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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases a comment on CenterState Bank Corporation’s (NASDAQ: CSFL) (“CenterState”) proposed merger of equals with South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) (“South State”).

On January 27, 2020, CenterState Bank Corporation (KBRA senior BHC rating: BBB+) and Colombia, South Carolina-based, South State Corporation announced a proposed merger of equals, in which South State would become the legal surviving entity. In KBRA’s view, the transaction could be a potentially positive credit event for CenterState’s subordinated noteholders given the added scale and geographic diversity throughout the Southeast in mostly high-growth markets coupled with solid pro forma metrics and the prospect of improved core profitability. Moreover, given CSFL’s extensive history of successful bank acquisitions and integrations, KBRA anticipates a similarly smooth process for this transaction, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020.

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The ratings are based on KBRA’s Bank & Bank Holding Company Global Rating Methodology published on October 16, 2019.



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