June 1 – Byline Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Byline Bank, has completed its acquisition of First Evanston Bancorp, Inc. (“First Evanston”), the parent company of First Bank & Trust. As a result of the transaction, First Bank & Trust has now merged into Byline Bank. The transaction brings Byline’s total assets to approximately $4.4 billion, based on information as of March 31, 2018.
“We are excited to welcome First Bank and Trust customers and employees to the Byline team,” said Alberto Paracchini, President and CEO of Byline Bank. “Together we are focused on providing a first rate experience for our customers and impassioned support for our communities.”
Under the terms of the merger agreement, each share of First Evanston’s common stock was converted into the right to receive: (1) 3.994 shares of Byline’s common stock, and (2) an amount in cash equal to $27.0 million divided by the number of outstanding shares of First Evanston’s common stock as of the closing date, with cash paid in lieu of any fractional shares. The value of the total merger consideration at closing was approximately $178.6 million.
Also in connection with the closing of the transaction, Robert R. Yohanan, First Evanston’s Chief Executive Officer, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Byline and Byline Bank.
About Byline Bancorp, Inc.
Headquartered in Chicago, Byline Bancorp, Inc. is the parent company for Byline Bank, a full service commercial bank serving small- and medium-sized businesses, financial sponsors, and consumers. Byline Bank has over $4.0 billion in assets and operates over 50 full service branch locations throughout the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. Byline Bank offers a broad range of commercial and retail banking products and services including small ticket equipment leasing solutions and is one of the top 10 Small Business Administration lenders in the United States.
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