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TCF Financial, Chemical Financial Agree to Merge

January 28, 2019, 07:30 AM
Filed Under: Mergers & Acquisitions

Chemical Financial Corporation and TCF Financial Corporation announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, TCF will merge into Chemical, and the combined holding company and bank will operate under the TCF name and brand following the closing of the transaction.

The merger combines two complementary banking platforms to create a premier Midwest bank that will be uniquely positioned to capitalize on market opportunities and broaden the channels and customers it serves through increased scale and expanded product offerings. The combined company will have approximately $45 billion in assets, $34 billion in total deposits and more than 500 branches across nine states, including four of the top 10 Midwest markets, the companies said. It will leverage the strengths of Chemical’s community banking and wealth management capabilities with TCF’s large deposit franchise and expertise in wholesale lending on a national basis.

“With a shared strategic vision and increased scale and capabilities, our two complementary banking platforms will be positioned to better serve our customers and communities,” said Chemical’s Chairman Gary Torgow. “The combination of TCF and Chemical creates the largest midcap bank in the Midwest, poised to deliver double-digit EPS accretion for each set of shareholders, significant cost synergies, top-tier return metrics, a more diversified balance sheet and a lower risk profile. We also share a deep commitment to supporting and giving back to the communities we serve.”

TCF Chairman, CEO and President Craig Dahl said, “We are confident that this merger will enhance our ability to deliver stronger and more sustainable growth and greater value creation than either company could achieve alone. The new TCF will have attractive positions in both its product suite and market footprint as well as a more diversified loan portfolio and increased lending capabilities across asset classes, geographies and industry verticals. Through improved profitability and earnings predictability, we will be able to reinvest in the business to drive multiple growth engines, enhance our ability to compete in the next generation of banking and sustain consistent return on capital for shareholders. We believe the combined company will also create new opportunities for our employees and enable us to attract and retain top talent.”

Strategic Benefits of the Merger

Enhanced scale and capabilities: The combined organization will be strategically positioned to capitalize on market opportunities and better serve its customers throughout several of the largest, most attractive markets in the Midwest. Together, the companies will have the scale to better invest, compete and outperform by leveraging leading market positions and complementary products. Limited overlap of markets and product suites will benefit customers through a consistent go-to-market approach and minimal disruption.

Accelerates achievement of each company’s strategic priorities: Complementary operations with limited overlap will broaden the opportunities to drive sustainable growth and increase market share. TCF’s strength in national lending verticals complements Chemical’s core in-market commercial lending and wealth management offerings. The two banks’ shared strengths in infrastructure, digital platforms, and mortgage banking will enhance the combined organization’s position while improving efficiency.

More balanced deposit mix and loan portfolio: The combination creates a more diversified deposit mix between retail and commercial business lines and a more balanced loan portfolio across geographies, asset classes and commercial industries. On a combined basis, the company expects to have increased capacity for loan growth while maintaining its current risk thresholds.

Complementary values and community focus: Both organizations share a legacy of developing deep community ties, along with core values centered on customer service, accountability, and adaptability to market changes. The combined organization will have a stronger, deeper leadership team with complementary expertise to drive enhanced operational performance, strategic growth, and risk management. In addition, the combined bank will continue to provide philanthropic, civic, and economic development support to the communities in which it operates.

Governance and Leadership

The combined company will be headquartered in Detroit and maintain a significant operating presence in Minneapolis as well as Midland and Chicago. The combined company will be led by:

  • Gary Torgow, who will serve as Executive Chairman of the board of directors;
  • Vance Opperman, who is the current lead independent director of TCF Financial Corporation’s board of directors, will serve as lead independent director;
  • Craig Dahl, who will serve as CEO and President;
  • Dennis Klaeser, who will serve as Chief Financial Officer;
  • Brian Maass, who will serve as Deputy CFO and Treasurer; and
  • David Provost will become Chairman of the combined bank and Tom Shafer will become President and Chief Operating Officer of the combined bank.

Additional leadership team members will be comprised of highly experienced and proven executives who reflect the strengths and capabilities of both banks and will share equally in the integration process.

The combined company’s board of directors will have 16 directors, consisting of eight directors from TCF and eight directors from Chemical.

The merger is expected to close in the late third or early fourth quarter of 2019, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of customary regulatory approvals and approval by the shareholders of each company.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods is acting as financial advisor to, and rendered a fairness opinion to the board of directors of, Chemical. Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are serving as legal counsel to Chemical. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as lead financial advisor to, and rendered a fairness opinion to the board of directors of, TCF. Perkins Advisors, LLC is also acting as financial advisor to TCF, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as legal counsel.

For additional information, see the full release.

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