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Baylake and New Bancshares announce merger agreement

Baylake has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire New Bancshares in a cash and stock transaction.

New, headquartered in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, is the parent company of Union State Bank ("Union"), a Wisconsin state-chartered bank, which operates four banking locations in the Kewaunee (2), Two Rivers and Green Bay markets.

Founded in 1910, Union provides full-service retail, commercial and agricultural banking, as well as insurance and wealth management services. As of March 31, 2015, Union had $87 million in assets, $48 million in loans and $77 million in deposits.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, the Company will pay approximately $9.7 million in total consideration in the merger subject to adjustment as described in the merger agreement, approximately 60% of which will be paid in cash and 40% in Company common stock.

The transaction is subject to regulatory and NEW shareholder approval, as well as certain closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2015.

It is not expected to have a material effect on the Company’s 2015 earnings per share. The Company anticipates the transaction to be accretive to earnings following implementation of certain operational cost savings.

Robert J. Cera, President and CEO of the Company, commented: "The merger with Union will increase the Company’s market share in Kewaunee and Brown counties, and establish a presence in the Two Rivers market in northern Manitowoc County. Union’s customer base and diversified loan and deposit mix will be attractive and complementary additions. We expect to continue delivering personalized banking solutions to Union’s customer base, with an expanded array of products and services, including the introduction of several new wealth services products."

"Upon completion of the transaction, two of Union’s branches will overlap with existing Baylake branches in Kewaunee. We are in the process of evaluating those overlaps, and would expect to consolidate the branches upon consummation of the transaction."

Jeffrey W. Kleiman, President of Union, stated: "We are excited to join forces with a larger financial institution with a rich tradition of serving northeastern Wisconsin, and which shares our commitment to offering exceptional service, delivering personalized financial solutions, and providing a great work environment. We believe this is a strong fit for both companies, which will be beneficial to our communities, customers and shareholders."