WARSAW, N.Y., March 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Financial Institutions, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq:FISI), the parent company of Five Star Bank, announced today the commencement of an underwritten public offering of approximately $40.0 million of its common stock. The Company expects to use the net proceeds from this offering for general working capital purposes and to repurchase the remaining shares of the Company's Series A Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock ("Preferred Stock"), and the related warrant ("Warrant") to purchase up to 378,175 shares of the Company's common stock, issued to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (the "Treasury") as part of the TARP Capital Purchase Program. There can be no assurance that the Treasury will approve the Company's applications to repurchase the Preferred Stock or the Warrant, or that an acceptable price for repurchasing the Warrant can be agreed upon.
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. is acting as sole book-running manager for the offering and Janney Montgomery Scott is acting as co-manager for the offering. The underwriters will have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 15% of the offered amount of common stock from the Company to cover over-allotments, if any.
The shares will be issued pursuant to a prospectus supplement filed as part of an existing shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Prospective investors should read the prospectus in that registration statement, the preliminary prospectus supplement and other documents that the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and the offering. Investors may obtain these documents without charge by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., 787 Seventh Avenue, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10019, (800) 966-1559.This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
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