Investar Holding Corporation Announces Completion of Citizens Bancshares, Inc. Acquisition

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, UNITED STATES

BATON ROUGE, La., July 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) (“Investar”), the holding company of Investar Bank, today announced the completion of its acquisition of Citizens Bancshares, Inc. (“Citizens”), including its wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Citizens Bank, in Ville Platte, Louisiana. A definitive agreement relating to the acquisition was previously announced in March 2017.

The acquisition became effective as of July 1, 2017. Pursuant to the terms of the definitive agreement, Investar Acquisition Company, a Louisiana corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Investar was merged with and into Citizens, with Citizens as the surviving corporation, and Citizens was merged with and into Investar, with Investar as the surviving corporation. Immediately following the holding company mergers, Citizens Bank was merged with and into Investar Bank, with Investar Bank surviving.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, all of the issued and outstanding shares of Citizens common stock were converted into an aggregate amount of cash consideration equal to $45.8 million.

“Citizens fits well with our strategy of expanding Investar’s footprint in the Louisiana market. As a community bank, we are focused on customer service, and we look forward to providing enhanced products and services to the customers, employees and communities that we serve,” said John D’Angelo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Investar.

On July 1, 2017, Citizens had approximately $249 million in assets, $132 million in gross loans, and $211 million in total deposits.

About Investar

Investar Holding Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, provides full banking services, excluding trust services, through its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Investar Bank, a Louisiana-chartered bank. Investar Bank had total assets of approximately $1.2 billion as of March 31, 2017 and currently operates 15 branches serving southeast Louisiana.

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