Byline Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is a bank holding company and we conduct all our business activities through our subsidiary, Byline Bank, a full service commercial bank, and Byline Bank's subsidiaries. The words "the Company," "we," "Byline," "our" and "us" refer to Byline Bancorp, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless we indicate otherwise.
Through Byline Bank, we offer a broad range of banking products and services to small and medium sized businesses, commercial real estate and financial sponsors and to consumers who generally live or work near our branches. In addition to our traditional commercial banking business, we provide small ticket equipment leasing solutions through Byline Financial Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Byline Bank, headquartered in Bannockburn, Illinois with sales offices in Illinois and New York, and sales representatives in Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York. Following our acquisition of Ridgestone Financial Services, Inc. ("Ridgestone") in October 2016, we also participate in U.S. government guaranteed lending programs and originate U.S. government guaranteed loans. Byline Bank was the fifth most active originator of SBA loans in the country and the most active SBA lender in Illinois and Wisconsin, as reported by the SBA for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Following our acquisition of First Evanston Bancorp, Inc. ("First Evanston") and its subsidiary bank, First Bank & Trust, at the end of May 2018, we also provide trust and wealth management services to our customers. As of December 31, 2018, we had consolidated total assets of $4.9 billion, total gross loans and leases outstanding of $3.5 billion, total deposits of $3.7 billion, and total stockholders' equity of $650.7 million.
On October 14, 2016, we completed the acquisition of Ridgestone Financial Services, Inc., under the terms of a definitive merger agreement. As of the acquisition date, Ridgestone had $447.4 million in assets, including $347.3 million of loans, $14.7 million of loans held for sale, $27.2 million of securities, $21.5 million of servicing assets and total deposits of $358.7 million. Ridgestone's loan portfolio was primarily comprised of the retained unguaranteed portion of U.S. government guaranteed loans as a participant in the SBA and USDA (together, "U.S. government guaranteed") lending programs.