Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): January 23, 2020





(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




Florida 000-13660 59-2260678

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


815 Colorado Avenue, Stuart, Florida 34994
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (772) 287-4000




Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


x Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))


¨ Pre-commencement communication pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class Trading Symbol Name of each exchange on which registered
Common stock, $0.10 par value SBCF Nasdaq Global Select Market


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging growth company ¨


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨





Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement


On January 23, 2020, Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida, a Florida corporation (“Seacoast” or the “Company”), and Seacoast’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Seacoast National Bank, a national banking association (“SNB”), entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with Fourth Street Banking Company, a Florida corporation (“Fourth Street”) and Freedom Bank, a Florida chartered bank and wholly-owned subsidiary of Fourth Street. The Merger Agreement provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Seacoast will acquire Fourth Street pursuant to the merger of Fourth Street with and into Seacoast (the “Merger”) and the merger of Freedom Bank with and into SNB (the “Bank Merger”), with Seacoast surviving the Merger as the surviving corporation and with SNB surviving the Bank Merger as the surviving bank.


Subject to the terms and conditions of the Merger Agreement, which has been approved by the Board of Directors of Seacoast and Fourth Street, upon completion of the Merger, each outstanding share of Fourth Street common stock will be converted into the right to receive 0.1275 (the “Exchange Ratio”) of a share of Seacoast common stock, subject to the payment of cash in lieu of fractional shares (the “Merger Consideration”).


Prior to the effective time of the Merger, Fourth Street will take all actions necessary to cause each issued and outstanding Fourth Street equity award to be terminated in exchange for an amount in cash equal to the product of (i) the aggregate number of shares of Fourth Street common stock subject to such Fourth Street equity awards immediately prior to its termination multiplied by (ii) the excess, if any, of (A) the value of the average closing price multiplied by the Exchange Ratio, as finally determined as of the effective time of the Merger over (B) the exercise price per share for the applicable Fourth Street equity award. Each outstanding share of Seacoast common stock will remain outstanding and be unaffected by the Merger.


The Merger Agreement contains customary representations and warranties from both Seacoast and Fourth Street and each have agreed to customary covenants, including, among others, covenants on the part of Fourth Street relating to: (1) the conduct of Fourth Street’s businesses during the interim period between the execution of the Merger Agreement and the completion of the Merger, (2) Fourth Street’s obligation to convene and hold a meeting of its shareholders to consider and vote upon the approval of the Merger Agreement, and (3) subject to certain exceptions, the recommendation by the Board of Directors of Fourth Street in favor of the approval by its shareholders of the Merger Agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby (including the Merger). Fourth Street has also agreed not to, and to cause its directors, officers, employees and representatives and affiliates not to, (1) initiate, solicit, encourage or knowingly facilitate inquiries or proposals with respect to any acquisition proposal, (2) engage or participate in any negotiations concerning, or with, any person relating to, any acquisition proposal or (3) subject to certain exceptions, provide any confidential or nonpublic information or data to, or have or participate in any discussions with any person relating to any acquisition proposal.


Completion of the Merger is subject to certain customary conditions, including, among others, (1) adoption of the Merger Agreement by Fourth Street’s shareholders, (2) required regulatory consents shall have been obtained or made and be in full force and effect and all waiting periods required by law shall have expired and such required regulatory consents shall not be subject to any condition or consequence that would, after the effective time of the Merger, have a material adverse effect on Seacoast or any of its subsidiaries, including Fourth Street, (3) the absence of any order issued by any governmental authority preventing the consummation of the Merger and the absence of any law or order enacted, entered, promulgated or enforced by any governmental entity that prohibits, restrains or makes illegal the consummation of the Merger, (4) the effectiveness of the registration statement for the Seacoast common stock to be issued in the Merger and (5) the approval for listing of the Seacoast common stock to be issued in the Merger on NASDAQ.





Each party’s obligation to complete the Merger is also subject to certain additional customary conditions, including (1) subject to certain exceptions, the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the other party, (2) performance in all material respects by the other party of its obligations under the Merger Agreement, (3) corporate authorization, and (4) since the date of the Merger Agreement, no fact, circumstance or event has occurred or is reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect.


In addition, Seacoast’s obligation to complete the Merger is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions by Fourth Street, including (1) the receipt of all consents required as a result of the Merger pursuant to certain contracts, (2) the holders of no more than 5% of Fourth Street common stock shall have exercised their dissenters’ rights, (3) receipt by Seacoast of an opinion from its counsel to the effect that the Merger will qualify as a reorganization within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, (4) Seacoast’s receipt of executed claims letters and restrictive covenant agreements by certain officers and/or directors of Fourth Street, (5) Fourth Street’s consolidated tangible shareholders’ equity must be not less than $25,250,000 and Freedom Bank’s general allowance for loan and lease losses must not be less than 1.12% of total loans and leases outstanding, (6) the termination and cashing out by Fourth Street of all outstanding equity awards and the termination by the Fourth Street board of directors and shareholders of the Fourth Street stock plans, (7) if required, the shareholders of Fourth Street will have voted in a manner that satisfies the stockholder approval requirements for exemption under Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code for the right of certain disqualified individuals to receive or retain certain payments and benefits and (8) the receipt of a non-foreign affidavit.


The Merger Agreement provides certain termination rights for both Seacoast and Fourth Street and further provides that a termination fee of $2,900,000 will be payable by Fourth Street upon termination of the Merger Agreement under certain circumstances, including if its board of directors withdraws, qualifies or modifies its recommendation that the Fourth Street shareholders approve the merger agreement in a manner adverse to Seacoast or has resolved to take such action.


Fourth Street may terminate the Merger Agreement if (A) (i) the average closing price of Seacoast’s common stock at any time during the five day period commencing with the earlier of (x) the date on which the last required regulatory approval is obtained or (y) the date on which Fourth Street shareholder approval is obtained, is less than (ii) 85% of the average closing price of Seacoast’s common stock for the 10 trading days ending on January 22, 2020, (B) Seacoast’s common stock underperforms a peer-group index (the NASDAQ Bank Index) by more than 20% and (C) Seacoast does not elect to increase the Merger Consideration by a formula-based amount.


The foregoing description of the Merger and the Merger Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Merger Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 2.1 hereto, and is incorporated into this report by reference thereto. The Merger Agreement has been attached as an exhibit to this report in order to provide investors and shareholders with information regarding its terms. It is not intended to provide any other financial information about Seacoast, Fourth Street, or their respective subsidiaries and affiliates. The representations, warranties and covenants contained in the Merger Agreement were made only for purposes of that agreement and as of specific dates, are solely for the benefit of the parties to the Merger Agreement, may be subject to limitations agreed upon by the parties, including being qualified by confidential disclosures made for the purposes of allocating contractual risk between the parties to the Merger Agreement instead of establishing these matters as facts, and may be subject to standards of materiality applicable to the parties that differ from those applicable to investors. Investors should not rely on the representations, warranties, or covenants or any description thereof as characterizations of the actual state of facts or condition of Seacoast, Fourth Street or any of their respective subsidiaries or affiliates. Moreover, information concerning the subject matter of the representations, warranties, and covenants may change after the date of the Merger Agreement, which subsequent information may or may not be fully reflected in public disclosures by Seacoast.





Additional Information


Seacoast and Fourth Street will file a proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents concerning the Merger with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. WE URGE INVESTORS TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE MERGER OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.


Investors will be able to obtain these documents free of charge at the SEC’s Web site (www.sec.gov). In addition, documents filed with the SEC by Seacoast will be available free of charge by contacting Investor Relations at (772) 288-6085.


The directors, executive officers, and certain other members of management and employees of Fourth Street are participants in the solicitation of proxies in favor of the Merger from the Fourth Street shareholders.


Important Information for Investors and Shareholders

Seacoast will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a proxy statement of Fourth Street and a prospectus of Seacoast, and Seacoast will file other documents with respect to the proposed merger. A definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to shareholders of Fourth Street. Investors and shareholders of Seacoast and Fourth Street are urged to read the entire proxy statement/prospectus and other documents that will be filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information. Investors and shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Seacoast through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Seacoast will be available free of charge on Seacoast’s internet website or by contacting Seacoast.


Fourth Street, its directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.





Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


This current report on Form 8-K contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is intended to be protected by the safe harbor provided by the same. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: failure to obtain the approval of shareholders of Fourth Street in connection with the merger; the timing to consummate the proposed merger; the risk that a condition to the closing of the proposed merger may not be satisfied; the risk that a regulatory approval that may be required for the proposed merger is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the parties' ability to achieve the synergies and value creation contemplated by the proposed merger; the parties' ability to promptly and effectively integrate the businesses of Seacoast and Fourth Street, including unexpected transaction costs, the costs of integrating operations, severance, professional fees and other expenses; the diversion of management time on issues related to the merger; the failure to consummate or any delay in consummating the merger for other reasons; changes in laws or regulations; the risks of customer and employee loss and business disruption, including, without limitation, as the result of difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees; increased competitive pressures and solicitations of customers and employees by competitors; the difficulties and risks inherent with entering new markets; and changes in general economic conditions. For additional information concerning factors that could cause actual conditions, events or results to materially differ from those described in the forward-looking statements, please refer to the factors set forth under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in Seacoast's most recent Form 10-K report, Form 10-Q report and Form 8-K reports, which are available online at www.sec.gov. No assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Seacoast or Fourth Street.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(c) Exhibits.


Exhibit No.






Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 23, 2020, by and among Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida, Seacoast National Bank, Fourth Street Banking Company and Freedom Bank.


104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



  By: /s/ Charles M. Shaffer  
    Charles M. Shaffer
    Chief Financial Officer


Date: January 29, 2020




Seacoast Banking Corpora... (NASDAQ:SBCF)
Historical Stock Chart
From Jul 2020 to Aug 2020 Click Here for more Seacoast Banking Corpora... Charts.
Seacoast Banking Corpora... (NASDAQ:SBCF)
Historical Stock Chart
From Aug 2019 to Aug 2020 Click Here for more Seacoast Banking Corpora... Charts.