SMARTFINANCIAL, INC. (NASDAQ:SMBK) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

SMARTFINANCIAL, INC. (NASDAQ:SMBK) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
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Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 15, 2019, by and among SmartFinancial, Inc., CT Merger Sub, Inc., and Entegra Financial Corp.*

10.1

Employment Agreement, dated January 15, 2019, by and among SmartFinancial, Inc., SmartBank, and David A. Bright

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Employment Agreement, dated January 15, 2019, by and among SmartFinancial, Inc., SmartBank, and Ryan M. Scaggs

99.1

Press Release, issued by SmartFinancial, Inc. and Entegra Financial Corp, dated January 15, 2019

99.2

Investor Presentation Materials

* The registrant has omitted schedules and similar attachments to the subject agreement to Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. The registrant will furnish a copy of any omitted schedule or similar attachment to the SEC upon request.

Additional Information About the Proposed Transaction and Where to Find It

Investors and security holders are urged to carefully review and consider each of SmartFinancial’s and Entegra’s public filings with the SEC, including but not limited to their Annual Reports on Form 10-K, their proxy statements, their Current Reports on Form 8-K, and their Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

The documents filed by SmartFinancial with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at SmartFinancial’s website at www.SmartFinancialinc.com, under the heading “Investors,” the subheading “Documents,” and the subheading “Regulatory Filings.” The documents filed by Entegra with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at Entegra’s Investor Relations website at www.snl.com/IRW/CorporateProfile/4290505 under the heading “SEC Filings.” The documents filed by each of SmartFinancial and Entegra can also be found at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The SmartFinancial documents may also be obtained free of charge from SmartFinancial by requesting them in writing to SmartFinancial, Inc., 5401 Kingston Pike, Suite 600, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919, or by telephone at (865) 453-2650. The Entegra documents may similarly be obtained free of charge from Entegra by requesting them in writing to Entegra Financial Corp., 14 One Center Court, Franklin, North Carolina 28734, or by telephone at (828) 524-7000.

Participants in the Solicitation

SmartFinancial, Entegra, and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from SmartFinancial and Entegra shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction under the rules of the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of SmartFinancial may be found in the definitive proxy statement for SmartFinancial’s 2018 annual meeting of shareholders, filed with the SEC by SmartFinancial on April 2, 2018, and other documents subsequently filed by SmartFinancial with the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of Entegra may be found in the definitive proxy statement for Entegra’s 2018 annual meeting of shareholders, filed by Entegra with the SEC on April 2, 2018. Additional information regarding the interests of these participants will also be included in the joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available. Free copies of these documents maybe obtained as described in the paragraph above.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements made in this investor presentation may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” and “estimate,” and similar expressions, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but other statements not based on historical information may also be considered forward-looking, including statements about the benefits to SmartFinancial, Inc. (“SmartFinancial”) and Entegra Financial Corp. (“Entegra”) of the proposed merger, SmartFinancial’s and Entegra’s future financial and operating results and their respective plans, objectives, and intentions. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of SmartFinancial and Entegra to differ materially from any results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors include, among others, (1) the risk that the cost savings and any revenue synergies from the proposed merger may not be realized or take longer than anticipated to be realized, (2) the risk that the cost savings and any revenue synergies from recently completed mergers may not be realized or may take longer than anticipated to realize, (3) disruption from the proposed merger, or recently completed mergers, with customer, supplier, or employee relationships, (4) the occurrence of any event, change, or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, (5) the failure to obtain necessary shareholder or regulatory approvals for the merger, (6) the possibility that the amount of the costs, fees, expenses, and charges related to the merger may be greater than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected or unknown factors, events, or liabilities, (7) the failure of the conditions to the merger to be satisfied, (8) the risk of successful integration of the two companies’ businesses, including the risk that the integration of Entegra’s operations with those of SmartFinancial will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected, (9) the risk of expansion into new geographic or product markets, (10) reputational risk and the reaction of the parties’ customers to the merger, (11) the risk of potential litigation or regulatory action related to the merger, (12) the dilution caused by SmartFinancial’s issuance of additional shares of its common stock in the merger, and (13) general competitive, economic, political, and market conditions. Additional factors which could affect the forward-looking statements can be found in SmartFinancial’s annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K, or Entegra’s annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and current reports on Form 8-K, in each case filed with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. SmartFinancial and Entegra disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this communication, which speak only as of the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

EXHIBIT INDEX

Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of January 15, 2019 by and among SmartFinancial, Inc., CT Merger Sub, Inc., and Entegra Financial Corp.*

Employment Agreement, dated January 15, 2019, by and among SmartFinancial, Inc., SmartBank, and David A. Bright

Employment Agreement, dated January 15, 2019, by and among SmartFinancial, Inc., SmartBank, and Ryan M. Scaggs

Press Release, issued by SmartFinancial, Inc. and Entegra Financial Corp, dated January 15, 2019

Investor Presentation Materials

* The registrant has omitted scheduled and similar attachments to the subject agreement to Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. The registrant will furnish a copy of any omitted schedule or similar attachment to the SEC upon request.

SMARTFINANCIAL INC. Exhibit
EX-2.1 2 s002627x1_ex2-1.htm EXHIBIT 2.1 Exhibit 2.1 AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER SMARTFINANCIAL,…
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About SMARTFINANCIAL, INC. (NASDAQ:SMBK)

SmartFinancial, Inc., formerly Cornerstone Bancshares, Inc., is a bank holding company. The Company operates through its SmartBank subsidiary (The Bank). The principal business of the Bank consists of attracting deposits from the public and investing those funds, together with funds generated from operations and from principal and interest payments on loans. It offers commercial real estate-mortgage, consumer real estate-mortgage, construction and land development, commercial and industrial, and consumer and other loans. The Bank’s investment portfolio consists of Federal agency bonds, mortgage-backed securities, and state and municipal securities. The Bank provides a range of deposit services to businesses and individuals, including non-interest bearing checking accounts, interest bearing checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and certificates of deposit (CDs). SmartBank operates in approximately seven banking offices.

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