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Better Family Life Receives $200,000 Donation from Great Southern Bank
St. Louis, Mo. - Great Southern Bank announced a $200,000 donation to support Better Family Life.
This donation will provide resources for programs and services offered at their Cultural, Educational and Business Center located on Page Boulevard.
Great Southern Bank Commercial Lending Market Manager, Brian Davies, announced the Bank’s $200,000 donation to Better Family Life on Saturday, November 21st during the organization’s 29th Annual Unity Ball at the Renaissance Airport Hotel and presented the check at the Better Family Life Cultural, Educational and Business Center. This investment was possible in part by using the State of Missouri Youth Opportunity Tax Credit Program. The tax credits allow donors to make significant impacts in support of positive BFL youth, training and outreach initiatives.
Great Southern Bank sees the merit and importance of community investment initiatives like this and encourages St. Louis area businesses and individuals to contact Better Family Life to learn more about YOP tax credit opportunities. “Great Southern Bank is proud to invest in Better Family Life and their mission of establishing social, cultural, artistic, youth, economic, housing and educational programs that help to promote positive and innovative changes within the metropolitan St. Louis area,” said Joe Turner, President and CEO of Great Southern Bank. “Better Family Life provides quality programs and resources that are greatly needed by residents of our community and we are very pleased to provide our support.”
About Better Family Life, Inc.
Established in 1983, Better Family Life, Inc. (BFL) is a 501c3 not-for-profit community development corporation that is dedicated to the prosperity and growth of the American family. BFL’s mission is to plan and establish social, cultural, artistic, youth, economic, housing, and educational, programs that help to promote positive and innovative life changing experiences. Much of BFL’s programming is geared toward people who are unemployed, underemployed, disadvantaged and skill-deficient. Better Family Life took residence in its new headquarters, The Better Family Life Cultural, Educational and Business Center world-class institution is located at 5415 Page Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63112. For more information about BFL, please visit: www.betterfamilylife.org .
About Great Southern Bank
With total assets of $4.1 billion, Great Southern Bank operates 114 offices in eight states, including eight full service retail banking centers in the St. Louis area. Great Southern Bank’s Community Matters Program serves as the foundation of the Company’s philosophy of how to strengthen its communities by leading, doing, giving and teaching. Learn more at www.GreatSouthernBank.com .
Great Southern Bank to Acquire Twelve Branches in the St. Louis Region
Branch acquisition doubles total deposit balances in the market area
Great Southern Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) announced today that it has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement to acquire 12 branches and related deposits and loans from Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank. The acquisition, currently representing approximately $261 million in deposits and $155 million in loans, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, pending regulatory approval. This acquisition will increase Great Southern’s St. Louis-area banking center total from eight to 20 offices. Based on the expected amount of loans to be acquired and deposits assumed, it is anticipated that beginning in 2016 this transaction will be accretive to earnings in the range of $0.07 to $0.09 per common share annually.
“Great Southern has served the St. Louis-area market with a physical presence since 2005. During the last 10 years, thanks to our excellent St. Louis team of associates, we have continuously attracted and developed customer relationships, making St. Louis our second largest market. This transaction will significantly strengthen our presence in this vibrant region,” said Great Southern President and CEO Joseph W. Turner. “We warmly welcome Fifth Third’s retail and small business customers and its strong team of associates to Great Southern and look forward to working with them to build even stronger relationships with area customers.”
Fifth Third Bank customers at the St. Louis-area branches should continue to bank as they always have until further notice. Important information about the acquisition will be mailed to customers in the coming days and weeks.
“We expect to transfer Fifth Third customer accounts to Great Southern in the first quarter of next year,” said Turner. “Our goal is to make this transition as smooth and timely as possible so that our newest customers can take advantage of our broad range of products and services, including our attractive online and mobile banking options.”
Sandler O’Neill acted as exclusive financial advisor and Silver, Freedman, Taff and Tiernan LLP served as legal counsel to Great Southern. Deutsche Bank Securities acted as exclusive financial advisor and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP served as legal counsel to Fifth Third Bank.
With total assets of $4.1 billion, Great Southern currently offers banking and investment services. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., the Company operates 110 retail banking centers and more than 200 ATMs in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska, and loan production offices in Tulsa, Okla., and Dallas, Texas. Great Southern Bancorp’s common stock (ticker: GSBC) is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
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