Mackinac Hikes on Merger with Nicolet

Mackinac Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:MFNC) rose in Tuesday trading after the company and Nicolet Bankshares jointly announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which Nicolet will acquire Mackinac and its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, mBank.

Based on the financial results as of December 31, 2020, the combined company will have pro forma total assets of $6.1 billion, deposits of $5.2 billion and loans of $3.9 billion , and Mackinac would represent approximately 25% of the combined company's year-end assets.

CEO Mike Daniels said, "The acquisition of mBank is an important step in Nicolet's planned growth. This deal is not about expanded geographies but rather about the characteristics of the communities we will serve. Together, we will combine two organizations that understand the positive impact that a strong community bank can make. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan.

"We want to offer two initial thoughts when it comes to the question of what's next. First, we know that scale and efficiencies matter in community banking today. Our customers continue to tell and show us that convenience no longer means a branch on every corner. Second, we understand that actions speak louder than words.

"We want the communities to know that we are committed to realizing the promise of this acquisition. After the transaction is complete, people will see a strong community bank focused on keeping decisions local. We will build and expand on mBank's legacy of being a great steward of its communities. Together, we will find the best ways to serve to become the lead-local community bank."

MFNC shares flew $8.47, or 64.3%, to $21.64.