Jun 24, 2021
In April 2021, there was an uptick in mergers and acquisition in the bank space, according to S&P Global. Given the challenging earnings environment, high bank liquidity, and weak loan demand, we expect that trend to continue. Bank consolidations are complex, time consuming and costly with focus justifiably on systems, branch network and employee culture.
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One area that is frequently overlooked is the acquired Bank Owned Life Insurance (BOLI) portfolio. Bank portfolios can vary widely in terms of size, complexity and age.
Many BOLI policies have been in place for years or even decades, and those with knowledge of the BOLI purchase have left the bank.
A merger/consolidation presents a unique opportunity to conduct a deep dive on acquired policies with the goal of ensuring all acquired policies are functioning efficiently, all documentation is in order and potentially make material changes to the portfolio to cure any policy deficiencies.
Newport’s well-tested portfolio review process includes pre-close, at-close and post-close steps tailored to the acquired portfolio characteristics. Areas of focus include separate account/stable value review/optimization, BOLI related benefit plan review with a particular focus on change of control issues and overall policy performance review. Action plans are developed with a goal of improving policy performance and reducing risk, all in light of purchase accounting and tax considerations.
If your bank is in the process of completing an acquisition or considering one, please contact Scott Bethune (336-369-2270) or Justin Robertson (336-369-2275) to discuss how Newport can assist in your review of the target bank’s BOLI program.