As of December 31, 2017 Signature Bank had assets of approximately $409 million, net loans outstanding of $335 million and deposits of $368 million. The acquisition expands Heartland's presence in the Twin Cities metro market to two banking centers with assets exceeding $620 million. Heartland now operates 118 banking centers serving 89 communities across its 12-state footprint.Advisors: In connection with the transaction, Panoramic Capital Advisors Inc. served as financial advisor to Heartland and Dorsey & Whitney LLP served as Heartland's legal advisor. Sheshunoff & Co. Investment Banking served as financial advisor and issued a Fairness Opinion to Signature and Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. served as Signature's legal advisor . About Heartland Financial USA, Inc.Heartland is a diversified financial services company with assets of approximately $10 billion. The Company provides banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Heartland currently has 118 banking locations serving 89 communities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and California. Additional information about Heartland is available at www.htlf.com. Safe Harbor StatementThis release, and future oral and written statements of Heartland and its management, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about Heartland's financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. Although these forward-looking statements are based upon the beliefs, expectations and assumptions of Heartland's management, there are a number of factors, many of which are beyond the ability of management to control or predict, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in its forward-looking statements. These factors, which are detailed in the risk factors included in Heartland's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, include, among others: (i) the strength of the local and national economy; (ii) the economic impact of past and any future terrorist threats and attacks and any acts of war, (iii) changes in state and federal laws, regulations and governmental policies concerning the Company's general business; (iv) changes in interest rates and prepayment rates of the Company's assets; (v) increased competition in the financial services sector and the inability to attract new customers; (vi) changes in technology and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; (vii) the loss of key executives or employees; (viii) changes in consumer spending; (ix) unexpected results of acquisitions; (x) unexpected outcomes of existing or new litigation involving the Company; and (xi) changes in accounting policies and practices. All statements in this release, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and Heartland undertakes no obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events.
CONTACT: Laura J. Hughes Executive Vice President Chief Marketing OfficerHeartland Financial USA, Inc. (563) firstname.lastname@example.orgKen BrooksPresident and CEOSignature Bancshares, Inc.(952) 936-7800 KBrooks@signaturebankonline.com