J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank One Corporation announced that they have agreed to merge in a strategic business combination establishing the second largest banking franchise in the United States, based on core deposits. The combined company will have assets of $1.1 trillion, a strong capital base, 2,300 branches in seventeen states and top-tier positions in retail banking and lending, credit cards, investment banking, asset management, private banking, treasury and securities services, middle-market, and private equity. With balanced earnings contributions from retail and wholesale banking, the combined company will be well-positioned to achieve strong and stable financial performance and increase shareholder value through its balanced business mix, greater scale, and enhanced efficiencies and competitiveness.
The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, provides for a stock-for-stock merger in which 1.32 shares of JPMorgan Chase common stock will be exchanged, on a tax-free basis, for each share of Bank One common stock. Based on JPMorgan Chase’s closing price of $39.22 on Wednesday, January 14, 2004, the transaction would have a value of approximately $51.77 for each share of Bank One common stock, and would create an enterprise with a combined market capitalization of approximately $130 billion. The premium, based upon the average closing stock prices of JPMorgan Chase and Bank One for the previous month, would be approximately 8 percent and would be approximately 14 percent based on today’s closing prices.
Under the agreement, the combined company will be headed by William B. Harrison, 60, as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and by James Dimon, 47, as President and Chief Operating Officer, with Mr. Dimon to succeed Mr. Harrison as CEO in 2006 and Mr. Harrison continuing to serve as Chairman. The company’s sixteen-member Board of Directors will have fourteen outside directors, seven each from JPMorgan Chase and Bank One, plus Messrs. Harrison and Dimon.
The combined company’s senior management team will also include an Office of the Chairman, composed of Messrs. Harrison and Dimon; Donald H. Layton, Vice Chairman (Finance, Risk & Technology); and David A. Coulter, Vice Chairman (Investment Banking and Investment Management & Private Banking).
Other senior executives of the combined company, who will serve on the firm’s Executive Committee, and their areas of responsibility include: Austin Adams, Technology; Linda Bammann, Risk – Deputy; Steven D. Black, Equities; James S. Boshart III, Middle Market; William Campbell, Card Chairman; David E. Donovan, Retail Branches; Dina Dublon, Finance; Ina R. Drew, Treasury; John J. Farrell, Human Resources; Walter A. Gubert, Investment Banking, Europe, Middle East and Africa; Joan Guggenheimer, Legal; James B. Lee, Investment Banking; Jay Mandelbaum, Strategy; William H. McDavid, Legal; Heidi Miller, Treasury and Security Services; Stephen J. Rotella, Mortgage; John W. Schmidlin, Technology; Charles W. Scharf, Retail Banking and Lending; Richard J. Srednicki, Card CEO; James E. Staley, Investment Management & Private Bank; Jeffrey C. Walker, Private Equity; Don M. Wilson III, Risk; and William T. Winters, Credit & Rates.
The merged company will be known as J. P. Morgan Chase & Co. It will continue to trade on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol JPM. Its corporate headquarters will be located in New York. The retail financial services business, which includes the consumer banking, small business banking, and consumer lending activities with the exception of credit card, will be headquartered in Chicago. Chicago will also serve as the headquarters for the middle market business.
The JPMorgan brand will continue to be used for the wholesale business. Bank One and Chase are both strong, respected retail brands. The combined company will continue to use both brands in their respective markets and products, while research is conducted to determine a long-term retail brand strategy.
It is expected that cost savings of $2.2 billion (pre-tax) will be achieved over a three-year period. The combined enterprise will have excess capital, and is expected to continue to generate significant free cash flow. Giving pro forma effect to anticipated cost savings and stock repurchases, the transaction is expected to be accretive to 2005 GAAP and cash earnings per share. Merger-related costs are expected to be $3 billion (pre-tax).
Under the merger agreement, and subject to Bank One board approval, Bank One expects to declare an increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.45 per share.
William B. Harrison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Chase, said: “This landmark transaction will create one of the world’s great financial services companies–a powerful enterprise well-positioned to generate significant value for our shareholders, customers and communities. We will have a trillion-dollar-plus asset base; one of the broadest and deepest product mixes globally; and a dynamic, talented management team. In addition, with our balance of consumer and wholesale business, the combined company will achieve greater earnings consistency. My colleagues and I look forward to working with Jamie Dimon and his colleagues to bring the unique benefits of this merger to all of our constituencies.”
James Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank One, said: “The merger of Bank One and JPMorgan Chase makes tremendous sense strategically, operationally and financially. I’ve known Bill Harrison for many years, and have tremendous respect for him personally and professionally. Together, we have a strong management team that can compete with the best. We will be a major provider of both consumer and commercial banking services in the United States and a leader in investment banking and wealth management globally, with a strong balance sheet and an intense focus on performance and execution. Our retail and wholesale businesses and our geographies complement each other, and our respective earnings contributions provide near-perfect balance. We are also excited about the opportunities we will have to continue to build our strong franchise in the Midwest, with Chicago as a vibrant financial center. Our combined company will have the size, scale, product mix, customer base, distribution channels, and earnings stability to achieve outstanding results, and enhanced shareholder value for many years to come.”
Reflecting the determination of both companies to serve their communities and to maintain the highest possible Community Reinvestment Act ratings, the combined company will expand upon JPMorgan Chase’s and Bank One’s historic commitment to community development and philanthropy by selecting the best practices and programs from each firm. All of the communities served by the two institutions will benefit from the combined company’s continuing dedication to cutting-edge community development products, innovative philanthropic programs, and its partnerships with communities.
The merger is subject to the approval of the shareholders of both institutions as well as U.S. federal and state and foreign regulatory authorities. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur in mid-2004.
J. P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s financial advisor on the transaction was JPMorgan Securities Inc.; and its legal advisor was Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Bank One’s financial advisor on the transaction was Lazard Freres & Co., LLC and its legal advisor was Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
JPMorgan Chase is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $793 billion and operations in more than 50 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and businesses, financial transaction processing, investment management, private banking and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase is headquartered in New York and serves more than 30 million consumer customers nationwide, and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients. Information about JPMorgan Chase is available on the internet at [www.jpmorganchase.com].
Bank One is the nation’s sixth-largest bank holding company, with assets of $290 billion. Bank One currently has more than 51 million credit cards issued, and serves nearly 7 million retail households and more than 20,000 middle market customers. It also manages $175 billion of clients’ investment assets. Bank One can be found on the Internet at [www.bankone.com].
JPMorgan Chase/Bank One: The Merger at a Glance
Two Great Banking Companies
JPMorgan Chase (as of 9/30/03) Bank One (as of 9/30/03)
– 92,900 employees – 71,200 employees
– 3rd largest bank holding company – 6th largest bank holding
in U.S. company in U.S.
– $793 billion assets – $290 billion assets
– Operations in virtually every – 1,800 branches in 14 states
state and more than 50 countries
When Combined, Top Positions Across the Full Spectrum of Wholesale and
Retail Financial Services
Treasury & Investment
Retail Investment Securities Management & Private
Banking Banking Services Private Equity
————- ————- ————- ————- ————-
Branch #1 Global #1 U.S. #1 U.S./#3 One of the
Banking Syndicated Dollar Global largest
——- Loans Clearing Private Bank private
#4 Branch #1 #1 U.S. #2 U.S. equity
Network Derivatives Corporate Active Asset players
#2 Core House Trustee Manager
Deposits #2 U.S. #1 Securities #2 Global
Retail Investment Lending Money Market
Lending Grade #1 CHIPS, Asset
——- Corporate Fedwire, ACH Manager
#2 Credit Debt Origination #4 U.S.
Card #4 Global Mutual Fund
#2 Middle Equity & Company
#1 Auto (Non Related
Captive) #5 Global
#4 Mortgage Announced
#2 Home M&A
Second Largest Banking Company in the U.S. (as of 9/30/03, in
JPMorgan Chase Bank One Combined
Loans $236,201 $141,710 $377,911
Assets 792,700 290,006 1,082,706
Managed Assets 827,015 326,769 1,153,784
Deposits $313,626 $163,411 $477,037
Total Liabilities 747,743 267,595 1,015,338
Total Equity 44,957 22,411 67,368
A Broad and Balanced Business Mix(1)
– Consumer Banking & Lending,
Mortgage, Auto, Small
Business & Middle Market 33%
– Card Services 16%
– Investment Banking 39%
– Treasury & Securities Services 7%
– Investment Management &
Private Banking 5%
Extensive Branch Network
Northeast Midwest Southwest
New York #1 Illinois #1 Texas #1
Connecticut #8 Indiana #1 Arizona #1
New Jersey #12 Michigan #3 Louisiana #2
Ohio #4 Utah #3
Wisconsin #4 Colorado #5
W. Virginia #4 Oklahoma #6
(1) Based on combined pre-tax income as of 9/30/03, excluding
corporate and private equity results.