LAKE FOREST, Ill., July 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wintrust Financial Corporation ("Wintrust") (Nasdaq:WTFC) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Elgin State Bancorp, Inc. ("ESBI"). ESBI is the parent company of Elgin State Bank, an Illinois state bank, which operates three banking locations in Elgin, Illinois. 

Elgin State Bank has an established history of serving the Elgin/Fox Valley banking community dating back to its formation in 1964. As of March 31, 2011 it had approximately $288 million in assets and approximately $259 million in deposits. Elgin State Bank's three banking facilities are located at 1001 South Randall Road, 445 Summit Street and 590 North McLean Boulevard in Elgin. Founded on "Small Town Values and Real Customer Service", its approach to customers is similar to that at each of the fifteen Wintrust Community Banks and its 95 banking locations. From services, products, and staff, a high level of involvement between bank employees and customers has always been a top priority from top management down.

Edward J. Wehmer, President and CEO of Wintrust, said, "This transaction is a great opportunity for both organizations. It enhances our ability to serve the sizable and growing Elgin/Fox Valley market." Wehmer continued, "The Elgin community is complementary to markets we currently serve. We look forward to continuing with the community banking approach that Elgin State Bank has established and providing the greater Elgin community with an expanded array of products and services."

Mark R. Abate, CEO of Elgin State Bank, stated, "We are excited about the opportunity to combine resources with Wintrust. This is a great opportunity to partner with a successful organization that is like-minded in their philosophy of offering highly personalized customer-oriented retail and commercial banking services with financial capabilities to support further expansion." Mr. Abate emphasized that by joining forces with Wintrust, "the transaction allows us to continue focusing on serving our customers as we have for the past 40 years, while at the same time providing our customers with access to a wider range of products and services. We clearly see benefits for our customers, shareholders and employees and we look forward to joining the Wintrust family."

Terms of the Transaction

Subject to possible adjustment depending on ESBI's equity at closing, the aggregate purchase price will approximate $13.75 million. In the merger, shares of ESBI common stock outstanding will be converted into the right to receive merger consideration paid in a combination of 25% cash and 75% shares of Wintrust common stock. ESBI shareholders could also receive up to approximately $1.5 million of additional cash consideration based upon the performance of certain designated loans within Elgin State Bank's portfolio over the three years subsequent to the closing date.

The transaction is subject to approval by banking regulators and certain closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2011 and is not expected to have a material effect on Wintrust's 2011 earnings per share.

Financial Advisor

ParaCap Group, LLC is acting as financial advisor to ESBI in conjunction with this transaction.

About Wintrust

Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $15 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries, now with 95 banking locations located in the greater Chicago and Milwaukee market areas. Additionally, the Company operates various non-bank subsidiaries including one of the largest commercial insurance premium finance companies operating in the United States, a company providing short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added out-sourced administrative services to the temporary staffing services industry, companies engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market throughout the United States, and companies providing wealth management services.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws relating to the proposed acquisition of Elgin State Bancorp, Inc. and integration of Elgin State Bancorp, Inc. with Wintrust, the combination of their businesses and projected revenue, as well as profitability and earnings outlook. Investors are cautioned that such statements are predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. Wintrust's expected financial results or other plans are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" and the forward-looking statement disclosure contained in Wintrust's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year and in Wintrust's subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and Wintrust undertakes no duty to update the information.

Edward J. Wehmer
President/CEO - Wintrust Financial Corporation
(847) 615-4096
David A. Dykstra
COO - Wintrust Financial Corporation
(847) 615-4096
Mark R. Abate
President/CEO - Elgin State Bancorp, Inc.
(847) 888-7950
Wintrust Website address: www.wintrust.com