Banc of California (BANC) Buying Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (PMBC) In $235 Million Deal

By Amit Chowdhry ● March 23, 2021
  • Banc of California announced it is buying Pacific Mercantile Bancorp in a deal valued at $235 million. These are the details.

Banc of California, Inc. (NYSE: BANC) – the holding company of Banc of California, N.A. – and Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ: PMBC) – the holding company of Pacific Mercantile Bank – announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger under which Pacific Mercantile will merge into Banc of California in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $235 million, or $9.77 per share, based on the closing price for Banc of California’s common stock of $19.54 as of March 22, 2021. And Banc of California expects the transaction to be 12.9% accretive to EPS in 2022 with a 2.3 year earnback period to tangible book value per share based on a conservative and achievable cost savings estimate of approximately 35%.

Pacific Mercantile Bancorp is a commercial bank headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with $1.6 billion in total assets, $1.2 billion in gross loans, and $1.4 billion in total deposits as of December 31, 2020. And Pacific Mercantile had $229.7 million in Paycheck Protection loans outstanding at December 31, 2020. Pacific Mercantile operates 7 banking offices, including 3 full service branches, located throughout Southern California. The deal will increase Banc of California’s total assets to approximately $9.5 billion on a pro forma basis as of December 31, 2020.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement – which was approved by the Board of Directors of both companies – holders of Pacific Mercantile common stock will receive 0.5 shares of Banc of California common stock for each share of Pacific Mercantile common stock they own. And existing Banc of California stockholders will own approximately 81% of the outstanding shares of the combined company and Pacific Mercantile shareholders are expected to own approximately 19%.

The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and shareholder approvals from Banc of California and Pacific Mercantile shareholders. And Pacific Mercantile directors who own shares of Pacific Mercantile common stock and certain shareholders have entered into agreements with Banc of California pursuant to which they have committed to vote their shares of Pacific Mercantile common stock in favor of the transaction. Banc of California directors who own shares of Banc of California common stock and certain stockholders have entered into agreements with Pacific Mercantile pursuant to which they have committed to vote their shares of Banc of California common stock in favor of the transaction.

Piper Sandler & Co. had acted as financial advisor to Banc of California in the transaction and delivered a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Banc of California. And Sullivan & Cromwell LLP served as legal counsel to Banc of California. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (a Stifel Company) acted as financial advisor to Pacific Mercantile and delivered a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of Pacific Mercantile. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP served as legal counsel to Pacific Mercantile.

KEY QUOTES:

“We are excited to welcome Pacific Mercantile’s clients and colleagues into our banking family. Pacific Mercantile’s talented team has built an attractive roster of operating company clients, and we look forward to serving them with high-touch relationship banking.”

“Pacific Mercantile is a strong strategic fit for Banc of California. Their size, business focus, and deposit profile perfectly align with our existing operations, and will accelerate our growth and operating scale in key markets. Our similar market footprint, corporate cultures, and commitment to helping our clients succeed should lead to a smooth and successful transaction and integration. We believe the compelling economics of the transaction will deliver value for both Banc of California and Pacific Mercantile shareholders.”

— Jared Wolff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Banc of California

“Banc of California is a great merger partner for Pacific Mercantile given our shared focus on business and relationship banking. Like Pacific Mercantile, Banc of California has become an attractive choice for small- and middle-market operating companies with a strong emphasis on service and solutions. Our customers will benefit from the greater range of services, capital and resources the combined company will be able to offer, while they receive the same high quality, personalized service they have always enjoyed.”

— Pacific Mercantile President and Chief Executive Officer Brad R. Dinsmore

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