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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 14, 2017.

Registration No. 333-219493

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

AMENDMENT NO. 1

TO

FORM S-4

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

QCR HOLDINGS, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   6022   42-1397595

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(Primary Standard Industrial

Classification Code Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

3551 7th Street

Moline, Illinois 61265

(309) 736-3580

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of Registrant’s principal executive offices)

 

Douglas M. Hultquist

President and Chief Executive Officer

QCR Holdings, Inc.

3551 7th Street

Moline, Illinois 61265

(309) 736-3580

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

 

 

Robert M. Fleetwood

Abdul R. Mitha

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum &

Nagelberg LLP

200 W. Madison Street, Suite 3900

Chicago, Illinois 60606

(312) 984-3100

 

Peter G. Weinstock

Robert N. Flowers

Hunton & Williams LLP

1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 3700

Dallas, Texas 75202

(214) 468-3395

 
 
 
 

 

APPROXIMATE DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF PROPOSED SALE OF THE SECURITIES TO THE PUBLIC: As soon as reasonably practicable after the Registration Statement becomes effective and after the conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction described in the proxy statement/prospectus have been satisfied or waived.

 

If the securities being registered on this form are being offered in connection with the formation of a holding company and there is compliance with General Instruction G, check the following box.  ☐

If this form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ☐

If this form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer   ☐  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company  
     Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act.  ☐

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of Each Class of

Securities to be Registered

 

Amount

to be

Registered(1)

 

Proposed

Maximum

Offering Price

Per Unit(2)

 

Proposed

Maximum

Aggregate

Offering Price(2)

 

Amount of

Registration Fee(3)(4)

Common Stock, $1.00 par value per share

  881,631   N/A   $21,715,593.73   $2,516.84

 

 

 

(1) The estimated maximum number of shares of QCR Holdings, Inc. (“QCR”) common stock to be issuable upon completion of the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd. (“Guaranty”), as described herein and pursuant to the terms of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement between QCR and Guaranty, dated as of June 8, 2017, and attached to the proxy statement/prospectus as Appendix A. Pursuant to Rule 416, this Registration Statement also covers an indeterminate number of shares of common stock as may become issuable as a result of stock splits, stock dividends or similar transactions.
(2) Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee, pursuant to Rule 457(f) under the Securities Act, the proposed maximum aggregate offering price of QCR’s common stock was calculated as follows: (i) the product of (A) $33.39, the book value of the shares of the Guaranty’s common stock computed as of June 30, 2017, the latest practicable date prior to the date of filing this registration statement, and (B) 919,462.8251, the estimated maximum number of shares of Guaranty’s common stock that may be exchanged in the acquisition, (ii) minus $8,895,270.00, the estimated aggregate amount of cash that is to be payable in respect of such shares in connection with the acquisition.
(3) Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee required by Section 6(b) of the Securities Act and computed pursuant to Rules 457(f) and 457(c) under the Securities Act, based on a rate of $115.90 per $1,000,000 of the proposed maximum aggregate offering price.
(4) $2,516.84 filing fee has been previously paid.

 

The registrant hereby amends this registration statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this registration statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 or until this registration statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

 

 

 


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The information in this proxy statement/prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not offer or sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This proxy statement/prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and it is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.

 

PRELIMINARY COPY—SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED AUGUST 14, 2017

 

LOGO

 

LOGO

 

 

PROSPECTUS OF QCR HOLDINGS, INC.

 

 

PROXY STATEMENT OF GUARANTY BANKSHARES, LTD.

 

 

Sale Proposal—Your Vote Is Important

DEAR GUARANTY SHAREHOLDERS:

You are cordially invited to attend a special meeting of shareholders of Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd. (which we refer to as “Guaranty”), to be held on September 20, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., local time, at the main office of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, located at 302 Third Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401.

At the meeting, Guaranty is seeking your approval of:

 

    a proposal to approve the Purchase and Assumption Agreement, dated as of June 8, 2017, between QCR Holdings, Inc. (which we refer to as “QCR”) and Guaranty, which provides for the sale by Guaranty of substantially all of its assets, including all of the capital stock of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, and the assumption by QCR of certain of Guaranty’s assets and liabilities (which we refer to as the “sale proposal”);

 

    subject to the approval of the sale proposal, a proposal to approve the complete liquidation and voluntary dissolution of Guaranty (which we refer to as the “dissolution proposal”); and

 

    a proposal to approve the adjournment of the special meeting to permit further solicitation in the event that an insufficient number of votes are cast to approve the sale proposal (which we refer to as the “adjournment proposal”).

The total consideration to be paid to Guaranty by QCR at the closing of the sale, subject to adjustment, is equal to: (i) Guaranty’s adjusted tangible equity as of the end of the month immediately preceding the closing date (which we refer to as the “core capital”) up to an amount equal to $24,286,985 multiplied by 1.53; plus (ii) Guaranty’s adjusted tangible equity as of the end of the month immediately preceding the closing date in excess of the core capital (which we refer to as the “excess capital”). Guaranty intends to pay a special dividend to its shareholders in an amount equal to the excess capital immediately prior to the closing of the sale. Therefore, the total consideration to be paid to Guaranty at the closing of the sale is expected to be an amount equal to 1.53 multiplied by the core capital, or approximately $37.2 million. The cash and stock portions of the sale consideration will be paid directly to Guaranty, and not to Guaranty’s shareholders. The cash portion of the sale consideration is expected to be approximately $7.8 million.

The exchange ratio used to determine the number of shares of QCR common stock that Guaranty will be entitled to receive as the stock portion of the sale consideration will be determined based on the volume weighted average of the daily closing sales prices of a share of QCR common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market for the 10 consecutive trading days ending five days immediately preceding the closing of the sale, subject to a minimum and maximum reference price of QCR common stock equal to $38.34 and $51.87, respectively. Based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $46.50 on June 8, 2017, the last full trading day before the public announcement of the purchase and assumption agreement, the stock portion of the sale consideration would equal approximately 631,304 shares of QCR common stock with an aggregate market value


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of approximately $29.4 million. The value of the stock portion of the sale consideration will fluctuate as the market price of QCR common stock fluctuates before the completion of the sale. This price will not be known at the time of the Guaranty special meeting and may be more or less than the current price of common stock or the price of QCR common stock at the time of the special meeting. Based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $44.70 on August 9, 2017, the latest practicable date before the date of this proxy statement/prospectus, the stock portion of the sale consideration would equal approximately 656,726 shares of QCR common stock with an aggregate market value of approximately $29.4 million. We urge you to obtain current market quotations for shares of QCR common stock.

If the sale proposal and the dissolution proposal are approved and the sale is completed, Guaranty intends to commence dissolution, which consists of liquidating its assets (including the consideration received in connection with the sale) and paying its debts. After payment of any remaining debts, of which there are anticipated to be none, the proceeds of the sale will be distributed to the shareholders of Guaranty on a pro rata basis. In accordance with Iowa law, after distribution of the remaining assets and winding up of Guaranty’s business and affairs, Guaranty plans to complete the voluntary dissolution procedures allowed by Iowa law by filing articles of dissolution with the Iowa Secretary of State.

QCR’s common stock currently trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “QCRH.” Guaranty common stock is privately held and not traded in any public market.

Among other termination rights described in this proxy statement/prospectus, if on the determination date (which is the 15th business day immediately prior to the scheduled closing date of the sale) the volume weighted average of the daily closing sales prices of a share of QCR common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market for the 10 consecutive trading days immediately preceding such date (which we refer to as the “QCR market value”) is less than $36.08 and, between the date of the purchase and assumption agreement and the determination date, QCR common stock underperforms the SNL U.S. Bank Index by more than 20%, then Guaranty will have the right to terminate the purchase and assumption agreement unless QCR elects to increase the cash portion of the total consideration by the aggregate share amount times the difference between the QCR market value as of the determination date and either (i) $36.08 or (ii) the price reflective of QCR common stock underperforming the SNL U.S. Bank Index by 19.99%.

We cannot complete the sale and the dissolution unless we obtain the necessary governmental approvals and unless the shareholders of Guaranty approve the sale proposal and the dissolution proposal. Your vote is important, regardless of the number of shares that you own. Whether or not you plan to attend the special meeting, please take the time to vote by following the voting instructions included in the enclosed proxy card. Submitting a proxy now will not prevent you from being able to vote in person at the special meeting. If you do not vote your shares as instructed in the enclosed proxy card, or if you do not instruct your broker how to vote any shares held for you in “street name,” the effect will be a vote against the sale and the transactions contemplated therein.

The date, time and place of the shareholders’ meeting follow:

 

Date:      September 20, 2017
Time:      3:00 p.m., local time
Place:     

Main office of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company

302 Third Avenue Southeast

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

This proxy statement/prospectus contains a more complete description of the special meeting of Guaranty shareholders and the terms of the sale and the dissolution. We urge you to review this entire document carefully. You may also obtain information about Guaranty and QCR from documents that each has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (which we refer to as the “SEC”).


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Guaranty’s board of directors recommends that Guaranty’s shareholders vote “FOR” the sale proposal, “FOR” the dissolution proposal and “FOR” the adjournment proposal.

Sincerely,

 

LOGO

Robert D. Becker

Chairman of the Board

Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd.

You should read this entire proxy statement/prospectus carefully because it contains important information about the sale. In particular, you should read carefully the information under the section entitled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 19.

Neither the SEC nor any state securities regulatory body has approved or disapproved of the securities to be issued under this proxy statement/prospectus or determined if this proxy statement/prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The securities to be issued in connection with the sale are not savings or deposit accounts or other obligations of any bank or nonbank subsidiary of any of the parties, and they are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency.

This proxy statement/prospectus is dated [], 2017, and is first being mailed to Guaranty’s shareholders on or about [], 2017.


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GUARANTY BANKSHARES, LTD.

302 Third Avenue Southeast

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

(319) 286-6200

 

 

Notice of Special Meeting of Shareholders

Date: September 20, 2017

Time: 3:00 p.m., local time

 

Place: Main office of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company
     302 Third Avenue Southeast
     Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

TO GUARANTY SHAREHOLDERS:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd. (which we refer to as “Guaranty”) will hold a special meeting of shareholders on September 20, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., local time, at the main office of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, located at 302 Third Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. The purpose of the meeting is to consider and vote on the following matters:

 

    a proposal to approve the Purchase and Assumption Agreement, dated as of June 8, 2017, between QCR Holdings, Inc. (which we refer to as “QCR”) and Guaranty, which provides for the sale by Guaranty of substantially all of its assets, including all of the capital stock of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, and the assumption by QCR of certain of Guaranty’s assets and liabilities (which we refer to as the “sale proposal”);

 

    subject to the approval of the sale proposal, a proposal to approve the complete liquidation and voluntary dissolution of Guaranty (which we refer to as the “dissolution proposal”); and

 

    a proposal to approve the adjournment of the special meeting to permit further solicitation in the event that an insufficient number of votes are cast to approve the sale proposal (which we refer to as the “adjournment proposal”).

Holders of record of Guaranty common stock at the close of business on August 15, 2017 are entitled to receive this notice and to vote at the special meeting and any adjournments or postponements thereof. Approval of the sale proposal, the dissolution proposal and the adjournment proposal each requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast at the special meeting.

The board of directors of Guaranty unanimously recommends that you vote “FOR” the sale proposal, “FOR” the dissolution proposal and “FOR” the adjournment proposal in the event that an insufficient number of votes are cast to approve the sale proposal.

Your vote is important. Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please act promptly to vote your shares. You may vote your shares by completing, signing and dating a proxy card and returning it in the accompanying postage paid envelope. Please review the instructions for each of your voting options described in this proxy statement/prospectus. If you attend the meeting, you may vote your shares in person, even if you have previously submitted a proxy in writing. Submitting a proxy will ensure that your shares are represented at the meeting.

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to objecting shareholders, will be entitled to exercise appraisal rights and obtain payment in cash for the fair value of their shares of Guaranty common stock by following the procedures set forth in detail in this proxy statement/prospectus. A copy of the sections of the Iowa Business Corporation Act, as amended, pertaining to appraisal rights is included as Appendix B to this proxy statement/prospectus.

If you have any questions regarding the accompanying proxy statement/prospectus, you may contact Christopher Lindell, Guaranty’s Vice President, at (319) 286-6208 or clindell@guaranty-bank.com.

By Order of the Board of Directors

LOGO

Deborah Neyens

Corporate Secretary

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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REFERENCES TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This proxy statement/prospectus incorporates important business and financial information about QCR from documents filed with the SEC that are not included in or delivered with this proxy statement/prospectus. For a listing of the documents incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus, please see the section entitled “Where You Can Find More Information.” You can obtain any of the documents filed with or furnished to the SEC by QCR at no cost from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. You may also request copies of these documents, including documents incorporated by reference in this proxy statement/prospectus, at no cost by requesting them in writing or by telephone at the following address and telephone number:

QCR Holdings, Inc.

3551 Seventh Street

Moline, Illinois 61265

(309) 743-7745

The section of this proxy statement/prospectus entitled “Where You Can Find More Information” has additional information about obtaining copies of documents that QCR has filed with the SEC.

You will not be charged for any of these documents that you request. To obtain timely delivery of these documents, you must request them no later than five business days before the date of the special meeting. This means that shareholders requesting documents must do so by September 13, 2017, to receive them before the Guaranty special meeting.

ABOUT THIS PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS

This document, which forms part of a registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC by QCR (File No. 333-219493), constitutes a prospectus of QCR under Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which we refer to as the “Securities Act,” with respect to the shares of common stock, par value $1.00 per share, of QCR, which we refer to as “QCR common stock,” to be issued pursuant to the Purchase and Assumption Agreement, dated as of June 8, 2017, by and between QCR and Guaranty, as it may be amended from time to time, which we refer to as the “purchase and assumption agreement.” This document also constitutes a proxy statement of Guaranty under Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which we refer to as the “Exchange Act.” It also constitutes a notice of meeting with respect to the special meeting at which Guaranty shareholders will be asked to consider and vote upon the approval of the purchase and assumption agreement.

QCR has supplied all information contained in or incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus relating to QCR, and Guaranty has supplied all information contained in this proxy statement/prospectus relating to Guaranty.

You should rely only on the information contained in, or incorporated by reference into, this document. No one has been authorized to provide you with information that is different from that contained in, or incorporated by reference into, this document. This document is dated [●], 2017, and you should assume that the information in this document is accurate only as of such date. You should assume that the information incorporated by reference into this document is accurate as of the date of such document. Neither the mailing of this document to Guaranty shareholders nor the issuance by QCR of shares of QCR common stock in connection with the sale will create any implication to the contrary.

This document does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, or the solicitation of a proxy, in any jurisdiction to or from any person to whom it is unlawful to make any such offer or solicitation in such jurisdiction.


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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE SALE

     1  

SUMMARY

     8  

Information about QCR and Guaranty

     8  

The sale and the purchase and assumption agreement

     9  

The dissolution

     9  

Sale consideration

     9  

Material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the sale and the dissolution

     10  

Guaranty’s reasons for the sale; Board recommendation to Guaranty’s shareholders

     10  

Interests of officers and directors of Guaranty in the sale may be different from, or in addition to, yours

     10  

Guaranty shareholders will have appraisal rights in connection with the sale

     10  

The sale and the dissolution are subject to a number of risks

     11  

Shareholder approval will be required to complete the sale and approve the other proposals set forth in the notice

     11  

Completion of the sale is subject to regulatory approvals

     11  

Conditions to the sale

     12  

How the purchase and assumption agreement may be terminated by QCR and Guaranty

     13  

Termination fees and expenses may be payable under some circumstances

     14  

Voting and support agreement

     15  

Accounting treatment of the sale

     15  

Certain differences in QCR shareholder rights and Guaranty shareholder rights

     15  

QCR shares will be listed on NASDAQ

     15  

SELECTED HISTORICAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA OF QCR

     16  

COMPARATIVE PER SHARE MARKET PRICE AND DIVIDEND INFORMATION

     18  

RISK FACTORS

     19  

SPECIAL NOTES CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

     28  

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

     29  

INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETING OF GUARANTY SHAREHOLDERS

     30  

Purpose

     30  

Record date, quorum and vote required

     30  

How to vote your shares

     31  

Participants in the GB & T KSOP Plan

     31  

Shares held in “street name”

     31  

Revocability of proxies

     32  

Proxy solicitation

     32  

THE GUARANTY PROPOSALS

     33  

Proposal 1 – Approval of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement

     33  

Proposal 2 – Approval of the Dissolution

     33  

Proposal 2 – Adjournment of the Special Meeting

     33  

THE SALE

     34  

General

     34  

Background of the sale

     34  

Guaranty’s reasons for the sale and recommendation of the board of directors

     38  

 

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Opinion of Sheshunoff & Co. Investment Banking, L.P.

     41  

Prospective financial information of Guaranty

     46  

Accounting treatment of the sale

     48  

Regulatory approvals

     48  

Interests of certain persons in the sale

     49  

Restrictions on resale of QCR common stock

     51  

Guaranty shareholder appraisal rights

     51  

DESCRIPTION OF THE PURCHASE AND ASSUMPTION AGREEMENT

     55  

General

     55  

Closing and effective time

     55  

Consideration to be received in the sale

     55  

Trust preferred securities

     57  

Voting and support agreement

     57  

Conduct of business pending the sale

     58  

Certain covenants of the parties

     60  

No solicitation of or discussions relating to an acquisition proposal

     60  

Representations and warranties

     61  

Conditions to completion of the sale

     62  

Termination

     63  

Termination fees

     64  

Management of QCR and Guaranty after the sale

     65  

Expenses

     65  

NASDAQ stock listing

     65  

Amendment

     65  

THE DISSOLUTION

     66  

MATERIAL U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES OF THE SALE AND THE DISSOLUTION

     67  

Tax Consequences of the Asset Sale

     68  

Tax Consequences of the Dissolution

     69  

Tax Consequences to Dissenting Guaranty Shareholders

     70  

Net Investment Income Tax

     70  

Backup withholding

     70  

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT OF GUARANTY

     72  

COMPARISON OF RIGHTS OF QCR SHAREHOLDERS AND GUARANTY SHAREHOLDERS

     73  

SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS

     81  

LEGAL MATTERS

     81  

EXPERTS

     81  

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

     81  

Appendix A: Purchase and Assumption Agreement

     A-1  

Appendix  B: Sections 490.1302 through 490.1331 of the Iowa Business Corporation Act

     B-1  

Appendix C: Form of Voting and Support Agreement

     C-1  

Appendix D: Opinion of Sheshunoff  & Co. Investment Banking, L.P.

     D-1  

 

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE SALE

The following questions and answers are intended to briefly address some commonly asked questions regarding the sale, the purchase and assumption agreement and the special meeting. We urge you to read carefully the remainder of this proxy statement/prospectus because the information in this section may not provide all the information that might be important to you in determining how to vote. Additional important information is also contained in the appendices to, and the documents incorporated by reference in, this document. See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

Q: What is the proposed transaction?

 

A: You are being asked to vote on a proposal to approve the Purchase and Assumption Agreement, dated as of June 8, 2017 (which we refer to as the “purchase and assumption agreement”) between QCR Holdings, Inc. (which we refer to as “QCR”) and Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd. (which we refer to as “Guaranty”), which provides for the sale by Guaranty of substantially all of its assets, including all of the capital stock of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company (which we refer to as “Guaranty Bank”), and the assumption by QCR of certain of Guaranty’s assets and liabilities (which we refer to as the “sale proposal”). The sale is anticipated to be completed late in the third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2017. At a date following the completion of the sale, QCR intends to merge Guaranty Bank with and into Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Company, QCR’s wholly-owned bank subsidiary (which we refer to as “CRBT”), with CRBT as the surviving bank (which we refer to as the “bank merger”). At such time, Guaranty Bank’s banking offices will become banking offices of CRBT. Until the banks are merged, QCR will own and operate Guaranty Bank as a separate bank subsidiary.

You are also being asked to vote on a proposal to approve the dissolution of Guaranty and the distribution of its assets to the shareholders of Guaranty (which we refer to as the “dissolution proposal”). After the consummation of the sale, Guaranty will commence dissolution, which consists of liquidating its assets (including the consideration received in connection with the sale) and paying its debts. After payment of any remaining debts, of which there are anticipated to be none, the proceeds of the sale will be distributed to the shareholders of Guaranty on a pro rata basis, which is anticipated to occur shortly after the consummation of the sale and before the end of 2017, but in no event later than January 31, 2018. The assets to be distributed to Guaranty shareholders will consist of the cash and QCR common stock received by Guaranty in connection with the sale.

 

Q: What will Guaranty be entitled to receive in the sale?

 

A: The total consideration to be paid to Guaranty by QCR at the closing of the sale pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement, subject to adjustment, is equal to: (i) Guaranty’s adjusted tangible equity as of the end of the month immediately preceding the closing date (which we refer to as the “core capital”) up to an amount equal to $24,286,985 multiplied by 1.53; plus (ii) Guaranty’s adjusted tangible equity as of the end of the month immediately preceding the closing date in excess of the core capital (which we refer to as the “excess capital”).

Guaranty intends to pay a special dividend to its shareholders in an amount equal to the excess capital immediately prior to the closing of the sale. Therefore, the total consideration to be paid to Guaranty at the closing of the sale is expected to be an amount equal to 1.53 multiplied by the core capital, or approximately $37.2 million. The cash portion of the sale consideration is expected to be approximately $7.8 million. Based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $46.50 on June 8, 2017, the last full trading day before the public announcement of the purchase and assumption agreement, the stock portion of the sale consideration would equal approximately 631,304 shares of QCR common stock with an aggregate market value of approximately $29.4 million. Based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $44.70 on August 9, 2017, the latest practicable date before the date of this proxy statement/prospectus, the stock portion of the sale consideration would equal approximately 656,726 shares of QCR common stock with an

 

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aggregate market value of approximately $29.4 million. The cash and stock portions of the sale consideration will be paid directly to Guaranty, and not to Guaranty’s shareholders. No fractional shares of QCR common stock will be issued in the sale. We urge you to obtain current market quotations for shares of QCR common stock.

 

Q: Will the exchange ratio for the stock portion of the sale consideration adjust based on the trading price of QCR common stock prior to closing?

 

A: Yes, the exchange ratio will increase or decrease due to changes in the trading price of QCR common stock prior to the closing of the sale. The exchange ratio used to determine the number of shares of QCR common stock that Guaranty will be entitled to receive will be determined based on the volume weighted average of the daily closing sales prices of a share of QCR common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market for the 10 consecutive trading days ending five days immediately preceding the closing of the sale, subject to a minimum and maximum reference price of QCR common stock equal to $38.34 and $51.87, respectively.

 

Q: What is the value of the stock portion of the sale consideration?

 

A: The value of the stock portion of the sale consideration will fluctuate as the market price of QCR common stock fluctuates before the completion of the sale. This price will not be known at the time of the Guaranty special meeting and may be more or less than the current price of common stock or the price of QCR common stock at the time of the special meeting. Based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $46.50 on June 8, 2017, the last full trading day before the public announcement of the purchase and assumption agreement, the stock portion of the sale consideration would equal approximately 631,304 shares of QCR common stock with an aggregate market value of approximately $29.4 million. Based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $44.70 on August 9, 2017, the latest practicable date before the date of this proxy statement/prospectus, the stock portion of the sale consideration would equal approximately 656,726 shares of QCR common stock with an aggregate market value of approximately $29.4 million. We urge you to obtain current market quotations for shares of QCR common stock.

 

Q: Why does Guaranty want to engage in the sale?

 

A: Guaranty believes that the sale will provide Guaranty shareholders with substantial benefits. To review the reasons for the sale in more detail, see “The Sale—Guaranty’s reasons for the sale and recommendation of the board of directors.”

 

Q: In addition to approving the sale proposal and the dissolution proposal, what else are Guaranty shareholders being asked to vote on?

 

A: In addition to the sale proposal and the dissolution, Guaranty is soliciting proxies from holders of its common stock with respect to a proposal to adjourn the Guaranty special meeting to permit further solicitation in the event that an insufficient number of votes are cast to approve the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein (which we refer to as the “adjournment proposal”). Completion of the sale is not conditioned upon approval of the adjournment proposal.

 

Q: What does the Guaranty board of directors recommend?

 

A: The Guaranty board of directors believes that the sale and dissolution are in the best interests of Guaranty and its shareholders. Guaranty’s board of directors unanimously recommends that Guaranty shareholders vote “FOR” the sale proposal, “FOR” the dissolution proposal and “FOR” the adjournment proposal in the event that an insufficient number of votes are cast to approve the sale proposal.

 

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Q: What vote is required to approve each proposal at the Guaranty special meeting, and how will abstentions and broker non-votes affect the vote?

 

A: Approval of the sale proposal, the dissolution proposal and the adjournment proposal each requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast at the special meeting. Abstentions, shares not voted and broker non-votes will have no effect on the proposals.

 

Q: Why is my vote important?

 

A: The sale cannot be completed unless the sale proposal is approved by Guaranty shareholders and the dissolution cannot be completed unless the dissolution proposal is approved by Guaranty shareholders. If you fail to submit a proxy or vote in person at the special meeting, or vote to abstain, or you do not provide your bank, brokerage firm or other nominee with voting instructions, as applicable, this will have the same effect as a vote against the sale proposal and the dissolution proposal. The Guaranty board of directors unanimously recommends that Guaranty’s shareholders vote “FOR” the sale proposal and “FOR” the dissolution proposal. Completion of the sale and dissolution is not conditional upon approval of the adjournment proposal.

 

Q: What do I need to do now? How do I vote?

 

A: You may vote at the special meeting if you own shares of Guaranty common stock of record at the close of business on the record date for the special meeting, August 15, 2017. After you have carefully read and considered the information contained in this proxy statement/prospectus, please vote by a method described on your proxy card. This will enable your shares to be represented at the special meeting. You may also vote in person at the special meeting. If you do not vote by proxy and do not vote at the special meeting, this will make it more difficult to achieve a quorum for the meeting.

 

Q: How do I vote if I own shares through the GB & T KSOP Plan?

 

A: If you hold Guaranty common stock through the GB & T KSOP Plan (which we refer to as the “KSOP”), you will receive a voting instruction card to reflect all of the shares that you may direct the trustee to vote on your behalf under the plan. Under the terms of the KSOP, all shares held by the KSOP are voted by the KSOP trustee, but each participant in the KSOP may direct the trustee how to vote the shares of Guaranty common stock allocated to his or her account. Allocated shares for which no timely voting instructions are received will be voted by the KSOP trustee, subject to the exercise of its fiduciary duties.

 

Q: If my shares of common stock are held in “street name” by my bank, broker or other fiduciary, will my bank, broker or other fiduciary automatically vote my shares for me?

 

A: No. Your bank, broker or other fiduciary cannot vote your shares without instructions from you. If your shares are held in “street name” through a bank, broker or other fiduciary, you must provide the record holder of your shares with instructions on how to vote the shares. Please follow the voting instructions provided by the bank, broker or other fiduciary. You may not vote shares held in street name by returning a proxy card directly to Guaranty, or by voting in person at the Guaranty special meeting, unless you provide a “legal proxy,” which you must obtain from your broker, bank or other fiduciary. Further, banks, brokers or other fiduciaries that hold shares of Guaranty common stock on behalf of their customers may not give a proxy to Guaranty to vote those shares with respect to any of the proposals without specific instructions from their customers, as brokers, banks and other fiduciaries do not have discretionary voting power on these matters. Failure to instruct your bank, broker other fiduciary how to vote will have the same effect as a vote against adoption of the purchase and assumption agreement.

 

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Q: How will my proxy be voted?

 

A: If you complete, sign, date and mail your proxy card, your proxy will be voted in accordance with your instructions. If you sign, date and send in your proxy card, but you do not indicate how you want to vote, your proxy will be voted “FOR” approval of the sale proposal and the other proposals in the notice.

 

Q: Can I revoke my proxy and change my vote?

 

A: You may change your vote or revoke your proxy prior to the special meeting by filing with the corporate secretary of Guaranty, a duly executed revocation of proxy or submitting a new proxy with a later date. You may also revoke a prior proxy by voting in person at the applicable special meeting.

 

Q: Are there risks I should consider in deciding to vote on the proposals in the notice?

 

A: Yes, in evaluating the proposals in the notice, you should read this proxy statement/prospectus carefully, including the factors discussed in the section titled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 18.

 

Q: What if I oppose the sale? Do I have appraisal rights?

 

A: Guaranty shareholders who do not vote in favor of approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and otherwise comply with all of the procedures of the Iowa Business Corporation Law Act, as amended (which we refer to as the “IBCA”), will be entitled to receive payment in cash of the fair value of their shares of Guaranty common stock as ultimately determined under the statutory process. A copy of the applicable sections of the IBCA is attached as Appendix B to this document. This “fair value” could be more than the sale consideration but could also be less. Guaranty shareholders do not have any appraisal rights with respect to the dissolution proposal.

 

Q: What are the tax consequences of the sale and the dissolution to me?

Guaranty’s sale of substantially all of its assets (including the capital stock of Guaranty Bank and any other Guaranty subsidiaries) to QCR will be treated as a taxable sale by Guaranty of all of its assets, all of the assets of Guaranty Bank and all of the assets of any other Guaranty subsidiaries to QCR for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Guaranty will recognize gain or loss on each of its assets, each of the assets of Guaranty Bank and each of the assets of any other Guaranty subsidiaries in an amount equal to the difference between the amount realized in the sale with respect to each asset and Guaranty’s or Guaranty Bank’s (or other Guaranty subsidiary’s), as applicable, adjusted tax basis in such assets. The amount realized on the sale will equal the sum of (i) the cash received by Guaranty in the sale, (ii) the fair market value of the QCR common stock received by Guaranty in the sale based on the value of the QCR common stock on the closing date of the sale, and (iii) the amount of Guaranty liabilities deemed assumed by QCR. This amount realized will be allocated among the assets of Guaranty, Guaranty Bank and any other Guaranty subsidiaries in accordance with the rules of Section 1060 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (which we refer as the “Code”) and the applicable Treasury Regulations issued thereunder. The gain or loss with respect to each asset will be capital or ordinary (or a mix thereof) depending on the nature of the asset treated as sold in the exchange.

In addition, because Guaranty is a corporation taxable under Subchapter S of the Code (which we refer to as an “S corporation”) and Guaranty Bank and each other Guaranty subsidiary is a “qualified subchapter S subsidiary” within the meaning of Section 1361(b)(1)(B) of the Code (which we refer to as a “QSub”), any gains or losses recognized by Guaranty, Guaranty Bank or any other Guaranty subsidiary on the deemed asset sale will flow-out to the shareholders of Guaranty under the S corporation rules and be taxable on a pro rata basis to these shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Any capital gain or loss and ordinary income or loss will be reported on a Schedule K-1 to each Guaranty shareholder regardless of the amount of distributions made by Guaranty. A Guaranty shareholder will increase his, her or its tax basis in such

 

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Guaranty shareholder’s common stock in an amount equal to the capital gain and ordinary income allocated to such shareholder and will reduce his, her or its tax basis in Guaranty common stock in an amount equal to any capital or ordinary loss allocated to such shareholder.

If the value of the shares of QCR common stock at the time they are distributed by Guaranty to its shareholders is greater than their value on the closing date of the sale, Guaranty will recognize further capital gain equal to such appreciation. Such capital gain would be short-term capital gain if the liquidating distribution is made within one year of the closing of the sale. Any such capital gain would flow-out to the shareholders of Guaranty under the S corporation rules and be taxable on a pro rata basis to these shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Any such capital gain would be reported on a Schedule K-1 to each Guaranty shareholder and would increase such shareholder’s tax basis in his, her or its Guaranty common stock in the same manner as discussed above with respect to any gain or income recognized on the sale of Guaranty Bank (and any other Guaranty subsidiary) to QCR.

A Guaranty shareholder that is entitled to receive a pro rata distribution upon the dissolution of Guaranty will also recognize additional gain or loss, if any, on such dissolution in an amount equal to the difference between the amount of cash received in exchange for Guaranty common stock and the adjusted tax basis in his, her or its shares of Guaranty common stock. Liquidating distributions made by Guaranty to its shareholders will first reduce a shareholder’s tax basis in his, her or its Guaranty common stock (as adjusted for gain, loss or income allocated to shareholders as described above) by an amount equal to the cash distributed plus the fair market value of the QCR common stock distributed based on the fair market value of QCR common stock on the date of distribution. A Guaranty shareholder will recognize capital gain equal to any amounts distributed to such shareholder in excess of such adjusted tax basis; provided, that if such Guaranty shareholder holds Guaranty common stock for longer than one year, such gain will be long-term capital gain. A Guaranty shareholder will have a tax basis in the shares of QCR common stock it receives equal to their fair market value on the date of distribution and a shareholder’s holding period in the shares of QCR common stock will not include the shareholder’s holding period in Guaranty common stock. In the event that Guaranty makes interim distributions to its shareholders that are not part of Guaranty’s complete liquidation, the tax consequences to Guaranty shareholders would differ.

If the sale proposal is approved and the dissolution proposal is not, then the Guaranty shareholders will not receive a distribution pursuant to the dissolution but still may owe taxes in connection with the sale. See “Risk Factors—Approval of the dissolution proposal is not required to approve the sale proposal or complete the sale” for information regarding certain risks if the dissolution is not approved. See the section entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Sale and the Dissolution” for a more detailed description of the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the sale and the dissolution.

The descriptions of the tax consequences of the sale and the dissolution in this proxy statement/prospectus are based on Guaranty being treated as a valid S corporation and each Guaranty corporate subsidiary being treated as a valid QSub for federal income tax purposes. See “Risk Factors—The sale and the dissolution will be taxable transactions for U.S. federal income tax purposes” for a more detailed description of the risks associated with Guaranty not being treated as a valid S corporation or any Guaranty corporate subsidiary not being treated as a valid QSub for federal income tax purposes as of the effective date of the sale.

 

Q: When and where is the Guaranty special meeting?

 

A: The Guaranty special meeting will take place on September 20, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. local time, at the main office of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, located at 302 Third Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401.

 

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Q: Who may attend the Guaranty special meeting?

 

A: Only Guaranty shareholders on the record date may attend the special meeting. If you are a shareholder of record, you will need to present the proxy card that you received or another proof of identification in order to be admitted into the meeting.

 

Q: What should I do if I receive more than one set of voting materials?

 

A: Guaranty shareholders may receive more than one set of voting materials, including multiple copies of this proxy statement/prospectus and multiple proxy cards or voting instruction cards. For example, if you hold shares of Guaranty common stock in more than one brokerage account, you will receive a separate voting instruction card for each brokerage account in which you hold such shares. If you are a holder of record of Guaranty common stock and your shares are registered in more than one name, you will receive more than one proxy card. Please complete, sign, date and return each proxy card and voting instruction card that you receive or otherwise follow the voting instructions set forth in this proxy statement/prospectus to ensure that you vote every share of Guaranty common stock that you own.

 

Q: When is the sale expected to be completed?

 

A: We will try to complete the sale as soon as reasonably possible and expect to complete the sale late in the third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2017. Before that happens, the purchase and assumption agreement must be approved by shareholders of Guaranty, and we must obtain the necessary regulatory approvals. Assuming Guaranty shareholders vote to approve the sale and adopt the purchase and assumption agreement and we obtain the other necessary approvals and satisfaction or waiver of the other conditions to the closing described in the purchase and assumption agreement, we expect to complete the sale in the fourth quarter of 2017. See “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Conditions to completion of the sale.”

 

Q: When is the dissolution expected to be completed?

 

A: We intend to consummate the dissolution promptly after completing the sale before the end of 2017, but in no event later than January 31, 2018. However, we cannot assure you when or if the dissolution will occur. We must first obtain the approval of Guaranty shareholders of the dissolution proposal at the special meeting. See “The Dissolution.”

 

Q: Is completion of the sale subject to any conditions besides shareholder approval?

 

A: Yes. The transaction must receive the required regulatory approvals, and there are other standard closing conditions that must be satisfied. See “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Conditions to completion of the sale.”

 

Q: What happens if the sale is not completed?

 

A: Guaranty and QCR expect to complete the sale late in the third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2017. However, neither Guaranty nor QCR can assure you of when or if the sale will be completed. Guaranty and QCR must first obtain the approval of Guaranty shareholders for the sale, as well as obtain necessary regulatory approvals and satisfy certain other standard closing conditions. See “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Conditions to completion of the sale.” If the sale is not completed, Guaranty will not dissolve and Guaranty shareholders will not receive any consideration for their shares and will continue to be Guaranty shareholders. Under certain circumstances, QCR and Guaranty may be required to pay the other party a fee with respect to the termination of the purchase and assumption agreement, as described under “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Termination fees.”

 

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Q: What happens if the sale proposal is approved but the dissolution proposal is not approved?

 

A: Approval of the dissolution proposal is not required to approve the sale proposal or complete the sale. If Guaranty shareholders approve the sale proposal and do not approve the dissolution proposal, Guaranty will still complete the sale, assuming the other closing conditions are met. In that case, Guaranty will have sold Guaranty Bank, which constitutes substantially all of Guaranty’s operating assets to QCR, and Guaranty will not have any assets to support ongoing operating activity. Instead of making a distribution to shareholders pursuant to the dissolution, Guaranty would use its assets to pay off its liabilities and then use its remaining assets to pay ongoing operating expenses. Guaranty does not intend to invest in another operating business following the closing of the sale.

 

Q: Who can answer my other questions?

 

A: If you have more questions about the sale or how to submit your proxy or if you need additional copies of this proxy statement/prospectus or the enclosed proxy card, you should contact: Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd., Christopher Lindell, Vice President, 302 Third Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401, (319) 286-6208 or clindell@guaranty-bank.com.

 

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SUMMARY

This summary highlights selected information in this proxy statement/prospectus and may not contain all of the information that is important to you. To understand the sale more fully, you should read this entire proxy statement/prospectus carefully, including the Appendixes and the documents referred to or incorporated in this proxy statement/prospectus. A copy of the purchase and assumption agreement is attached as Appendix  A to this proxy statement/prospectus and is incorporated by reference herein.

Information about QCR and Guaranty

QCR Holdings, Inc.

3551 Seventh Street

Moline, Illinois 61265

(309) 743-7754

QCR Holdings, Inc. is a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Moline, Illinois, formed in February 1993 under the laws of the state of Delaware. It serves the Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Rockford communities through the following four wholly-owned banking subsidiaries, which provide full-service commercial and consumer banking and trust and asset management services:

 

    Quad City Bank & Trust Company, which is based in Bettendorf, Iowa, and commenced operations in 1994;

 

    Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Company, which is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and commenced operations in 2001;

 

    Community State Bank, which is based in Ankeny, Iowa, and was acquired by QCR in 2016; and

 

    Rockford Bank & Trust Company, which is based in Rockford, Illinois, and commenced operations in 2005.

QCR engages in direct financing lease contracts through m2 Lease Funds, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quad City Bank & Trust Company based in Brookfield, Wisconsin. QCR also engages in correspondent banking through more than 170 relationships with community banking institutions headquartered primarily in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.

As of June 30, 2017, QCR had total assets of approximately $3.5 billion, total gross loans, including held for sale, of approximately $2.6 billion, total deposits of approximately $2.9 billion and total shareholders’ equity of approximately $305.1 million.

QCR common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker symbol “QCRH.”

Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd.

302 Third Avenue Southeast

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

(319) 286-6200

Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd. is an Iowa corporation and registered bank holding company for Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, an Iowa-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Guaranty Bank has six branches located in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan statistical area.

 



 

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As of June 30, 2017, Guaranty had consolidated total assets of approximately $266.2 million, total gross loans of approximately $201.4 million, total deposits of approximately $211.8 million and total shareholders’ equity of approximately $30.7 million.

Guaranty common stock is privately held and not traded in any public market.

The sale and the purchase and assumption agreement (See page 55)

The purchase and assumption agreement provides for the sale by Guaranty of substantially all of its assets, including all of the capital stock of Guaranty Bank, and the assumption by QCR of certain of Guaranty’s assets and liabilities. The sale is anticipated to be completed late in the third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2017. At a date following the completion of the sale, QCR intends to merge Guaranty Bank with and into CRBT, with CRBT as the surviving bank. At such time, Guaranty Bank’s banking offices will become banking offices of CRBT. Until the banks are merged, QCR will own and operate Guaranty Bank as a separate bank subsidiary.

The purchase and assumption agreement is included as Appendix A to this proxy statement/prospectus and is incorporated by reference herein. We urge you to read the purchase and assumption agreement carefully and fully, as it is the legal document that governs the sale.

The dissolution (See page 66)

After the consummation of the sale, Guaranty will commence dissolution, which consists of liquidating its assets (including the consideration received in connection with the sale) and paying its debts. After payment of any remaining debts, of which there are anticipated to be none, the proceeds of the sale will be distributed to the shareholders of Guaranty on a pro rata basis. In accordance with IBCA Sections 490.1402-1405, after distribution of the remaining assets and winding up of Guaranty’s business and affairs, Guaranty plans to complete the voluntary dissolution procedures allowed by Iowa law by filing articles of dissolution with the Iowa Secretary of State.

Sale consideration (See page 55)

The total consideration to be paid to Guaranty by QCR at the closing of the sale pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement, subject to adjustment, is equal to:

 

    Guaranty’s adjusted tangible equity as of the end of the month immediately preceding the closing date (which we refer to as the “core capital”) up to an amount equal to $24,286,985 multiplied by 1.53; plus

 

    Guaranty’s adjusted tangible equity as of the end of the month immediately preceding the closing date in excess of the core capital (which we refer to as the “excess capital”).

Guaranty intends to pay a special dividend to its shareholders in an amount equal to the excess capital immediately prior to the closing of the sale. Therefore, the total consideration to be paid to Guaranty at the closing of the sale is expected to be an amount equal to 1.53 multiplied by the core capital, or approximately $37.2 million. The cash portion of the sale consideration is expected to be approximately $7.8 million. Based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $46.50, the last full trading day before the public announcement of the purchase and assumption agreement, the stock portion of the sale consideration would equal approximately 631,304 shares of QCR common stock with an aggregate market value of approximately $29.4 million. Based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $44.70 on August 9, 2017, the latest practicable date before the date of this proxy statement/prospectus, the stock portion of the sale consideration would equal approximately 656,726 shares of QCR common stock with an aggregate market value of approximately $29.4 million. The cash and stock portions of the sale consideration will be paid directly to Guaranty, and not to Guaranty’s shareholders. No fractional shares of QCR common stock will be issued in the sale.

 



 

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Material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the sale and the dissolution (See page 67)

Guaranty’s sale of all of its assets and all of the capital stock of Guaranty Bank to QCR will be treated as a taxable sale by Guaranty of all of its assets and all of the assets owned by Guaranty Bank to QCR for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Guaranty will recognize gain or loss on this deemed asset sale equal to the difference between the amount realized in the sale and Guaranty’s adjusted tax basis in its assets. In addition, because Guaranty is an S corporation and Guaranty Bank is a QSub, any gains or losses recognized by Guaranty or Guaranty Bank on the deemed asset sale as a result of the sale will flow-out to the shareholders of Guaranty under the S corporation rules and be taxable on a pro rata basis to these shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. A Guaranty shareholder that is entitled to receive a pro rata distribution upon the dissolution of Guaranty will also recognize additional gain or loss, if any, on such dissolution in an amount equal to the difference between the amount of cash received in exchange for Guaranty common stock and the adjusted tax basis in his, her or its shares of Guaranty common stock. See section entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Sale and the Dissolution.” You should consult your own tax advisor about the particular tax consequences of the sale and dissolution to you.

The descriptions of the tax consequences of the sale and the dissolution in this proxy statement/prospectus are based on Guaranty being treated as a valid S corporation (as defined below), that each Guaranty corporate subsidiary being treated as a valid QSub for federal income tax purposes. See “Risk Factors—The sale and the dissolution will be taxable transactions for U.S. federal income tax purposes” for a more detailed description of the risks associated with Guaranty not being treated as a valid S corporation or any Guaranty corporate subsidiary not being treated as a valid QSub for federal income tax purposes as of the effective date of the sale.

Guaranty’s reasons for the sale; Board recommendation to Guaranty’s shareholders (See page 38)

The Guaranty board of directors believes that the sale and dissolution are in the best interests of Guaranty and its shareholders. Guaranty’s board of directors unanimously recommends that Guaranty shareholders vote “FOR” the sale proposal, “FOR” the dissolution proposal and “FOR” the adjournment proposal in the event that an insufficient number of votes are cast to approve the sale proposal.

Interests of officers and directors of Guaranty in the sale may be different from, or in addition to, yours (See page 49)

When you consider the Guaranty board of directors’ recommendation to vote in favor of approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and the dissolution, you should be aware that some of Guaranty’s directors and officers may have interests in the sale that are different from, or in addition to, your interests as shareholders. These interests include, among others, certain payments due under incentive compensation arrangements with Guaranty Bank and acceleration of payments in connection with their termination, payments due under change of control agreements with Guaranty Bank, and rights to ongoing indemnification and insurance coverage by QCR for acts or omissions occurring prior to the sale. These interests also include QCR’s agreement to appoint two members of the board of directors of Guaranty or Guaranty Bank to serve as a member of the CRBT bank board of directors following the completion of the bank merger. The Guaranty board of directors was aware of these interests and took them into account in reaching its decisions to approve and adopt the purchase and assumption agreement and the dissolution and to recommend the approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and the dissolution to Guaranty shareholders.

Guaranty shareholders will have appraisal rights in connection with the sale (See page 51)

Guaranty shareholders may assert appraisal rights in connection with the sale and, upon complying with the requirements of the IBCA, receive cash in the amount of the fair value of their shares instead of the sale consideration. A copy of the sections of the IBCA pertaining to appraisal rights is attached as Appendix B to this proxy statement/prospectus. You should read the statute carefully and consult with your legal counsel if you intend to exercise these rights.

 



 

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The sale and the dissolution are subject to a number of risks (See page 19)

There are a number of risks relating to the sale and the dissolution. See the “Risk Factors” beginning on page 19 of this proxy statement/prospectus for a discussion of these and other risks. You should also consider the other information in this proxy statement/prospectus and the other documents incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus. See the section of this proxy statement/prospectus entitled “Where You Can Find More Information.”

Shareholder approval will be required to complete the sale and approve the other proposals set forth in the notice (See page 30)

Approval by Guaranty’s shareholders at Guaranty’s special meeting of shareholders on September 20, 2017 is required to complete the sale. The presence, in person or by proxy, of a majority of the shares of Guaranty common stock entitled to vote on the purchase and assumption agreement is necessary to constitute a quorum at the meeting. Each share of Guaranty common stock outstanding on the record date entitles its holder to one vote on the purchase and assumption agreement and any other proposal listed in the notice. Approval of the sale proposal, the dissolution proposal and the adjournment proposal each requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast at the special meeting. Abstentions, shares not voted and broker non-votes will have no effect on the proposals.

Completion of the sale is subject to regulatory approvals (See page 48)

The sale cannot proceed without obtaining all requisite regulatory approvals. QCR and Guaranty have agreed to take all appropriate actions necessary to obtain the required approvals. The sale of Guaranty Bank is subject to prior approval of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (which we refer to as the “Federal Reserve”). QCR submitted an application with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on July 12, 2017 seeking the necessary approval.

In reviewing that application, the Federal Reserve is required to consider the following:

 

    competitive factors, such as whether the sale will result in a monopoly or whether the benefits of the sale to the public in meeting the needs and convenience of the community clearly outweigh the sale’s anticompetitive effects or restraints on trade; and

 

    banking and community factors, which includes an evaluation of:

 

    the financial and managerial resources of QCR, including its subsidiaries, and of Guaranty, and the effect of the proposed transaction on these resources;

 

    management expertise;

 

    internal control and risk management systems;

 

    the capital of Guaranty;

 

    the convenience and needs of the communities to be served; and

 

    the effectiveness of Guaranty and QCR in combating money laundering activities.

The application process includes publication and opportunity for comment by the public. The Federal Reserve may receive, and must consider, properly filed comments and protests from community groups and others regarding (among other issues) each institution’s performance under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, as amended. The sale may not be completed until 15 days after receipt of Federal Reserve approval, during which time the United States Department of Justice may challenge the sale on antitrust grounds. The commencement of an antitrust action would stay the effectiveness of the Federal Reserve’s approval, unless a court specifically orders otherwise.

 



 

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The sale of Guaranty Bank is also subject to approval of the Iowa Division of Banking (which we refer to as the “IDOB”). QCR submitted an application with the IDOB on July 12, 2017 seeking the necessary approval.

At a date following the completion of the sale, QCR intends to merge Guaranty Bank with and into CRBT, with CRBT as the surviving bank. The bank merger will be subject to approval by the IDOB and the Federal Reserve. CRBT submitted an application with the Federal Reserve on July 12, 2017 seeking this approval and intends to file an application with the IDOB as promptly as possible.

While QCR knows of no reason why the approval of any of the applications would be denied or unduly delayed, it cannot assure you that all regulatory approvals required to complete the sale will be obtained or obtained in a timely manner.

Conditions to the sale (See page 62)

Closing Conditions for the Benefit of QCR. QCR’s obligations are subject to fulfillment of certain conditions, including:

 

    accuracy of representations and warranties of Guaranty in the purchase and assumption agreement as of the closing date, except as otherwise set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    performance by Guaranty in all material respects of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement, except as otherwise set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein at the meeting of Guaranty shareholders;

 

    no proceeding, other than shareholder litigation, involving any challenge to, or seeking damages or other relief in connection with, any transaction contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement, or that may have the effect of preventing, delaying, making illegal or otherwise interfering with any of the contemplated transactions, in either case that would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect;

 

    no order, injunction, decree, statute, rule, regulation or other legal restraint or prohibition preventing or making illegal the consummation of the sale or any of the other transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals;

 

    the registration statement, of which this proxy statement/prospectus is a part, concerning QCR common stock issuable pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement, having been declared effective by the SEC;

 

    the delivery by Guaranty all of the certificates, documents and other items required by it pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    approval of the listing of the shares of QCR common stock issuable pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement on the NASDAQ Global Market; and

 

    no material adverse change in the financial condition, assets or business of Guaranty since the date of the purchase and assumption agreement.

Closing Conditions for the Benefit of Guaranty. Guaranty’s obligations are subject to fulfillment of certain conditions, including:

 

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    performance by QCR in all material respects of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein at the meeting of Guaranty shareholders;

 

    no proceeding, other than shareholder litigation, involving any challenge to, or seeking damages or other relief in connection with, any transaction contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement, or that may have the effect of preventing, delaying, making illegal or otherwise interfering with any of the contemplated transactions, in either case that would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect;

 

    no order, injunction, decree, statute, rule, regulation or other legal restraint or prohibition preventing or making illegal the consummation of the sale or any of the other transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals;

 

    the registration statement, of which this proxy statement/prospectus is a part, concerning QCR common stock issuable pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement, having been declared effective by the SEC;

 

    the delivery by QCR all of the certificates, documents and other items required by it pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    approval of the listing of the shares of QCR common stock issuable pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement on the NASDAQ Global Market; and

 

    no material adverse change in the financial condition, assets or business of QCR since the date of the purchase and assumption agreement.

How the purchase and assumption agreement may be terminated by QCR and Guaranty (See page 63)

QCR and Guaranty may mutually agree to terminate the purchase and assumption agreement and abandon the sale at any time. Subject to conditions and circumstances described in the purchase and assumption agreement, either QCR or Guaranty may also terminate the purchase and assumption agreement upon the following occurrences:

 

    the other party has breached or failed to perform its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in the failure of any of the closing conditions and such breach or failure cannot be cured within 30 days (if applicable), provided its inability to satisfy the condition was not caused by the non-breaching party’s failure to comply in all material respects with any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    any regulatory authority has denied approval of any of the transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement or any application for a necessary regulatory approval has been withdrawn at the request of a regulatory authority, provided that such right to terminate is not available to a party whose failure to fulfill any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement has been the cause of the denial or withdrawal of regulatory approval;

 

    failure to receive approval by Guaranty shareholders for the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein following the meeting held for such purpose;

 

    the sale is not completed by February 28, 2018, provided that such right to terminate is not available to a party whose failure to fulfill any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement has resulted in the failure of the sale to be completed before such date; or

 



 

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    a court or regulatory authority has enjoined or prohibited any of the transactions contemplated in the purchase and assumption agreement.

In addition, a particular party may terminate the purchase and assumption agreement upon the following occurrences:

 

    QCR may terminate if Guaranty materially breaches any of its obligations with respect to soliciting alternative acquisition proposals or holding a meeting of its shareholders to approve the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    Guaranty may terminate in order to enter into an agreement with respect to an unsolicited superior proposal from a third party;

 

    QCR may terminate if Guaranty’s board of directors makes an adverse recommendation to Guaranty’s shareholders;

 

    QCR may terminate if, after the identification or confirmation of the presence of certain environmental conditions related to certain real property, the aggregate cost of remedying such conditions exceeds $250,000 and Guaranty or Guaranty Bank does not agree to pay or accrual all such remediation costs; or

 

    Guaranty may terminate during the five business day period commencing on the 15th business day immediately prior to the scheduled closing date of the sale (which we refer to as the “determination date), if: (i) the volume weighted average of the daily closing sales prices of a share of QCR common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market for the 10 consecutive trading days immediately preceding the determination date is less than $36.08; and (ii) the performance of QCR’s common stock underperforms the SNL U.S. Bank Index by more than 20%; provided, that QCR may offer to increase the cash portion of the total consideration in such circumstance to prevent such a termination as described in the section entitled “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Consideration to be received in the sale.”

Termination fees and expenses may be payable under some circumstances (See page 64)

Termination Fees Payable by Guaranty. Guaranty has agreed to pay QCR a termination fee of $1.3 million if QCR terminates the purchase and assumption agreement because Guaranty has breached or failed to perform its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in the failure of any of the closing conditions and such breach or failure cannot be cured within 30 days (if applicable), provided its inability to satisfy the condition was not caused by QCR’s failure to comply in all material respects with any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement.

Guaranty has agreed to pay QCR a termination fee of $1.3 million if the purchase and assumption agreement is terminated under the following circumstances:

 

    QCR terminates the purchase and assumption agreement because Guaranty breaches its covenant not to solicit an acquisition proposal from a third party or its obligations related to holding a shareholder meeting to approve the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    Guaranty terminates the purchase and assumption agreement in order to enter into an agreement with respect to an unsolicited superior proposal; or

 

   

If, prior to termination, another acquisition proposal is known to Guaranty, has been communicated directly to Guaranty’s shareholders or is publicly announced, and (i) thereafter the purchase and assumption agreement is terminated by QCR upon (A) Guaranty’s breach of its obligations under the

 



 

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purchase and assumption agreement or (B) an adverse recommendation to Guaranty’s shareholders by the board of directors (ii) within six months after such termination Guaranty enter into a definitive written agreement with respect to such acquisition proposal.

Termination Fees Payable by QCR. QCR has agreed to pay Guaranty a termination fee of $1.0 million if Guaranty terminates the purchase and assumption agreement because QCR has breached or failed to perform its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in the failure of any of the closing conditions and such breach or failure cannot be cured within 30 days, provided its inability to satisfy the condition was not caused by Guaranty’s failure to comply in all material respects with any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement.

Voting and support agreement (See page 57)

On June 8, 2017, certain directors and officers of Guaranty agreed to vote all of their shares of Guaranty common stock in favor of the purchase and assumption agreement at the special meeting. The voting and support agreement covers approximately 66.2% of Guaranty’s outstanding shares of common stock as of August 9, 2017. This voting and support agreement terminates if the purchase and assumption agreement is terminated in accordance with its terms. A copy of the form of voting and support agreement is attached to this proxy statement/prospectus as Appendix C.

Accounting treatment of the sale (See page 48)

For accounting and financial reporting purposes, the sale will be accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (which we refer to as “GAAP”).

Certain differences in QCR shareholder rights and Guaranty shareholder rights (See page 73)

Because they will receive QCR common stock, Guaranty shareholders will become QCR shareholders as a result of the sale. Their rights as shareholders after the sale will be governed by QCR’s articles of incorporation and bylaws. The rights of QCR shareholders are different in certain respects from the rights of Guaranty’s shareholders. The material differences are described later in this proxy statement/prospectus.

QCR shares will be listed on NASDAQ (See page 65)

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SELECTED HISTORICAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA OF QCR

The following table summarizes selected historical consolidated financial data of QCR for the periods and as of the dates indicated. This information has been derived from QCR’s consolidated financial statements filed with the SEC. Historical financial data as of and for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016 are unaudited and include, in management’s opinion, all normal recurring adjustments considered necessary to present fairly the results of operations and financial condition of QCR. You should not assume the results of operations for past periods indicate results for any future period.

You should read this information in conjunction with QCR’s consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto included in QCR’s Annual Report on Form 10-K as of and for the year ended December 31, 2016, and in QCR’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as of and for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, which are incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus. See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

    As of and for the
six months ended
June 30,
    As of or for the years ended December 31,  
    2017     2016     2016     2015     2014     2013     2012  
          (dollars in thousands, except per share data)  

Statement of Income Data

       

Interest income

  $ 63,798     $ 47,415     $ 106,468     $ 90,003     $ 85,965     $ 81,872     $ 77,376  

Interest expense

    8,082       5,809       11,951       13,707       16,894       17,767       19,727  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net interest income

    55,716       41,606       94,517       76,296       69,071       64,105       57,649  

Provision for loan/lease losses

    4,128       3,271       7,478       6,871       6,807       5,930       4,371  

Non-interest income

    14,066       13,585       31,037       24,364       21,282       26,846       18,953  

Non-interest expense(1)

    42,678       34,698       81,486       73,192       65,554       65,465       54,591  

Income tax expense

    5,025       4,172       8,903       3,669       3,039       4,618       4,534  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

    17,951       13,050       27,687       16,928       14,953       14,938       13,106  

Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

    —         —         —         —         —         —         488  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to QCR Holdings, Inc.

    17,951       13,050       27,687       16,928       14,953       14,938       12,618  

Less: preferred stock dividends and discount accretion

    —         —         —         —         1,082       3,168       3,496  

Net income attributable to QCR Holdings, Inc. common shareholders

    17,951       13,050       27,687       16,928       13,871       11,770       9,122  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Per Common Share Data

         

Net income—Basic(2)

  $ 1.36     $ 1.08     $ 2.20     $ 1.64     $ 1.75     $ 2.13     $ 1.88  

Net income—Diluted(2)

    1.33       1.07       2.17       1.61       1.72       2.08       1.85  

Cash dividends declared

    0.10       0.08       0.16       0.08       0.08       0.08       0.08  

Dividend payout ratio

    7.35     7.41     7.27     4.88     4.57     3.76     4.26

Closing stock price

  $ 47.40     $ 42.35     $ 43.30     $ 24.29     $ 17.86     $ 17.03     $ 13.22  

Balance Sheet Data

         

Total assets

  $ 3,457,187     $ 2,683,434     $ 3,301,944     $ 2,593,198     $ 2,524,958     $ 2,394,953     $ 2,093,730  

Securities

    593,485       510,959       574,022       577,109       651,539       697,210       602,239  

Total loans/leases

    2,553,566       1,922,773       2,405,487       1,798,023       1,630,003       1,460,280       1,287,388  

Allowance

    33,357       28,097       30,757       26,141       23,074       21,448       19,925  

Deposits

    2,870,234       1,973,594       2,669,261       1,880,666       1,679,668       1,646,991       1,374,114  

Borrowings

    230,263       381,874       290,952       444,162       662,558       563,381       547,758  

Shareholders’ equity:

         

Preferred

    —         —         —         —         —         29,799       53,163  

Common

    305,083       275,117       286,041       225,886       144,079       117,778       87,271  

Key Ratios

         

Return on average assets(3)

    1.08     1.00     0.97     0.66     0.61     0.64     0.62

Return on average common equity(2)

    12.13       10.73       10.56       8.79       10.49       11.48       10.84  

Return on average equity(3)

    12.13       10.73       10.56       8.79       10.48       10.24       8.90  

Net interest margin, tax equivalent yield (Non-GAAP)(4)(6)

    3.86       3.61       3.75       3.37       3.15       3.03       3.14  

Efficiency ratio (Non-GAAP)(5)(6)

    61.16       62.87       64.90       72.71       72.55       71.98       71.27  

Loans/leases to assets

    73.86       71.65       72.85       69.34       64.56       60.97       61.49  

Loans/leases to deposits

    88.97       97.42       90.12       95.61       97.04       88.66       93.69  

Nonperforming assets to total assets

    0.75       0.70       0.82       0.74       1.31       1.28       1.41  

Allowance to total loan/leases

    1.31       1.46       1.28       1.45       1.42       1.47       1.55  

Allowance to NPLs

    162.27       223.42       144.85       223.33       114.78       104.70       78.47  

Net charge-offs to average loans/leases

    0.03       0.03       0.14       0.22       0.34       0.31       0.27  

Average total shareholders’ equity to average total assets

    8.89       9.28       9.21       7.55       5.82       6.26       7.00  

 



 

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(1) Non-interest expense includes several one-time expenses—most notably, $4.6 million and $7.2 million of losses on debt extinguishment for 2016 and 2015, respectively, related to the prepayment of certain borrowings. Costs of $2.4 million pertaining to the acquisition of Community State Bank are also included in the 2016 amount.
(2) Numerator is net income attributable to QCR common shareholders.
(3) Numerator is net income attributable to QCR.
(4) Interest earned and yields on nontaxable investments and nontaxable loans are determined on a tax equivalent basis using a 35% tax rate.
(5) Non-interest expenses divided by the sum of net interest income before provision for loan/lease losses and non-interest income.
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COMPARATIVE PER SHARE MARKET PRICE AND DIVIDEND INFORMATION

QCR common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “QCRH.” The following table sets forth the high and low reported trading prices per share of QCR common stock and the cash dividends declared per share for the periods indicated.

 

Quarter Data    High      Low      Dividend Declared  

First quarter 2015

   $ 18.19      $ 16.91      $ —    

Second quarter 2015

     22.75        17.51        0.04  

Third quarter 2015

     23.23        19.58        0.04  

Fourth quarter 2015

     24.90        21.00        0.04  

First quarter 2016

   $ 24.15      $ 18.05      $ 0.04  

Second quarter 2016

     28.74        22.96        0.04  

Third quarter 2016

     32.19        26.41        0.04  

Fourth quarter 2016

     44.80        30.31        0.04  

First quarter 2017

   $ 45.00      $ 41.05      $ 0.05  

Second quarter 2017

     49.10        40.85        0.05  

Third quarter 2017 (through August 9, 2017)

     50.00        44.60        —    

The outstanding shares of Guaranty common stock are privately held and are not traded in any public market. The last transaction known by Guaranty’s management to occur prior to the date of this proxy/statement prospectus was on July 21, 2016, and the sales price was $25.00 per share. The following table sets forth the cash dividends declared per share for the periods indicated for Guaranty common stock.

 

Quarter Data    Dividend Declared  

First quarter 2015

   $ 1.00  

Second quarter 2015

     —    

Third quarter 2015

     —    

Fourth quarter 2015

     —    

First quarter 2016

   $ 0.85  

Second quarter 2016

     —    

Third quarter 2016

     —    

Fourth quarter 2016

     —    

First quarter 2017

   $ 1.15  

Second quarter 2017

     —    

Third quarter 2017 (through August 9, 2017)

     —    

On June 7, 2017, the trading day immediately prior to the public announcement date of the purchase and assumption agreement, the closing price of QCR common stock was $45.10. On August 9, 2017, the last practicable trading day prior to the mailing date of this proxy statement/prospectus, the closing price of QCR common stock was $44.70.

Guaranty shareholders are urged to obtain current market quotations for shares of QCR common stock and to review carefully the other information contained in this proxy statement/prospectus or incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus in considering whether to approve the sale proposal and the dissolution proposal. The market price of QCR common stock will fluctuate between the date of this proxy statement/prospectus and the date of completion of the sale and the dissolution. No assurance can be given concerning the market price of QCR common stock before or after the effective time of the sale or the dissolution. Changes in the market price of QCR common stock prior to the completion of the sale and the dissolution will affect the market value of the sale consideration that Guaranty will receive and the market value of the liquidation proceeds that Guaranty shareholders will receive.

 



 

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RISK FACTORS

In addition to general investment risks and the other information contained in or incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus, including the matters addressed under the section “Special Notes Concerning Forward-Looking Statements,” you should carefully consider the following risk factors in deciding how to vote for the proposals presented in this proxy statement/prospectus. You should also consider the other information in this proxy statement/prospectus and the other documents incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus. See “References to Additional Information” in the forepart of this proxy statement/prospectus and the section of this proxy statement/prospectus entitled “Where You Can Find More Information.”

The value of the sale consideration that consists of QCR common stock will fluctuate based on the trading price of QCR common stock.

Upon completion of the sale, Guaranty will receive shares of QCR common stock and cash consideration. The market value of the shares of QCR common stock to be received in the sale will vary from the closing price of QCR common stock on the date the sale was announced, on the date that this proxy statement/prospectus is mailed to Guaranty shareholders, on the date of the special meeting of Guaranty shareholders and on the dates the sale and the dissolution are completed and thereafter. Any change in the market price of QCR common stock prior to the completion of the sale and the dissolution will affect the market value of the stock portion of the sale consideration that Guaranty shareholders will receive upon completion of the sale and dissolution. Stock price changes may result from a variety of factors that are beyond the control of Guaranty and QCR, including, but not limited to, general market and economic conditions, changes in our respective businesses, operations and prospects and regulatory considerations. Therefore, at the time of the Guaranty special meeting you will not know or will be able to calculate the precise market value of the stock portion of the sale consideration that Guaranty will receive at the closing of the sale and that will be distributed to Guaranty shareholders in the dissolution. You should obtain current market quotations for shares of QCR common stock before you vote.

Among other termination rights described in this proxy statement/prospectus, if on the determination date the QCR market value is less than $36.08 and, between the date of the purchase and assumption agreement and the determination date, QCR common stock underperforms the SNL U.S. Bank Index by more than 20%, then Guaranty will have the right to terminate the purchase and assumption agreement unless QCR elects to increase the cash portion of the total consideration by the aggregate share amount times the difference between the QCR market value as of the determination date and either (i) $36.08 or (ii) the price reflective of QCR common stock underperforming the SNL U.S. Bank Index by 19.99%.

Holders of Guaranty common stock will have a reduced ownership and voting interest after the sale and will exercise less influence over management.

Holders of Guaranty common stock currently have the right to vote in the election of the board of directors of Guaranty and on other matters affecting Guaranty. Upon the completion of the sale and after distribution of the stock portion of the sale consideration by Guaranty to its shareholders in the dissolution, each shareholder who receives shares of QCR common stock will become a shareholder of QCR with a percentage ownership of QCR that is smaller than such shareholder’s percentage ownership of Guaranty. Based on the number of issued and outstanding shares of QCR common stock and shares of Guaranty common stock on August 9, 2017, and assuming 656,726 total number of shares of QCR common stock issuable pursuant to the sale, shareholders of Guaranty, as a group, will receive shares in the sale and dissolution constituting approximately 4.7% of QCR common stock expected to be outstanding immediately after the sale (without giving effect to any QCR common stock held by Guaranty shareholders prior to the sale). Because of this, current Guaranty shareholders, as a group, will have less influence on the board of directors, management and policies of QCR than they now have on the board of directors, management and policies of Guaranty.

 

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Regulatory approvals may not be received, may take longer than expected or may impose conditions that are not presently anticipated or that cannot be met.

Before the transactions contemplated in the purchase and assumption agreement can be completed, various approvals must be obtained from QCR regulatory and other governmental authorities. In deciding whether to grant regulatory clearances, the relevant governmental entities will consider a variety of factors, including the regulatory standing of each of the parties. An adverse development in either party’s regulatory standing or other factors could result in an inability to obtain one or more of the required regulatory approvals or delay their receipt. The terms and conditions of the approvals that are granted may impose requirements, limitations or costs or place restrictions on the conduct of QCR’s business. QCR and Guaranty believe that the sale should not raise significant regulatory concerns and that QCR will be able to obtain all requisite regulatory approvals in a timely manner. Despite the parties’ commitments to comply with conditions imposed by regulatory entities, under the terms of the purchase and assumption agreement, QCR and Guaranty will not be required to complete the sale if any such approvals would reasonably be expected to materially restrict or burden QCR or CRBT. There can be no assurance that regulators will not impose conditions, terms, obligations or restrictions and that such conditions, terms, obligations or restrictions will not have the effect of delaying the completion of the sale, imposing additional material costs on or materially limiting the revenues of QCR following the sale or otherwise reduce the anticipated benefits of the sale if the sale was completed successfully within the expected timeframe. In addition, neither QCR nor Guaranty can provide assurance that any such conditions, terms, obligations or restrictions will not result in the delay or abandonment of the sale. Additionally, the completion of the sale is conditioned on the absence of certain orders, injunctions or decrees by any court or regulatory agency of competent jurisdiction that would prohibit or make illegal the completion of the sale and other contemplated transactions under the purchase and assumption agreement.

The sale consideration will be paid directly to Guaranty, not to Guaranty shareholders.

Both the cash and stock portions of the sale consideration will be paid directly to Guaranty, and not to Guaranty shareholders. Guaranty shareholders will be entitled to receive the sale consideration paid to Guaranty only in the dissolution. Guaranty shareholders who properly exercise appraisal rights in connection with the sale will have the right to obtain “fair value” of their shares whether or not the dissolution proposal is approved and the dissolution is consummated. Guaranty intends to distribute the sale consideration to the Guaranty shareholders on a pro rata basis shortly following the completion of the sale. In accordance with IBCA Sections 490.1402-1405, after distribution of the remaining assets and winding up of Guaranty’s business and affairs, Guaranty plans to complete the voluntary dissolution procedures allowed by Iowa law by filing articles of dissolution with the Iowa Secretary of State.

The purchase and assumption agreement may be terminated in accordance with its terms and the sale may not be completed.

The purchase and assumption agreement is subject to a number of conditions which must be satisfied or waived in order to complete the sale. Those conditions include: approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions it contemplates by Guaranty shareholders, receipt of certain requisite regulatory approvals, absence of orders prohibiting completion of the sale, effectiveness of the registration statement of which this proxy statement/prospectus is a part, approval of the issuance of QCR common stock, as applicable, for listing on the NASDAQ Global Market, the accuracy of the representations and warranties by both parties (subject to the materiality standards set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement) and the performance by both parties of their covenants and agreements. These conditions to the closing of the sale may not be fulfilled in a timely manner or at all, and, accordingly, the sale may not be completed. In addition, the parties can mutually decide to terminate the purchase and assumption agreement at any time, before or after shareholder approval, or QCR or Guaranty may elect to terminate the purchase and assumption agreement in certain other circumstances. These termination rights are more fully described in this proxy statement/prospectus under the section entitled “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Termination.”

 

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The sale and the dissolution will be taxable transactions for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

The descriptions of the tax consequences of the sale and the dissolution in this proxy statement/prospectus assumes that Guaranty is a valid “S corporation” (i.e. a corporation with a valid election in place to be taxable under Subchapter S of the Code) and that each Guaranty corporate subsidiary is a valid QSub for federal income tax purposes. Currently, QCR is in the process of completing its due diligence review of Guaranty to confirm Guaranty’s status as an S corporation and each Guaranty corporate subsidiary’s status as a QSub for federal income tax purposes. Both QCR and Guaranty are working to resolve any open issues with respect to QCR’s due diligence review and believe that all of these currently open points will be resolved prior to the closing of the sale in a manner that confirms these assumptions. Guaranty believes that these assumptions are currently correct and will be correct as of the effective time of the deemed sale, after taking into account the expected resolution of these open issues.

However, in the event that these assumptions are not correct, and Guaranty does not have a valid S corporation election in place, Guaranty and each subsidiary of Guaranty would be treated as corporations taxable under Subchapter C of the Code for federal income tax purposes. As C corporations, Guaranty and each of its subsidiaries would be subject to an entity level federal corporate income tax, including as a result of the sale. In addition, the gains, income, losses, deductions and credits of Guaranty and its subsidiaries would not flow out to Guaranty’s shareholders and would not adjust their tax basis in their stock in Guaranty. Furthermore, if Guaranty were liquidated pursuant to the dissolution, shareholders of Guaranty would recognize a second level of gain or loss on the difference between the cash and the fair market value of property received in the Dissolution and their tax basis in the Guaranty stock exchanged therefor. Guaranty and its subsidiaries could also be subject to additional taxes for prior tax years.

In the event that Guaranty has a valid S corporation election in place, but a Guaranty subsidiary is not a valid QSub, then such Guaranty subsidiary would be treated as a C corporation. In such event, Guaranty’s sale to QCR would be treated as a taxable stock sale to the extent that Guaranty sells stock of such Guaranty subsidiary to QCR. Such Guaranty subsidiary would be subject to taxation under Subchapter C of the Code for taxable periods during which it was a C corporation. To the extent that Guaranty sells assets other than the stock of C corporation Guaranty subsidiaries to QCR, the transaction would be treated as a taxable asset sale (as described further below). Guaranty’s liquidation would be treated as a taxable dissolution (as described further below).

THE TAX CONSEQUENCES THAT WOULD RESULT IF GUARANTY IS NOT OR HAS NOT BEEN A VALID S CORPORATION OR IF ANY CORPORATE SUBSIDIARY OF GUARANTY IS NOT OR HAS NOT BEEN A VALID QSUB ARE COMPLEX. YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR TAX ADVISOR REGARDING ANY POTENTIAL CHANGES IN YOUR TAX CONSEQUENCES AS A RESULT OF THE SALE AND DISSOLUTION IF ONE OR MORE OF THESE ASSUMPTIONS ARE NOT CORRECT. THE REMAINING DISCUSSION ASSUMES THAT GUARANTY IS AND WILL BE ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE SALE A VALID S CORPORATION AND THAT EACH SUBSIDIARY CORPORATION OF GUARANTY IS AND WILL BE ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE SALE A VALID QSUB.

Based on Guaranty being a valid S corporation and each corporate subsidiary of Guaranty being a valid QSub, Guaranty’s sale of substantially all of its assets of (including the capital stock of Guaranty Bank and any other Guaranty subsidiary) will be treated as a sale by Guaranty of substantially all of its assets, all of the assets owned by Guaranty Bank and all of the assets of any other Guaranty subsidiary for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Guaranty will recognize gain or loss on this deemed asset sale equal to the difference between the amount realized in the sale and Guaranty’s or Guaranty Bank’s (or any other Guaranty subsidiary’s), adjusted tax basis in such assets. The amount realized on the sale will equal the sum of (1) the cash received by Guaranty in the sale, (2) the fair market value of the QCR common stock received by Guaranty in the sale based on the value of the QCR common stock on the closing date of the sale and (3) the amount of Guaranty liabilities deemed assumed by QCR. This amount realized will be allocated among the assets of Guaranty, Guaranty Bank and any

 

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other Guaranty subsidiary in accordance with the rules of Section 1060 of the Code and the applicable Treasury Regulations issued thereunder. The gain or loss will be capital or ordinary (or a mix thereof) depending on the nature of the asset deemed sold in the exchange.

In addition, because Guaranty is an S corporation and Guaranty Bank and each other Guaranty corporate subsidiary is a QSub, any gains or losses recognized by Guaranty, Guaranty Bank or any other Guaranty subsidiary on the deemed asset sale will flow-out to the shareholders of Guaranty under the S corporation rules and be taxable on a pro rata basis to these shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Any capital gain or loss and ordinary income or loss will be reported on a Schedule K-1 to each Guaranty shareholder regardless of the amount of distributions made by Guaranty. A shareholder in Guaranty will increase its tax basis in his, her or its Guaranty common stock in an amount equal to the capital gain and ordinary income allocated to such shareholder and will reduce his, her or its tax basis in Guaranty common stock in an amount equal to any capital or ordinary loss allocated to such shareholder. If the value of the shares of QCR common stock at the time they are distributed by Guaranty to its shareholders is greater than their value on the closing date of the sale, Guaranty will recognize further capital gain equal to such appreciation. Such capital gain would be short-term capital gain if the liquidating distribution is made within one year of the closing of the sale. Any such capital gain would flow-out to the Guaranty shareholders under the S corporation rules and be taxable based on a pro rata basis to these shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Any such capital gain would be reported on a Schedule K-1 to each Guaranty shareholder and would increase such shareholder’s tax basis in his, her or its Guaranty common stock in the same manner as discussed above with respect to any gain or income recognized on the sale of Guaranty Bank (and any other Guaranty subsidiary) to QCR.

A Guaranty shareholder that is entitled to receive a pro rata distribution upon the dissolution of Guaranty will also recognize additional gain or loss, if any, on such dissolution in an amount equal to the difference between the amount of cash received in exchange for Guaranty common stock and the adjusted tax basis in his, her or its shares of Guaranty common stock. Liquidating distributions made by Guaranty to its shareholders will first reduce a shareholder’s tax basis in his, her or its Guaranty common stock (as adjusted for gain, loss or income allocated to shareholders as described above) by an amount equal to the cash distributed plus the fair market value of the QCR common stock on the date of distribution. A Guaranty shareholder will recognize capital gain equal to any amounts distributed to such shareholder in excess of such adjusted tax basis; provided, that if such Guaranty shareholder holds such Guaranty common stock for longer than one year, such gain will be long-term capital gain. A Guaranty shareholder will have a tax basis in the shares of QCR common stock it receives equal to their fair market value on the date of distribution and a shareholder’s holding period in the shares of QCR common stock will not include the shareholder’s holding period in Guaranty stock. In the event that Guaranty makes interim distributions to its shareholders that are not part of Guaranty’s complete liquidation, the tax consequences to Guaranty shareholders would differ. In addition, if the sale proposal is approved and the dissolution proposal is not, then the Guaranty shareholders will not receive a distribution to shareholders pursuant to the dissolution but still may owe taxes in connection with the sale. See “Risk Factors —Approval of the dissolution proposal is not required to approve the sale proposal or complete the sale” for information regarding certain risks if the dissolution is not approved.

See the section entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Sale and the Dissolution” for a more detailed description of the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the sale and the dissolution.

The U.S. federal income tax consequences described above may not apply to all holders of Guaranty common stock. Your tax consequences will depend on your individual situation. Accordingly, we strongly urge you to consult your tax advisor for a full understanding of the particular tax consequences of the sale and the dissolution to you.

 

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Approval of the dissolution proposal is not required to approve the sale proposal or complete the sale.

The sale and the dissolution cannot be completed unless the Guaranty shareholders approve each proposal by the affirmative vote of the holders of majority of the votes cast at the special meeting, assuming in each case that a quorum is present. Approval of the dissolution proposal is not required to approve the sale proposal or complete the sale. If Guaranty shareholders approve the sale proposal and do not approve the dissolution proposal, Guaranty will still be required to complete the sale, assuming the other closing conditions are met. In that case, Guaranty will have sold Guaranty Bank, which constitutes substantially all of Guaranty’s operating assets to QCR and Guaranty will not have any assets to support ongoing operating activity. Instead of making a distribution to shareholders pursuant to the plan of dissolution, Guaranty would use its assets to pay off its liabilities and then use its remaining assets to pay ongoing operating expenses. Guaranty does not intend to invest in another operating business following the closing of the sale. If the dissolution proposal is not approved and the sale is completed, Guaranty shareholders may have income tax liability in connection with the sale as described in this proxy statement/prospectus but Guaranty may not be required to distribute the sale consideration to the Guaranty shareholders. If Guaranty does not distribute some or all of the sale consideration to Guaranty shareholders, you may still have an income tax liability that needs to be paid in connection with the sale but you may not have received the proceeds from the sale.

The market price of QCR common stock after the sale may be affected by factors different from those affecting the shares of QCR or Guaranty currently.

Upon completion of the sale and the distribution of the stock portion of the sale consideration by Guaranty, holders of Guaranty common stock will become holders of QCR common stock. Guaranty’s business differs in important respects from that of QCR, and, accordingly, the results of operations of Guaranty and the market price of QCR common stock after the completion of the sale may be affected by factors different from those currently affecting the independent results of operations of each of Guaranty and QCR. For a discussion of the businesses of Guaranty and QCR and of some important factors to consider in connection with those businesses, see the documents incorporated by reference in this proxy statement/prospectus and referred to under the section entitled “Where You Can Find More Information.”

Guaranty cannot determine at this time the amount or timing of any distributions to its shareholders because there are many factors, some of which are outside of Guaranty’s control, that could affect Guaranty’s ability to make such distributions.

Guaranty cannot determine at this time when, or potentially whether, it will be able to make any distributions to its shareholders or the amount of any such distributions. Those determinations depend on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

 

    whether the sale closes;

 

    the timing of the closing of the sale;

 

    the amount of Guaranty’s liabilities and obligations or the estimated costs and expenses of the sale and the operation of Guaranty until the date it is authorized to make a distribution to its shareholders under the applicable provisions of Iowa law could increase;

 

    presently unknown or contingent liabilities of Guaranty could later arise or become fixed in amount and Guaranty would be required to satisfy or reserve for these liabilities as part of the dissolution;

 

    delays in completing the sale or delays in the timing of the dissolution of Guaranty could result in additional fees and expenses and result in reduced distributions to Guaranty shareholders; and

 

    Guaranty may be required under Iowa law or the Iowa courts to hold back for distribution at a later date, if at all, some or all of the estimated amounts that Guaranty currently expects to distribute to its shareholders.

 

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For the foregoing reasons, there can be no assurance as to the timing and amount of distributions to Guaranty shareholders, even if the sale is completed. Guaranty currently anticipates that the sale consideration will be distributed to the Guaranty shareholders shortly after the sale closes. However, for the reasons set forth above, these amounts could be significantly less than anticipated.

Guaranty may need to request reimbursement of distributions paid to Guaranty shareholders.

Any unforecasted or unexpected claims, liabilities, or expenses that arise between the date of determining any projected cash reserves to be withheld for dissolution and liquidation purposes and the liquidation and final termination of existence of Guaranty or any claims, liabilities, or expenses that exceed Guaranty’s estimates could leave Guaranty with less cash than is necessary to pay liabilities and expenses. In such event Guaranty may have to request that the Guaranty shareholders reimburse Guaranty a portion of earlier distributions received.

Projected cash reserves may not be sufficient to satisfy and pay out all of Guaranty’s known and unknown claims.

Projected cash reserves may not be sufficient to satisfy and pay out all of Guaranty’s known and unknown claims. It is possible that, in the course of the dissolution process, unanticipated expenses and contingent liabilities will arise. If such liabilities exceed the projected cash reserves, Guaranty will be required to increase the cash reserves to satisfy its obligations before its dissolution, thereby reducing, and perhaps eliminating, the cash available for distribution to Guaranty shareholders in the dissolution.

Projected cash reserves will be determined by Guaranty management based upon anticipated known and unknown claims, as well as salaries, director and officer or other liability insurance, accounting, legal, taxes, and other anticipated operational expenses to wind up and liquidate the business and affairs of Guaranty.

Combining Guaranty Bank with CRBT may be more difficult, costly or time consuming than expected and the anticipated benefits and cost savings of the sale may not be realized.

CRBT and Guaranty Bank have operated and, until the completion of the sale and the bank merger, will continue to operate, independently. At a date following the completion of the sale, QCR intends to merge Guaranty Bank with and into CRBT, with CRBT as the surviving bank. The success of the sale, including anticipated benefits and cost savings, will depend, in part, on QCR’s ability to successfully combine and integrate the business of Guaranty Bank with CRBT in a manner that permits growth opportunities and does not materially disrupt existing customer relations nor result in decreased revenues due to loss of customers. It is possible that the integration process could result in the loss of key employees, the disruption of the companies’ ongoing businesses or inconsistencies in standards, controls, procedures and policies that adversely affect CRBT’s ability to maintain relationships with clients, customers, depositors and employees or to achieve the anticipated benefits and cost savings of the sale. The loss of key employees could adversely affect CRBT’s ability to successfully conduct its business, which could have an adverse effect on QCR’s financial results and the value of its common stock. If QCR experiences difficulties with the integration process, the anticipated benefits of the sale may not be realized fully or at all, or may take longer to realize than expected. As with any combination of financial institutions, there also may be business disruptions that cause CRBT and/or Guaranty Bank to lose customers or cause customers to remove their accounts from CRBT and/or Guaranty Bank and move their business to competing financial institutions. Integration efforts will also divert management attention and resources. These integration matters could have an adverse effect on each of CRBT and Guaranty Bank during this transition period and for an undetermined period after completion of the sale on QCR. In addition, the actual cost savings, revenue enhancements and other synergies of the sale could be less than anticipated.

Failure to complete the sale could negatively impact Guaranty and QCR.

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any of the anticipated benefits of completing the sale, Guaranty and QCR would be subject to a number of risks, including the following:

 

    Guaranty and QCR may experience negative impacts on their respective stock prices;

 

    Guaranty and QCR may experience negative reactions from the financial markets and their respective customers, vendors and employees;

 

    Guaranty and QCR will have incurred substantial expenses and will be required to pay certain costs relating to the sale, whether or not the sale is completed;

 

    the purchase and assumption agreement places certain restrictions on the conduct of Guaranty’s businesses prior to completion of the sale. Such restrictions, the waiver of which is subject to the consent of QCR (not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), may prevent Guaranty from making certain acquisitions or taking certain other specified actions during the pendency of the sale; and

 

    matters relating to the sale (including integration planning) will require substantial commitments of time and resources by Guaranty management, which would otherwise have been devoted to other opportunities that may have been beneficial to Guaranty as an independent company.

Furthermore, if the purchase and assumption agreement is terminated and Guaranty’s board of directors seeks another sale or business combination, Guaranty shareholders cannot be certain that Guaranty will be able to find a party willing to offer equivalent or more attractive consideration than the consideration QCR has agreed to provide in the sale, or that such other sale or business combination will be completed. If the purchase and assumption agreement is terminated under certain circumstances, Guaranty or QCR may be required to pay termination fees to the other party.

Guaranty and Guaranty Bank will be subject to business uncertainties and contractual restrictions while the sale is pending.

Uncertainty about the effect of the sale and dissolution on employees and customers may have an adverse effect on Guaranty and Guaranty Bank and, consequently, on QCR. These uncertainties may impair Guaranty Bank’s ability to attract, retain and motivate key personnel until the sale is completed, and could cause customers and others that deal with Guaranty Bank to seek to change existing business relationships with Guaranty Bank. Retention of certain employees may be challenging during the pendency of the sale, as certain employees may experience uncertainty about their future roles. If key employees depart because of issues relating to the uncertainty and difficulty of integration or a desire not to remain with the business, QCR’s business following the sale could be negatively impacted. In addition, the purchase and assumption agreement restricts Guaranty from making certain transactions and taking other specified actions without the consent of QCR until the sale occurs. These restrictions may prevent Guaranty or Guaranty Bank from pursuing attractive business opportunities that may arise prior to the completion of the sale.

Guaranty directors and officers may have interests in the sale different from the interests of Guaranty shareholders.

The interests of some of the directors and executive officers of Guaranty may be different from those of Guaranty shareholders, and directors and officers of Guaranty may be participants in arrangements that are different from, or are in addition to, those of Guaranty shareholders. The members of the Guaranty board of directors knew about these additional interests and considered them among other matters when making its decision to approve the purchase and assumption agreement, and in recommending that Guaranty’s common shareholders vote in favor of adopting the purchase and assumption agreement. Such interests include, among others:

 

    certain payments due under incentive compensation arrangements with Guaranty Bank and acceleration of payments in connection with their termination;

 

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    payments due under change of control agreements with Guaranty Bank;

 

    and rights to ongoing indemnification and insurance coverage by QCR for acts or omissions occurring prior to the sale; and

 

    the continuation of service on CRBT’s board of directors of two Guaranty or Guaranty Bank directors.

These interests are more fully described in this proxy statement/prospectus under the section entitled “The Sale—Interests of certain persons in the sale.”

The purchase and assumption agreement contains provisions that may discourage other companies from trying to acquire Guaranty for greater sale consideration.

The purchase and assumption agreement contains provisions that may discourage a third party from submitting a business combination proposal to Guaranty that might result in greater value to Guaranty’s shareholders than the proposed sale to QCR or may result in a potential competing acquirer proposing to pay a lower per share price to acquire Guaranty than it might otherwise have proposed to pay absent such provisions. These provisions include a general prohibition on Guaranty from soliciting, or, subject to certain exceptions relating to the exercise of fiduciary duties by Guaranty’s board of directors, entering into discussions with any third party regarding any acquisition proposal or offers for competing transactions. In addition, Guaranty may be required to pay QCR a termination fee of $1.3 million upon termination of the purchase and assumption agreement in certain circumstances involving acquisition proposals for competing transactions. See “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Termination” and “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Termination fees.”

The opinions of Guaranty’s financial advisor will not reflect changes in circumstances between signing of the purchase and assumption agreement and the completion of the sale.

Guaranty has not obtained an updated opinion from its financial advisor as of the date of this proxy statement/prospectus. Changes in the operations and prospects of Guaranty or QCR, general market and economic conditions and other factors that may be beyond the control of Guaranty or QCR, and on which Guaranty’s financial advisor’s opinion was based, may significantly alter or effect the estimated valuation conclusions reached in such opinion. The opinion does not speak as of the time the sale and dissolution will be completed or as of any date other than the date of such opinion. Because Guaranty does not currently anticipate asking its financial advisor to update its opinion, the opinion will not address the fairness of the sale consideration from a financial point of view at the time the sale is completed.

Guaranty and QCR will incur transaction costs and integration costs in connection with the sale.

Each of QCR and Guaranty has incurred and expects that it will incur significant, non-recurring costs in connection with consummating the sale. In addition, QCR will incur integration costs following the completion of the sale as QCR integrates the businesses of CRBT and Guaranty Bank, including facilities and systems consolidation costs and employment-related costs. There can be no assurances that the expected benefits and efficiencies related to the integration of the businesses will be realized to offset these transaction and integration costs over time. QCR and Guaranty may also incur additional costs to maintain employee morale and to retain key employees. QCR and Guaranty will also incur significant legal, financial advisor, accounting, banking and consulting fees, fees relating to regulatory filings and notices, regulatory filing fees, printing and mailing fees and other costs associated with the sale.

The shares of QCR common stock to be received by Guaranty shareholders as a result of the sale and the distribution of the sale consideration by Guaranty will have different rights from the shares of Guaranty common stock.

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the “DGCL”) and QCR’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws. The rights associated with Guaranty common stock are different from the rights associated with QCR common stock. See “Comparison of Rights of QCR Shareholders and Guaranty Shareholders” for a further discussion of the different rights associated with QCR common stock.

The market price of QCR common stock after the sale may be affected by factors different from those affecting the shares of Guaranty or QCR currently.

Upon completion of the sale and the distribution of the sale consideration by Guaranty, holders of Guaranty common stock will become holders of QCR common stock. QCR’s business differs in important respects from that of Guaranty, and, accordingly, the results of operations of QCR and the market price of QCR common stock after the completion of the sale may be affected by factors different from those currently affecting the independent results of operations of each of QCR and Guaranty. For a discussion of the businesses of QCR and Guaranty and of some important factors to consider in connection with those businesses, see the documents incorporated by reference in this proxy statement/prospectus and referred to under “Where You Can Find More Information.”

The market price of QCR common stock may decline as a result of the sale.

The market price of QCR common stock may decline as a result of the sale if QCR does not achieve the perceived benefits of the sale or the effect of the sale on QCR’s financial results is not consistent with the expectations of financial or industry analysts. In addition, upon completion of the sale and the distribution of the sale consideration by Guaranty, QCR and Guaranty shareholders will own interests in QCR’s operating an expanded business with a different mix of assets, risks and liabilities. Current QCR and Guaranty shareholders may not wish to continue to invest in QCR, or for other reasons may wish to dispose of some or all of their shares of QCR.

QCR’s management will have broad discretion as to the use of assets acquired from the sale, and QCR may not use these assets effectively.

QCR’s management will have broad discretion in the application of the assets from the sale and could utilize the assets in ways that do not improve QCR’s results of operations or enhance the value of its common stock. Guaranty shareholders will not have the opportunity, as part of their investment decision, to assess whether these acquired assets are being used appropriately. QCR’s failure to utilize these assets effectively could have a material adverse effect on QCR, delay the development of products and cause the price of QCR common stock to decline.

Risks relating to QCR’s business and common stock.

You should read and consider risk factors specific to QCR’s business that will also affect QCR after the sale. These risks are described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in QCR’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, and in other documents incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus. Please see the section entitled “Where You Can Find More Information” of this proxy statement/prospectus for the location of information incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus.

 

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SPECIAL NOTES CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This proxy statement/prospectus (including information incorporated by reference) contains, and future oral and written statements of QCR and Guaranty and members of their management may contain, forward-looking statements, within the meaning of such term in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business of QCR and Guaranty. Forward-looking statements, which may be based upon beliefs, expectations and assumptions of QCR’s and Guaranty’s management and on information currently available to management, are generally identifiable by the use of words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “bode,” “predict,” “suggest,” “project,” “appear,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “likely,” or other similar expressions. Additionally, all statements in this proxy statement/prospectus, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and neither QCR nor Guaranty undertakes any obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

QCR’s ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain. The factors that could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of QCR and its subsidiaries are detailed in the “Risk Factors” section included under Item 1A. of Part I of QCR’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. In addition to the risk factors described in that section, there are other factors that could have a material adverse effect on the operations and future prospects of QCR and its subsidiaries. These additional factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

    The strength of the local and national economy.

 

    Changes in the interest rate environment.

 

    The economic impact of exceptional weather occurrences such as tornadoes, floods and blizzards.

 

    The economic impact of past and any future terrorist attacks, acts of war or threats thereof and the response of the United States to any such threats and attacks.

 

    The impact of cybersecurity risks.

 

    The costs, effects and outcomes of existing or future litigation.

 

    Changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by state and federal regulatory agencies, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

 

    Unexpected results of acquisitions (including the acquisition of Community State Bank and the planned acquisition of Guaranty), which may include failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisitions.

 

    The ability of QCR to manage the risks associated with the foregoing as well as anticipated.

These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.

 

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NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The following tables present certain non-GAAP financial measures related to net interest margin tax equivalent yield and the efficiency ratio. In compliance with applicable rules of the SEC, all non-GAAP measures are reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Net interest margin tax equivalent yield (non-GAAP) is reconciled to net interest margin. The efficiency ratio (non-GAAP) is reconciled to noninterest expense, net interest income and noninterest income.

Net interest margin tax equivalent yield is a financial measure QCR’s management utilizes to take into account the tax benefit associated with certain loans and securities. The efficiency ratio is utilized by QCR’s management to compare QCR to peers. It is standard in the banking industry and widely utilized by investors.

Non-GAAP financial measures have inherent limitations, are not required to be uniformly applied, and are not audited. Although these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by investors to evaluate a company, they have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analyses of results as reported under GAAP.

 

GAAP TO NON-GAAP
RECONCILIATIONS

  As of and for the
six months ended
June 30,
    As of and for the years ended December 31,  
    2017     2016     2016     2015     2014     2013     2012  

NET INTEREST MARGIN (TEY)

             

Net interest income (GAAP)

  $ 55,716     $ 41,606     $ 94,517     $ 76,296     $ 69,071     $ 64,105     $ 57,649  

Plus: Tax equivalent adjustment

    4,218       2,706       6,021       4,881       3,977       2,605       1,883  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net interest income—tax equivalent (Non-GAAP)

  $ 59,934     $ 44,312     $ 100,538     $ 81,177     $ 73,048     $ 66,710     $ 59,532  

Average earning assets

  $ 3,128,569     $ 2,470,525     $ 2,678,359     $ 2,406,213     $ 2,319,441     $ 2,200,277     $ 1,896,200  

Net interest margin (GAAP)

    3.59     3.39     3.53     3.17     2.98     2.91     3.04

Net interest margin (TEY) (Non-GAAP)

    3.86     3.61     3.75     3.37     3.15     3.03     3.14

EFFICIENCY RATIO

             

Noninterest expense (GAAP)

  $ 42,678     $ 34,698     $ 81,486     $ 73,192     $ 65,554     $ 65,465     $ 54,591  

Net interest income (GAAP)

  $ 55,716     $ 41,606     $ 94,517     $ 76,296     $ 69,071     $ 64,105     $ 57,649  

Noninterest income (GAAP)

    14,066       13,585       31,037       24,364       21,282       26,846       18,953  
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total income

  $ 69,782     $ 55,191     $ 125,554     $ 100,660     $ 90,353     $ 90,951     $ 76,602  

Efficiency ratio (noninterest expense/total income) (Non-GAAP)

    61.16     62.87     64.90     72.71     72.55     71.98     71.27

 

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETING OF GUARANTY SHAREHOLDERS

Purpose

Guaranty shareholders are receiving this proxy statement/prospectus because on August 15, 2017, the record date for the special meeting of shareholders to be held on September 20, 2017, at the main office of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, located at 302 Third Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401, at 3:00 p.m., local time, they owned shares of the common stock of Guaranty, and the board of directors of Guaranty is soliciting proxies for the matters to be voted on at this special meeting, as described in more detail below. Copies of this proxy statement/prospectus began to be mailed to holders of Guaranty common stock on [●], 2017, and is accompanied by a proxy card for use at the special meeting and at any adjournment(s) of the meeting.

At the special meeting, Guaranty board of directors will ask you to vote upon the following:

 

    a proposal to approve the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein;

 

    subject to the approval of the sale proposal, a proposal to approve the complete liquidation and voluntary dissolution of Guaranty; and

 

    a proposal to approve an adjournment of the special meeting to permit further solicitation in the event that an insufficient number of votes are cast to approve the sale proposal.

When you sign the enclosed proxy card or otherwise vote pursuant to the instructions set forth on the proxy card, you appoint the proxy holder as your representative at the special meeting. The proxy holder will vote your shares as you have instructed in the proxy card, thereby ensuring that your shares will be voted whether or not you attend the special meeting. Even if you plan to attend the special meeting, we ask that you instruct the proxies how to vote your shares in advance of the special meeting just in case your plans change.

If you have not already done so, please complete, date and sign the accompanying proxy card and return it promptly in the enclosed, postage paid envelope or otherwise vote pursuant to the instructions set forth on the proxy card. If you do not vote your shares as instructed on the proxy card, or if you do not attend and cast your vote at the special meeting, the effect will be a vote against the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein.

Record date, quorum and vote required

The record date for the Guaranty special meeting is August 15, 2017. Guaranty’s shareholders of record as of the close of business on that day will receive notice of and will be entitled to vote at the special meeting. As of the record date, there were 919,462.8251 shares of Guaranty common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the special meeting. The outstanding shares are held by approximately 43 holders of record.

The presence, in person or by proxy, of a majority of the shares of Guaranty common stock entitled to vote on the proposals is necessary to constitute a quorum at the special meeting. Each share of Guaranty common stock outstanding on the record date entitles its holder to one vote on the matters being brought before the special meeting.

To determine the presence of a quorum at the special meeting, Guaranty will also count as present the shares of Guaranty common stock present in person but not voting, and the shares of common stock for which Guaranty has received proxies but with respect to which the holders of such shares have abstained or signed without providing instructions. Broker non-votes are not counted as present for the purposes of determining quorum. Based on the number of shares of Guaranty common stock outstanding as of the record date, at least 459,731.4126 shares need to be present at the special meeting, whether in person or by proxy, to constitute a quorum.

 

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Approval of the sale proposal, the dissolution proposal and the adjournment proposal each requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast at the special meeting. Abstentions, shares not voted and broker non-votes will have no effect on the proposals.

As of the record date for the special meeting, Guaranty’s directors and executive officers beneficially owned a total of 622,804.67 shares, or approximately 67.7% of the outstanding shares, of Guaranty common stock. These individuals have entered into a written agreement with QCR that they will vote their shares in favor of the purchase and assumption agreement, except as may be limited by their fiduciary obligations.

How to vote your shares

Vote by completing, signing and returning the enclosed proxy card. If you properly complete and timely submit your proxy, your shares will be voted as you have directed. You may vote for, against, or abstain with respect to the matter brought before the special meeting. If you are the record holder of your shares and submit your proxy without specifying a voting instruction, your shares will be voted as the Guaranty board of directors recommends and will be voted “FOR” the sale proposal, “FOR” the dissolution proposal and “FOR” the adjournment proposal in the event that an insufficient number of votes are cast to approve the sale proposal. If you do not vote your shares as instructed on the proxy card, or if you do not attend and cast your vote at the special meeting, the effect will be a vote against the sale proposal and the dissolution proposal.

You should not send any stock certificates with your proxy card.

Participants in the GB & T KSOP Plan

If you hold Guaranty common stock through the KSOP, you will receive a voting instruction card to reflect all of the shares that you may direct the trustee to vote on your behalf under the plan. Under the terms of the KSOP, all shares held by the KSOP are voted by the KSOP trustee, but each participant in the KSOP may direct the trustee how to vote the shares of Guaranty common stock allocated to his or her account. Allocated shares for which no timely voting instructions are received will be voted by the KSOP trustee, subject to the exercise of its fiduciary duties.

Shares held in “street name”

If you hold shares in “street name” with a broker, bank or other fiduciary, you will receive voting instructions from the holder of record of your shares. Under the rules of various national and regional securities exchanges, brokers, banks and other fiduciaries may generally vote your shares on routine matters, such as the ratification of an independent registered public accounting firm, even if you provide no instructions, but may not vote on non-routine matters, such as the matters being brought before the special meeting, unless you provide voting instructions. Shares for which a broker does not have the authority to vote are recorded as “broker non-votes” and are not counted in the vote by shareholders or for purposes of a quorum. As a result, any broker non-votes will have the practical effect of a vote against the sale proposal and the dissolution proposal but will not affect the adjournment proposal.

We therefore encourage you to provide directions to your broker, bank or other fiduciary as to how you want your shares voted on all matters to be brought before the special meeting. You should do this by carefully following the instructions your broker gives you concerning its procedures. Your broker, bank or other fiduciary may allow you to deliver your voting instructions via the telephone or the Internet. Please see the instruction form provided by your broker, bank or other fiduciary that accompanies this proxy statement. If you wish to change your voting instructions after you have returned your voting instruction form to your broker, bank or other fiduciary, you must contact your broker, bank or other fiduciary. If you want to vote your shares of Guaranty common stock held in street name in person at the special meeting, you will need to obtain a written proxy in your name from your broker, bank or other fiduciary.

 

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Revocability of proxies

You may revoke your proxy at any time before the vote is taken at the special meeting, regardless of whether you submitted your original proxy. To revoke your proxy, you must either advise the Corporate Secretary of Guaranty in writing before your Guaranty common stock has been voted at the special meeting, deliver a later dated proxy or attend the special meeting and vote your shares in person. Attendance at the special meeting will not in itself constitute revocation of your proxy.

All written notices of revocation and other communication with respect to the revocation of proxies should be addressed to: Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd., Corporate Secretary, 302 Third Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. If you hold your shares in the name of a broker, bank or other fiduciary and desire to revoke your proxy, you will need to contact your broker, bank or other fiduciary to revoke your proxy.

Proxy solicitation

Guaranty will pay the costs associated with the solicitation of proxies for the special meeting. Guaranty will reimburse brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for reasonable expenses incurred by them in sending proxy materials to the beneficial owners of Guaranty. In addition to the solicitation of proxies by mail, directors, officers and employees of Guaranty may solicit proxies personally or by telephone. None of these persons will receive additional compensation for these activities.

 

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THE GUARANTY PROPOSALS

Proposal 1 – Approval of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement

At the Guaranty special meeting, shareholders of Guaranty will be asked to approve the purchase and assumption agreement, which provides for the sale by Guaranty of substantially all of its assets, including all of the capital stock of Guaranty Bank, and the assumption by QCR of certain of Guaranty’s assets and liabilities. Shareholders of Guaranty should read this proxy statement/prospectus carefully and in its entirety, including the appendices, for more detailed information concerning the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein. A copy of the purchase and assumption agreement is attached to this proxy statement/prospectus as Appendix A.

For the reasons discussed in this proxy statement/prospectus, the board of directors of Guaranty unanimously determined that the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein are in the best interests of Guaranty and its shareholders, and unanimously adopted and approved the purchase and assumption agreement. The board of directors of Guaranty unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the sale proposal.

Proposal 2 – Approval of the Dissolution

At the special meeting, subject to the approval of the sale proposal, shareholders of Guaranty also will be asked to consider and approve the dissolution of Guaranty and the distribution of its assets to the shareholders of Guaranty. Subject to the completion of the sale, the Guaranty board of directors deems it advisable and in the best interests of Guaranty to dissolve, liquidate, and terminate Guaranty by filing articles of dissolution with the Iowa Secretary of State.

For the reasons discussed in this proxy statement/prospectus, the board of directors of Guaranty unanimously determined that, subject to the sale, the dissolution in the best interests of Guaranty and its shareholders, and unanimously approved the dissolution. The board of directors of Guaranty unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the dissolution proposal.

Proposal 3 – Adjournment of the Special Meeting

If, at the Guaranty special meeting, the number of shares of Guaranty common stock cast in favor of the purchase and assumption agreement is insufficient to approve the sale proposal, Guaranty intends to move to adjourn the Guaranty special meeting in order to enable the board of directors of Guaranty to solicit additional proxies for approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein. In this proposal, Guaranty is asking its shareholders to authorize the holder of any proxy solicited by the board of directors of Guaranty, on a discretionary basis, to vote in favor of adjourning the Guaranty special meeting to another time and place for the purpose of soliciting additional proxies.

The board of directors of Guaranty unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” the adjournment proposal.

 

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THE SALE

This section of the proxy statement/prospectus describes material aspects of the sale. While QCR and Guaranty believe that the description covers the material terms of the sale and the related transactions, this summary may not contain all of the information that is important to you. You should carefully read this entire proxy statement/prospectus, the attached Appendixes and the other documents to which this proxy statement/prospectus refers for a more complete understanding of the sale. The agreement and plan of sale attached hereto as Appendix A, not this summary, is the legal document which governs the sale.

General

The Guaranty board of directors is using this proxy statement/prospectus to solicit proxies from the holders of Guaranty common stock for use at the Guaranty special meeting of shareholders, at which Guaranty shareholders will be asked to approve the purchase and assumption agreement and thereby approve the sale. The purchase and assumption agreement provides for the sale by Guaranty of substantially all of its assets, including all of the capital stock of Guaranty Bank, and the assumption by QCR of certain of Guaranty’s assets and liabilities. The sale is anticipated to be completed late in the third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2017. At a date following the completion of the sale, QCR intends to merge Guaranty Bank with and into CRBT, with CRBT as the surviving bank. At such time, Guaranty Bank’s banking offices will become banking offices of CRBT. Until the banks are merged, QCR will own and operate Guaranty Bank as a separate bank subsidiary.

Background of the sale

From time to time, the board of directors of Guaranty has engaged in reviews and discussions of Guaranty’s long-term strategies and objectives, considering ways in which the company might enhance shareholder value and performance in light of competitive and other relevant factors, including continuing as an independent institution, establishing branch offices, acquiring branch offices, and other expansion and acquisition opportunities. Generally, these reviews have centered on strategies to improve Guaranty’s existing operations to better serve its customers or to pursue opportunities in new markets or lines of business. Often these assessments included discussions and analyses of potential sale transactions as one of Guaranty’s potential strategies to enhance or improve shareholder value.

Similarly, over the past several years, QCR’s board has actively and thoughtfully considered QCR’s business and strategic direction, and QCR has completed several acquisitions over the past four years. In connection with their continuing strategic planning, QCR’s executive management and members of its board have met frequently with financial advisors, including representatives from Piper Jaffray & Co. (which we refer to as “Piper Jaffray”), to discuss various trends in the industry, the sale and acquisition market and particular financial institutions. The executive management team regularly reported this information to the full board of directors to keep the directors properly knowledgeable and informed on QCR’s strategic alternatives.

Several of QCR’s executives and officers, in particular individuals involved with CRBT, have knowledge of the Cedar Rapids market due to the proximity of the markets in which QCR and Guaranty operate and are familiar with many of the business people who live or work in those markets. Based on these relationships, over the past several years, QCR executives met with Guaranty executives from time to time to generally discuss their respective companies and bank subsidiaries, their general business strategies, the markets that each of them service and other general matters. In October 2016, the parties had a more formal discussion regarding their companies and determined that there was mutual interest to pursue formal discussions regarding a possible strategic transaction between QCR and Guaranty.

On November 21, 2016, Guaranty’s board of directors considered six possible investment banking advisors to assist the board in evaluating a possible affiliation with QCR and Guaranty’s strategic options. The board approved engaging Sheshunoff & Co. Investment Banking, L.P. (which we refer to as “Sheshunoff”) to review

 

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Guaranty’s current strategic plan, provide a baseline value with the existing plans, describe possible sale implications to stakeholders, and assess Guaranty’s possible ability to acquire other banks. On November 23, 2016, Guaranty entered into an agreement with Sheshunoff to complete the requested analysis with no obligation to use Sheshunoff to act as Guaranty’s representative for future negotiations. Sheshunoff’s engagement included an evaluation of a possible affiliation with QCR, structure of a possible transaction, shareholder valuations, possible tax implications to all shareholders and comparable transactions in a similar market, along with possible risks associated with pursuing a negotiated transaction.

On December 19, 2016, Sheshunoff presented the analysis of Guaranty’s strategic options, a possible affiliation with QCR and the market conditions for similar sales of financial institutions. On January 24, 2017, the board asked that executive management work with Sheshunoff to develop possible next steps. On January 30, 2017, Sheshunoff presented to the board its recommendations for possible next steps, including a timeline of events. Shortly thereafter, upon advice of Guaranty’s outside legal advisor, Hunton & Williams LLP (which we refer to as “Hunton & Williams”), the board decided to confidentially share the analysis of Guaranty’s strategic options, a possible affiliation with QCR and the board’s methods to ensure the maximum value is obtained for shareholders with Guaranty’s principal shareholder group, most of whom were members of Guaranty’s board of directors, or had representation on Guaranty’s board of directors. That meeting was held on February 19, 2017, and included representatives from Sheshunoff, Hunton & Williams and shareholders representing approximately 80% of the ownership of Guaranty. At a Guaranty board meeting on February 21, 2017, the board carefully reviewed and considered the trade-offs of holding a competitive auction versus a negotiated sale. At a special Guaranty Board meeting on February 27, 2017, Guaranty’s board of directors, upon advice from legal counsel Hunton & Williams and investment advisor Sheshunoff, reviewed and considered the input from certain majority shareholders and decided to proceed with further engaging Sheshunoff to represent Guaranty on the possible sale to QCR.

On March 7, 2017, QCR entered into a confidentiality agreement with Sheshunoff, on behalf of Guaranty, and during March 2017, QCR and Guaranty each performed due diligence on the other, while the management teams and financial advisors continued their conversations regarding the possibility of a strategic transaction between the two companies. The preliminary due diligence by each party primarily focused on the loan and investment portfolios of each entity. QCR’s management team worked with Piper Jaffray on modeling and pricing a potential transaction with Guaranty.

Following several weeks of preliminary due diligence and ongoing discussions between the management teams and the parties’ respective financial advisors, the executive teams for both entities met and, based upon their preliminary due diligence, decided that it would be appropriate to begin more formal discussions regarding a potential transaction. Guaranty requested a non-binding letter of intent from QCR outlining the possible structure and potential basic terms of such a transaction. QCR’s management team, in consultation with representatives of Piper Jaffray and Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, QCR’s legal advisor (which we refer to as “Barack Ferrazzano”), began the preparation of a non-binding letter of intent.

The QCR board and executive committee of the board met in March 2017 to discuss the proposed letter of intent, which provided for the merger of Guaranty into a wholly-owned subsidiary of QCR. Based upon the management team’s preliminary due diligence, Guaranty’s asset quality and overall financial condition, the Cedar Rapids market, Guaranty’s similar community banking philosophy and the perceived strength of the combined entity, QCR submitted the first draft of the non-binding letter of intent on March 14, 2017.

Over the next several weeks, Guaranty’s and QCR’s management teams and advisors discussed and negotiated, among other things, pricing terms, the form of consideration to be approximately 80% QCR common stock and 20% cash, the terms of certain price protection mechanisms, including the terms of break-up fees due as a result of certain price changes in QCR common stock, the treatment of certain real property owned by Guaranty, the addition of Guaranty appointees to serve on the board of CRBT, certain “lock-up” provisions applicable to certain shareholders of Guaranty with respect to the shares of QCR common stock to be acquired in

 

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the transaction, payment of change in control benefits, structuring the transaction to allow for the utilization of an election pursuant to Section 338(h)(10) of the Code and other terms. In this regard, revised letters of intent were provided by QCR to Guaranty on both March 24, 2017 and April 11, 2017.

The Guaranty board of directors held board meetings on March 27, 2017, March 30, 2017, April 6, 2017, April 14, 2017 and April 17, 2017 to review and discuss the letter of intent received from QCR. In the Guaranty board meeting on April 17, 2017, QCR’s letter of intent was approved and signed by Chairman Robert D. Becker.

The letter of intent provided for a 45 day exclusivity period, whereby Guaranty agreed not to solicit, initiate or encourage the submission of a strategic proposal from any other party during that time period. During the rest of April and through May, the parties continued their formal due diligence, including meetings with management in mid-April and continued diligence through the use of an electronic data room from mid-April through the third week of May. Throughout the due diligence process, representatives of Piper Jaffray and Barack Ferrazzano remained in contact with QCR to assist in the due diligence process and the negotiating and structuring of a definitive agreement.

Representatives for Barack Ferrazzano prepared the initial draft of a proposed merger agreement and, after multiple discussions with QCR’s management team, delivered the initial draft of a merger agreement, with terms that followed the final letter of intent, to Hunton & Williams on May 15, 2017. The parties’ legal counsels had several conversations throughout the following week regarding the draft merger agreement and the ongoing due diligence. On May 23, 2017, Hunton & Williams provided comments to the proposed merger agreement, which included, among other things, requests for additional representations and warranties, covenants and certain closing conditions by QCR, and comments to those already contained in the draft definitive agreement. Additionally, Hunton & Williams presented comments intended to facilitate and ensure that the proposed transaction have the same tax attributes negotiated in the letter of intent, while not being structured as a merger transaction effected under Section 338(h)(10) of the Code, after having considered a number of administrative challenges relating to that section.

On May 26, 2017, the parties and representatives from each of their legal, financial and tax advisors, participated on a conference call regarding possibilities to restructure the transaction to allow for the same tax treatment but avoid having to rely on Section 338(h)(10) of the Code. The parties agreed to continue discussions with their tax advisors, including Deloitte Tax LLP, QCR’s tax advisor (which we refer to as “Deloitte”), to propose an alternative structure that would have the same financial and tax effects as originally agreed to in the letter of intent. The parties further discussed the extension of the exclusivity of the letter of intent from June 1, 2017 to June 9, 2017, in order to facilitate the tax treatment discussion and to allow the parties adequate time to evaluate and negotiate a definitive agreement.

Over the next several days, the parties’ advisors continued to discuss the structure of the transaction and agreed to restructure the transaction as a purchase by QCR of substantially all the assets of Guaranty, principally the capital stock of two of Guaranty’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, including Guaranty Bank, and the assumption of certain of Guaranty’s obligations, principally the junior subordinated debt associated with Guaranty’s trust preferred securities. In early June 2017, after consultation with QCR and Deloitte, Barack Ferrazzano presented Hunton & Williams a purchase and assumption agreement, modeled closely off of the last draft of the merger agreement. Over the following several days, QCR, Guaranty respective legal, financial and tax advisors negotiated the terms of the agreement, exchanging comments and revised drafts.

At a Guaranty board meeting held on May 25, 2017, the board met with representatives of Sheshunoff and Hunton & Williams to review the current version of the draft definitive agreement and receive an update on the negotiations of certain non-price related terms of the transaction, namely the “lock-up” provision applicable to certain Guaranty shareholders. At this meeting, following Hunton & Williams review of the draft definitive agreement, Sheshunoff presented its opinion as to the fairness of the transaction, from a financial point of view,

 

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to Guaranty’s shareholders. Sheshunoff’s presentation included a discussion of the overall economic and financial markets, as well as an updated financial analysis of the proposed transaction. Hunton & Williams’ presentation included a discussion summarizing the purchase and assumption agreement, the general reasons for the change from the originally proposed purchase and assumption agreement, the scope of the representations and warranties, the nature of the parties’ covenants prior to closing, the proposed closing conditions and the termination provisions. They also discussed the directors’ fiduciary duties with regard to such a transaction, including the concept of the “fiduciary out” negotiated with QCR on behalf of Guaranty. The Guaranty board engaged in a lengthy discussion regarding the proposed transaction and the rationales for proceeding with the transaction, which are discussed in more detail below. Following that discussion, it was the consensus of the board to continue moving forward with completing the documentation of the transaction with the goal of announcing the transaction by the end of the following week, and also included a specific instruction to Sheshunoff with respect to the negotiation of the “lock-up” provision applicable to certain Guaranty shareholders. The goal was to negotiate the most favorable “lock-up” provision possible for the Guaranty shareholders in question. To facilitate further discussions, on May 30, 2017, Guaranty’s board met to agree to extend the exclusivity provision of the letter of intent an additional week.

At a QCR board meeting on June 1, 2017, the board met with representatives of Piper Jaffray and Barack Ferrazzano to receive an update on the negotiations of the transaction, the current terms agreed to as well as the overall economic and financial markets. Representatives of Piper Jaffray provided the board with an updated financial analysis of the proposed transaction and representatives of Barack Ferrazzano led a discussion summarizing the purchase and assumption agreement, the general reasons for the change from the originally proposed purchase and assumption agreement, the scope of the representations and warranties, the nature of the parties’ covenants prior to closing, the proposed closing conditions and the termination provisions. They also discussed the directors’ fiduciary duties with regard to such a transaction. The QCR board engaged in a lengthy discussion regarding the proposed transaction and the rationales for proceeding with the transaction, which are discussed in more detail below. Following that discussion, it was the consensus of the board to continue moving forward with completing the documentation of the transaction with the goal of announcing the transaction by the end of the following week.

Over the next several days, representatives of QCR and Guaranty continued to review and discuss the purchase and assumption agreement, as well as the terms of the voting agreement and the “lock-up” agreements, that several of Guaranty’s directors and shareholders were expected to execute prior to closing.

On June 6, 2017, the Guaranty board held another special meeting with outside legal counsel Hunton & Williams and investment advisor, Sheshunoff, to consider and approve a final version of the purchase and assumption agreement between Guaranty and QCR. The directors also reviewed redline and clean copies of the purchase and assumption agreement, the “lock-up” agreement, redline and clean copies of the Guaranty disclosure schedules, a draft press release and other documents, as well as the resolutions to approve the transaction, purchase and assumption agreement and related documents. Hunton & Williams discussed each document in detail and reviewed the resolutions with the board prior to their consideration and approval. Based upon Hunton & Williams review of the documents, Sheshunoff’s fairness opinion delivered the prior week and Sheshunoff’s ability to negotiate a favorable “lock-up” period with QCR on behalf of certain Guaranty shareholders, on June 6, 2017, Guaranty’s board of directors unanimously approved the transaction, the purchase and assumption agreement and related documents. In determining to pursue the negotiated transaction with QCR rather than the auction process, Guaranty’s board of directors considered that the risks associated with doing an auction were greater than the negotiated sale. Chief risks were that Guaranty could lose customers and employees with rumors that Guaranty was for sale, that there was substantial evidence in the fairness opinion that the QCR offer was equal to or greater than what Guaranty could have expected in an auction, and that QCR was a known entity that had successfully completed acquisitions before and would be able to complete a transaction with Guaranty.

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regarding the final terms of the agreement. Based on this and previous discussions, the QCR board unanimously approved the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated in the agreement.

On June 8, 2017, the purchase and assumption agreement was finalized and executed by QCR and Guaranty and QCR issued a press release announcing the execution of the agreement.

Guaranty’s reasons for the sale and recommendation of the board of directors

Guaranty’s board of directors, with the assistance of its financial advisor, Sheshunoff, evaluated the financial, market and other considerations bearing on the decision to recommend the sale. The terms of the sale, including the consideration to be received in the sale, are a result of arm’s-length negotiations between the representatives of Guaranty and QCR. In reaching its conclusion that the transaction is in the best interest of Guaranty and its shareholders, Guaranty’s board of directors carefully considered a number of factors, including the following:

 

    financial information and analyses and the opinion of Sheshunoff to the Guaranty board of directors as to the fairness, from a financial point of view of the sale consideration to be received by holders of Guaranty common stock, as more fully described under the section entitled “Opinion of Sheshunoff & Co. Investment Banking, L.P.;”

 

    Guaranty’s prospects if it continued to operate on a standalone basis as compared with the value of the sale consideration offered by QCR;

 

    the Guaranty board of directors’ knowledge of the current and prospective environment in which Guaranty operates, including national and local economic conditions, the competitive environment, the increased regulatory burden and expense imposed on financial institutions as a result of recent legislation, the trend toward consolidation in the financial services industry and the likely effect of these factors on Guaranty’s potential growth, development, profitability and strategic options;

 

    the Guaranty board of directors’ view that the size of Guaranty and related economies of scale was becoming increasingly important to its continued success in the current financial services environment;

 

    the Guaranty board of directors’ belief that the number of potential acquirers interested in institutions similar in size to Guaranty, with total assets less than $500 million and more limited geographic markets, has diminished and may diminish even further over time;

 

    the results of Guaranty’s due diligence investigation of QCR and its reputation, business, operations, management, financial condition, asset quality, earnings and prospects compared to the risks and challenges associated with the continued operation of Guaranty on a standalone basis;

 

    the Guaranty board of directors’ understanding of each of Guaranty’s and QCR’s business, operations, management, financial condition, asset quality, credit culture, earnings and prospects;

 

    the likelihood that the sale will be completed, including the sale is not subject to any financing condition or require the approval of QCR’s shareholders and the likelihood that the regulatory approvals needed to complete the sale will be obtained in a timely fashion;

 

    the fact that the combined company is expected to have a more diversified market, which should decrease risk to shareholders relating to asset quality issues, particularly in connection with real estate lending, as well as have greater financial resources, a higher legal lending limit and reduced concentration in loans, deposits and customers than Guaranty would have on a standalone basis;

 

    the view that the sale will allow for enhanced opportunities for Guaranty’s clients, customers and other constituencies within the communities in which Guaranty operates,

 

    the synergies potentially available in the proposed transaction which create the opportunity for QCR to have superior future earnings and prospects compared to Guaranty’s earnings and prospects on a standalone basis;

 

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    the board of directors considered that Guaranty and QCR share a common strategic vision for the future of the combined institution as a focused regional financial service provider serving all key segments of our communities;

 

    the fact that the transaction would address and facilitate various management succession matters confronting Guaranty in the near future;

 

    the fact that the aggregate sale consideration had increased from QCR’s initial offer to the final letter of intent signed April 17, 2017;

 

    approximately 21% of the total sale consideration will be cash, which would provide Guaranty shareholders with liquidity with respect to a portion of their Guaranty common stock and not be at risk from a decline in the value of QCR common stock prior to closing;

 

    approximately 79% of the sale consideration will be shares of QCR common stock, which would allow Guaranty shareholders who receive QCR common stock to participate in the future performance of the combined institution;

 

    the existence of certain deal and price protection provisions regarding QCR common stock provided by QCR to Guaranty under the terms of the purchase and assumption agreement, specifically that Guaranty may, subject to certain cure rights for QCR, terminate the purchase and assumption agreement during the five business day period commencing on the 15th business day immediately prior to the scheduled closing date of the sale (which we refer to as the “determination date), if: (i) the volume weighted average of the daily closing sales prices of a share of QCR common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market for the 10 consecutive trading days immediately preceding the determination date is less than $36.08; and (ii) the performance of QCR’s common stock underperforms the SNL U.S. Bank Index by more than 20%;

 

    the availability of statutory appraisal rights to Guaranty shareholders who otherwise comply with all required procedures under the IBCA, which allows such shareholders to seek appraisal of the fair value of their shares in accordance with the IBCA;

 

    the fact that simultaneously with the execution of the purchase and assumption agreement, Guaranty’s directors executed a voting agreement pledging to vote the directors’ shares in favor of the sale, and that the voting agreement terminates if Guaranty terminates the purchase and agreement;

 

    the fact that certain “lock-up” provisions with respect to shares of QCR common stock to be held by certain shareholders of Guaranty were negotiated to a favorable result for both QCR and those shareholders subject to the “lock-up” provisions;

 

    Guaranty’s ability to pay a special pre-closing dividend expected to be approximately $7.2 million;

 

    Guaranty’s ability to respond to certain unsolicited proposals and terminate the purchase and agreement in order to accept a superior proposal, subject to the restrictions set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement and the payment of a termination fee in the amount of $1.3 million to QCR, as further discussed in the sections entitled “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—No solicitation of or discussions relating to an acquisition proposal,” “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Termination,” and “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Termination fees;” and

 

    the greater liquidity in the trading market for QCR common stock relative to the market for Guaranty common stock due to the listing of QCR’s shares on the NASDAQ Global Market.

Guaranty’s board of directors believes that by becoming part of a larger organization with greater resources, the combined institution will be able to expand more rapidly, serve its customers and communities more effectively and provide a broader array of services that will be competitive in the Eastern Iowa area.

 

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Guaranty’s board of directors also considered various risks relating to the sale, including the following:

 

    the challenges associated with seeking the regulatory approvals required to complete the sale in a timely manner and without the imposition of burdensome conditions;

 

    the potential for diversion of management and employee attention, and for employee attrition, during the period prior to the completion of the sale and the effect of the pendency of the sale on Guaranty’s business and relations with customers, service providers and other stakeholders;

 

    the requirement in the purchase and assumption agreement that Guaranty conduct its business in the ordinary course and the other restrictions on the conduct of Guaranty’s business prior to completion of the sale, which may delay or prevent Guaranty from undertaking business opportunities that may arise pending completion of the sale;

 

    the requirement that certain Guaranty shareholders may not, pursuant to “lock-up” agreements, sell shares of QCR common stock for a period of six months following the transaction;

 

    the substantial transaction costs that Guaranty will incur regardless of whether the sale is consummated;

 

    the risk that potential benefits and synergies sought in the sale may not be realized or may not be realized within the expected time period, and the risks associated with the integration of the employees, strategies, cultures and organizations of the two companies;

 

    the loss of autonomy that Guaranty currently has as an independent financial institution;

 

    the risk that the value of the QCR common stock portion of the sale consideration to be received by Guaranty shareholders would be reduced if there is a decrease in the trading price of QCR common stock during the pendency of the sale;

 

    that the cash portion of the sale consideration will be taxable to Guaranty’s shareholders upon completion of the sale;

 

    the provisions of the purchase and assumption agreement that prohibit Guaranty from soliciting alternative transactions and limit its ability to respond to unsolicited proposals; and

 

    the right of QCR to terminate the purchase and assumption agreement if, among other things, Guaranty commences negotiations regarding an alternative acquisition proposal as well as Guaranty’s obligation to pay QCR a termination fee of $1.3 million if Guaranty recommends or accepts an alternative acquisition proposal, which may deter others from proposing an alternative transaction that may be more advantageous to Guaranty shareholders.

The foregoing discussion of the information and factors considered by the Guaranty board of directors is not intended to be exhaustive, but includes the material factors considered by the Guaranty board of directors. In reaching its decision to approve the purchase and assumption agreement, the sale and the other transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement, the Guaranty board of directors did not quantify or assign any relative weights to the factors considered, and individual directors may have given different weights to different factors. The Guaranty board of directors considered all these factors as a whole, including discussions with, and questioning of Guaranty’s management and Guaranty’s independent financial and legal advisors, and overall considered the factors to be favorable to, and to support, its determination.

The board of directors of Guaranty unanimously recommends that you vote “FOR” approval of the sale proposal and “FOR” approval of the adjournment proposal to adjourn the special meeting to permit further solicitation in the event that an insufficient number of votes are cast to approve the sale proposal. Guaranty shareholders should be aware that Guaranty’s directors and executive officers have interests in the sale that are different from, or in addition to, those of other Guaranty shareholders. The Guaranty board of directors was aware of and considered these interests, among other matters, in evaluating and negotiating the purchase and assumption agreement, and in recommending that the sale proposal be approved by the shareholders of Guaranty. See “The Sale—Interests of certain persons in the sale.”

 

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This summary of the reasoning of Guaranty’s board of directors and other information presented in this section is forward-looking in nature and, therefore, should be read in light of the factors discussed under the section entitled “Special Notes Concerning Forward-Looking Statements.”

Opinion of Sheshunoff & Co. Investment Banking, L.P.

Guaranty retained Sheshunoff to provide an opinion as to the fairness from a financial viewpoint to Guaranty’s shareholders of the sale consideration to be received by the shareholders of Guaranty As part of its investment banking business, Sheshunoff is regularly engaged in the valuation of securities in connection with mergers and acquisitions and valuations for estate, corporation and other purposes. Guaranty retained Sheshunoff based upon its experience as a financial advisor in mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions and its knowledge of financial institutions.

On May 25, 2017, Sheshunoff rendered its fairness opinion to the board of directors of Guaranty that, as of such date, the sale consideration was fair, from a financial point of view, to the shareholders of Guaranty The full text of the fairness opinion which sets forth, among other things, assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered, and limitations on the review undertaken, is attached as Appendix D to this proxy statement/prospectus. You are urged to read Sheshunoff’s fairness opinion carefully and in its entirety. The fairness opinion is addressed to the board of directors of Guaranty and does not constitute a recommendation to any shareholder of Guaranty as to how he, she or it should vote at the special meeting of shareholders of Guaranty.

In connection with the fairness opinion, Sheshunoff:

 

    reviewed the latest purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    discussed the terms of the purchase and assumption agreement with the management of Guaranty and Guaranty’s legal counsel;

 

    conducted conversations with management of Guaranty regarding recent and projected financial performance of Guaranty;

 

    evaluated the financial condition of Guaranty based upon a review of regulatory reports for the five-year period ended December 31, 2016 and interim period through March 31, 2017;

 

    compared Guaranty’s recent operating results with those of certain other banks in the Midwest Region of the United States as defined by SNL Financial and in the United States that have recently been acquired;

 

    compared the pricing multiples for Guaranty in the sale to recent acquisitions of banks in the Midwest Region of the United States as defined by SNL Financial and in the United States with similar characteristics to Guaranty;

 

    analyzed the present value of the after-tax cash flows based on projections on a stand-alone basis approved by Guaranty through the five-year period ending December 31, 2021;

 

    reviewed the potential pro forma impact of the sale on the combined company’s results and certain financial performance measures of Guaranty and QCR;

 

    discussed certain matters regarding QCR’s regulatory standing, financial performance, and business prospects with QCR’s executives and representatives;

 

    reviewed certain internal and publicly available information regarding QCR that Sheshunoff deemed relevant;

 

    compared QCR’s recent operating results and pricing multiples with those of certain other publicly traded banks in the Midwest Region as defined by SNL financial that Sheshunoff deemed relevant;

 

    compared the historical stock price data and trading volume of QCR to certain relevant indices; and

 

    performed such other analyses deemed appropriate.

 

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For the purposes of this opinion, Sheshunoff assumed and relied upon, without independent verification, the accuracy and completeness of the information provided to it by Guaranty in conjunction with this opinion. Sheshunoff assumed that any projections provided by or approved by Guaranty were reasonably prepared on a basis reflecting the best currently available estimates and judgments of Guaranty’s management. Sheshunoff assumed such forecasts and projections will be realized in the amounts and at times contemplated thereby.

Sheshunoff did not make an independent evaluation of the assets or liabilities (including any contingent, derivative or off-balance-sheet assets or liabilities) of Guaranty or QCR nor was Sheshunoff furnished with any such appraisal. Sheshunoff assumed that any off-balance-sheet activities of Guaranty or QCR will not materially and adversely impact the future financial position or results of operation of QCR after the sale. Sheshunoff is not an expert in the evaluation of loan portfolios for the purposes of assessing the adequacy of the allowance for loan and lease losses and assumed that such allowances for Guaranty and QCR are, respectively, adequate to cover such losses.

Sheshunoff assumed that the purchase and assumption agreement, as provided to Sheshunoff, will be without any amendment or waiver of, or delay in the fulfillment of, any terms or conditions set for in the terms provided to Sheshunoff or any subsequent development that would have a material adverse effect on Guaranty or QCR and thereby on the results of its analyses. Sheshunoff assumed that any and all regulatory approvals, if required, will be received in a timely fashion and without any conditions or requirements that could adversely affect the operations or financial condition of QCR after the completion of the sale.

The fairness opinion is necessarily based on economic, market, regulatory, and other conditions as in effect on, and the information made available to Sheshunoff as of May 25, 2017.

In rendering the fairness opinion, Sheshunoff performed a variety of financial analyses. The preparation of an opinion involves various determinations as to the most appropriate and relevant methods of financial analysis and the application of those methods to the particular circumstances. Consequently, the fairness opinion is not readily susceptible to partial analysis or summary description. Moreover, the evaluation of fairness, from a financial point of view, of the sale consideration is to some extent subjective, based on the experience and judgment of Sheshunoff, and not merely the result of mathematical analysis of financial data. Sheshunoff did not attribute particular weight to any analysis or factor considered by it. Accordingly, notwithstanding the separate factors summarized below, Sheshunoff believes that its analyses must be considered as a whole and that selecting portions of its analyses and of the factors considered, without considering all analyses and factors, could create an incomplete view of the evaluation process underlying its opinion. The ranges of valuations resulting from any particular analysis described below should not be taken to be Sheshunoff’s view of the actual value of Guaranty, QCR or the combined entity.

In performing its analyses, Sheshunoff made numerous assumptions with respect to industry performance, business and economic conditions and other matters, many of which are beyond the control of Guaranty or QCR. The analyses performed by Sheshunoff are not necessarily indicative of actual values or future results, which may be significantly more or less favorable than suggested by such analyses. In addition, Sheshunoff’s analyses should not be viewed as determinative of the opinion of the board of directors or the management of Guaranty with respect to the value of Guaranty or QCR or to the fairness of the sale consideration.

The following is a summary of the analyses performed by Sheshunoff in connection with its opinion. The discussion utilizes financial information concerning Guaranty and QCR as of March 31, 2017 that is believed to be reliable, accurate, and complete; however, Sheshunoff cannot guarantee the reliability, accuracy, or completeness of any such publicly available information.

For the purposes of its analysis delivered to Guaranty’s board on May 25, 2017, Sheshunoff assumed total sale consideration in the amount of $44.2 million, consisting of approximately $30.0 million of QCR common stock and $7.5 million in cash after a $6.7 million special dividend. The number of common shares of QCR to be

 

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issued will be based upon the volume weighted average closing price of ten consecutive NASDAQ trading days ending on and including the fifth trading day prior to the date of the closing of the sale. The value and the composition of the total sale consideration may be adjusted pursuant to the terms of the purchase and assumption agreement.

Guaranty Discounted Cash Flow Analysis. Using discounted cash flow analysis, Sheshunoff estimated the present value of the future after-tax cash flow streams that Guaranty could produce on a stand-alone basis through December 31, 2021 under various circumstances, assuming that it performed in accordance with the projections provided by Guaranty’s management.

Sheshunoff estimated the terminal value for Guaranty at the end of December 31, 2021 by (i) multiplying the final period projected earnings by one plus the assumed annual long-term growth rate of the earnings of Guaranty of 4.0% (or 1.04) and (ii) dividing this product by the difference between the required rates of return shown below and the assumed annual long-term growth rate of earnings of 4.0% in (i) above. Sheshunoff discounted the annual cash flow streams (defined as all earnings in excess of that which is required to maintain a tangible common equity to tangible asset ratio of 8.0%) and the terminal values using discount rates ranging from 12.5% to 14.5%. The discount rate range was chosen to reflect different assumptions regarding the required rates of return of Guaranty and the inherent risk surrounding the underlying projections. This discounted cash flow analysis indicated a range of values per share of $25.68 to $31.80 as shown in the table below compared to the estimated sale consideration of $48.09 per share (net to Guaranty shareholders).

 

     Discount Rate  
     14.5%      13.5%      12.5%  

Present value (in thousands)

   $ 23,611      $ 26,125      $ 29,238  

Present value (per share)

   $ 25.68      $ 28.41      $ 31.80  

Analysis of Selected Transactions. Sheshunoff performed an analysis of premiums paid in selected recently announced acquisitions of banking organizations with comparable characteristics to Guaranty Two sets of transactions were selected to ensure a thorough analysis.

The first set of comparable transactions consisted of a group of selected transactions for banks and thrifts in the United States for which pricing data was available, with the following characteristics: targets with headquarters in the Midwest with total assets between $100 million and $1 billion that were announced since January 1, 2015, reporting a return on average assets between 0.0% and 1.0%, and a non-performing assets to total assets ratio less than 3%. These comparable transactions consisted of 26 mergers and acquisitions of banks and thrifts with total assets ranging between $100.4 million and $980.6 million that were announced between January 6, 2015 and March 15, 2017. The analysis yielded multiples of the purchase prices in these transactions as summarized below:

 

     Price/
Book
(x)
     Price/ Tg
Book
(x)
    

Price/
8% Tg

Book

(x)

     Price/
LTM**
Earnings
(x)
     Price/
Assets
(%)
     Price/
Deposits
(%)
     Premium/
Deposits
(%)
 

Maximum

     3.47        3.47        2.56        42.9        24.0        30.8        13.5  

Minimum

     0.56        0.57        0.61        5.2        4.1        4.5        (3.3

Median

     1.29        1.31        1.44        19.6        13.6        16.7        4.2  

Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd.

     1.49        1.49        1.68        24.8        16.4        20.7        6.8  

 

** Last-twelve-months

The transaction value multiples exceed the medians of the Midwest regional and U.S. comparable groups on a price to book, price to tangible book, price to 8% tangible book, LTM earnings, premium to assets, and premium to deposits basis by a comfortable margin.

 

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The second set of comparable transactions consisted of a group of selected transactions for banks and thrifts headquartered in the United States for which pricing data was available, with the following characteristics: deals that were announced since January 1, 2016 with target total assets between $100 million and $1 billion, a return on average assets between 0.0% and 1.0%, and non-performing assets to total assets ratio less than 2%. These comparable transactions consisted of 51 mergers and acquisitions of banks and thrifts with total assets ranging between $108.8 million and $971.0 million that were announced between January 14, 2016 and May 18, 2017. The analysis yielded multiples of the purchase prices in these transactions as summarized below:

 

     Price/
Book
(x)
     Price/ Tg
Book
(x)
    

Price/

8% Tg

Book

(x)

     Price/
LTM**
Earnings
(x)
     Price/
Assets
(%)
     Price/
Deposits
(%)
     Premium/
Deposits
(%)
 

Maximum

     1.79        1.79        2.09        47.5        24.0        30.8        10.0  

Minimum

     0.56        0.57        0.61        5.2        4.1        4.5        (3.3

Median

     1.29        1.34        1.45        21.0        13.7        16.3        4.2  

Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd.

     1.49        1.49        1.68        24.8        16.4        20.7        6.8  

 

** Last-twelve-months

The transaction value multiples exceed the medians of the U.S. comparable groups on a price to book, price to tangible book, price to 8% tangible book, LTM earnings, premium to assets, and premium to deposits basis by a comfortable margin.

Contribution Analysis. Sheshunoff reviewed the relative contributions of Guaranty and QCR to the combined company based on regulatory data as of March 31, 2017 for Guaranty and QCR Sheshunoff compared the pro forma ownership interests (which excludes the cash component of the sale) of Guaranty and QCR of 4.8% and 95.2%, respectively, to: (i) total assets of 7.3% and 92.7%, respectively; (ii) total loans of 7.5% and 92.5%, respectively; (iii) total deposits of 7.1% and 92.9%, respectively; (iv) LTM net-interest income of 7.8% and 92.2%, respectively; (v) LTM non-interest income of 7.2% and 92.8%, respectively; (vi) LTM non-interest expenses of 8.8% and 91.2%, respectively; (vii) LTM earnings (tax-affected for Guaranty) of 5.9% and 94.1%, respectively; and (viii) total tangible equity of 10.0% and 90.0%, respectively. The contribution analysis shows that the ownership of Guaranty shareholders in the combined company is less than the contribution of the components listed (with the exception of earnings) due largely to the considerable amount of cash consideration in the sale. The contributions are shown in the following table.

 

($000)    Assets      %     Loans      %     Deposits      %  

QCR Holdings

   $ 3,381,013        92.7   $ 2,435,850        92.5   $ 2,805,931        92.9

Guaranty Bank and Trust

   $ 266,840        7.3   $ 197,329        7.5   $ 213,495        7.1
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Combined Company

   $ 3,647,853        100.0   $ 2,633,179        100.0   $ 3,019,426        100.0
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 
     LTM Net
Interest
Income
     %     LTM Non-
Interest
Income
     %     LTM Non-
Interest
Expenses
     %  

QCR Holdings

   $ 108,217        92.2   $ 27,266        92.8   $ 85,805        91.2

Guaranty Bank and Trust

   $ 9,142        7.8   $ 2,131        7.2   $ 8,277        8.8
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Combined Company

   $ 117,359        100.0   $ 29,397        100.0   $ 94,082        100.0
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 
     Earnings      %     Shares      %     Common Tg.
Equity
     %  

QCR Holdings

   $ 30,499        94.1     13,161,219        95.2   $ 275,579        90.0

Guaranty Bank and Trust

   $ 1,897        5.9     665,988        4.8 %*    $ 30,645        10.0
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Combined Company

   $ 32,396        100.0     13,827,207        100.0   $ 306,224        100.0
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

* Deal equates to 67.9% stock with the remainder in cash

Note: Financials as of March 31, 2017; LTM defined as last twelve months; Guaranty earnings are tax-affected

 

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Pro Forma Financial Impact. Sheshunoff analyzed the pro forma impact of the sale on estimated earnings per share, book value per share and tangible book value per share for the twelve-month periods ending 2018 through 2022 based on the projections provided by Guaranty’s management for Guaranty on a stand-alone basis assuming pre-tax cost savings of $2.5 million phased in by 2019 (the end of the second year after completion of the transaction).

The analysis indicated pro forma consolidated earnings per share accretion of $0.50 per share or 18.7% in year one and accretion of $0.58 per share or 13.7% by year five compared to estimated earnings per share for Guaranty on a stand-alone basis. The earnings accretion is greatly affected by the cash consideration to be received, so for comparative purposes on the earnings per share comparison, the sale was treated as an all-stock transaction. The implied book value (including the cash portion of the sale consideration) per share dilution in the sale was $0.64 per share or 1.7% in year one and the implied book value dilution was $2.07 per share or 4.2% by year five. Book value per share is significantly accretive on a stand-alone basis when considering the market value of the stock received which trades at a significant premium to book value. Dilution increases because the analysis assumes no rate of return on the cash consideration. The analysis indicated pro forma dividends per share accretion of $0.02 per share or 18.5% in year one and dilution of $0.02 per share or 11.1% by year five compared to estimated dividends per share for Guaranty on a stand-alone basis. The analysis of whether the sale consideration is accretive or dilutive to Guaranty based on the above measures and the amounts of such accretion or dilution is sensitive to the composition of the sale consideration and the accounting assumptions to be made by QCR

Comparable Company Analysis. Sheshunoff compared the operating and market results of QCR to the results of other publicly traded banking companies. The comparable publicly traded companies in the Midwest Region of the United States (as defined by SNL Financial) were selected primarily on the basis of location and total asset size. QCR was compared to banks with total assets between $1 billion and $5 billion that were headquartered in the Midwest Region of the United States (as defined by SNL Financial). The data for the following table is based on GAAP financial information as of March 31, 2017 provided by SNL Financial. Some of the ratios presented are proprietary to SNL Financial and may not strictly conform to the common industry determination.

 

     QCR Holdings,
Inc.
     Peer Group
Median
 
     (%)      (%)  

Return on Average Assets

     1.01        1.00  

Return on Average Equity

     11.01        9.13  

Net Interest Margin

     3.82        3.52  

Efficiency Ratio

     60.7        63.3  

Tangible Equity to Tangible Asset Ratio

     8.20        9.51  

Loan Loss Reserves to Loans Ratio

     1.32        1.06  

Ratio of Non-performing Assets to Total Assets

     0.74        0.93  

Risk Based Capital Ratio

     11.9        13.9  

QCR’s performance as measured by its return on average assets was in-line with the peer group and its return on average equity was higher than that of its peer group median level. QCR’s net interest margin was stronger than its peers with its efficiency ratio being somewhat stronger than its peers. QCR’s tangible capital level was slightly lower to its peers, while its asset quality, as measured by its ratio of non-performing assets to total assets, was stronger than the peer group median. Its ratio of loan loss reserves to loans was slightly higher than the median peer group level, while its Risk Based Capital Ratio was lower than the peer group median.

 

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Sheshunoff compared QCR’s trading results to its peers. The results are summarized in the following table. The data for the following table is based on publicly available GAAP financial information and market data as of May 22, 2017 provided by SNL Financial.

 

     QCR     Peer Group
Median
 

Market Price as a Multiple of Stated Book Value

     1.93x       1.46x  

Market Price as a Multiple of Stated Tangible Book Value

     2.07x       1.69x  

Price as a Multiple of LTM Earnings

     18.8x       16.3x  

Market Price as a Percent of Assets

     16.9     15.7

Dividend Yield

     0.47     1.81

Dividend Payout

     7.4     31.3

QCR’s price-to-book multiples as measured by its market price as a multiple of stated book value and its market price as a multiple of stated tangible book value were higher than the comparable peer group medians. QCR’s price-to-earnings multiple, as shown by the price as a multiple of LTM earnings through March 31, 2017, was higher compared to its peers. QCR’s market price to assets ratio was slightly higher than that of its peers. QCR’s dividend yield and dividend payout ratio were both lower than its peers as of March 31, 2017.

Sheshunoff compared selected stock market results of QCR to the KBW Nasdaq Regional Bank index and the SNL Midwest U.S. Bank index for all publicly traded banks over the past three-month, one year and three-year period. QCRH’s stock has outperformed the KBW NASDAQ Bank and SNL Midwest Bank indices over the three-month period while vastly outperforming each of them over the one-year and three-year periods.

No company or transaction used in the comparable company and comparable transaction analysis is identical to Guaranty, QCR, or QCR as the surviving corporation in the sale. Accordingly, an analysis of the results of the foregoing necessarily involves complex considerations and judgments concerning differences in financial and operational characteristics of Guaranty and QCR and other factors that could affect the public trading value of the companies to which they are being compared. Mathematical analysis (such as determining the average or median) is not in and of itself a meaningful method of using comparable transaction data or comparable company data.

Pursuant to its engagement letter with Guaranty, Sheshunoff will receive a fee of $35,000 for the fairness opinion that is not contingent on the closing of the sale and additional fees equaling 0.75% of the total consideration that are contingent upon consummation of the sale. In addition, Guaranty agreed to reimburse Sheshunoff for its reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. Guaranty also agreed to indemnify and hold harmless Sheshunoff and its officers and employees against certain liabilities in connection with its services under the engagement letter, except for liabilities resulting from the negligence, violation of law or regulation, or bad faith of Sheshunoff or any matter for which Sheshunoff may have strict liability.

The fairness opinion is directed only to the question of whether the sale consideration is fair from a financial perspective to the shareholders of Guaranty and does not constitute a recommendation to any Guaranty’s shareholder to vote in favor of the sale. No limitations were imposed on Sheshunoff regarding the scope of its investigation or otherwise by Guaranty

Based on the results of the various analyses described above, Sheshunoff concluded that the sale consideration to be paid by QCR pursuant to the sale is fair to the shareholders of Guaranty, from a financial point of view.

Prospective financial information of Guaranty

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statement/prospectus to present certain unaudited prospective financial information regarding Guaranty’s future operations for the years 2017 - 2021 (which we refer to in this proxy statement/prospectus as the “Guaranty projections”). The accompanying prospective financial information was not prepared with a view toward public disclosure or with a view toward complying with the guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants with respect to prospective financial information, but, in the view of the Guaranty’ management, was prepared on a reasonable basis, reflects the best currently available estimates and judgments, and presents, to the best of management’s knowledge and belief, the expected course of action and the expected future financial performance of Guaranty. However, this information is not fact and should not be relied upon as being necessarily indicative of actual future results, and readers of this proxy statement/prospectus are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the prospective financial information.

Neither Guaranty’s independent auditors, nor any other independent accountants, have compiled, examined, or performed any procedures with respect to the prospective financial information contained herein, nor have they expressed any opinion or any other form of assurance on such information or its achievability, and assume no responsibility for, and disclaim any association with, the prospective financial information.

The Guaranty projections, which were prepared by management of Guaranty, were prepared solely for internal use and are subjective in many respects. The Guaranty projections reflect numerous estimates and assumptions made with respect to business, economic, market, competition, regulatory and financial conditions and matters specific to the business of Guaranty, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the control of Guaranty. The Guaranty projections reflect assumptions as to certain business decisions that are subject to change and, in many respects, subjective judgment, and thus are susceptible to multiple interpretations and periodic revisions based on actual experience and business developments. Guaranty can give no assurance that the Guaranty projections and the underlying estimates and assumptions will be realized. In addition, because the Guaranty projections cover multiple years, the information by its nature becomes less predictive with each successive year. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth below, and important factors that may affect actual results and cause the Guaranty projections not to be realized include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to the business of Guaranty, industry performance, general business and economic conditions, customer requirements, competition and adverse changes in applicable laws, regulations or policies. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ are further described in the sections of this proxy statement/prospectus entitled “Risk Factors” and “Special Notes Concerning Forward-Looking Statements.”

Furthermore, the Guaranty projections do not take into account any circumstances or events occurring after the date they were prepared. Guaranty can give no assurance that, had the Guaranty projections been prepared as of the date of this proxy statement/prospectus, similar estimates and assumptions would be used. Neither QCR nor Guaranty intend to, and each disclaims any obligation to, make publicly available any update or other revision to the Guaranty projections to reflect circumstances existing since their preparation or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, even in the event that any or all of the underlying assumptions are shown to be in error, or to reflect changes in general economic or industry conditions. The Guaranty projections do not give effect to the impact of negotiating or executing the purchase and assumption agreement, the expenses that may be incurred in connection with consummating the sale, the effect of any business or strategic decision or action that has been or will be taken as a result of the purchase and assumption agreement having been executed, or the effect on Guaranty of any business or strategic decisions or actions that would likely have been taken if the purchase and assumption agreement had not been executed, but which were instead altered, accelerated, postponed or not taken in anticipation of the sale. Further, the Guaranty projections do not take into account the effect of any possible failure of the sale to occur. None of Guaranty, QCR or their respective affiliates, officers, directors, advisors or other representatives has made, makes or is authorized in the future to make any representation to any shareholder of Guaranty or QCR, or any other person, regarding QCR’s actual performance compared to the information contained in the Guaranty projections or that projected results will be achieved.

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shareholders of Guaranty are cautioned not to place unwarranted reliance on such information in connection with their consideration of the sale.

 

     For the year ended December 31,  
     2017      2018      2019      2020      2021  
     Dollars in thousands, except per share data  

Income Statement

              

Interest Income

   $ 10,120      $ 10,812      $ 11,558      $ 12,132      $ 12,730  

Interest Expense

   $ 795      $ 881      $ 1,005      $ 1,055      $ 1,061  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Interest Income

   $ 9,324      $ 9,932      $ 10,553      $ 11,077      $ 11,669  

Provision for loan losses

   $ 240      $ 240      $ 240      $ 240      $ 240  

Non-interest income

   $ 2,202      $ 2,300      $ 2,404      $ 2,513      $ 2,628  

Non-interest expense

   $ 8,584      $ 8,726      $ 8,881      $ 9,042      $ 9,207  

Income tax expense

   $ 154      $ 181      $ 208      $ 230      $ 256  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net Income

   $ 2,548      $ 3,085      $ 3,628      $ 4,079      $ 4,594  

Earnings per Share

   $ 3      $ 3      $ 4      $ 4      $ 5  

Balance Sheet

              

Total Assets

   $ 270,772      $ 291,821      $ 305,254      $ 319,793      $ 335,255  

Securities

   $ 54,481      $ 56,368      $ 58,418      $ 60,590      $ 62,950  

Gross Loans

   $ 206,802      $ 226,103      $ 237,496      $ 249,863      $ 263,097  

Allowance

   $ 2,540      $ 2,794      $ 2,934      $ 3,080      $ 3,234  

Deposits

   $ 215,145      $ 225,880      $ 237,174      $ 249,102      $ 261,149  

Borrowings

   $ 18,483      $ 27,908      $ 28,917      $ 30,147      $ 31,505  

Shareholder’s Equity

   $ 32,574      $ 34,459      $ 36,587      $ 38,965      $ 41,660  

Accounting treatment of the sale

In accordance with current accounting guidance, the sale will be accounted for using the acquisition method. The result of this is that (i) the recorded assets and liabilities of QCR will be carried forward at their recorded amounts, (ii) QCR operating results will be unchanged for the prior periods being reported on and (iii) the assets and liabilities of Guaranty Bank will be adjusted to fair value at the date QCR assumes control of the combined entities, or the date of the sale. In addition, all identifiable intangibles will be recorded at fair value and included as part of the net assets acquired. The amount by which the purchase price, consisting of the value of cash and shares of QCR common stock to be issued to Guaranty exceeds the fair value of the net assets including identifiable intangibles of Guaranty Bank at the sale date will be reported as goodwill. In accordance with current accounting guidance, goodwill is not amortized and will be evaluated for impairment at least annually. Identified intangibles will be amortized over their estimated lives. Further, the acquisition method of accounting results in the operating results of Guaranty Bank being included in the operating results of QCR from the sale date going forward.

Regulatory approvals

The sale cannot proceed without obtaining all requisite regulatory approvals. QCR and Guaranty have agreed to take all appropriate actions necessary to obtain the required approvals. The sale of Guaranty Bank is subject to prior approval of the Federal Reserve. QCR submitted an application with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on July 12, 2017 seeking the necessary approval.

In reviewing that application, the Federal Reserve is required to consider the following:

 

    competitive factors, such as whether the sale will result in a monopoly or whether the benefits of the sale to the public in meeting the needs and convenience of the community clearly outweigh the sale’s anticompetitive effects or restraints on trade; and

 

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    banking and community factors, which includes an evaluation of:

 

    the financial and managerial resources of QCR, including its subsidiaries, and of Guaranty, and the effect of the proposed transaction on these resources;

 

    management expertise;

 

    internal control and risk management systems;

 

    the capital of Guaranty;

 

    the convenience and needs of the communities to be served; and

 

    the effectiveness of Guaranty and QCR in combating money laundering activities.

The application process includes publication and opportunity for comment by the public. The Federal Reserve may receive, and must consider, properly filed comments and protests from community groups and others regarding (among other issues) each institution’s performance under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, as amended. The sale may not be completed until 15 days after receipt of Federal Reserve approval, during which time the United States Department of Justice may challenge the sale on antitrust grounds. The commencement of an antitrust action would stay the effectiveness of the Federal Reserve’s approval, unless a court specifically orders otherwise.

The sale of Guaranty Bank is also subject to approval of the IDOB. QCR submitted an application with the IDOB on July 12, 2017 seeking the necessary approval.

At a date following the completion of the sale, QCR intends to merge Guaranty Bank with and into CRBT, with CRBT as the surviving bank. The bank merger will be subject to approval by the IDOB and the Federal Reserve. CRBT submitted an application with the Federal Reserve on July 12, 2017 seeking this approval and intends to file an application with the IDOB as promptly as possible.

While QCR knows of no reason why the approval of any of the applications would be denied or unduly delayed, it cannot assure you that all regulatory approvals required to complete the sale will be obtained or obtained in a timely manner.

Interests of certain persons in the sale

Members of the board of directors and executive officers of Guaranty and Guaranty Bank may have interests in the sale that are different from, or are in addition to, the interests of Guaranty’s shareholders generally. Guaranty’s board of directors was aware of these interests and considered them, among other matters, in approving the sale and dissolution and determining to recommend to Guaranty’s shareholders to vote for adoption of the purchase and assumption agreement and the dissolution.

Stock Ownership. As of August 9, 2017, Guaranty’s directors and executive officers owned, in the aggregate, 622,804.67 shares of Guaranty’s common stock, representing approximately 67.7% of the outstanding shares of common stock. See “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management of Guaranty” for more information.

Appointment to the Board of Directors of CRBT. Pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement, upon completion of the bank merger, the parties will mutually agree upon two individuals currently serving on the board of directors of Guaranty or Guaranty Bank that QCR will appoint to the CRBT board of directors.

Key Officers Change of Control Benefit Plan. Guaranty Bank has previously entered into participation agreements under the key officers change of control benefit plan, referred to herein as the “change of control plan,” with each of Chris Lindell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Bank, Todd Kerska, Chief

 

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Financial Officer of Guaranty Bank, Kevin Albertsen, Senior Vice President Correspondent Banking Division of Guaranty Bank, David Lodge, Senior Vice President Loan Manager of Guaranty Bank, Rick Seger, Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer of Guaranty Bank, and Robert Becker, Chairman of the board of directors of Guaranty and Guaranty Bank.

The change of control plan was originally effective as of March 24, 2008, and each of the officers has become a participant in the change of control plan since it was implemented. As demonstrated in the table below, the change of control plan provides that if the officer remains employed upon the effective date of a change of control of Guaranty Bank, the change of control plan will provide for a one-time cash payment in an amount equal to 1.6 times the officer’s annual base salary as of the change of control. For this purpose, base salary does not include any bonus payments, employer contributions to a 401(k) plan or the value of any other employee benefits.

In addition, if the officer remains employed with QCR or CRBT for six months following the effective date of a change of control of Guaranty Bank, the change of control plan will provide for an additional one-time cash retention bonus in an amount equal to 50% of the officer’s initial benefit as of the change of control.

 

Officer

   Initial Benefit      Stay Bonus      Total
Potential
Benefit
 

Chris Lindell

   $ 298,480      $ 149,240      $ 447,720  

David Lodge

     219,253        109,626        328,879  

Todd Kerska

     229,600        114,800        344,400  

Rick Seger

     198,400        99,200        297,600  

Robert Becker

     198,443        99,222        297,665  

Kevin Albertsen

     270,400        135,200        405,600  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Totals

   $ 1,414,576      $ 707,288      $ 2,121,864  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

In exchange for the opportunity to participate in the change of control plan, each officer is subject to a restrictive covenant that applies during his employment and for two years following any termination of his employment. Pursuant to the restrictive covenant, the officer will forfeit his right to any benefit under the change of control plan if, during his employment or the two years following his termination of employment, he directly or indirectly competes with the business of QCR or Guaranty or attempts to solicit any customer or employee of QCR or Guaranty.

Key Officer Incentive Plan. Guaranty Bank previously implemented key officer incentive plans designed to provide key executives with the opportunity to earn annual bonus compensation based on achievement of previously established performance metrics. Under the incentive plans, Guaranty Bank established short-term incentives that are measured on a calendar year basis and long-term incentives that are measured over three-year performance periods. Any incentive awards that are earned under the incentive plans are paid out over two years with one-half of the earned incentive being paid in the year following the end of the applicable performance period and the other one-half being paid a year after the first payment. Immediately prior to the effective time of the sale, Guaranty Bank will terminate all key officer incentive plans and pay to each eligible participant thereunder the remaining 2016 annual short-term incentive based on achievement of the performance metrics between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. If the sale becomes effective during 2017, it is anticipated that each of Messrs. Lindell, Kerska, Lodge and Seger would be entitled to bonuses of approximately $10,201, $7,769, $7,681 and $6,810, respectively, upon the effective date of the sale. Based on his date of hire, Mr. Albertsen was not eligible for a short-term incentive with respect to calendar year 2016.

Severance Payments. In connection with the sale, QCR has agreed to cover any employee of Guaranty or Guaranty Bank immediately prior to the effective time of the sale, who is not otherwise entitled to contractual severance or change of control benefits, under a severance policy. To the extent a covered employee incurs an

 

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involuntary termination within one year following the sale, such employee will generally be entitled to a severance payment equal to one week of base salary for each whole year of service with Guaranty or QCR (or their respective subsidiaries), subject to a minimum payment equal to two (2) weeks of base salary and a maximum payment equal to twenty-six (26) weeks of base salary. In the case of any part-time employee, the amount of severance will be based on the particular employee’s average weekly pay, subject to the same minimum and maximum amounts. The severance will be paid in accordance with QCR’s normal payroll practices and will be subject to all applicable withholding. All severance payments are contingent upon the employee’s execution of a general release and waiver against Guaranty, QCR, and their respective affiliates.

Any employee who is a party to an employment, severance, change of control or other agreement providing for contractual severance or change of control benefits generally is ineligible to receive a severance payment as described above.

Indemnification and Insurance. Pursuant to the terms of the purchase and assumption agreement, QCR agreed to maintain, for up to six years following the effective time, insurance coverage under the current policy of directors’ and officers’ liability insurance maintained by Guaranty for actions taken prior to the effective time of the sale. If a six-year term of insurance coverage is not available, the term for the insurance will be such other maximum period of time for which coverage is available at a cost not to exceed 150% of the premiums Guaranty paid for its current policy term. Following the effective time, to the extent permitted by applicable law, QCR has agreed to indemnify and hold harmless the current and former directors, officers and employees of Guaranty and its subsidiaries for all actions taken by them prior to the effective time of the sale.

Restrictions on resale of QCR common stock

The shares of QCR common stock to be issued in connection with the sale will be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, and will be freely transferable, except for shares issued to any shareholder who may be deemed to be an “affiliate” of QCR for purposes of Rule 144 under the Securities Act. Persons who may be deemed to be affiliates of QCR include individuals or entities that control, are controlled by, or are under common control with QCR and may include the executive officers, directors and significant shareholders of QCR.

Guaranty shareholder appraisal rights

Pursuant to the IBCA, the holders of each share of Guaranty common stock are entitled to rights of Appraisal under Section 490.1302 of the IBCA in connection with the sale with respect to their holdings of Guaranty common stock.

Under the IBCA, holders of Guaranty common stock who do not vote in favor of the sale and who comply with the applicable provisions of Sections 490.1302 through 490.1331 of the IBCA (which we refer to in their entirety as the “Iowa Appraisal Provisions”) will have the right, under certain circumstances, to seek appraisal of the fair value of their Guaranty common stock if the sale is completed. All holders of Guaranty common stock who follow the procedures set forth in Iowa Appraisal Provisions to perfect their appraisal rights will be entitled to have their shares appraised by the Iowa district court, and to receive payment in cash of the “fair value” of those shares as determined by the Iowa district court, together with interest, if any. It is possible that any determination of fair value by the Iowa district court may be more or less than, or the same as, the consideration received by the Guaranty shareholders as a result of the sale. Shareholders considering dissenting from the sale should be aware that an investment banking opinion as to the fairness, from a financial point of view, of the consideration payable in a sale transaction, such as the sale, is not an opinion as to, and does not otherwise address, fair value under the Iowa Appraisal Provisions.

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SHAREHOLDER MUST NOT VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE SALE AND MUST OTHERWISE FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES PRESCRIBED BY THE IOWA APPRAISAL PROVISIONS.

The following is intended as a brief summary of the material provisions of the Iowa Appraisal Provisions required to be followed by dissenting Guaranty shareholders wishing to demand and perfect their Appraisal rights with respect to their holdings of Guaranty common stock. This summary, however, is not a complete statement of all applicable requirements and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the Iowa Appraisal Provisions, the full text of which appears in Appendix B to this proxy statement/prospectus. Failure to comply strictly with the procedures set forth in the Iowa Appraisal Provisions will result in the loss of appraisal rights. All references in the Iowa Appraisal Provisions to a “shareholder” and all references in this summary to a “shareholder” are to the record holder of Guaranty common stock.

Under the Iowa Appraisal Provisions, Guaranty is required to include in the notice of the special meeting a statement that the corporation has concluded that the shareholders are, or may be, entitled to assert appraisal rights. A copy of the Iowa Appraisal Provisions must be included with that notice sent to those record shareholders that are entitled to exercise appraisal rights.

If a shareholder wishes to consider exercising its appraisal rights, such shareholder should carefully review the text of the Iowa Appraisal Provisions set forth in Appendix B to this joint proxy statement/prospectus and consult its legal advisor. If such shareholder fails to timely and properly comply with the requirements of the Iowa Appraisal Provisions, its appraisal rights may be lost.

If a shareholder elects to demand appraisal of its Guaranty common stock, it must satisfy each of the following conditions:

 

    It must deliver to Guaranty a written notice of its intent to demand payment of the fair value of its Guaranty common stock under the Iowa Appraisal Provisions if the proposed sale is effectuated. It must deliver such notice to Guaranty before the vote is taken on the sale at the Guaranty special meeting.

 

    It must not vote in favor of the sale.

All demands for appraisal should be made in writing and addressed to:

Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd.

302 Third Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

Attention: Todd Kerska

and must be executed by, or on behalf of, the record holder of the Guaranty common stock. If such shareholder does not satisfy the above requirements, it will not be entitled to payment pursuant to the appraisal rights.

A record shareholder may assert appraisal rights as to fewer than all the shares of Guaranty common stock registered in its name, but owned by a beneficial shareholder, only if the record shareholder objects with respect to all of the Guaranty common stock owned by the beneficial shareholder and notifies Guaranty in writing of the name and address of each beneficial shareholder on whose behalf the appraisal rights are being asserted. The rights of a record shareholder who asserts appraisal rights for only part of the Guaranty common stock held of record in its name will be determined as if the shares as to which the record shareholder objects and the record shareholder’s other Guaranty common stock were registered in the names of different record shareholders. A beneficial owner may assert appraisal rights as to Guaranty common stock held on behalf of such beneficial owner only if it submits to Guaranty the record shareholder’s written consent to the assertion of such rights no later than the date specified in the written appraisal notice (discussed below) and does so with respect to all shares of the class that are beneficially owned by such beneficial owner.

 

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If the sale is completed, Guaranty must send a written appraisal notice and form to each holder of Guaranty common stock who previously notified Guaranty of such holder’s intent to demand payment and who did not vote in favor of the Guaranty sale proposal. The appraisal notice must include, among other information, Guaranty’s estimate of the fair value of the Guaranty common stock. A record shareholder who wishes to exercise appraisal rights must execute and return the form and, in a case of certificated shares, deposit the shareholder’s certificates in accordance with the terms of the notice by the date referred to in the notice. If a shareholder does not execute and return the form prior to the stated deadline and, in the case of certificated shares, deposit the shareholder’s share certificates where required, the shareholder will not be entitled to payment under the Iowa Appraisal Provisions and, in lieu thereof, will be entitled only to receive the sale consideration payable in connection with the sale. A record shareholder who receives notice and wishes to exercise appraisal rights must certify on the form whether beneficial ownership of the Guaranty common stock was acquired before the date the principal terms of the sale proposal were announced publicly. If a record shareholder fails to make this certification, Guaranty may elect to treat the shareholder’s shares as “after-acquired shares” under the Iowa Appraisal Provisions as discussed below. Once a shareholder deposits its certificates and returns the appraisal form prior to the stated deadline, such shareholder will lose its rights as a Guaranty shareholder to receive the sale consideration payable in connection with the sale and, instead, will be entitled to receive the fair value of its shares of Guaranty common stock in accordance with the Iowa Appraisal Provisions, subject to certain rights of withdrawal required to be set forth in Guaranty’s written appraisal notice.

Guaranty will pay in cash the amount Guaranty estimates to be fair value of the record shareholder’s shares, plus interest, to any record shareholder who returns the appraisal form and complies with all provisions of the Iowa Appraisal Provisions, within 30 days after the form is due (except, as noted below, with respect to shares treated as “after-acquired shares,” in which case Guaranty must only make an offer to purchase such shares at the fair value as estimated by Guaranty). The payment will be accompanied by Guaranty’s financial statements, a statement of Guaranty’s estimate of the fair value of the shares and a statement that shareholders entitled to payment have the right to demand further payment under the Iowa Appraisal Provisions, if the shareholders are dissatisfied with the payment made by Guaranty, under certain circumstances described in detail in the Iowa Appraisal Provisions.

A shareholder dissatisfied with Guaranty’s payment (based on Guaranty’s estimate of the fair value of the shares) may demand further payment by notifying Guaranty in writing of the shareholder’s estimate of fair value and demanding payment of such shareholder’s estimate of fair value (less the amount of the Guaranty payment previously made), plus interest. A shareholder who fails to notify Guaranty of such shareholder’s demand for further payment within 30 days after receiving Guaranty’s payment will waive the right to demand further payment and will be entitled only to the payment made by Guaranty. If the shareholder makes a demand for further payment based on its estimate of fair value, and such demand remains unsettled for a period of 60 days after Guaranty receives such demand, Guaranty will then be required to commence a proceeding in the Iowa District Court to determine the fair value of the shares. Upon the commencement of such action, the court may appoint one or more persons to act as appraisers to receive evidence and recommend a decision on the question of fair value to the court. To the extent that the court determines that the fair value of the shares exceed the amount of the payment previously made by Guaranty, the shareholder will be entitled to judgment for the amount by which the court’s determination of fair value exceeds the payment previously made by Guaranty, plus interest.

The procedure described above is somewhat different for shares of Guaranty common stock that Guaranty is entitled to treat as “after-acquired shares” under the Iowa Appraisal Provisions. “After-acquired shares” are shares of Guaranty common stock of which beneficial ownership was acquired after the date the principal terms of the sale proposal were publicly announced (which for these purposes includes shares of Guaranty common stock for which the holder failed to certify on the appraisal form that beneficial ownership of such shares was acquired prior to the date of such public announcement). To the extent that Guaranty is entitled to treat any shares of Guaranty common stock as “after-acquired shares,” then Guaranty may elect to withhold payment of the fair value estimate for the shares, which estimate was provided to those shareholders who had previously indicated an intention to demand payment if the sale is effectuated. If Guaranty elects to withhold such payment,

 

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Guaranty must notify all such shareholders from whom payment was withheld that, among other things, those shareholders may accept a revised fair value estimate (which we refer to as the “Revised Estimate”). Shareholders who which to accept the Revised Estimate must do so within 30 days after receiving the offer.

If a shareholder desires to exercise its appraisal rights, it must not vote for the sale and it must strictly comply with the procedures set forth in the Iowa Appraisal Provisions.

The process of demanding and exercising appraisal rights requires strict compliance with technical prerequisites under the Iowa Appraisal Provisions. In view of the complexity of the Iowa Appraisal Provisions, Guaranty shareholders who may wish to dissent from the sale and pursue appraisal rights with respect to their shares of Guaranty common stock should consult their legal advisors. Failure to take any required step in connection with exercising appraisal rights may result in the termination or waiver of such rights. To the extent there are any inconsistencies between the foregoing summary and the Iowa Appraisal Provisions, the Iowa Appraisal Provisions will govern.

The foregoing does not purport to be a complete statement of the provisions of IBCA relating to statutory appraisal rights and is qualified in its entirety to the appraisal rights provisions, which are reproduced in full in Appendix B to this proxy statement/prospectus and which are incorporated herein by reference. If any Guaranty shareholder intends to seek appraisal rights, or if such shareholder believes that seeking appraisal rights is in his, her or its best interests, such shareholder should read Appendix B carefully.

 

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DESCRIPTION OF THE PURCHASE AND ASSUMPTION AGREEMENT

The following is a summary of the material terms of the purchase and assumption agreement. This summary does not purport to describe all the terms of the purchase and assumption agreement and is qualified by reference to the complete text of the purchase and assumption agreement, which is attached as Appendix A to this proxy statement/prospectus and is incorporated by reference into this proxy statement/prospectus. You should read the purchase and assumption agreement completely and carefully as it, rather than this description, is the legal document that governs the sale.

The text of the purchase and assumption agreement has been included to provide you with information regarding its terms. The terms of the purchase and assumption agreement (such as the representations and warranties) are intended to govern the contractual rights and relationships, and allocate risks, between the parties in relation to the sale. The purchase and assumption agreement contains representations and warranties QCR and Guaranty made to each other as of specific dates. The representations and warranties were negotiated between the parties with the principal purpose of setting forth their respective rights with respect to their obligations to complete the sale. The statements embodied in those representations and warranties may be subject to important limitations and qualifications as set forth therein, including a contractual standard of materiality different from that generally applicable under federal securities laws.

General

The purchase and assumption agreement provides for the sale by Guaranty of substantially all of its assets, including all of the capital stock of Guaranty Bank, and the assumption by QCR of certain of Guaranty’s assets and liabilities. The sale is anticipated to be completed late in the third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2017. At a date following the completion of the sale, QCR intends to merge Guaranty Bank with and into CRBT, with CRBT as the surviving bank. At such time, Guaranty Bank’s banking offices will become banking offices of CRBT. Until the banks are merged, QCR will own and operate Guaranty Bank as a separate bank subsidiary.

Closing and effective time

The closing of the sale will take place on the fifth business day following the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions to closing set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement, or at another time that both parties mutually agree upon. See “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Conditions to completion of the sale” for a more complete description of the conditions that must be satisfied prior to closing. The date of the completion of the sale sometimes is referred to in this proxy statement/prospectus as the closing date. The sale shall be deemed to be effective at 11:59 p.m. on the closing date or at such other time as agreed to by the parties.

Consideration to be received in the sale

Total consideration. The total consideration to be paid to Guaranty by QCR at the closing of the sale pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement, subject to adjustment as described below, is equal to:

 

    Guaranty’s adjusted tangible equity as of the end of the month immediately preceding the closing date (which we refer to as the “core capital”) up to an amount equal to $24,286,985 multiplied by 1.53; plus

 

    Guaranty’s adjusted tangible equity as of the end of the month immediately preceding the closing date in excess of the core capital (which we refer to as the “excess capital”).

Guaranty’s adjusted tangible equity will be calculated based on its tangible shareholders’ equity, as adjusted to reflect the following: (i) the impact of the accumulated other comprehensive income will be included; (ii) the after-tax impact of all transaction expenses will be included; and (iii) the value of Guaranty’s remaining assets after giving effect to the sale will be excluded.

 

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Guaranty intends to pay a special dividend to its shareholders in an amount equal to the excess capital immediately prior to the closing of the sale. Therefore, the total consideration to be paid to Guaranty at the closing of the sale is expected to be an amount equal to 1.53 multiplied by the core capital, or approximately $37.2 million. The cash and stock portions of the sale consideration will be paid directly to Guaranty, and not to Guaranty’s shareholders.

If an adjustment to the sale consideration decreases the cash consideration to less than 21% of the total consideration, then QCR will have the right to adjust the allocation of the sale consideration between the cash consideration and the stock consideration to ensure that the cash consideration is no less than 21% of the total consideration.

Cash consideration. The cash portion of the sale consideration is equal to the sale consideration multiplied by 0.21. The cash portion of the sale consideration is expected to be approximately $7.8 million.

Stock consideration. The stock portion of the sale consideration is equal to the number of shares of QCR common stock as calculated below (which we refer to as the “aggregate share amount”) multiplied by 0.79:

 

    If the volume weighted average of the daily closing sales prices of a share of QCR common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market for the 10 consecutive trading days ending five days immediately preceding the closing of the sale (which we refer to as the “QCR common stock price”) is at least $38.34 and no more than $51.87, the aggregate share amount will be the number of shares of QCR common stock equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole share) obtained by dividing the sale consideration by the QCR common stock price;

 

    If the QCR common stock price is less than $38.34, the aggregate share amount will be the number of shares of QCR common stock equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole share) obtained by dividing the sale consideration by $38.34; and

 

    If the QCR common stock price is greater than $51.87, the aggregate share amount will be the number of shares of QCR common stock equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole share) obtained by dividing the sale consideration by $51.87.

The stock portion of the sale consideration is expected to be approximately 631,304 shares of QCR common stock with an aggregate market value of approximately $29.4 million, based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $46.50 on June 8, 2017, the last full trading day before the public announcement of the purchase and assumption agreement. Based on a closing price of QCR common stock of $44.70 on August 9, 2017, the latest practicable date before the date of this proxy statement/prospectus, the stock portion of the sale consideration would equal approximately 656,726 shares of QCR common stock with an aggregate market value of approximately $24.9 million. The market price of QCR common stock will fluctuate between the date of this proxy statement/prospectus and the date of completion of the sale and the dissolution. No assurance can be given concerning the market price of QCR common stock before or after the effective time of the sale or the dissolution. Changes in the market price of QCR common stock prior to the completion of the sale and the dissolution will affect the market value of the sale consideration that Guaranty will receive and the market value of the liquidation proceeds that Guaranty shareholders will receive.

No fractional shares of QCR common stock will be issued in the sale. If Guaranty is otherwise entitled to receive a fractional share of QCR common stock, it shall instead be entitled to receive an amount in cash (without interest) rounded to the nearest whole cent, determined by multiplying the QCR common stock price by the fractional share of QCR common stock to which Guaranty would otherwise be entitled to receive.

Double trigger fill. If on the determination date (which is the 15th business day immediately prior to the scheduled closing date of the sale) the volume weighted average of the daily closing sales prices of a share of QCR common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Market for the 10 consecutive trading days immediately preceding such date (which we refer to as the “QCR market value”) is less than $36.08 and, between the date of the purchase and assumption agreement and the determination date, QCR common stock underperforms the SNL U.S. Bank Index by more than 20%, then Guaranty will have the right to terminate the

 

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purchase and assumption agreement unless QCR elects to increase the cash portion of the total consideration by the aggregate share amount times the difference between the QCR market value as of the determination date and either (i) $36.08 or (ii) the price reflective of QCR common stock underperforming the SNL U.S. Bank Index by 19.99%.

Reclassification, recapitalization or other adjustment to QCR common stock. If, prior to the effective time, shares of QCR common stock are to be changed into a different number of shares or a different class of shares by reason of any reclassification, recapitalization, split-up, combination, exchange of shares or readjustment, or if a stock dividend on QCR common stock is declared with a record date within such period, then the number of shares of QCR common stock issued to Guaranty at the closing of the sale will be appropriately and proportionally adjusted so that the number of such shares of QCR common stock (or such class of shares into which shares of QCR common stock have been changed) that will be issued as stock consideration will equal in number of such shares that Guaranty would have received pursuant to such reclassification, recapitalization, split-up, combination, exchange of shares, readjustment or stock dividend had the record date therefore had been immediately following the closing of the sale.

Trust preferred securities

As of the effective time of the sale, QCR will assume and discharge Guaranty’s covenants, agreements and obligations under and relating to Guaranty’s trust preferred securities, including the due and punctual payment of interest on all of the Guaranty’s obligations pursuant to the subordinated notes issued by Guaranty to its subsidiary Guaranty Bankshares Statutory Trust I (which we refer to as the “Guaranty Trust”). Additionally, QCR will cause the Guaranty Trust to discharge its obligations arising after the effective time of the sale with respect to the trust preferred securities. Finally, QCR and Guaranty will execute and deliver a supplemental indenture, in a form satisfactory to the trustee of the Guaranty Trust, to effectuate QCR’s assumption of Guaranty’s trust preferred securities, whereby QCR shall assume all of Guaranty’s covenants, agreements and obligations under and relating to Guaranty’s trust preferred securities.

Voting and support agreement

On June 8, 2017, certain directors and officers of Guaranty entered into a voting and support agreement with QCR. Under this agreement, these shareholders have each agreed to vote, subject to their fiduciary duties, their respective shares of Guaranty common stock:

 

    in favor of the sale and the transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    against (i) any tender or exchange offer to acquire more than 15% of the voting power of Guaranty or Guaranty Bank, (ii) any proposal for a merger, consolidation or other business combination involving Guaranty or Guaranty Bank, or (iii) any other proposal or offer to acquire more than 15% of the business, assets or deposits of Guaranty or Guaranty Bank; and

 

    against any action or agreement that would reasonably be expected to result in a material breach of any covenant, representation or warranty or any other obligation of Guaranty under the purchase and assumption agreement.

Furthermore, each of these shareholders has also agreed not to sell, assign or transfer any shares of Guaranty common stock that they own. The shares subject to the voting and support agreement represent approximately 66.2% of Guaranty’s outstanding shares of common stock as of August 9, 2017. The voting obligations under the voting and support agreement will automatically terminate upon the earlier of (i) the date of the termination of the purchase and assumption agreement, (ii) the favorable vote of Guaranty shareholders with respect to the approval of the purchase and assumption agreement, (iii) the date, if any, on which First Company publicly discloses that the board of directors of Guaranty has determined in good faith, after consultation with outside counsel, that to, or continue to, recommend the purchase and assumption agreement to Guaranty’s shareholders would result in a violation of its fiduciary duties under applicable law, or (iv) June 1, 2019. A copy of the form of voting and support agreement is attached to this proxy statement/prospectus as Appendix C.

 

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Conduct of business pending the sale

Conduct of Business of Guaranty. Under the purchase and assumption agreement, Guaranty has agreed to certain restrictions on its activities and the activities of its subsidiaries until the sale is completed or the purchase and assumption agreement is terminated. In general, Guaranty is required to (i) conduct its business in the ordinary course of business, (ii) use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain and preserve intact its business organization and advantageous business relationships, and (iii) take no action that is intended to or would reasonably be expected to adversely affect or materially delay the ability of QCR or Guaranty to obtain any of the requisite regulatory approvals, to perform its covenants and agreements under the purchase and assumption agreement or to consummate the contemplated transactions.

The following is a summary of the more significant restrictions imposed upon Guaranty, subject to the exceptions set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement. Guaranty will not, without QCR’s prior written consent or as otherwise provided in the purchase and assumption agreement:

 

    issue, sell or otherwise permit to become outstanding, or dispose of or encumber or pledge, or authorize or propose the creation of, any shares of capital stock of Guaranty or its subsidiaries or any security convertible into the capital stock of Guaranty or its subsidiaries;

 

    permit its common stock to become subject to new grants, including issuances under Guaranty benefit plans;

 

    grant any registration rights with respect to its common stock;

 

    make, declare, pay or set aside for payment any dividend on or in respect of, or declare or make any distribution on the common stock outside of past practice or as specifically contemplated in the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    adjust, split, combine, redeem, reclassify, purchase or otherwise acquire, any shares of common stock of Guaranty or its subsidiaries;

 

    amend the terms of, waive any rights under, terminate, knowingly violate the terms of or enter into any contract material to Guaranty or its subsidiaries;

 

    enter into loan transactions not in accordance with, or consistent with, past practices of Guaranty Bank or that are on terms and conditions that, to the knowledge of Guaranty, are materially more favorable than those available to the borrower from competitive sources in arm’s-length transactions;

 

    enter into any new credit or new lending relationships greater than $1.0 million that would require an exception to Guaranty Bank’s formal loan policy or that are not in strict compliance with such loan policy;

 

    other than incident to a reasonable loan restructuring, extend additional credit to any existing borrower if it is the obligor under any indebtedness to Guaranty Bank that constitutes a nonperforming loan or against any part of such indebtedness that Guaranty Bank has established loss reserves or any part of which has been charged-off by Guaranty Bank;

 

    maintain an allowance for loan and lease losses in a manner not consistent with Guaranty Bank’s internal policies and which is not adequate in all material respects under the requirements of GAAP and all legal requirements to provide for possible or specific losses, net of recoveries relating to loans previously charged-off in whole or in part, on Guaranty Bank’s outstanding loans and leases;

 

    fail to charge-off any loans or leases that would be deemed uncollectible in accordance with GAAP or place on non-accrual any loans or leases that are past due greater than 90 days;

 

    sell, transfer, encumber or otherwise dispose of or discontinue any of its or its subsidiaries’ assets, deposits, business or properties, except for the dispositions in the ordinary course of business or of obsolete assets in transactions that are not material to Guaranty;

 

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    acquire all or any portion of the assets, business, deposits or properties of any other entity, except in the ordinary course of business in transactions that are not material to Guaranty;

 

    amend the articles of incorporation or bylaws of Guaranty, or similar governing documents of its subsidiaries;

 

    implement or adopt any change in its accounting principles, practices or methods, other than as may be required by GAAP or applicable regulatory accounting requirements;

 

    increase in any manner the compensation or benefits of any of the current or former directors, officers, employees, consultants, independent contractors or other service providers of Guaranty or its subsidiaries, other than increases in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practices in timing, metrics and amount;

 

    establish, amend or terminate any employee benefit plan, accelerate the vesting of or lapsing of restrictions with respect to any stock-based compensation or other long-term incentive compensation under employee benefit plan, cause the funding of any rabbi trust or similar arrangement or take any action to fund or in any other way secure the payment of compensation or benefits under employee benefit plan, or materially change any actuarial assumptions used to calculate funding obligations with respect to any employee benefit plan or change the manner in which contributions to such plans are made or the basis on which such contributions are determined;

 

    incur or guarantee any indebtedness for borrowed money other than in the ordinary course of business;

 

    enter into any new line of business or materially change its lending, investment, underwriting, risk and asset liability management and other banking and operating policies;

 

    settle any action, suit, claim or proceeding against it or any of its subsidiaries in excess of $25,000;

 

    make application for the opening, relocation or closing of any, or open, relocate or close any, branch office, loan production office or other significant office or operations facility;

 

    make or change any material tax elections, change or consent to any change in it or its subsidiaries’ method of accounting for tax purposes, take any position on any material tax return filed on or after the date of the purchase and assumption agreement, settle or compromise any tax liability, claim or assessment, enter into any closing agreement, waive or extend any statute of limitations with respect to an amount of taxes, surrender any right to claim a refund for an amount of taxes, or file any amended material tax return;

 

    hire any employee with an annual salary in excess of $25,000; or

 

    agree to take, make any commitment to take, or adopt any resolutions of the board of directors of Guaranty or allow the board of any subsidiary to take or adopt any resolutions in support of, any of the actions prohibited by the purchase and assumption agreement.

Conduct of Business of QCR. Under the purchase and assumption agreement, in general, QCR is required to (i) use commercially reasonable efforts to maintain and preserve intact its business organization and advantageous business relationships, and (iii) take no action that is intended to or would reasonably be expected to adversely affect or materially delay the ability of QCR or Guaranty to obtain any of the requisite regulatory approvals, to perform its covenants and agreements under the purchase and assumption agreement or to consummate the contemplated transactions.

 

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Certain covenants of the parties

Both parties have agreed to cooperate with the other in connection with obtaining the regulatory approvals for the transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement. Both parties agree, among other things:

 

    to cooperate and use all reasonable best efforts in the preparation and filing of all applications, notices and documents required to obtain regulatory approval and/or consents from governmental authorities for the sale;

 

    to exercise good faith and use reasonable best efforts to satisfy the covenants and conditions required to close the sale and to complete the sale as soon as practicable;

 

    that neither will intentionally act in a manner that would cause a breach of the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    to notify the other party of any fact, event or circumstance known to it that is reasonably likely, individually or taken together with all other facts, events and circumstances known to it, to result in a material adverse effect on the notifying party;

 

    to notify the party of any fact, event or circumstance known to it that would cause or constitute a material breach of any of the notify party’s representations, warranties, covenants or agreements contained in the purchase and assumption agreement that reasonably could be expected to give rise, individually or in the aggregate, to the failure of a closing condition;

 

    to coordinate any disclosure of nonpublic information to third parties concerning the transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement; and

 

    to provide one another reasonable opportunity to consult concerning the defense of any shareholder litigation against the Guaranty or QCR, as applicable, or any of their respective directors or officers relating to the transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement.

Guaranty has also agreed to the following:

 

    to provide QCR with an owner’s title insurance policy issued by a title insurance company for each of Guaranty’s properties, except properties designated as other real estate owned;

 

    to provide QCR with written proof of ownership by Guaranty and its subsidiaries of properties designated as other real estate owned;

 

    to allow QCR to conduct environmental investigations on the properties in which Guaranty holds an interest;

 

    to deliver to QCR estoppel certificates signed by certain tenants, and written requests to the remaining tenants to execute an estoppel certificate, of all of the leased premises of Guaranty or its subsidiaries;

 

    to pay, in full, all principal and interest payments due on Guaranty’s outstanding secured line of credit from First National Bank of Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa, and obtain the release of First National Bank of Muscatine’s security interest on the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Guaranty Bank pledged to First National Bank of Muscatine in connection with such debt obligation;

 

    to duly call, give notice of, convene and hold a meeting of its shareholders for the purpose of obtaining approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein; and

 

    to amend or terminate, as requested by QCR, any of its employee benefit plans.

No solicitation of or discussions relating to an acquisition proposal

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and terminate any activities, discussions or negotiations conducted before the date of the purchase and assumption agreement with any persons other than QCR with respect to any acquisition proposal. Moreover, Guaranty has agreed that it will not, and will not permit its and its subsidiaries’ officers, directors, agents, advisors and affiliates to, initiate, solicit, encourage or knowingly facilitate any inquiry or proposal or enter into any negotiations or discussions with any person or entity concerning any proposed acquisition of Guaranty or its subsidiaries, or furnish any confidential or nonpublic information to any person or entity proposing or seeking such an acquisition.

However, the purchase and assumption agreement provides that Guaranty may furnish such information pursuant to a customary confidentiality agreement and engage in such negotiations or discussions in response to an unsolicited acquisition proposal, if the board of directors of Guaranty determines in good faith and after consultation with outside counsel that such proposal constitutes or is reasonably expected to result in a superior proposal. If the board of directors of Guaranty determines after consultation with outside counsel and its financial advisor, that such acquisition proposal constitutes a superior proposal, the board may withhold, withdraw, qualify or modify the board’s recommendation to Guaranty shareholders with respect to the approval and adoption of the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, and/or terminate the purchase and assumption agreement. However, the Guaranty board of directors may not terminate the purchase and assumption agreement for a superior proposal unless it has first notified QCR and otherwise negotiated with QCR so that the sale may be effected.

Under the purchase and assumption agreement, a “superior proposal” means any written acquisition proposal which the board of directors of Guaranty concludes in good faith to be more favorable from a financial point of view to its shareholders than the sale, after (i) consulting its financial advisor, (ii) taking into account the likelihood and timing of consummation of the proposed transaction on its terms, and (iii) taking into account all legal, financial, regulatory and other aspects of such proposal. If QCR terminates the purchase and assumption agreement because Guaranty breaches its covenant not to solicit an acquisition proposal from a third party or if Guaranty terminates the purchase and assumption agreement in order to enter into an agreement for a superior proposal, Guaranty will pay to QCR a termination fee equal to $1.3  million. See “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Termination fees.”

Representations and warranties

The purchase and assumption agreement contains representations and warranties made by Guaranty and QCR. These include, among other things, representations relating to:

 

    valid corporate organization and existence;

 

    ownership of their respective subsidiaries;

 

    corporate power and authority to enter into the sale and the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    absence of any breach of organizational documents or law as a result of the sale;

 

    capitalization;

 

    financial statements;

 

    filing of necessary reports with regulatory authorities;

 

    books of account, minutes and stock records;

 

    loans and allowance for loan losses;

 

    certain tax matters;

 

    employee matters and employee benefits;

 

    compliance with laws;

 

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    absence of certain litigation or orders;

 

    absence of material adverse changes;

 

    insurance matters;

 

    environmental matters;

 

    labor matters;

 

    broker/finder fees;

 

    absence of any reason why the granting of any of the required regulatory approvals would be denied or unduly delayed; and

 

    compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act;

Guaranty made additional representations and warranties to QCR in the purchase and assumption agreement relating to, among other things:

 

    real property, personal property and other material assets;

 

    absence of any breach of material contracts as a result of the sale;

 

    compliance with, absence of default under and information regarding, material contracts;

 

    affiliate transactions;

 

    intellectual property;

 

    investment securities; and

 

    fiduciary accounts.

Conditions to completion of the sale

Closing Conditions for the Benefit of QCR. QCR’s obligations are subject to fulfillment of certain conditions, including:

 

    accuracy of representations and warranties of Guaranty in the purchase and assumption agreement as of the closing date, except as otherwise set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    performance by Guaranty in all material respects of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement, except as otherwise set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein at the meeting of Guaranty shareholders;

 

    no proceeding, other than shareholder litigation, involving any challenge to, or seeking damages or other relief in connection with, any transaction contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement, or that may have the effect of preventing, delaying, making illegal or otherwise interfering with any of the contemplated transactions, in either case that would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect;

 

    no order, injunction, decree, statute, rule, regulation or other legal restraint or prohibition preventing or making illegal the consummation of the sale or any of the other transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals;

 

    the registration statement, of which this proxy statement/prospectus is a part, concerning QCR common stock issuable pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement, having been declared effective by the SEC;

 

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    the delivery by Guaranty all of the certificates, documents and other items required by it pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    approval of the listing of the shares of QCR common stock issuable pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement on the NASDAQ Global Market; and

 

    no material adverse change in the financial condition, assets or business of Guaranty since the date of the purchase and assumption agreement.

Closing Conditions for the Benefit of Guaranty. Guaranty’s obligations are subject to fulfillment of certain conditions, including:

 

    accuracy of representations and warranties of QCR in the purchase and assumption agreement as of the closing date, except as otherwise set forth in the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    performance by QCR in all material respects of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    approval of the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein at the meeting of Guaranty shareholders;

 

    no proceeding, other than shareholder litigation, involving any challenge to, or seeking damages or other relief in connection with, any transaction contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement, or that may have the effect of preventing, delaying, making illegal or otherwise interfering with any of the contemplated transactions, in either case that would reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect;

 

    no order, injunction, decree, statute, rule, regulation or other legal restraint or prohibition preventing or making illegal the consummation of the sale or any of the other transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals;

 

    the registration statement, of which this proxy statement/prospectus is a part, concerning QCR common stock issuable pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement, having been declared effective by the SEC;

 

    the delivery by QCR all of the certificates, documents and other items required by it pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    approval of the listing of the shares of QCR common stock issuable pursuant to the purchase and assumption agreement on the NASDAQ Global Market; and

 

    no material adverse change in the financial condition, assets or business of QCR since the date of the purchase and assumption agreement.

Termination

QCR and Guaranty may mutually agree to terminate the purchase and assumption agreement and abandon the sale at any time. Subject to conditions and circumstances described in the purchase and assumption agreement, either QCR or Guaranty may also terminate the purchase and assumption agreement upon the following occurrences:

 

    the other party has breached or failed to perform its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in the failure of any of the closing conditions and such breach or failure cannot be cured within 30 days (if applicable), provided its inability to satisfy the condition was not caused by the non-breaching party’s failure to comply in all material respects with any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

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    any regulatory authority has denied approval of any of the transactions contemplated by the purchase and assumption agreement or any application for a necessary regulatory approval has been withdrawn at the request of a regulatory authority, provided that such right to terminate is not available to a party whose failure to fulfill any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement has been the cause of the denial or withdrawal of regulatory approval;

 

    failure to receive approval by Guaranty shareholders for the purchase and assumption agreement and the transactions contemplated therein following the meeting held for such purpose;

 

    the sale is not completed by February 28, 2018, provided that such right to terminate is not available to a party whose failure to fulfill any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement has resulted in the failure of the sale to be completed before such date; or

 

    a court or regulatory authority has enjoined or prohibited any of the transactions contemplated in the purchase and assumption agreement.

In addition, a particular party may terminate the purchase and assumption agreement upon the following occurrences:

 

    QCR may terminate if Guaranty materially breaches any of its obligations with respect to soliciting alternative acquisition proposals or holding a meeting of its shareholders to approve the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    Guaranty may terminate in order to enter into an agreement with respect to an unsolicited superior proposal from a third party;

 

    QCR may terminate if Guaranty’s board of directors makes an adverse recommendation to Guaranty’s shareholders;

 

    QCR may terminate if, after the identification or confirmation of the presence of certain environmental conditions related to certain real property, the aggregate cost of remedying such conditions exceeds $250,000 and Guaranty or Guaranty Bank does not agree to pay or accrual all such remediation costs; or

 

    Guaranty may terminate during the five business day period commencing on the determination date, if: (i) the QCR market value as of the determination date is less than $36.08; and (ii) the performance of QCR’s common stock underperforms the SNL U.S. Bank Index by more than 20%; provided, that QCR may offer to increase the cash portion of the total consideration in such circumstance to prevent such a termination as described in the section entitled “Description of the Purchase and Assumption Agreement—Consideration to be received in the sale.”

Termination fees

Termination Fees Payable by Guaranty. Guaranty has agreed to pay QCR a termination fee of $1.3 million if QCR terminates the purchase and assumption agreement because Guaranty has breached or failed to perform its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in the failure of any of the closing conditions and such breach or failure cannot be cured within 30 days (if applicable), provided its inability to satisfy the condition was not caused by QCR’s failure to comply in all material respects with any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement.

Guaranty has agreed to pay QCR a termination fee of $1.3 million if the purchase and assumption agreement is terminated under the following circumstances:

 

    QCR terminates the purchase and assumption agreement because Guaranty breaches its covenant not to solicit an acquisition proposal from a third party or its obligations related to holding a shareholder meeting to approve the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

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    Guaranty terminates the purchase and assumption agreement in order to enter into an agreement with respect to an unsolicited superior proposal; or

 

    If, prior to termination, another acquisition proposal is known to Guaranty, has been communicated directly to Guaranty’s shareholders or is publicly announced, and (i) thereafter the purchase and assumption agreement is terminated by QCR upon (A) Guaranty’s breach of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement or (B) an adverse recommendation to Guaranty’s shareholders by the board of directors (ii) within six months after such termination Guaranty enter into a definitive written agreement with respect to such acquisition proposal.

Termination Fees Payable by QCR. QCR has agreed to pay Guaranty a termination fee of $1.0 million if Guaranty terminates the purchase and assumption agreement because QCR has breached or failed to perform its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement, which breach or failure to perform would result in the failure of any of the closing conditions and such breach or failure cannot be cured within 30 days, provided its inability to satisfy the condition was not caused by Guaranty’s failure to comply in all material respects with any of its obligations under the purchase and assumption agreement.

Management of QCR and Guaranty after the sale

QCR has agreed to take all appropriate action to appoint two individuals serving on the board of directors of Guaranty or Guaranty Bank and mutually agreeable to the parties to the CRBT board of directors, effective upon the effectiveness of the bank merger. The QCR and the CRBT boards of directors will otherwise remain the same after the sale and bank merger.

Expenses

All expenses incurred in connection with the purchase and assumption agreement will be paid by the party incurring the expenses.

NASDAQ stock listing

QCR common stock currently is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “QCRH.” The shares to be issued to Guaranty’s as stock consideration also will be eligible for trading on the NASDAQ Global Market.

Amendment

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THE DISSOLUTION

At the special meeting, subject to the sale by Guaranty of Guaranty Bank to QCR, and in addition to approval of the sale, you also will be asked to consider and approve the dissolution of Guaranty and the distribution of its assets to the shareholders of Guaranty. The Guaranty board of directors deems it advisable and in the best interests of Guaranty to dissolve, liquidate, and terminate Guaranty by filing articles of dissolution with the Iowa Secretary of State.

After the consummation of the sale, Guaranty will commence dissolution, which consists of liquidating its assets (including the consideration received in connection with the sale) and paying its debts. After payment of any remaining debts, of which there are anticipated to be none, the proceeds of the sale will be distributed to the shareholders of Guaranty on a pro rata basis. In accordance with IBCA Sections 490.1402-1405, after distribution of the remaining assets and winding up of Guaranty’s business and affairs, Guaranty plans to complete the voluntary dissolution procedures allowed by Iowa law by filing articles of dissolution with the Iowa Secretary of State.

Distribution of the proceeds of the sale transaction to the shareholders of Guaranty on a pro rata basis is anticipated to occur shortly after the consummation of the sale and before the end of 2017, but in no event later than January 31, 2018. The assets to be distributed to Guaranty shareholders will consist of the cash and QCR common stock received by Guaranty in connection with the sale. That cash and QCR common stock will be distributed on a pro rata basis to each shareholder of Guaranty.

Approval of the dissolution proposal requires the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the votes cast at the special meeting with respect to the dissolution proposal. Approval of the dissolution proposal is not required to approve the sale proposal or complete the sale; however, approval of the sale proposal and completion of the sale is required to complete the dissolution. See “Risk Factors—Approval of the dissolution proposal is not required to approve the sale proposal or complete the sale” for information regarding certain risks if the dissolution is not approved.

 

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MATERIAL U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES OF THE SALE AND THE DISSOLUTION

The following general discussion sets forth the material U.S. federal income tax consequences of the sale by Guaranty of substantially all of its assets to QCR followed by the dissolution of Guaranty and the distribution of its assets to the Guaranty shareholders. This discussion does not address any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or foreign jurisdiction, or under any United States federal laws other than those pertaining to income tax. This discussion is based upon the Code, its legislative history, existing and proposed Treasury Regulations thereunder and published administrative rulings and court decisions, each as currently in effect as of the date hereof, and all of which are subject to differing interpretations or change, possibly with retroactive effect. Any such differing interpretation or change could affect the continuing validity of this discussion.

Neither Guaranty nor QCR has requested, will request or will receive an advance ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (which we refer to as the “IRS”) as to any of the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the sale or the dissolution to holders of Guaranty common stock, to QCR or Guaranty. As a result, Guaranty cannot assure that the tax consequences described in this discussion will not be challenged by the IRS or will be sustained by a court if challenged by the IRS.

This discussion addresses only those Guaranty shareholders that hold their shares of Guaranty common stock as capital assets within the meaning of Section 1221 of the Code (generally, property held for investment) and who are eligible to be a shareholder in an S corporation. Further, this discussion does not address all aspects of U.S. federal income taxation that may be relevant to you in light of your particular circumstances or that may be applicable to particular Guaranty shareholders that are subject to special rules, such as:

 

  1. a dealer or broker in stocks and securities, or currencies;

 

  2. a trader in securities that elects mark-to-market treatment;

 

  3. a holder of Guaranty common stock that received Guaranty common stock through the exercise of an employee stock option, through a tax qualified retirement plan or otherwise as compensation;

 

  4. a holder of Guaranty common stock that holds Guaranty common stock as part of a hedge, straddle, constructive sale, conversion or other integrated transaction; or

 

  5. persons who do not own their shares of Guaranty common stock as a capital asset.

In addition, the discussion does not address the tax consequences of the sale and dissolution to Guaranty shareholders under any state, local or foreign tax laws, or the United States federal estate or gift or alternative minimum tax provisions of the Code. Determining the actual tax consequences of the sale and dissolution to a Guaranty shareholder may be complex. They will depend on your specific situation and on factors that are not within the control of Guaranty or QCR. EACH GUARANTY SHAREHOLDER IS URGED TO CONSULT WITH HIS, HER OR ITS OWN TAX ADVISOR AS TO THE TAX CONSEQUENCES OF THE SALE AND DISSOLUTION IN SUCH SHAREHOLDER’S PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, AS WELL AS ANY STATE, LOCAL, FOREIGN OR OTHER TAX CONSEQUENCES, ANY TAX REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, AND THE EFFECT OF POSSIBLE CHANGES IN TAX LAWS.

The following discussion is based on the following assumptions being true, accurate and complete in all material respects:

 

  1. Guaranty is currently a valid S corporation within the meaning Sections 1361 and 1362 of the Code for U.S. federal income tax purposes and will be a valid S corporation at the effective time of the sale;

 

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  3. Guaranty Bank and each other Guaranty corporate subsidiary is currently a valid QSub of Guaranty within the meaning of Section 1361(b)(1)(B) of the Code for U.S. federal income tax purposes and will be a valid QSub of Guaranty at the effective time of the sale.

 

  4. Guaranty, Guaranty Bank and any other Guaranty subsidiary are not currently subject to any potential federal income tax under Section 1374 of the Code with respect to a taxable sale (including a deemed taxable sale as a result of the sale) of the assets of Guaranty Bank or of any other Guaranty subsidiary and will not be subject to any federal income tax under Section 1374 of the Code at the effective time of the sale.

 

  5. Guaranty complied with all applicable requirements in the Code and the treasury regulations thereunder when it became an S corporation commencing January 1, 1999 (including, but not limited to, all requirements under Sections 1362, 1363 and 1375 of the Code) and no action (or inaction) arising from such applicable requirements resulted in the termination of Guaranty’s S corporation status.

 

  6. If the dissolution is approved, any distributions made in connection with such dissolution will be part of Guaranty’s complete liquidation in accordance with Section 331 of the Code.

Guaranty believes that all of these assumptions are currently correct and will be correct as of the effective time of the sale. If any of these assumptions are not correct, then the tax consequences to Guaranty, Guaranty Bank, any other Guaranty subsidiary and to the Guaranty shareholders will materially change including, without limitation, increasing the federal income taxes of Guaranty Bank, any other Guaranty subsidiary and Guaranty as a result of the sale, reducing the taxable gains or increasing the losses flowing out to the Guaranty shareholders as a result of the sale and increasing the gains or reducing the losses recognized by Guaranty shareholders, if any, as a result of the dissolution of Guaranty. In such event, Guaranty would be treated as a corporation taxable under Subchapter C of the Code, the sale would be treated as a taxable stock sale by Guaranty and the dissolution would be treated as a taxable dissolution of Guaranty. In the event that Guaranty has a valid S corporation election in place, but a Guaranty subsidiary is not a valid QSub, then such Guaranty subsidiary would be treated as a C corporation. In such event, Guaranty’s sale to QCR would be treated as a taxable stock sale to the extent that Guaranty sells stock of such Guaranty subsidiary to QCR. Such Guaranty subsidiary would be subject to taxation under Subchapter C of the Code for taxable periods during which it was a C corporation. See Risk Factors—The sale and the dissolution will be taxable transactions for U.S. federal income tax purposes” for a more detailed discussion of the risks associated with Guaranty not being treated as a valid S corporation or any of Guaranty’s corporate subsidiaries not being treated as a valid QSub as of the effective date of the sale. The remaining discussion assumes that Guaranty will be a valid S corporation and each subsidiary corporation of Guaranty will be a valid QSub as of the effective date of the sale.

Tax Consequences of the Asset Sale

The sale by Guaranty of all of its assets to QCR in exchange for cash, QCR common stock and assumption of debt will be treated as a taxable sale by Guaranty of all of its assets and all of the assets owned by Guaranty Bank to QCR for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As a QSub, Guaranty Bank and each other Guaranty subsidiary is disregarded as a separate entity for federal income tax purposes. As a result, Guaranty will recognize taxable gain or loss on the sale of the stock of Guaranty Bank and the stock of any other Guaranty subsidiary in the same amounts and character as if Guaranty Bank or such other subsidiary had sold its assets to QCR for the consideration received for the Guaranty Bank or other Guaranty subsidiary stock. Accordingly, Guaranty will recognize gain or loss on each of its assets, each of the assets of Guaranty Bank and each of the assets of any other Guaranty subsidiary in an amount equal to the difference between the amount realized with respect to each asset and Guaranty’s, Guaranty Bank’s, or any other Guaranty subsidiary’s, as applicable, adjusted tax basis in each such asset. The aggregate amount realized on the sale will equal the sum of (i) the cash received by Guaranty in the sale, (ii) the fair market value of the QCR common stock received by Guaranty in the sale based on the value of the QCR common stock on the closing date of the sale, and (iii) the amount of Guaranty (or Guaranty Bank or other Guaranty subsidiary) liabilities deemed assumed by QCR in the exchange.

 

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The aggregate amount realized will be allocated between the Guaranty and Guaranty Bank assets sold in accordance with the rules of Section 1060 of the Code and the Treasury Regulations thereunder. The gain or loss will be capital or ordinary (or a mix thereof) depending on the nature of the assets of Guaranty, Guaranty Bank or other Guaranty subsidiary deemed sold in the sale.

In addition, because Guaranty is an S corporation and Guaranty Bank (and each other Guaranty subsidiary) is a QSub, any gains or losses recognized by Guaranty, Guaranty Bank or any other Guaranty subsidiary on the deemed asset sale as a result of the sale will flow-out to the shareholders of Guaranty under the S corporation rules and be taxable on a pro rata basis to these shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Any capital gain or loss and ordinary income or loss will be reported on a Schedule K-1 to each Guaranty shareholder regardless of the amount of distributions made by Guaranty. A Guaranty shareholder will increase his, her or its tax basis in such Guaranty shareholder’s common stock in an amount equal to the capital gain and ordinary income allocated to such shareholder and will reduce his, her or its tax basis in Guaranty common stock in an amount equal to any capital or ordinary loss allocated to such shareholder.

Guaranty’s tax basis in the QCR common stock received in the exchange will equal the fair market value of such stock included in Guaranty’s amount realized in the taxable sale of its, Guaranty Bank’s and any other Guaranty subsidiary’s assets.

Tax Consequences of the Dissolution

The distribution of the assets of Guaranty to its shareholders in liquidation of Guaranty will be a taxable liquidation for federal income tax purposes. Guaranty will recognize gain or loss on the distribution of the QCR common stock in an amount equal to the difference between the fair market value of the QCR stock and Guaranty’s tax basis in such stock. QCR stock is publicly traded. Accordingly, Guaranty’s stock basis in the QCR stock received in taxable asset sale may differ from the value of such stock at the time of the dissolution of Guaranty. If the value of the shares of QCR common stock at the time they are distributed by Guaranty to its shareholders is greater than or less than their value on the closing date of the sale, Guaranty will recognize capital gain or capital loss equal to such appreciation or depreciation in the value of such stock. This capital gain or capital loss would be short-term capital gain or short-term capital loss if the liquidating distribution is made within one year of the closing of the sale. Any such capital gain or capital loss would flow-out to the shareholders of Guaranty under the S corporation rules and be taxable on a pro rata basis to the Guaranty shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Any such capital gain or capital loss would be reported on a Schedule K-1 to each Guaranty shareholder and would increase (or decrease) such shareholder’s tax basis in his, her or its Guaranty common stock in the same manner as discussed above with respect to any gain or income (or loss or deduction) recognized on the sale of Guaranty Bank (and any other Guaranty subsidiary) to QCR.

A Guaranty shareholder that is entitled to receive a pro rata distribution upon the dissolution of Guaranty will also recognize additional gain or loss, if any, on such dissolution in an amount equal to the difference between (i) the sum of the cash received and the fair market value of QCR stock received in exchange for Guaranty common stock and (ii) such shareholder’s adjusted tax basis in his, her or its shares of Guaranty common stock (taking into account any applicable adjustments in tax basis for recognized gains or losses that flowed out to that shareholder as described above). Liquidating distributions made by Guaranty to its shareholders will first reduce a shareholder’s tax basis in his, her or its Guaranty common stock (as adjusted for gain, loss or income allocated to shareholders as described above) by an amount equal to the cash distributed plus the fair market value of the QCR common stock distributed based on the fair market value of QCR common stock and such other distributed property on the date of the distribution. A Guaranty shareholder will recognize capital gain equal to any amounts distributed to such shareholder in excess of such adjusted tax basis; provided, that if such Guaranty shareholder holds Guaranty common stock for longer than one year, such gain will be long-term capital gain. A Guaranty shareholder will have a tax basis in the shares of QCR common stock it receives equal to their fair market value on the date of distribution and a shareholder’s holding period in the shares of QCR common stock begin as of the day following the distribution date and will not include the shareholder’s

 

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holding period in Guaranty common stock. In the event that Guaranty makes interim distributions to its shareholders that are not part of Guaranty’s complete liquidation, the tax consequences to Guaranty shareholders would differ.

The maximum federal income tax rate for ordinary income and short-term capital gains (for assets held for one year or less) is 39.6%. The maximum federal income tax rate for long-term capital gains (for assets held for longer than one year) is 20%. The use of capital losses is subject to limitations, including, with respect to an individual, the limitation that an individual may deduct only $3,000 of net capital losses (net of capital gains) per year.

Tax Consequences to Dissenting Guaranty Shareholders

Guaranty shareholders who receive solely cash in exchange for their shares of Guaranty common stock as a result of perfecting their dissenters’ rights will recognize gain or loss on the exchange in an amount equal to the difference between the cash received and such shareholder’s adjusted tax basis in the shares of Guaranty common stock exchanged therefor. A dissenting shareholder’s adjusted tax basis in its shares of Guaranty common stock will include adjustments to its tax basis for that shareholder’s allocable portion of Guaranty’s gains and losses recognized on the deemed asset sale as a result of the sale. Any gain or loss recognized by a dissenting shareholder on the cash received in exchange for his, her or its share of Guaranty common stock will generally be capital gain or capital loss. This capital gain or capital loss will be long-term capital gain or long-term capital loss if the dissenting shareholder held its shares of Guaranty common stock for more than one year as of the date of the exchange. Otherwise, the gain or loss will be short-term capital gain or short-term capital loss. For individual taxpayers, the current tax rates and limitations for long-term capital gain and short-term capital loss are set forth above.

Net Investment Income Tax

Certain shareholders with taxable incomes over certain threshold amounts, including individuals and certain estates and trusts, may be subject to an additional 3.8% tax on all or a portion of their “net investment income.” Net investment income will generally include dividends, net gains from the disposition of shares of stock, and a shareholder’s allocable share of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit allocated from that shareholder’s ownership of stock in an S corporation. However, if the income, gain, loss, deduction or credit from an S corporation is allocable to an activity of the S corporation that is not a passive activity with respect to an S corporation shareholder and is not derived from a trading activity, then that shareholder may be able to exclude his or her allocable portion of the S corporation’s income, gain, loss, deduction and credit that was derived from that non-passive activity from its net investment income. The net investment income tax rules are complex and are dependent on a shareholder’s facts and circumstances, including a determination as to whether each activity of an S corporation would be treated as a passive activity with respect to that shareholder. Shareholders are urged to consult their own tax advisors regarding the potential implications of the net investment income tax resulting from sale, the exercising of their dissenters’ rights and the dissolution of Guaranty.

Backup withholding

Certain Guaranty shareholders may be subject to backup withholding currently at a 28% rate on the cash payments received for their shares of common stock. Backup withholding will not apply, however, for a shareholder that:

 

    furnishes to Guaranty a correct taxpayer identification number and certifies that such shareholder is not subject to backup withholding on the substitute Form W-9 or successor form included in the letter of transmittal to be delivered to such shareholder after the date of the completion of the transactions contemplated in the purchase and assumption agreement;

 

    provides a certification of foreign status on Form W-8 or successor form; or

 

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Backup withholding is not an additional tax but is credited against the federal income tax liability of the taxpayer subject to the withholding. If backup withholding results in an overpayment of a taxpayer’s federal income taxes, that taxpayer may obtain a refund from the IRS (provided that the taxpayer timely furnishes the required information to the IRS).

THIS SUMMARY OF MATERIAL U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES IS FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND IS NOT TAX ADVICE. YOU ARE URGED TO CONSULT YOUR TAX ADVISOR WITH RESPECT TO THE APPLICATION OF U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX LAWS TO YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION AS WELL AS ANY TAX CONSEQUENCES ARISING UNDER THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL ESTATE OR GIFT TAX RULES, OR UNDER THE LAWS OF ANY STATE, LOCAL, FOREIGN OR OTHER TAXING JURISDICTION.

 

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND

MANAGEMENT OF GUARANTY

The following table set forth, as of July 24, 2017, the shares of common stock beneficially owned by Guaranty’s executive officers and directors individually, by all executive officers and directors as a group, and by each shareholder known by Guaranty to beneficially own in excess of five percent of Guaranty’s outstanding common stock. The percentages below are based on 919,462.8251 common shares outstanding as of July 24, 2017.

The address for each shareholder listed in the table below is: c/o Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd., 302 Third Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401.

 

Name and Address of Beneficial Owners   

Number of Shares

Owned and Nature

of Beneficial Ownership(1)

    

Percent of Shares

of Common Stock

Outstanding

 

Directors and Executive Officers:

     

Robert D. Becker(2)

     279,298.39        30.4

Patrick Cobb

     49,705.00        5.4

Nancy H. Evans(3)

     23,000.00        2.5

Christopher J. Lindell(4)

     12,828.93        1.4

Eric Leibsohn

     54,411.07        5.9

Deborah B. Josephson(5)

     100,563.57        10.9

Sherri A. Becker

     99,413.57        10.8

Deborah Neyens(6)

     84.77        *  

Todd Kerska(7)

     3,499.37        *  

All Directors and Executive Officers as a Group (9 persons)

     622,804.67        67.7

5% Owners:

     

GB & T KSOP Plan(8)

     82,245.74        8.9

Linda Deaktor

     48,411.07        5.3

Steven Leibsohn

     54,411.07        5.9

 

* Less than 1%.
(1) In accordance with Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act, a person is deemed to be the beneficial owner for purposes of this table, of any shares of our common stock if he or she has or shares voting or investment power with respect to such security, or has a right to acquire beneficial ownership at any time within 60 days from July 24, 2017. As used herein, “voting power” is the power to vote or direct the voting of shares, and “investment power” is the power to dispose or direct the disposition of shares. The nature of beneficial ownership for shares shown in this column, unless otherwise noted, represents sole voting and investment power.
(2) Includes shares held in The Harold M. Becker Irrevocable Children’s Trust, for which Mr. Becker serves as trustee. Also includes 5,429.8150 shares held in the KSOP.
(3) Includes 1,000 shares held by Ms. Evans’ spouse, Jack B. Evans.
(4) Includes 3,150.9264 shares held in the KSOP.
(5) Includes 980 shares held in The Lawrence B. Josephson Revocable Trust, for which Lawrence Josephson, spouse of Deborah B. Josephson, is trustee.
(6) Shares are held in the KSOP.
(7) Shares are held in the KSOP.
(8) The KSOP trustees are Robert D. Becker, Todd Kerska, Rick Seger, Doug Olson and Christopher J. Lindell.

 

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COMPARISON OF RIGHTS OF QCR SHAREHOLDERS AND GUARANTY SHAREHOLDERS

If the sale and dissolution are completed, holders of Guaranty common stock will receive shares of QCR common stock as liquidation proceeds in exchange for their shares of Guaranty common stock. The rights of Guaranty shareholders who receive shares of QCR common stock in exchange for their shares of Guaranty common stock will be governed by QCR’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws, as well as the rules and regulations applying to public companies. QCR is incorporated in Delaware and subject to the GGCL and Guaranty is incorporated in Iowa and is subject to the IBCA.

The following discussion summarizes material similarities and differences between the rights of Guaranty shareholders and QCR shareholders and is not a complete description of all of the differences. This discussion is qualified in its entirety by reference to the DGCL and the IBCA and QCR’s and Guaranty’s respective articles of incorporation and bylaws, each as amended and restated from time to time.

 

    

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Authorized Capital Stock:   

QCR is authorized to issue 20 million shares of common stock, par value $1.00 per share, and 250,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $1.00 per share, which we refer to as “QCR preferred stock.”

 

As of June 30, 2017, QCR had 13,175,234 shares of common stock issued and outstanding, and no shares of QCR preferred stock issued and outstanding. Future issuance of shares of QCR’s preferred stock may affect the relative rights of the holders of its common stock, depending upon the exact terms, qualifications, limitations and relative rights and preferences, if any, of the shares of the preferred stock as determined by QCR’s board of directors.

  

Guaranty is authorized to issue 2,000,000 shares of common stock, no par value per share.

 

As of June 30, 2017, Guaranty had 919,462.8251 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.

Dividends:    Subject to any rights of holders of QCR preferred stock, QCR may pay dividends if, as and when declared by its board of directors from any funds legally available therefor.    The board of directors of Guaranty may from time to time declare, and Guaranty may pay, dividends on its outstanding shares in the manner and upon the terms and conditions provided by law.
Number of Directors; Classification:   

The QCR board of directors currently consists of 11 members. QCR’s certificate of incorporation provides that its board of directors must consist of not less than three and no more than 15 directors, as may be established by resolution of not less than 80% of the number of directors of the then-current board.

 

QCR’s board of directors is divided into three classes, with each class

   The Guaranty board of directors currently consists of seven members. Guaranty’s articles of incorporation provide that its board of directors must consist of at least one director, with the number of directors determined in the manner set forth in the bylaws. Guaranty’s bylaws provide that the board of directors shall consist of at least

 

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   consisting of approximately one-third of the total number of directors. Directors are elected for three-year terms, with one class of directors up for election at each annual meeting of shareholders.   

three directors and the number of directors to be elected shall be determined by resolution of the shareholders.

 

Guaranty’s board of directors are elected each year at the annual shareholders’ meeting. Directors are elected to hold office until the next meeting of shareholders at which directors are elected and until such director’s successor has been elected and qualified.

Election of Directors; Vacancies:   

Each QCR shareholder is entitled to one vote for each share of the voting stock held by such shareholder. Directors shall be elected by a plurality vote.

 

QCR’s certificate of incorporation does not provide for cumulative voting.

 

QCR’s bylaws provide that any vacancy on the board of directors may be filled at an annual meeting or special meeting of the shareholders called for such purpose, or if such vacancy arises between meetings of shareholders, by a majority vote of the board of directors then in office.

  

Each outstanding share of Guaranty common stock entitled to vote is entitled to one vote upon each matter submitted to a vote at a meeting of shareholders.

 

Guaranty’s articles of incorporation do not provide for cumulative voting. Directors are therefore elected by plurality vote.

 

Vacancies on Guaranty’s board of directors may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining directors.

Removal of Directors:    A QCR director may be removed at a shareholders’ meeting, for cause, by the affirmative vote of not less than 75% of the outstanding shares entitled to vote.    A Guaranty director may be removed by the shareholders, with or without cause, at a meeting called for that purpose. A director may be removed only if the number of votes cast to remove that director exceeds the number of votes cast not to remove the director.
Call of Special Meeting of Directors:    QCR’s bylaws provide that a special meeting of the board of directors may be called by or at the request of the president or any director.    Guaranty’s bylaws provide that a special meeting of the board of directors may be called by or at the request of the president or any two directors.
Limitation on Director Liability:    QCR’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws provide that, to the fullest extent permitted by the DGCL, a director will not be personally liable to the corporation or its shareholders for    Guaranty’s articles of incorporation provide that a director shall not be personally liable to the corporation or its shareholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director, except for

 

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   monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty of directors.    liability (i) for the amount of a financial benefit received by a director to which the director is not entitled, (ii) for an intentional infliction of harm on Guaranty or its shareholders, (iii) for a violation of Section 490.833 of the IBCA (i.e., an unlawful distribution voted for or assented to by the director and that in taking such action the director did not comply with the standards of conduct for directors set forth in Section 490.830 of the IBCA); (iv) for an intentional violation of criminal law, or (v) for an act or omission occurring prior to January 11, 1988. The articles of incorporation continue, however, and state that if the IBCA allows for the further elimination or limitation of the personal liability of directors, then the liability of a director of Guaranty shall be eliminated or limited to the fullest extent permitted by the IBCA.
Indemnification:   

QCR’s bylaws provide that the corporation will indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the corporation) by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a director or officer of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director or officer of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by him or her in connection with such action, suit or proceeding if he or she acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, and, with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful.

 

   Guaranty’s articles of incorporation provide that the corporation may indemnify, and advance expenses to, any director, officer, employee or agent of the corporation to the fullest extent permitted by the IBCA.

 

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   Further, QCR will indemnify any person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action or suit by or in the right of the corporation to procure a judgment in its favor by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a director or officer of the corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the corporation as a director or officer of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise against expenses (including attorneys’ fees) actually and reasonably incurred by him or her in connection with the defense or settlement of such action or suit if he or she acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the best interests of the corporation, and except that no indemnification shall be made in respect of any claim, issue or matter as to which such person shall have been adjudged to be liable to the corporation unless and only to the extent that the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware or the court in which action or suit was brought shall determine upon application that, despite the adjudication of liability but in view of all the circumstances of the case, such person is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity for such expenses which the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware or such other court shall deem proper.   
Call of Special Meetings of Shareholders:   

QCR’s bylaws provide that a special meeting of the shareholders may be called by the chair of the board, the president, the board of directors or at the request in writing of shareholders owning a majority of the issued and outstanding voting stock of the corporation.

 

Written notice stating the place (if any), date, hour, record date for determining shareholders entitled to vote at the meeting, means of remote

  

Guaranty’s bylaws provide that a special meeting of the shareholders, for any purpose or purposes, unless otherwise prescribed by statute, may be called by the president or by the board of directors, and shall be called by the president at the request of the holders of not less than one-tenth of all the outstanding shares of the corporation entitled to vote at the meeting.

 

 

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   communication (if any), place where the shareholder list may examined prior to the meeting and purpose(s) of the special meeting must be delivered, either personally or by mail or facsimile, not less than 10 nor more than 60 days before the date of the meeting.    Written or printed notice stating the place, day and hour of the meeting, and the purpose or purposes for which the special meeting is called, shall be delivered not less than ten nor more than fifty days before the date of the meeting, either personally or by mail.
Quorum of Shareholders:    QCR’s bylaws provide that a majority of the outstanding shares of voting stock, represented in person or by proxy, constitutes a quorum at any meeting of shareholders.    Guaranty’s bylaws provide that a majority of the outstanding shares of the corporation entitled to vote, represented in person or by proxy, shall constitute a quorum at a meeting of shareholders.
Advance Notice Regarding Shareholder Proposals (other than Nomination of Candidates for Election to the Board of Directors):   

QCR’s bylaws provide that for a shareholder to properly bring business before an annual or special meeting of shareholders, written notice of such proposal must be delivered, mailed or telegraphed to the secretary of the corporation at the principal executive offices of the corporation not less than 30 days nor more than 75 days prior to the date of the originally scheduled meeting (provided, however, that if less than 40 days’ notice of the date of the scheduled meeting is given or made by the corporation, notice by the shareholder to be timely must be so delivered, mailed or telegraphed to the corporation not later than the close of business on the 10th day following the day on which notice of the date of the scheduled meeting was first mailed to shareholders).

 

A shareholder’s notice to the secretary shall set forth the following as to each matter the shareholder proposes to bring before the meeting: (i) a brief description of the proposal desired to be brought before the meeting and the reasons for conducting such business at the meeting, (ii) the name and address, as they appear on the corporation’s books, of the shareholder proposing such business, (iii) the number of shares of the corporation’s common stock beneficially owned by such

   Guaranty’s articles of incorporation and bylaws are silent regarding the advance notice procedures required by shareholders to properly bring business before an annual or special meeting of the shareholders.

 

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   shareholder on the date of such shareholder’s notice, and (iv) any financial or other interest of such shareholder in the proposal.   
Advance Notice Regarding Shareholders Nomination of Candidates for Election to the Board of Directors:   

QCR’s bylaws provide that nominations, of persons for election to the board of directors may be made at an annual or special meeting of shareholders by a shareholder of QCR.

 

For nominations for election to the board of directors of QCR to be properly brought before an annual or special meeting, written notice of such nomination(s) must be delivered to or mailed and received by the secretary of the corporation at the principal executive offices of the corporation not less than 30 days nor more than 75 days prior to the meeting (provided, however, that in the event that less than 40 days’ notice or prior public disclosure of the date of the meeting is given or made to shareholders, notice by the shareholder to be timely must be so received not later than the close of business on the 10th day following the earlier of the day on which such notice of the date of meeting was mailed or such public disclosure was made).

 

A shareholder’s notice to the secretary shall set forth: (i) the name and address of record of the shareholder who intends to make the nomination, (ii) a representation that the shareholder is, a holder of record of shares of the corporation entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to nominate the person or persons specified in the notice, (iii) the name, age, business and residence addresses, and principal occupation or employment of each nominee, (iv) a description of all arrangements or understandings between the shareholder and each nominee and any other person or persons (naming such person or persons) pursuant to which

   Guaranty’s articles of incorporation and bylaws are silent regarding the advance notice procedures required by shareholders for the nomination of persons for election to the board of directors.

 

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   the nomination or nominations are to be made by the shareholder, (v) such other information regarding such nominee proposed by such shareholder as would be required to be included in a proxy statement filed pursuant to the proxy rules of the SEC, as then in effect, and (vi) the consent of each nominee to serve as a director of the corporation if so elected.   
Shareholder Action by Written Consent:    QCR’s certificate of incorporation provides that any action required or permitted to be taken by the holders of capital stock of the corporation must be effected at a duly called annual or special meeting of the holders of capital stock of the corporation and may not be effected by any consent in writing by such holders, unless such action is authorized by not less than 80% of the number of directors.    Guaranty’s bylaws provide that any action required to be taken at a meeting of the shareholders, or any other action which may be taken at a meeting of the shareholders, may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, shall be signed by all of the shareholders entitled to vote with respect to the subject matter thereof.
Appointment and Removal of Officers:   

QCR’s bylaws provide that the officers shall be elected annually by the board of directors at the first meeting of the board of directors held after each annual meeting of the shareholders. Each officer will hold office until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified or until his or her prior death, resignation or removal.

 

Any officer may be removed by the board of directors whenever in its judgment the best interests of the corporation will be served thereby.

  

Guaranty’s bylaws provide that the officers of the corporation to be elected by the board of directors shall be elected annually by the board of directors at the first meeting of the board of directors held after each annual meeting of the shareholders. Each officer shall hold office until his successor shall have been duly elected and shall have qualified or until his death or until he shall resign or shall have been removed by the board of directors.

 

Any officer or agent elected or appointed by the board of directors may be removed by the board of directors whenever in its judgment the best interests of the corporation would be served by such removal.

Required Vote for Certain Transactions    The QCR certificate of incorporation requires the affirmative vote of shareholders having at least 75% of the voting power of all outstanding voting stock for the following transactions: (i) sale or consolidation,    The IBCA provides that the approval of a plan of merger or share exchange shall require the approval of the shareholders at a meeting at which a quorum consisting of at least a majority of

 

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   (ii) sale, lease or exchange of all or substantially all of the assets of the corporation, (iii) issuance or transfer of any voting securities to a corporation, person or entity in exchange for cash, assets or securities, and (iv) voluntary dissolution of the corporation. However, such vote is not necessary for any such transaction if approved by not less than 80% of the number of directors then in office.    the votes entitled to be cast on the plan exists.
Amendment to Charter and Bylaws:   

An amendment to the certificate of incorporation that relates to certain provisions, including the amendment process, use of written ballots, business combinations with interested shareholders and shareholder action by written consent, must be approved by the affirmative vote of the holders of shares having at least 75% of the voting power of all outstanding stock of the corporation entitled to vote thereon.

 

Otherwise, as provided by the DGCL, the certificate of incorporation may be amended by the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the shares entitled to vote on the proposal after the board of directors has passed a resolution by majority vote setting forth the proposed amendment and directing that it be submitted to a vote at a shareholders’ meeting.

 

The bylaws of QCR may be amended, altered, changed or repealed by either an affirmative vote of holders of not less than 75% of the outstanding shares of stock entitled to vote or the affirmative vote of not less than 80% of the directors then in office.

  

As provided by the IBCA, the articles of incorporation may be amended by the board of directors without shareholder approval only for certain administrative changes as specified in the IBCA. All other amendments to the articles of incorporation may be made by the board of directors and must be submitted to the shareholders for their approval. Unless the board of directors conditions its submission of the amendment to the shareholders to a greater vote, approval of the amendment requires the approval of the shareholders at a meeting at which a quorum consisting of at least a majority of the votes entitled to be cast on the amendment exists.

 

The bylaws of Guaranty may be altered, amended or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by the board of directors at any regular or special meeting of the board of directors.

 

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SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS

QCR’s 2017 annual meeting of shareholders was held on May 12, 2017. QCR generally holds its annual meeting of the shareholders in May of each year. For business to be properly brought before the 2018 annual meeting by a shareholder, the shareholder must have given timely notice thereof in writing to the Secretary of the corporation and such proposed business must otherwise be a proper matter for shareholder action. To be timely, a shareholder’s notice must be delivered to or mailed to and received by the Secretary at the principal executive offices of the corporation between February 25, 2018 and April 11, 2018; provided, however, that if QCR provides less than 40 days’ notice of the annual meeting, notice by the shareholder, to be timely, must be delivered no later than 10 days from the date on which notice of the meeting was mailed. The shareholder notice must set forth: (i) a brief description of the proposal and the reasons for conducting such business at the meeting; (ii) the name and address of the proposing shareholder; (iii) the number of shares of the QCR’s common stock beneficially owned by the shareholder on the date of the notice; and (iv) any financial or other interest of the shareholder in the proposal. Shareholder proposals brought in this manner will not be included in QCR’s proxy statement.

If the sale and dissolution occurs, there will be no Guaranty annual meeting of shareholders for 2018. Guaranty will hold its 2018 annual meeting of shareholders only if the sale and dissolution are not completed.

LEGAL MATTERS

The validity of the QCR common stock to be issued in connection with the sale will be passed upon for QCR by Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. Certain U.S. federal income tax consequences relating to the sale and the dissolution will be passed upon for Guaranty by Hunton & Williams LLP.

EXPERTS

The consolidated financial statements of QCR Holdings, Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2016 and 2015 and for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2016 and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016 incorporated in this Amendment No. 1 to Form S-4 by reference from the QCR Holdings, Inc. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 have been audited by RSM US LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their reports thereon incorporated by reference in this Amendment No. 1 to Form S-4 and upon the authority of said firm as experts in accounting and auditing.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

QCR has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC that registers the QCR common stock to be issued to Guaranty. This proxy statement/prospectus is a part of that registration statement and constitutes a prospectus of QCR and a proxy statement of Guaranty for its special meeting. As allowed by SEC rules and regulations, this proxy statement/prospectus does not contain all of the information in the registration statement.

QCR files reports, proxy statements, and other information with the SEC under the Exchange Act. The SEC maintains a web site that contains such reports, proxy statements and other information about public companies, including Guaranty’s and QCR’s filings. The Internet address of that site is www.sec.gov. You may also read and copy any materials filed with the SEC by QCR at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. You may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. You may obtain copies of the information that QCR files with the SEC, free of charge by accessing QCR’s website at www.qcrh.com under the tab “SEC Filings.” Alternatively, these documents, when available, can be obtained free of charge from QCR upon written request to QCR Holdings, Inc., Corporate Secretary, Moline, Illinois 61265 or by calling (309) 743-7745.

 

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As a registered bank holding company, QCR files unaudited quarterly and annual reports called “Consolidated Financial Statements for Bank Holding Companies” on Form FR Y-9C with the Federal Reserve, which we refer to as a Consolidated Financial Report. In addition, the Bank files unaudited quarterly and annual reports called “Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income” with the FDIC, which we refer to as a Bank Call Report.

The Consolidated Financial Reports and Bank Call Reports are prepared in accordance with regulatory instructions issued by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. The financial statements and other information in the Consolidated Financial Reports and Bank Call Reports are not audited by independent auditors. Because of the special supervisory, regulatory and economic policy needs served by the Consolidated Financial Reports and Bank Call Reports, those regulatory instructions do not in all cases follow generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, including the opinions and statements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board or the Accounting Principles Board. Although Consolidated Financial Reports and Bank Call Reports are primarily supervisory and regulatory documents, rather than financial accounting documents, and do not provide a complete range of financial disclosure, they nevertheless provide important information concerning Guaranty’s financial condition and results of operations and the financial condition and results of operations of the Bank.

The publicly available portions of the Consolidated Financial Reports filed by Guaranty are publicly available on the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s website at www.ffiec.gov and the publicly available portions of the Bank Call Reports filed by the Bank are publicly available on the FDIC’s website at www.fdic.gov. Alternatively, these documents, when available, can be obtained free of charge from Guaranty upon written request to Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd., Todd Kerska, 302 Third Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401 or by calling (319) 286-6251.

QCR’s Internet address is www.qcrh.com. Guaranty’s Internet address is www.guaranty-bank.com. The information on QCR’s and Guaranty’s websites is not part of this proxy statement/prospectus.

The SEC allows QCR to “incorporate by reference” the information that files with the SEC, which means that QCR can disclose important information to you by referring to its filings with the SEC. The information incorporated by reference is considered a part of this proxy statement/prospectus, and certain information that QCR files later with the SEC will automatically update and supersede the information in this proxy statement/prospectus.

QCR incorporates by reference the following documents QCR has filed with the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, other than information in these documents that is not deemed to be filed with the SEC:

 

    QCR’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the SEC on March 10, 2017;

 

    QCR Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2017, filed with the SEC on May 9, 2017 and August 8, 2017;

 

    QCR Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders filed on April 3, 2017;

 

    The description of QCR’s common stock contained in QCR registration statement on Form S-3, filed on October 17, 2014 and declared effective on October 29, 2014, and any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description; and

 

    QCR’s Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February 13, 2017, May 16, 2017, May 18, 2017, June 8, 2017 and August 2, 2017.

 

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In addition, QCR is incorporating by reference any documents they may file under Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this proxy statement/prospectus and prior to the date of the special meeting of the Guaranty shareholders, provided, however, that QCR is not incorporating by reference any information furnished (but not filed), except as otherwise specified herein.

If you would like to request documents, please do so by September 13, 2017 to receive them before the Guaranty special meeting.

QCR has supplied all of the information contained in this proxy statement/prospectus relating to QCR and its subsidiary bank. Guaranty has supplied all of the information relating to Guaranty and the Bank.

You should rely only on the information contained or incorporated by reference in this proxy statement/prospectus to vote on the proposals to Guaranty shareholders in connection with the acquisition. We have not authorized anyone to provide you with information that is different from what is contained in this proxy statement/prospectus. This proxy statement/prospectus is dated [●]. You should not assume that the information contained in this proxy statement/prospectus is accurate as of any other date other than such date, and neither the mailing of this proxy statement/prospectus nor the issuance by QCR of shares of QCR common stock in connection with the acquisition will create any implication to the contrary.

 

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Appendix A

PURCHASE AND ASSUMPTION AGREEMENT

BETWEEN

QCR HOLDINGS, INC.

AND

GUARANTY BANKSHARES, LTD.

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ARTICLE 1 PURCHASE AND ASSUMPTION

     A-1  

Section 1.1

   The Stock and Asset Purchase      A-1  

Section 1.2

   TruPS Assumption      A-2  

Section 1.3

   Effective Time; Closing      A-2  

Section 1.4

   The Company’s Deliveries at Closing      A-2  

Section 1.5

   Acquiror’s Deliveries at Closing      A-3  

Section 1.6

   Bank Merger      A-3  

Section 1.7

   Alternative Structure      A-3  

Section 1.8

   Tax Treatment      A-3  

ARTICLE 2 PURCHASE PRICE

     A-4  

Section 2.1

   Purchase Price      A-4  

Section 2.2

   No Fractional Shares      A-5  

Section 2.3

   Dissenting Shares      A-5  

ARTICLE 3 REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY

     A-5  

Section 3.1

   Company Organization      A-5  

Section 3.2

   Company Subsidiary Organizations      A-5  

Section 3.3

   Authorization; Enforceability      A-6  

Section 3.4

   No Conflict      A-6  

Section 3.5

   Company Capitalization      A-7  

Section 3.6

   Company Subsidiary Capitalization      A-7  

Section 3.7

   Financial Statements and Reports; Regulatory Filings      A-8  

Section 3.8

   Books and Records      A-8  

Section 3.9

   Properties      A-8  

Section 3.10

   Loans; Loan Loss Reserve      A-10  

Section 3.11

   Taxes      A-11  

Section 3.12

   Employee Benefits      A-12  

Section 3.13

   Compliance with Legal Requirements      A-14  

Section 3.14

   Legal Proceedings; Orders      A-15  

Section 3.15

   Absence of Certain Changes and Events      A-15  

Section 3.16

   Material Contracts      A-16  

Section 3.17

   No Defaults      A-17  

Section 3.18

   Insurance      A-18  

Section 3.19

   Compliance with Environmental Laws      A-18  

Section 3.20

   Transactions with Affiliates      A-19  

Section 3.21

   Brokerage Commissions      A-19  

Section 3.22

   Approval Delays      A-19  

Section 3.23

   Labor Matters      A-19  

Section 3.24

   Intellectual Property      A-19  

Section 3.25

   Investments      A-19  

Section 3.26

   Fiduciary Accounts; Investment Management Activities      A-20  

Section 3.27

   No Other Representations or Warranties      A-21  

ARTICLE 4 REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF ACQUIROR

     A-21  

Section 4.1

   Acquiror Organization      A-21  

Section 4.2

   Acquiror Subsidiary Organizations      A-21  

Section 4.3

   Authorization; Enforceability      A-21  

Section 4.4

   No Conflict      A-22  

Section 4.5

   Acquiror Capitalization      A-22  

Section 4.6

   Acquiror SEC Reports; Financial Statements and Reports; Regulatory Filings      A-23  

 

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Section 4.7

   Properties      A-23  

Section 4.8

   Loans; Loan Loss Reserve      A-24  

Section 4.9

   Taxes      A-24  

Section 4.10

   Employee Benefits      A-25  

Section 4.11

   Compliance with Legal Requirements      A-25  

Section 4.12

   Labor Matters      A-25  

Section 4.13

   Legal Proceedings; Orders      A-26  

Section 4.14

   Absence of Certain Changes and Events      A-26  

Section 4.15

   Insurance      A-26  

Section 4.16

   Compliance with Environmental Laws      A-27  

Section 4.17

   Brokerage Commissions      A-27  

Section 4.18

   Approval Delays      A-27  

Section 4.19

   No Other Representations or Warranties      A-27  

ARTICLE 5 THE COMPANY’S COVENANTS

     A-27  

Section 5.1

   Access and Investigation      A-27  

Section 5.2

   Operation of the Company and Company Subsidiaries      A-28  

Section 5.3

   Notice of Changes      A-31  

Section 5.4

   Stockholders’ Meeting      A-31  

Section 5.5

   Information Provided to Acquiror      A-31  

Section 5.6

   Operating Functions      A-32  

Section 5.7

   Title to Real Estate      A-32  

Section 5.8

   Surveys      A-32  

Section 5.9

   Environmental Investigation      A-32  

Section 5.10

   Company Benefit Plans      A-33  

Section 5.11

   Acquisition Proposals      A-34  

Section 5.12

   Release of Security Interest      A-35  

Section 5.13

   Tenant Estoppel Certificates      A-35  

ARTICLE 6 ACQUIROR’S COVENANTS

     A-35  

Section 6.1

   Access and Investigation      A-35  

Section 6.2

   Operation of the Acquiror and Acquiror Subsidiaries      A-35  

Section 6.3

   Notice of Changes      A-35  

Section 6.4

   Information Provided to the Company      A-35  

Section 6.5

   Operating Functions      A-36  

Section 6.6

   Indemnification      A-36  

Section 6.7

   Board Representation      A-37  

Section 6.8

   Authorization and Reservation of Acquiror Common Stock      A-37  

Section 6.9

   Stock Exchange Listing      A-37  

ARTICLE 7 COVENANTS OF ALL PARTIES

     A-37  

Section 7.1

   Regulatory Approvals      A-37  

Section 7.2

   SEC Registration      A-37  

Section 7.3

   Publicity      A-38  

Section 7.4

   Reasonable Best Efforts; Cooperation      A-38  

Section 7.5

   Allocation of Purchase Price      A-39  

Section 7.6

   Tax Matters      A-39  

Section 7.7

   Employees and Employee Benefits      A-41  

Section 7.8

   Takeover Laws      A-42  

Section 7.9

   Stockholder Litigation      A-42  

Section 7.10

   Adjusted Tangible Equity      A-42  

Section 7.11

   Exemption from Liability Under Section 16(b)      A-42  

Section 7.12

   Dividends      A-43  

 

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ARTICLE 8 CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO OBLIGATIONS OF ACQUIROR

     A-43  

Section 8.1

   Accuracy of Representations and Warranties      A-43  

Section 8.2

   Performance by the Company      A-43  

Section 8.3

   Stockholder Approval      A-43  

Section 8.4

   No Proceedings, Injunctions or Restraints; Illegality      A-43  

Section 8.5

   Regulatory Approvals      A-44  

Section 8.6

   Registration Statement      A-44  

Section 8.7

   Closing Deliveries      A-44  

Section 8.8

   Stock Exchange Listing      A-44  

Section 8.9

   No Material Adverse Effect      A-44  

ARTICLE 9 CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO THE OBLIGATIONS OF THE COMPANY

     A-44  

Section 9.1

   Accuracy of Representations and Warranties      A-44  

Section 9.2

   Performance by Acquiror      A-44  

Section 9.3

   Stockholder Approval      A-44  

Section 9.4

   No Proceedings; No Injunctions or Restraints; Illegality      A-45  

Section 9.5

   Regulatory Approvals      A-45  

Section 9.6

   Registration Statement      A-45  

Section 9.7

   Closing Deliveries      A-45  

Section 9.8

   Stock Exchange Listing      A-45  

Section 9.9

   No Material Adverse Effect      A-45  

ARTICLE 10 TERMINATION

     A-45  

Section 10.1

   Termination of Agreement      A-45  

Section 10.2

   Effect of Termination or Abandonment      A-47  

Section 10.3

   Fees and Expenses      A-47  

ARTICLE 11 MISCELLANEOUS

     A-48  

Section 11.1

   Survival      A-48  

Section 11.2

   Governing Law      A-48  

Section 11.3

   Assignments, Successors and No Third Party Rights      A-48  

Section 11.4

   Modification      A-49  

Section 11.5

   Extension of Time; Waiver      A-49  

Section 11.6

   Notices      A-49  

Section 11.7

   Entire Agreement      A-50  

Section 11.8

   Severability      A-50  

Section 11.9

   Further Assurances      A-50  

Section 11.10

   Counterparts      A-50  

ARTICLE 12 DEFINITIONS

     A-51  

Section 12.1

   Definitions      A-51  

Section 12.2

   Principles of Construction      A-55  

Exhibits

 

A Form of Voting and Support Agreement
B Form of Bill of Sale and Receipt
C Form of Tenant Estoppel Certificate

 

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PURCHASE AND ASSUMPTION AGREEMENT

THIS PURCHASE AND ASSUMPTION AGREEMENT (together with all exhibits and schedules, this “Agreement”) is entered into as of June 8, 2017, by and between QCR Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Acquiror”), and Guaranty Bankshares, Ltd., an Iowa corporation (the “Company”).

RECITALS

A. The Company is the sole owner of: (i) 50 shares of common stock, $10,000 par value per share, of Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, an Iowa state chartered bank headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (the “Bank”), which represent all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of the Bank; and (ii) 1,100,000 shares of common stock, $1.00 par value per share, of Guaranty Realty, Inc., an Iowa corporation (the “Realty Subsidiary”), which represent all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of the Realty Subsidiary (collectively with the Bank common stock, the “Subsidiary Stock”).

B. Acquiror desires to purchase from the Company, and the Company desires to sell to Acquiror, on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Subsidiary Stock and certain of the Company’s assets (the “Stock and Asset Purchase”).

C. In connection with the Stock and Asset Purchase, the Company desires to transfer to Acquiror, and Acquiror wishes to assume all of the issued and outstanding common securities (collectively, the “Common Securities”) of Guaranty Bankshares Statutory Trust I (the “Trust”), and shall assume, on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement: (i) all liabilities related to the trust preferred securities (the “Trust Preferred Securities”) issued by the Trust; and (ii) the obligations of the Company pursuant to the junior subordinated debentures issued by the Company to the Trust (the “Trust Debentures”). Such transfer and assumption described in clauses (i) and (ii) of this recital are hereinafter referred to as the “TruPS Assumption.”

D. As an inducement to Acquiror to enter into this Agreement, the directors and executive officers of the Company in office as of the date of this Agreement have, concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, entered into a Voting and Support Agreement in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit A.

E. As further inducement to Acquiror to enter into this Agreement, certain of the Company’s stockholders have, concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, entered into an agreement containing restrictions on the disposition of shares of Acquiror Common Stock ultimately obtained in connection with this Agreement.

F. The parties desire to make certain representations, warranties and agreements in connection with the Stock and Asset Purchase, the TruPS Assumption and the other transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the parties also agree to certain prescribed conditions to the Stock and Asset Purchase, the TruPS Assumption and other transactions.

AGREEMENTS

In consideration of the foregoing premises and the following mutual promises, covenants and agreements, the parties hereby agree as follows:

ARTICLE 1

PURCHASE AND ASSUMPTION

Section 1.1 The Stock and Asset Purchase. On the terms and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, the Company agrees to sell, convey, assign, transfer and deliver to Acquiror, free and clear of all liens and encumbrances, and Acquiror agrees to purchase from the Company, for the price hereinafter set forth, all of the Company’s right, title and interest in the following:

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(b) certain of the Company’s Assets listed on Section 1.1(b) of the Company Disclosure Schedules (the “Acquired Assets”).

Section 1.2 TruPS Assumption. As of the Effective Time and upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement: (a) the Company will sell, assign, transfer, convey and deliver to Acquiror, and Acquiror will acquire from the Company, all of the rights, title and interests of the Company in the Trust, including the Common Securities, free and clear of any security interest, lien, encumbrance or other charge and all records associated therewith, but subject to the terms and conditions of the agreements related to the Trust Preferred Securities and Trust Debentures; (b) Acquiror will assume and discharge, at Acquiror’s sole cost and expense, all of the Company’s covenants, agreements and obligations under and relating to the Trust Preferred Securities and the Trust Debentures; and (c) Acquiror will cause the Trust, at Acquiror’s sole cost and expense, to discharge its obligations with respect to the Trust Preferred Securities and Trust Debentures arising after the Effective Time in accordance with the terms and conditions of the agreements related to the Trust Preferred Securities, the Trust Debentures and the TruPS Assumption.

Section 1.3 Effective Time; Closing.

(a) Provided that this Agreement shall not prior thereto have been terminated in accordance with its express terms, the closing of the Stock and Asset Purchase (the “Closing”) shall occur through the mail or at a place that is mutually acceptable to Acquiror and the Company, or if they fail to agree, at the offices of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, located at 200 West Madison Street, Suite 3900, Chicago, Illinois 60606, at 10:00 a.m., local time, on the date that is five (5) Business Days after the satisfaction or waiver (subject to applicable Legal Requirements) of the latest to occur of the conditions set forth in Article 8 and Article 9 (other than those conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied or waived at the Closing, but subject to the satisfaction or waiver of those conditions) or at such other time and place as Acquiror and the Company may agree in writing (the “Closing Date”). Subject to the provisions of Article 10, failure to consummate the Stock and Asset Purchase on the date and time and at the place determined pursuant to this Section 1.3 will not result in the termination of this Agreement and will not relieve any party of any obligation under this Agreement. The Stock and Asset Purchase shall be deemed to be effective at 11:59 p.m. on the Closing Date or at such other time as agreed to by the parties (the “Effective Time”).

Section 1.4 The Companys Deliveries at Closing. At the Closing, the Company shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, the following items to Acquiror:

(a) the certificates representing the issued and outstanding shares of Subsidiary Stock, duly endorsed or accompanied by duly executed stock powers, all in such form as to permit title to the Subsidiary Stock to be transferred free and clear of any lien or encumbrance to Acquiror on the books and records of the Bank and the Realty Subsidiary;

(b) a Bill of Sale for the Acquired Assets in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit B, signed by a duly authorized officer of the Company;

(c) a Tenant Estoppel Certificate for each Tenant Lease in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit C, signed by the Tenant for each Tenant Lease;

(d) the title insurance policies or irrevocable commitment to issue such policies, as referred to in Section 5.7(b);

(e) written resignations, effective the Closing Date, executed by each officer and director of the Bank and the Realty Subsidiary, as may be requested by Acquiror;

(f) a properly completed and executed IRS Form W-9 from the Company;

(g) a certificate signed on behalf of the Company by an executive officer of the Company certifying as to the matters set forth in Sections 8.1 and 8.2;

 

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(h) an assignment and assumption agreement or supplemental indenture, in a form satisfactory to the trustee and Acquiror, to effectuate the TruPS Assumption, assigning all of the Company’s covenants, agreements and obligations under the Trust Debentures to Acquiror (the “Supplemental Indenture”), signed by a duly authorized officer of the Company, and any and all other documentation and consents required by the trustee to effect the TruPS Assumption;

(i) copies of resolutions of the stockholders of the Company and the Company Board authorizing and approving this Agreement and transactions contemplated herein, certified as of the Closing Date by the Secretary or any Assistant Secretary of the Company; and

(j) such other documents as Acquiror or its counsel shall reasonably request.

Section 1.5 Acquirors Deliveries at Closing. At the Closing, Acquiror shall deliver, or cause to be delivered, the following items to the Company:

(a) by wire transfer of immediately available funds, an amount equal to the Cash Consideration;

(b) certificates or book-entry shares representing shares of Acquiror Common Stock comprising the Stock Consideration;

(c) a Receipt for the Acquired Assets in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit B, signed by a duly authorized officer of Acquiror;

(d) a certificate signed on behalf of Acquiror by an executive officer of Acquiror certifying as to the matters set forth in Sections 9.1 and 9.2;

(e) the Supplemental Indenture signed by a duly authorized officer of Acquiror, and any and all other documentation required by the trustee to effect the TruPS Assumption;

(f) copies of resolutions of the Acquiror Board authorizing and approving this Agreement and transactions contemplated herein, certified as of the Closing Date by the Secretary or any Assistant Secretary of the Company; and

(g) such other documents as Company or its counsel shall reasonably request.

Section 1.6 Bank Merger. The parties wish to effect the Bank Merger immediately following the Stock and Asset Purchase. At the effective time of the Bank Merger, the separate existence of the Bank will terminate. Acquiror Bank will be the surviving bank and will continue its existence under applicable Legal Requirements. The Bank Merger shall be accomplished pursuant to a merger agreement containing such terms and conditions as are ordinary and customary for affiliated bank merger transactions of such type.

Section 1.7 Alternative Structure. Before the Effective Time, the parties may mutually agree to change the method of effecting the Contemplated Transactions if and to the extent that they deem such a change to be desirable; provided, that: (a) any such change shall not affect the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the Stock and Asset Purchase to the Company; and (b) no such change shall (i) alter or change the amount or kind of the consideration to be issued to the Company as consideration in the Stock and Asset Purchase, (ii) materially impede or delay consummation of the Stock and Asset Purchase, or (iii) require submission to or approval of the Company’s stockholders after the Stock and Asset Purchase has been approved by the Company’s stockholders. If the parties agree to make such a change, they shall execute appropriate documents to reflect the change.

Section 1.8 Tax Treatment. The parties acknowledge and agree that because the Company is an “S corporation” (within the meaning of Section 1361(a) of the Code) and each of the Company’s Subsidiaries is a “qualified subchapter S subsidiary” (within the meaning of Section 1361(b)(3)(B) of the Code) (a “QSub”), the sale and exchange of 100% of the stock of the Bank and the Realty Subsidiary pursuant to this Agreement will be treated as a taxable purchase and sale of the assets of the Bank and the Realty Subsidiary for federal and applicable state income tax purposes. The parties further acknowledge and agree that because each of the Bank

 

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and the Realty Subsidiary, as a QSub, is a “disregarded entity” for federal and applicable state income tax purposes, the deemed sale and exchange of the assets of the Bank and the Realty Subsidiary, pursuant to Example 9 under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1361-5(b)(3), will necessitate the allocation of the Purchase Price (including any applicable indebtedness treated as assumed or taken subject to the assets of the Bank and the Realty Subsidiary) among the assets of the Bank and the Realty Subsidiary in accordance with Section 7.5.

ARTICLE 2

PURCHASE PRICE

Section 2.1 Purchase Price.

(a) On the terms and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, at the Closing, the Company agrees to sell the Subsidiary Stock and Acquired Assets, and Acquiror agrees to purchase the Subsidiary Stock and the Acquired Assets, in exchange for the TruPS Assumption and the payment by Acquiror to the Company of a total purchase price, subject to adjustment as provided in this Agreement, equal to: (i) 1.53 multiplied by the Adjusted Tangible Equity, up to an amount equal to $24,286,985 (“Core Capital”); plus (ii) the Adjusted Tangible Equity in excess of Core Capital, each as reflected in the Closing Balance Sheet prepared in accordance with Section 7.10 (the “Purchase Price”). The Purchase Price is intended to be paid approximately twenty-one percent (21%) in cash and seventy-nine percent (79%) in shares of Acquiror Common Stock, as follows:

(i) The cash portion of the Purchase Price shall mean an amount of cash equal to the Purchase Price multiplied by .21 (the “Cash Consideration”); and

(ii) The stock portion of the Purchase Price shall mean the number of shares of Acquiror Common Stock equal to the Aggregate Share Amount (as defined below) multiplied by .79 (the “Stock Consideration”).

(b) The “Aggregate Share Amount” shall be determined as follows:

(i) If the Acquiror Common Stock Price is at least $38.34 and no more than $51.87, the Aggregate Share Amount shall be the number of shares of Acquiror Common Stock equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole share) obtained by dividing (A) the Purchase Price by (B) the Acquiror Common Stock Price;

(ii) If the Acquiror Common Stock Price is less than $38.34, the Aggregate Share Amount shall be the number of shares of Acquiror Common Stock equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole share) obtained by dividing (A) the Purchase Price by (B) $38.34; and

(iii) If the Acquiror Common Stock Price is greater than $51.87, the Aggregate Share Amount shall be the number of shares of Acquiror Common Stock equal to the quotient (rounded up to the nearest whole share) obtained by dividing (A) the Purchase Price by (B) $51.87.

(c) If, between the date of this Agreement and the Effective Time, shares of Acquiror Common Stock shall be changed into a different number of shares or a different class of shares by reason of any reclassification, recapitalization, split-up, combination, exchange of shares or readjustment, or if a stock dividend thereof shall be declared with a record date within such period, then the number of shares of Acquiror Common Stock issued to the Company at the Effective Time pursuant to this Agreement will be appropriately and proportionally adjusted so that the number of such shares of Acquiror Common Stock (or such class of shares into which shares of Acquiror Common Stock have been changed) that will be issued as Stock Consideration will equal in number of such shares that the Company would have received pursuant to such reclassification, recapitalization, split-up, combination, exchange of shares, readjustment or stock dividend had the record date therefore had been immediately following the Effective Time.

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aggregate Purchase Price, then Acquiror shall have the right to adjust the allocation of the Purchase Price between the Cash Consideration and the Stock Consideration to ensure that the Cash Consideration is no less than twenty-one percent (21%) of the aggregate Purchase Price.

(e) At or prior to the Effective Time, Acquiror shall authorize the issuance of and shall make available to American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, a sufficient number of shares of Acquiror Common Stock for payment of the Stock Consideration pursuant to this Section 2.1.

Section 2.2 No Fractional Shares. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, no fractional shares of Acquiror Common Stock shall be issued as Stock Consideration in connection with the Stock and Asset Purchase. If the Company is otherwise entitled to receive a fractional share of Acquiror Common Stock pursuant to this Article 2 shall instead be entitled to receive an amount in cash (without interest) rounded to the nearest whole cent, determined by multiplying the Acquiror Common Stock Price by the fractional share of Acquiror Common Stock to which such former holder would otherwise be entitled.

Section 2.3 Dissenting Shares. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, shares of Company Common Stock that are outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time and which are held by stockholders who shall have not voted in favor of the Stock and Asset Purchase or consented thereto in writing and who properly shall have demanded payment of the fair value for such shares in accordance with the IBCA (collectively, the “Dissenters Shares”) shall be entitled to receive payment of the fair value of such shares held by them in accordance with the provisions of the IBCA, except for all Dissenters’ Shares held by stockholders who shall have failed to perfect or who effectively shall have withdrawn or otherwise lost their rights as dissenting stockholders under the IBCA. The Company shall give Acquiror: (a) prompt notice of any written demands for payment of fair value of any shares of Company Common Stock, attempted withdrawals of such demands and any other instruments served pursuant to the IBCA and received by the Company relating to stockholders’ dissenters’ rights; and (b) the opportunity to participate in all negotiations and proceedings with respect to demands under the IBCA consistent with the obligations of the Company thereunder. The Company shall not, except with the prior written consent of Acquiror, (i) make any payment with respect to such demand, (ii) offer to settle or settle any demand for payment of fair value or (iii) waive any failure to timely deliver a written demand for payment of fair value or timely take any other action to perfect payment of fair value rights in accordance with the IBCA.

ARTICLE 3

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY

Except as Previously Disclosed, the Company hereby represents and warrants to Acquiror as follows:

Section 3.1 Company Organization. The Company: (a) is a corporation duly incorporated, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Iowa and is also in good standing in each other jurisdiction in which the nature of the business conducted or the properties or assets owned or leased by it makes such qualification necessary, except where the failure to be so qualified and in good standing would not have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company; (b) is registered with the Federal Reserve as a bank holding company under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended; and (c) has full power and authority, corporate and otherwise, to operate as a bank holding company and to own, operate and lease its properties as presently owned, operated and leased, and to carry on its business as it is now being conducted. The Company has delivered or made available to Acquiror copies of the Company Articles of Incorporation and Company Bylaws and all amendments thereto, each of which are true, complete and correct, and in full force and effect as of the date of this Agreement. The Company has no Subsidiaries other than the Bank and those entities listed on Section 3.1 of the Company Disclosure Schedules.

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entity duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization and is also in good standing in each other jurisdiction in which the nature of the business conducted or the properties or assets owned or leased by it makes such qualification necessary, except where the failure to be so qualified and in good standing would not have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company or such Subsidiary of the Company. Each Subsidiary of the Company has full power and authority, corporate and otherwise, to own, operate and lease its properties as presently owned, operated and leased, and to carry on its business as it is now being conducted. The deposit accounts of the Bank are insured by the FDIC through the Deposit Insurance Fund to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Legal Requirements, and all premiums and assessments required to be paid in connection therewith have been paid when due. The Company has delivered or made available to Acquiror copies of the charter (or similar organizational documents) and bylaws of each Subsidiary of the Company and all amendments thereto, each of which are true, complete and correct and in full force and effect as of the date of this Agreement.

Section 3.3 Authorization; Enforceability. The Company has the requisite corporate power and authority to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement. The execution and delivery of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby have been duly and validly authorized by the Company Board. The Company Board has determined that the Stock and Asset Purchase, on substantially the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, is in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders, and that this Agreement and transactions contemplated hereby are in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. The Company Board has directed the Stock and Asset Purchase, on substantially the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, be submitted to the Company’s stockholders for consideration at a duly held meeting of such stockholders and has resolved to recommend that the Company’s stockholders vote in favor of the adoption and approval of this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by the Company, and the consummation by it of its obligations under this Agreement, have been authorized by all necessary corporate action, subject to the Company Stockholder Approval, and, subject to the receipt of the Requisite Regulatory Approvals, this Agreement constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company enforceable in accordance with its terms, except as such enforcement may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other Legal Requirements affecting creditors’ rights generally and subject to general principles of equity.

Section 3.4 No Conflict. Neither the execution nor delivery of this Agreement nor the consummation or performance of any of the Contemplated Transactions will, directly or indirectly (with or without notice or lapse of time): (a) assuming receipt of the Company Stockholder Approval, contravene, conflict with or result in a violation of any provision of the articles of incorporation, certificate of formation or charter (or similar organizational documents) or bylaws or operating agreement, each as in effect on the date hereof, or any currently effective resolution adopted by the board of directors, stockholders, manager or members of, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries; (b) assuming receipt of the Requisite Regulatory Approvals, contravene, conflict with or result in a violation of any Legal Requirement or any Order to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or any of their respective assets that are owned or used by them, may be subject, except for any contravention, conflict or violation that is permissible by virtue of obtaining the Requisite Regulatory Approvals; or (c) contravene, conflict with or result in a violation or breach of any provision of, or give any Person the right to declare a default or exercise any remedy under, or to accelerate the maturity or performance of, or to cancel, terminate or modify, or which would result in the creation of any material lien, charge or encumbrance upon or with respect to any of the assets owned or used by the Company or its Subsidiaries under any Company Material Contract, except (in case of clause (c)) for such contraventions, conflicts, breaches or defaults that, either individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company. Except for: (i) the filing of applications, filings and notices, as applicable, with the Federal Reserve and approval of such applications, filings and notices; (ii) the filing of applications, filings and notices, as applicable, with the Iowa Division of Banking and approval of such applications, filings and notices; (iii) the filing of any required applications, filings or notices with the FDIC and approval of such applications, filings and notices; (iv) the filing with the SEC of the Proxy Statement in definitive form and of the Registration Statement and declaration of effectiveness of the Registration Statement; and (v) such filings and approvals as are required

 

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to be made or obtained under the securities or “Blue Sky” laws of various states in connection with the issuance of the shares of Acquiror Common Stock pursuant to this Agreement and the listing of additional shares of Acquiror Common Stock on the NASDAQ Global Market, no consents or approvals of or filings or registrations with any court, administrative agency or commission or other governmental authority or instrumentality are necessary in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the consummation or performance of any of the Contemplated Transactions.

Section 3.5 Company Capitalization.

(a) The authorized capital stock of the Company currently consists exclusively of 2,000,000 shares of Company Common Stock, of which, as of March 31, 2017 (the “Company Capitalization Date”), 954,426.2915 were issued and 919,462.8253 shares were outstanding. The Company does not have outstanding any bonds, debentures, notes or other debt obligations having the right to vote (or convertible into, or exchangeable for, securities having the right to vote) with the stockholders of the Company on any matter. All of the issued and outstanding shares of Company Common Stock have been duly authorized and validly issued and are fully paid, nonassessable and free of preemptive rights.

(b) No equity-based awards were outstanding as of the Company Capitalization Date. Since the Company Capitalization Date through the date hereof, the Company has not: (i) issued or repurchased any shares of Company Common Stock or other equity securities of the Company, or (ii) issued or awarded any options, stock appreciation rights, restricted shares, restricted stock units, deferred equity units, awards based on the value of Company Common Stock or any other equity-based awards. From the Company Capitalization Date through the date of this Agreement, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has: (A) accelerated the vesting of or lapsing of restrictions with respect to any stock-based compensation awards or long-term incentive compensation awards; (B) with respect to executive officers of the Company or its Subsidiaries, entered into or amended any employment, severance, change in control or similar agreement (including any agreement providing for the reimbursement of excise taxes under Section 4999 of the Code); or (C) adopted or materially amended any Company Benefit Plan.

(c) None of the shares of Company Common Stock were issued in violation of any federal or state securities laws or any other applicable Legal Requirement. As of the date of this Agreement there are: (i) no outstanding subscriptions, Contracts, conversion privileges, options, warrants, calls or other rights obligating the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to issue, sell or otherwise dispose of, or to purchase, redeem or otherwise acquire, any shares of capital stock of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries; and (ii) no contractual obligations of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to repurchase, redeem or otherwise acquire any shares of Company Common Stock or any equity security of the Company or its Subsidiaries or any securities representing the right to purchase or otherwise receive any shares of capital stock or any other equity security of the Company or its Subsidiaries. Except as permitted by this Agreement, since the Company Capitalization Date, no shares of Company Common Stock have been purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired, directly or indirectly, by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and no dividends or other distributions payable in any equity securities of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries have been declared, set aside, made or paid to the stockholders of the Company. Other than its Subsidiaries, the Company does not own, nor has any Contract to acquire, any equity interests or other securities of any Person or any direct or indirect equity or ownership interest in any other business.

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liens, pledges, charges, claims and security interests and similar encumbrances, and all of such shares or equity ownership interests are duly authorized and validly issued and are fully paid, nonassessable and free of preemptive rights. No Subsidiary of the Company has or is bound by any outstanding subscriptions, options, warrants, calls, commitments or agreements of any character calling for the purchase or issuance of any shares of capital stock or any other equity security of such Subsidiary or any securities representing the right to purchase or otherwise receive any shares of capital stock or any other equity security of such Subsidiary. No Subsidiary of the Company owns or has any Contract to acquire, any equity interests or other securities of any Person or any direct or indirect equity or ownership interest in any other business.

Section 3.7 Financial Statements and Reports; Regulatory Filings.

(a) True and complete copies of the following financial statements (collectively, the “Company Financial Statements”) have been made available to Acquiror: (i) the unaudited consolidated balance sheets of the Company and its Subsidiaries as of December 31, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and the related statements of income, changes in stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the fiscal years then ended; and (ii) the unaudited consolidated interim balance sheet of Company and its Subsidiaries as of March 31, 2017 and the related statement of income for the three-month period then ended.

(b) The Company Financial Statements have been prepared in conformity with GAAP, except in each case as indicated in such statements or the notes thereto, and comply in all material respects with all applicable Legal Requirements, including the maintenance of an adequate system of internal controls. Taken together, the Financial Statements are complete and correct in all material respects and fairly and accurately present the respective financial position, assets, liabilities and results of operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries at the respective dates of and for the periods referred to in the Company Financial Statements.

(c) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries has filed all forms, reports and documents required to be filed since January 1, 2015, with all applicable federal or state securities or banking authorities except to the extent failure would not have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company and its Subsidiaries. Such forms, reports and documents: (i) complied as to form in all material respects with applicable Legal Requirements; and (ii) did not at the time they were filed, after giving effect to any amendment thereto filed prior to the date hereof, contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, except that information filed as of a later date (but before the date of this Agreement) is deemed to modify information as of an earlier date.

(d) There has not been any event or occurrence since January 1, 2015 that would result in a determination that the Bank is not an eligible depository institution as defined in 12 C.F.R. § 303.2(r).

Section 3.8 Books and Records. The books of account, minute books, stock record books and other records of the Company and its Subsidiaries are complete and correct in all material respects and have been maintained in accordance with the Company’s business practices and all applicable Legal Requirements, including the maintenance of an adequate system of internal controls required by such Legal Requirements. The minute books of the Company and each of its Subsidiaries fairly reflect the substance of events and transactions included therein.

Section 3.9 Properties.

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mortgages, security interests, encumbrances or charges of any kind except: (i) as noted in the most recent Company Financial Statements or incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business since the date of the most recent Company Financial Statements; (ii) statutory liens for Taxes not yet delinquent or being contested in good faith by appropriate Proceedings and for which appropriate reserves have been established and reflected in the Company Financial Statements; (iii) pledges or liens required to be granted in connection with the acceptance of government deposits, granted in connection with repurchase or reverse repurchase agreements, securing any discount with, borrowing from, or obligations to any Federal Reserve Bank or Federal Home Loan Bank, interbank credit facilities or any transaction by the Bank acting in a fiduciary capacity or otherwise incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business; (iv) easements, rights of way, and other similar encumbrances that do not materially affect the present use of the properties or assets subject thereto or affected thereby or otherwise materially impair the present business operations at such properties; (v) minor defects and irregularities in title and encumbrances that do not materially impair the use thereof for the purposes for which they are held as of the date of this Agreement; (vi) liens or deposits in connection with worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, social security or other insurance; (vii) inchoate mechanic’s and materialmen’s liens for construction in progress and workmen’s, repairmen’s, warehousemen’s and carrier’s liens arising in the Ordinary Course of Business of the Company or the Bank consistent with past practice; (viii) liens existing on any asset of any Person at the time such Person is acquired by or is combined with the Company or any of the Company’s Subsidiaries, provided the lien was not created in contemplation of that event; (ix) liens on property required by Regulation W promulgated by the Federal Reserve; and (x) liens incidental to the conduct of business or ownership of property of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries which do not in the aggregate materially detract from the value of the property or materially impair the use thereof as of the date of this Agreement (collectively, the “Company Permitted Exceptions”). The Company and each of its Subsidiaries as lessee has the right under valid and existing leases to occupy, use, possess and control any and all of the respective property leased by it, and each such lease is valid and without default thereunder by the lessee or, to the Knowledge of the Company, the lessor. To the Knowledge of the Company, all buildings and structures owned by the Company and each of its Subsidiaries lie wholly within the boundaries of the real property owned or validly leased by it, and do not encroach upon the property of, or otherwise conflict with the property rights of, any other Person.

(c) Landlord Operations and Leased Premises.

(i) Section 3.9(c)(i) of the Company Disclosure Schedules (the “Lease List”) sets forth a complete list of all premises for which the Company Subsidiaries lease any real property to any third party tenant(s) (the “Leased Premises”). The Company has made available to Acquiror true and complete copies of each lease, occupancy agreement, rental agreement, services agreement or license, and any amendments or modifications thereto, with respect to any of the Leased Premises (collectively, the “Tenant Leases”), and has identified on the Lease List the name and business address of each tenant under the Tenant Leases (individually, a “Tenant” and collectively, the “Tenants”) as set forth in the Company Subsidiaries’ records. There is no person or entity in possession, or having right to possession, of the Leased Premises not listed on the Lease List. The rents under the Tenant Leases are being collected on a current basis, except as set forth in the Lease List, and no Tenant has paid rent more than one month in advance. No Tenant is entitled to rental concessions or abatements for any period subsequent to the Closing Date.

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(iv) All work required to be performed by the Company Subsidiaries under the Tenant Leases or any other contract or agreement affecting the Leased Premises has been completed, or will be completed prior to the Closing Date, in a workmanlike manner and in accordance with the Tenant Leases and all applicable law and regulations.

(v) To the knowledge of the Company and the Company Subsidiaries, there is not now pending nor has there been threatened or asserted any claim, action, suit or proceeding against the Company or the Company Subsidiaries with regard to the Leased Premises or any of the Tenant Leases.

Section 3.10 Loans; Loan Loss Reserve.

(a) Each loan, loan agreement, note, lease or other borrowing agreement by the Bank, any participation therein, and any guaranty, renewal or extension thereof (the “Company Loans”) reflected as an asset on any of the Company Financial Statements or reports filed with the Regulatory Authorities is evidenced by documentation that is customary and legally sufficient in all material respects and constitutes, to the Knowledge of the Company, the legal, valid and binding obligation of the obligor named therein, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that the enforceability thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws relating to or affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally or equitable principles or doctrines.

(b) All Company Loans originated or purchased by the Bank were made or purchased in accordance with the policies of the board of directors of the Bank and in the Ordinary Course of Business of the Bank. The Bank’s interest in all Company Loans is free and clear of any security interest, lien, encumbrance or other charge, and, the Bank has complied in all respects with all Legal Requirements relating to such Company Loans, except where the failure to so comply would not have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company. There has been no default on, or forgiveness or waiver of, in whole or in part, any Company Loan made to an executive officer or director of the Company or the Bank or an entity controlled by an executive officer or director during the three (3) years immediately preceding the date hereof.

(c) Section 3.10(c) of the Company Disclosure Schedules lists, as of March 31, 2017, each Company Loan: (i) under the terms of which the obligor is more than ninety (90) days delinquent in payment of principal or interest or in default of any other material provision as of the dates shown thereon or for which the Bank has discontinued the accrual of interest; (ii) that has been classified as “substandard,” “doubtful,” “loss,” “other loans especially mentioned” or any comparable classifications by the Bank; (iii) that has been listed on any “watch list” or similar internal report of the Bank; (iv) that has been the subject of any notice from any obligor of adverse environmental conditions potentially affecting the value of any collateral for such Company Loan; (v) with respect to which the Company has Knowledge of potential violations of any Environmental Laws that may have occurred on the property serving as collateral for such Company Loan or by any obligor of such Company Loan; or (vi) that represents an extension of credit to an executive officer or director of the Bank or an entity controlled by an executive officer or director.

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experience, collectible in accordance with their terms (except as limited above) and all uncollectible loans have been charged off.

Section 3.11 Taxes.

(a) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries has duly and timely filed, or caused to be filed (taking into account all applicable extensions), all Tax Returns that it was required to file, and each such Tax Return was true, correct and complete in all material respects when filed. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries has paid, or made adequate provision for the payment of, all Taxes (whether or not reflected in Tax Returns as filed or due to be filed) due and payable by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and is not delinquent in the payment of any Tax, except such Taxes as are being contested in good faith and as to which adequate reserves have been provided.

(b) There is no claim or assessment pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened against the Company and its Subsidiaries for any Taxes that they owe. No audit, examination or investigation related to Taxes paid or payable by the Company and each of its Subsidiaries is presently being conducted or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened by any Regulatory Authority. Neither the Company nor its Subsidiaries is the beneficiary of any extension of time within which to file any Tax Return, and there are no liens for Taxes (other than Taxes not yet due and payable) upon any of the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ assets. Neither the Company nor its Subsidiaries has executed an extension or waiver of any statute of limitations on the assessment or collection of any Tax that is currently in effect. None of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party to a Tax sharing, Tax allocation or similar agreement.

(c) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries has delivered or made available to Acquiror true, correct and complete copies of all Tax Returns relating to income taxes, franchise taxes and all other material taxes owed by the Company and its Subsidiaries with respect to the last five (5) fiscal years.

(d) To the Knowledge of the Company, the Company and each of its Subsidiaries has not engaged in any transaction that could materially affect the Tax liability for any Tax Returns not closed by applicable statute of limitations: (i) which is a “listed transaction” as set forth in Treasury Regulation Section 1.6011-4(b)(2) or (ii) with respect to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has been required to disclose on its federal income Tax Returns any position that could give rise to a substantial understatement of federal income tax within the meaning of Section 6662 of the Code or the Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder.

(e) During the period commencing January 1, 1999, and ending on the close of business on the Closing Date (the “S Period”), the Company has been an “S corporation” within the meaning of Section 1361(a) of the Code, and a valid election under Section 1362 of the Code (an “S election”) has been in effect with respect to the Company at all times for the S Period, without accounting for any later attempts or actions to cure on invalid S election during the S Period. A valid S election or similar election has been in effect with respect to the Company during the S Period in all relevant state and local jurisdictions in which the Company is subject to Tax and in which such election is required in order for the Company to be treated as an “S corporation” for applicable state or local Tax purposes. There have been no events, transactions or activities of the Company, the Company’s Subsidiaries or any of the Company’s stockholders which would cause, or would have caused, the status of the Company as S corporation to be subject to termination or revocation (whether purposefully or inadvertently). Each of the Company’s stockholders has been a Person described in Section 1361(b)(1)(B) of the Code at all times that such Person held shares of Company Common Stock during the S Period, and at no time during the S Period was any stockholder of the Company a non-resident alien.

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during the S Period, in all relevant state and local jurisdictions in which the Company is subject to Tax and in which such election is required in order for each of the Bank and the Realty Subsidiary to be treated as a QSub for applicable state or local Tax purposes.

(g) No claim has been made in writing by any Regulatory Authority in any jurisdiction where the Company or any of its Subsidiaries does not file Tax Returns that the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, as applicable, is, or may be, subject to Tax by that jurisdiction. No private letter rulings, technical advice memoranda or similar rulings have been requested by or with respect to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or entered into or issued by any taxing authority with respect to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

(h) The Company and each of its Subsidiaries have complied in all respects with all Legal Requirements relating to the payment and withholding of Taxes and has properly and timely withheld all Taxes required to be withheld by the Company in connection with amounts paid or owing to any employee, former employee, independent contractor, creditor, stockholder, Affiliate, customer, supplier or other Person. To the extent required, the Company and each of its Subsidiaries have properly and timely paid all such withheld Taxes to the Regulatory Authority or have properly set aside such withheld amounts in accounts for such purpose.

(i) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries shall be required to include any item of income in, or exclude any item of deduction from, taxable income for any taxable period or portion thereof ending after the Closing Date as a result of any change in method of accounting under Section 481 of the Code (or any comparable provision of state, local or foreign Tax laws), or use of an improper method of accounting, for a taxable period ending on or prior to the Closing Date.

(j) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has been a member of an affiliated, combined, consolidated or unitary Tax group for Tax purposes. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has for the Taxes of any Person under Treasury Regulations Section 1.1502-6 (or any similar provision of state, local or foreign law), as a transferee or successor, by contract or otherwise.

(k) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has any potential liability for any Tax under Section 1374 of the Code and shall not be subject to Tax under Section 1374 of the Code in connection with the Contemplated Transactions. During the past ten (10) years, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has (i) acquired assets from another corporation in a transaction in which the Company’s Tax basis for the acquired assets was determined, in whole or in part, by reference to the Tax basis of the acquired assets (or any other property) in the hands of the transferor or (ii) acquired the stock of any corporation that is a QSub.

Section 3.12 Employee Benefits.

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(iii) all notices or other material written communications that were given by the IRS, the PBGC, or the DOL to the Company, any Subsidiary, or any Company Benefit Plan within the three (3) years preceding the date of this Agreement; and

(iv) with respect to any equity-based compensation plan or arrangement (including any stock option, stock purchase, stock ownership, stock appreciation, restricted stock, restricted stock unit, phantom stock or similar plan, agreement or award), (A) a complete and correct list of recipients of outstanding awards as of the date hereof, (B) the number of outstanding awards held by each recipient as of the date hereof and (C) the form of award agreement pursuant to which each such outstanding award was issued or otherwise granted.

(b) Except as set forth in Section 3.12(b) of the Company Disclosure Schedules, neither the execution and delivery of this Agreement nor the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby (including possible terminations of employment in connection therewith) will cause a payment, vesting, increase or acceleration of benefits or benefit entitlements under any Company Benefit Plan or any other increase in the liabilities of the Company or any Subsidiary under any Company Benefit Plan as a result of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement. No Company Benefit Plan provides for payment of any amount which, considered in the aggregate with amounts payable pursuant to all other Company Benefit Plans, would result in any amount being non-deductible for federal income tax purposes by virtue of Section 280G or 162(m) of the Code.

(c) Neither the Company nor any Company ERISA Affiliate sponsors, maintains, administers or contributes to, or has ever sponsored, maintained, administered or contributed to, or has, has had or, could have any liability with respect to, (i) any “multiemployer plan” (as defined in Section 3(37) of ERISA), (ii) any “multiple employer welfare arrangement” (as defined in Section 3(40) of ERISA), or (iii) any self-insured plan (including any plan pursuant to which a stop loss policy or contract applies). With respect to any Company Benefit Plan that is a “multiple employer plan” (as described in Section 413(c) of the Code) or is provided by or through a professional employer organization, such Company Benefit Plan complies in all respects with the requirements of the Code and ERISA and neither the Company nor any of the Company ERISA Affiliates has any liabilities other than the payment and/or remittance of premiums and/or required contributions on behalf of enrolled individuals. Neither the Company nor any of the Company ERISA Affiliates sponsors, maintains, administers or contributes to, or has ever sponsored, maintained, administered or contributed to, or has, has had or could have any liability with respect to, any Company Benefit Plan subject to Title IV of ERISA, Section 302 of ERISA or Section 412 of the Code, or any tax-qualified “defined benefit plan” (as defined in Section 3(35) of ERISA). No Company Benefit Plan is underfunded when comparing the present value of accrued liabilities under such plan to the market value of plan assets.

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applicable Legal Requirement by reason of any action or failure to act in connection with any Company Benefit Plan, including any liability by any reason of any payment of, or failure to pay, benefits or any other amounts or by reason of any credit or failure to give credit for any benefits or rights. To the Company’s Knowledge, no disqualified person (as defined in Code Section 4975(e)(2)) of any Company Benefit Plan has engaged in any nonexempt prohibited transaction (as described in Code Section 4975(c) or ERISA Section 406).

(h) No Company Benefit Plan or Company Benefit Plan fiduciary has engaged in any transaction involving Company Common Stock with respect to which a selling stockholder has made an election under Code Section 1042 and the Company has consented under Code Section 1042 to the application of Code Sections 4978 and 4979A.

(i) All accrued contributions and other payments to be made by the Company or any Subsidiary to any Company Benefit Plan (i) through the date hereof have been made or reserves adequate for such purposes have been set aside therefor and reflected in Company Financial Statements and (ii) through the Closing Date will have been made or reserves adequate for such purposes will have been set aside therefore and reflected in the Company Financial Statements.

(j) There are no obligations under any Company Benefit Plans to provide health or other welfare benefits to retirees or other former employees, directors, consultants or their dependents (other than rights under Section 4980B of the Code or Section 601 of ERISA or comparable state laws).

(k) No event has occurred, or to the Company’s Knowledge, circumstance exists that could result in a material increase in premium costs of Company Benefit Plans or a material increase in benefit costs of such Company Benefit Plans that are self-insured as compared to the Company’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

(l) To the Knowledge of the Company, no condition exists as a result of which the Company or any Subsidiary would have any liability, whether absolute or contingent, under any Company Benefit Plan with respect to any misclassification of a person performing services for the Company or any Subsidiary as an independent contractor rather than as an employee. All individuals participating in Company Benefit Plans are in fact eligible and authorized to participate in such Company Benefit Plan.

(m) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries have any liabilities to employees or former employees that are not reflected in the Company Benefit Plans.

(n) Each Company Benefit Plan may be amended, terminated or otherwise discontinued as of the Closing Date in accordance with its terms without any liability to Acquiror or to Acquiror ERISA Affiliates.

Section 3.13 Compliance with Legal Requirements. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries hold all material licenses, certificates, permits, franchises and rights from all appropriate Regulatory Authorities necessary for the conduct of their respective businesses as presently conducted. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries is, and at all times since January 1, 2015, has been, in compliance with each Legal Requirement that is or was applicable to it or to the conduct or operation of its respective businesses or the ownership or use of any of its respective assets, except where noncompliance would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company. Except as would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received, at any time since January 1, 2015, any notice or other communication (whether oral or written) from any Regulatory Authority or any other Person regarding: (a) any actual, alleged, possible, or potential violation of, or failure to comply with, any Legal Requirement; or (b) any actual, alleged, possible, or potential obligation on the part of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to undertake, or to bear all or any portion of the cost of, any remedial action of any nature in connection with a failure to comply with any Legal Requirement.

 

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Section 3.14 Legal Proceedings; Orders.

(a) Except as would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to any, and there are no pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened, Proceedings against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. There is no Order imposed on the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (or that, upon consummation of the Stock and Asset Purchase, would apply to Acquiror or any of its affiliates) that would reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole. No officer, director, employee or agent of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is subject to any Order that prohibits such officer, director, employee or agent from engaging in or continuing any conduct, activity or practice relating to the businesses of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as currently conducted.

(b) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries: (i) is subject to any cease and desist or other Order or enforcement action issued by; (ii) is a party to any written agreement, consent agreement or memorandum of understanding with; (iii) is a party to any commitment letter or similar undertaking to; (iv) is subject to any order or directive by; (v) is subject to any supervisory letter from; (vi) has been ordered to pay any civil money penalty, which has not been paid, by; or (vii) has adopted any policies, procedures or board resolutions at the request of; any Regulatory Authority that currently restricts in any material respect the conduct of its business, in any manner relates to its capital adequacy, restricts its ability to pay dividends or interest or limits in any material manner its credit or risk management policies, its management or its business. To the Knowledge of the Company, since January 1, 2015, none of the foregoing has been threatened by any Regulatory Authority.

Section 3.15 Absence of Certain Changes and Events. Except as listed in Section 3.15 of the Company Disclosure Schedules, since December 31, 2016, the Company and its Subsidiaries have conducted their respective businesses only in the Ordinary Course of Business, and without limiting the foregoing with respect to each, since December 31, 2016, there has not been any:

(a) change in their authorized or issued capital stock; grant of any stock option or right to purchase shares of their capital stock; issuance of any security convertible into such capital stock or evidences of indebtedness (except in connection with customer deposits); grant of any registration rights; purchase, redemption, retirement or other acquisition by them of any shares of any such capital stock; or declaration or payment of any dividend or other distribution or payment in respect of shares of their capital stock, except as reflected on the Company Financial Statements;

(b) amendment to their articles of incorporation, charter or bylaws or adoption of any resolutions by their board of directors or stockholders with respect to the same;

(c) payment or increase of any bonus, salary or other compensation to any of their stockholders, directors, officers or employees, except for normal increases in the Ordinary Course of Business or in accordance with any then-existing Company Benefit Plan, or entry into any employment, consulting, non-competition, change in control, severance or similar Contract with any stockholder, director, officer or employee, except for the Contemplated Transactions and except for any employment, consulting or similar agreement or arrangement that is not terminable at will or upon thirty (30) days’ notice or less, without penalty or premium;

(d) adoption, amendment (except for any amendment necessary to comply with any Legal Requirement) or termination of, or increase in the payments to or benefits under, any Company Benefit Plan;

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(h) Company Loan or commitment to make any Company Loan other than in the Ordinary Course of Business;

(i) Company Loan or commitment to make, renew, extend the term or increase the amount of any Company Loan to any Person if such Company Loan or any other Company Loans to such Person or an Affiliate of such Person is on the “watch list” or similar internal report of the Bank, or has been classified by the Bank or any Regulatory Authority as “substandard,” “doubtful,” “loss,” or “other loans specially mentioned” or listed as a “potential problem loan”;

(j) incurrence by them of any obligation or liability (fixed or contingent) other than in the Ordinary Course of Business;

(k) sale (other than any sale in the Ordinary Course of Business), lease or other disposition of any of their assets or properties, or mortgage, pledge or imposition of any lien or other encumbrance upon any of their material assets or properties, except: (i) for Company Permitted Exceptions; or (ii) as otherwise incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business;

(l) cancellation or waiver by them of any claims or rights with a value in excess of $25,000;

(m) any investment by them of a capital nature (e.g., construction of a structure or an addition to an existing structure on property owned by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries) individually exceeding $50,000 or in the aggregate exceeding $100,000;

(n) except for the Contemplated Transactions, merger or consolidation with or into any other Person, or acquisition of any stock, equity interest or business of any other Person;

(o) transaction for the borrowing or loaning of monies, or any increase in any outstanding indebtedness, other than in the Ordinary Course of Business;

(p) material change in any policies and practices with respect to liquidity management and cash flow planning, marketing, deposit origination, lending, budgeting, profit and Tax planning, accounting or any other material aspect of their business or operations, except for such changes as may be required in the opinion of the management of the Company or its Subsidiaries, as applicable, to respond to then-current market or economic conditions or as may be required by any Regulatory Authorities;

(q) filing of any applications for additional branches, opening of any new office or branch, closing of any current office or branch, or relocation of operations from existing locations;

(r) discharge or satisfaction of any material lien or encumbrance on their assets or repayment of any material indebtedness for borrowed money, except for obligations incurred and repaid in the Ordinary Course of Business;

(s) entry into any Contract or agreement to buy, sell, exchange or otherwise deal in any assets or series of assets, including any investment securities, but excluding OREO, individually or in the aggregate in excess of $25,000, except for the pledging of collateral to secure public funds or entry into any repurchase agreements in the Ordinary Course of Business;

(t) purchase or other acquisition of any investments, direct or indirect, in any derivative securities, financial futures or commodities or entry into any interest rate swap, floors and option agreements, or other similar interest rate management agreements;

(u) hiring of any employee with an annual salary in excess of $50,000;

(v) agreement, whether oral or written, by it to do any of the foregoing; or

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Material Contract”) as of the date of this Agreement, true, complete and correct copies of each of which have been delivered or made available to Acquiror:

(a) each lease of real property to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party;

(b) all loan and credit agreements, conditional sales Contracts or other title retention agreements or security agreements relating to money borrowed by it in excess of $25,000, exclusive of deposit agreements with customers of the Bank entered into in the Ordinary Course of Business, agreements for the purchase of federal funds and repurchase agreements and Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines advances;

(c) each Contract that involves performance of services or delivery of goods or materials by it of an amount or value in excess of $25,000 (other than Contracts for the sale of loans);

(d) each Contract that was not entered into in the Ordinary Course of Business and that involves expenditures or receipts by it in excess of $25,000;

(e) each Contract not referred to elsewhere in this Section 3.16 that: (i) relates to the future purchase of goods or services that materially exceeds the requirements of its business at current levels or for normal operating purposes; or (ii) has a Material Adverse Effect on the Company or its Subsidiaries;

(f) each lease, rental, license, installment and conditional sale agreement and other Contract affecting the ownership of, leasing of, title to or use of, any personal property (except personal property leases and installment and conditional sales agreements having aggregate remaining payments of less than $15,000);

(g) each material licensing agreement or other Contract with respect to patents, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property (other than shrink-wrap license agreements or other similar license agreements), including material agreements with current or former employees, consultants or contractors regarding the appropriation or the nondisclosure of any of its intellectual property;

(h) each collective bargaining agreement and other Contract to or with any labor union or other employee representative of a group of employees;

(i) each joint venture, partnership and other Contract (however named) involving a sharing of profits, losses, costs or liabilities by it with any other Person;

(j) each Contract containing covenants that in any way purport to restrict, in any material respect, the business activity of the Company or its Subsidiaries or limit, in any material respect, the ability of the Company or its subsidiaries to engage in any line of business or to compete with any Person;

(k) each Contract providing for payments to or by any Person based on sales, purchases or profits, other than direct payments for goods having an average annual amounts in excess of $25,000;

(l) each current material consulting or non-competition agreement to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party;

(m) the name of each Person who is or would be entitled pursuant to any Contract or Company Benefit Plan to receive any payment from the Company or its Subsidiaries as a result of the consummation of the Contemplated Transactions (including any payment that is or would be due as a result of any actual or constructive termination of a Person’s employment or position following such consummation) and the maximum amount of such payment;

(n) each Contract for capital expenditures in excess of $25,000;

(o) each Company Benefit Plan; and

(p) each amendment, supplement and modification in respect of any of the foregoing.

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Material Contract, in accordance with its terms, except as such enforcement may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other Legal Requirements affecting creditors’ rights generally and subject to general principles of equity. To the Knowledge of the Company, no event has occurred or circumstance exists that (with or without notice or lapse of time) may contravene, conflict with or result in a material violation or breach of, or give the Company, any of its Subsidiaries or other Person the right to declare a default or exercise any remedy under, or to accelerate the maturity or performance of, or to cancel, terminate or modify, any Company Material Contract, where any such default would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company. Except in the Ordinary Course of Business with respect to any Company Loan, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has given to or received from any other Person, at any time since January 1, 2015, any notice or other communication (whether oral or written) regarding any actual, alleged, possible or potential violation or breach of, or default under, any Company Material Contract, that has not been terminated or satisfied prior to the date of this Agreement. Other than in the Ordinary Course of Business, there are no renegotiations of, attempts to renegotiate or outstanding rights to renegotiate, any material amounts paid or payable to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries under current or completed Company Material Contracts with any Person, and no such Person has made written demand for such renegotiation.

Section 3.18 Insurance. Section 3.18 of the Company Disclosure Schedules lists all insurance policies and bonds owned or held as of the date of this Agreement by the Company and its Subsidiaries with respect to their respective business, operations, properties or assets (including bankers’ blanket bond and insurance providing benefits for employees), true, complete and correct copies of each of which have been delivered or made available to Acquiror. The Company and its Subsidiaries are insured with reputable insurers against such risks and in such amounts as the management of the Company reasonably has determined to be prudent and consistent with comparable entities engaged in the same business and industry. The Company and its Subsidiaries are in compliance in all material respects with their insurance policies and are not in default under any of the terms thereof. Each such policy is outstanding and in full force and effect and, except for policies insuring against potential liabilities of officers, directors and employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries, the Company or the relevant Subsidiary thereof is the sole beneficiary of such policies. All premiums and other payments due under any such policy have been paid, and all claims thereunder have been filed in due and timely fashion. Section 3.18 of the Company Disclosure Schedules lists and briefly describes all claims that have been filed under such insurance policies and bonds within the past five (5) years prior to the date of this Agreement that individually or in the aggregate exceed $25,000 and the current status of such claims. None of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has had any insurance policy or bond cancelled or nonrenewed by the issuer of the policy or bond within the past five (5) years.

Section 3.19 Compliance with Environmental Laws. There are no actions, suits, investigations, liabilities, inquiries, Proceedings or Orders involving the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective assets that are pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened, nor to the Knowledge of the Company, is there any factual basis for any of the foregoing, as a result of any asserted failure of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries of, or any predecessor thereof, to comply with any Environmental Law. No environmental clearances or other governmental approvals are required for the conduct of the business of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or the consummation of the Contemplated Transactions. To the Knowledge of the Company, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is the owner of any interest in real estate, other than OREO, on which any substances have been generated, used, stored, deposited, treated, recycled or disposed of, which substances if known to be present on, at or under such property, would require notification to any Regulatory Authority, clean up, removal or some other remedial action under any Environmental Law at such property or any impacted adjacent or down gradient property, except where such action would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect on the Company. Except for any matters that have not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect on the Company, the Company and each Subsidiary of the Company has complied in all material respects with all Environmental Laws applicable to it and its business operations.

 

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Section 3.20 Transactions with Affiliates. Except as set forth in Section 3.20 of the Company Disclosure Schedules, no officer or director of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, any Immediate Family Member of any such Person, and no entity that any such Person “controls” within the meaning of Regulation O of the Federal Reserve has (a) any Company Loan or any other agreement with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (b) any interest in any material property, real, personal or mixed, tangible or intangible, used in or pertaining to, the business of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

Section 3.21 Brokerage Commissions. Except for fees payable to Sheshunoff & Co. Investment Banking, L.P. pursuant to an engagement letter that has been Previously Disclosed, none of the Company or its Subsidiaries, or any of their respective Representatives, has incurred any obligation or liability, contingent or otherwise, for brokerage or finders’ fees or agents’ commissions or other similar payment in connection with this Agreement.

Section 3.22 Approval Delays. To the Knowledge of the Company, there is no reason why the granting of any of the Requisite Regulatory Approvals would be denied or unduly delayed. The Bank’s most recent CRA rating was “satisfactory” or better.

Section 3.23 Labor Matters.

(a) There are no collective bargaining agreements or other labor union Contracts applicable to any employees of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. There is no labor dispute, strike, work stoppage or lockout, or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threat thereof, by or with respect to any employees of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, and there has been no labor dispute, strike, work stoppage or lockout in the previous three (3) years. There are no organizational efforts with respect to the formation of a collective bargaining unit presently being made, or to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened, involving employees of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has engaged or is engaging in any unfair labor practice. The Company and its Subsidiaries are in compliance in all material respects with all applicable Legal Requirements respecting employment and employment practices, terms and conditions of employment, wages, hours of work and occupational safety and health. No Proceeding asserting that the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has committed an unfair labor practice (within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935) or seeking to compel the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to bargain with any labor organization as to wages or conditions of employment is pending or, to the Knowledge of the Company, threatened with respect to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or any other Regulatory Authority.

(b) Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to, or otherwise bound by, any consent decree with, or citation by, any Regulatory Authority relating to employees or employment practices. None of the Company, any of its Subsidiaries or any of its or their executive officers has received within the past three (3) years any written notice of intent by any Regulatory Authority responsible for the enforcement of labor or employment laws to conduct an investigation relating to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and, to the Knowledge of the Company, no such investigation is in progress.

Section 3.24 Intellectual Property. Each of the Company’s Subsidiaries has the unrestricted right and authority, and Acquiror and its Subsidiaries will have the unrestricted right and authority from and after the Effective Time, to use all patents, trademarks, copyrights, service marks, trade names or other intellectual property owned by them as is necessary to enable them to conduct and to continue to conduct all material phases of the businesses of the Company’s Subsidiaries in the manner presently conducted by them, and, to the Knowledge of the Company, such use does not, and will not, conflict with, infringe on or violate any patent, trademark, copyright, service mark, trade name or any other intellectual property right of any Person.

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(b) Except as may be imposed by applicable securities laws and restrictions that may exist for securities that are classified as “held to maturity,” none of the Company Investment Securities is subject to any restriction, whether contractual or statutory, that materially impairs the ability of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to dispose of such investment at any time. With respect to all material repurchase agreements to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party, the Company or such Subsidiary of the Company, as the case may be, has a valid, perfected first lien or security interest in the securities or other collateral securing each such repurchase agreement, and the value of the collateral securing each such repurchase agreement equals or exceeds the amount of the debt secured by such collateral under such agreement.

(c) None of the Company or its Subsidiaries has sold or otherwise disposed of any Company Investment Securities in a transaction in which the acquiror of such Company Investment Securities or other person has the right, either conditionally or absolutely, to require the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to repurchase or otherwise reacquire any such Company Investment Securities.

(d) All Derivative Transactions, whether entered into for the account of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or for the account of a customer of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, were entered into in the Ordinary Course of Business and in accordance with prudent banking practice and applicable Legal Requirements of applicable Regulatory Authorities and in accordance with the investment, securities, commodities, risk management and other policies, practices and procedures employed by the Company and its Subsidiaries, and with counterparties believed at the time to be financially responsible and able to understand (either alone or in consultation with their advisers) and to bear the risks of such Derivative Transactions. All of such Derivative Transactions are legal, valid and binding obligations of the Company or one of its Subsidiaries enforceable against it in accordance with their terms (except as may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, moratorium, reorganization or similar laws affecting the rights of creditors generally and subject to general principles of equity), and are in full force and effect. The Company and its Subsidiaries have duly performed their obligations under the Derivative Transactions to the extent that such obligations to perform have accrued and, to the Knowledge of the Company, there are no breaches, violations or defaults or allegations or assertions of such by any party thereunder.

Section 3.26 Fiduciary Accounts; Investment Management Activities. Each of the Company, the Bank and their Subsidiaries have properly administered in all respects all accounts for which it acts as fiduciary, including accounts for which it serves as trustee, agent, custodian or investment advisor, in accordance with the terms of the governing documents and applicable Legal Requirements. None of the Company, the Bank, nor any of their Subsidiaries or any of their directors, officers or employees has committed any breach of trust with respect to any such fiduciary account, and the accountings for each such fiduciary account are true and correct in all respects and accurately reflect the assets of such fiduciary account. Except as set forth in Section 3.26 of the Company Disclosure Schedules, none of the Company, the Bank, nor any of their Subsidiaries or the Company’s, the Bank’s or any of their Subsidiaries’ directors, officers or employees is required to be registered, licensed or authorized as an investment adviser, a broker, dealer, an insurance agency or company, a commodity trading adviser, a commodity pool operator, a futures commission merchant, an introducing broker, a registered representative or associated person, investment adviser, representative or solicitor, a counseling officer, an insurance agent, a sales person or in any similar capacity with a Regulatory Authority.

 

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Section 3.27 No Other Representations or Warranties.

(a) Except for the representations and warranties made by the Company in this Article 3, neither the Company nor any other Person makes any express or implied representation or warranty with respect to the Company, its Subsidiaries, or their respective businesses, operations, assets, liabilities, conditions (financial or otherwise) or prospects, and the Company hereby disclaims any such other representations or warranties. In particular, without limiting the foregoing disclaimer, neither the Company nor any other Person makes or has made any representation or warranty to Acquiror or any of its Affiliates or representatives with respect to: (i) any financial projection, forecast, estimate, budget or prospective information relating to the Company, any of its Subsidiaries or their respective businesses; or (ii) except for the representations and warranties made by the Company in this Article 3, any oral or written information presented to Acquiror or any of its Affiliates or representatives in the course of their due diligence investigation of the Company, the negotiation of this Agreement or in the course of the transactions contemplated hereby.

(b) The Company acknowledges and agrees that neither Acquiror nor any other Person has made or is making any express or implied representation or warranty other than those contained in Article 4.

ARTICLE 4

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF ACQUIROR

Except as Previously Disclosed or as disclosed in any Acquiror SEC Report filed with or furnished to the SEC prior to the date hereof (but disregarding risk factor disclosures contained under the heading “Risk Factors” or disclosure of risks set forth in any “forward-looking statements” disclaimer or any other statements that are similarly non-specific or cautionary, predictive or forward-looking in nature), Acquiror hereby represents and warrants to Company as follows:

Section 4.1 Acquiror Organization. Acquiror: (a) is a corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware and is also in good standing in each other jurisdiction in which the nature of the business conducted or the properties or assets owned or leased by it makes such qualification necessary, except where the failure to be so qualified and in good standing would not have a Material Adverse Effect on Acquiror; (b) is registered with the Federal Reserve as a financial holding company under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended; and (c) has full power and authority, corporate and otherwise, to operate as a bank holding company and to own, operate and lease its properties as presently owned, operated and leased, and to carry on its business as it is now being conducted. The copies of the Acquiror Certificate of Incorporation and Acquiror Bylaws and all amendments thereto set forth in the Acquiror SEC Reports are true, complete and correct, and in full force and effect as of the date of this Agreement. Acquiror has no subsidiary other than the subsidiaries listed on Exhibit 21 to Acquiror’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Section 4.2 Acquiror Subsidiary Organizations. Acquiror Bank is an Iowa state chartered bank duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the state of Iowa. Each Subsidiary of the Acquiror is an entity duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization and is also in good standing in each other jurisdiction in which the nature of the business conducted or the properties or assets owned or leased by it makes such qualification necessary, except where the failure to be so qualified and in good standing would not have a Material Adverse Effect on the Acquiror. Each Subsidiary of the Acquiror has full power and authority, corporate and otherwise, to own, operate and lease its properties as presently owned, operated and leased, and to carry on its business as it is now being conducted. The deposit accounts of Acquiror Bank are insured by the FDIC through the Deposit Insurance Fund to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Legal Requirements, and all premiums and assessments required to be paid in connection therewith have been paid when due.

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consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby have been duly and validly authorized by the Acquiror Board. The Acquiror Board has determined that the Stock and Asset Purchase, on substantially the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, is in the best interests of Acquiror and its stockholders, and that this Agreement and transactions contemplated hereby are in the best interests of Acquiror and its stockholders. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement by Acquiror, and the consummation of its obligations under this Agreement, have been authorized by all necessary corporate action and, subject to the receipt of the Requisite Regulatory Approvals, this Agreement constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of Acquiror enforceable in accordance with its terms, except as such enforcement may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other Legal Requirements affecting creditors’ rights generally and subject to general principles of equity.

Section 4.4 No Conflict. Neither the execution nor delivery of this Agreement nor the consummation or performance of any of the Contemplated Transactions will, directly or indirectly (with or without notice or lapse of time): (a) contravene, conflict with or result in a violation of any provision of the articles of incorporation, certificate of formation or charter (or similar organizational documents) or bylaws or operating agreement, each as in effect on the date hereof, or any currently effective resolution adopted by the board of directors, stockholders, manager or members of, Acquiror or any of its Subsidiaries; or (b) assuming receipt of the Requisite Regulatory Approvals, contravene, conflict with or result in a violation of any Legal Requirement or any Order to which Acquiror or any of its Subsidiaries, or any of their respective assets that are owned or used by them, may be subject, except for any contravention, conflict or violation that is permissible by virtue of obtaining the Requisite Regulatory Approvals. Except for: (a) the filing of applications, filings and notices, as applicable, with the Federal Reserve and approval of such applications, filings and notices; (b) the filing of applications, filings and notices, as applicable, with the Iowa Division of Banking and approval of such applications, filings and notices; (c) the filing of any required applications, filings or notices with the FDIC and approval of such applications, filings and notices; (d) the filing with the SEC of the Proxy Statement in definitive form and of the Registration Statement and declaration of effectiveness of the Registration Statement; and (e) such filings and approvals as are required to be made or obtained under the securities or “Blue Sky” laws of various states in connection with the issuance of the shares of Acquiror Common Stock pursuant to this Agreement and the listing of additional shares of Acquiror Common Stock on the NASDAQ Global Market, no consents or approvals of or filings or registrations with any court, administrative agency or commission or other governmental authority or instrumentality are necessary in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the consummation or performance of any of the Contemplated Transactions.

Section 4.5 Acquiror Capitalization.

(a) The authorized capital stock of Acquiror currently consists exclusively of: (i) 20,000,000 shares of Acquiror Common Stock, of which, as of March 31, 2017 (the “Acquiror Capitalization Date”), 13,161,219 shares were issued and outstanding; and (ii) 250,000 shares of Acquiror’s preferred stock, $1.00 par value per share (the “Acquiror Preferred Stock”), of which no shares were issued and outstanding as of the Acquiror Capitalization Date. Acquiror does not have outstanding any bonds, debentures, notes or other debt obligations having the right to vote (or convertible into, or exchangeable for, securities having the right to vote) with the stockholders of Acquiror on any matter. All of the issued and outstanding shares of Acquiror Capital Stock have been, and those shares of Acquiror Common Stock to be issued pursuant to the Stock and Asset Purchase will be, duly authorized and validly issued and fully paid, nonassessable and free of preemptive rights. Acquiror’s securities are not listed, or quoted, for trading on any U.S. domestic or foreign securities exchange, other than the NASDAQ Global Market and Acquiror satisfies all of the quantitative maintenance criteria of the NASDAQ Global Market.

(b) As of the Acquiror Capitalization Date, no shares of Acquiror Capital Stock were reserved for issuance except for: (i) 528,362 shares of Acquiror Common Stock reserved for issuance in connection with stock options, restricted stock units, or other equity awards under Acquiror Benefit Plans; and (ii) 46,496 shares of Acquiror Common Stock reserved for issuance pursuant to future awards under Acquiror Benefit Plans.

 

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Section 4.6 Acquiror SEC Reports; Financial Statements and Reports; Regulatory Filings.

(a) Acquiror has timely filed all Acquiror SEC Reports, except where the failure to file any Acquiror SEC Report, either individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect on Acquiror, and all such Acquiror SEC Reports complied as to form in all material respects, as of their respective filing dates and effective dates, as the case may be, with all applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, as the case may be, and the rules and regulations of the SEC thereunder which are applicable to the Acquiror. The Acquiror SEC Reports were prepared in accordance with applicable Legal Requirements in all material respects. As of their respective filing dates, none of the Acquiror SEC Reports contained an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, except that information filed as of a later date (but before the date of this Agreement) is deemed to modify information as of an earlier date. As of the date hereof, there are no outstanding comments from or unresolved issues raised by the SEC with respect to any of the Acquiror SEC Reports. No Subsidiary of Acquiror is required to file periodic reports with the SEC pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act.

(b) The financial statements presented (or incorporated by reference) in the Acquiror SEC Reports (including the related notes, where applicable) have been prepared in conformity with GAAP, except in each case as indicated in such statements or the notes thereto, and comply in all material respects with all applicable Legal Requirements, including the maintenance of an adequate system of internal controls. Taken together, the financial statements presented in the Acquiror SEC Reports (collectively, the “Acquiror Financial Statements”) are complete and correct in all material respects and fairly and accurately present the respective financial position, assets, liabilities and results of operations of Acquiror and its Subsidiaries at the respective dates of and for the periods referred to in the Acquiror Financial Statements, subject to normal year-end audit adjustments in the case of unaudited Acquiror Financial Statements. As of the date hereof, RSM US LLP has not resigned (or informed Acquiror that it intends to resign) or been dismissed as independent registered public accountants of Acquiror.

(c) Acquiror and each of its Subsidiaries has filed all forms, reports and documents required to be filed since January 1, 2015, with all applicable federal or state securities or banking authorities except to the extent failure would not have a Material Adverse Effect on Acquiror and its Subsidiaries. Such forms, reports and documents: (i) complied as to form in all material respects with applicable Legal Requirements; and (ii) did not at the time they were filed, after giving effect to any amendment thereto filed prior to the date hereof, contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, except that information filed as of a later date (but before the date of this Agreement) is deemed to modify information as of an earlier date.

(d) To the Knowledge of Acquiror, there has not been any event or occurrence since January 1, 2015 that would result in a determination that any of its banking Subsidiaries is not an eligible depository institution as defined in 12 C.F.R. § 303.2(r).

Section 4.7 Properties. The Acquiror and each of its Subsidiaries has good and marketable title to all assets and properties, whether real or personal, tangible or intangible, that it purports to own, other than OREO, subject to no liens, mortgages, security interests, encumbrances or charges of any kind except: (i) as noted in the most recent Acquiror Financial Statements or incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business since the date of the most recent Acquiror Financial Statements; (ii) statutory liens for Taxes not yet delinquent or being contested in good faith by appropriate Proceedings and for which appropriate reserves have been established and reflected in the Acquiror Financial Statements; (iii) pledges or liens required to be granted in connection with the acceptance of government deposits, granted in connection with repurchase or reverse repurchase agreements, securing any discount with, borrowing from, or obligations to any Federal Reserve Bank or Federal Home Loan Bank, interbank credit facilities or any transaction by Acquiror Bank acting in a fiduciary capacity or otherwise incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business; (iv) easements, rights of way, and other similar encumbrances that do not materially affect the present use of the properties or assets subject thereto or affected thereby or otherwise materially impair the present business operations at such properties; (v) minor defects and irregularities in title

 

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and encumbrances that do not materially impair the use thereof for the purposes for which they are held as of the date of this Agreement; (vi) liens or deposits in connection with worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, social security or other insurance; (vii) inchoate mechanic’s and materialmen’s liens for construction in progress and workmen’s, repairmen’s, warehousemen’s and carrier’s liens arising in the Ordinary Course of Business of the Acquiror or Acquiror Bank consistent with past practice; (viii) liens existing on any asset of any Person at the time such Person is acquired by or is combined with the Acquiror or any of the Acquiror’s Subsidiaries, provided the lien was not created in contemplation of that event; (ix) liens on property required by Regulation W promulgated by the Federal Reserve; and (x) liens incidental to the conduct of business or ownership of property of the Acquiror or any of its Subsidiaries which do not in the aggregate materially detract from the value of the property or materially impair the use thereof as of the date of this Agreement. The Acquiror and each of its Subsidiaries as lessee has the right under valid and existing leases to occupy, use, possess and control any and all of the respective property leased by it, and each such lease is valid and without default thereunder by the lessee or, to the Knowledge of the Acquiror, the lessor. To the Knowledge of the Acquiror, all buildings and structures owned by the Acquiror and each of its Subsidiaries lie wholly within the boundaries of the real property owned or validly leased by it, and do not encroach upon the property of, or otherwise conflict with the property rights of, any other Person.

Section 4.8 Loans; Loan Loss Reserve.

(a) Each loan, loan agreement, note, lease or other borrowing agreement by Acquiror Bank, any participation therein, and any guaranty, renewal or extension thereof (the “Acquiror Loans”) reflected as an asset on any of the Acquiror Financial Statements or reports filed with the Regulatory Authorities is evidenced by documentation that is customary and legally sufficient in all material respects and constitutes, to the Knowledge of the Acquiror, the legal, valid and binding obligation of the obligor named therein, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that the enforceability thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws relating to or affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally or equitable principles or doctrines.

(b) All Acquiror Loans originated or purchased by Acquiror Bank were made or purchased in accordance with the policies of the board of directors of Acquiror Bank and in the Ordinary Course of Business of Acquiror Bank. Acquiror Bank’s interest in all Acquiror Loans is free and clear of any security interest, lien, encumbrance or other charge, and, Acquiror Bank has complied in all material respects with all Legal Requirements relating to such Acquiror Loans, except where the failure to so comply would not have a Material Adverse Effect on the Acquiror. There has been no default on, or forgiveness or waiver of, in whole or in part, any Acquiror Loan made to an executive officer or director of the Acquiror or Acquiror Bank or an entity controlled by an executive officer or director during the three (3) years immediately preceding the date hereof.

(c) Acquiror Bank’s allowance for loan and lease losses reflected in the Acquiror Financial Statements (including footnotes thereto) was determined on the basis of Acquiror Bank’s continuing review and evaluation of the portfolio of Acquiror Loans under the requirements of GAAP and Legal Requirements, was established in a manner consistent with Acquiror Bank’s internal policies, and, in the judgment of Acquiror Bank, was adequate in all material respects under the requirements of GAAP and all Legal Requirements to provide for possible or specific losses, net of recoveries relating to Acquiror Loans previously charged-off in whole or in part, on outstanding Acquiror Loans.

Section 4.9 Taxes. Acquiror and each of its Subsidiaries has duly filed all material Tax Returns required to be filed by it on or before the Closing Date, and each such Tax Return filed is complete and accurate in all material respects. Acquiror and each of its Subsidiaries has paid, or made adequate provision for the payment of, all material Taxes due and payable by Acquiror and its Subsidiaries, and is not delinquent in the payment of any material Tax, except in each case such Taxes as are being contested in good faith and as to which adequate reserves have been provided. To the Knowledge of Acquiror, (i) there is no claim or assessment pending against Acquiror or its Subsidiaries for any material Taxes owed by it, and (ii) no audit, examination or investigation related to material Taxes paid or payable by Acquiror and its Subsidiaries is presently being conducted by any

 

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Regulatory Authority. To the Knowledge of the Acquiror, the Acquiror and each of its Subsidiaries has not engaged in any transaction that could materially affect the Tax liabi