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SmartFinancial completes acquisition of Foothills Bancorp

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Dion Global

02 Nov 2018

SmartFinancial, Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee, parent company of SmartBank, today announced the completion of its previously-announced acquisition of Foothills Bancorp, Inc., Maryville, Tennessee (“Foothills Bancorp”), and Foothills Bancorp’s wholly owned bank subsidiary, Foothills Bank & Trust. Effective November 1, 2018, Foothills Bancorp has been merged with and into SmartFinancial, and Foothills Bank & Trust has been merged with and into SmartBank. Based on financial data as of September 30, 2018, the combined company has total consolidated assets of approximately $2.3 billion. This marks SmartFinancial’s third acquisition in the last 12 months.

“We are very excited to expand our presence in East Tennessee and begin introducing our brand to Blount County and further into west Knox County with the addition of the Farragut branch,” said SmartFinancial President and CEO, Billy Carroll. “Our team is ready to hit the ground running and completing this acquisition puts us one step closer to serving this great neighboring market. We will be working hard over the next several months preparing for the rebrand and a smooth transition for clients, as well as our newly added team members.”

SmartFinancial Chairman Miller Welborn added, “The partnership with Foothills Bank & Trust is ideal and we are extremely excited to increase our footprint in such a strong market with such a good group of experienced and talented bankers.”

The legacy Foothills Bank & Trust branch offices will continue to operate under the Foothills Bank & Trust name, as a division of SmartBank, until mid-March 2019, at which time it is expected these branch offices will adopt the SmartBank brand.

SmartFinancial and SmartBank were advised by the law firm Butler Snow LLP, and Banks Street Partners, LLC served as financial advisor to SmartFinancial and SmartBank. Monroe Financial Partners, Inc. served as financial advisor to Foothills Bancorp and Foothills Bank & Trust, and Foothills Bancorp and Foothills Bank & Trust were advised by the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.