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PacWest Bancorp and CU Bancorp Agree to Merge

April 06, 2017, 07:19 AM
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PacWest Bancorp and CU Bancorp announced the signing of a definitive agreement and plan of merger whereby PacWest will acquire CU Bancorp in a transaction valued at approximately $705 million.

CU Bancorp, headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, is the parent of California United Bank, a California state-chartered non-member bank, with approximately $3.0 billion in assets and nine branches located in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and San Bernardino counties at December 31, 2016. In connection with the transaction, California United Bank will be merged into Pacific Western Bank, the principal operating subsidiary of PacWest Bancorp.

The transaction, which was approved by the PacWest and CU Bancorp boards of directors, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including obtaining approval by CU Bancorp’s shareholders and bank regulatory authorities. As of December 31, 2016, on a pro forma consolidated basis, the combined company would have approximately $25.0 billion in assets and 87 branches, prior to contemplated consolidations.

Matt Wagner, CEO of PacWest Bancorp, commented, “We have long admired the Southern California franchise the CU Bancorp team has built over the years. We are confident the partnership announced today will create value for both PacWest and CU Bancorp shareholders.”

PacWest Bancorp  is a bank holding company with over $21 billion in assets with one wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Western Bank.  Pacific Western has 74 full-service branches located throughout the state of California and one branch in Durham, North Carolina.  Pacific Western provides commercial banking services, including real estate, construction, and commercial loans, and comprehensive deposit and treasury management services to small and medium-sized businesses. Pacific Western offers additional products and services under the brands of its business divisions, CapitalSource and Square 1 Bank.  The CapitalSource Division provides cash flow, asset-based, equipment and real estate loans, as well as treasury management services to middle market businesses on a national basis. The Square 1 Bank Division offers a comprehensive suite of financial services focused on entrepreneurial businesses and their venture capital and private equity investors, with offices located in all key innovative hubs across the United States.

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