First Bank and OceanFirst Bank Announce Definitive Agreement for First Bank to Acquire Two Branch Locations in Central New Jersey Region.
HAMILTON, N.J. and RED BANK, N.J.— (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — August 4, 2021 — First Bank (NASDAQ: FRBA) and OceanFirst Bank, N.A. (“OceanFirst Bank”), the banking subsidiary of OceanFirst Financial Corp. (“OceanFirst”) (NASDAQ: OCFC), today announced the execution of a definitive agreement whereby First Bank will acquire two New Jersey branch locations from OceanFirst Bank. The terms of the agreement provide for First Bank to acquire the owned premises and equipment, all deposits associated with the branches, which totaled approximately $124 million as of June 30, 2021, as well as selected performing loans totaling approximately $14 million as of June 30, 2021. The assets will be acquired at book value except for the owned premises, which will be acquired at appraised value, and the deposits, which will be acquired for a 2% premium or approximately $2.5 million utilizing June 30, 2021 deposit balances. It is expected that the current staff of the branches will become employees of First Bank. The two branches will continue operating as OceanFirst Bank branches until the transaction is approved and completed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2021. Located in Flemington and Monroe, the two branches will enhance First Bank’s existing New Jersey footprint and further strengthen its presence along the New York City to Philadelphia corridor.
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