the Midwest – and particularly in Missouri and Kansas.  

"We are very excited to welcome the Hillcrest customers and employees to NBH.  We are confident the combined Hillcrest and Bank Midwest will provide high-quality products and services to our customers and be a strong community-oriented bank," said Tim Laney, president and chief executive officer of NBH.

The Hillcrest acquisition will include its nine full-service branches in four states – Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Colorado – and 32 retirement centers where it offers retail banking products and services to the residents of assisted living centers.  With $1.6 billion in total assets and $1.5 billion in deposits, Hillcrest offers a variety of deposit, credit and financial products to meet the needs of its customers.  Its loan products include commercial and commercial real estate lending products, treasury management, and consumer lending products, including mortgages, home equity and lines of credit for small business.  NBH will operate as Hillcrest Bank, N.A. until it applies to merge it into its Bank Midwest charter in 2011.

"This acquisition is exactly the type of transaction we had in mind when we announced the Bank Midwest acquisition," said Laney.  "Our interest is in banks that expand our footprint in community banking in key markets and give us a strong and stable platform for growth.  At the same time, we want to bring secure and reliable community banking back to customers, with the level of service and quality of products that people want and deserve from their local banks."

NBH engaged Goldman Sachs as financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as legal advisor for this transaction.

About NBH

NBH was created to build a leading community bank franchise delivering high quality customer service and strong shareholder results.  NBH raised in excess of $1.0 billion through the sale of common stock in a private placement in late 2009.  Led by a highly experienced and accomplished management team with a successful track record of operating large and complex financial institutions, NBH intends to become a publicly traded bank holding company.

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SOURCE NBH Holdings Corp