Partnership includes $3.3 billion in total assets and four high-growth metro markets
Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB) (“Old National”) and CapStar Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSTR) (“CapStar”) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Old National to acquire CapStar in an all-stock transaction. Combining the two organizations will strengthen Old National’s recently formed Nashville presence and add several new high-growth markets.
Old National entered the Tennessee market in 2022 when it introduced a Nashville-based 1834 Wealth team (Old National’s high-net-worth division). More recently, Old National added a Nashville-based Commercial banking and lending team. The combination with CapStar accelerates Old National’s Tennessee presence bringing $3.3 billion in total assets, $2.3 billion in total loans, and $2.8 billion in deposits as of September 30, 2023, with top-10 deposit market share in the Nashville MSA and recent entry into Asheville, North Carolina.
“This partnership with CapStar – one of the most highly respected and successful community banks in Tennessee – is a tremendous cultural fit and a natural extension of our growth strategy,” said Old National CEO Jim Ryan. “By establishing a full-service banking presence in Nashville and several other strong Tennessee and North Carolina communities, we can more fully serve our existing Nashville-area clients while also introducing our client- and community-focused brand of banking to the surrounding region.”
“Over the past five years, our team has repositioned CapStar, strengthening its performance and long-term prospects,” said Timothy K. Schools, CapStar President and Chief Executive Officer. “In looking to the next five years, it is my belief Old National’s like-minded culture and scale best positions our employees, customers, and shareholders to continue our positive momentum. Excitingly, CapStar employees will be a major contributor to strengthen Old National’s recent entry into Nashville. Old National has hired market- leading individuals we are well familiar with, and shareholders greatly benefit from a material increase in dividends and daily trading volume while receiving a very attractively priced stock with strong potential for upside.”
North Carolina and Tennessee ranked first and third in CNBC’s 2023 annual ranking of America’s Top States for Business. CapStar’s markets include four of the fastest growing metro areas across the Southeast, of which Nashville is one of the 25 fastest in the United States. CapStar’s financial performance ranks first among all Tennessee-based banks and fourth across the Southeast within S&P Global Market Intelligence’s ranking of banks with assets of $3 to $10 billion.