The PNC Financial Services Group and the Spanish financial group, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, signed a definitive agreement for PNC to acquire BBVA USA Bancshares, including its U.S. banking subsidiary, BBVA USA, for a purchase price of $11.6 billion, which will be funded with cash on hand in a fixed price structure.

BBVA USA Bancshares, with $104 billion in assets and headquartered in Houston, provides commercial and retail banking services through its banking subsidiary BBVA USA and operates 637 branches in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico. When combined with PNC’s existing footprint, the company will have a coast-to-coast franchise with a presence in 29 of the 30 largest markets in the U.S.

“Our acquisition of BBVA USA will accelerate our growth trajectory and drive long-term shareholder value through a strategic deployment of the proceeds from the sale of our BlackRock investment,” William S. Demchak, chairman, president and CEO of PNC, said. “This transaction is an opportunity to navigate our future from a position of strength, accelerating PNC’s national expansion strategy while drawing on our experience as a disciplined acquirer. We are excited to bring our industry-leading technology and innovative products and services to new markets and clients, leveraging our mutual commitment to building diverse and high performing teams and supporting the communities we serve.”

“This is a very positive transaction for all sides. PNC has recognized the great value of our unique client franchise and of our great team in the U.S., who will be part of a leading financial services group in the country,” Carlos Torres Vila, group executive chairman of BBVA, said. “The deal enhances our already strong financial position. We will have ample flexibility to profitably deploy capital in our markets, strengthening our long-term growth profile and supporting economies in the recovery phase, and to increase distributions to shareholders.”

PNC expects the transaction to be approximately 21% accretive to earnings in 2022 and to replace the net income benefit from PNC’s passive equity investment in BlackRock that was divested in May 2020. The transaction has an estimated internal rate of return to PNC in excess of 19%. The purchase price is estimated at 134% of BBVA USA’s tangible book value, based on its balance sheet as of Sept. 30, 2020, and reflects a deposit premium of 3.7%.

The acquisition adds approximately $86 billion of deposits and $66 billion of loans based on BBVA USA’s Sept. 30, 2020 balance sheet. Post closing, the estimated allowance for credit losses to total loans for the combined entity is 2.85%, including reserves for the acquired loans from BBVA USA of 3.85%.

PNC expects to incur merger and integration costs of $980 million, inclusive of approximately $250 million in write-offs of capitalized items, and to achieve cost savings in excess of $900 million, or 35% of BBVA USA’s 2022 estimated annual noninterest expense through operational and administrative efficiency improvements.

The transaction, which has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors, is expected to close in mid-2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Upon closing, PNC intends to merge BBVA USA Bancshares into PNC, with PNC continuing as the surviving entity. Post closing, PNC intends to merge BBVA USA into PNC Bank and convert BBVA USA customers to the PNC platform, with BBVA USA branches assuming the PNC Bank name. PNC is not acquiring BBVA Securities, Propel Venture Partners Fund and BBVA Processing Services.

Bank of America, Citi, Evercore and PNC Financial Institutions Advisory acted as financial advisers to PNC and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz was legal counsel. J.P. Morgan Securities represented BBVA as financial adviser and Sullivan & Cromwell was legal counsel.