Chairman and CEO Mariner Kemper explains reasons behind UMB’s agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies.

This is an exciting time for UMB, our associates and our customers. UMB is a strategic buyer, which means we only consider businesses that fit with our strategy and are a financial and cultural fit.

With that in mind, we’ve been actively searching for an opportunity like this and we believe that our agreement with Marquette Financial Companies (MFC) is a home run. Here’s why:

  • We expect the combination of UMB and MFC to be financially attractive with complementary balance sheets.
  • We will enhance our diversified financial services business model.
  • It would add two specialty lending businesses, asset management and trust services.
  • We will increase our banking presence in Arizona and Texas, two key growth markets for UMB.
  • UMB will grow our asset management business in the Minneapolis, Arizona and Texas markets.
  • Our two companies have similar cultures – and that’s important for a successful combination to work.

Marquette meets the many requirements we’ve been looking for in an acquisition. Until the transaction is approved and has closed sometime in mid-2015, both companies will continue to operate separately.

Ideal culture fit

What do we mean by having similar cultures? The main similarities are found in our values … how we approach business and each other with integrity. Ethics. A desire to do the right thing. We’ve both been influenced by a history of strong leadership with deep ties to our communities. Our cultures nurture and practice collaboration and we both place emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Giving back to our communities where we do business through volunteering and financial support also is foundational to our businesses. MFC has primarily focused on affordable housing, community economic development and financial education for youth and adults. We’ve traditionally focused on the arts and financial education, as well as community development.

Both of us care deeply about keeping our associates engaged and retaining them throughout their careers. We’re especially proud of that at UMB.

Why customers should take note

Once this acquisition is approved and closed, expected to be in mid-2015, our customers will have access to more products and services, as well as more locations to conduct business.

Where specifically? Customers of the various MFC businesses will be able to utilize UMB’s banking and wealth management centers in eight states – Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas. For UMB customers, they’ll be able to visit Meridian Bank branches in the Phoenix and Ft. Worth areas as they transition to UMB Bank.

Marquette also has specialized business units including business credit, commercial finance, transportation finance and asset management services.

What’s next?

Stay tuned. Both companies will continue to operate separately for now.

  • Customers will continue to do business as usual while the transaction is pending approval.
  • Integration plans are being developed.
  • Our goal is a seamless transition for customers and we pledge to actively communicate.

Great acquisitions work when the cultures fit together. That’s the case here, and I’m confident that it will provide us all with opportunities for future success.


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