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June 4, 2014
07:03 EDTTHRD, NPBCNational Penn to acquire TF Financial in cash and stock deal
The Boards of Directors of National Penn Bancshares (NPBC) and TF Financial Corporation (THRD) announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby National Penn will acquire TF Financial. TF Financial and its wholly-owned subsidiary, 3rd Fed Bank, with approximately $846M in assets, $609M in loans, and $692M in deposits at March 31, operate 18 full service retail and commercial banking offices in the attractive markets of Bucks and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Mercer, and Ocean Counties in New Jersey. TF Financial shareholders will receive either $42.00 in cash or 4.22 shares of National Penn stock, based on their election, for an estimated aggregate transaction value of $138M. Aggregate consideration will be limited to 40% cash and 60% stock. This purchase price equates to approximately 20x earnings and 144% of tangible book value. There are 3,151,162 shares of TF Financial issued and outstanding. Stock options for 325,644 shares will be redeemed for cash. Based upon cost savings estimated to be 40% of TF Financialís current operating expenses and inclusive of closing two branches that overlap in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, earnings per share accretion will be approximately 4c per share subsequent to these expense synergies being realized. A non-recurring charge of approximately $10M will be recorded at the closing of the transaction. Purchase accounting adjustments will include a credit mark of approximately 2% of TF Financialís loan portfolio.
News For NPBC;THRD From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
10:00 EDTNPBCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:22 EDTNPBCNational Penn upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill
August 19, 2015
10:00 EDTNPBCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:30 EDTNPBCNational Penn downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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August 18, 2015
16:49 EDTNPBCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:33 EDTNPBCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Repeating yesterday's start, the market began the session in negative territory before recapturing those losses. Early weakness was attributed to a dip in Wal-Mart (WMT) shares after the company's earnings report as well as a selloff in the Chinese market overnight. Heading into the afternoon, the market has drifted back across the flat line, with all three indices negative despite July's housing starts showing the strongest reading in eight years. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts edged up 0.2% in July to 1.206M, outpacing consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M from a revised 1.337M in June, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%. In Europe, Eurozone parliaments are set to vote on Greece's prospective bailout deal this week, with Reuters reporting earlier today that the Austrian parliament has approved the EUR86B agreement. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of National Penn (NPBC) rose nearly 17% to $12.77 after BB&T (BBT) agreed to acquire the company in a $1.8B cash and stock deal. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, BB&T CEO Kelly King called the "very, very synergistic" deal a "compelling use of capital," adding that the company expects to consolidate about 25 branches to help drive annual cost savings of $65M... Wal-Mart (WMT) fell roughly 3.2% to near $69.50 after cutting its full year earnings outlook this morning, with CFO Charles Holley noting that operating profit will see continued pressure. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD) and Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS) saw respective gains of about 2.3% and 1.8% after their pre-market earnings reports. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Omeros (OMER), surging more than 69% to $24.58 after releasing positive preliminary data on its Phase 2 trial of OMS721 for the treatment of organ blood clots. Also higher was Inteliquent (IQNT), rising about 19% to $21.24 after announcing a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS) to provide IP voice services for the carrier. Separately, Lumber Liquidators (LL) has gained almost 5.7% to nearly $15 in afternoon trading after announcing the appointment of Jill Witter as Chief Compliance and Legal Officer. Among the noteworthy losers was Esperion (ESPR), falling over 11% despite rising 5% in pre-market trading after reporting that the ETC-1002 Phase 3 program is on track, adding that the FDA will not require a cardiovascular outcomes trial prior to the drug's potential approval. Also lower was American Apparel (APP), slipping about 1.9% after disclosing "substantial doubt" about its ability to sustain operations during the coming year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 40.37, or 0.23%, to 17,504.81, the Nasdaq lost 26.86, or 0.53%, to 5,064.96, and the S&P 500 was lower by 6.02, or 0.29%, to 2,096.41.
12:28 EDTNPBCNational Penn downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood
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09:23 EDTNPBCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:02 EDTNPBCBB&T to host conference call
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05:12 EDTNPBCBB&T to acquire National Penn in cash, stock deal valued at $1.8B
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05:09 EDTNPBCBB&T to acquire National Penn in cash, stock deal valued at $1.8B

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