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BancTrust Financial Group Announces End Of Capital Raise As Independent Entity

3/21/2012 6:44 PM ET

BancTrust Financial Group Inc. (BTFG: Quote) announced it has ended its efforts to recapitalize the Company as an independent entity. Previously, the Company entered into an agreement with two private equity firms to serve as lead investors providing approximately 49% of the anticipated capital to be raised.

In turn, the Company provided the investors an exclusivity commitment during the pendency of the additional capital raise. That exclusivity period has expired without a successful capital raise and without any obligation to pay a termination fee.

"the Board of Directors has authorized management to seek a recapitalization of the Company through a strategic merger, and we are in the process of pursuing that strategy," stated Bibb Lamar, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer.

BancTrust also concluded that certain asset quality indicators and the expected liquidation horizon of nonperforming assets warrant an increase in its provision for loan losses and a decrease in the carrying value of certain other real estate owned, and that these matters should be included in the results of operations for the fourth quarter of 2011.

The combination of certain 2011 adjustments is expected to result in a net loss to common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2011 of approximately $50.48 million and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, of approximately $50.94 million.

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