In 2018, 259 U.S. bank and thrift deals were announced, up from 256 in 2017. Meanwhile, total deal value climbed to $29.65 billion from $26.44 billion, and the median deal value-to-tangible common equity ratio rose to 169.9% from 160.0%.
In December 2018, 15 deals were announced for a combined deal value of $1.48 billion and a median deal value-to-tangible common equity ratio of 164.5%. By comparison, in December 2017, 33 deals were announced for a combined $1.89 billion and a median deal value ratio of 154.4%. On Dec. 17, 2018, Moultrie, Ga.-based Ameris Bancorp announced that it would acquire Atlanta-based Fidelity Southern Corp. for $750.7 million, making it December's largest deal and the 10th-largest deal of 2018.
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