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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 of 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
December 11, 2018


Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Commission File Number:
001-15393

Delaware
 
42-1405748
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)


1398 Central Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
(Address of principal executive offices)

(563) 589-2100
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(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):

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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure

On December 11, 2018, Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF), announced that its board of directors approved a special cash dividend of $0.05 per share on the company's common stock. The special dividend is payable on December 28, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 21, 2018.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Information and Exhibits

(a)
Financial Statements of Business Acquired.

None.

(b)
Pro Forma Financial Information.

None.

(c)
Exhibits.

99.1 Press Release dated December 11, 2018







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.

Date: December 11, 2018
 
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Bryan R. McKeag
 
 
 
Chief Financial Officer



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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

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CONTACT:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bryan R. McKeag
December 11, 2018
Executive Vice President
 
Chief Financial Officer
 
(563) 589-1994
 
 
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC. DECLARES SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND

Dubuque, Iowa, December 11, 2018 - Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF), announced that its board of directors declared a special cash dividend of $0.05 per share on the company's common stock at its meeting today. The special dividend is payable on December 28, 2018, to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 21, 2018. Together with the four regular cash dividends paid in 2018, the special dividend brings the total dividends paid this year to $0.59 per common share.

“It is rewarding to recognize outstanding performance through dividend payments to our stockholders,” said Lynn B. Fuller, Heartland’s executive operating chairman. “2018 was a successful financial year and can be attributed to solid net interest margin, successful acquisitions in Minnesota and Texas, and continued focus on achieving operating efficiencies.”

Heartland has paid a dividend in every quarter since the company’s inception in 1981.



About Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is a diversified financial services company with assets exceeding $11.3 billion. The company provides banking, mortgage, private client, investment, insurance and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Heartland currently has 122 banking locations serving 91 communities in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Colorado, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and California. Additional information about Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is available at www.htlf.com.

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Safe Harbor Statement
This 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.

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