Washington, D.C. – Olsen Palmer is pleased to announce that its client, First Citizens Bancshares, Inc. (Dyersburg, Tennessee; $1.2 billion in assets), has agreed to acquire Southern Heritage Bancshares, Inc. (Cleveland, Tennessee; $237 million in assets) in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $32.2 million.
With the acquisition, First Citizens will extend its branch footprint statewide while solidifying its position as the 7th largest Tennessee-based community bank. In addition, First Citizens will increase its statewide market share, improving its Tennessee deposit market share ranking to 16th. The combined organization will have approximately $1.5 billion in total assets, $1.2 billion in deposits, 350 associates and 24 branches across 10 Tennessee counties.
Olsen Palmer LLC served as exclusive financial advisor and issued a fairness opinion to First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.
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