Umpqua Holdings Corporation, parent company of Umpqua Bank and Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York Inc., and California-based North Bay Bancorp signed an agreement Thursday for Umpqua Holdings Corporation to acquire North Bay Bancorp and its principal operating subsidiary, The Vintage Bank, along with its Solano Bank division. The agreement provides for North Bay Bancorp shareholders to receive 1.217 shares of Umpqua common stock for each share of North Bay Bancorp common stock, giving the acquisition a total value of approximately $156 million.
Upon completion of the acquisition, all The Vintage Bank and Solano Bank branches will operate under the Umpqua Bank name. The acquisition will add North Bay Bancorp’s network of 10 Northern California branches, including locations in the Napa, St. Helena, American Canyon, Vacaville, Benicia, Vallejo and Fairfield areas, to Umpqua Bank’s network of 134 Northern California, Oregon and Washington locations. Ray Davis will continue to lead the combined organizations as president and CEO of Umpqua Holdings Corporation and Bill Fike will continue as president of Umpqua California.
“Our acquisition of North Bay Bancorp, the area’s premier community bank, is an important step in Umpqua’s growth strategy in California,” said Fike. “North Bay Bancorp’s two operating banks enhance Umpqua’s presence in this growing market, and extends our focus on customer service and community. We look forward to working with the business and agricultural community as well as the residents of the area.”
“In previous acquisitions, Umpqua has demonstrated how to bring two cultures together so the change benefits everyone involved: our associates, our customers and our shareholders,” said Fike. “We will do the same with this acquisition, expanding our network and enhancing our lending power while continuing to provide The Vintage Bank, Solano Bank and Umpqua Bank customers with the service and commitment to community they rely on.”
“This is a strong strategic move that provides The Vintage Bank and Solano Bank customers with a dynamic and respected brand and a proven delivery system,” said Terry L. Robinson, president, CEO and director of North Bay Bancorp. “We believe the prospects for creating long-term shareholder value are greatly enhanced by the combination of our institutions.”
The boards of both companies have approved the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval and approval by the shareholders of North Bay Bancorp, as well as other customary conditions of closing. Completion is expected during the second quarter of 2007. Umpqua Holdings Corporation expects the acquisition to be neutral to operating earnings per share in 2007 and accretive in 2008. The operational integration of the combined institutions is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2007. The combined organization will have assets of approximately $8 billion, deposits of approximately $6.1 billion and shareholders’ equity of approximately $1.3 billion.
Approximately 5.1 million shares of Umpqua Holdings Corporation common stock are expected to be issued in connection with the acquisition.
In addition to serving as president of Umpqua Bank’s California operations, Bill Fike will oversee the completion of the acquisition. Robinson will work with Fike throughout the integration period.
Milestone Advisors served as financial advisor and provided a fairness opinion to the board of directors of Umpqua Holdings Corporation. Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett served as financial advisor and provided a fairness opinion to the board of directors of North Bay Bancorp.
About Umpqua Holdings Corporation
Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ) is the parent company of Umpqua Bank, an Oregon-based community bank recognized for its entrepreneurial approach, innovative use of technology, and distinctive banking solutions. Umpqua Bank has 134 locations stretching from the greater Sacramento, Calif. area and San Joaquin Valley to Seattle, as well as along the Oregon and Northern California Coast and in Central Oregon. Umpqua Holdings also owns retail brokerage subsidiary Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York Inc., which has locations in Umpqua Bank stores and in dedicated offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Umpqua Bank's Private Client Services Division provides tailored financial services and products to individual customers. Umpqua Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit www.umpquaholdingscorp.com.
About North Bay Bancorp
North Bay Bancorp is the holding company for The Vintage Bank in Napa County and Solano Bank, a Division of The Vintage Bank, in Solano County. This full-service commercial bank offers a wide selection of deposit, loan and investment services to local consumers and small business customers. The Vintage Bank opened in 1985 and now operates six banking offices in Napa County, Northern California's number one tourist destination and the nation's premier wine producing region. The main office and two branch offices are located in the City of Napa. Vintage also has branches in the city of St. Helena, American Canyon and the Southern industrial area of Napa County. Solano Bank, a Division of The Vintage Bank, launched in July 2000, has offices in the primary cities along the I-80 corridor of Solano County, including Vacaville, Fairfield, Vallejo and Benicia and an off-site ATM facility in downtown Fairfield. Solano County is projected to be the fastest growing county in Northern California through year 2030, and is attracting businesses and residents with a quality lifestyle, affordable housing and business-friendly attitudes.