Date: June 2, 2023
Re: Announcement of Bank Acquisition
President & CEO
CBI Bank & Trust
Terry L. Esch
McLaughlin Holding Company
Central Bancshares Announces Agreement to Acquire SENB Bank
Muscatine, IA – Central Bancshares, Inc. of Muscatine, Iowa (“Central Bancshares”), parent company
of CBI Bank & Trust, and McLaughlin Holding Company, parent company of SENB Bank, based in
Moline, Illinois, have jointly announced the signing of an Agreement and Plan of Merger whereby
Central Bancshares will acquire McLaughlin Holding Company and merge SENB Bank into CBI Bank
The transaction is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval and is anticipated to be completed
in the third quarter of 2023. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
SENB Bank was organized in 1961 and has total assets of approximately $337 million. It serves the
Quad Cities market in both Iowa and Illinois, as well as the state line (Rockford/Beloit) region of Illinois
and Wisconsin, with six locations: Moline and Roscoe, IL; Davenport, Bettendorf, and Buffalo, IA; and
Central Bancshares is the privately held parent company of CBI Bank & Trust, based in Muscatine,
Iowa, and F&M Bank, a Division of CBI Bank & Trust, based in Galesburg, Illinois. Central
Bancshares serves approximately 40,000 consumers and businesses through 17 banking centers,
with locations in Coralville, Davenport, Kalona, Muscatine, Walcott, Washington, and Wilton in Iowa,
and Brimfield, Buffalo Prairie, Galesburg, Monmouth, and Peoria in Illinois. In addition, the bank’s
Trust and Investment Divisions manage combined client assets of approximately $1.4 billion.
After the completion of the transaction, Central Bancshares will have total assets in excess of $1.45
The boards of directors and executives of both companies believe that the transaction will create a
strong partnership, bringing together two compatible, community-oriented banking enterprises.
“It’s a great opportunity and an excellent fit for both organizations,” said Terry Esch, President of
McLaughlin Holding Company and SENB Bank. “Our customers can rest assured that there is a
strong commitment to continue providing the same safe, stable banking environment that they’ve
grown to know and trust and that they will continue to receive the same high level of customer
That sentiment was reinforced by Greg Kistler, President and CEO of Central Bancshares and CBI
Bank & Trust.
“We are excited to partner with SENB Bank,” Kistler said. “They share our core community banking
philosophy: empowered local management and employees dedicated to serving our customers and
“After the acquisition is completed, customers will not see any immediate changes,” Kistler added.
“The bank will continue to operate at the same locations, supported by the same friendly officers and
staff. Systems conversions will take place in 2024. In short, it will be business as usual, supported by
the financial strength and resources of a larger parent organization.”
Cummings & Company, LLC served as financial advisor and Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum &
Nagelberg, LLP served as legal counsel to Central Bancshares in connection with the transaction.
Olsen Palmer LLC served as financial advisor and Dickinson Wright PLLC served as legal counsel for
McLaughlin Holding Company.