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First Federal Bank Announces Agreement to Acquire Mortgage Division From BNC National Bank

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First Federal Bank and BNC National Bank announce that they have signed a definitive agreement for First Federal to acquire certain assets and liabilities of BNC National Bank’s mortgage division. The purchase is expected to close in the second quarter of 2023; terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

First Federal Bank will continue to originate loans out of existing locations in GeorgiaWisconsin and Florida. As a result of the transaction, First Federal will purchase BNC’s National Bank’s mortgage business assets and will continue to serve BNC National Bank’s mortgage customers from its existing locations in Overland Park, KansasMoline, Illinois and Bismarck, North Dakota locations and in the Phoenix, Arizona market.

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As a community-based mutual institution headquartered in Lake City, Florida, the bank is owned by its customers rather than stockholders, and has 25 branches in the Southeast and operations in the Midwest. With the acquisition, First Federal will gain a nationwide consumer direct mortgage platform and will extend the benefits of community banking, customer service, and stability to the expanded customer base in new markets.

John Medina, President and CEO of First Federal, commented, “Our mission is to provide solutions from a financially stable institution that is a great place to work and bank. This acquisition underscores our commitment to our customers and the residential mortgage sector. We look forward to serving the BNC mortgage customers with the same excellence they came to expect from the BNC team.”

BNC National Bank’s Chairman Michael Vekich said, “The Board of Directors made the decision to exit our nationwide residential mortgage origination business after extensive deliberations and concluding that this change in strategy is in the best long-term interests of the BNC, its shareholders and the communities we serve.”

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The acquisition of BNC National Bank’s mortgage division will enable First Federal to better serve the customers of both organizations by offering additional technology tools and an expanded product offering. First Federal anticipates retention of substantially all employees of the BNC National Bank’s mortgage division team. “We look forward to welcoming the new employees to our Residential Lending Team,” says Paul Ottendorf, Division President.

It is anticipated the BNC platform will transition to the First Federal brand within a few months of closing. Since 2020, customers have increased their use of digital tools and First Federal’s ongoing investment in cutting-edge digital solutions for customers is coupled with personal service. “BNC National Bank’s mortgage division team will continue to excel at our core strengths while adding to our product offerings and joining an already amazing First Federal mortgage business,” says Doug Brendel, President Mortgage Banking. With the steady, forward-thinking leadership, First Federal will continue to be lauded as one of the best small banks in Florida.

First Federal was advised in the transaction by Robert Flowers of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.  BNC National was advised by Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A.

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