First Busey Corporation Finalizes Acquisition of Cummins-American Corp. and Glenview State Bank

Urbana, Illinois, UNITED STATES


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. and GLENVIEW, Ill., June 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Busey Corporation (“Busey”) (NASDAQ: BUSE), the holding company for Busey Bank, announced the completion of its acquisition of Cummins-American Corp. (“CAC”), the holding company for Glenview State Bank (“GSB”), effective May 31, 2021.  The transaction was previously announced on January 19, 2021.

Under terms of the definitive agreement, each share of CAC common stock issued and outstanding as of the effective date was converted into the right to receive 444.4783 shares of First Busey common stock and $14,173.96 in cash, which cash consideration amount reflects the adjustments made in accordance with the terms of the Merger Agreement.  In addition, as additional merger consideration received by CAC’s shareholders in the Merger, CAC paid a special dividend to its shareholders in the amount of $60 million, or $12,087.58 per share of CAC common stock, on May 28, 2021.  Based on Busey’s 20-day volume weighted average closing price of $25.66 on May 28, 2021, the implied per share purchase price was $37,666.85 with an aggregate transaction value of approximately $187.0 million.

Busey will operate GSB as a separate banking subsidiary of Busey until it is merged with Busey Bank, which is expected to occur in the second half of 2021.  At the time of the bank merger, GSB banking centers will become branches of Busey Bank.  The combined pro forma franchise will serve customers through 75 full-service locations, including 60 branches across Illinois, as well as 10 in Missouri, four in Florida, and one in Indiana, and will have combined assets of approximately $12.3 billion, $7.2 billion in gross loans, $10.2 billion in deposits and over $11.8 billion in wealth assets under management as of March 31, 2021.

Busey Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Van A. Dukeman said, “Being a strong, local community bank for the communities we serve remains a top priority to both Busey and Glenview State Bank.  We will advance our shared, longstanding commitments to supporting both team members and our customers and communities.  This partnership benefits our clients through enhanced capabilities and products while a growing, dynamic organization presents more professional growth opportunities for associates.  As a company, it provides us the resources to compete with our larger competitors while maintaining a community banking culture we believe shapes the future for our expanded presence in the greater Chicagoland market.”

The partnership enhances Busey’s existing deposit, commercial banking and wealth management presence in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).  Through this transaction, Busey’s deposit share ranking improves from #32 to #20 in this MSA.  Chicagoland is the largest MSA in Illinois and the Midwest and includes the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Will, McHenry, Grundy, Lake, Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb; Kenosha County in Wisconsin; and the Indiana counties of Lake, Porter, Jasper, and Newton.  Additionally, this partnership solidifies Busey Bank’s position as #14 in total deposit market share across the state of Illinois while positioning Busey Bank as #4 in deposit share for banks headquartered in Illinois.

Founded in 1921, GSB operated as a privately held, locally owned and operated commercial bank headquartered in Glenview, Illinois.  GSB employs 150 associates and has seven branch locations in the Chicagoland MSA: Glenview (4), Northbrook, Northfield, and Mount Prospect.  GSB is dedicated to its founding principles by being actively involved in the communities it serves and providing exceptional personal service delivered by experienced local professionals.  As of March 31, 2021, CAC had total consolidated assets of $1.5 billion, total loans of $454 million, total deposits of $1.3 billion, and wealth assets under care of $1.2 billion.

GSB President and Chief Executive Officer Paul A. Jones said, “We are proud to have served our customers and supported our communities for the past 100 years.  With Busey, GSB customers will continue to experience a community banking commitment while benefitting from an expanded array of sophisticated commercial, consumer, and wealth management services.  We are pleased this partnership maintains a focus on service excellence Glenview State Bank customers expect and deserve.”

Both companies support and value an engaged and empowered workforce and are committed to building a premier, service-oriented, community banking experience.  Busey has been named among American Banker’s Best Banks to Work For since 2016; voted as one of the Best Places to Work in Illinois by associates since 2016; listed among the 2018 and 2019 Best-In-State Banks for Illinois by Forbes—in addition to various wellness, training and development, philanthropic and other workplace awards.

Vedder Price P.C. served as legal counsel and Stephens Inc. served as financial advisor to Busey.  Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP served as legal counsel and Piper Sandler & Co. served as financial advisor to Cummins-American Corp.

Corporate Profile
As of March 31, 2021, First Busey Corporation (Nasdaq: BUSE) was a $10.76 billion financial holding company headquartered in Champaign, Illinois.

Busey Bank, the wholly-owned bank subsidiary of First Busey Corporation, had total assets of $10.74 billion as of March 31, 2021, and is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois.  Busey Bank currently has 53 banking centers serving Illinois, 10 banking centers serving Missouri, four banking centers serving southwest Florida, and one banking center in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Through Busey Bank’s Wealth Management division, the Company provides asset management, investment, and fiduciary services to individuals, businesses, and foundations.  As of March 31, 2021, assets under care were $10.69 billion.

Busey Bank owns a retail payment processing subsidiary, FirsTech, Inc., which processes approximately 28 million transactions for a total of $8.3 billion on an annual basis.  FirsTech, Inc. operates across all of North America, providing payment solutions which include, but are not limited to, electronic payments, mobile payments, phone payments, remittance processing, in person payments, and merchant services.  FirsTech, Inc. partners with 5,800+ agents across the U.S.  More information about FirsTech, Inc. can be found at firstechpayments.com.

Glenview State Bank is a wholly-owned bank subsidiary of First Busey Corporation acquired in the merger.  Headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, Glenview State Bank has 7 branch locations in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI MSA.

Busey has been named a Best Place to Work across the company footprint since 2016 by Best Companies Group.  We are honored to be consistently recognized by national and local organizations for our engaged culture of integrity and commitment to community development.

For more information about us, visit busey.com or gsb.com.

CONTACTS:
Jeffrey D. Jones, EVP & CFOAmy L. Randolph, EVP & Chief of Staff
First Busey CorporationFirst Busey Corporation
(217) 365-4500(217) 365-4500
jeff.jones@busey.comamy.randolph@busey.com

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