Washington, D.C. 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) July 25, 2018
First Citizens BancShares, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

4300 Six Forks Road; Raleigh, North Carolina
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (919) 716-7000

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 8.01. Other Events
On July 25, 2018, First Citizens BancShares, Inc.'s bank subsidiary, First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company ("FCB"), and Palmetto Heritage Bancshares, Inc. ("Palmetto Heritage Bancshares") announced that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement. The agreement provides for the acquisition by FCB of Pawleys Island, SC-based Palmetto Heritage Bancshares and its bank subsidiary, Palmetto Heritage Bank & Trust.

The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2018, subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and the approval of Palmetto Heritage Bancshares' shareholders.

Under the terms of the agreement, cash consideration of $135.00 will be paid to the shareholders of Palmetto Heritage Bancshares for each share of its common stock.

A copy of the joint press release issued by FCB and Palmetto Heritage Bancshares announcing the proposed transaction is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Report.

Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits

(c) Exhibits. The following exhibit accompanies this report.
Exhibit No.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

First Citizens BancShares, Inc.
July 27, 2018
By: /s/ Craig L. Nix
Craig L. Nix
Chief Financial Officer