DEFIANCE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Defiance Financial Corp. (“First Defiance”) (NASDAQ: FDEF) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Commercial Bancshares, Inc. (“Commercial”) (OTCQX: CMOH) and merger of The Commercial Savings Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of Commercial, into First Defiance’s wholly owned bank subsidiary, First Federal Bank of the Midwest.
Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, shareholders of Commercial had the option to receive $51.00 per share in cash or 1.1808 shares of First Defiance, or a combination of both, for each share of Commercial’s common stock, subject to allocation provisions to assure that in the aggregate, Commercial shareholders received total consideration of 80% stock and 20% cash. Based on the February 24, 2017 closing price of $49.61 per share of First Defiance, the transaction had an implied value of approximately $70.3 million.
As previously announced, First Federal Bank will continue to operate the seven, former full-service Commercial Savings Bank branches in Hancock, Wyandot and Marion counties in Ohio, bringing the number of First Federal Bank branches to 43. “This merger provides an extension of our growing market area into central Ohio and supports our overall strategic plan,” stated Donald P. Hileman, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Defiance. “We are excited to introduce our ‘Better Together’ philosophy to Commercial’s communities and customers and offer expanded products, especially digital services, to make banking easier,” Hileman said.
All seven offices reopened Monday, February 27 as First Federal Bank branches after full system conversions that took place during the weekend. Sarah Johnson is manager of the Upper Sandusky and Harpster branches; Trisha DeAmicis is overseeing the Carey branch; Steve Hensel is the manager of the Marion locations and Beth Waddell is manager of the Findlay Tiffin Avenue and Arlington branches. The bank managers and customer service representatives will be assisted in the short-term by transition teams from other First Federal Bank branches. The Worthington loan production office was consolidated into the First Federal Bank branch located at 4501 Cemetery Road, Hilliard, Ohio.
At December 31, 2016, Commercial Savings Bank had approximately $355.7 million in total assets, $297.5 million in total loans and $314.1 million in total deposits.
First Defiance Financial Corp. was advised by the investment banking firm of Raymond James & Associates, Inc., and the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Commercial Bancshares, Inc. was advised by the investment banking firm of Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, a Stifel company, and the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.
About First Defiance Financial Corp.
First Defiance Financial Corp., headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, is the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest and First Insurance Group. First Federal Bank operates 43 full-service branches and numerous ATM locations in northwest and central Ohio, southeast Michigan and northeast Indiana. First Insurance Group is a full-service insurance agency with six offices throughout northwest Ohio. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.fdef.com.
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