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Renasant Announces Receipt of All Federal Bank Regulatory Approvals for Merger with Metropolitan

Renasant Announces Receipt of All Federal Bank Regulatory Approvals for Merger with Metropolitan

PR Newswire

TUPELO, Miss. and RIDGELAND, Miss., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ: RNST) (“Renasant”), parent company of Renasant Bank, today announced that it has received all federal bank regulatory approvals, including approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, necessary to complete the proposed merger of Metropolitan BancGroup, Inc. (“Metropolitan”), parent company of Metropolitan Bank, with and into Renasant pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of January 17, 2017, by and among Renasant, Renasant Bank, Metropolitan and Metropolitan Bank.

Subject to the approval by the stockholders of Metropolitan and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions contained in the merger agreement, the merger is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017.

Renasant and Metropolitan Contacts:


For Media:

For Financials:

John Oxford

Kevin Chapman

First Vice President

Executive Vice President

Director of Corp Communication

Chief Financial Officer

(662) 680-1219

(662) 680-1450




Curt Gabardi

President and Chief Executive Officer

(601) 499-2927



Renasant Corporation is the parent of Renasant Bank, a 113-year-old financial services institution. Renasant has assets of approximately $8.8 billion and operates more than 170 banking, mortgage, financial services and insurance offices in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

If the merger with Metropolitan is completed, Renasant is projected to have assets of approximately $10 billion and will operate more than 170 banking, mortgage, financial services and insurance offices in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.


Metropolitan, founded in 2008, has assets of approximately $1.2 billion and operates eight locations in Mississippi and Tennessee.

Additional Information about the Renasant/Metropolitan Transaction:

This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction involving Renasant and Metropolitan. In connection with the proposed merger, Renasant filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 17, 2017 that included a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus, and will file other relevant documents concerning the proposed merger. The registration statement on Form S-4 has not yet been declared effective by the SEC and is subject to revision, some of which may be significant. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. BEFORE MAKING ANY INVESTMENT DECISION, METROPOLITAN INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED MERGER OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RENASANT, METROPOLITAN AND THE PROPOSED MERGER. When available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of Metropolitan. Investors will also be able to obtain copies of the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents filed by Renasant (when they become available) free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). In addition, documents filed with the SEC by Renasant will be available free of charge from Kevin Chapman, Chief Financial Officer, Renasant Corporation, 209 Troy Street, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804-4827, telephone: (662) 680-1450.

“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Congress passed the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995 in an effort to encourage companies to provide information about their anticipated future financial performance. This act provides a safe harbor for such disclosure, which protects a company from unwarranted litigation if actual results are different from management expectations. This release reflects the current views and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, company performance, and financial results of the management of Renasant and Metropolitan. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause Renasant’s, Metropolitan’s or the combined company’s actual results and experience to differ from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements, and such differences may be material. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and neither Renasant nor Metropolitan assumes any duty to update forward-looking statements. In addition to factors previously disclosed in Renasant’s reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this release, these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about (i) the expected benefits of the transaction between Renasant and Metropolitan, including future financial and operating results, cost savings, enhanced revenues and the expected market position of the combined company that may be realized from the transaction, and (ii) Renasant’s and Metropolitan’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this release that are not historical facts. Other statements identified by words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “targets,” “projects” or words of similar meaning generally are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Renasant’s and Metropolitan’s management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond their respective control. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. Actual results may differ from those indicated or implied in the forward-looking statements, and such differences may be material.

The following risks, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: (1) the businesses of Renasant and Metropolitan may not be integrated successfully or the integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; (2) the expected growth opportunities or costs savings from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; (3) revenues following the transaction may be lower than expected as a result of losses of customers or other reasons; (4) deposit attrition, operating costs, customer loss and business disruption following the transaction, including difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, may be greater than expected; (5) Metropolitan’s stockholders may fail to approve the transaction; (6) reputational risks and the reaction of the companies’ customers to the transaction; (7) diversion of management time on merger-related issues; (8) changes in asset quality and credit risk; (9) inflation; (10) the cost and availability of capital; (11) customer acceptance of the combined company’s products and services; (12) customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; (13) the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives; (14) the impact, extent, and timing of technological changes; (15) increased cybersecurity risk, including potential network breaches, business disruptions or financial losses; (16) severe catastrophic events in the companies’ geographic area; (17) macroeconomic, geopolitical or other factors may prevent the growth that the companies expect in the markets in which they operate; (18) a weakening of the economies in which the combined company will conduct operations may adversely affect its operating results; (19) the U.S. legal and regulatory framework, including those associated with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, could adversely affect the operating results of the combined company; (20) the interest rate environment may compress margins and adversely affect net interest income; (21) competition from other financial services companies in the companies’ markets could adversely affect operations; and (22) other financial institutions with greater financial resources than Renasant may be able to develop or acquire products that enable them to compete more successfully than Renasant. Additional factors that could cause Renasant’s results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in Renasant’s reports (such as Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K) filed with the SEC and available at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning Renasant, Metropolitan or the proposed merger or other matters and attributable to Renasant, Metropolitan or any person acting on either of their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. Renasant and Metropolitan do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

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SOURCE Renasant Corporation

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