Form 8-K












Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): December 21, 2018 (December 19, 2018)




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Delaware   001-11713   22-3412577

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On December 19, 2018, OceanFirst Bank, N.A. (the “Bank”), the banking subsidiary of OceanFirst Financial Corp. (the “Company”), received regulatory approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) to merge with Capital Bank of New Jersey (“Capital Bank”) in connection with the Company’s previously announced pending merger (the “Transaction”) pursuant to that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 25, 2018, by and among the Company, the Bank, and Capital Bank. The Transaction remains subject to the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

Cautionary Notes on Forward-Looking Statements

This report contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include: management plans relating to the Transaction; the expected timing of the completion of the Transaction; the ability to complete the Transaction; any statements of the plans and objectives of management for future operations, products or services, including the execution of integration plans; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “outlook,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project” and other similar words and expressions. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time and are beyond our control. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company does not assume any duty and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Because forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions and uncertainties, actual results or future events could differ, possibly materially, from those that the Company anticipated in its forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those included under Item 1A “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, those included under Item 1A “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, those disclosed in the Company’s other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), as well as the possibility that expected benefits may not materialize in the timeframe expected or at all, or may be more costly to achieve; that the Transaction may not be timely completed, if at all; that prior to the completion of the Transaction or thereafter, the Company’s businesses may not perform as expected due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors; that the parties are unable to successfully implement integration strategies; that approval of the Capital Bank stockholders may not be obtained or other outstanding customary closing conditions are not satisfied in a timely manner or at all; reputational risks and the reaction of the companies’ customers, employees and other constituents to the Transaction; and diversion of management time on merger-related matters. For any forward-looking statements made in this report or in any documents, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Additional Information about the Proposed Transaction

This communication is being made in respect of the proposed Transaction involving the Company, the Bank and Capital Bank. This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. In connection with the proposed Transaction, the Company has filed with the SEC and the SEC has declared effective, a definitive Registration Statement (File No. 333-228698) on Form S-4, as amended by that certain Amendment No. 1 to Form S-4, containing a proxy statement/prospectus and other documents regarding the proposed Transaction. Before making any investment decision, the investors and stockholders of Capital Bank are urged to carefully read the entire proxy statement/prospectus that has been mailed to Capital Bank stockholders and any other relevant documents filed by the Company with the SEC, as well as any amendments or supplements to those documents, because they will contain important information about the Company, the Bank, Capital Bank and the proposed Transaction. Copies of the proxy statement/prospectus may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s web site at, or by directing a request to OceanFirst Financial Corp., 110 West Front Street, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701, Attn: Jill Apito Hewitt, Senior Vice President and Investor Relations Officer.


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/ Steven J. Tsimbinos

Name:   Steven J. Tsimbinos
Title:   Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Dated: December 21, 2018