Small Fla. bank to be sold to IBM Southeast Employees’ Credit Union

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IBM Southeast Employees’ Credit Union has agreed to buy Oculina Banc Corp. in Vero Beach, Fla.

The $1.1 billion-asset credit union did not disclose how much it will pay for the parent of the $350 million-asset Oculina Bank. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter.

Oculina, founded in 2004, has eight branches on Florida’s east coast between Stuart and Sebastian.

“This partnership allows us a greater opportunity to deliver financial solutions and personalized services while expanding the communities we serve up the Treasure Coast,” Michael Miller, the credit union’s president and CEO, said in a press release. “We welcome Oculina employees and customers to our credit union family and can’t wait to combine our cultures of service excellence.”

The merger will allow Oculina’s existing branches to “offer even more in the way of products and services to our current customers,” Jeffrey Maffett, Oculina’s chairman and CEO, said in the release. The credit union plans to retain all of Oculina’s employees, he said.

“Our customers will still be dealing with the people with whom they forged relationships over the years, but now with more to offer,” Maffett added.

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