Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ:BMRC) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ:BMRC) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
Item 1.01Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

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On July 31, 2017, Bank of Marin Bancorp (“BMRC”) (NASDAQ: BMRC), Bank of Marin, the wholly-owned subsidiary of BMRC (the "Bank"), and Bank of Napa, N.A. (“Napa”), entered into an Agreement to Merge and Plan of Reorganization, to which Napa will merge with and into the Bank (the "Merger"). As a result of the Merger, the separate corporate existence of Napa, a national banking association organized under the laws of the United States, will cease and the Bank, a California banking corporation, will continue as the surviving corporation. The Merger is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to approval of the Merger by shareholders of Napa, receipt of required regulatory and other approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

In the Merger, all of the outstanding shares of Napa common stock will be cancelled, and shareholders of Napa will receive 0.307 shares of BMRC common stock for each share of Napa common stock ("Exchange Ratio"). The Merger is expected to qualify as a tax-free exchange for shareholders of Napa who receive BMRC common stock.

The Merger agreement contains various customary representations, warranties and covenants by BMRC and Napa. Napa agreed to conduct its business in the ordinary course and forbear from taking certain actions while the acquisition is pending. In addition, Napa agreed that it will not initiate, solicit or encourage proposals for an alternative business combination transaction or, subject to certain exceptions, enter into discussions or furnish information in connection with any proposals for alternative business combination transactions.

At the effective time of the Merger, outstanding Napa stock options will be replaced by stock options to purchase BMRC shares that are exercisable upon closing. The number of shares exercisable is the product of (A) the number of shares of Napa Common Stock that were purchasable immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger multiplied by (B) the Exchange Ratio, rounded down to the nearest whole number of shares of BMRC Common Stock. The per share exercise price of the substitute options is determined by dividing (A) the exercise price per share of Napa Common Stock at which such Napa Stock Option was exercisable immediately prior to the Merger by (B) the Exchange Ratio. Each substitute option will have a duration equal to the remaining duration of the Napa Stock Option for which it is substituted.

The Merger will not be completed unless a number of customary closing conditions are met, including, among others, approval of the Merger by Napa shareholders, the registration of the offering of the BMRC common stock to the Napa shareholders under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the approval for quotation of such stock on the Nasdaq Global Market, receipt of required regulatory and other approvals and the expiration of applicable statutory waiting periods, the accuracy of specified representations and warranties of each party, receipt by BMRC of a tax opinion confirming certain tax aspects of the acquisition, Napa meeting a shareholder equity test shortly prior to closing, and the absence of any injunctions or other legal restraints.

The Merger agreement contains termination rights which may be exercised by BMRC or Napa in specific circumstances, such as the following: a required regulatory approval has been denied by final, non-appealable action of a governmental entity; the parties are unable to complete the Merger by March 31, 2018; the other party has committed a breach of a representation, warranty or covenant and the breach is not or cannot be cured within 30 days; or Napa's shareholders fail to approve the Merger. In addition, Napa may terminate the Merger agreement to enter into an alternative business combination transaction to a “superior proposal,” as defined by the Merger agreement. If the Merger agreement is terminated under certain circumstances, Napa has agreed to pay BMRC a termination fee of $1,900,000.

In connection with the Merger agreement, each of the persons currently serving as a director of Napa entered into a voting agreement with BMRC in which they agreed, among other things, to vote their shares of Napa common stock in favor of the Merger. The foregoing summary of the Merger agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete text of the Agreement to Merge and Plan of Reorganization, which is attached hereto as Exhibit2.1, and is incorporated herein by reference.

The representations, warranties and covenants of each party set forth in the Merger agreement have been made only for purposes of, were and are solely for the benefit of the parties to, the Merger agreement, may be subject to limitations agreed upon by the contracting parties, including being qualified by confidential disclosures made for the purposes of allocating contractual risk between the parties to the Merger agreement instead of establishing these matters as facts, and may be subject to standards of materiality applicable to the contracting parties that differ from those applicable to investors. In addition, the representations and warranties in the Merger agreement (i)will not survive consummation of the Merger, unless otherwise specified therein, and cannot be the basis for any claims under the Merger agreement by the other party after termination of the Merger agreement, except as the result of a willful breach, and (ii)were made only as of the date of the Merger agreement or such other date as is specified in the Merger agreement. Moreover, information concerning the subject matter of the representations and warranties may change after the date of the Merger agreement, which subsequent information may or may not be fully reflected in the parties' public disclosures. Accordingly, the Merger agreement is included with this filing only to provide investors with information regarding the terms of the Merger agreement, and not to provide investors with any other factual information regarding BMRC, Bank, or Napa or their respective businesses. The Merger agreement should not be read alone, but should instead be read in conjunction with the other information regarding BMRC, Bank , Napa, and their respective businesses, the Merger agreement and the Merger that will be contained in, or incorporated by reference into, the registration statement on FormS-4 of BMRC that will include a proxy statement of Napa and a prospectus of BMRC, as well as in the Forms 10-K, Forms 10-Q and other filings that BMRC makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

Additional Information about the Acquisition and where to Find It

In connection with the proposed acquisition, BMRC will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 to register the shares of BMRC common stock to be issued to the shareholders of Napa. The registration statement will include a proxy statement/prospectus which will be sent to the shareholders of Napa seeking their approval of the acquisition and related matters. In addition, BMRC may file other relevant documents concerning the proposed acquisition with the SEC.

Shareholders of Napa are urged to read the registration statement on Form S-4 and the proxy statement/prospectus included within the registration statement and any other relevant documents to be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed acquisition because they will contain important information about BMRC, Napa and the proposed transaction. Investors and shareholders may obtain free copies of these documents through the website maintained by the SEC at Free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus also may be obtained by directing a request by telephone or mail to Bank of Marin Bancorp, 504 Redwood Blvd, Suite 100, Novato CA, 94947 , Attention: Investor Relations (telephone: (415) 763-4523 ), or by accessing Bank of Marin's website at under “Investor Relations.” The information on Bank of Marin's website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this filing or incorporated into other filings it makes with the SEC.

Participants in the Solicitation

BMRC and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Napa in connection with the acquisition. Information about the directors and executive officers of BMRC is set forth in the proxy statement for BMRC's 2017 annual meeting of shareholders filed with the SEC on April 5, 2017. Additional information regarding the interests of these participants and other persons who may be deemed participants in the acquisition may be obtained by reading the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the acquisition when it becomes available.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this release, other than those concerning historical financial information, may be considered forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release and are based on current expectations and involve a number of assumptions. These include statements as to the anticipated benefits of the acquisition, including future financial and operating results, cost savings and enhanced revenues that may be realized from the acquisition as well as other statements of expectations regarding the acquisition and any other statements regarding future results or expectations. Each of BMRC and Napa intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this statement for purposes of these safe harbor provisions. The companies' respective abilities to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies, is inherently uncertain. Factors which could have a material effect on the operations and future prospects of each of BMRC and Napa and the resulting company, include but are not limited to: (1)the businesses of BMRC and Napa may not be integrated successfully or such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; (2)expected revenue synergies and cost savings from the acquisition may not be fully realized or realized within the expected time frame; (3)revenues following the Merger may be lower than expected; (4)customer and employee relationships and business operations may be disrupted by the acquisition; (5)the ability to obtain required regulatory and shareholder approvals, and the ability to complete the acquisition on the expected time frame may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; (6)changes in interest rates, general economic conditions, legislative/regulatory changes, monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; the quality and composition of the loan and securities portfolios; demand for loan products; deposit flows; competition; demand for financial services in the companies' respective market areas; their implementation of new technologies; their ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; and accounting principles, policies, and guidelines, and (7)other risk factors detailed from time to time in filings made by BMRC with the SEC. BMRC and Napa undertake no obligation to update or clarify these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.


The following exhibits are filed herewith:

Exhibit No.Description

2.1Agreement to Merge and Plan of Reorganization dated July 31, 2017.

Bank of Marin Bancorp Exhibit
EX-2.1 2 exhibit21agreementtomergea.htm EXHIBIT 2.1 Exhibit   AGREEMENT TO MERGE AND PLAN OF REORGANIZATION dated as of July 31,…
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About Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ:BMRC)

Bank of Marin Bancorp (Bancorp) is the holding company for Bank of Marin (the Bank). The Company’s customer base is made up of business and personal banking relationships from the communities near the branch office locations. Its business banking focus is on small to medium-sized businesses, professionals and not-for-profit organizations. The Company operates through approximately 20 offices in Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, Napa and Alameda counties, with a focus on supporting the local communities. It makes international banking services available to its customers indirectly through other financial institutions, with whom it has correspondent banking relationships. It offers a range of commercial and retail deposit and lending programs. Its lending categories include commercial real estate loans, commercial and industrial loans, construction financing, consumer loans and home equity lines of credit. It also offers Wealth Management and Trust Services (WMTS).

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