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Old National, First Midwest to Merge in $6.5B Deal, Leaders Named

June 02, 2021, 07:17 AM
Filed Under: Mergers & Acquisitions

Old National Bancorp and First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. jointly announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to combine in an all-stock merger of equals transaction with a total market value of $6.5 billion to create a premier Midwestern bank with $45 billion in combined assets.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, First Midwest stockholders will receive 1.1336 shares of Old National common stock for each share of First Midwest common stock they own. Following completion of the transaction, former First Midwest stockholders are expected to collectively represent approximately 44 percent of the combined company. The new organization will operate under the Old National Bancorp and Old National Bank names, with dual headquarters in Evansville, IN, and Chicago, IL.

Michael Scudder, Chairman and CEO of First Midwest Bancorp, will serve as the Executive Chairman and Jim Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Old National Bancorp, will maintain his role as CEO.

Additional leadership positions for the combined entity include:

  • Mark Sander, President and Chief Operating Officer (First Midwest)
  • Jim Sandgren, CEO of Commercial Banking (Old National)
  • Brendon Falconer, Chief Financial Officer (Old National)
  • Kendra Vanzo, Chief Administrative Officer (Old National)
  • Kevin Geoghegan, Chief Credit Officer (First Midwest)
  • Thomas Prame, CEO of Community Banking (First Midwest)
  • Chady AlAhmar, CEO of Wealth Management (Old National)

The complete executive leadership team is expected to be announced prior to close.

The Board of Directors of the combined company will have 16 directors, consisting of eight directors from Old National and eight directors from First Midwest. Becky Skillman, lead independent director for Old National, will retain this position in the combined company.

“First Midwest and Old National are two relationship-focused financial institutions that have rich histories, extremely compatible cultures and a shared commitment to helping our clients achieve financial success,” said Scudder, Chairman and CEO of First Midwest. “As a combined organization, we will be in an even stronger position to invest, grow and innovate in talent, capabilities and services that will enhance an already superior client experience and further set us apart as a market leader not only in Chicago but across the Midwest.”

“First Midwest’s leadership team and colleagues not only mirror the Old National mission, values and culture, they also offer exceptional consumer and commercial banking services,” said Old National Chairman and CEO Ryan. “We are confident that the powerful synergies, additional market coverage and financial strength this partnership creates will drive long-term shareholder value, and we are excited about combining the outstanding legacies of two strong, client- and community-focused organizations.”

Strategic benefits of the merger include:

Strengthened market position: The combined organization will create the sixth largest bank headquartered in the Midwest, with a presence in six of the largest Midwestern MSAs, strong commercial banking capabilities, a robust retail footprint and a significant wealth platform. The two banks have virtually no service area overlap, limiting disruption.

Top-tier commercial and community bank: With a larger balance sheet, more diverse geographic footprint and deeper product suite, the combined company will have increased capability to serve both existing and new clients and compete with the largest banks in the region.

Digital and technology capabilities: The combined organization creates the scale and profitability to accelerate digital and technology capabilities to drive future investments in consumer, wealth management and commercial banking services.

Culture and employee focus: From First Midwest’s multiple recognitions as a Best Place to Work to Old National’s 10-year run as one of the World’s Most Ethical companies, the combined institution will remain committed to fostering a strong culture of collaboration and trust, empowering its employees to flourish.

Community engagement: The merger enables the combined entity to build on both organizations’ longstanding history of service, enhance its ability to champion community initiatives and drive positive change throughout its footprint.

The transaction is expected to close in late 2021 or early 2022 subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and shareholder approvals.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, served as exclusive financial advisor and Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP acted as legal advisor to Old National.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as exclusive financial advisor and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP acted as legal advisor to First Midwest.

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