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Banc of California to Acquire Pacific Mercantile Bancorp

March 23, 2021, 07:30 AM
Filed Under: Mergers & Acquisitions

Banc of California, Inc., the holding company of Banc of California, N.A., and Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, the holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank, announced they have entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger under which Pacific Mercantile will merge into Banc of California in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $235 million.

Pacific Mercantile Bancorp is a commercial bank headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA, with $1.6 billion in total assets, $1.2 billion in gross loans and $1.4 billion in total deposits as of December 31, 2020. Pacific Mercantile had $229.7 million in Paycheck Protection loans outstanding at December 31, 2020. Pacific Mercantile operates seven banking offices, including three full-service branches, located throughout Southern California. The transaction will increase Banc of California’s total assets to approximately $9.5 billion on a pro forma basis as of December 31, 2020.

Jared Wolff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Banc of California, commented, “We are excited to welcome Pacific Mercantile’s clients and colleagues into our banking family. Pacific Mercantile’s talented team has built an attractive roster of operating company clients, and we look forward to serving them with high-touch relationship banking.”

“Pacific Mercantile is a strong strategic fit for Banc of California,” continued Wolff. “Their size, business focus, and deposit profile perfectly align with our existing operations, and will accelerate our growth and operating scale in key markets. Our similar market footprint, corporate cultures, and commitment to helping our clients succeed should lead to a smooth and successful transaction and integration. We believe the compelling economics of the transaction will deliver value for both Banc of California and Pacific Mercantile shareholders.”

Pacific Mercantile President and Chief Executive Officer Brad R. Dinsmore added, “Banc of California is a great merger partner for Pacific Mercantile given our shared focus on business and relationship banking. Like Pacific Mercantile, Banc of California has become an attractive choice for small- and middle-market operating companies with a strong emphasis on service and solutions. Our customers will benefit from the greater range of services, capital and resources the combined company will be able to offer, while they receive the same high quality, personalized service they have always enjoyed.”

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and shareholder approvals from Banc of California and Pacific Mercantile shareholders.

Piper Sandler & Co. acted as financial advisor to Banc of California in the transaction and delivered a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Banc of California. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP served as legal counsel to Banc of California. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., a Stifel Company, acted as financial advisor to Pacific Mercantile and delivered a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Pacific Mercantile. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP served as legal counsel to Pacific Mercantile.

See the full announcement here.

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