Daily News: April 15, 2019

Peoples Bancorp Completes Acquisition of First Prestonburg


Peoples Bancorp, parent company of Peoples Bank, has completed its acquisition of First Prestonsburg Bancshares and First Commonwealth Bank of Prestonsburg. The acquisition became effective as of the close of business on April 12, 2019, in a transaction valued at approximately $43.7 million. Peoples and First Prestonsburg first announced that they had entered into an agreement to merge in October of last year.

The completed acquisition included the merger of First Commonwealth into Peoples Bank. As a result, First Commonwealth’s nine full-service banking locations, eight located in and around the Prestonsburg and Pikeville markets in eastern Kentucky and one located in Georgetown, Kentucky, just north of Lexington, will operate as branches of Peoples Bank. Under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of First Prestonsburg will receive 12.512 shares of Peoples common stock for each share of First Prestonsburg common stock. In addition, prior to the closing of the merger, First Prestonsburg paid a special aggregate cash distribution of $11.275 million to its shareholders.

“We are excited to complete this transaction, which expands our presence in eastern Kentucky,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, president and chief executive officer of Peoples. “We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of the employees of First Prestonsburg and Peoples in completing this transaction. In the months ahead, we will begin introducing clients in the First Prestonsburg communities to our expanded array of products and services, including electronic banking services, investments and retirement planning solutions, insurance, and an increased commercial banking capacity.”

Peoples was advised by Raymond James and the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl First Prestonsburg was advised by ProBank Austin and the law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden.