MCLEAN, Va. and RICHMOND, Va.–(GLOBE NEWSWIRE)–Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. (NASDAQ:SONA) (“Southern National”) and Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVBS) (“Eastern Virginia”) jointly announced today the completion of the merger of Eastern Virginia with and into Southern National and the completion of the merger of Eastern Virginia’s wholly-owned bank subsidiary, EVB, with and into Southern National’s wholly-owned bank subsidiary, Sonabank. The combination brings together two banking companies with complementary business lines, creating one of the premier banking institutions headquartered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The combined company has approximately $2.6 billion in total assets, $2.0 billion in total deposits, and $1.8 billion in total loans. The holding company will continue to operate under the name “Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc.” and will maintain its corporate headquarters in McLean, Virginia. All banking operations will be conducted through Sonabank with its headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. The combined bank has 47 branch locations covering markets in both Maryland and Virginia, including the Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia MSAs. These attractive markets are often cited as having some of the best demographic and income profiles in the country, frequently characterized by low unemployment, strong population growth, new business starts and consistent capital expenditure.
Pursuant to the merger agreement, the holders of shares of Eastern Virginia capital stock have the right to 0.6313 shares of Southern National common stock for each share of Eastern Virginia capital stock held immediately prior to the effective date of the merger.
The executive management team of the combined company will be comprised of Joe A. Shearin as President and CEO, Georgia S. Derrico as Executive Chairman and R. Roderick Porter as Executive Vice Chairman.
Southern National was advised in the transaction by FIG Partners LLC as financial advisor, and Alston & Bird LLP, as legal counsel. Eastern Virginia was advised by Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. as financial advisor, and Troutman Sanders LLP, as legal counsel.