Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE:WAL) and Bridge Capital Holdings (NASDAQ:BBNK) announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which Western Alliance Bancorporation will acquire Bridge Capital Holdings. Immediately following the completion of the acquisition, Bridge Capital’s principal operating subsidiary, Bridge Bank, will merge with and into Western Alliance Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Alliance Bancorporation. Following the bank merger, Western Alliance plans to operate its Northern California offices and the existing Bridge Bank offices as a combined division under the Bridge Bank trade name.
The Agreement provides that each shareholder of Bridge Capital Holdings will receive 0.8145 of a share of Western Alliance Bancorporation and $2.39 in cash for each share of Bridge common stock owned. In aggregate, the transaction is valued at approximately $425 million, including certain unvested restricted stock awards and stock options previously issued by Bridge Capital that will be converted to Western Alliance equity awards under the terms of the Agreement.