UCB will buy Aquesta in stock/cash deal valued at $131 million

May 27. Aquesta Financial, the only banking company headquartered in North Mecklenburg, is being acquired by United Community Banks in a deal valued at $131 million.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.

Jim Engel, CEO of Aquesta, said the bank needed a partner with a larger balance sheet and expanded products to continue growing.

“Our partnership with the United team provides just that, and I believe the synergies that exist between our companies will result in tremendous success for both sides,” he said.


Aquesta Bank, founded in 2006, is known for its local focus and customer service for both retail and business customers.

On March 31, Aquesta reported total assets of $752 million.

Stock/cash deal

The $131 million pricetag, which includes approximately $12 million in value for outstanding options and warrants to acquire Aquesta common stock, allows Aquesta stockholders to receive up to 30 percent in cash.

The stock portion of the merger consideration is based upon 0.6386 shares of United common stock being issued in exchange for each share of Aquesta common stock.

Stock prices

It is a significant premium to Aquesta shareholders over the current stock price.

UCB closed at $33.79 yesterday, up 61 cents a share. Aquesta closed yesterday at $12.95 a share. According to Yahoo Finance, Aquesta’s 52-week trading range was $9.50 to $13.15 a share.

To review Aquesta’s stock price over the past nine years, click here.

UCB statement

“This transaction is consistent with our desire to expand into attractive and fast-growing markets that we know well,” said Lynn Harton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United. “We have been investing in Charlotte over the past several years and have commercial banking and mortgage teams already in place. Aquesta is an exciting opportunity for us to increase our presence and accelerate our growth with a high-quality company that shares our values of customer service, employee engagement and community development.”



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