New closing target set for U.S. Bancorp-MUFG Union offer

Citing a drawn-out regulative approval procedure, the moms and dad business of MUFG Union Bank stated Monday that it now expects the bank’s sale to U.S. Bancorp will be finished in the 2nd half of 2022.

When the $8 billion cash-and-stock offer was revealed last September, the business had actually anticipated to complete the merger by the end of June.

“While significant progress has been made by both parties in planning for the closing and integration, the U.S. regulatory approval process remains ongoing and … the expected closing date has shifted,” Tokyo-based Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group stated in a press release..

U.S. Bancorp in Minneapolis had actually recommended in a current regulative filing that a hold-up was possible.

Under pressure from President Biden, federal regulators in 2015 started looking more detailed at offers, market observers state. Several large-bank mergers were postponed in current months amidst the included examination.

“Ongoing delays in the U.S regulatory approval process for larger banks reduce the odds that superregional banks will seriously evaluate bank M&A, in our view, and creates additional uncertainty in the closing process of pending deals,” Stephens Inc. expert Terry McEvoy stated in a report Monday.

That kept in mind, McEvoy stated U.S. Bancorp’s statement recently that it made a big monetary dedication to lower-income areas and neighborhoods of color most likely bodes well for the its handle San Francisco-based MUFG Union Bank. The $587 billion-asset U.S. Bancorp developed the five-year, $100 billion neighborhood advantages prepare as part of a pact with activists who formerly kept their assistance for the pending acquisition.

The strategy “implies progress on receiving regulatory approvals, in our view,” McEvoy stated.

Should the acquisition of MUFG Union Bank close, it would develop a $690 billion-asset business and provide U.S. Bancorp higher market share in California. 


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