Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 23, 2021 (July 22, 2021)



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

South Carolina

(State or Other Jurisdiction of



(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

1101 First Street South, Suite 202

Winter Haven, FL

(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)

(863) 293-4710

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

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

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

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common stock, par value $2.50 per share


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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).

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Item 8.01

Other Events.

On July 23, 2021, South State Corporation, a South Carolina corporation (“SouthState”), and Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc., a Georgia corporation (“Atlantic Capital”), issued a joint press release announcing the execution of an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of July 22, 2021 (the “Merger Agreement”), providing for the merger of SouthState and Atlantic Capital, subject to the terms and conditions set forth therein. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

In connection with the announcement of the Merger Agreement, SouthState and Atlantic Capital intend to provide supplemental information regarding the proposed transaction in presentations to analysts and investors. The slides that will be made available in connection with the presentations are attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2 and are incorporated by reference herein.  

Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.



Exhibit No.


Exhibit 99.1

Joint Press Release, dated July 23, 2021

Exhibit 99.2

Investor Presentation, dated July 23, 2021

Exhibit 104

Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Statements included in this communication, which are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provided by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the proposed merger of SouthState and Atlantic Capital, including future financial and operating results (including the anticipated impact of the transaction on SouthState’s and Atlantic Capital’s respective earnings and tangible book value), statements related to the expected timing of the completion of the merger, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “scheduled,” “plans,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” or “continue” or negatives of such terms or other comparable terminology.  All forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of SouthState or Atlantic Capital to differ materially from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others: (1) the risk that the cost savings and any revenue synergies from the merger may not be fully realized or may take longer than anticipated to be realized; (2) disruption to the parties’ businesses as a result of the announcement and pendency of the merger; (3) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (4) the risk that the integration of each party’s operations will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected or that the parties are otherwise unable to successfully integrate each party’s businesses into the other’s businesses; (5) the failure to obtain the necessary approvals by the shareholders of South State or Atlantic Capital; (6) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and charges related to the merger; (7) the ability by each of SouthState and Atlantic Capital to obtain required governmental approvals of the merger (and the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect the combined company or the expected benefits of the transaction); (8) reputational risk and the reaction of each company's customers, suppliers, employees or other business partners to the merger; (9) the failure of the closing conditions in the merger agreement to be satisfied, or any unexpected delay in closing the merger; (10) the possibility that the merger may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected factors or events; (11)


the dilution caused by South State’s issuance of additional shares of its common stock in the merger; (12) general competitive, economic, political and market conditions, and (13) other factors that may affect future results of Atlantic Capital and SouthState including changes in asset quality and credit risk; the inability to sustain revenue and earnings growth; changes in interest rates and capital markets; inflation; customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; the impact, extent and timing of technological changes; capital management activities; and other actions of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and legislative and regulatory actions and reforms.  

Additional factors which could affect future results of SouthState and Atlantic Capital can be found in SouthState’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K, and Atlantic Capital’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K, in each case filed with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. SouthState and Atlantic Capital disclaim any obligation and do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this communication, which speak only as of the date hereof, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by federal securities laws. As forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, caution should be exercised against placing undue reliance on such statements.

Important Information About the Merger and Where to Find It

SouthState intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC to register the shares of SouthState’s common stock that will be issued to Atlantic Capital’s shareholders in connection with the transaction. The registration statement will include a proxy statement of Atlantic Capital that also constitutes a prospectus of SouthState. The definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to the shareholders of Atlantic Capital in connection with the proposed merger. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE (AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE INTO THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS) BECAUSE SUCH DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROPOSED MERGER AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these documents and other documents filed with the SEC by SouthState or Atlantic Capital through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov or by contacting the investor relations department of South State or Atlantic Capital at:

South State Corporation

Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc.

1101 First Street South

945 East Paces Ferry Road NE

Winter Haven, Florida 33800

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Attention: Investor Relations

Attention: Investor Relations

(863) 293-4710


Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and security holders of SouthState and Atlantic Capital are urged to read carefully the entire registration statement and proxy statement/prospectus when they become available, including any amendments thereto, because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. Free copies of these documents may be obtained as described above.

Participants in the Solicitation

SouthState, Atlantic Capital and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of SouthState can be found in SouthState's definitive proxy statement in connection with its 2021 annual meeting of shareholders, as filed with the SEC on March 8, 2021, and other documents subsequently filed by SouthState with the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of Atlantic Capital can be found in Atlantic Capital's definitive proxy statement in connection with its 2021 annual meeting of shareholders, as filed with the SEC on April 9, 2021, and


other documents subsequently filed by Atlantic Capital with the SEC. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC regarding the transaction when they become available.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.




/s/ William E. Matthews, V

William E. Matthews, V

Senior Executive Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer

Dated: July 23, 2021


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