Suncrest Bank Announces the Completion of the Merger of Sutter Community Bank into Suncrest Bank

- Combined bank has $286.3 million in assets and 4 branches in California's Central Valley

- Two Sutter Directors join the Suncrest Bank Board of Directors

- New Local Yuba-Sutter Market Board Formed

Dec 14, 2015, 09:00 ET from Suncrest Bank

VISALIA, Calif., Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Suncrest Bank (OTCQX: SBKK) today announced that the merger of Sutter Community Bank (OTC Pink: SUTB) with and into Suncrest Bank was completed on December 11, 2015. 

The acquisition, which was first announced on June 25, 2015, was concluded following receipt of shareholder approval for the transaction from the shareholders of Sutter Community Bank and all required regulatory approvals. As of September 30, 2015, Sutter Community Bank had $68.3 million in assets and Suncrest Bank had $218.0 million in assets. As of September 30, 2015, on a pro forma combined basis with Sutter Community Bank, Suncrest Bank had approximately $286.3 million in assets.

Ciaran McMullan, President and CEO of Suncrest Bank, commented, "The transaction creates a stronger community and agricultural bank with an expanded presence in the Central Valley of California. Our newly combined company has the ability to offer loans up to $10 million to qualified borrowers throughout the North and South Valley, and we are excited about the growth potential this geographic expansion gives us."

Daniel C. Jacuzzi, former Chairman of Sutter Community Bank who joined Suncrest Bank as a director, noted, "The combination is a very positive event for the shareholders, customers and employees of both institutions. Our team is excited about the business opportunities and client services which will result from the merger of Sutter Community Bank and Suncrest Bank. We have a combined management group dedicated to providing our target market with a high level of personal service and products."

In the transaction,. Suncrest Bank is issuing an aggregate of approximately 1,144,414 shares of Suncrest Bank common stock to Sutter Community Bank shareholders. Based on the closing price of Suncrest Bank's common stock on December 11, 2015 of $7.35 per share (and without giving effect to any Dissenting Shares), the aggregate consideration payable to Sutter Community Bank common shareholders is approximately $8.4 million.

Former holders of Sutter Community Bank common stock as a group received shares of Suncrest Bank common stock in the transaction constituting approximately 22.9% of the outstanding shares of Suncrest Bank common stock immediately after the close of the transaction.

Two former members of the Sutter Community Bank Board of Directors, Daniel C. Jacuzzi and Matthew Pomeroy will join the Suncrest Bank Board of Directors.  In addition, all the former Directors of Sutter Community Bank have formed a Local Market Advisory Board and will continue to be actively involved with the new bank.

About Suncrest Bank

Suncrest Bank, member FDIC, is locally owned and operated and offers a full range of business, agribusiness and personal deposit products and loans in the California's Central Valley. It has branches in Visalia, Porterville, Kingsburg and Yuba City. It is regularly rated Five Stars by Bauer Financial and is dedicated to providing a high level of personal service, and to supporting the communities which it serves. It is also a Preferred Lender with the Small Business Administration. Suncrest Bank stock trades on the OTCQX under the ticker symbol SBKK. For further information, visit

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