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FirstBank & Trust and AimBank announce plans to merge

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From FirstBank & Trust

Lubbock, TX-based FirstBank & Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., and Levelland, TX-based AimBank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIM Bancshares, Inc., today jointly announced that their parent companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which ABI will be acquired by Heartland.

At the time of the closing of the acquisition, FB&T and AimBank will merge. The combination of FB&T and AimBank will create Heartland’s largest bank subsidiary with assets of almost $3 billion and 33 banking centers. The combined bank will operate under the FirstBank & Trust brand.

With approximately $1.78 billion in total assets, $1.16 billion in net loans outstanding and $1.54 billion in deposits as of December 31, 2019, AimBank is a full-service community bank that serves customers from 19 offices in West Texas: Abilene, Amarillo, Dalhart, Farwell, Levelland, Littlefield, Lubbock, Miami, Midland, Muleshoe, Odessa, Pampa, Plains, Shamrock, Snyder, and Wolfforth, Texas. AimBank also serves customers from six branch offices in Northeastern New Mexico, which are located in Angel Fire, Clayton, Logan, Raton, Santa Rosa, and Tucumcari, New Mexico. FB&T serves commercial businesses, professionals and individuals from eight offices in the Lubbock, Snyder, Tahoka, Colorado City and Wilson markets of Texas, FB&T had approximately $1.14 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2019.

“We at FirstBank & Trust are extremely excited about the opportunity to join forces with AimBank,” said Barry H. Orr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FB&T.  “We have immense respect for Scott Wade and his team of talented bankers. The leadership teams of our two institutions will be integrally working together to enhance our commitment to a quality customer experience. We are very fortunate to be combining two talented teams of local commercial banking professionals and staff with an excellent knowledge of the communities and the clients they serve.”
Scott L. Wade, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AimBank will join FB&T as Vice Chairman of the Board and President of the South Division of FB&T. He stated “We are delighted to reach this agreement with Heartland and look forward to joining such a high-quality organization. The combination of AimBank with the Heartland family of community banks in Texas significantly increases our lending capabilities and gives us access to products and services offered by larger banks while preserving our legacy as a locally-led community bank. This is a great opportunity for our customers, who will enjoy a broader selection of banking products and will continue to deal directly with our current staff.”

The transaction is subject to approval by federal and state bank regulators and to customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter of 2020 with a systems conversion planned for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Greg Garland, President of FB&T, concluded, “We are increasing our presence and adding scale with a solid and experienced team dedicated to client service and success. We extend a warm welcome to the AimBank customers and employees to our organization.”

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