ROCHESTER, Minn., Jan. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HMN Financial, Inc. ("HMN" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:HMNF) today announced that notice had been given to holders of record of the Company's Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A (the "Preferred Stock") of the redemption of all 10,000 shares of outstanding Preferred Stock. The effective date of the redemption will be February 17, 2015. After giving effect to a dividend of $22.50 per share on the Preferred Stock to be paid on the same date, the redemption price per share will be $1,000. The record date for the redemption and the dividend is January 6, 2015. The Preferred Stock was originally issued by HMN to the U.S. Treasury through the Capital Purchase Program established under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

The Preferred Stock redemption is being funded through a $10 million term loan that will be evidenced by a promissory note. The principal balance of the note will bear interest at a rate of 6.5% and will be payable in consecutive annual installments of $1 million on each December 15, beginning December 15, 2015, with the balance due on December 15, 2021. The Preferred Stock dividend is being funded through internally available funds. HMN has requested and received all applicable approvals from regulatory authorities to pay the Preferred Stock dividend and effect the Preferred Stock redemption.  

"I am pleased to report the dividend payment and redemption of the final $10 million of our outstanding Preferred Stock obligation, which follows the $16 million in redemptions that were made in 2014," said Brad Krehbiel, President and CEO of HMN. "With this payment, HMN will have repaid 100% of the Preferred Stock issued through the U.S. Treasury Capital Purchase Program. We look forward to enjoying the benefits of the reduced Preferred Stock dividend amounts in future periods."   

General Information

HMN Financial, Inc. and the Bank are headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota. Home Federal Savings Bank operates eight full service offices in Minnesota located in Albert Lea, Austin, Eagan, La Crescent, Rochester (2), Spring Valley and Winona; one full service office in Marshalltown, Iowa; two loan origination offices located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and in Sartell, Minnesota; and two Private Banking offices in Rochester, Minnesota.

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A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's assumptions and expectations. These include but are not limited to the adequacy and marketability of real estate and other collateral securing loans to borrowers; federal and state regulation and enforcement; possible legislative and regulatory changes, including changes to regulatory capital rules; the ability of the Bank to comply with other applicable regulatory capital requirements; enforcement activity of the OCC and FRB in the event of our non-compliance with any applicable regulatory standard or requirement; adverse economic, business and competitive developments such as shrinking interest margins, reduced collateral values, deposit outflows, changes in credit or other risks posed by the Company's loan and investment portfolios, changes in costs associated with alternate funding sources, including changes in collateral advance rates and policies of the Federal Home Loan Bank, technological, computer-related or operational difficulties, results of litigation, and reduced demand for financial services and loan products; changes in accounting policies and guidelines, or monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government or tax laws; international economic developments; the Company's access to and adverse changes in securities markets; the market for credit related assets; the future operating results, financial condition, cash flow requirements and capital spending priorities of the Company and the Bank; the availability of internal and, as required, external sources of funding; or other significant uncertainties. Additional factors that may cause actual results to differ from the Company's assumptions and expectations include those set forth in the Company's most recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are qualified by, and should be considered in conjunction with, such cautionary statements. For additional discussion of the risks and uncertainties applicable to the Company, see the "Risk Factors" sections of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and Part II, Item 1A of its subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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CONTACT: Bradley Krehbiel         President and Chief Executive Officer         HMN Financial, Inc. (507) 252-7169