Alerus Financial Corporation (“Alerus”) (NASDAQ: ALRS) announced today it has completed the previously announced acquisition of MPB BHC, Inc. (OTCPink: MPHX), the bank holding company for Metro Phoenix Bank. Founded in 2007, Metro Phoenix Bank is the largest full-service community bank headquartered in Phoenix, with approximately $453 million in total assets, $280 million in total loans, and $402 million in total deposits as of March 31, 2022. Metro Phoenix Bank operates one branch in Phoenix, serving small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the metro area.
The transaction represents the largest bank acquisition in Alerus’ history, and the twenty-fifth acquisition for Alerus since 2000. It is the first all-stock acquisition for Alerus, which began trading on Nasdaq in 2019.
Alerus has been operating in the Arizona market since 2009 and added Metro Phoenix Bank as part of its long-term plan to continually expand its four business segments—banking, retirement and benefits services, wealth management, and mortgage. The acquisition significantly increases its presence in Arizona. Alerus now has the fifth largest deposit market share in the Phoenix metropolitan statistical area (MSA) among community banks, with approximately $516 million in total deposits, and will operate three branch locations in Arizona (Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa). Together, Alerus and Metro Phoenix Bank led the market in U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) loan production volume in the first quarter of 2022, an area of lending which will continue to be a focus for Alerus.
“We are pleased to welcome the clients and employees of Metro Phoenix Bank to Alerus,” said Alerus President and Chief Executive Officer Katie Lorenson. “This talented team has a proven history of strong credit and organic growth. Our partnership will allow the Metro Phoenix Bank professionals to continue providing excellent service to their clients with expanded capacity and additional product offerings. We look forward to working together to strengthen our presence in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. Alerus has a long history of successfully executing and integrating acquisitions, and we believe this combination will provide positive results for our shareholders, clients, and employees.”
Alerus will transition Metro Phoenix Bank client accounts to Alerus systems in the third quarter of 2022. Additional information will be provided to clients in advance of the conversion date to ensure a seamless transition. Steve Haggard, President and CEO of Metro Phoenix Bank, will join Alerus as President of its Arizona market, providing leadership continuity for Metro Phoenix Bank clients and employees. He will also join Alerus’ leadership team and contribute to Alerus’ long-term strategic decision making, including continued Arizona market growth.
“Our companies share similar business philosophies, so as we looked for a long-term partner, Alerus stood out as an acquirer of choice for the benefit of our clients, our employees, and our shareholders,” said Haggard. “Alerus provides the broader product offerings and resources our clients desire, along with an existing market presence and a long-term commitment to the area. Joining with Alerus means we can uniquely provide the right mix of banking, mortgage, wealth management, and retirement and benefits products and personalized service that businesses, their owners, and their employees need to reach their goals – now and into the future.”
D.A. Davidson & Co. served as financial advisor and Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP served as legal counsel to Alerus on the transaction. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. served as financial advisor and Spierer, Woodward, Corbalis, & Goldberg served as legal counsel to Metro Phoenix Bank.
About Alerus Financial Corporation and Alerus Financial, N.A.
Alerus Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Grand Forks, N.D. Through its subsidiary, Alerus Financial, N.A., Alerus provides innovative and comprehensive financial solutions to businesses and consumer clients through four distinct business segments—banking, retirement and benefits services, wealth management, and mortgage. Alerus provides clients with a primary point of contact to help fully understand the unique needs and delivery channel preferences of each client. Clients are provided with competitive products, valuable insight, and sound advice supported by digital solutions designed to meet the clients’ needs. Alerus Financial banking and wealth management offices are in Grand Forks and Fargo, N.D., the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. metropolitan area, and Scottsdale and Mesa, Ariz. Alerus Retirement and Benefits plan administration offices are in St. Paul, Minn., East Lansing Mich., and Littleton, Colo.
About MPB BHC, Inc. and Metro Phoenix Bank
Metro Phoenix Bank (“MPB”), established in 2007 and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a full-service community bank that caters to small- to mid-sized businesses and real estate professionals. MPB offers commercial clients a variety of services ranging from commercial real estate lending, outdoor media lending, SBA financing solutions, and a robust treasury management platform that includes a homeowners association / property management specialty program. MPB’s holding company, MPB BHC, Inc., is traded over the counter as “MPHX”.
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