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Heartland Financial to Buy Johnson Bank's Arizona Business

Zacks Equity Research
·3 min read

Heartland Financial USA, Inc. HTLF recently announced that its subsidiary — Arizona Bank & Trust — will acquire the Arizona operations of Johnson Bank, a subsidiary of Johnson Financial Group. Financial terms of the transaction remain undisclosed.

Heartland Financial will gain access to Johnson Bank’s four full-service banking centers in Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ. These banking centers had about $362 million in deposits and $186 million in loans as of Mar 31, 2020.

The deal, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Following the deal’s conclusion, Arizona Bank & Trust will become Heartland Financial’s eighth bank subsidiary to surpass a billion dollars in assets. It will have $1.2 billion in assets and 10 banking centers.

Heartland Financial’s president and CEO said, “Johnson Bank’s four office locations will be a natural fit with the geographic footprint and culture of Arizona Bank & Trust, and we look forward to growing our relationships in the Phoenix market.”

Heartland Financial has been growing through acquisitions for the past several years. This February, the company signed a deal to acquire AIM Bancshares, Inc. Also, last year, it bought Rockford Bank and Trust Company, and Blue Valley Ban Corp. These deals have not only expanded the bank’s footprint but will also support its profitability in the days to come.

Shares of Heartland Financial have depreciated 31.1% so far this year compared with the 25.7% decline recorded by the industry.

The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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