Ford Financial Fund Announces Increase in Number of Shares to Be Purchased in Tender Offer to Acquire Majority Interest in Mechanics Bank

Announces receipt of regulatory approval for tender offer

DALLAS--()--Ford Financial Fund II, L.P. (“Ford Financial”) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, EB Acquisition Company LLC (the “Purchaser”), will now purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Mechanics Bank (the “Bank”) that are validly tendered prior to the expiration of the previously announced tender offer, subject to the absence of any regulatory objection, at a price of $26,832.00 per share, in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Amended and Restated Offer to Purchase, dated December 15, 2014, as amended (the “Offer to Purchase”).

The Purchaser also announced today that it has received the required regulatory approval from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to purchase outstanding shares of common stock of the Bank that are validly tendered prior to the expiration of the offer. While the tender offer remains subject to the satisfaction of other closing conditions, the Purchaser expects that it will close immediately following its expiration at midnight, New York City time, on April 30, 2015.

D.F. King & Co., Inc. is acting as the information agent for the tender offer. Requests for documents and questions regarding the tender offer may be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc. at (877) 361-7972 (toll-free) or (212) 269-5550 (collect).

This press release is for information purposes only and is not an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to purchase with respect to any securities. The tender offer is being made solely pursuant to the Offer to Purchase and related letter of transmittal, which set forth the complete terms of the tender offer.

About Ford Financial

Ford Financial is a private equity fund with approximately $755 million in commitments that is focused on investments in financial services companies. Ford Financial’s Co-Managing Members, Gerald J. Ford and Carl B. Webb, possess a rare combination of investment skill, deep industry expertise and decades of operational experience. Ford Financial invests in a variety of opportunities, from healthy companies in need of growth equity to troubled banks that need to be recapitalized. Unlike most private equity funds, Ford Financial will become a bank holding company under applicable banking regulations.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the federal securities law that are based on our current expectations and assumptions and that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, projected or implied, including, among other things, risks relating to the expected timing of the completion and financial benefits of the tender offer and definitive agreement. Except as required by law, neither Ford Financial nor the Bank undertakes any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contacts

Ford Financial Fund II, L.P.
James H. Dunavant, 214-871-5134
jdunavant@fordfundlp.com

Contacts

Ford Financial Fund II, L.P.
James H. Dunavant, 214-871-5134
jdunavant@fordfundlp.com