Banking M&A Is Back! TD Bank Buys Commerce

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The bank that seems to be everywhere in New York city is being bought by TD Bank, creating the fifth largest bank—with $312 billion of deposits—in the US. TD Bank will pay $8.5 billion of cash and stock for Commerce.
Commerce Bank was the fast food chain of banking. It's founder Vernon Hill, who is said to own the largest private house in New Jersey, started as a fast-food franchise owner before starting up Commerce Bancorp in 1973.
Commerce shareholders will get 0.412 shares of TD Bank and $10.50 in cash. That works out to a 6.6 percent premium, although some would argue that the bank was already trading at a premium after Hill resigned and speculators began whispering that the bank was in play.
TD Bank is Canadian. So, you know, blame Canada.
Deal Press Release [Newswire]

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