Daily News: October 9, 2014

Heritage Bank of Commerce to Acquire Bay View Funding

Heritage Commerce (HTBK), the parent company of Heritage Bank of Commerce, announced Heritage Bank of Commerce signed a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire BVFCSNK Acquisition (BVF) for $22.5 million in cash. Based in Santa Clara, California, BVF is the parent company of CSNK Working Capital Finance dba Bay View Funding, which provides working capital factoring financing to various industries throughout the United States.

BVF had total assets of $43.8 million as of August 31, 2014. Upon completion of the acquisition, BVF will become a subsidiary of Heritage Bank of Commerce, reporting directly to Keith Wilton, EVP and COO of Heritage Bank of Commerce.

“Combining BVF’s talented staff and national reach with Heritage Bank of Commerce’s funding further diversifies Heritage’s commercial product offerings,” said Wilton. “The platform is scalable and is aligned with recent key product initiatives designed to deliver a full spectrum of commercial lending products to our markets. From commercial and industrial; to asset-based; to factoring, Heritage now serves a wide range of commercial clients in our Bay Area footprint and beyond.”

“Bay View Funding is very excited to be joining the Heritage Bank family of talented and dedicated bankers. Heritage’s commitment to their clients and local communities complements our 30 year history of servicing our clients locally and across the country,” said Glen Shu, president and Chief Executive Officer of Bay View Funding. The many strengths of the Bank, combined with BVF’s expertise in the factoring industry, will make us an even stronger market leader as we move forward.”

“This transaction, along with the recently announced dividend increase, represents another effective use of our capital,” said Walter Kaczmarek, President, and CEO of Heritage Bank of Commerce. “This represents a disciplined acquisition which leverages excess capital, deploys excess liquidity into significantly higher yielding assets and increases profitability.”

The boards of both companies and shareholders of BVF have approved the transaction. Completion of the acquisition is expected as soon as possible after receipt of any regulatory approvals required. Heritage Bank of Commerce expects to incur pre-tax acquisition and integration costs of approximately $1 million to $1.3 million in Q3 and Q4 in 2014.