Heartland Completes Acquisition of Founders Bancorp in San Luis Obispo, California

Dubuque, Iowa, UNITED STATES

DUBUQUE, Iowa, March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Founders Bancorp, parent company of Founders Community Bank, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California.

Based on Heartland’s closing common stock price of $49.55 as of February 28, 2017, the aggregate consideration was $32.3 million, with approximately 30 percent of the consideration paid in cash and 70 percent in HTLF common stock. Heartland expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings in the first full year following the systems integration, which is planned for March 2017.

Simultaneous with closing of the transaction, Founders Community Bank was merged into Heartland’s California-based subsidiary, Premier Valley Bank, with Founders’ banking offices operating as “Founders Community Bank, a Division of Premier Valley Bank.”

As of December 31, 2016, Founders Community Bank had assets of approximately $197 million, net loans outstanding of $103 million and deposits of $179 million. The acquisition expands Heartland’s footprint in California from 5 to 9 banking centers and nationally from 108 to 112 banking centers serving 12 states.

D. A. Davidson & Co. served as financial advisor to Founders Bancorp and Stuart | Moore served as Founders’ legal advisor. Panoramic Capital Advisors Inc. served as financial advisor to Heartland and Dorsey & Whitney LLP served as Heartland’s legal advisor.

About Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is a diversified financial services company with assets exceeding $8 billion. The company provides banking, mortgage, private client, investment, insurance and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Heartland currently has 112 banking locations serving 88 communities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and California. Additional information about Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is available at www.htlf.com.

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