KNOXVILLE – SmartFinancial, Inc., Knoxville (“SmartFinancial”) (Nasdaq: SMBK), parent company of SmartBank, today announced the completion of its previously-announced acquisition of Progressive Financial Group, Inc. (“Progressive”), and Progressive’s wholly owned bank subsidiary, Progressive Savings Bank. Effective March 1, 2020, Progressive has been merged with and into SmartFinancial, and Progressive Savings Bank has been merged with and into SmartBank. Based on financial data as of Dec. 31, 2019, the combined company has total consolidated assets of approximately $2.7 billion.
“We are very pleased to complete the merger with Progressive. The opportunity allows us to expand our franchise in Tennessee and introduce the SmartBank brand to the Upper Cumberland region,” said SmartFinancial President and CEO Billy Carroll. “We also look forward to integrating Progressive’s insurance agency as a new line of business across our entire footprint and providing greater resources to our clients.”
SmartFinancial Chairman Miller Welborn added, “We are excited to welcome Progressive’s clients, shareholders and team members to the SmartBank family. We also welcome Ottis Phillips to our SmartBank Board of Directors and we look forward to working with Ottis in the months ahead. Our entire SmartBank team is excited to enter this new market in Tennessee.”
SmartFinancial and SmartBank were advised by the law firm Alston & Bird LLP, and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. served as financial advisor to SmartFinancial and SmartBank. Olsen Palmer LLC served as financial advisor to Progressive and Progressive Savings Bank, and Progressive and Progressive Savings Bank were advised by the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.
About SmartFinancial, Inc.
SmartFinancial, Inc., based in Knoxville, is the bank holding company for SmartBank. SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank founded in 2007 and with completion of the merger will have 35 branches across Tennessee, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional client service, strategic branching and acquisitions, and a disciplined approach to lending have contributed to SmartBank’s success. More information about SmartFinancial can be found on its website: www.smartfinancialinc.com.