currency GREEN BAY, Wis., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Associated Banc-Corp (Nasdaq: ASBC) announced today that it has completed the repurchase of the remaining 262,500 shares of the Series A Preferred Stock that it issued to the U.S. Department of the Treasury under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) Capital Purchase Program. Earlier today, Associated paid the U.S. Treasury $262.5 million, plus an accrued dividend of $1.1 million. Associated funded the repurchase of the TARP shares from its recently completed public offerings of $130 million of 5.125% Senior Notes due 2016 and $65 million of Depositary Shares of 8% Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B, and cash on hand. The repayment today is an acceleration of the previously announced target repayment date of September 28, 2011.

"We are pleased with investor response to our debt and preferred stock offerings last week and proud that we finished repurchasing the TARP preferred stock consistent with the commitment we made earlier this year to our shareholders to repay the TARP funds as soon as possible and in the most shareholder-friendly manner possible," said President and CEO Philip B. Flynn.

"As each institution's repayment of TARP is subject to the approval of its bank regulator, we believe the regulatory approval for our final repayment is a continued indication of the company's financial strength," said Flynn. " Our pro forma capital ratios following the senior notes and the preferred stock offerings and the TARP repayment continue to exceed the requirements of our regulators and standards for well-capitalized banks. This strong capital position provides us with flexibility as we continue to execute our strategic plans for growth."

Associated Banc-Corp has paid a total of $68.2 million in dividends to the U.S. Treasury since November 2008, when the company received the funds under the Capital Purchase Program.

The following table outlines the company's reported capital ratios as of June 30, 2011 and adjusted to reflect the net proceeds from the issuance of $130 million of senior notes and $65 million of depositary shares, and the repurchase of the TARP Series A Preferred Stock:

As of June 30, 2011


As Adjusted
for Notes
and Depositary Shares
and Series A

Tier 1 common equity to risk-weighted assets (2)



Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio



Total risk-based capital ratio




Assumes issuance of the notes and the depositary shares at the public offering prices and repurchase of the Series A Preferred Stock for an aggregate repurchase price of approximately $263.6 million ($262.5 million liquidation amount of the Series A Preferred Stock plus approximately $1.1 million of accrued and unpaid dividends).


Tier 1 common capital ratio = Tier 1 capital excluding qualifying perpetual preferred stock and qualifying trust preferred securities divided by risk-weighted assets. This is a non-GAAP financial measure.


Associated Banc-Corp (Nasdaq: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has approximately 270 banking locations serving more than 150 communities in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at


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