A Bank Stock To Watch: West Town Bancorp (WTWB) Completes Acquisition of Sound Banking Company and Private Placement Offering
On Sept. 05, 2017 West Town Bancorp, Inc. (WTWB) (“West Town”), announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Sound Banking Company of Morehead City, NC (“Sound Bank”) thereby further expanding its presence into Eastern North Carolina. West Town will operate as a multi-bank holding company with Sound Bank and West Town Bank & Trust as separately chartered, wholly owned subsidiaries of West Town. With the Sound Bank acquisition, West Town has grown its consolidated assets to approximately $500 million as of the August 31, 2017 closing date.
Additionally, in connection with the acquisition, West Town closed on a private placement of securities to a limited number of institutional and other accredited investors for aggregate gross proceeds to the company of approximately $17.5 million, before fees and expenses. In connection with the closing of the sales, West Town issued 453,490 shares of voting common stock at a per share purchase price of $23.00 and issued 30,738 shares of a non-voting convertible perpetual preferred stock at a per share purchase price of $230.00.
With 2,587,669 shares of common stock outstanding following the transactions, West Town has a market capitalization of $62.6 million based on the closing price of $24.20 per share on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Eric Bergevin, President and CEO of West Town commented, “We are pleased to complete our acquisition of Sound Bank. Sound Bank’s traditional community banking franchise rooted with a strong core deposit base will complement West Town Bank & Trust’s substantial fee income business driven by its national SBA/USDA lending platform. Additionally, the completion of the private placement positions our company for continued organic growth as well as the flexibility to look at additional acquisition opportunities in the future.”
Phil Collins, President of Sound Bank echoed, “We are excited about becoming part of the West Town organization, which we believe will result in a bigger, stronger, more profitable franchise and allow our customers to benefit from additional products and services.”
About West Town Bancorp, Inc.
West Town Bancorp, Inc., which is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a multi-bank holding company registered with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. West Town operates two banking subsidiaries – West Town Bank & Trust, an Illinois state bank with its main office in North Riverside, IL, and Sound Bank, a North Carolina-chartered bank with its main office in Morehead City, NC. Through its banking subsidiaries, West Town provides banking services and products through its offices in Illinois and North Carolina, including checking, savings, and time deposit accounts and residential mortgage, commercial, and installment loans.