Evansville-based Old National Bancorp said yesterday that it has priced its public offering of 18 million shares of company
stock at $10 per share.
IBJ reported Monday that Old National Bancorp, the holding company for Old National Bank,
is selling some of its stock to fund potential acquisitions of troubled banks.
Old National estimates the offering
will net $171 million “to support ongoing and future anticipated growth, which may include opportunistic acquisitions
of other financial institutions, possibly including … failed or distressed financial institutions in FDIC-sponsored
or -assisted transactions,” the bank said in a written release.
The company has $8 billion in assets and
more than 180 branches in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois, including 74 in the Indianapolis area.
In March, Old
National purchased 65 Charter One branches for $15.9 million from Providence, R.I.-based Citizens Financial Group.
Old National President and CEO Bob Jones told IBJ earlier this year that his goal is to make Old National “Indiana’s
bank.” He is targeting northern Indiana, Indianapolis and areas extending down Interstate 65 to Louisville for acquisitions.
Analyst Sandra Osborne, of New York-based Keefe Bruyette & Woods, recently listed Old National among two dozen
U.S. banks well-positioned to scoop up institutions seized by the government.
New York-based Sandler O’Neill
& Partners LP is underwriting the offering. New York-based Keefe Bruyette & Woods Inc. and Atlanta-based SunTrust
Robinson Humphrey Inc. are assisting.
Old National intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase
up to an additional 15 percent of the shares offered to cover possible overallotments.
Old National shares were
trading at $10.88 this morning, up 2.1 percent.