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PNC to Buy National City


PNC announced today that it's buying National City which will create the fifth-largest bank in the country by deposits. Here are excerpts from the press release:

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and National City Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for PNC to acquire National City for $2.23 per share, or an aggregate fixed amount of approximately $5.2 billion in PNC stock.
PNC plans to issue to the U.S. Treasury $7.7 billion of preferred stock and related warrants under the TARP Capital Purchase Program subject to standard closing requirements.
The transaction is currently anticipated to close by Dec. 31, 2008.

I'm glad to see an acquisition rather than a bank failure. Since it's not a failure, I would assume customers with National City CDs or new customers who are participating in the National City's checking account promotion will still receive the original rates and bonuses. When a bank fails and its deposit accounts are assumed by another bank, the new bank will often decide to close the CD early (without penalties) and to not honor bonuses of the old bank. Examples of this happened when Netbank failed last year and ING Direct acquired Netbank deposit accounts. I haven't seen cases of this after a merger. If you have experience with this, please leave a comment.

I'm afraid it's likely that we'll see much fewer CD deals from National City. However, it might not happen quickly. WaMu didn't end its 5% 12-month CD immediately after JPMorgan Chase took over. So you still may have time to take advantage of National City's current CD deals.
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gaelicwench   |     |   Comment #1
Having just opened a checking account as well as free savings (no minimums plus a deplorable yield), I would hope that they would still honor the promotion, especially in light of the fact that they increased the amount of that promotion. Gaaaah! I missed it by one week, too. Well, one can't be greedy, eh?

Glad to hear PNC will be buying First National, since PNC is also a PA-based bank in Pittsburgh.
Jim   |     |   Comment #2
Sort of off topic, but Alpha Bank had nice CD rates...
"The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday shut down Alpha Bank and Trust and St. Cloud, Minn.-based Stearns Bank has stepped in to take over the deposits."

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