Union Bankshares Corporation Announces Agreement to Acquire Access National Corporation

Union Bankshares Corporation

Union Bankshares Corporation Announces Agreement to Acquire Access National Corporation to create the leading Virginal based regional bank.

Union Bankshares Corporation and Access National Corporation jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement for Union to acquire Access in an all-stock transaction.  Combining the two organizations will create the leading Virginia-based regional bank with an unmatched presence across the Commonwealth.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, each outstanding share of Access common stock will be converted into the right to receive 0.75 shares of Union common stock, valuing the transaction at approximately $610 million, or $29.19 per share based on Union’s closing stock price of $38.92 on October 4, 2018.

The merger agreement has been approved by the board of directors of each company.  The companies expect to complete the transaction in the first quarter of 2019, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory and shareholder approvals.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. is acting as the financial advisor to Union and Covington & Burling LLP is acting as its legal advisor in the transaction. Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. is acting as financial advisor to Access and Troutman Sanders LLP is acting as its legal advisor in the transaction.

Enhance their products and service              

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring our companies together to enhance both our products and customer service capabilities,” said Raymond D. Smoot, Jr., Chairman of Union’s Board of Directors.  “We believe that our two companies are stronger together, and the combination gives Union a uniquely valuable franchise to create long-term shareholder value.”

“We expect that our combined footprint will bring additional convenience to our customers and position us as an even stronger competitor against the large national banks, super regional banks and smaller community banks alike – solidifying our position as Virginia’s bank,” said John C. Asbury, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union.  “The combination with Access delivers on our stated priorities for this year as well as our market expansion goals in Northern Virginia.  Access brings extensive commercial and industrial lending expertise as well as strong wealth management and trust businesses in addition to their attractive Middleburg Bank retail operation.  Increasing our presence in Northern Virginia is a priority for Union as it is Virginia’s largest market and will substantially complete our Virginia franchise.  With a more diversified loan portfolio and deposit base, efficiencies gained and enhanced growth market opportunities, the combined franchise will be able to sustainably generate a higher level of top-tier financial performance for our shareholders.”