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)   May 18, 2020 (May 15, 2020)


Bank First Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Wisconsin 001-38676 39-1435359
(State or other jurisdiction (Commission (IRS Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)


402 North 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code   (920) 652-3100



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


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class Ticker symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share BFC The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company  x


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Item 2.01Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.


Effective May 15, 2020, Bank First Corporation, a Wisconsin corporation (“BFC”), completed its previously-announced merger (the “Merger”) with Tomah Bancshares, Inc., a Wisconsin corporation (“TB”), pursuant to that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger by and between BFC and TB, dated November 19, 2019 (the “Merger Agreement”). At the closing, TB merged with and into BFC, with BFC as the surviving corporation. Following the Merger, TB’s wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Timberwood Bank, merged with and into BFC’s wholly-owned subsidiary bank, Bank First, N.A. (“Bank First”), with Bank First as the surviving bank and continuing its corporate existence under the name “Bank First, N.A.” (the “Bank Merger”, and together with the Merger, the “Mergers”).


Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, TB shareholders are entitled to receive for each share of TB common stock outstanding immediately prior to the Merger 5.1445 shares of BFC’s common stock. Each outstanding share of BFC common stock remained outstanding and was unaffected by the Mergers. As a result of the Mergers, BFC will issue approximately 576,604 shares of BFC common stock in the aggregate to former TB shareholders.


The foregoing description of the Mergers and the Merger Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the Merger Agreement, which is incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 2.1 to BFC’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 20, 2019.



Item 8.01 Other Events.


On May 18, 2020, BFC issued a press release announcing the completion of the Mergers. A copy of the press release is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.



Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.






Description of Exhibit

99.1   Press Release, dated May 18, 2020







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.


Date: May 18, 2020 By:  /s/ Kevin M. LeMahieu  
    Kevin M. LeMahieu
    Chief Financial Officer




Exhibit 99.1


NEWS release  



P.O. Box 10

Manitowoc, WI 54221-0010

For further information, contact:

Rachel Oakes, Marketing Communications Manager

Phone: (608) 372-0216 | roakes@bankfirstwi.bank





Bank First completes merger with Tomah Bancshares, Inc. (Timberwood Bank)


MANITOWOC, Wis, May 18, 2020 -- Bank First Corporation (NASDAQ: BFC) (“Bank First”), the holding company for Bank First, N.A., is pleased to announce the completion of its merger with Tomah Bancshares, Inc. (“Timberwood”), parent company of Timberwood Bank. The merger was finalized on Friday, May 15, 2020, with system conversions occurring over the weekend. On Monday, May 18, 2020, Timberwood Bank in Tomah opened as a Bank First location.


“On behalf of Bank First, I would like to wish a warm welcome to Timberwood Bank customers, employees and shareholders who are joining us through this merger,” stated Mike Molepske, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank First. “I am excited for our future together and affirm our commitment as a relationship-based community bank to continue to serve Tomah and the surrounding communities with personal service and valuable financial solutions.”


The Bank First branch located in downtown Tomah at 1021 Superior Avenue will remain open until the end of this year while the bank completes renovations at the new office at 110 West Veterans Avenue.


An Opening Celebration is scheduled for both the downtown and north Tomah locations the week of June 1-5, 2020. Bank First customers and members of the community will be able to enter daily gift card drawings, as well as nominate a local non-profit organization for Bank First to donate. Bank First plans to host a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening celebration once renovations are complete at the West Veterans location.


Under the terms of the Agreement, each Timberwood Bank shareholder will receive 5.1445 shares of BFC common stock for each share of Timberwood Bank common stock they own. The aggregate consideration was approximately $29,430,000 million based on the $51.04 per share valuation of Bank First common stock on the closing date of May 15, 2020, as defined within the Agreement.


Transaction details

Piper Sandler + Partners, L.P. served as financial advisor to Bank First and Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP served as legal counsel. Vining Sparks IBG, LP served as financial advisor to Timberwood Bank and Godfrey & Kahn S.C. served as legal counsel.





Bank First Corporation

Bank First Corporation is a bank holding company headquartered in Manitowoc, Wisconsin with total assets of approximately $2.6 billion. Its principal activity is the ownership and operation of Bank First, a nationally-chartered community bank that operates 24 branches in Wisconsin. The bank’s history dates back to 1894 when it was founded as the Bank of Manitowoc. For more information on Bank First, please visit www.bankfirstwi.bank.


Bank First Corporation provides financial services through its subsidiary, Bank First, which was incorporated in 1894. The Bank is an independent community bank with 24 banking locations in Wisconsin. The Bank has grown through both acquisitions and de novo branch expansion. The Bank offers loan, deposit and treasury management products at each of its banking offices. Insurance services are available through our bond with Ansay & Associates, LLC. Trust, investment advisory and other financial services are offered through the Bank’s partnership with Legacy Private Trust, an alliance with Morgan Stanley and an affiliation with McKenzie Financial Services, LLC. The Bank is a co-owner of a data processing subsidiary, UFS, LLC, which provides data and technology services to banks in the Midwest. The Company employs approximately 307 full-time equivalent staff and has assets of approximately $2.6 billion. Further information about Bank First Corporation is available by clicking on the Investor Relations tab at www.BankFirstWI.bank.



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