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Kentucky Bank to become part of Stock Yards Bank & Trust – Move will Create State’s Premier Community Bank

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (Jan. 27, 2021 )-- Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Kentucky Bank, based in Paris, KY.

“Our customers – individuals and businesses – are growing and we are excited to grow with them,” said James A. (Ja) Hillebrand, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stock Yards Bank & Trust. “The combination of the two companies will offer customers the best of both worlds – the breadth of services and solutions offered by national banks, delivered by local bankers who listen and are able to respond to their customers’ needs.  Together, we will be able to serve the Central Kentucky region across the full range of delivery channels they demand including branches, online, mobile and through local, community-based bankers.”

Hillebrand said that Stock Yards Bank and Kentucky Bank share a unique alignment of core values, business philosophies and service models – a community bank approach that is based on building long-term relationships and investing in the community. The two banks have similar roots in Kentucky history. Kentucky Bank originated in Paris, KY in 1851, serving the agricultural economy of the region. Stock Yards Bank traces its history to 1904, when it opened to serve the livestock and agribusiness industries at The Bourbon Stock Yards in Louisville.  The combined banks will offer the greatest number of branch locations (50) and will rank as the 2nd largest bank by deposits for any Kentucky-based, community bank.

The combined stock and cash transaction, representing a total consideration of approximately $190 million, is expected to close during the second quarter of 2021, subject to customary regulatory approval and completion of closing conditions.

“This is great news for Kentucky Bank and their customers,” said Louis Prichard, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kentucky Bank. “In today’s economic environment, you want a bank that is large enough to weather unexpected events and stands by customers in challenging times.  We feel this merger will provide the operating scale, lending capacity, expanded product offering and technology of a larger institution married with the community banking model that both banks have always valued. It is a powerful formula for providing enhanced banking services to the Central Kentucky Market.”

Prichard will join Stock Yards Bank with the title of Central Kentucky Market President and will serve on the bank’s management committees including operations, lending, strategic planning, interest rates and human resources.

Kentucky Bank operates 19 branches throughout the following central Kentucky cities: Paris (Bourbon County), Cynthiana (Harrison County), Georgetown (Scott County), Lexington (Fayette County), Morehead (Rowan County), Nicholasville (Jessamine County), Richmond (Madison County), Sandy Hook (Elliott County), Versailles (Woodford County), Wilmore (Jessamine County) and Winchester (Clark County).

“In community banking, branches are as important as our online and mobile platforms,” Hillebrand said. “They are so important that even during the pandemic both Stock Yards Bank and Kentucky Bank opened new branches – because we believe that banking is about people.  Life-long relationships are built and strengthened at the local level and enhanced by the convenience and accessibility of online and mobile delivery channels.”

About Stock Yards Bancorp, Inc.

Louisville, Kentucky-based Stock Yards Bancorp, Inc., with $4.6 billion in assets, was incorporated in 1988 as a bank holding company. It is the parent company of Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company, which was established in 1904. The Company's common shares trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SYBT. For more information about Stock Yards Bancorp, visit the Company’s website at www.syb.com. It has branches in Louisville, Indianapolis, northern Kentucky and Cincinnati markets.

About Kentucky Bancshares, Inc.

Paris, Kentucky-based Kentucky Bancshares, Inc., with $1.2 billion in assets, was incorporated in 1981 as a bank holding company. It is the parent company of Kentucky Bank, which was established in 1851. The Company's common shares trade on the OTCQX under the symbol KTYB. For more information about Kentucky Bancshares, Inc., visit their website at www.kybank.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this communication, which are not statements of historical fact, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, certain plans, expectations, goals, projections and benefits relating to the proposed merger transaction between Stock Yards and Kentucky Bancshares, which are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “aim,” “can,” “conclude,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “foresee,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “outlook,” “possible,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “potential,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “will likely,” “would,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, as well as similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Please refer to each of Stock Yards’ and Kentucky Bancshares' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and, in the case of Stock Yards, its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended September 30, 2020, as well as their other filings with the SEC for a more detailed discussion of risks, uncertainties and factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are not historical facts but instead express only management’s beliefs regarding future results or events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the management’s control. It is possible that actual results and outcomes may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results or outcomes indicated in these forward-looking statements. In addition to factors disclosed in reports filed by Stock Yards and Kentucky Bancshares with the SEC, risks and uncertainties for Stock Yards, Kentucky Bancshares and the combined company include, but are not limited to: the possibility that any of the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; the risk that integration of Kentucky Bancshares’ operations with those of Stock Yards will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected; the parties’ inability to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments of the merger; the inability to complete the merger due to the failure of Kentucky Bancshares’ shareholders to adopt the merger agreement; the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the merger, including receipt of required regulatory and other approvals; the failure of the proposed transaction to close for any other reason; diversion of management's attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities due to the merger; the challenges of integrating and retaining key employees; the effect of the announcement of the merger on Stock Yards’, Kentucky Bancshares’ or the combined company's respective customer and employee relationships and operating results; the possibility that the merger may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected factors or events; dilution caused by Stock Yards’ issuance of additional shares of Stock Yards common stock in connection with the merger; the magnitude and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy and financial market conditions and the business, results of operations and financial condition of Stock Yards, Kentucky Bancshares and the combined company; and general competitive, economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations. All forward-looking statements included in this communication are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available at that time. Except as required by law, neither Stock Yards nor Kentucky Bancshares assumes any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date the forward-looking statements were made. 

Additional Information Regarding the Proposed Transaction

This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction between Stock Yards and Kentucky Bancshares. Stock Yards will file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. The registration statement will include a proxy statement of Kentucky Bancshares that also constitutes a prospectus of Stock Yards which, when finalized, will be sent to the shareholders of Kentucky Bancshares seeking their approval of the merger-related proposals. This document is not a substitute for the proxy statement/prospectus or registration statement or any other document that Stock Yards or Kentucky Bancshares may file with the SEC. KENTUCKY BANCSHARES’ SHAREHOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM S-4 AND THE RELATED PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT STOCK YARDS, KENTUCKY BANCSHARES AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. When filed, the registration statement, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents relating to the merger transaction filed by Stock Yards and Kentucky Bancshares can be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These documents also can be obtained free of charge by accessing Stock Yards’ website at www.syb.com under the tab “Investors Relations” and then under “SEC Filings.” Alternatively, these documents, when available, can be obtained free of charge from Stock Yards upon written request to Stock Yards, Attention: Chief Financial Officer, 1040 East Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40206 or by calling (502) 582-2571, or to Kentucky Bancshares, Attention: Chief Financial Officer, 339 Main Street, Paris, Kentucky 40361 or by calling (859) 987-1795.

Participants in the Solicitation

Stock Yards, Kentucky Bancshares and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Kentucky Bancshares’ shareholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Stock Yards and their ownership of Stock Yards common stock is set forth in the definitive proxy statement for Stock Yards’ 2020 annual meeting of shareholders, as previously filed with the SEC on March 13, 2020, and Stock Yards’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as previously filed with the SEC on February 28, 2020, as well as other documents filed with the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of Kentucky Bancshares and their ownership of Kentucky Bancshares common stock is set forth in the definitive proxy statement for Kentucky Bancshares’s 2020 annual meeting of shareholders, as previously filed with the SEC on May 11, 2020, and Kentucky Bancshares’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as previously filed with the SEC on March 10, 2020, as well as other documents filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by securities holdings or otherwise, will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents regarding the proposed transaction to be filed with the SEC when they become available. You may obtain free copies of these documents from Stock Yards or Kentucky Bancshares using the sources indicated above.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication is not intended to and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. This communication is also not a solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transactions or otherwise. No offer of securities or solicitation will be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Non-GAAP Measures

This communication contains certain non-GAAP financial measures of Stock Yards and Kentucky Bancshares determined by methods other than in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. We use non-GAAP financial measures to provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance. We believe these non-GAAP measures are beneficial in assessing our operating results and related trends, and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP disclosures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or preferable to, financial results determined in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures we use may differ from the non-GAAP financial measures other financial institutions use to measure their results of operations.

 

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