Firestone Financial Joins Berkshire Hills

Firestone Financial Joins Berkshire Hills
07.08.2015 01:00 am

Firestone Financial Joins Berkshire Hills

M&A Deals

Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: BHLB) has completed the acquisition of Firestone Financial Corp. effective today. Firestone is now known as "Firestone Financial, LLC" and operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Bank.

"We are pleased to welcome the customers, employees, and shareholders of Firestone to America's Most Exciting Bank," stated Berkshire President and CEO, Michael P. Daly.  "This combination increases the client offerings for both companies, diversifies our loan portfolio and provides a valuable future growth channel.  We look forward to helping Firestone achieve its goals and to facilitating its continued growth." 

The acquisition is priced at 130% of Firestone's adjusted tangible book value as of August 7, 2015.  The deal value is estimated to be approximately $53 million, with 75% of the consideration being paid in BHLB common stock and 25% being paid in cash.  The acquisition is expected to be modestly accretive to Berkshire's earnings per share in 2016, and to benefit profitability and capital metrics.  The transaction is expected to be $0.08 dilutive to Berkshire's tangible book value per share, with a related payback period of approximately 2.5 years. 

Berkshire now has over $7.5 billion in assets and 93 branches serving New England and Central New York, along with loan production offices in the Boston area.  As a result of the merger, Berkshire's outstanding common stock has increased to approximately 30.9 million shares, resulting in a market capitalization of approximately $900 million.

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