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United Community Banks announces the acquisition of Reliant Bancorp

By Pavithra R

July 15, 2021

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United Community Banks announces acquisition of Reliant BancorpUnited Community Banks and Reliant Bancorp announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which United will acquire Reliant, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Reliant Bank, n an all-stock transaction with an aggregate value of approximately $517 mn, or $30.58 per share of Reliant common stock, based on United’s closing stock price of $31.07 on July 13, 2021.

The Merger is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022 and is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approval as well as the approval of Reliant’s shareholders.

Tennessee based Reliant is a highly-valued franchise with an experienced management team led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer DeVan Ard, Jr., who founded Reliant Bank in 2006. It provides outstanding customer service, and develops deep and long-lasting relationships through its 25 branch network in Tennessee. Reliant operates four branches in Clarksville, one branch in Chattanooga, and has a manufactured housing finance group based in Knoxville. As of March 31, 2021, Reliant reported total assets of $3.1 bn, total loans of $2.4 bn, and total deposits of $2.6 bn.

“Partnering with Reliant is consistent with our strategy to expand into high-growth southeastern markets with companies that share our focus on employee experience, customer service, and community engagement. We have had a strong interest in strengthening our Tennessee franchise for several years and are excited to enter the state’s best market with Newsweek’s 2021 “Best Small Bank in Tennessee”. Reliant is a highly regarded, high-performing bank. This merger positions us well for future growth in the state. We are very pleased that DeVan will continue his leadership role as United’s Tennessee State President,” said  Lynn Harton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Reliant shareholders will receive 0.9842 shares of United common stock for each share of Reliant common stock outstanding. The Merger is expected to be accretive to United’s earnings per share, excluding transaction costs, by approximately $0.15 per share (6.1%) in 2022 and $0.22 per share (8.5%) in 2023. The merger agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Reliant and United.

“Our mission has been to build a business model that is shaped by the delivery of outstanding customer experiences and supported by a diverse and experienced team who are positioned in some of the most attractive and fastest-growing markets in the Southeast—specifically Nashville and other key markets in Tennessee. By joining forces with United, we recognize an opportunity to align ourselves with a partner that shares our passion for providing high-quality customer service, and to leverage their larger balance sheet and a broader set of products and services for our customers. Becoming part of United’s team-oriented, high-performance culture presents a unique opportunity for Reliant, and we consider it a privilege,” said DeVan Ard, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Reliant.

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