The Company’s common stock will continue to trade on the Nasdaq Global Market under the trading symbol HBOS through November 29, 2010. On November 30, 2010, the shares of New Heritage Financial Group common stock will trade on the Nasdaq Global Market under the trading symbol HBOSD for a period of 20 trading days. Thereafter, the trading symbol will revert to HBOS. The CUSIP # for the New Heritage Financial Group is 42726X102.
Stock certificates for shares purchased in the subscription offering and community offering are expected to be mailed to subscribers on or about December 1, 2010. Current shareholders of the Company holding shares in street name or in book-entry form will receive shares of New Heritage Financial Group within their accounts. Current shareholders of the Company holding shares in certificated form will be mailed a letter of transmittal on or about December 3, 2010 and will receive their shares of New Heritage Financial Group common stock and cash in lieu of fractional shares after returning their stock certificates and a properly completed letter of transmittal to the Company’s transfer agent.
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. managed the subscription and community offering and acted as sole book-running manager of the syndicated community offering. Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. acted as co-manager of the syndicated community offering. Silver Freedman & Taff, L.L.P. acted as legal counsel to the Company and New Heritage Financial Group in connection with the offering and conversion.
Heritage Financial Group is the mid-tier holding company for HeritageBank of the South, a community-oriented bank serving primarily South Georgia and North Central Florida through 16 full-service banking offices. For more information about the Company, visit HeritageBank of the South on the Web at www.eheritagebank.com and see Investor Relations under About Us.Except for historical information contained herein, the matters included in this news release and other information in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission may contain certain “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We intend such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995 and include the statement for purposes of these safe harbor provisions. Further information concerning the Company and its business, including additional factors that could materially affect our financial results, is included in our other filings with the SEC.