Muncie bank buying smaller competitor for $66M

Muncie-based MutualFirst Financial Inc. has agreed to acquire Bloomfield-based Universal Bancorp for $65.6 million in cash and stock, a deal that will swell MutualFirst’s assets from $1.6 billion to $2 billion.

Publicly traded MutualFirst, the parent of MutualBank, has 40 locations in the northern half of the state, including a wealth management office in Fishers.

Privately held Universal—headquartered in the Greene County town of Bloomfield, 30 minutes southwest of Bloomington—has 13 offices in southern and central Indiana, including outposts in Carmel and Greenwood.

“We view MutualFirst as a larger version of BloomBank, with a continued strong commitment to the communities we serve, our customers, and our dedicated employees,” Universal Chairman Mark Barkley said in a statement. “It is a natural evolvement to move forward with a strong partner with increased opportunities for all.”

New York-based Keefe Bruyette & Woods served as financial adviser to MutualFirst, and Washington, D.C.-based Silver Freedman Taff & Tiernan served as legal counsel.

West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based Beonning & Scattergood was Universal’s financial adviser, and Chicago-based SmithAmundsen was its legal adviser.

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Editor's note: IBJ is now using a new comment system. Your Disqus account will no longer work on the IBJ site. Instead, you can leave a comment on stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Past comments are not currently showing up on stories, but they will be added in the coming weeks. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.

{{ articles_remaining }}
Free {{ article_text }} Remaining
{{ articles_remaining }}
Free {{ article_text }} Remaining Article limit resets in {{ count_down }} days.