NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) comments on Old Line Bancshares, Inc. and DCB Bancshares, Inc. merger. The report makes the following key points:
- Old Line Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: OLBK, “Old Line”) and DCB Bancshares, Inc. (DCB) announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement, with Old Line Bancshares, Inc. as the surviving entity.
- The deal is expected to close in mid-2017, and Old Line anticipates the merger to be immediately accretive to OLBK’s tangible book value and immediately accretive to its earnings, excluding the expenses of the transaction.
- After completion of the merger, Old Line’s branch network will expand to 27 locations serving nine counties in Maryland with pro-forma total assets of approximately $2 billion.
- In August 2016, KBRA assigned a senior unsecured debt rating of BBB, subordinated debt rating of BBB-, and short-term debt rating of K3 for Old Line Bancshares, Inc. In addition, KBRA assigned a deposit and senior unsecured debt rating of BBB+ and short-term debt and deposit ratings of K2, for the subsidiary bank, Old Line Bank. The Outlook on all long-term ratings is Stable.
- DCB Bancshares, Inc. appears to have sound overall financial condition. As of third quarter 2016 data, KBRA’s Subscription Rating Service rated DCB’s lead subsidiary, Damascus Community Bank, B on the financial strength rating scale.
- In KBRA’s view, the transaction is neutral to the ratings of Old Line in the short-term. The merger could potentially be a credit positive in the medium and long term as it naturally extends and enhances scale within OLBK’s existing operating footprint, adds a strong deposit franchise, and presents sizeable cost saving opportunities.
The ratings are based on KBRA’s Global Bank and Bank Holding Company Rating Methodology published on February 19, 2016.
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