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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K

 


 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 7, 2018

 


MB FINANCIAL, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 


 

Maryland

 

001-36599

 

36-4460265

(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)

 

(Commission File No.)

 

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

800 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois

 

60607

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (888) 422-6562

 

N/A

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 


 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

x                   Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

o                     Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

o                     Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

o                     Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company  o

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  o

 



 

Item 8.01 Other Events

 

Settlement of Certain Litigation Relating to the Merger

 

On or about August 13, 2018, a purported individual stockholder of MB Financial, Inc. (“MB Financial”) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (the “Court”), under the caption Parshall v. MB Financial, Inc., et. al., Case No. 1:18-cv-02474 (the “Action”).  The complaint, which was filed as a putative class action on behalf of the individual plaintiff and the public stockholders of MB Financial, alleges that the proxy statement/prospectus (the “Proxy Statement/Prospectus”) forming a part of Form S-4 Registration Statement filed by Fifth Third Bancorp (“Fifth Third”) in connection with the proposed merger of MB Financial and Fifth Third does not contain certain information alleged to be material to the stockholders of MB Financial concerning the proposed merger.  The complaint asserts claims against MB Financial, the members of its board of directors, and Fifth Third under federal securities laws for distributing the Proxy Statement/Prospectus with allegedly false or misleading statements or omissions. The complaint seeks, among other things, injunctive relief against consummation of the merger and additional, allegedly corrective disclosures as well as attorneys’ and expert fees.

 

Solely to avoid the costs, risks, nuisance and uncertainties inherent in litigation and to allow MB Financial stockholders to vote on the proposals required in connection with the proposed merger with Fifth Third at the special meeting of MB Financial stockholders to be held on September 18, 2018 (the “Special Meeting”), MB Financial hereby supplements the disclosures contained in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus (the “Additional Disclosures”).  The Additional Disclosures are set forth below and should be read in conjunction with the Proxy Statement/Prospectus.

 

In light of the Additional Disclosures, plaintiff has agreed to dismiss the Action with prejudice as to his individual claims and without prejudice to the claims of the members of the putative class.  In dismissing the Action, plaintiff has reserved the right to seek an award of attorneys’ fees from the Court.

 

The agreement to make the Additional Disclosures will not affect the merger consideration to be paid to MB Financial stockholders or the timing of the Special Meeting.

 

MB Financial and the other defendants, including Fifth Third, vigorously deny that the Proxy Statement/Prospectus is deficient in any respect and that the Additional Disclosures are material or required.  MB Financial and Fifth Third believe that the claims asserted in the Action are without merit, and that the Additional Disclosures do not provide information required by the federal securities laws or that is material to the decision of the MB Financial stockholders as to how to vote their shares at the Special Meeting.  As noted above, the Additional Disclosures are being made solely to eliminate the burden, expense, and nuisance of further litigation, and to avoid any possible delay to the closing of the merger that might arise from further litigation.  Nothing in this document shall be deemed an admission of the legal necessity or materiality under any applicable laws for any of the disclosures set forth herein.

 

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SUPPLEMENT TO PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS

 

The following information supplements the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and should be read in connection with the Proxy Statement/Prospectus, which should be read in its entirety. To the extent that information herein differs from or updates information contained in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus, the information contained herein supersedes the information contained in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus. All page references in the information below are to pages in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus, and terms used below have the meanings set forth in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus, unless otherwise defined below. Without admitting in any way that the disclosures below are material or otherwise required by law, MB Financial and Fifth Third make the following Additional Disclosures:

 

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Opinion of MB Financial’s Financial Advisor

 

The disclosure under the heading “THE MERGER—Opinion of MB Financial’s Financial Advisor—Comparable Company Analyses” is hereby supplemented by replacing the table on page 64 (captioned “MB Financial Comparable Company Analysis”) with the following tableThe information in the following table was developed from publicly available sources.

 

Financial Data as of or for the Period
Ending March 31, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pricing Data as of May 18, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet

 

Capital Position

 

LTM Profitability

 

Valuation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price/

 

 

 

 

NPAs²/

 

 

Total

 

 

Net

 

Tang.

 

2018Y

2019Y

Current

 

Total

Loans/

Total

TCE/

CET 1

RBC

 

 

Interest

Effic.

Book

MRQ

Est.

Est.

Dividend

Market

Assets

Deposits

Assets

TA

Ratio

Ratio

ROAA

ROATCE

Margin

Ratio

Value

Annl.

EPS

EPS

Yield

Value

Company

City, State

Ticker

($mm)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(x)

(x)

(x)

(%)

($mm)

Commerce Bancshares, Inc.

Kansas City, MO

CBSH

24,611

67.6

0.05

9.9

13.3

14.9

1.41

14.1

3.25

59.9

285

17.6

17.9

17.2

1.5

6,885

Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc.

Dallas, TX

TCBI

24,449

108.9

0.54

8.6

8.8

11.9

0.97

10.9

3.56

53.3

234

18.0

16.0

14.4

0.0

4,923

PacWest Bancorp

Beverly Hills, CA

PACW

24,149

91.0

0.38

10.4

11.2

14.1

1.71

17.0

5.09

41.8

303

14.5

14.7

13.6

4.5

6,742

TCF Financial Corporation 4

Wayzata, MN

TCF

23,385

103.7

0.66

9.4

10.6

13.3

1.37

14.7

4.57

67.7

200

16.5

14.3

13.6

2.3

4,329

Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc.

Nashville, TN

PNFP

22,935

98.9

0.41

9.0

9.2

12.1

1.11

14.1

3.70

46.0

275

15.4

14.1

12.9

0.8

5,182

Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.

Houston, TX

PB

22,472

57.6

0.15

9.4

15.3

16.0

1.24

15.2

3.18

41.5

267

17.3

16.0

14.7

1.9

5,179

Bank of the Ozarks

Little Rock, AR

OZRK

22,039

93.1

0.16

13.2

11.4

13.1

2.20

17.6

4.80

34.6

221

13.8

13.2

11.3

1.6

6,235

UMB Financial Corporation

Kansas City, MO

UMBF

20,988

66.6

0.33

9.5

13.4

14.5

1.27

13.8

3.15

68.3

200

17.3

16.7

15.6

1.5

3,938

Western Alliance Bancorporation

Phoenix, AZ

WAL

20,761

89.7

0.33

9.7

10.5

13.2

1.80

19.1

4.64

41.1

326

16.0

15.1

13.4

0.0

6,503

Fulton Financial Corporation

Lancaster, PA

FULT

19,949

101.4

0.67

8.8

10.6

13.2

0.90

10.6

3.30

67.9

178

15.4

14.0

12.8

2.8

3,041

Chemical Financial Corporation

Midland, MI

CHFC

19,756

101.8

0.35

8.3

10.4

11.2

0.91

11.9

3.50

51.0

258

14.4

14.3

12.8

2.0

3,993

United Bankshares, Inc.

Charleston, WV

UBSI

18,620

95.2

0.84

10.1

12.4

14.6

0.93

10.2

3.61

47.4

218

15.2

14.7

14.0

3.8

3,775

Old National Bancorp

Evansville, IN

ONB

17,496

87.9

0.77

7.8

10.7

11.7

0.67

9.3

3.47

63.6

209

14.4

13.9

12.5

2.9

2,716

BancorpSouth Bank

Tupelo, MS

BXS

17,186

88.5

0.43

8.7

11.3

12.2

1.10

12.1

3.59

66.1

235

15.7

15.1

13.9

1.6

3,388

Cathay General Bancorp ³

Los Angeles, CA

CATY

15,882

100.0

0.37

10.5

12.5

14.4

1.26

11.6

3.70

44.0

212

13.5

12.9

12.3

2.3

3,415

Washington Federal, Inc.

Seattle, WA

WAFD

15,633

101.9

0.45

10.9

15.7

17.0

1.25

11.3

3.22

48.6

163

14.1

13.6

12.4

2.1

2,720

Simmons First National Corporation 4

Pine Bluff, AR

SFNC

15,597

94.3

0.69

7.9

9.9

14.1

1.04

13.8

4.10

56.1

246

14.1

13.2

12.2

1.9

2,869

High

24,611

108.9

0.84

13.2

15.7

17.0

2.20

19.1

5.09

68.3

326

18.0

17.9

17.2

4.5

6,885

Low

15,597

57.6

0.05

7.8

8.8

11.2

0.67

9.3

3.15

34.6

163

13.5

12.9

11.3

0.0

2,716

Mean

20,348

91.1

0.45

9.5

11.6

13.6

1.24

13.4

3.79

52.9

237

15.5

14.7

13.5

2.0

4,461

Median

20,761

94.3

0.41

9.4

11.2

13.3

1.24

13.8

3.59

51.0

234

15.4

14.3

13.4

1.9

3,993

MB FINANCIAL 1 5

20,168

93.1

0.35

8.8

9.5

13.6

1.54

20.8

3.72

63.9

218

17.16

15.5

13.2

2.2

3,670

 

1)              Most recent quarter (“MRQ”) Annualized Earnings Per Share for MB Financial were based on diluted operating earnings per common share for the first quarter of 2018, as reported by MB Financial, annualized.

2)              Excludes restructured loans

3)              Tangible Common Equity / Tangible Assets ratio and LTM Return on Average Tangible Common Equity (“ROATCE”) was based on prior quarter data in the case of Cathay General Bancorp.

4)              LTM ROATCE is sourced from regulatory filings.

5)              Per company filings; LTM Return on Average Assets (“ROAA”) and ROATCE normalized for impact of tax-reform of 1.00% and 13.5%, respectively.

6)              1Q’18 diluted operating earnings per common share as reported by the company annualized ($0.64 x 4).

 

Note: Peer group includes banks headquartered in the US Continental 48 states, trading on major exchanges with assets between $15bn and $25bn; excludes merger targets

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence; Earnings multiples based on CapIQ mean estimates

 

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The disclosure under the heading “THE MERGER—Opinion of MB Financial’s Financial Advisor—Comparable Company Analyses” is hereby further supplemented by replacing the table on page 65 (captioned “Fifth Third Comparable Company Analysis”) with the following table.  The information in the following table was developed from publicly available sources.

 

Financial Data as of or for the Period
Ending March 31, 2018

 

Pricing Data as of May 18, 2018

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet

 

Capital Position

 

LTM Profitability

 

Valuation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NPAs²/

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

Net

 

 

Tang.

 

2018Y

2019Y

Current

 

 

 

 

Total

Loans/

Total

 

TCE/

CET 1

RBC

 

 

 

Interest

Effic.

 

Book

MRQ

Est.

Est.

Dividend

Market

 

 

 

Assets

Deposits

Assets

 

TA

Ratio

Ratio

 

ROAA

ROATCE

Margin

Ratio

 

Value

Annl.

EPS

EPS

Yield

Value

Company

City, State

Ticker

($mm)

(%)

(%)

 

(%)

(%)

(%)

 

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

 

(%)

(x)

(x)

(x)

(%)

($mm)

U.S. Bancorp

Minneapolis, MN

USB

460,119

80.5

0.26

 

7.5

9.0

12.5

 

1.43

18.7

3.11

55.1

 

247

13.2

12.5

11.6

2.4

83,026

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. ³

Pittsburgh, PA

PNC

379,161

83.7

0.53

 

9.0

9.6

12.8

 

1.48

16.2

2.90

59.5

 

208

15.3

14.1

12.8

2.0

69,843

BB&T Corporation

Winston-Salem, NC

BBT

220,729

90.4

0.29

 

7.7

10.2

14.0

 

1.26

16.3

3.45

57.9

 

263

14.6

13.7

12.7

2.7

42,685

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Atlanta, GA

STI

204,885

87.8

0.38

 

8.0

9.8

12.9

 

1.20

14.6

3.17

61.6

 

202

13.3

13.0

12.2

2.3

31,911

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. ³

Providence, RI

CFG

153,453

96.3

0.59

 

8.8

11.2

13.9

 

1.14

13.2

3.09

60.1

 

153

13.3

12.2

11.0

2.1

20,145

KeyCorp ³

Cleveland, OH

KEY

137,049

84.1

0.42

 

8.2

10.0

12.7

 

1.03

12.6

3.18

62.4

 

196

13.3

11.9

10.8

2.4

21,499

Regions Financial Corporation ³

Birmingham, AL

RF

122,913

82.3

0.55

 

8.5

11.1

13.7

 

1.11

12.7

3.37

60.7

 

213

13.7

13.6

12.5

1.9

21,486

M&T Bank Corporation

Buffalo, NY

MTB

118,623

95.9

0.81

 

8.6

10.6

14.4

 

1.18

13.1

3.56

57.1

 

271

20.4

14.6

13.6

1.6

26,408

Huntington Bancshares Inc.

Columbus, OH

HBAN

104,246

89.5

0.37

 

7.6

10.5

14.0

 

1.28

17.4

3.30

56.7

 

212

13.5

12.5

11.3

2.9

16,659

First Republic Bank

San Francisco, CA

FRC

90,224

91.5

0.05

 

7.5

10.5

13.7

 

0.94

11.7

3.09

58.5

 

236

21.7

20.3

17.8

0.7

15,879

 

 

High

460,119

96.3

0.81

 

9.0

11.2

14.4

 

1.48

18.7

3.56

62.4

 

271

21.7

20.3

17.8

2.9

83,026

 

 

Low

90,224

80.5

0.05

 

7.5

9.0

12.5

 

0.94

11.7

2.90

55.1

 

153

13.2

11.9

10.8

0.7

15,879

 

 

Mean

199,140

88.2

0.42

 

8.1

10.3

13.5

 

1.21

14.6

3.22

59.0

 

220

15.2

13.8

12.6

2.1

34,954

 

 

Median

145,251

88.7

0.40

 

8.1

10.4

13.7

 

1.19

13.9

3.18

59.0

 

213

13.6

13.3

12.4

2.2

23,953

FIFTH THIRD ¹

 

 

141,500

87.2

0.37

 

8.9

10.8

15.3

 

1.84

20.0

3.07

55.4

 

186

14.74

13.6

12.4

1.9

23,005

 

1)              Per Fifth Third’s public filings, core LTM ROAA, core LTM ROATCE and core LTM efficiency ratio were 1.11%, 11.7% and 63.7%, respectively. MRQ Annualized Earnings Per Share for Fifth Third were based on core diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2018, as reported by Fifth Third, annualized.

2)              Excludes restructured loans.

3)     LTM ROATCE was sourced from regulatory filings in the case of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Citizens Financial Group, Inc., KeyCorp and Regions Financial Corporation.

4)              Core 1Q18 diluted earnings per share annualized as reported by the company ($0.57 x 4).

 

Note: Peer group includes US banks with assets $75 billion - $500 billion, excludes Northern Trust Corporation, State Street Corporation, The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and Capital One Financial Corporation

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence

 

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The disclosure under the heading “THE MERGER—Opinion of MB Financial’s Financial Advisor—Analysis of Precedent Transactions” is hereby supplemented by replacing the table on page 66 of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus with the following table.  The information in the following table was developed from publicly available sources.

 

 

 

 

 

Transaction Information

 

Seller Information

 

 

 

 

 

Price/

Core

1-Day

 

Reported

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deal

LTM

FY1

 

Deposit

Market

Cost

TBV

 

Total

TCE/

LTM

Res./

NPAs/

 

 

Annc.

 

Value

Earnings²

EPS

TBV

Premium³

Premium4

Savings

Earnback

 

Assets

TA

ROAA

Loans

Assets5

Acquiror

Target

Date

 

($mm)

(x)

(x)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

 

($mm)

(%)

(%)

(%)

(%)

First Horizon National Corp.

Capital Bank Finl Corp

05/04/17

 

2,190

28.2

21.3

203

16.8

(2.9)

30.0

4.9

 

10,098

10.6

0.81

0.58

0.78

Sterling Bancorp

Astoria Financial Corp.

03/07/17

 

2,230

35.4

NM

159

9.9

18.6

35.0

0.0

7

14,559

9.7

0.48

0.83

1.70

Canadian Imperial Bank of Comm10

PrivateBancorp Inc.

06/29/16

 

4,918

23.5

19.8

265

22.1

NM

7.5

NA

 

20,054

9.1

1.13

1.26

0.80

Huntington Bancshares Inc.

FirstMerit Corp.

01/26/16

 

3,371

15.1

14.0

164

6.9

31.0

40.0

5.5

 

25,525

8.2

0.91

0.96

0.84

KeyCorp

First Niagara Finl Group

10/30/15

 

4,007

19.3

19.0

168

6.7

9.8

40.0

10.0

 

39,413

6.3

0.62

1.01

0.74

BB&T Corp.

National Penn Bancshares Inc.

08/17/15

 

1,816

17.7

16.8

219

15.5

18.2

30.0

5.0

 

9,604

8.9

1.12

1.37

0.54

Royal Bank of Canada

City National Corp.

01/22/15

 

5,373

21.3

21.0

239

12.3

26.0

7.8

NA

 

35,576

6.2

0.81

1.41

0.18

BB&T Corp.

Susquehanna Bancshares Inc.

11/12/14

 

2,507

16.6

17.4

172

9.0

38.9

32.0

5.0

6

18,583

8.4

0.84

1.02

0.87

First Citizens BancShares Inc.

First Citizens Bancorp.

06/10/14

 

645

14.2

-

118

1.5

40.4

20.0

1.0

 

8,532

6.9

0.57

1.17

1.62

Umpqua Holdings Corp.

Sterling Financial Corp.

09/11/13

 

1,995

19.1

19.4

167

NA

13.9

30.0

2.5

 

9,940

11.7

1.08

1.94

1.70

PacWest Bancorp

CapitalSource Inc.

07/22/13

 

2,382

NM

19.1

169

35.4

20.1

23.0

0.0

7

8,483

16.2

NM

1.91

2.11

FirstMerit Corp.

Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc.

09/13/12

 

943

NM

NM

130

3.3

17.1

22.0

2.5

 

9,670

7.7

NM

2.46

1.16

 

 

High

 

5,373

35.4

21.3

271

35.4

40.4

45.0

10.0

 

39,413

16.2

1.54

2.46

2.11

 

 

Low

 

645

14.2

14.0

118

1.5

(2.9)

7.5

1.0

 

8,483

6.2

0.48

0.58

0.18

 

 

Mean

 

2,844

20.5

18.7

188

12.6

21.3

27.9

4.8

 

17,708

9.1

0.90

1.31

1.04

 

 

Median

 

2,382

19.1

19.2

169

9.9

19.4

30.0

5.0

 

14,559

8.8

0.84

1.17

0.84

FIFTH THIRD ¹

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4,653

21.29

19.2

271

22.4

24.2

45.0

7.0

 

20,168

8.8

1.54

1.12

0.50

 

1)              Indicated transaction metrics for the merger were based on the implied purchase price per share of $54.20, diluted operating earnings per common share for the first quarter of 2018, as reported by MB Financial, annualized for 2018, the publicly available median consensus analyst 2018 earnings per share estimate for MB Financial, financial information for MB Financial as of or for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 and the closing price of MB Financial common stock on May 18, 2018.

2)              Excluded the multiples of the PacWest Bancorp/CapitalSource Inc. and FirstMerit Corp./Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc. transactions as not meaningful.

3)              Excluded the multiples of the Sterling Bancorp/Astoria Financial Corp. and FirstMerit Corp./Citizens Republic Bancorp Inc. transactions as not meaningful.

4)              Excluded the premium of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce/PrivateBancorp Inc. transaction as not meaningful.

5)              Nonperforming assets include nonaccrual loans and leases, renegotiated loans and leases, and foreclosed or repossessed assets.

6)              Management cited tangible book value (“TBV”) dilution of ‘a little bit less than five years’ on the transaction conference call assuming 100% stock consideration. The actual consideration was 70%/30% (stock/cash) making the actual TBV dilution earnback period greater than 5 years.

7)              Immediately accretive to TBV, not included in the mean/median calculation.

8)              Fifth Third/MB Financial transaction multiples based on financial data as of March 31, 2018, market data as of May 18, 2018 and median consensus analyst estimates.

9)              1Q’18 Diluted operating earnings per common share as reported by the company annualized ($0.64 x 4).

10)        CIBC initially announced the acquisition of PrivateBancorp on June 29, 2016 with a 26% market premium.  A revised offer was made on May 4, 2017 with a 5% market premium.

 

SOURCE: S&P Global Market Intelligence

 

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The disclosure under the heading “THE MERGER—Opinion of MB Financial’s Financial Advisor—Sandler O’Neill’s Relationship” is hereby supplemented by adding the following sentence after the second sentence of the second paragraph under that heading on page 69 of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus:

 

“The aggregate fees paid to Sandler O’Neill in connection with these transactions totaled approximately $3.5 million.”

 

The disclosure under the heading “THE MERGER—Background of the Merger” is hereby supplemented by adding the following sentence at the end of the fifth paragraph on page 51 of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus:

 

“The non-disclosure agreement with Party A contains a mutual standstill provision that generally prohibits each party from taking certain actions, including making a merger or acquisition proposal with respect to the other party unless invited to do so by the other party; however, this provision does not restrict a party from making a confidential proposal to the board of directors of the other party regarding a proposed transaction.”

 

The disclosure under the heading “THE MERGER—Background of the Merger” is hereby supplemented by adding the following sentence at the end of the seventh full paragraph on page 52 of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus:

 

“The non-disclosure agreement with Party B contains a mutual standstill provision that generally prohibits each party from taking certain actions, including making a merger or acquisition proposal with respect to the other party unless invited to do so by the other party’s board of directors, and also prohibits a party from requesting that the other party amend, waive or terminate any of the standstill restrictions.  The standstill restrictions do not apply to a party making a cash tender offer or exchange offer for all of the outstanding stock of the other party after a third party has commenced, or announced an intention to commence, a cash tender offer or an exchange offer for the other party’s common stock at a lower price or announces an intention to commence a proxy contest in support of that third party’s proposal to acquire the other party pursuant to a merger or other transaction.”

 

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

 

In connection with the proposed merger, Fifth Third Bancorp has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes the preliminary Proxy Statement of MB Financial, Inc. and a preliminary Prospectus of Fifth Third Bancorp. The registration statement, as amended, was declared effective by the SEC on August 3, 2018.  MB Financial, Inc. commenced the mailing of the definitive Proxy Statement/Prospectus to its stockholders on or about August 3, 2018. This document does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AS SUPPLEMENTED HEREBY, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

 

A free copy of the definitive Proxy Statement/Prospectus as well as other filings containing information about Fifth Third Bancorp and MB Financial, Inc., may be obtained at the SEC’s Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). You can also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Fifth Third Bancorp at ir.53.com or from MB Financial, Inc. by accessing MB Financial, Inc.’s website at investor.mbfinancial.com. Copies of the definitive Proxy Statement/Prospectus can also be obtained, free of charge, by directing a request to Fifth Third Investor Relations at Fifth Third Investor Relations, MD 1090QC, 38 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45263, by calling (866) 670-0468, or by sending an e-mail to ir@53.com or to MB Financial, Attention: Corporate Secretary, at 6111 North River Road, Rosemont, Illinois 60018, by calling (847) 653-1992 or by sending an e-mail to dkoros@mbfinancial.com.

 

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Fifth Third Bancorp and MB Financial, Inc. and certain of their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of MB Financial, Inc. in respect of the transaction described in the definitive Proxy Statement/Prospectus. Information regarding Fifth Third Bancorp’s directors and executive officers is contained in Fifth Third Bancorp’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A, dated March 6, 2018, which are filed with the SEC. Information regarding MB Financial, Inc.’s directors and executive officers is contained in its Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed with the SEC on April 3, 2018. Additional information regarding the interests of those participants and other persons who may be deemed participants in the transaction may be obtained by reading the definitive Proxy Statement/Prospectus. Free copies of this document may be obtained as described in the preceding paragraph.

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not limited to, Fifth Third Bancorp’s and MB Financial, Inc.’s expectations or predictions of future financial or business performance or conditions. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “target,” “estimate,” “continue,” “positions,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “goal,” “objective,” “prospects,” “possible” or “potential,” by future conditional verbs such as “assume,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could” or “may”, or by variations of such words or by similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and we assume no duty to update forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from current projections.

 

In addition to factors previously disclosed in Fifth Third Bancorp’s and MB Financial, Inc.’s reports filed with or furnished to the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this document, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: the ability to obtain regulatory approvals and meet other closing conditions to the merger, including approval of the merger by MB Financial, Inc.’s stockholders on the expected terms and schedule, including the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained or are obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; delay in closing the merger; difficulties and delays in integrating the businesses of MB Financial, Inc. or fully realizing cost savings and other benefits; business disruption following the merger; changes in asset quality and credit risk; the inability to sustain revenue and earnings growth; changes in interest rates and capital markets; inflation; customer acceptance of Fifth Third Bancorp’s products and services; customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; customer disintermediation; the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives; competitive conditions; the inability to realize cost savings or revenues or to implement integration plans and other consequences associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; economic conditions; and the impact, extent and timing of technological changes, capital management activities, and other actions of the Federal Reserve Board and legislative and regulatory actions and reforms.

 

Annualized, pro forma, projected and estimated numbers are used for illustrative purpose only, are not forecasts and may not reflect actual results.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

MB FINANCIAL, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

Date: September 7, 2018

By:

/s/ Randall T. Conte

 

 

Randall T. Conte

 

 

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

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