Colony Bankcorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBAN) (“Colony” or the “Company”) today announced that it had signed an agreement to sell its Thomaston, Georgia, branch to SouthCrest Financial Group, Inc. (SouthCrest), the bank holding company for SouthCrest Bank, N.A. The branch is located at 206 North Church Street.
The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to regulatory approval and other customary conditions, is expected to result in the transfer of approximately $3 million in fully performing loans, and approximately $40 million in deposits, with a deposit premium of 3%. The transaction also includes an option for SouthCrest to purchase the branch building. Colony expects the transaction to reduce operating expenses while having little effect on its balance sheet.
Commenting on the announcement, Heath Fountain, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Decisions like these are never easy or taken lightly. We have enjoyed serving customers in the Thomaston area for over 16 years, and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity to do so. However, we are continuously reviewing our branch network to ensure that all branches operate in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Thomaston is a great market, but it does not fit our current strategy of operating in markets where we can compete against larger regional and national banks. SouthCrest Bank is a full‑service, locally based community bank, and we are confident that our Thomaston customers will be well served.”
The Thomaston location will close operations as a Colony Bank branch upon completion of the transaction. Customers affected by the closing will receive additional information. For questions, please call 706‑647‑6601.
Hovde Group, LLC served as financial advisor and Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford, LLP served as legal counsel to Colony. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC served as financial advisor and Alston & Bird LLP served as legal counsel to SouthCrest in connection with the transaction.
About Colony Bankcorp
Colony Bankcorp, Inc. is the bank holding company for Colony Bank. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Fitzgerald, Georgia, Colony operates 33 locations throughout Georgia. The Homebuilder Finance Division helps the local construction industry with building and construction loans, and the Small Business Specialty Lending Division assists small businesses with government guaranteed loans. The Bank also helps its customers achieve their goal of home ownership through Colony Bank Mortgage. Colony’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “CBAN.” For more information, please visit www.colony.bank. You can also follow the Company on Facebook or on Twitter @colony_bank.
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