ATRIUM Partners acted as exclusive financial advisor to Den Jyske Sparekasse A/S in connection with the proposed merger with Vestjysk Bank A/S. Both banks are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.
The merger creates the foundation for the strongest local bank in Denmark. The continuing bank, Vestjysk Bank A/S, will be the 8th largest bank in Denmark measured in terms of working capital and one of Denmark’s largest locally anchored banks with a balance sheet of DKK 38 billion, a total business volume of approx. DKK 127 billion and will serve approx. 121,000 customers.
The merger is an expression of foresight and taking timely action and is the right decision at the right time. The merged bank achieves significant economies of scale and through the merger will have the opportunity to continue to be local at the same time as the bank will be stronger for the benefit of customers, shareholders, and employees.
The merged bank is expected to realize annual run-rate synergies of approx. EUR 20m (DKK 150m) against one-off costs in connection with the merger of approx. EUR 27m (DKK 200m).
The merger is subject to approval on the extraordinary general meetings of the two banks as well as approval from the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority and the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, respectively.