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Byline Bancorp agrees to acquire First Evanston Bancorp

Published 28 November 2017

Byline Bancorp has entered into an agreement to First Evanston Bancorp in a cash and stock transaction valued at about $169m.

The transaction will result in Chicago’s largest community bank with assets under $10 billion. The combined organization will have approximately $4.4 billion in assets, $3.1 billion in loans and $3.5 billion in deposits, with 66 convenient branches across the Chicago market.

First Evanston Bancorp, Inc., the parent company of First Bank & Trust, is headquartered in Evanston, Illinois and has total assets of $1.1 billion, total loans of $892 million and total deposits of $994 million as of September 30, 2017. Serving its communities for over 20 years, First Evanston offers commercial, retail, mortgage banking and wealth management services. First Evanston has 10 convenient locations mostly along Chicago’s North Shore suburbs, including three locations in Evanston, Illinois, home of Northwestern University.

Upon completion of the transaction, the company will operate under the Byline Bank name and brand. The partnership will continue to deliver the convenience and high level of service that Byline and First Evanston customers expect.

“The acquisition of First Evanston is an exciting milestone for Byline,” explained Alberto Paracchini, President and Chief Executive Officer of Byline. “We look forward to welcoming First Evanston’s customers and employees to the Byline family. First Evanston adds significant strength, both in terms of clients and talent, to our commercial banking business, allows us to expand our footprint into attractive Chicagoland markets and further solidifies our strong core deposit base. We remain focused on driving growth and profitability and we believe the acquisition of First Evanston will accelerate our trajectory toward being a high performing financial institution.”

Robert Yohanan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Evanston, said, “The combination of Byline and First Evanston will create one of the premier community banks serving the Chicago area. We believe our customers will be well served by being a part of a larger community bank offering greater convenience and a broader selection of products and services, while still providing the high level of customer service they have always enjoyed at First Evanston.”



Source: Company Press Release