LAFAYETTE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. (“MidSouth”) (NYSE: MSL) today announced it has reached agreements with Basswood Capital Management (“Basswood”), its largest shareholder, and Jacobs Asset Management, LLC (“JAM”), its third largest shareholder. Under the terms of the agreements, MidSouth has granted both Basswood and JAM the right to have one non-voting observer attend MidSouth’s board of director meetings for a minimum of two years, provided that Basswood and JAM may choose to terminate the Agreements any time after nine months. Under the Agreements, Basswood and JAM are subject to certain agreements for the duration of the observer status, including, among other things, prohibitions on making shareholder proposals, soliciting proxies, proposing nominees for election to the Board or proposing business combination transactions involving the Company.
MidSouth Chairman Jake Delhomme remarked, “We are pleased to have reached these agreements and MidSouth’s board and management are committed to work constructively with our stakeholders to build franchise value through the execution of our strategic plan to reduce risk and to become a more efficient and focused commercial bank.”
In addition, MidSouth announced it will be requesting approval from the appropriate regulatory authorities for Ryan C. Medo and John A. Heffern to join its Board of Directors.
Mr. Medo (42), is the founder of RTO I, LLC, a real estate investment and management company based in Birmingham, Alabama, and has also served as its Managing Member since 2015. Mr. Medo was introduced to MidSouth by JAM. Mr. Medo was an investment banker with Sterne Agee from 1999 to 2015 and served on the Board of Directors of Sterne Agee until their sale to Stifel Nicolaus & Co in 2015. Mr. Medo was also an organizer of CommerceOne Bank, Inc., a Birmingham, Alabama based community bank, which commenced operations in June 2018. Mr. Medo has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of New Orleans.
Mr. Heffern (57), is the founder of KCA/Princeton Advisors, LLC, a private fund manager focused on the U.S. financial services sector based in Princeton, New Jersey, and has served as its Principal since January 2017. Prior to founding KCA, Mr. Heffern was a Managing Partner/Senior Portfolio Manager at Chartwell Investment Partners from 2005 through 2016 and managed the firm’s growth investing strategies for institutional separate account clients and as subadvisor to leading mutual fund companies with multi-manager strategies in the areas of domestic small cap growth and mid cap growth equities. From 1997 to 2005, he served as a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager with the growth investing group at Delaware Investment Advisers, and was a founder of the Delaware American Services Fund, a mutual fund specializing in banking and non-banking financial companies as well as non-financial service companies. From 1994 to 1997, he served as a Senior Vice President/Senior Equity Analyst at NatWest Securities Limited, Research Division, covering banks and specialty financial services companies. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. Heffern was a Principal and Senior Equity Analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc, Research Division, where he specialized in US banks and thrifts. He holds an M.B.A. in Finance and a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Heffern has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of First BanCorp (NYSE: FBP), the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico since October 2017.
MidSouth’s previously announced request for regulatory approval for William “Bill” F. Grant III to join its Board is still pending.
Jim McLemore, President and CEO of MidSouth commented, “We are very pleased to be able to enhance the caliber of our board of directors with the addition of Bill, John and Ryan who each have significant governance and financial expertise in the community bank arena. Their experience and insights will greatly help us successfully implement our transformation strategy and drive shareholder value.”
About MidSouth Bancorp, Inc.
MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, with total assets of $1.8 billion as of September 30, 2018. MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. trades on the NYSE under the symbol “MSL.” Through its wholly owned subsidiary, MidSouth Bank, N.A., MidSouth offers a full range of banking services to commercial and retail customers in Louisiana and Texas. MidSouth Bank currently has 42 locations in Louisiana and Texas and is connected to a worldwide ATM network that provides customers with access to more than 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs. Additional corporate information is available at MidSouthBank.com.
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