Filed by First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.
(Commission File No.: 001-16715)
Pursuant to Rule 425 of the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc.
The following is a statement about the merger posted to the First Citizens BancShares website:
Our company, First Citizens BancShares Inc. (parent company of First Citizens Bank headquartered in Raleigh, N.C.), and First Citizens Bancorporation Inc.(parent company of First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc., based in Columbia, S.C.) have announced that we intend to merge later this year, pending regulatory and shareholder approvals. Read the joint news release for more details. (link to news release)
We believe that once we merge, the resulting First Citizens will be more efficient, have greater capacity to serve a broader spectrum of businesses and individuals, and will be able to offer more convenience and value.
First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc. (First Citizens Bank of South Carolina) has 176 branches. Most of the branches are in South Carolina, a market in which we currently have no presence.  Customers will benefit from a broader network of ATMs and banking facilities.
We share with First Citizens of South Carolina a similar culture, values and business philosophies and a commitment to customers.
Pending regulatory and shareholder approvals and completion of the proposed merger, the combined First Citizens Bank will be the largest family controlled bank in the nation, with more than 575 branches in 18 states and Washington, D.C.
Taking the best of what’s been and creating a stronger bank builds on our commitment to helping people and companies do more with the money they earn, save and invest.
This information may contain forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements include the ability to obtain regulatory approvals and meet other closing conditions in the merger agreement, including shareholder approval of each party, on the expected terms and schedule, delay in closing the merger, difficulties and delays in integrating the businesses of the companies or fully realizing cost savings and other benefits of the merger, changes in interest rates and capital markets and other factors detailed  in First Citizens BancShares’ filings with the SEC.
In connection with the proposed merger, First Citizens BancShares will file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Form S-4 Registration Statement that will include a Joint Proxy Statement for First Citizens BancShares and First Citizens Bancorporation, a prospectus relating to First Citizens BancShares’ Common Stock and other documents relevant to the proposed transaction. Shareholders are urged to read the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus regarding the merger when it becomes available and any other relevant documents filed with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to those documents, as they will contain important information about the proposed transaction.
Once available, a free copy of the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus, as well as other filings containing information about First Citizens BancShares, may be obtained at the SEC’s Internet site ( These documents will also be available, free of charge, from both First Citizens BancShares and First Citizens Bancorporation:
First Citizens BancShares – Visit the website at, direct a request to Proxy Request, Post Office Box 27131, Raleigh, N.C. 27611-7131 or call 919.716.7711.
First Citizens Bancorporation – Visit the website at, direct a proxy request to Proxy Request/Corporate Secretary, 1230 Main St., Columbia, S.C. 29201 or call 803.931.1320.
First Citizens BancShares and First Citizens Bancorporation and certain of their directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed merger. Information about the executive officers and directors of First Citizens BancShares is set forth in the proxy statement for the 2014 annual meeting of stockholders, as filed with the SEC on Schedule 14A on March 17, 2014. Information about the executive officers and directors of First Citizens Bancorporation may be obtained by reading the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus regarding the merger when it becomes available.
The information on First Citizens Bancorporation’s website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of the website of First Citizens BancShares or incorporated into any of its filings with the SEC.