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Banks Union First Market Bankshares Corp. (UBSH) and StellarOne Corporation (STEL) have agreed to merge, creating the largest community bank in Virginia. Per the deal, Union First will buy StellarOne for approximately $445 million in stock, representing one of the biggest bank deals so far in 2013.
Per the agreement, each share of StellarOne will be swapped for 0.9739 shares of Union First, implying a share value of $19.50 and a deal value of $445.1 million, based on Union First鈥檚 closing price on Friday of $20.02.
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The combined company will have total assets of $7.1 billion, deposits of $5.8 billion and loans of $5.2 billion, according the latest financials. Combined, there will be 146 branches of the bank (fifth most in the state) in all of Virginia鈥檚 major markets.
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Union First expects the merger to be accretive to earnings in 2014 and beyond. The deal is expected to be closed in January 2014, subject to all approvals. Both boards have approved the transaction.
"We are excited about the opportunity to bring our organizations together and establish the next great Virginia bank. We have long believed that the combination of Union and StellarOne would be powerful,鈥?said G. William Beale, chief executive of Union First.
Beale will retain his position as top executive of the merged company. The board of directors will grow to 19 members, comprised of 11 members for the current Union First board and 8 members from the StellarOne board with current StellarOne chairman Raymond Smoot, Jr. serving as chairman. Ronald Hicks, the current chairman of the Union First board will become vice chairman of the combined company.
The only bigger bank deals so far this year were United Bankshares Inc. (UBSI) agreeing to buy Virginia Commerce Bankcorp Inc. (VCBI) for $495 million in April and Chile-based Banco de Credito e Inversiones SA saying in January that it would spend $883 million for City National Bank of Florida from Spain-based Bankia SA.
With ultra-low interest rates and tight lending policies, community banks have been struggling to expand in recent years.
Shares of UBSH initially gapped down to around $19 with the merger news, but have recovered a portion of the losses to be trading down by about 1.5 percent at $19.75 with about one hour to go in the trading day. Shares of STEL have surged more than 16 percent to trade around $19 each.
CHICAGO- Blackhawks fail to convert early, lose 2
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Dallas Cowboys 2013 Schedule Analysis
Jason Garrett and Tony Romo both enter what is a pivotal year for them and the Cowboys. A trip to the playoffs is a must and since scheduling plays a huge role in the outcome of every season, Athlon is analyzing every team's 16-game slate.
Dallas Cowboys 2013 Schedule:
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SINGAPORE- Singapore fumes after pollution hits 16
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Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.
AKRON, Ohio- Therapist offers music to patients
AKRON, Ohio For Chris Blackwell, the arrival of one special therapist during his four-hour dialysis sessions is truly music to his ears.
When Akron Children's Hospital music therapist Sarah Tobias visits him every week or two, the constant whooshing sounds of the dialysis machine are replaced with the strumming of her guitar and the soothing blending of their voices. On a recent morning, Blackwell smiled and tapped his feet in the dialysis chair as he sang along with Tobias to the catchy song, "Somebody That I Used to Know." "All my life, I liked to use music as a way to release," said Blackwell, 19, of Canton, Ohio. "It's depressing being in this chair so long at my age." Music therapy is one of several supportive services Akron Children's provides for free to patients, families and [url=http://www.agoshow.net/2009-All-Star-Seattle-Mariners-51-Ichiro-Blue-Jerseys-5/]2009 All Star Seattle Mariners 51 Ichiro Blue Jerseys[/url] staffs through its Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center. Along with Tobias, the center employs a full-time art therapist and contracts with area poets and experts in theater, dance, pottery, jewelry-making and other genres to provide a variety of experiences. Since the center opened in May 2011, the program has offered services to thousands of patients. "It's music and it's art, but it's really any sort of creative therapy that would be helpful to any particular child," said Dr. Sarah Friebert, medical director of the hospital's Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center. "Different kids respond to different types of therapy." Hospitals typically can't bill insurance companies for these and similar support services, she said. Akron Children's seeks donations and grant support to fund the $240,000 annual budget for expressive therapies. "We rely on philanthropy and kind-hearted people," Friebert said. More research is needed to support "the mounting evidence to show these types of therapies are very helpful treatments to complement mainstream health care," she said. Music therapy, for example, can be used to manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and help with physical rehabilitation, according to the American Music Therapy Association. "It's just not recognized yet by insurance companies that this is a valuable piece of the holistic healing puzzle," Friebert said. "We all know that when you are engaged in something creatively, you are using different parts of your brain. It also touches your soul and your spirit." Tobias, who has degrees in psychology and music therapy, joined Akron Children's about a year ago as the hospital's full-time music therapist. "I get to be a counselor, but I also get to be a musician and use the music to facilitate the counseling session," she said. Some patients need to "get it all out" by banging on a drum, she said. Others improve their range of motion to help with their occupational or physical therapy by playing a small harp. In Blackwell's case, Tobias started working with him in the dialysis unit about six months ago after he asked whether the hospital had anyone to help him learn to play the guitar. The instrument was a gift from the family of a former fellow patient whose father played guitar while Blackwell sang along to pass the time when they had treatments each week. Since then, the patient has received a transplanted kidney and no longer needs dialysis. Blackwell must undergo dialysis at the hospital three times a week until he gets a kidney transplant. His jam sessions with Tobias often draw the attention of fellow patients and staff members who stop in the doorway outside his room to listen. "You should go on American Idol," Carolyn Kovatch, a medical assistant in the unit, said after listening to them on a recent morning. Blackwell responded with an appreciative laugh and a wide, infectious grin that lit up his face. "I'm [url=http://www.agoshow.net/Mets-5-David-Wright-Road-Cool-Base-Grey-2010-All-Star-Jerseys-76/]Mets 5 David Wright Road Cool Base Grey 2010 All Star Jerseys[/url] thinking about it - after my transplant," he said. After singing one song with Blackwell, Tobias read the lyrics line by line as they talked about the meanings. "Just praying to a God that I don't believe in," she said. "Tell me about that line." "We all get to a point in our lives when we fall to our knees and just pray," he said. "Desperation," she said, nodding. "I haven't thought of it that way." The line opened up a discussion about Blackwell's faith and how he has been coping with his serious illness. "It's a safe way to talk about what they're feeling," Tobias said after their session. When his medical problems are behind him, Blackwell wants to draw on his experiences and love of music to become a worship leader. "I love being an inspiration to others," he said. "It energizes me."