ALMA, Mich., July 2, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Firstbank Corporation (Nasdaq:FBMI), a Michigan bank holding company, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of ICNB Financial Corporation, a bank holding company, and its wholly-owned subsidiary bank. ICNB's subsidiary bank, formerly known as Ionia County National Bank, converted from a national bank to a Michigan state-chartered bank effective July 1, 2007, with a new name Firstbank - West Michigan.
Firstbank - West Michigan will continue to operate as a separately chartered community bank, and Mr. James D. Fast continues as President and Chief Executive Officer of the bank.
Thomas R. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Firstbank Corporation, said, "We are pleased to have completed the regulatory and merger process on schedule, and we welcome all of ICNB's shareholders, customers, and employees to the Firstbank family. We look forward to the smooth integration of our companies and hope to complete the conversion of all the core systems by the end of the third quarter of 2007."
Based on Firstbank's closing stock price on June 29, 2007, the transaction is valued at $36.4 million, representing a price of 160% of ICNB tangible equity at March 31, 2007, and a premium to core deposits of 9.1%.
Firstbank Corporation, headquartered in Alma, Michigan, is now a seven bank financial services company with assets of $1.3 billion and 51 banking offices serving Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Bank subsidiaries include: Firstbank - Alma; Firstbank (Mt. Pleasant); Firstbank - West Branch; Firstbank - Lakeview; Firstbank - St. Johns; Keystone Community Bank; and Firstbank - West Michigan.
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CONTACT: Firstbank CorporationThomas R. Sullivan, President & Chief Executive Officer
Samuel G. Stone, Executive Vice President & Chief