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Fed roundup: Chicago Fed OKs Fidelity/State Bank, Heartland/Lincoln deals

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly roundup of notable actions of the Federal Reserve, as well as applications and reports received from banks, thrifts and credit unions. This feature excludes branch news and news previously covered by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

M&A

Dubuque, Iowa-based Fidelity Co. secured the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's approval to acquire New Hampton, Iowa-based State Bank from Rigler Investment Co.

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The Chicago Fed approved Chicago-based First Midwest Bancorp Inc.'s application to engage in wealth management services by acquiring Milwaukee-based Northern Oak Wealth Management Inc.

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The Chicago Fed approved the application filed by Bloomington, Ill.-based Heartland Bancorp Inc. to acquire in-state peer Lincoln S.B. Corp. and its unit, State Bank of Lincoln.

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Easthampton, Mass.-based Hometown Financial Group MHC and unit Hometown Financial Group Inc. secured permission from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to acquire Cohasset, Mass.-based Pilgrim Bancshares Inc. and unit Pilgrim Bank.

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.

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Bloomington, Minn.-based United Bankers' Bancorp. Inc. received the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' approval to indirectly acquire shares of ExCheQ LLC through United Bankers' Bank.

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Racine, Wis.-based Johnson Bank withdrew its application with the Chicago Fed to acquire certain deposit liabilities of Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Bank.

Change in bank control

The McGehee Bank Employee Stock Ownership Plan applied with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to acquire additional direct ownership of up to 35% of McGehee, Ark.-based Southeast Financial Bankstock Corp. and increase its indirect control of McGehee Bank.

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Francis Kavanaugh applied with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to acquire additional voting shares of Whittier, Calif.-based Friendly Hills Bank.

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City permitted the proposed change in bank control of Kansas-based Stockton Bancshares Inc. and unit Solutions North Bank.

Jonathan Berkley, a director of the company and the bank, Vicki Berkley and Brian Berkley each applied to acquire voting shares of Stockton Bancshares.

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Janet Ranniger, acting individually and as a group in concert with Gaylin Ranniger, Alex Ranniger, Abbey Stangl and Jacob Ranniger, applied with the Chicago Fed to retain and acquire control of 25% or more of the voting shares of Iowa-based Manning Financial Services Inc. and indirectly control unit First National Bank of Manning.

Gaylin Ranniger is chairman, president and CEO of the company. Janet Ranniger and Abbey Stangl are board members.

BHC formation, financial holdco election

Redwood Falls, Minn.-based Redwood Financial Inc. secured the Minneapolis Fed's approval to become a bank holding company by acquiring unit HomeTown Bank upon its conversion to a bank from a savings association.

The Minneapolis Fed also approved the company's election to become a financial holding company.

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Fargo, N.D.-based Choice Financial Holdings Inc. became a financial holding company, effective Dec. 10.

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Marshall, Mo.-based Wood & Huston Bancorp. Inc. became a financial holding company, effective Dec. 11.

Fed membership

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston approved Pilgrim Bank's application to become a member of the Federal Reserve System.