National City sold

PNC, down only 13% this year-to-date, very good for a bank stock, is acquiring beleaguered Ohio bank NCC for $5.5 billion. The price represents a huge discount to the prevailing market price before open today and NCC was down 34% in early trading. PNC is issuing $7.7 billion in stock and warrants to the U.S. government under TARP. PNC expects National City merger costs of about $2.3 billion.

The Treasury money gives the new entity about 10% in Tier 1 capital. “The acquisition of National City will increase our core deposit base to $180 billion, making PNC the fifth largest U.S. bank by deposits. At a time when core funding is key, we see our deposit strength as an important success factor,” PNC said in a press release. NCC has no statement on its website as of 940AM ET.

National City posted a huge loss, put aside more money for losses and announced plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs. Its third-quarter loss came to $729 million, up from $19 million a year earlier.

This has to be a very good deal for PNC and its shareholders. It is a good deal for NCC’s depositors as it avoids bankruptcy but its shareholders are getting killed. In my opinion, this is further proof that U.S. Government officials are willing to pull out all the stops to keep the financial sector from collapsing. But, it also shows that manybanks are effectively bankrupt and that their shares are absolutely worthless.

More details to follow. See NCC-related writedowns and stories at the credit crisis timeline.

PNC Statement

PNC to Acquire National City
Merger will create fifth largest U.S. banking deposit franchise PNC to further strengthen capital position

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) and National City Corporation (NYSE: NCC) today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for PNC to acquire National City for $2.23 per share, or an aggregate fixed amount of approximately $5.2 billion in PNC stock. Additionally $384 million of cash is payable to certain warrant holders. Total consideration approximates National City’s market capitalization as of the close of business on October 23, 2008. National City shareholders will be entitled to 0.0392 share of PNC common stock for each share of National City.

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PNC plans to issue to the U.S. Treasury $7.7 billion of preferred stock and related warrants under the TARP Capital Purchase Program subject to standard closing requirements. The U.S. Treasury Department approval of PNC’s participation enables PNC to further strengthen its capital position, resulting in an estimated pro forma Tier 1 capital ratio for the combined company of approximately 10 percent.

“The acquisition of National City will increase our core deposit base to $180 billion, making PNC the fifth largest U.S. bank by deposits. At a time when core funding is key, we see our deposit strength as an important success factor. Upon closing the transaction, we will implement our successful business model and execute our strategies for managing risk, achieving cost efficiencies and growing high-quality revenue streams,” said James E. Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer of PNC. “We believe this strategic combination will continue PNC’s efforts to build capital strength and shareholder value. We are also gratified that we have been selected to participate in Treasury’s Capital Purchase Program, which has helped to put this transaction on a very solid footing.”

The transaction has an estimated internal rate of return to PNC of more than 15 percent and is expected to be accretive to PNC’s earnings in the second year. PNC’s fair value adjustments and provisions for future losses of National City’s current loan portfolio will bring the cumulative impairment of these loans to approximately 17.5 percent. PNC will continue to liquidate non- core and impaired loans.

“The combined company will have greater scale and scope, enhancing service to our customers and communities and providing greater opportunities for our employees. This transaction is about two companies that fit well together in terms of geography, products and services,” said Peter E. Raskind, chairman, president and chief executive officer of National City.

Upon closing the transaction, Raskind will be appointed a PNC vice chairman, and one National City director will join the board of the combined company.

In addition to ranking fifth nationally in deposits, the combination with National City is expected to place PNC fourth among U.S. banks in number of branches. It will give PNC the No. 1 deposit share position in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky and will rank the company No. 2 in Indiana and Maryland.

PNC expects to incur merger and integration costs of approximately $2.3 billion. The transaction is expected to result in the reduction of approximately $1.2 billion of noninterest expense through the elimination of operational and administrative redundancies.

Under terms of the agreement, PNC will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of National City in a stock-for-stock transaction, which has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. In connection with the transaction, National City has issued to PNC an option to acquire 19.9 percent of National City’s common stock that becomes exercisable under certain specified circumstances. Corsair Capital, LLC, which owns approximately 7.8 percent of outstanding National City common shares, has agreed to vote all National City common shares it owns in favor of the deal and otherwise support the transaction. After closing, PNC intends to merge National City’s banking affiliates into PNC Bank and they will assume the PNC Bank name. The merged entity will have its headquarters in Pittsburgh.

Based on PNC’s closing NYSE stock price of $56.88 on October 23, 2008, the transaction values each share of National City’s common stock at $2.23. The aggregate consideration is composed of a fixed number of approximately 92 million shares of PNC common stock. Additionally $384 million of cash is payable to certain warrant holders.

The transaction is currently anticipated to close by Dec. 31, 2008. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including both PNC and National City shareholders and regulatory approvals. Citigroup Global Markets Inc., JPMorgan Securities, Inc. and Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. acted as financial advisers to PNC, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as its legal adviser. Goldman Sachs acted as financial adviser to National City and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP acted as its legal adviser, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as legal adviser to the Board of Directors of National City.

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