SIMSBURY, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SBT Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: SBTB, CUSIP 78391C106) (the “Company”), the parent holding company of The Simsbury Bank & Trust Company, Inc. (the “Bank”), announced today that it plans to raise a total of approximately $16,125,000 in capital through the issuance of subordinated debt and the public offering of common stock. The net proceeds of the capital raise will be used to redeem the approximately $9,000,000 of Series C Senior Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock that was issued to the United States Department of the Treasury as part of the Company’s participation in the Small Business Lending Fund program, to support the growth of the Bank, including the Bank’s expansion into the West Hartford, Connecticut market and the growth of the Bank’s deposit and loan portfolio, and for other general corporate purposes. “The Board of Directors of SBT Bancorp is pleased with the Bank’s growth and prospects for continued growth,” said Martin J. Geitz, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to continuing to offer our current and future customers with the valuable advice and quality products and services to help them achieve their goals.”
The Company plans to raise approximately $7,500,000 through the issuance of subordinated debt in a private placement to an institutional investor. Additionally, the Company today filed a Registration Statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to register the sale of up to $8,625,000 of its common stock in a secondary common stock offering. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company, will act as the sole underwriter for the proposed common stock offering.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. Offers for shares of common stock of the Company will be made pursuant to a prospectus only after the Registration Statement on Form S-1 has been declared effective by the SEC.
About the Company
SBT Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company for The Simsbury Bank & Trust Company, Inc., an independent, community bank for consumers and businesses. The Bank serves customers through full-service branches in Hartford County, Connecticut; through mortgage loan advisors and commercial bankers active throughout Southern New England; and through ATMs, Simsbury Bank Online, and Simsbury Bank Mobile App electronic channels. The Bank’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SBT Investment Services, Inc., offers securities and insurance products through LPL Financial and its affiliates, Member FINRA/SIPC. For more information, visit www.simsburybank.com.
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Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe the Company’s future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate” or words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements include statements relating to the Company’s anticipated future financial performance, projected growth, and management’s long-term performance goals, as well as statements relating to the anticipated effects on results of operations and financial condition from developments or events, the Company’s business and growth strategies.
These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties, and could be affected by many factors. The following list, which is not intended to be an all-encompassing list of risks and uncertainties affecting the Company, summarizes several factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or expected in these forward-looking statements:
- economic conditions (both generally and in the Company’s markets) may be less favorable than expected, resulting in, among other things, a deterioration in credit quality, a reduction in demand for credit and/or a decline in real estate values;
- the Company’s ability to manage its operations under the current economic conditions nationally and in its market area;
- a general decline in the real estate and lending market may negatively affect the Company’s financial results;
- risks related to a high concentration of loans secured by real estate located in the Company’s market area;
- loan delinquencies and changes in the underlying cash flows of the Company’s borrowers;
- significant increases in the Company’s loan losses, including as a result of the Company’s inability to resolve classified and non-performing assets or reduce risks associated with its loans;
- inaccuracies in management’s assumptions used in calculating the appropriate amount to be placed into the Company’s allowance for loan losses;
- credit risks of lending activities, including changes in the level and trend of loan delinquencies and write-offs and in our allowance for loan losses and provision for loan losses;
- the impairment of the Company’s investment securities;
- restrictions or conditions imposed by regulators on the Company’s operations may make it more difficult for the Company to achieve its goals;
- legislative and regulatory changes (including the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and related regulations) subject the Company to additional regulatory oversight which may result in increased compliance costs and/or require the Company to change its business model;
- changes in accounting standards and compliance requirements may adversely affect the businesses in which the Company is engaged;
- the Company’s ability to enter new markets successfully and capitalize on growth opportunities;
- competitive pressures among depository and other financial institutions may increase significantly;
- competitors may have greater financial resources and develop products that enable those competitors to compete more successfully in the Company’s geographic market than the Company can;
- the Company’s ability to attract and maintain deposits and its success in introducing new financial products;
- fluctuations in the demand for loans;
- changes in consumer spending, borrowing and savings habits;
- changes in the interest rate environment may reduce margins or the volumes or values of the loans the Company makes;
- declines in the yield on the Company’s assets resulting from the current low interest rate environment;
- the Company’s ability to attract and retain key personnel can be affected by the increased competition for experienced employees in the banking industry;
- changes in the Company’s compensation and benefit plans, and the Company’s ability to retain key personnel and to hire new personnel to address staffing needs in response to product demand, to implement the Company’s strategic plans or to replace personnel who leave the Company or the Bank;
- adverse changes in the financial industry, securities, credit and national local real estate markets (including real estate values);
- technological changes that may be more difficult or expensive than expected;
- the failure or security breaches of computer systems on which the Company depends;
- war or terrorist activities may cause deterioration in the economy or cause instability in credit markets;
- the Company’s ability to control costs and expenses, particularly those associated with operating as a publicly traded company;
- the ability of key third-party service providers to perform their obligations to the Company; and
- economic, governmental or other factors may prevent the projected population and residential and commercial growth in the markets in which the Company operates.
Because of these and a wide variety of other uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, the Company’s actual future results may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.