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NHR is a SPAC.  As of 1/17/10, they have agreed to terms with Pacific City Financial (OTCBB:  PFCF.OB) for a merger.

What I like about this PROPOSED deal (still needs vote from both sets of shareholders) is that the terms for the warrants are pretty staggering.  I won't work the #'s for you...do that independently and post what you come up with.

Folks that I respect have warned that this deal has a slim chance of passing, primarily from the NHR-shareholder side.  Interestingly, however, Goldman holds a non-trivial stake in NHR, and there could be some support in the sense that smallish financials are starting to get some investor attention again.  All-in-all, with the data available today, it's worth a few speculative dollars from my piggy bank...

Investor presentation (near the bottom of the file):  http://sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1420413/000119312510004949/d6k.htm

Details per the PR:

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pacific City Financial Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: PFCF) ("Pac City") and North Asia Investment Corporation (NYSE Amex: NHR) ("NAIC") today jointly announced that they have entered into an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the "Agreement"), pursuant to which NAIC will merge with and into Pac City (the "Merger").  Completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including receipt of all required regulatory approvals and approval of stockholders of each of Pac City and NAIC.

Pac City is a bank holding company, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, that conducts its operations through Pacific City Bank, a California state-chartered bank.  As of September 30, 2009, Pac City had total assets of $534 million and total equity of $54 million, including $16 million of preferred equity under the TARP program.  NAIC is a special purpose acquisition company incorporated in the Cayman Islands with $50 million of cash-in-trust.  The senior management of Pac City will remain in their respective management positions following the Merger.  In addition, Thomas C. Kang, Chief Executive Officer of NAIC, is expected to become Chairman of Pac City's Board of Directors (the "Board").

Jung Chan Chang, Chief Executive Officer of Pac City, commented, "We are extremely pleased to announce the proposed transaction, which brings the significant capital base of NAIC, as well as the board oversight and expertise of Thomas Kang, for the benefit of Pac City.  The management and Board of Directors of Pac City have built a solid franchise, and we look forward to expanding our platform and enhancing our leadership in the Korean-American banking sector on behalf of all of our shareholders."

"We are very pleased to announce the proposed merger with Pac City," said Thomas C. Kang, Chief Executive Officer of NAIC.  "NAIC has reviewed approximately 200 potential transactions, and Pac City stood out as a unique investment opportunity for our shareholders.  Pac City will allow our shareholders to participate in the expected recovery of the Southern California economy as well as the dynamic Korean-American banking sector.  We believe the capital of NAIC will complement Pac City's strong management to create a premier bank in Southern California.  I am also personally honored to be a nominee for the Chairman of the combined entity.  If elected, I will use my varied experiences in the financial services industry, both in the U.S. and Korea, to assist Pac City in its goals of becoming a leading bank and expanding beyond the Korean-American community."

Under the terms of the Agreement, NAIC shall be merged with and into Pac City, the separate corporate existence of NAIC shall cease, and Pac City shall continue as the surviving corporation in the Merger.  Shareholders and warrant holders of NAIC immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger will become shareholders or warrant holders of Pac City upon consummation of the Merger.  In connection with the Merger, Pac City will issue to the shareholders of NAIC up to a total of 18,461,538 common shares (representing 70.6% of the total Pac City shares to be outstanding after the Merger) for all of the ordinary shares of NAIC upon closing of the Merger, based upon an exchange ratio of 3.0769 shares of Pac City common stock for each ordinary share of NAIC.  The final number of Pac City common shares to be issued may be reduced to reflect any conversions or purchases of public shares by NAIC in connection with the Merger.  Also, the number of Pac City shares to be issued in connection with the Merger has been reduced to reflect the voluntary conversion of 769,231 Pac City shares that would have been issued to NAIC's founders in exchange for 250,000 of their NAIC ordinary shares (representing 20% of the founders' NAIC ordinary shares) into 769,231 Pac City warrants in order to reduce the number of shares outstanding after the Merger.  These Pac City warrants that will be issued to NAIC's founders will have a strike price of $3.25 per share of Pac City common stock and be immediately exercisable after the Merger.  In addition, Pac City will issue 22,938,462 warrants to purchase Pac City common stock with a strike price of $2.44 per share for the 7,455,000 NAIC warrants outstanding (comprised of the sponsors' warrants and the warrants held by the public) with a strike price of $7.50 that are callable at $13.75.  NAIC's securities will no longer trade or be outstanding after the consummation of the Merger.  Pac City will seek to have its common stock and warrants listed on the NYSE Amex, which currently lists NAIC's ordinary shares and warrants, upon consummation of the Merger.

Upon consummation of the Merger, certain of the current directors and executive officers of Pac City as well as Thomas C. Kang will become subject to a lock-up agreement that will restrict the sale of any Pac City common shares owned by them for a period of six months.

Upon the consummation of the Merger, Pac City's Board will be comprised of seven members, of which a majority will be deemed to be independent as required by the listing requirements of the NYSE Amex.  Pac City will be entitled to designate five directors to the Board.  NAIC will be entitled to designate the Chairman of the Board.  It is expected that Pac City will designate five existing directors of Pac City (including its CEO) to serve as directors and NAIC has indicated it will designate Thomas C. Kang to serve as Chairman of the Board, subject to the approval of the shareholders of Pac City at the meeting of shareholders to be called to vote on the Merger.  It is expected that the nominee for the seventh director of Pac City will be selected jointly by Pac City and NAIC and will not be a present or former director, officer or employee of either company.  The Board of Pacific City Bank will remain the same.

The consummation of the Merger is subject to the review and the declaration of effectiveness of the registration statement by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), the approval of the Merger by Pac City's shareholders, the approval of the Merger by NAIC's shareholders, and other customary closing conditions.

Esae Capital Partners, LLC served as financial advisor to Pac City in connection with the transaction.  PGP Capital Advisors, LLC served as financial advisor to NAIC in connection with the transaction.  Stuart Moore is serving as legal counsel for Pac City.  Graubard Miller and White & Case LLP are serving as legal counsel for NAIC.

About Pacific City Financial Corporation

Pac City is a bank holding company, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, that conducts its operations through Pacific City Bank (the "Bank"), a California state-chartered bank.  The Bank provides a full range of consumer and business banking services, including accepting deposits into checking and various types of interest-bearing deposit accounts while also originating a full range of commercial, industrial, real estate, Small Business Administration and consumer loans.  The Bank, founded initially to meet the banking needs of the Korean-American community, now provides services to diverse ethnic communities in Southern California through seven branch offices in Los Angeles and Orange counties.  In addition, the Bank maintains four loan production offices in San Francisco, CA, Dallas, TX, Annandale, VA, and Seattle, WA.


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#10   Some buzz on Korean banks, which is what steeledge 03/11/10 11:52:36 AM
#9   Thanks for the response, makes sense..I'll keep my stocktrader2222 03/10/10 08:40:23 AM
#8   banks are starting to get investor dollars again, steeledge 03/10/10 01:50:51 AM
#7   Interesting, a California regional in a SPAC during stocktrader2222 03/09/10 10:31:29 PM
#6   NHR 6K filed, indicating among other things that steeledge 03/09/10 04:20:46 PM
#5   PFCF S-4 filed; this transaction truckin' right along... steeledge 03/08/10 11:30:00 PM
#4   Another 9% owner just filed: steeledge 03/08/10 11:25:36 PM
#3   Steel, Nice job with the IBox ... and, pointing blueskydriving 02/26/10 09:17:19 AM
#2   Here's Goldman Sach's ownership of 10.3% of NHR: steeledge 02/25/10 11:21:23 PM
#1   Institutions like Credit Suisse are taking positions...hope they're steeledge 02/25/10 10:07:54 PM
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