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VLY Valley National Bancorp

Filed: 23 Sep 21, 8:39am

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): September 23, 2021

 

 

Valley National Bancorp

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

 

 

New Jersey 1-11277 22-2477875

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

 

One Penn Plaza, New York, New York 10119
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(973) 305-8800

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Trading

Symbols

 

Name of exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, no par value VLY The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, no par value VLYPP The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B, no par value VLYPO The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933(§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

 

 


Item 8.01

Other Events.

On September 23, 2021, Valley National Bancorp, a New Jersey corporation (“Valley”), and Bank Leumi Le-Israel Corporation, a New York corporation (“Leumi”), issued a joint press release announcing the execution of a definitive agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) pursuant to which, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, Valley will acquire Leumi and its subsidiaries, including Bank Leumi USA. A copy of the joint press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

In connection with the announcement of the Merger Agreement, Valley intends to provide supplemental information regarding the proposed transaction in presentations to analysts and investors. The slides that will be made available in connection with the presentations are attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 and are incorporated by reference herein.

 

Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)     Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description of Exhibit

99.1  Joint Press Release, dated as of September 23, 2021.
99.2  Investor Presentation, dated as of September 23, 2021.
104  Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This communication contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to those regarding the proposed acquisition by Valley of Leumi (the “Transaction”) and the issuance of shares of Valley common stock as consideration in the Transaction. Such statements are not historical facts and include expressions about management’s confidence and strategies and management’s expectations about new and existing programs and products, relationships, opportunities, taxation, technology and market conditions. These statements may be identified by such forward-looking terminology as “will,” “estimate,” “expect,” “believe,” “view,” “opportunity,” “allow,” “continues,” “reflects,” “typically,” “usually,” “anticipate,” or similar statements or variations of such terms. Such forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties.

Actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements. In addition to factors previously disclosed in Valley’s reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and those identified elsewhere in this communication, factors that may cause actual results to differ from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the possibility that the Transaction does not close when expected or at all because shareholder, regulatory or other approvals or other conditions to the closing of the Transaction are not received or satisfied on a timely basis or at all (and the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect Valley or the expected benefits of the Transaction); the inability to realize expected cost savings and synergies from the Transaction in amounts or in the timeframe anticipated, including as a result of changes in, or problems arising from, general economic and market conditions, interest and exchange rates, monetary policy, laws and regulations and their enforcement, and the degree of competition in the geographic and business areas in which Valley and Leumi operate; changes in the estimates of non-recurring charges; the diversion of management’s attention and time from ongoing business operations and opportunities on issues relating to the Transaction; the possibility that costs or difficulties relating to Leumi integration matters might be greater than expected, including as a result of unexpected factors or events; changes in the stock price of Valley from the date of the acquisition announcement to the closing date; material adverse changes in Valley’s or Leumi’s operations or earnings; the inability to retain customers and qualified employees of Leumi; higher- or


lower-than-expected income tax expense or tax rates, including increases or decreases resulting from changes in uncertain tax position liabilities, tax laws, regulations and case law; weakness or a decline in the U.S. economy, in particular in New Jersey, the New York Metropolitan area (including Long Island), Florida, California or the Chicago metropolitan area; an unexpected decline in commercial real estate values within Valley’s or Leumi’s market areas; reputational risk and potential adverse reactions of Valley’s or Leumi’s customers, employees or other business partners, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the Transaction; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against Valley or Leumi; and the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on Valley’s or Leumi’s businesses, the ability to complete the Transaction or any of the other foregoing risks. Further information regarding Valley and factors which could affect the forward-looking statements contained herein are set forth in Valley’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021, and its other filings with the SEC. Valley assumes no obligation for updating any such forward-looking statement at any time.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

In connection with the Transaction and the issuance of shares of Valley common stock as consideration in the Transaction, Valley will file with the SEC a proxy statement of Valley (the “Proxy Statement”), and Valley may file with the SEC other relevant documents concerning the Transaction. When completed, the definitive Proxy Statement will be mailed to shareholders of Valley. This communication is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement or any other document that Valley may file with the SEC or send to its shareholders in connection with the Transaction.

SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE TRANSACTION CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC BY VALLEY, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT VALLEY, LEUMI AND THE TRANSACTION.

Free copies of the Proxy Statement, as well as other filings containing information about Valley, may be obtained at the SEC’s website (http://www.sec.gov) when they are filed by Valley. Investors will also be able to obtain these documents, when they are filed, free of charge, from Valley at www.valley.com under the heading “Investor Relations.” The Proxy Statement can also be obtained, when it becomes available, free of charge, at Valley’s website at http://ir.valleynationalbank.com or by directing a request to Ronald H. Janis, Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Valley National Bancorp, at 1455 Valley Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470, telephone (973) 305-8800.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION

Valley, Leumi and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the shareholders of Valley in respect of the Transaction. Information about Valley’s directors and executive officers is available in its proxy statement for its 2021 annual meeting of shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 8, 2021, and other documents filed by Valley with the SEC. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Proxy Statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available. Free copies of this document may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.


SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: September 23, 2021

 

VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP
By: 

/s/ Ronald H. Janis

 Name:    Ronald H. Janis
 Title:      Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel