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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 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) June 25, 2020
 
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, including zip code)

(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):


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

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

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

 Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, par value $1.00 per share
HTLF
Nasdaq Stock Market
 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule12b-2of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR§240.12b-2). Emerging growth company

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. ☐

Item 3.03. Material Modifications to Rights of Security Holders.
 
On June 26, 2020, Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (“Heartland”) issued and sold 4,600,000 depositary shares, including 600,000 depositary shares issued upon the exercise in full by the Underwriters of their overallotment option (collectively, the “Depositary Shares”), each representing a 1/400th ownership interest in a share of Heartland’s 7.00% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E, par value $1.00 per share (the “Series E Preferred Stock”), with a liquidation preference of $10,000 per share of Series E Preferred Stock (equivalent to $25 per Depositary Share). The Depositary Shares are represented by depositary receipts (the “Depositary Receipts”). The issuance and sale of the Depositary Shares was undertaken pursuant to an Underwriting Agreement dated June 19, 2020 (the “Underwriting Agreement”), entered into among Heartland and Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as representatives for the underwriters named in Schedule A to the Underwriting Agreement (the “Underwriters”).

Heartland filed a Certificate of Designation (the “Certificate of Designation”) to Heartland’s Certificate of Incorporation, as amended (the “Certificate of Incorporation”) with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware, establishing the voting rights, powers, preferences and privileges, and the relative, participating, optional or other rights, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions thereof, of the Series E Preferred Stock on June 25, 2020. Holders of the Depositary Shares will be entitled to all proportional rights and preferences of the Series E Preferred Stock (including dividend, voting, redemption and liquidation rights).
 
With respect to the payment of dividends and distributions upon Heartland’s liquidation, dissolution, or winding-up, the Series E Preferred Stock will rank:

senior to Heartland’s common stock and to any class or series of its capital stock that it may issue in the future that is not expressly stated to be on parity with or senior to the Series E Preferred Stock with respect to such dividends and distributions, including but not limited to Heartland’s Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock;
on parity with, or equally to, any class or series of Heartland’s capital stock that it may issue in the future that is expressly stated to be on parity with the Series E Preferred Stock with respect to such dividends and distributions; and
junior to any class or series of Heartland’s capital stock that it may issue in the future that is expressly stated to be senior to the Series E Preferred Stock with respect to such dividends and distributions, if the issuance is approved by the holders of at least two-thirds of the outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock.

Heartland will generally be able to pay dividends and distributions upon liquidation, dissolution or winding up only out of lawfully available assets for such payment after satisfaction of all claims for indebtedness and other non-equity claims.
 
Heartland will pay dividends or make distributions on the Series E Preferred Stock only when, as, and if declared by its Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee of the Board. Under the terms of the Series E Preferred Stock, subject to certain important exceptions, the ability of Heartland to pay dividends on, make distributions with respect to, or to repurchase, redeem or otherwise acquire its common stock or any other stock ranking junior to or on parity with the Series E Preferred Stock is subject to restrictions unless the full dividends for the most recently completed dividend period have been declared and paid, or set aside for payment, on all outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock.
 
This description of the terms of the Series E Preferred Stock is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Certificate of Designation for the Series E Preferred Stock, which is included as Exhibit 3.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.
 
The terms of the Depositary Shares are set forth in the (1) Deposit Agreement, dated as of June 26, 2020 (the “Deposit Agreement”), by and among Heartland, Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc. and the holders from time to time of the Depositary Receipts described therein; and (2) the form of Depositary Receipt. Copies of the Deposit Agreement and the form of Depositary Receipt are included as Exhibit 4.2 and Exhibit 4.3, respectively, to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated by reference herein.

Item 5.03. Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.

The Certificate of Designation became effective upon filing with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on June 25, 2020, and it amends Heartland’s Certificate of Incorporation. The terms of the Series E Preferred Stock are more fully described in Item 3.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K and the Certificate of Designation, which is included as Exhibit 3.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K, both of which are incorporated by reference herein.

Item 8.01. Other Events.
 
On June 26, 2020, Heartland completed the issuance and sale of 4,600,000 Depositary Shares pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement.

The net proceeds from the offering, after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses payable by Heartland, were approximately $110,827,500. The offering was made pursuant to a prospectus supplement dated June 19, 2020 and an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 2019 (Registration No. 333-233120).

The legal opinion as to the legality of the Depositary Shares and the Series E Preferred Stock is included as Exhibit 5.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.

On June 26, 2020, Heartland issued a press release announcing the closing of the offering. The press release is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference herein.
 
Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)          Exhibits.

 
Certificate of Designation of 7.00% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E, filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware and effective June 25, 2020.
     
 
Form of certificate representing the 7.00% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E.
     
 
Deposit Agreement, dated June 26, 2020, by and among Heartland Financial USA, Inc., Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc. and the holders from time to time of Depositary Receipts described therein.
     
 
Form of Depositary Receipt representing Depositary Shares (included as Exhibit A to Exhibit 4.2).
     
 
Opinion of Dorsey & Whitney LLP regarding legality of the Depositary Shares and Series E Preferred Stock.
     
 
Consent of Dorsey & Whitney LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
     
 
Press Release, dated June 26, 2020.
     
 
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The cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted as Inline XBRL.

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.

 
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.
     
Dated:  June 26, 2020
By:
/s/ Bryan R. McKeag
   
Bryan R. McKeag
   
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


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Section 2: EX-3.1 (EXHIBIT 3.1)


Exhibit 3.1

CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATION
OF
7.00%
FIXED-RATE RESET NON-CUMULATIVE
PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E
OF
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.

Heartland Financial USA, Inc., a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware (the “Corporation”), in accordance with the provisions of Section 151 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, does hereby certify:

The Pricing Committee of the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Pricing Committee”), duly authorized by the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the “Board”) by resolutions of the Board duly adopted on July 22, 2019 (the “Board Resolutions”) and acting in accordance with such resolutions, the Corporation’s Certificate of Incorporation, the Corporation’s Bylaws, and applicable law, adopted the following resolution on June 19, 2020, creating a series of Preferred Stock of up to 11,500 shares from the Corporation’s authorized Preferred Stock, which series of Preferred Stock is to be designated as “7.00% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E” (“Series E Preferred Stock”):

RESOLVED, that pursuant to the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation, the Bylaws of the Corporation, applicable law, and the authority granted to and vested in the Pricing Committee by the Board Resolutions, a series of Preferred Stock, par value $1.00 per share, of the Corporation be and hereby is created, and that the number of shares of such series, and the terms, preferences, privileges, designations, rights, qualifications, limitations, and restrictions thereof, are hereby established as set forth below:

1.   Definitions. The following terms used herein shall be defined as set forth below:

 “Appropriate Federal Banking Agency” means the “appropriate Federal banking agency” with respect to the Corporation as defined in Section 3(q) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. Section 1813(q)), or any successor provision.

Business Day” means any day, other than a Saturday or Sunday, that is neither a legal holiday nor a day on which banking institutions are authorized or required by law or regulation to close in The City of New York.

Bylaws” means the Bylaws of the Corporation, as they may be amended or restated from time to time.

 “Calculation Agent” means Dubuque Bank and Trust Company and its successors and assigns, including any successor calculation agent with respect to shares of Series E Preferred Stock duly appointed by the Corporation.

Certificate of Incorporation” means the Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation, as it may be amended or restated from time to time.

Common Stock” means any and all shares of common stock of the Corporation, par value $1.00 per share.

“Federal Reserve” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and its delegates.

“First Reset Date” means July 15, 2025.

Five-Year Treasury Rate” means, as of any Reset Dividend Determination Date:


(a)      The average of the yields to maturity on actively traded U.S. treasury securities adjusted to constant maturity, for five-year maturities, for the five Business Days immediately preceding the Reset Dividend Determination Date, appearing under the caption “Treasury Constant Maturities” in the most recently published statistical release designated H.15 Daily Update or any successor publication which is published by the Federal Reserve, as determined by the Calculation Agent in its sole discretion; and

(b)      If no calculation is provided as described above, then the Calculation Agent, after consulting such sources as it deems comparable to any of the foregoing calculations, or any such source as it deems reasonable from which to estimate the Five-Year Treasury Rate, shall determine the Five-Year Treasury Rate in its sole discretion, provided that if the Calculation Agent determines there is an industry accepted successor Five-Year Treasury Rate, then the Calculation Agent shall use such successor rate. If the Calculation Agent has determined a substitute or successor base rate in accordance with the foregoing, the Calculation Agent in its sole discretion may determine the Business Day convention, the definition of Business Day and the Reset Dividend Determination Date to be used and any other relevant methodology for calculating such substitute or successor base rate, including any adjustment factor needed to make such substitute or successor base rate comparable to the Five-Year Treasury Rate, in a manner that is consistent with industry-accepted practices for such substitute or successor base rate.

The Five-Year Treasury Rate shall be determined by the Calculation Agent on the Reset Dividend Determination Date. If the Five-Year Treasury Rate for any Dividend Period cannot be determined pursuant to the methods described in clauses (a) and (b) above, the dividend rate for such dividend period shall be the same as the dividend rate determined for the immediately preceding dividend period.

 “Preferred Stock” means any and all series of preferred stock of the Corporation, including the Series E Preferred Stock.

“Reset Date” means the First Reset Date and each date falling on the fifth anniversary of the preceding Reset Date, which in each case, shall not be adjusted for Business Days.

“Reset Dividend Determination Date” means, in respect of any Reset Period, the day falling three Business Days prior to the beginning of such Reset Period, subject to any adjustments made by the Calculation Agent as provided for herein.

“Reset Period” means the period from, and including, the First Reset Date to, but excluding, the next following Reset Date and thereafter each period from, and including, each Reset Date to, but excluding, the next following Reset Date.

2.   Designation and Number of Shares. There is hereby created out of the authorized and unissued shares of Preferred Stock a series of Preferred Stock designated as the “7.00% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E” (hereinafter called “Series E Preferred Stock”); the authorized number of shares that shall constitute such series shall be 11,500 shares, $1.00 par value per share; and such shares shall have a liquidation preference of $10,000 per share. The number of shares constituting the Series E Preferred Stock may be increased from time to time by resolution of the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board in accordance with the Certificate of Incorporation (as then in effect), the Bylaws (as then in effect), and applicable law up to the maximum number of shares of Preferred Stock authorized to be issued under the Certificate of Incorporation (as then in effect), less all shares at the time authorized of Series A Junior Subordinated Preferred Stock or unredeemed shares of any other series of Preferred Stock, or decreased from time to time by a resolution of the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board in accordance with the Certificate of Incorporation (as then in effect), the Bylaws (as then in effect), and applicable law but not below the number of shares of Series E Preferred Stock then outstanding. Shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall be dated the date of issue, which date shall be referred to herein as the “original issue date.” Shares of outstanding Series E Preferred Stock that are redeemed, purchased, or otherwise acquired by the Corporation shall be cancelled and shall revert to authorized but unissued shares of the Preferred Stock, undesignated as to series. The Corporation shall have the authority to issue fractional shares of Series E Preferred Stock.

3.   Ranking. The shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall rank:

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(a)      senior, as to dividends and upon liquidation, dissolution, and winding-up of the Corporation, to the Common Stock and to any other class or series of capital stock of the Corporation now or hereafter authorized, issued, or outstanding that, by its terms, does not expressly provide that such class or series ranks pari passu with the Series E Preferred Stock or senior to the Series E Preferred Stock as to dividends and upon liquidation, dissolution, and winding-up of the Corporation, as the case may be, including but not limited to, the Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock (collectively, “Series E Junior Securities”);

(b)      on a parity, as to dividends and upon liquidation, dissolution, and winding-up of the Corporation, with any class or series of capital stock of the Corporation now or hereafter authorized, issued, or outstanding that, by its terms, expressly provides that such class or series ranks pari passu with the Series E Preferred Stock as to dividends and upon liquidation, dissolution, and winding-up of the Corporation, as the case may be (collectively, “Series E Parity Securities”); and

(c)       junior, as to dividends and upon liquidation, dissolution, and winding-up of the Corporation, to any other class or series of capital stock of the Corporation now or hereafter authorized, issued, or outstanding that, by its terms, expressly provides that such class or series ranks senior to the Series E Preferred Stock as to dividends and upon liquidation, dissolution, and winding-up of the Corporation, as the case may be.

The Corporation may authorize and issue additional shares of Series E Junior Securities and Series E Parity Securities from time to time without the consent of the holders of the Series E Preferred Stock.

4.   Dividends.

(a)      Holders of Series E Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive, only when, as, and if declared by the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board, on each Dividend Payment Date (as defined below), out of assets legally available for the payment of dividends thereof, non-cumulative cash dividends based on the liquidation preference of the Series E Preferred Stock of $10,000 per share. Dividends on each share of Series E Preferred Stock shall accrue at a rate equal to (i) 7.00% per annum on the liquidation preference of $10,000 per share from the original issue date to, but excluding, the First Reset Date and (ii) from, and including, the First Reset Date, during each Reset Period, a rate per annum equal to the Five-Year Treasury Rate as of the most recent Reset Dividend Determination Date, plus 6.675% on the liquidation preference of $10,000 per share. In the event the Corporation issues additional shares of the Series E Preferred Stock after the original issue date, dividends on such shares may accrue from the original issue or any other date specified by the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board at the time such additional shares are issued.

(b)      If declared by the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board, dividends will be payable on the Series E Preferred Stock quarterly in arrears on January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15 of each year, beginning on October 15, 2020 (each such day a “Dividend Payment Date”) based on a liquidation preference of $10,000 per share. In the event that any Dividend Payment Date falls on a day that is not a Business Day, the dividend payment due on that date shall be postponed to the next day that is a Business Day and no additional dividends shall accrue as a result of that postponement.

(c)      Dividends will be payable to holders of record of Series E Preferred Stock as they appear on the Corporation’s stock register on the applicable record date, which shall be the 15th calendar day before the applicable Dividend Payment Date, or such other record date, not less than 15 calendar days nor more than 30 calendar days before the applicable Dividend Payment Date, as such record date shall be fixed by the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board.

(d)      A “Dividend Period” is the period from and including a Dividend Payment Date to, but excluding, the next succeeding Dividend Payment Date or any earlier redemption date, except that the initial Dividend Period will commence on and include the original issue date of Series E Preferred Stock and continue to, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date. Dividends payable on Series E Preferred Stock will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months. Dollar amounts resulting from the calculation will be rounded to the nearest cent, with one-half cent being rounded upward. Dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock will cease to accrue on the redemption date, if any, with respect to the Series E Preferred Stock redeemed, unless the Corporation defaults in the payment of the redemption price of the Series E Preferred Stock called for redemption.

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 (e)     Dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock will not be cumulative. If the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board does not declare a dividend, in full or otherwise, on the Series E Preferred Stock in respect of a Dividend Period, then such unpaid dividends shall cease to accrue and shall not be payable on the applicable Dividend Payment Date or be cumulative, and the Corporation will have no obligation to pay (and the holders of the Series E Preferred Stock will have no right to receive) dividends accrued for such Dividend Period after the Dividend Payment Date for such Dividend Period, whether or not the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board declares a dividend for any future Dividend Period with respect to the Series E Preferred Stock, the Common Stock, or any other class or series of the Corporation’s Preferred Stock. No interest, or sum of money in lieu of interest, shall be payable in respect of any dividend not declared.

(f)       Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock shall not be declared, paid, or set aside for payment to the extent such act would cause the Corporation to fail to comply with the laws and regulations applicable to it, including applicable capital adequacy rules of the Federal Reserve or, as and if applicable, the capital adequacy rules or regulations of any Appropriate Federal Banking Agency.

(g)      So long as any share of Series E Preferred Stock remains outstanding:

(1)   no dividend or distribution shall be declared, paid or set aside for payment, and no distribution shall be declared or made or set aside for payment, on any Series E Junior Securities, other than (i) a dividend payable solely in Series E Junior Securities or (ii) any dividend or distribution in connection with the existing stockholders’ rights plan or the implementation of any future stockholders’ rights plan, or the issuance of rights, stock, or other property under any such plan, or the redemption or repurchase of any rights under any such plan;

(2)   no shares of Series E Junior Securities shall be repurchased, redeemed, or otherwise acquired for consideration by the Corporation, directly or indirectly, other than (i) as a result of a reclassification of Series E Junior Securities for or into other Series E Junior Securities, (ii) the exchange or conversion of one share of Series E Junior Securities for or into another share of Series E Junior Securities, (iii) through the use of the proceeds of a substantially contemporaneous sale of other shares of Series E Junior Securities, (iv) purchases, redemptions, or other acquisitions of shares of Series E Junior Securities in connection with any employment contract, benefit plan, or other similar arrangement with or for the benefit of employees, officers, directors, or consultants, (v) purchases of shares of Series E Junior Securities pursuant to a contractually binding requirement to buy Series E Junior Securities existing prior to the preceding Dividend Period, including under a contractually binding stock repurchase plan, or (vi) the purchase of fractional interests in shares of Series E Junior Securities pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such stock or the security being converted or exchanged; nor shall any monies be paid to or made available for a sinking fund for the redemption of any such securities by the Corporation; and

(3)   no shares of Series E Parity Securities shall be repurchased, redeemed, or otherwise acquired for consideration by the Corporation, directly or indirectly, other than (i) pursuant to pro rata offers to purchase all, or a pro rata portion, of the Series E Preferred Stock and such Series E Parity Securities, if any, (ii) as a result of a reclassification of Series E Parity Securities for or into other Series E Parity Securities, (iii) the exchange or conversion of one share of Series E Parity Securities for or into another share of Series E Parity Securities or Series E Junior Securities, (iv) through the use of the proceeds of a substantially contemporaneous sale of other shares of Series E Parity Securities, (v) purchases of shares of Series E Parity Securities pursuant to a contractually binding requirement to buy Series E Parity Securities existing prior to the preceding Dividend Period, including under a contractually binding stock repurchase plan, or (vi) the purchase of fractional interests in shares of Series E Parity Securities pursuant to the conversion or exchange provisions of such stock or the security being converted or exchanged; nor shall any monies be paid to or made available for a sinking fund for the redemption of any such securities by the Corporation;

unless, in each case, the full dividends for the most recently completed Dividend Period on all outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock have been declared and paid or declared and a sum sufficient for the payment thereof has been set aside.

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(h)      Notwithstanding the foregoing, if dividends are not paid in full, or set aside for payment in full, on any dividend payment date, upon the shares of Series E Preferred Stock and any Series E Parity Securities, all dividends declared upon shares of Series E Preferred Stock and any Series E Parity Securities for such dividend payment date shall be declared on a pro rata basis in proportion to the respective amounts of undeclared and unpaid dividends for the Series E Preferred Stock and all Series E Parity Securities on such dividend payment date. To the extent a dividend period with respect to any Series E Parity Securities coincides with more than one Dividend Period, for purposes of the immediately preceding sentence the Board shall treat such dividend period as two or more consecutive dividend periods, none of which coincides with more than one Dividend Period, or shall treat such dividend period(s) with respect to any Series E Parity Securities and Dividend Period(s) for purposes of the immediately preceding sentence in any other manner that it deems to be fair and equitable in order to achieve ratable payments of dividends on such Series E Parity Securities and the Series E Preferred Stock. To the extent a Dividend Period coincides with more than one dividend period with respect to any Series E Parity Securities, for purposes of the first sentence of this paragraph the Board shall treat such Dividend Period as two or more consecutive Dividend Periods, none of which coincides with more than one dividend period with respect to such Series E Parity Securities, or shall treat such Dividend Period(s) and dividend period(s) with respect to any Series E Parity Securities for purposes of the first sentence of this paragraph in any other manner that it deems to be fair and equitable in order to achieve ratable payments of dividends on the Series E Preferred Stock and such Series E Parity Securities. For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “dividend period” as used with respect to any Series E Parity Securities means such dividend periods as are provided for in the terms of such Series E Parity Securities.

(i)       Subject to the foregoing, dividends (payable in cash, stock, or otherwise), as may be determined by the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board, may be declared and paid on the Common Stock and any other class or series of capital stock ranking equally with or junior to Series E Preferred Stock from time to time out of any assets legally available for such payment, and the holders of Series E Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to participate in any such dividend.

5.   Liquidation.

(a)      Upon any voluntary or involuntary liquidation, dissolution, or winding-up of the Corporation, holders of Series E Preferred Stock are entitled to receive out of the assets of the Corporation available for distribution to stockholders, after satisfaction of liabilities and obligations to creditors, if any, and subject to the rights of holders of any securities then outstanding ranking senior to or on parity with Series E Preferred Stock with respect to distributions of assets, before any distribution or payment out of the assets of the Corporation is made to holders of Common Stock or any Series E Junior Securities, a liquidating distribution in the amount of the liquidation preference of $10,000 per share plus any declared and unpaid dividends prior to the payment of the liquidating distribution, without accumulation of any dividends that have not been declared prior to the payment of the liquidating distribution. After payment of the full amount of such liquidating distribution, the holders of Series E Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to any further participation in any distribution of assets of the Corporation.

(b)      In any such liquidating distribution, if the assets of the Corporation are not sufficient to pay the liquidation preferences (as defined below) in full to all holders of Series E Preferred Stock and all holders of any Series E Parity Securities, the amounts paid to the holders of Series E Preferred Stock and to the holders of all Series E Parity Securities will be paid pro rata in accordance with the respective aggregate liquidation preferences of those holders. In any such distribution, the “liquidation preference” of any holder of Series E Preferred Stock or any Series E Parity Securities means the amount otherwise payable to such holder in such distribution (assuming no limitation on the Corporation’s assets available for such distribution), including any declared but unpaid dividends (and, in the case of any holder of stock other than the Series E Preferred Stock on which dividends accrue on a cumulative basis, an amount equal to any unpaid, accrued, cumulative dividends, whether or not declared, as applicable). If the liquidation preference has been paid in full to all holders of Series E Preferred Stock and any Series E Parity Securities, the holders of the Corporation’s Series E Junior Securities shall be entitled to receive all remaining assets of the Corporation according to their respective rights and preferences.

(c)      For purposes of this Section 5, neither the sale, conveyance, exchange, or transfer of all or substantially all of the assets or business of the Corporation for cash, securities, or other property, nor the merger or consolidation of the Corporation with any other entity, including a merger or consolidation in which the holders of Series E Preferred Stock receive cash, securities, or property for their shares, shall constitute a liquidation, dissolution, or winding-up of the Corporation.

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6.   Redemption.

(a)      Series E Preferred Stock is not subject to any mandatory redemption, sinking fund, or other similar provision. Series E Preferred Stock is not redeemable prior to the First Reset Date. Shares of Series E Preferred Stock then outstanding will be redeemable at the option of the Corporation, in whole or in part, on any Reset Date on or after the First Reset Date, at a redemption price equal to $10,000 per share, plus any declared and unpaid dividends, without accumulation of any undeclared dividends, to, but excluding, the date of redemption. In the event the applicable Reset Date that is the redemption date is not a Business Day, the redemption price shall be paid on the next Business Day without any adjustment to the amount of the redemption price. Holders of Series E Preferred Stock will have no right to require the redemption or repurchase of Series E Preferred Stock. Notwithstanding the foregoing, within 90 days following the occurrence of a Regulatory Capital Treatment Event (as defined below), including prior to the First Reset Date, the Corporation, at its option, may redeem, at any time, all (but not less than all) of the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, at a redemption price equal to $10,000 per share, plus any declared and unpaid dividends, without accumulation of any undeclared dividends, to, but excluding, the date of redemption, upon notice given as provided in sub-section (b) below. Any declared but unpaid dividends payable on a redemption date that occurs subsequent to the record date for a Dividend Period shall not be paid to the holder entitled to receive the redemption price on the redemption date, but rather shall be paid to the holder of record of the redeemed shares on such record date relating to the Dividend Payment Date as provided in Section 4(c) above. In all cases, the Corporation may not redeem shares of the Series E Preferred Stock without having received the prior approval of the Federal Reserve or any successor Appropriate Federal Banking Agency if then required under capital rules applicable to the Corporation.

A “Regulatory Capital Treatment Event” means the good faith determination by the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board that, as a result of (i) any amendment to, clarification of, or change in (including any announced prospective change in), the laws, rules, or regulations of the United States or any political subdivision of or in the United States (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any agency or instrumentality of the United States, including the Federal Reserve and other federal banking agencies) that is enacted or becomes effective after the initial issuance of any share of the Series E Preferred Stock; (ii) any proposed change in those laws, rules, or regulations that is announced after the initial issuance of any share of the Series E Preferred Stock; or (iii) any official administrative decision or judicial decision or administrative action or other official pronouncement interpreting or applying those laws, rules, or regulations or policies with respect thereto that is announced after the initial issuance of any share of the Series E Preferred Stock, there is more than an insubstantial risk that the Corporation will not be entitled to treat the full liquidation value of $10,000 per share of the Series E Preferred Stock then outstanding as “Tier 1 Capital” (or its equivalent) for purposes of the capital adequacy rules of the Federal Reserve (or, as and if applicable, the capital adequacy rules or regulations of any successor Appropriate Federal Banking Agency), as then in effect and applicable, for as long as any share of the Series E Preferred Stock is outstanding.

(b)      If shares of Series E Preferred Stock are to be redeemed, the notice of redemption shall be given to the holders of record of Series E Preferred Stock to be redeemed by first class mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the holders of record of such shares to be redeemed at their respective last addresses appearing on the Corporation’s stock register not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days prior to the date fixed for redemption thereof (provided that, if the shares of Series E Preferred Stock are held in book-entry form through The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), the Corporation may give such notice in any manner permitted by DTC). Each notice of redemption will include a statement setting forth (i) the redemption date; (ii) the number of shares of Series E Preferred Stock to be redeemed and, if less than all the shares held by such holder are to be redeemed, the number of such shares to be redeemed from such holder; (iii) the redemption price; and (iv) that dividends on the shares to be redeemed will cease to accrue on the redemption date. If notice of redemption of any shares of Series E Preferred Stock has been duly given and if the funds necessary for such redemption have been set aside by the Corporation for the benefit of the holders of any shares of Series E Preferred Stock so called for redemption, then, on and after the redemption date, dividends will cease to accrue on such shares of Series E Preferred Stock; such shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall no longer be deemed outstanding; and all rights of the holders of such shares will terminate, except the right to receive the redemption price described in sub-section (a) above, without interest.

(c)      In case of any redemption of only part of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, the shares to be redeemed shall be selected (1) pro rata, (2) by lot, or (3) in such other manner as the Corporation may determine to be equitable and permitted by DTC and the rules of any national securities exchange on which the Series E Preferred Stock is listed.

7.   Voting Rights.

(a)      Except as provided below and as determined by the Board or a duly authorized committee of the Board or as expressly required by law, the holders of shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall have no voting power, and no right to vote on any matter at any time, either as a separate series or class or together with any other series or class of shares of capital stock, and shall not be entitled to call a meeting of such holders for any purpose, nor shall they be entitled to participate in any meeting of the holders of the Common Stock.

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(b)      So long as any shares of Series E Preferred Stock remain outstanding, the affirmative vote or consent of the holders of at least two-thirds of all of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock at the time outstanding, voting separately as a class, shall be required to:

(1)   authorize, create, or issue, or increase the authorized amount of, shares of any class or series of capital stock ranking senior to the Series E Preferred Stock with respect to payment of dividends or the distribution of assets upon liquidation, dissolution, or winding up of the Corporation, or issue any obligation or security convertible into or exchangeable for, or evidencing the right to purchase, any such class or series of the Corporation’s capital stock;

(2)   amend, alter, or repeal the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation (including this Certificate of Designation), whether by merger, consolidation, or otherwise, so as to materially and adversely affect the powers, preferences, privileges, or rights of Series E Preferred Stock, taken as a whole; provided, however, that any amendment to authorize, create, or issue, or increase the authorized amount of, any Series E Junior Securities or any Series E Parity Securities, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable for Series E Junior Securities or Series E Parity Securities will not be deemed to materially and adversely affect the powers, preferences, privileges, or rights of Series E Preferred Stock; or

(3)   complete a binding share exchange or reclassification involving the Series E Preferred Stock, or complete the sale, conveyance, exchange, or transfer of all or substantially all of the assets or business of the Corporation or consolidate with or merge into any other corporation, unless, in any case, the shares of Series E Preferred Stock outstanding at the time of such consolidation or merger or sale either (i) remain outstanding or (ii) are converted into or exchanged for preference securities of the surviving entity or any entity controlling the surviving entity having such rights, preferences, privileges, and powers (including voting powers), taken as a whole, as are not materially less favorable to the holders thereof than the rights, preferences, privileges, and powers (including voting powers) of the Series E Preferred Stock, taken as a whole.

The foregoing voting provisions will not apply if, at or prior to the time when the act with respect to which such vote would otherwise be required shall be effected, all outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall have been redeemed or called for redemption upon proper notice and sufficient funds shall have been set aside by the Corporation for the benefit of the holders of Series E Preferred Stock to effect such redemption.

(c)      If the Corporation fails to pay, or declare and set aside for payment, dividends on outstanding shares of the Series E Preferred Stock or any Series E Parity Securities having voting rights on parity with the voting rights provided to the Series E Preferred Stock (“Special Voting Preferred Stock”) for six or more Dividend Periods, whether or not consecutive (a “Nonpayment Event”), the authorized number of directors of the Corporation shall be increased by two and the holders of the Series E Preferred Stock (along with holders of any Special Voting Preferred Stock then outstanding, voting together as a class based on respective liquidation preferences), shall have the right to elect two directors (hereinafter, the “Preferred Directors” and each, a “Preferred Director”) to fill such newly created directorships; provided, however, that at no time shall the Board include more than two Preferred Directors; provided further that the election of any such Preferred Directors may not cause the Corporation to violate any corporate governance requirement of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (or any other exchange on which the Corporation’s securities may be listed). At the request of any holder of Series E Preferred Stock, a special meeting of the holders of Series E Preferred Stock and any such Special Voting Preferred Stock shall be called by the Corporation for the election of the Preferred Directors; provided, however, that if such request for special meeting is received less than 90 days before the date fixed for the next annual or special meeting of the Corporation’s stockholders, such election of Preferred Directors shall be held at such next annual or special meeting of stockholders), followed by such election of such Preferred Directors at each subsequent annual meeting of stockholders until full dividends have been declared and paid (or declared and a sum sufficient for the payment of such dividends has been set aside for payment) on the Series E Preferred Stock for four Dividend Periods after the Nonpayment Event, except as provided by law, subject to re-vesting in the event of each and every subsequent Nonpayment Event.

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When dividends have been paid in full (or declared and a sum sufficient for the payment of such dividends has been set aside for payment) on the Series E Preferred Stock for at least four Dividend Periods after a Nonpayment Event, then the right of the holders of Series E Preferred Stock and any Special Voting Preferred Stock to elect the Preferred Directors shall cease (but subject in any case to re-vesting of such voting rights in the case of each and every subsequent Nonpayment Event), and the Preferred Directors shall cease to be qualified as directors, the term of office of all Preferred Directors then in office shall terminate immediately, and the Corporation’s authorized number of directors shall be automatically reduced by the number of Preferred Directors elected pursuant hereto. Any Preferred Director may be removed at any time, with or without cause, by a majority of the outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock (along with holders of any Special Voting Preferred Stock then outstanding, voting together as a class based on respective liquidation preferences). If the office of any Preferred Director becomes vacant for any reason other than removal from office as aforesaid, the remaining Preferred Director may choose, by means of written consent, a successor who shall hold office for the unexpired term in respect of which such vacancy occurred, or if none remains in office, by a vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Series E Preferred Stock (along with holders of any Special Voting Preferred Stock then outstanding, voting together as a class based on respective liquidation preferences); provided that the filling of any such vacancy may not cause the Corporation to violate any corporate governance requirement of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (or any other exchange on which the Corporation’s securities may be listed). The Preferred Directors shall each be entitled to one vote per director on any matter on which directors of the Corporation are entitled to vote.

(d)      The rules and procedures for calling and conducting any meeting of the holders of Series E Preferred Stock (including, without limitation, the fixing of a record date in connection therewith), the solicitation and use of proxies at such a meeting, the obtaining of written consents, and any other aspect or matter with regard to such meeting or such consents shall be governed by any rules that the Board or any duly authorized committee of the Board, in its discretion, may adopt from time to time, which rules and procedures shall conform to the requirements of the Certificate of Incorporation (as then in effect), the Bylaws (as then in effect), and applicable law and the rules of any national securities exchange on which the Series E Preferred Stock is listed or traded at the time.

8.   Conversion Rights. The holders of shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall not have any rights to convert such shares into shares of any other class or series of securities of the Corporation.

9.   Preemptive Rights. The holders of shares of Series E Preferred Stock will have no preemptive rights with respect to any shares of the Corporation’s capital stock or any of its other securities convertible into or carrying rights or options to purchase or otherwise acquire any such capital stock or any interest therein, regardless of how any such securities may be designated, issued, or granted.

10.  Certificates. Shares of the Series E Preferred Stock may be represented in the form of uncertificated or certificated shares; provided however, that any holder of Series E Preferred Stock shall be entitled to have a certificate for shares of Series E Preferred Stock signed by, or in the name of, the Corporation, certifying the number of shares owned by such holder.

11. Transfer Agent. The Corporation shall appoint a transfer agent for the Series E Preferred Stock. The Corporation may, in its sole discretion, remove the transfer agent in accordance with the agreement between the Corporation and the transfer agent; provided that the Corporation shall appoint a successor transfer agent who shall accept such appointment prior to the effectiveness of such removal.

12. Registrar. The Corporation shall appoint a registrar for the Series E Preferred Stock. The Corporation may, in its sole discretion, remove the registrar in accordance with the agreement between the Corporation and the registrar; provided that the Corporation shall appoint a successor registrar who shall accept such appointment prior to the effectiveness of such removal.

13. No Other Rights. The shares of Series E Preferred Stock shall not have any rights, preferences, privileges, or voting powers or relative, participating, optional, or other special rights, or qualifications, limitations, or restrictions thereof, other than as set forth herein or in the Certificate of Incorporation, or as provided by applicable law.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this Certificate of Designation to be signed by Bryan R. McKeag, its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, on June 25, 2020.

 
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.
   
 
By:
/s/ Bryan R. McKeag
   
Name:
Bryan R. McKeag
   
Title:
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer



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Section 3: EX-4.1 (EXHIBIT 4.1)


Exhibit 4.1

Number 1
11,500 Shares
7.00% FIXED-RATE RESET
7.00% FIXED-RATE RESET
NON-CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL
NON-CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL
PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E
PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E
   
Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
SEE REVERSE FOR
A CORPORATION FORMED
IMPORTANT NOTICE ON
UNDER THE LAWS OF THE
TRANSFER RESTRICTIONS
STATE OF DELAWARE
AND OTHER INFORMATION

 
CUSIP
   
       
 
ISIN
   

This Certifies that
BROADRIDGE CORPORATE ISSUER
SOLUTIONS, INC.
   
is the record holder of
Eleven Thousand Five Hundred
 
FULLY PAID AND NON-ASSESSABLE SHARES 7.00% FIXED-RATE RESET NON-CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E, $1.00 PAR VALUE PER SHARE, OF
 
Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
 
(the “Corporation”) transferable on the books of the Corporation by the holder hereof in person or by its duly authorized attorney, upon surrender of this Certificate properly endorsed. This Certificate and the shares represented hereby are issued and shall be held subject to all of the provisions of the charter of the Corporation (the “Charter”), the Certificate of Designation dated June 25, 2020 (the “Certificate of Designation”) and the Bylaws of the Corporation and any amendments thereto. This Certificate is not valid unless countersigned and registered by the Transfer Agent and Registrar.

Dated: June 26, 2020
   
     
SECRETARY
 
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
     
COUNTERSIGNED AND REGISTERED:
   
BROADRIDGE CORPORATE ISSUER
SOLUTIONS, INC.
   
Edgewood, NY
   

By:
    
 
AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE


[SEAL]


IMPORTANT NOTICE
 
THE CORPORATION WILL FURNISH WITHOUT CHARGE TO EACH STOCKHOLDER WHO SO REQUESTS, THE POWERS, DESIGNATIONS, PREFERENCES AND RELATIVE, PARTICIPATING, OPTIONAL OR OTHER SPECIAL RIGHTS OF EACH CLASS OF STOCK OF THE CORPORATION AND THE QUALIFICATIONS, LIMITATIONS OR RESTRICTIONS OF SUCH PREFERENCES AND RIGHTS, AND THE VARIATIONS IN RIGHTS, PREFERENCES AND LIMITATIONS DETERMINED FOR EACH SERIES, WHICH ARE FIXED BY THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION OF THE CORPORATION, AS AMENDED, THE CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATION AND THE RESOLUTIONS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CORPORATION AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO DETERMINE VARIATIONS FOR FUTURE SERIES. SUCH REQUEST MAY BE MADE TO THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE CORPORATION OR TO THE TRANSFER AGENT. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY REQUIRE THE OWNER OF A LOST OR DESTROYED STOCK CERTIFICATE, OR HIS LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES, TO GIVE THE CORPORATION A BOND TO INDEMNIFY IT AND ITS TRANSFER AGENTS AND REGISTRARS AGAINST ANY CLAIM THAT MAY BE MADE AGAINST THEM ON ACCOUNT OF THE ALLEGED LOSS OR DESTRUCTION OF ANY SUCH CERTIFICATE.
 
KEEP THIS CERTIFICATE IN A SAFE PLACE. IF IT IS LOST, STOLEN OR DESTROYED, THE CORPORATION MAY REQUIRE A BOND OF INDEMNITY AS A CONDITION TO THE ISSUANCE OF A REPLACEMENT CERTIFICATE.
 
The following abbreviations, when used in the inscription on the face of this Certificate, shall be construed as though they were written out in full according to applicable laws or regulations:

   
UNIF GIFT MIN ACT
  Custodian

TEN COM -
as tenants in common
 
(Custodian)
 
(Minor)
TEN ENT -
as tenants by the entireties
under Uniform Gifts to Minors Act of
JT TEN -
as joint tenants with right of
   
 
survivorship and not as

(State)
 
tenants in common
 
 
Custodian
 
 
Additional abbreviations may also be used though not in the above list.

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FOR VALUE RECEIVED, _________________ HEREBY SELLS, ASSIGNS AND TRANSFERS UNTO

 
 
(NAME & ADDRESS, INCLUDING ZIP CODE & SS# OR OTHER IDENTIFYING # OF ASSIGNEE)
 
 
 
 
_____________(_______________) shares of preferred stock of the Corporation represented by this Certificate and does hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint ________________________ attorney to transfer the said shares on the books of the Corporation, with full power of substitution in the premises.

Dated:
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
NOTICE: The Signature To This Assignment Must Correspond With The Name As Written Upon The Face Of The Certificate In Every Particular, Without Alteration Or Enlargement Or Any Change Whatsoever.


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Section 4: EX-4.2 (EXHIBIT 4.2)


Exhibit 4.2

EXECUTION VERSION

DEPOSIT AGREEMENT

among

HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.,

BROADRIDGE CORPORATE ISSUER SOLUTIONS, INC., as Depositary,

and

THE HOLDERS FROM TIME TO TIME OF

THE DEPOSITARY RECEIPTS DESCRIBED HEREIN

Dated as of June 26, 2020


TABLE OF CONTENTS

ARTICLE I DEFINED TERMS
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Section 1.1
Definitions.
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ARTICLE II FORM OF RECEIPTS, DEPOSIT OF SERIES E PREFERRED STOCK, EXECUTION AND DELIVERY, TRANSFER, SURRENDER AND REDEMPTION OF RECEIPTS
3
Section 2.1
Form and Transfer of Receipts.
3
Section 2.2
Deposit of Series E Preferred Stock; Execution and Delivery of Receipts in Respect Thereof.
4
Section 2.3
Registration of Transfer of Receipts.
4
Section 2.4
Split-ups and Combinations of Receipts; Surrender of Receipts and Withdrawal of Series E Preferred Stock.
4
Section 2.5
Limitations on Execution and Delivery, Transfer, Surrender and Exchange of Receipts.
5
Section 2.6
Lost Receipts, etc.
6
Section 2.7
Cancellation and Destruction of Surrendered Receipts.
6
Section 2.8
Redemption of Series E Preferred Stock.
6
Section 2.9
Bank Accounts.
7
Section 2.10
Receipts Issuable in Global Registered Form.
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ARTICLE III CERTAIN OBLIGATIONS OF HOLDERS OF RECEIPTS AND THE CORPORATION
8
Section 3.1
Filing Proofs, Certificates and Other Information.
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Section 3.2
Payment of Taxes or Other Governmental Charges.
8
Section 3.3
Warranty as to Series E Preferred Stock.
9
Section 3.4
Warranty as to Depositary Shares.
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ARTICLE IV THE DEPOSITED SECURITIES; NOTICES
9
Section 4.1
Cash Distributions.
9
Section 4.2
Distributions Other than Cash, Rights, Preferences or Privileges.
9
Section 4.3
Subscription Rights, Preferences or Privileges.
10
Section 4.4
Notice of Dividends, etc.; Fixing Record Date for Holders of Receipts.
10
Section 4.5
Voting Rights.
11
Section 4.6
Changes Affecting Deposited Securities and Reclassifications, Recapitalizations, etc.
11
Section 4.7
Delivery of Reports.
11
Section 4.8
Lists of Receipt Holders.
11
Section 4.9
Withholding.
12
   
ARTICLE V THE DEPOSITARY, THE DEPOSITARY’S AGENTS, THE REGISTRAR AND THE CORPORATION
12
Section 5.1
Appointment of the Depositary.
12
Section 5.2
Maintenance of Offices, Agencies and Transfer Books by the Depositary; Registrar.
12
Section 5.3
Prevention of or Delay in Performance by the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, the Registrar or the Corporation.
13
Section 5.4
Obligations of the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, the Registrar, the Transfer Agent and the Corporation.
13
Section 5.5
Resignation and Removal of the Depositary; Appointment of Successor Depositary.
16
Section 5.6
Corporate Notices and Reports.
16
Section 5.7
Indemnification by the Corporation.
17
Section 5.8
Fees, Charges and Expenses.
17
   
ARTICLE VI AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION
17
Section 6.1
Amendment.
17
Section 6.2
Termination.
18
   
ARTICLE VII MISCELLANEOUS
18
Section 7.1
Counterparts.
18
Section 7.2
Exclusive Benefit of Parties.
18
Section 7.3
Invalidity of Provisions.
18
Section 7.4
Notices.
19

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Section 7.5
Depositary’s Agents.
19
Section 7.6
Appointment of Registrar, Dividend Disbursing Agent and Redemption Agent in Respect of the Series E Preferred Stock.
20
Section 7.7
Holders of Receipts Are Parties.
20
Section 7.8
Governing Law.
20
Section 7.9
Inspection of Deposit Agreement.
20
Section 7.10
Headings.
20
Section 7.11
Force Majeure.
20
Section 7.12
Further Assurances
20
Section 7.13
Confidentiality.
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EXHIBITS

Exhibit A
Form of Depositary Receipt

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DEPOSIT AGREEMENT dated as June 26, 2020, among (i) Heartland Financial USA, Inc., a Delaware corporation, (ii) Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation, and (iii) the Holders from time to time of the Receipts described herein.

WHEREAS, it is desired to provide, as hereinafter set forth in this Deposit Agreement, for the deposit of shares of Series E Preferred Stock of the Corporation from time to time with the Depositary for the purposes set forth in this Deposit Agreement and for the issuance hereunder of Receipts evidencing Depositary Shares in respect of the Series E Preferred Stock so deposited; and

WHEREAS, the Receipts are to be substantially in the form of Exhibit A attached hereto, with appropriate insertions, modifications and omissions, as hereinafter provided in this Deposit Agreement;

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises, the parties hereto agree as follows:

ARTICLE I
DEFINED TERMS

Section 1.1       Definitions.

The following definitions shall for all purposes, unless otherwise indicated, apply to the respective terms used in this Deposit Agreement:

Affiliate” shall mean, with respect to any Person, any Person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common control with, such other Person. For the purpose of this definition, “controlling,” “controlled by” or “under common control with,” mean the ownership, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the operation or management and policies of a Person, whether through the ownership or control of voting interests, by contract or otherwise.

Broadridge” shall mean Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation.

Certificate of Designations” shall mean the Certificate of Designations filed by the Corporation with the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware creating the Series E Preferred Stock.

Corporation” shall mean Heartland Financial USA, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its successors.

Deposit Agreement” shall mean this Deposit Agreement, as amended or supplemented from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof.

Depositary” shall mean Broadridge, and any successor Depositary hereunder.

Depositary Shares” shall mean the depositary shares, each representing 1/400th of one share of the Series E Preferred Stock, evidenced by a Receipt.

Depositary’s Agent” shall mean an agent appointed by the Depositary pursuant to Section 7.5.

Depositary’s Office” shall mean the office of the Depositary at which at any particular time its depositary receipt business shall be administered, which at the date of this Deposit Agreement is located at 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717.

DTC” shall mean The Depository Trust Company, together with its successors and assigns.

Exchange Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Exchange Event” shall mean with respect to any Global Registered Receipt:

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(1) (A) the Global Receipt Depository which is the Holder of such Global Registered Receipt notifies the Corporation that it is no longer willing or able to properly discharge its responsibilities under any Letter of Representations or that it is no longer eligible or in good standing under the Exchange Act and (B) the Corporation has not appointed a qualified successor Global Receipt Depository within 90 calendar days after the Corporation received such notice, or

(2) the Corporation in its sole discretion notifies the Depositary in writing that the Receipts or portion thereof issued or issuable in the form of one or more Global Registered Receipts shall no longer be represented by such Global Registered Receipt.

Global Receipt Depository” shall mean, with respect to any Receipt issued hereunder, DTC or such other entity designated as Global Receipt Depository by the Corporation in or pursuant to this Deposit Agreement, which entity must be, to the extent required by any applicable law or regulation, a clearing agency registered under the Exchange Act.

Global Registered Receipt” shall mean a global registered Receipt registered in the name of a nominee of DTC.

Letter of Representations” shall mean any applicable agreement among the Corporation, the Depositary and a Global Receipt Depository with respect to such Global Receipt Depository’s rights and obligations with respect to any Global Registered Receipt, as the same may be amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time to time and any successor agreement thereto.

Person” shall mean any natural person, partnership, joint venture, firm, corporation, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, unincorporated association, trust or other entity, and shall include any successor (by merger or otherwise) of the foregoing.

Receipt” shall mean one of the depositary receipts issued hereunder, substantially in the form set forth as Exhibit A hereto, whether in definitive or temporary form, and evidencing a number of Depositary Shares held of record by a Record Holder.

Record Holder” or “Holder” as applied to a Receipt shall mean the Person in whose name such Receipt is registered on the books of the Depositary maintained for such purpose.

Redemption Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2.8.

Redemption Price” shall mean $10,000 per share, plus the per share amount of any declared and unpaid dividends, without regard to any undeclared dividends, on the Series E Preferred Stock prior to the date fixed for redemption.

Registrar” shall mean the Depositary or such other successor bank or trust company which shall be appointed by the Corporation to register ownership and transfers of Receipts and the deposited Series E Preferred Stock as herein provided. If a successor Registrar shall be so appointed, all references herein to “the books” of or maintained by the Depositary shall be deemed, as applicable, to refer as well to the register maintained by such Registrar for such purpose.

Securities Act” shall mean the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Series E Preferred Stock” shall mean the shares of the Corporation’s 7.00% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E, par value $1.00 per share, with a liquidation preference of $10,000 per share.

Transfer Agent” shall mean the Depositary or such other successor bank or trust company which shall be appointed by the Corporation to transfer the Receipts or the deposited shares of the Series E Preferred Stock, as the case may be, as herein provided.

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ARTICLE II
FORM OF RECEIPTS, DEPOSIT OF SERIES E PREFERRED STOCK, EXECUTION AND DELIVERY,
TRANSFER, SURRENDER AND REDEMPTION OF RECEIPTS

Section 2.1       Form and Transfer of Receipts.

The definitive Receipts shall be substantially in the form set forth in Exhibit A attached to this Deposit Agreement, with appropriate insertions, modifications and omissions, as hereinafter provided (but which do not affect the rights, duties, obligations or immunities of the Depositary as set forth in this Deposit Agreement) and shall be engraved or otherwise prepared so as to comply with the applicable rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC. Pending the preparation of definitive Receipts, the Depositary, upon the order of the Corporation delivered in compliance with Section 2.2, shall be authorized and instructed to, and shall execute and deliver temporary Receipts which may be printed, lithographed, typewritten, mimeographed or otherwise substantially of the tenor of the definitive Receipts in lieu of which they are issued and with such appropriate insertions, omissions, substitutions and other variations (but which do not affect the rights, duties, obligations or immunities of the Depositary as set forth in this Deposit Agreement), with the Corporation’s prior approval, as the Persons executing such Receipts may reasonably determine necessary, as evidenced by their execution of such Receipts. If temporary Receipts are issued, the Corporation and the Depositary will cause definitive Receipts to be prepared without unreasonable delay. After the preparation of definitive Receipts, the temporary Receipts shall be exchangeable for definitive Receipts upon surrender of the temporary Receipts at an office described in Section 2.3. Upon surrender for cancellation of any one or more temporary Receipts, the Depositary is hereby authorized and instructed to, and shall execute and deliver in exchange therefor definitive Receipts representing the same number of Depositary Shares as represented by the surrendered temporary Receipt or Receipts registered in the name (and only in the name) of the holder of the temporary receipt; provided that the Depositary has been provided with all necessary information that it may request in order to execute and deliver such definitive Receipt or Receipts. Such exchange shall be made at the Corporation’s expense and without any charge therefor. Until so exchanged, the temporary Receipts shall in all respects be entitled to the same benefits under this Deposit Agreement, and with respect to the Series E Preferred Stock, as definitive Receipts.

Any Receipt to be executed by the Depositary pursuant to this Deposit Agreement shall be executed by the manual or facsimile signature of a duly authorized officer of the Depositary. No Receipt shall be entitled to any benefits under this Deposit Agreement or be valid or obligatory for any purpose unless it shall have been executed manually or by the facsimile signature of a duly authorized officer of the Depositary or, if a Registrar for the Receipts (other than the Depositary) shall have been appointed, by the manual or facsimile signature of a duly authorized officer of the Depositary and countersigned by the manual or facsimile signature by a duly authorized officer of such Registrar. The Depositary shall record on its books each Receipt so signed and delivered as hereinafter provided.

Receipts shall be in denominations of any number of whole Depositary Shares. All Receipts shall be dated the date of their issuance.

Receipts may be endorsed with or have incorporated in the text thereof such legends or recitals or changes not inconsistent with the provisions of this Deposit Agreement all as may be (i) reasonably required by the Depositary and approved by the Corporation, (ii) required to comply with any applicable law or any regulation thereunder or with the rules and regulations of any securities exchange upon which the Series E Preferred Stock, the Depositary Shares or the Receipts may be listed or to conform with any usage with respect thereto, or (iii) to indicate any special limitations or restrictions to which any particular Receipt is subject (but which do not affect the rights, duties, obligations or immunities of the Depositary as set forth in this Deposit Agreement).

Title to Depositary Shares evidenced by a Receipt which is properly endorsed or accompanied by a properly executed instrument of transfer, shall be transferable by delivery of such Receipt with the same effect as if such Receipt were a negotiable instrument; provided, however, that until transfer of any particular Receipt shall be registered on the books of the Depositary as provided in Section 2.3, the Depositary may, notwithstanding any notice to the contrary, treat the Record Holder thereof at such time as the absolute owner thereof for the purpose of determining the Person entitled to distributions of dividends or other distributions or to any notice provided for in this Deposit Agreement and for all other purposes.

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Section 2.2       Deposit of Series E Preferred Stock; Execution and Delivery of Receipts in Respect Thereof.

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Deposit Agreement, the Corporation may from time to time deposit shares of Series E Preferred Stock under this Deposit Agreement by delivery to the Depositary of a certificate or certificates for such shares of Series E Preferred Stock to be deposited, properly endorsed in the name of the Depositary (or its nominee) or accompanied, if required by the Depositary, by a duly executed instrument of transfer or endorsement including a guarantee of the signature thereon by a participant in a Medallion Signature Guarantee Program at the guarantee level acceptable to the Transfer Agent (a “Signature Guarantee”) in  a form reasonably satisfactory to the Depositary, together with (i) all such certifications as may be reasonably required by the Depositary pursuant to this Deposit Agreement, (ii) an instruction letter from the Corporation authorizing the Depositary to register such shares of the Series E Preferred Stock in book-entry form, each in form satisfactory to the Depositary, and (iii) a written order of the Corporation directing the Depositary to execute and deliver to, or upon the written order of, the Person or Persons stated in such order a Receipt or Receipts evidencing in the aggregate the number of Depositary Shares representing such deposited shares of Series E Preferred Stock.

The shares of Series E Preferred Stock that are deposited pursuant to this Deposit Agreement shall be held by the Depositary at the Depositary’s Office or at such other place or places as the Depositary shall determine. The Depositary shall not lend any shares of Series E Preferred Stock deposited hereunder.

Upon receipt by the Depositary of a certificate or certificates for shares of Series E Preferred Stock to be deposited in accordance with the provisions of this Section 2.2, together with the other documents required as specified above, and upon recordation of the shares of Series E Preferred Stock on the books of the Corporation (or its duly appointed transfer agent) in the name of the Depositary (or its nominee), the Depositary, subject to the terms and conditions of this Deposit Agreement, shall execute and deliver to or upon the written order of the Person or Persons named in the order delivered to the Depositary referred to in the first paragraph of this Section 2.2, a Receipt or Receipts evidencing in the aggregate the number of Depositary Shares representing the shares of Series E Preferred Stock so deposited and registered in such name or names as may be requested by such Person or Persons. The Depositary shall execute and deliver such Receipt or Receipts at the Depositary’s Office or such other offices, if any, as the Depositary may designate. Delivery at other offices shall be at the risk and expense of the Person requesting such delivery.

Section 2.3       Registration of Transfer of Receipts.

The Corporation hereby appoints the Depositary as the Registrar and Transfer Agent for the Receipts and the Depositary hereby accepts such appointment, subject to the express terms and conditions of this Deposit Agreement (and no implied terms or conditions) and, as such, the Depositary shall register on its books from time to time transfers of Receipts upon any surrender thereof by the Holder in person or by duly authorized attorney, properly endorsed or accompanied by a properly executed instrument of transfer or endorsement, including a Signature Guarantee, together with evidence of the payment of any taxes or charges as may be required by law. Thereupon, the Depositary shall execute a new Receipt or Receipts evidencing the same aggregate number of Depositary Shares as those evidenced by the Receipt or Receipts surrendered and deliver such new Receipt or Receipts to or upon the order of the Person entitled thereto. With respect to the appointment of the Depositary as Registrar and Transfer Agent in respect of the Receipts, the Depositary, in its respective capacities under such appointments, shall be entitled to the same rights, indemnities, immunities and benefits as the Depositary hereunder as if explicitly named in each such provision. Any references to the Depositary herein shall, to the extent applicable, also mean the Depositary as the Transfer Agent and Registrar.

Section 2.4       Split-ups and Combinations of Receipts; Surrender of Receipts and Withdrawal of Series E Preferred Stock.

Upon surrender of a Receipt or Receipts at the Depositary’s Office or at such other offices as it may designate for the purpose of effecting a split-up or combination of such Receipt or Receipts, and the receipt by the Depositary of all other necessary information and documents, and subject to the terms and conditions of this Deposit Agreement, the Depositary shall execute a new Receipt or Receipts in the authorized denomination or denominations requested, evidencing the aggregate number of Depositary Shares evidenced by the Receipt or Receipts surrendered, and shall deliver such new Receipt or Receipts to or upon the order of the Holder of the Receipt or Receipts so surrendered.

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Any Holder of a Receipt or Receipts may withdraw the number of whole shares of Series E Preferred Stock (and all money and other property, if any, represented thereby) by surrendering such Receipt or Receipts at the Depositary’s Office or at such other offices as the Depositary may designate for such withdrawals; provided, however that a Holder of a Receipt or Receipts may not withdraw such whole shares of Series E Preferred Stock (or money and other property, if any, represented thereby) which has previously been called for redemption. After such surrender and upon the receipt of written instructions from the Holder of such Receipt or Receipts, without unreasonable delay (provided that the Corporation has provided the Depositary with all necessary documentation and a sufficient amount of cash), the Depositary shall deliver to such Holder, or to the Person or Persons designated by such Holder as hereinafter provided, the number of whole shares of Series E Preferred Stock (and all money and other property, if any), represented by such Receipt or Receipts so surrendered for withdrawal, but Holders of such whole shares of Series E Preferred Stock will not thereafter be entitled to deposit such shares of Series E Preferred Stock hereunder or to receive a Receipt evidencing Depositary Shares therefor. If a Receipt delivered by the Holder to the Depositary in connection with such withdrawal shall evidence a number of Depositary Shares in excess of the number of Depositary Shares representing the number of whole shares of Series E Preferred Stock to be withdrawn, the Depositary shall at the same time, in addition to such number of whole shares of Series E Preferred Stock and such money and other property, if any, to be so withdrawn, deliver to such Holder, or subject to Section 2.3 upon the written order of such Holder, a new Receipt evidencing such excess number of Depositary Shares. Delivery of such shares of the Series E Preferred Stock and such money and other property being withdrawn may be made by the delivery of such certificates, documents of title and other instruments as the Depositary may deem appropriate, which, if required by the Depositary, shall be properly endorsed or accompanied by proper instruments of transfer.

In no event will fractional shares of Series E Preferred Stock (or any cash payment in lieu thereof) be delivered by the Depositary. Delivery of the Series E Preferred Stock and money and other property, if any, being withdrawn may be made by the delivery of such certificates, documents of title and other instruments as the Depositary may deem appropriate.

If the Series E Preferred Stock and the money and other property, if any, being withdrawn are to be delivered to a Person or Persons other than the Record Holder of the related Receipt or Receipts being surrendered for withdrawal of such Series E Preferred Stock, such Holder shall execute and deliver to the Depositary a written order so directing the Depositary, and the Depositary may require that the Receipt or Receipts surrendered by such Holder for withdrawal of such shares of Series E Preferred Stock be properly endorsed in blank or accompanied by a properly executed instrument of transfer in blank.

Delivery of the Series E Preferred Stock and the money and other property, if any, represented by Receipts surrendered for withdrawal shall be made by the Depositary at the Depositary’s Office, except that, at the request, risk and expense of the Holder surrendering such Receipt or Receipts and for the account of the Holder thereof, such delivery may be made at such other place as may be designated by such Holder.

Section 2.5       Limitations on Execution and Delivery, Transfer, Surrender and Exchange of Receipts.

As a condition precedent to the execution and delivery, registration of transfer, split-up, combination, surrender or exchange of any Receipt, the Depositary, any of the Depositary’s Agents or the Corporation may require (i) payment to it of a sum sufficient for the payment (or, in the event that the Depositary or the Corporation shall have made such payment, the reimbursement to it) of any charges, taxes or expenses payable by the Holder of a Receipt pursuant to Section 5.8 (including any such tax or charge with respect to any shares of Series E Preferred Stock being deposited or withdrawn or any charges or expense pursuant to Section 3.2 and Section 5.7), (ii) the production of evidence satisfactory to it as to the identity and genuineness of any signature (which evidence may include a Signature Guarantee) and any other reasonable evidence of authority that may be required by the Depositary, and (iii) compliance with such additional requirements, if any, as the Depositary or the Corporation may reasonably establish consistent with the provisions of this Deposit Agreement and/or applicable law.

The deposit of shares of Series E Preferred Stock may be refused, the delivery of Receipts against such shares of Series E Preferred Stock may be suspended, the registration of transfer of Receipts may be refused and the registration of transfer, surrender or exchange of outstanding Receipts may be suspended (i) during any period when the register of stockholders of the Corporation is closed or (ii) if any such action is deemed necessary or advisable by the Depositary, any of the Depositary’s Agents or the Corporation at any time or from time to time because of any requirement of law or of any government or governmental body or commission or under any provision of this Deposit Agreement.

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Section 2.6       Lost Receipts, etc.

In case any Receipt shall be mutilated, destroyed, lost or stolen, the Depositary in its discretion may execute and deliver in exchange therefore a Receipt of like form and tenor in exchange and substitution for such mutilated Receipt, or in lieu of and in substitution for such destroyed, lost or stolen Receipt, upon (i) the filing by the Holder thereof with the Depositary of evidence satisfactory to the Depositary of such destruction or loss or theft of such Receipt, of the authenticity thereof and of his or her ownership thereof and (ii) the Holder thereof furnishing the Depositary with an affidavit and an indemnity or bond satisfactory to the Depositary. Such Holder shall also comply with such other reasonable regulations and pay such other reasonable charges as the Depositary may prescribe and as required by Section 8-405 of the Uniform Commercial Code in effect in the State of New York.

Section 2.7       Cancellation and Destruction of Surrendered Receipts.

All Receipts surrendered to the Depositary or any Depositary’s Agent shall be cancelled by the Depositary. Except as prohibited by applicable law or regulation, the Depositary is authorized and directed to destroy all Receipts so cancelled.

Section 2.8       Redemption of Series E Preferred Stock.

Whenever the Corporation shall be permitted and shall elect to redeem shares of Series E Preferred Stock in accordance with the terms of the Certificate of Designations, it shall (unless otherwise agreed to in writing with the Depositary) give or cause to be given to the Depositary, not less than 30 days and not more than 60 days prior to the Redemption Date (as defined below), notice of the date of such proposed redemption of Series E Preferred Stock and of the number of such shares held by the Depositary to be so redeemed and the applicable Redemption Price, which notice shall be accompanied by a certificate from the Corporation stating that such redemption of shares of Series E Preferred Stock is in accordance with the provisions of the Certificate of Designations. On the applicable Redemption Date, provided that the Corporation shall then have paid or caused to be paid in full to the Depositary the Redemption Price of the Series E Preferred Stock to be redeemed, the Depositary shall redeem the number of Depositary Shares representing such shares of Series E Preferred Stock. The Depositary shall, if requested in writing and provided with all necessary information and documents, mail notice of the Corporation’s redemption of shares of Series E Preferred Stock and the proposed simultaneous redemption of the number of Depositary Shares representing such shares of the Series E Preferred Stock to be redeemed by first-class mail, postage prepaid, at the respective last addresses as they appear on the records of the Depositary or transmit by such other method approved by the Depositary (in its reasonable discretion), in either case not less than 30 days and not more than 60 days prior to the date fixed for redemption of such shares of Series E Preferred Stock and Depositary Shares (the “Redemption Date”), to the Record Holders of the Receipts evidencing the Depositary Shares to be so redeemed at the addresses of such Holders as they appear on the records of the Depositary; but neither failure to mail or transmit any such notice of redemption of Depositary Shares to one or more such Holders nor any defect in any notice of redemption of Depositary Shares to one or more such Holders shall affect the sufficiency of the proceedings for redemption as to the other Holders. Each such notice shall be prepared by the Corporation and shall state: (i) the Redemption Date; (ii) the number of Depositary Shares to be redeemed and, if less than all the Depositary Shares held by any such Holder are to be redeemed, the number of such Depositary Shares held by such Holder to be so redeemed; (iii) the applicable Redemption Price; (iv) the place or places where Receipts evidencing such Depositary Shares are to be surrendered for payment of the redemption price; and (v) that dividends in respect of the Series E Preferred Stock represented by such Depositary Shares to be redeemed will cease to accrue on such Redemption Date. In case less than all the outstanding Depositary Shares are to be redeemed, the Depositary Shares to be so redeemed shall be selected either pro rata or by lot or in such other manner as the Corporation may determine to be fair and equitable and permitted by DTC and the rules of any national securities exchange on which the Series E Preferred Stock is listed (which determination the Corporation will promptly notify the Depositary in writing).

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Notice having been mailed or transmitted by the Depositary as aforesaid, from and after the Redemption Date (unless the Corporation shall have failed to provide the funds necessary to redeem the Series E Preferred Stock evidenced by the Depositary Shares called for redemption) (i) all dividends on the shares of Series E Preferred Stock so called for Redemption shall cease to accrue from and after such date, (ii) the Depositary Shares being redeemed from such proceeds shall be deemed no longer to be outstanding, (iii) all rights of the Holders of Receipts evidencing such Depositary Shares (except the right to receive the applicable Redemption Price) shall, to the extent of such Depositary Shares, cease and terminate, and (iv) upon surrender in accordance with such redemption notice of the Receipts evidencing any such Depositary Shares called for redemption (properly endorsed or assigned for transfer, if the Depositary or applicable law shall so require), such Depositary Shares shall be redeemed by the Depositary at a redemption price per Depositary Share equal to 1/400th of the redemption price per share of Series E Preferred Stock so redeemed, plus 1/400th of the per share amount of any declared and unpaid dividends, without accumulation of any undeclared dividends, on the Series E Preferred Stock to, but excluding, the Redemption Date.

If fewer than all of the Depositary Shares evidenced by a Receipt are called for redemption, the Depositary will deliver to the Holder of such Receipt upon its surrender to the Depositary, together with the applicable Redemption Price for all of the Depositary Shares redeemed, a new Receipt evidencing the Depositary Shares evidenced by such prior Receipt and not called for redemption.

Section 2.9       Bank Accounts.

All funds received by the Depositary under this Deposit Agreement that are to be distributed or applied by the Depositary in the performance of services hereunder (the “Funds”) shall be held by the Depositary as agent for the Corporation and deposited in one or more bank accounts to be maintained by the Depositary in its name as agent for the Corporation. Until paid pursuant to this Deposit Agreement, the Depositary, with the prior written consent of the Corporation, may hold or invest the Funds through such accounts in: (i) obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States of America, (ii) commercial paper obligations rated A-1 or P-1 or better by S&P or Moody’s, respectively, (iii) money market funds that comply with Rule 2a-7 of the Investment Company Act of 1940, or (iv) demand deposit accounts, short term certificates of deposit, bank repurchase agreements or bankers’ acceptances, of commercial banks with Tier 1 capital exceeding $1 billion or with an average rating above investment grade by S&P (LT Local Issuer Credit Rating), Moody’s (Long Term Rating) and Fitch Ratings, Inc. (LT Issuer Default Rating) (each as reported by Bloomberg Finance L.P.). The Depositary shall have no responsibility or liability for any diminution of the Funds that may result from any deposit or investment made by the Depositary in accordance with this paragraph, including any losses resulting from a default by any bank, financial institution or other third party. The Depositary may from time to time receive interest, dividends or other earnings in connection with such deposits or investments. The Depositary shall not be obligated to pay such interest, dividends or earnings to the Corporation, any holder or any other party.

Section 2.10     Receipts Issuable in Global Registered Form.

If the Corporation shall determine in a writing delivered to the Depositary that the Receipts are to be issued in whole or in part in the form of one or more Global Registered Receipts, then the Depositary shall, if instructed and provided with all necessary information, in accordance with the other provisions of this Deposit Agreement, execute and deliver one or more Global Registered Receipts evidencing the Receipts of such series which (i) shall represent, and shall be denominated in an amount equal to the aggregate principal amount of, the Receipts to be represented by such Global Registered Receipt or Receipts and (ii) shall be registered in the name of the Global Receipt Depository therefor or its nominee.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Deposit Agreement to the contrary, unless otherwise provided in the Global Registered Receipt, a Global Registered Receipt may only be transferred in whole and only by the applicable Global Receipt Depository for such Global Registered Receipt to a nominee of such Global Receipt Depository, or by a nominee of such Global Receipt Depository to such Global Receipt Depository or another nominee of such Global Receipt Depository, or by such Global Receipt Depository or any such nominee to a successor Global Receipt Depository for such Global Registered Receipt selected or approved by the Corporation or to a nominee of such successor Global Receipt Depository. Except as provided below, owners solely of beneficial interests in a Global Registered Receipt shall not be entitled to receive physical delivery of the Receipts represented by such Global Registered Receipt. Neither any such beneficial owner nor any direct or indirect participant of a Global Receipt Depository shall have any rights under this Deposit Agreement with respect to any Global Registered Receipt held on their behalf by a Global Receipt Depository and such Global Receipt Depository may be treated by the Corporation, the Depositary and any director, officer, employee or agent of the Corporation or the Depositary as the Holder of such Global Registered Receipt for all purposes whatsoever. Unless and until definitive Receipts are delivered to the owners of the beneficial interests in a Global Registered Receipt, (1) the applicable Global Receipt Depository will make book-entry transfers among its participants and receive and transmit all payments and distributions in respect of the Global Registered Receipts to such participants, in each case, in accordance with its applicable procedures and arrangements, and (2) whenever any notice, payment or other communication to the holders of Global Registered Receipts is required under this Deposit Agreement, the Corporation and the Depositary shall give all such notices, payments and communications specified herein to be given to such holders to the applicable Global Receipt Depository.

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If an Exchange Event has occurred with respect to any Global Registered Receipt, then, in any such event, the Depositary shall, upon receipt of a written order from the Corporation authorizing and directing the Depositary to execute and deliver individual definitive registered Receipts in exchange for such Global Registered Receipt, shall execute and deliver, individual definitive registered Receipts, in authorized denominations and of like tenor and terms in an aggregate principal amount equal to the principal amount of the Global Registered Receipt in exchange for such Global Registered Receipt. The Depositary shall have no duties, obligations or liability under this paragraph unless and until such order has been received by the Depositary.

Definitive registered Receipts issued in exchange for a Global Registered Receipt pursuant to this Section 2.10 shall be registered in such names and in such authorized denominations as the Global Receipt Depository for such Global Registered Receipt, pursuant to instructions from its participants, shall instruct the Depositary in writing. The Depositary shall deliver such Receipts to the Persons in whose names such Receipts are so registered.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Deposit Agreement, should the Corporation determine that the Receipts should be issued as a Global Registered Receipt, the parties hereto shall comply with the terms of any Letter of Representations.

ARTICLE III
CERTAIN OBLIGATIONS OF HOLDERS OF RECEIPTS AND THE CORPORATION

Section 3.1       Filing Proofs, Certificates and Other Information.

Any Holder of a Receipt may be required from time to time to file such proof of residence, or other matters or other information, to execute such certificates and to make such representations and warranties as the Depositary or the Corporation may reasonably deem necessary or proper. The Depositary or the Corporation may withhold the delivery, or delay the registration of transfer or redemption, of any Receipt or the withdrawal of shares of Series E Preferred Stock represented by the Depositary Shares and evidenced by a Receipt or withhold or delay the distribution of any dividend or other distribution or the sale of any rights or of the proceeds thereof until such proof or other information is filed or such certificates are executed or such representations and warranties are made.

Section 3.2       Payment of Taxes or Other Governmental Charges.

Holders of Receipts shall be obligated to make payments to the Depositary, of certain charges and expenses, as provided in Section 5.8. Registration of transfer of any Receipt or any withdrawal of shares of Series E Preferred Stock and all money or other property, if any, represented by the Depositary Shares evidenced by such Receipt may be refused until any such payment due is made, and any dividends, interest payments or other distributions may be withheld or any part of or all the Series E Preferred Stock or other property represented by the Depositary Shares evidenced by such Receipt and not theretofore sold may be sold for the account of the Holder thereof (after attempting by reasonable means to notify such Holder prior to such sale), and such dividends, interest payments or other distributions or the proceeds of any such sale may be applied to any payment of such charges or expenses, with the Holder of such Receipt remaining liable for any deficiency.

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Section 3.3       Warranty as to Series E Preferred Stock.

The Corporation hereby represents and warrants that the Series E Preferred Stock, when issued, will be duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable. Such representation and warranty shall survive the deposit of the Series E Preferred Stock and the issuance of the related Receipts.

Section 3.4       Warranty as to Depositary Shares.

The Corporation hereby represents and warrants that the Receipts, when issued, will represent legal and valid interests in the Series E Preferred Stock. Such representation and warranty shall survive the deposit of the Series E Preferred Stock and the related issuance of the Receipts.

ARTICLE IV
THE DEPOSITED SECURITIES; NOTICES

Section 4.1       Cash Distributions.

Whenever the Depositary shall receive any cash dividend or other cash distribution on the Series E Preferred Stock, the Depositary shall, subject to Section 3.1 and Section 3.2, and if received, upon the written instructions from the Corporation, distribute to Record Holders of Receipts on the record date fixed pursuant to Section 4.4 such amounts of such dividend or distribution as are, as nearly as practicable, in proportion to the respective numbers of Depositary Shares evidenced by the Receipts held by such Holders; provided, however, that in case the Corporation or the Depositary shall be required to withhold and shall withhold from any cash dividend or other cash distribution in respect of the Series E Preferred Stock an amount on account of taxes or other governmental charges, the amount made available for distribution or distributed in respect of Depositary Shares shall be reduced accordingly. In the event that the calculation of any such cash dividend or other cash distribution to be paid to any Record Holder on the aggregate number of Depositary Shares held by such Record Holder results in an amount that is a fraction of a cent and that fraction of a cent is equal to or greater than $0.005, the amount the Depositary shall distribute to such Record Holder shall be rounded up to the next highest whole cent; otherwise, such fractional amount shall be disregarded by the Depository and shall be added to and be treated as part of the next succeeding distribution. Each Holder of a Receipt shall provide the Depositary with its certified tax identification number on a properly completed Form W–8 or W–9, as may be applicable. Each Holder of a Receipt acknowledges that, in the event of non-compliance with the preceding sentence, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, may require withholding by the Depositary of a portion of any of the distributions to be made hereunder.

Section 4.2       Distributions Other than Cash, Rights, Preferences or Privileges.

Whenever the Depositary shall receive any distribution other than cash, rights, preferences or privileges upon the Series E Preferred Stock, the Depositary shall, subject to Section 3.1 and Section 3.2, distribute to Record Holders of Receipts on the record date fixed pursuant to Section 4.4 such amounts of the securities or property received by it as are, as nearly as practicable, in proportion to the respective number of Depositary Shares evidenced by such Receipts held by such Holders, in any manner that the Depositary may deem equitable and practicable for accomplishing such distribution. If in the opinion of the Depositary such distribution cannot be made proportionately among such Record Holders, or if for any other reason (including any requirement that the Corporation or the Depositary withhold an amount on account of taxes or charges) the Depositary deems, after consultation with the Corporation, such distribution not to be feasible, the Depositary may, with the approval of the Corporation, adopt such method as it deems equitable and practicable for the purpose of effecting such distribution, including the sale (at public or private sale) of the securities or property thus received, or any part thereof, in a commercially reasonable manner. The net proceeds of any such sale shall, subject to Section 3.1 and Section 3.2, be distributed or made available for distribution, as the case may be, by the Depositary to Record Holders of Receipts as provided by Section 4.1 in the case of a distribution received in cash. The Corporation shall not make any distribution of securities or property (other than cash) to the Depositary and the Depositary shall not make any distribution of securities or property (other than cash) to the Holders of Receipts unless such securities or property have been registered under the Securities Act or the Corporation shall have provided an opinion of counsel, dated as of or prior to the date of such distribution, stating that such securities or property do not need to be registered under the Securities Act in connection with such distributions.

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Section 4.3       Subscription Rights, Preferences or Privileges.

If the Corporation shall at any time offer or cause to be offered to the Persons in whose names the Series E Preferred Stock is recorded on the books of the Corporation any rights, preferences or privileges to subscribe for or to purchase any securities or any rights, preferences or privileges of any other nature, such rights, preferences or privileges shall in each such instance be communicated to the Depositary and made available by the Depositary to the Record Holders of Receipts in such manner as the Corporation shall reasonably direct; provided, however, that (i) if at the time of issue or offer of any such rights, preferences or privileges the Corporation determines that it is not lawful or (after consultation with the Depositary) not feasible to make such rights, preferences or privileges available to Holders of Receipts by the issue of warrants or otherwise, or (ii) if and to the extent so instructed by Holders of Receipts who do not desire to exercise such rights, preferences or privileges, then the Corporation, in its discretion (with the acknowledgement of the Depositary, in any case where the Corporation has determined that it is not feasible to make such rights, preferences or privileges available), may, if applicable laws or the terms of such rights, preferences or privileges permit such transfer, sell such rights, preferences or privileges at public or private sale, at such place or places and upon such terms as it may deem proper. The net proceeds of any such sale shall be delivered to the Depositary and, if received, upon the written instructions of the Corporation and, subject to Section 3.1 and Section 3.2, be distributed by the Depositary to the Record Holders of Receipts entitled thereto as provided by Section 4.1 in the case of a distribution received in cash.

The Corporation shall notify the Depositary whether registration under the Securities Act of the securities to which any rights, preferences or privileges relate is required in order for Holders of Receipts to be offered or sold the securities to which such rights, preferences or privileges relate, and the Corporation agrees with the Depositary that it will file promptly a registration statement pursuant to the Securities Act with respect to such rights, preferences or privileges and securities and use its best efforts and take all steps available to it to cause such registration statement to become effective sufficiently in advance of the expiration of such rights, preferences or privileges in compliance with the Securities Act to enable such Holders to exercise such rights, preferences or privileges. In no event shall the Depositary make available to the Holders of Receipts any right, preference or privilege to subscribe for or to purchase any securities unless and until such registration statement shall have become effective or the Corporation shall have provided to the Depositary an opinion of counsel stating that the offering and sale of such securities to the Holders are exempt from registration under the provisions of the Securities Act.

The Corporation shall notify the Depositary whether any other action under the laws of any jurisdiction or any governmental or administrative authorization, consent or permit is required in order for such rights, preferences or privileges to be made available to Holders of Receipts, and the Corporation agrees with the Depositary that the Corporation will use its reasonable best efforts to take such action or obtain such authorization, consent or permit sufficiently in advance of the expiration of such rights, preferences or privileges to enable such Holders to exercise such rights, preferences or privileges.

Section 4.4       Notice of Dividends, etc.; Fixing Record Date for Holders of Receipts.

Whenever any cash dividend or other cash distribution shall become payable or any distribution other than cash shall be made, or if rights, preferences or privileges shall at any time be offered, with respect to the Series E Preferred Stock, or whenever the Depositary shall receive notice of any meeting at which holders of the Series E Preferred Stock are entitled to vote or of which holders of the Series E Preferred Stock are entitled to notice, or whenever the Depositary and the Corporation shall decide it is appropriate, the Depositary shall in each such instance fix a record date (which shall be the same date as the record date fixed by the Corporation with respect to or otherwise in accordance with the terms of the Series E Preferred Stock) for the determination of the Holders of Receipts who shall be entitled to receive such dividend, distribution, rights, preferences or privileges or the net proceeds of the sale thereof, or to give instructions for the exercise of voting rights at any such meeting, or who shall be entitled to notice of such meeting or for any other appropriate reasons.

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Section 4.5       Voting Rights.

Subject to the Certificate of Designations, upon receipt of notice from the Corporation of any meeting at which the holders of the Series E Preferred Stock are entitled to vote, the Depositary shall, if requested in writing and provided with all necessary information and documents, as soon as practicable thereafter, mail or transmit by such other method approved by the Depositary, in its reasonable discretion, to the Record Holders of Receipts, as determined on the record date set forth in Section 4.4, a notice prepared by the Corporation which shall contain (i) such information as is contained in such notice of meeting, (ii) a statement that the Holders of Receipts at the close of business on a specified record date fixed pursuant to Section 4.4 may, subject to any applicable restrictions, instruct the Depositary as to the exercise of the voting rights pertaining to the shares of Series E Preferred Stock represented by their respective Depositary Shares (including an express indication that instructions may be given to the Depositary to give a discretionary proxy to a Person designated by the Corporation), and (iii) a brief statement as to the manner in which such instructions may be given. Upon the written request of the Holders of Receipts on the relevant record date, the Depositary shall endeavor insofar as practicable to vote or cause to be voted, in accordance with the instructions set forth in such requests, the maximum number of whole shares of Series E Preferred Stock represented by the Depositary Shares evidenced by all Receipts as to which any particular voting instructions are received. The Corporation hereby agrees to take all reasonable action which may be deemed necessary by the Depositary in order to enable the Depositary to vote such Series E Preferred Stock or cause such Series E Preferred Stock to be voted. In the absence of specific instructions from the Holder of a Receipt, the Depositary will not vote (but, at its discretion, may appear at any meeting with respect to such Series E Preferred Stock unless directed to the contrary by the Holders of all the Receipts) to the extent of the Series E Preferred Stock represented by the Depositary Shares evidenced by such Receipt. The Depositary shall not be required to exercise any discretion in voting any shares of the Series E Preferred Stock represented by the Depositary Shares evidenced by such Receipt.

Section 4.6       Changes Affecting Deposited Securities and Reclassifications, Recapitalizations, etc.

Upon any change in par or stated value, split-up, combination or any other reclassification of the Series E Preferred Stock, subject to the Certificate of Designations, or upon any recapitalization, reorganization, merger or consolidation affecting the Corporation or to which it is a party, the Depositary shall, upon the written instructions of the Corporation setting forth any adjustment, (i) make such adjustments as are certified by the Corporation in the fraction of an interest represented by one Depositary Share in one share of Series E Preferred Stock and in the ratio of the redemption price per Depositary Share to the redemption price per share of Series E Preferred Stock, in each case as may be necessary fully to reflect the effects of such change in par or stated value, split-up, combination or other reclassification of the Series E Preferred Stock, or of such recapitalization, reorganization, merger or consolidation, as stated in such instructions and (ii) treat any securities or property (including cash) which shall be received by the Depositary in exchange for or upon conversion of or in respect of the Series E Preferred Stock as new deposited securities or property so received in exchange for or upon conversion or in respect of such Series E Preferred Stock. In any such case the Depositary shall, upon receipt of instructions of the Corporation, execute and deliver additional Receipts or may call for the surrender of all outstanding Receipts to be exchanged for new Receipts specifically describing such new deposited securities or property. Anything to the contrary herein notwithstanding, Holders of Receipts shall have the right from and after the effective date of any such change in par or stated value, split-up, combination or other reclassification of the Series E Preferred Stock or any such recapitalization, reorganization, merger or consolidation to surrender such Receipts to the Depositary with instructions to convert, exchange or surrender the Series E Preferred Stock represented thereby only into or for, as the case may be, the kind and amount of shares and other securities and property and cash into which the Series E Preferred Stock represented by such Receipts might have been converted or for which such Series E Preferred Stock might have been exchanged or surrendered immediately prior to the effective date of such transaction.

Section 4.7       Delivery of Reports.

The Depositary shall make available for inspection by Holders of Receipts at the Depositary’s Office and at such other places as it may from time to time deem advisable during normal business hours any reports and communications received from the Corporation, which are received by the Depositary and which the Corporation is required to furnish to the holders of the Series E Preferred Stock. In addition, the Depositary shall transmit, upon the request of the Corporation, certain notices and reports to the Holders of Receipts as provided in Section 5.6.

Section 4.8       Lists of Receipt Holders.

Reasonably promptly upon request from time to time by the Corporation, at the sole expense of the Corporation, the Registrar shall furnish to it a list, as of the most recent practicable date, of the names, addresses and holdings of Depositary Shares of all registered Holders of Receipts.

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Section 4.9       Withholding.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Deposit Agreement, in the event that the Depositary determines that any distribution in property is subject to any tax or other charge that the Depositary is obligated by law to withhold, the Depositary may dispose of, by public or private sale, all or a portion of such property in such amounts and in such manner as the Depositary deems necessary and practicable to pay such taxes or charges, and the Depositary shall distribute the net proceeds of any such sale or the balance of any such property after deduction of such taxes or charges to the Holders of Receipts entitled thereto in proportion to the number of Depositary Shares held by them, respectively; provided, however, that in the event the Depositary determines that such distribution of property is subject to withholding tax only with respect to some but not all Holders of Receipts, the Depositary will use its best efforts (i) to sell only that portion of such property distributable to such holders that is required to generate sufficient proceeds to pay such withholding tax and (ii) to effect any such sale in such a manner so as to avoid affecting the rights of any other Holders of Receipts to receive such distribution in property.

ARTICLE V
THE DEPOSITARY, THE DEPOSITARY’S AGENTS, THE REGISTRAR AND THE CORPORATION

Section 5.1       Appointment of the Depositary.

The Corporation hereby appoints Broadridge to act as Depositary in accordance with the express terms and conditions hereof (and no implied terms or conditions), and Broadridge accepts this appointment. Depositary is engaged in an independent business and will perform its obligations under this Deposit Agreement as an agent of the Corporation.

Section 5.2       Maintenance of Offices, Agencies and Transfer Books by the Depositary; Registrar.

Upon execution of this Deposit Agreement, the Depositary shall maintain at the Depositary’s Office, facilities for the execution and delivery, registration and registration of transfer, surrender and exchange of Receipts, and at the offices of the Depositary’s Agents, if any, facilities for the delivery, registration of transfer, surrender and exchange of Receipts, all in accordance with the provisions of this Deposit Agreement.

The Depositary shall keep books at the Depositary’s Office for the registration and registration of transfer of Receipts. Upon direction from the Corporation and with reasonable notice to the Depositary, the Registrar shall open its books for inspection by the Record Holders of Receipts; provided that any such Record Holder requesting to exercise such right shall certify to the Depositary that such inspection shall be for a proper purpose reasonably related to such Person’s interest as an owner of Depositary Shares evidenced by the Receipts.

The Depositary or Registrar may close such books, at any time or from time to time, when deemed necessary or advisable by the Depositary, the Registrar, any Depositary’s Agent or the Corporation because of any requirement of law or of any government, governmental body or commission, stock exchange or any applicable self-regulatory body.

If the Receipts or the Depositary Shares evidenced thereby or the Series E Preferred Stock represented by such Depositary Shares shall be listed on one or more national securities exchanges, the Depositary may, with the written approval of the Corporation, appoint a Registrar (acceptable to the Corporation) for registration of the Receipts or Depositary Shares in accordance with any requirements of such exchange. Such Registrar (which may be the Depositary if so permitted by the requirements of any such exchange) may be removed and a substitute registrar appointed by the Depositary upon the request or with the approval of the Corporation. If the Receipts, Depositary Shares or the Series E Preferred Stock are listed on one or more other securities exchanges, the Depositary will, at the written request and expense of the Corporation, arrange such facilities for the delivery, registration, registration of transfer, surrender and exchange of such Receipts, Depositary Shares or Series E Preferred Stock as may be required by law or applicable securities exchange regulation.

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Section 5.3       Prevention of or Delay in Performance by the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, the Registrar or the Corporation.

Neither the Depositary nor any Depositary’s Agent nor any Registrar nor the Corporation, as the case may be, shall incur any liability to any Holder of a Receipt if by reason of any provision of any present or future law, or regulation thereunder, of the United States of America or of any other governmental authority or, in the case of the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agent or the Registrar, as the case may be, by reason of any provision, present or future, of the Corporation’s  Certificate of Incorporation, as amended (including the Certificate of Designations), or by reason of any act of God or war or other circumstance beyond the control of the relevant party, the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agent, the Registrar or the Corporation, as the case may be, shall be prevented or forbidden from, or subjected to any penalty on account of, doing or performing any act or thing which the terms of this Deposit Agreement provide shall be done or performed; nor shall the Depositary, any Depositary’s Agent, any Registrar or the Corporation, as the case may be, incur liability to any Holder of a Receipt (i) by reason of any nonperformance or delay, caused as aforesaid, in the performance of any act or thing which the terms of this Deposit Agreement shall provide shall or may be done or performed, or (ii) by reason of any exercise of, or failure to exercise, any discretion provided for in this Deposit Agreement except as otherwise explicitly set forth in this Deposit Agreement.

Section 5.4       Obligations of the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, the Registrar, the Transfer Agent and the Corporation.

Neither the Depositary nor any Depositary’s Agent nor any Registrar, any Transfer Agent nor the Corporation, as the case may be, assumes any obligation or shall be subject to any liability under this Deposit Agreement to Holders of Receipts or to any other Person (other than to the Corporation in accordance with the next sentence of this paragraph) other than for its gross negligence, willful misconduct, fraud or bad faith (each as finally determined by a non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction). Notwithstanding anything in this Deposit Agreement to the contrary, excluding the Depositary’s gross negligence, willful misconduct, fraud or bad faith, the aggregate liability of the Depositary, any Depositary’s Agent or the Registrar or Transfer Agent, as the case may be, to the Corporation under this Deposit Agreement, whether in contract, tort, or otherwise, is limited to, and shall not exceed, the amounts paid hereunder by the Corporation to the Depositary as fees and charges, but not including reimbursable expenses; provided, however, that in the event that such liability arises as a result of misappropriation of funds by the Depositary, any of the Depositary’s Agents (except for such Depositary’s Agents which are not employees of the Depositary), any Registrar or any Transfer Agent, as the case may be, through fraud or willful misconduct on the part of such Person (as finally determined by a non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction), such limit shall not apply and such liability hereunder shall be instead limited to the amount of such misappropriated funds or the liability resulting from such fraud or willful misconduct.

NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING IN THIS DEPOSIT AGREEMENT TO THE CONTRARY, NEITHER THE DEPOSITARY, NOR THE DEPOSITARY’S AGENT NOR ANY REGISTRAR NOR THE TRANSFER AGENT NOR THE CORPORATION, AS THE CASE MAY BE, SHALL BE LIABLE IN ANY EVENT FOR SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF SUCH LOSS OR DAMAGE AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION.

Neither the Depositary nor any Depositary’s Agent nor any Transfer Agent nor the Registrar nor the Corporation, as the case may be, shall be under any obligation to appear in, prosecute or defend any action, suit or other proceeding in respect of the Series E Preferred Stock, the Depositary Shares or the Receipts which in its opinion may involve it in expense or liability unless indemnity reasonably satisfactory to it against all expense and liability be furnished as often as may be required.

Neither the Depositary nor any Depositary’s Agent nor any Registrar nor the Transfer Agent nor the Corporation, as the case may be, shall be liable for any action or any failure to act by it in reliance upon information from any Person presenting Series E Preferred Stock for deposit, any Holder of a Receipt or any other Person believed by it, in the absence of bad faith, to be competent to give such information. The Depositary, any Depositary’s Agent, any Registrar, any Transfer Agent and the Corporation, as the case may be, may each rely and shall each be protected in acting upon or omitting to act upon any written notice, request, direction or other document believed by it to be genuine and to have been signed or presented by the proper party or parties.

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The Depositary, the Depositary’s Agent, any Registrar or Transfer Agent, as the case may be, shall not be responsible for any failure to carry out any instruction to vote any of the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock or for the manner or effect of any such vote made, as long as any such action or non-action is not taken with gross negligence, willful misconduct, fraud or bad faith (each as finally determined by a non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction). The Depositary undertakes, and any Depositary’s Agent, Registrar and any Transfer Agent, as the case may be, shall be required to undertake, to perform such duties and only such duties as are specifically set forth in this Deposit Agreement, and no implied covenants or obligations shall be read into this Deposit Agreement against the Depositary or any Depositary’s Agent, Transfer Agent or Registrar.

The Depositary, its parent, Affiliates, or subsidiaries, and Depositary’s Agents, and any Transfer Agent or Registrar, as the case may be, may own and deal in any class of securities of the Corporation and its Affiliates and in Receipts or Depositary Shares or become pecuniarily interested in any transaction in which the Corporation or its Affiliates may be interested or contract with or lend money to or otherwise act as fully or as freely as if it were not the Depositary, the parent, Affiliate or subsidiary of the Depositary or the Depositary’s Agent or Transfer Agent or Registrar hereunder. The Depositary may also act as transfer agent, trustee, or registrar of any of the securities of the Corporation and its Affiliates or act in any other capacity for the Corporation or its Affiliates.

The Depositary shall not be under any liability for interest on any monies at any time received by it pursuant to any of the provisions of this Deposit Agreement or of the Receipts, the Depositary Shares or the Series E Preferred Stock nor shall it be obligated to segregate such monies from other monies held by it, except as required by law. The Depositary shall not be responsible for advancing funds on behalf of the Corporation and shall have no duty or obligation to make any payments if it has not timely received sufficient funds to make timely payments.

In the event the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, any Transfer Agent or Registrar, as the case may be, reasonably believes any ambiguity or uncertainty exists hereunder or in any notice, instruction, direction, request or other communication, paper or document received by the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, any Transfer Agent or Registrar hereunder, or in the administration of any of the provisions of this Deposit Agreement, the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, any Transfer Agent or Registrar shall deem it necessary or desirable that a matter be proved or established prior to taking, omitting or suffering to take any action hereunder, the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, any Transfer Agent or Registrar may, in its sole discretion upon providing written notice to the Corporation, refrain from taking any action and the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, any Transfer Agent or Registrar shall be fully protected and shall not be liable in any way to the Corporation, any Holders of Receipts or any other Person or entity for refraining from taking such action, unless the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, any Transfer Agent or Registrar receives written instructions or a certificate signed by a duly authorized officer of the Corporation which eliminates such ambiguity or uncertainty to the satisfaction of the Depositary or which proves or establishes the applicable matter to the satisfaction of the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, any Transfer Agent or Registrar. Such written instructions shall be full and complete authorization to the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, any Transfer Agent or Registrar, as the case may be, and the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agents, any Transfer Agent or Registrar shall incur no liability for or in respect of any action taken, suffered or omitted by it under the provisions of this Deposit Agreement in reliance upon such written instructions.

In the event the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agent, the Registrar or the Transfer Agent, as the case may be, shall receive conflicting claims, requests or instructions from any Holders of Receipts, on the one hand, and the Corporation, on the other hand, the Depositary, the Depositary’s Agent, the Registrar or the Transfer Agent, as the case may be, shall be entitled to act on such claims, requests or instructions received from the Corporation, and shall incur no liability and shall be entitled to the full indemnification set forth in Section 5.7 hereof in connection with any action so taken.

It is intended that the Depositary shall not be deemed to be an “issuer” of the securities under the federal securities laws or applicable state securities laws, it being expressly understood and agreed that the Depositary is acting only in a ministerial capacity as Depositary for the deposited Series E Preferred Stock. The Depositary will not be under any duty or responsibility to ensure compliance with any applicable federal or state securities laws in connection with the issuance, transfer or exchange of the Receipts, the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock or Depositary Shares; provided, however, that the Depositary agrees to comply with all information reporting and withholding requirements required to be complied by it under law or this Deposit Agreement as Depositary.

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Neither the Depositary (or its officers, directors, employees or agents), any Depositary’s Agent nor any Registrar or any Transfer Agent makes any representation or has any responsibility as to the validity of any registration statement pursuant to which the Depositary Shares may be registered under the Securities Act, the deposited Series E Preferred Stock, the Depositary Shares, the Receipts (except its countersignature thereon) or any instruments referred to therein or herein, or as to the correctness of any statement made in any such registration statement or herein; provided, however, that the Depositary is responsible for its representations in this Deposit Agreement.

The Depositary assumes no responsibility for the correctness of the description that appears in the Receipts. Notwithstanding any other provision herein or in the Receipts, the Depositary makes no warranties or representations as to the validity or genuineness of any shares of the Series E Preferred Stock at any time deposited with the Depositary hereunder or of the Depositary Shares, as to the validity or sufficiency of this Deposit Agreement, as to the value of the Depositary Shares or as to any right, title or interest of the record holders of Receipts in and to the Depositary Shares. The Depositary shall not be accountable for the use or application by the Corporation of the Depositary Shares or the Receipts or the proceeds thereof.

The Depositary, Depositary’s Agent, any Registrar, and any Transfer Agent hereunder:

(i) shall have no duties or obligations other than those specifically set forth herein (and no implied duties or obligations), or as may subsequently be agreed to in writing by the parties;

(ii) shall have no obligation to make payment hereunder unless the Corporation shall have provided the necessary federal or other immediately available funds or securities or property, as the case may be, to pay in full amounts due and payable with respect thereto;

(iii) shall not be obligated to take any legal or other action hereunder; if, however, the Depositary determines to take any legal or other action hereunder except as expressly set forth herein, and, where the taking of such action might in the Depositary’s judgment subject or expose it to any expense or liability, the Depositary shall not be required to act unless it shall have been furnished with an indemnity satisfactory to it;

(iv) may rely on and shall be authorized and protected in acting or failing to act upon any certificate, instrument, opinion, notice, letter, telegram, telex, facsimile transmission or other document or security delivered to the Depositary and reasonably believed by the Depositary to be genuine and to have been signed by the proper party or parties, and shall have no responsibility for determining the accuracy thereof;

(v)  may rely on and shall be authorized and protected in acting or failing to act upon the written, telephonic, electronic and oral instructions, with respect to any matter relating to the Depositary’s actions as Depositary covered by this Deposit Agreement (or supplementing or qualifying any such actions) of officers of the Corporation;

(vi) shall not be called upon at any time to advise any Person with respect to the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock or Receipts;

(vii) shall not be liable or responsible for any recital or statement contained in any documents relating hereto or the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock or Receipts; and

(viii) shall not be liable in any respect on account of the identity, authority or rights of the parties (other than with respect to the Depositary) executing or delivering or purporting to execute or deliver this Deposit Agreement or any documents or papers deposited or called for under this Deposit Agreement.

The obligations of the Corporation set forth in this Section 5.4 shall survive the replacement, removal or resignation of the Depositary, Registrar, Transfer Agent or Depositary’s Agent or termination of this Deposit Agreement.

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Section 5.5       Resignation and Removal of the Depositary; Appointment of Successor Depositary.

The Depositary may at any time resign as Depositary hereunder by delivering notice of its election to do so to the Corporation, such resignation to take effect upon the appointment of a successor Depositary and its acceptance of such appointment as hereinafter provided.

The Depositary may at any time be removed by the Corporation by notice of such removal delivered to the Depositary, such removal to take effect upon the appointment of a successor Depositary hereunder and its acceptance of such appointment as hereinafter provided.

In case at any time the Depositary acting hereunder shall resign or be removed, the Corporation shall, within 60 days after the delivery of the notice of resignation or removal, as the case may be, appoint a successor Depositary, which shall be a Person having its principal office in the United States of America and having a combined capital and surplus, along with its Affiliates, of at least $50,000,000. In the event of such removal or resignation, the Corporation will appoint a successor depositary and inform the Depositary of the name and address of any successor depositary so appointed, provided that no failure by the Corporation to appoint such a successor depositary shall affect the termination of this Deposit Agreement or the discharge of the Depositary as depositary hereunder. Upon payment of all outstanding fees and expenses hereunder, the Depositary shall promptly forward to the successor depositary or its designee any shares of stock held by it and any certificates, letters, notices and other document that the Depositary may receive after its appointment has so terminated.

If no successor Depositary shall have been so appointed and have accepted appointment within 60 days after delivery of such notice, the resigning or removed Depositary may petition any court of competent jurisdiction for the appointment of a successor Depositary. Every successor Depositary shall execute and deliver to its predecessor and to the Corporation an instrument in writing accepting its appointment hereunder, and thereupon such successor Depositary, without any further act or deed, shall become fully vested with all the rights, powers, duties and obligations of its predecessor and for all purposes shall be the Depositary under this Deposit Agreement, and such predecessor, upon payment of all sums due it and on the written request of the Corporation, shall promptly execute and deliver an instrument transferring to such successor all rights and powers of such predecessor hereunder, shall duly assign, transfer and deliver all right, title and interest in the Series E Preferred Stock and any moneys or property held hereunder to such successor, and shall deliver to such successor a list of the Record Holders of all outstanding Receipts and such records, books and other information in its possession relating thereto.

Any Person into or with which the Depositary may be merged, consolidated or converted, or any Person to which all or a substantial part of the assets of the Depositary may be transferred or which succeeds to the shareholder services business of the Depositary shall be the successor of the Depositary without the execution or filing of any document or any further act, and notice thereof shall not be required hereunder. Such successor Depositary may authenticate the Receipts in the name of the predecessor Depositary or its own name as successor Depositary.

The removal or resignation of the Depositary shall automatically be deemed to be a removal of the Depositary as Registrar and Transfer Agent herein without any further act or deed.

Section 5.6       Corporate Notices and Reports.

The Corporation agrees that it will deliver to the Depositary, and the Depositary will, promptly after receipt of all necessary information and documents, transmit to the Record Holders of Receipts, in each case at the addresses recorded in the Depositary’s or Registrar’s books, copies of all notices and reports (including without limitation financial statements) required by law, by the rules of any national securities exchange upon which the Series E Preferred Stock, the Depositary Shares or the Receipts are listed or by the Corporation’s Certificate of Incorporation, as amended (including the Certificate of Designations), to be furnished to the Record Holders of Receipts. Such transmission will be at the Corporation’s expense and the Corporation will provide the Depositary with such number of copies of such documents as the Depositary may reasonably request. In addition, the Depositary will transmit to the Record Holders of Receipts at the Corporation’s expense such other documents as may be requested by the Corporation.

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Section 5.7       Indemnification by the Corporation.

The Corporation shall indemnify the Depositary, any Depositary’s Agent and any Registrar and any Transfer Agent (including each of their officers, directors, agents and employees) against, and hold each of them harmless from and against, any fee, loss, claim, damage, cost, penalty, fine, judgment, liability or expense (including the reasonable costs and expenses of its legal counsel) which may arise out of acts taken, suffered or omitted to be taken in connection with its acting as Depositary, Depositary’s Agent, Registrar or Transfer Agent, respectively, under this Deposit Agreement (including, without limitation, the enforcement of this Deposit Agreement) and the Receipts by the Depositary, any Registrar or any of their respective agents (including any Depositary’s Agent) and any transactions or documents contemplated hereby, except for any such fee, loss, claim, damage, cost, penalty, fine, judgment, liability or expense arising out of gross negligence, willful misconduct, fraud or bad faith (each as finally determined by a non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction) on the respective parts of any such Person or Persons. The obligations of the Corporation and the rights of the Depositary set forth in this Section 5.7 shall survive any succession of any Depositary, Registrar, Transfer Agent or Depositary’s Agent or termination of this Deposit Agreement.

Section 5.8       Fees, Charges and Expenses.

The Corporation agrees promptly to pay the Depositary the compensation to be agreed upon with the Corporation for all services rendered by the Depositary, Depositary’s Agent, Registrar and Transfer Agent hereunder and to reimburse the Depositary for its reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including reasonable counsel fees and expenses) incurred by the Depositary, Depositary’s Agent, Registrar and Transfer Agent without gross negligence, willful misconduct, fraud or bad faith on its part (each as finally determined by a non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction) in connection with the services rendered by such Depositary, Depositary’s Agent, Registrar and Transfer Agent, as the case may be, hereunder. The Corporation shall pay all charges of the Depositary in connection with the initial deposit of the Series E Preferred Stock and the initial issuance of the Depositary Shares, all withdrawals of shares of Series E Preferred Stock by owners of Depositary Shares, and any redemption or exchange of the Series E Preferred Stock at the option of the Corporation. The Corporation shall pay all transfer and other taxes and charges arising solely from the existence of the depositary arrangements. All other transfer and other taxes and charges shall be at the expense of Holders of Depositary Shares evidenced by Receipts. If, at the request of a Holder of Receipts, the Depositary incurs charges or expenses for which the Corporation is not otherwise liable hereunder, such Holder will be liable for such charges and expenses; provided, however, that the Depositary may, at its sole option, require a Holder of a Receipt to prepay the Depositary any charge or expense the Depositary has been asked to incur at the request of such Holder of Receipts. The Depositary shall present its statement for charges and expenses to the Corporation at such intervals as the Corporation and the Depositary may agree.

ARTICLE VI
AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION

Section 6.1       Amendment.

The form of the Receipts and any provisions of this Deposit Agreement may at any time and from time to time be amended by agreement between the Corporation and the Depositary in any respect which they may deem necessary or desirable; provided, however, that no such amendment (other than any change in the fees of any Depositary, Depositary’s Agent, Transfer Agent, or Registrar, as the case may be) which shall materially and adversely alter the rights of the Holders of Receipts shall be effective against the Holders of Receipts unless such amendment shall have been approved by the Holders of Receipts representing in the aggregate at least 66 2/3% of the Depositary Shares then outstanding. Every Holder of an outstanding Receipt at the time any such amendment becomes effective shall be deemed, by continuing to hold such Receipt, to consent and agree to such amendment and to be bound by the Deposit Agreement as amended thereby. As a condition precedent to the Depositary’s execution of any amendment, the Corporation shall deliver to the Depositary a certificate from a duly authorized officer of the Corporation that states that the proposed amendment is in compliance with the terms of this Section 6.1.

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Section 6.2       Termination.

This Deposit Agreement may be terminated by the Corporation at any time upon not less than 60 days prior written notice to the Depositary, in which case, at least 30 days prior to the date fixed in such notice for such termination, the Depositary will mail notice of such termination to the record Holders of all Receipts then outstanding. If any Receipts shall remain outstanding after the date of termination of this Deposit Agreement, the Depositary thereafter shall discontinue the transfer of Receipts, shall suspend the distribution of dividends to the Holders of the Receipts thereof and shall not give any further notices (other than notice of such termination) or perform any further acts under this Deposit Agreement, except that the Depositary shall continue to collect dividends and other distributions pertaining to the Series E Preferred Stock, and shall continue to deliver the shares of Series E Preferred Stock and any money and other property, if any, represented by Receipts upon surrender thereof by the Holders of Receipts thereof. At any time after the expiration of two years from the date of termination, as may be instructed by the Corporation in writing, the Depositary shall (i) sell the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock then held hereunder at public or private sale, at such places and upon such terms as it deems proper and may thereafter hold the net proceeds of any such sale, together with any money and other property held by it hereunder, without liability for interest, for the benefit, pro rata in accordance with their holdings, of the Holders of Receipts that have not theretofore been surrendered, or (ii) return such shares of Series E Preferred Stock to the Corporation. After making such sale, the Depositary shall be discharged from all obligations under this Deposit Agreement except to account for such net proceeds and money and other property. The Depositary shall continue to receive its fees and expenses after termination of this Deposit Agreement so long as the Depositary continues to provide services in connection with this Deposit Agreement.

Subject to the first paragraph of this Section 6.2, this Deposit Agreement may be terminated by the Corporation or the Depositary only if (i) all outstanding Depositary Shares issued hereunder have been redeemed pursuant to Section 2.8, (ii) there shall have been made a final distribution in respect of the Series E Preferred Stock in connection with any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation and such distribution shall have been distributed to the Holders of Receipts representing Depositary Shares pursuant to Section 4.1 or Section 4.2, as applicable, or (iii) upon the consent of Holders of Receipts representing in the aggregate not less than 66 2/3% of the Depositary Shares outstanding.

Upon the termination of this Deposit Agreement, the Corporation shall be discharged from all obligations under this Deposit Agreement except for its obligations to the Depositary, any Depositary’s Agent and any Registrar under Section 5.7 and Section 5.8; provided, however, that Section 5.3 and Section 5.7 shall survive the termination of this Deposit Agreement.

ARTICLE VII
MISCELLANEOUS

Section 7.1       Counterparts.

This Deposit Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, and by each of the parties hereto on separate counterparts, each of which counterparts, when so executed and delivered, shall be deemed an original, but all such counterparts taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument. A signature to this Deposit Agreement transmitted electronically shall have the same authority, effect, and enforceability as an original signature.

Section 7.2       Exclusive Benefit of Parties.

This Deposit Agreement is for the exclusive benefit of the parties hereto, and their respective successors hereunder, and shall not be deemed to give any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim to any other Person whatsoever.

Section 7.3       Invalidity of Provisions.

In case any one or more of the provisions contained in this Deposit Agreement or in the Receipts should be or become invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions contained herein or therein shall in no way be affected, prejudiced or disturbed thereby.

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Section 7.4       Notices.

Any and all notices, requests, orders, approvals, instructions or directions to be given to the Corporation hereunder or under the Receipts shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if personally delivered or sent by mail or a nationally recognized overnight delivery service, or by facsimile transmission or electronic mail, confirmed either by (a) telephone with the recipient of such facsimile transmission or electronic mail or (b) letter, addressed to the Corporation at:

Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
1398 Central Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
Attention: General Counsel
Email: [email protected]

or at any other addresses of which the Corporation shall have notified the Depositary in writing.

Any and all notices, requests, orders, approvals, instructions or directions to be given to the Depositary hereunder or under the Receipts shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if personally delivered or sent by mail or a nationally recognized overnight delivery service, or by facsimile transmission or electronic mail, confirmed either by (a) telephone with the recipient of such facsimile transmission or electronic mail or (b) letter, addressed to the Depositary at:

Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc.
51 Mercedes Way
Edgewood, NY 11717
Attention: General Counsel
Email: [email protected]

With a copy to (which copy shall not constitute notice):

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
2 Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Attention: General Counsel
Email: [email protected]

or at any other addresses of which the Depositary shall have notified the Corporation in writing.

Any and all notices to be given to any Record Holder of a Receipt hereunder or under the Receipts shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if personally delivered, sent by a nationally recognized overnight delivery service or sent by mail or facsimile transmission, confirmed by letter, addressed to such Record Holder at the address of such Record Holder as it appears on the books of the Depositary, or if such Holder shall have timely filed with the Depositary a request that notices intended for such Holder be mailed to some other address, at the address designated in such request.

Delivery of a notice sent by mail or by facsimile transmission shall be deemed to be effected at the time when a duly addressed letter containing the same (or a confirmation thereof in the case of a facsimile transmission) is deposited, postage prepaid, in a post office letter box. The Depositary or the Corporation may, however, act upon any facsimile transmission received by it from the other or from any Holder of a Receipt, notwithstanding that such facsimile transmission shall not subsequently be confirmed by letter or as aforesaid.

Section 7.5       Depositary’s Agents.

The Depositary may from time to time appoint Depositary’s Agents to act in any respect for the Depositary for the purposes of this Deposit Agreement and may at any time appoint additional Depositary’s Agents and vary or terminate the appointment of such Depositary’s Agents. The Depositary will promptly notify the Corporation of any such action.

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Section 7.6       Appointment of Registrar, Dividend Disbursing Agent and Redemption Agent in Respect of the Series E Preferred Stock.

The Corporation hereby appoints Broadridge as Registrar, Transfer Agent, dividend disbursing agent and redemption agent with respect to the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock deposited with the Depositary hereunder, and Broadridge hereby accept such respective appointments, subject to the express terms and conditions of this Deposit Agreement (and no implied terms or conditions) and, as such, will reflect changes in the number of shares of deposited Series E Preferred Stock held by it by notation, book-entry or other appropriate method. With respect to the appointment of Broadridge as Registrar, Transfer Agent, dividend disbursing agent and redemption agent in respect of the shares of the Series E Preferred Stock, Broadridge, in its respective capacities under such appointments, shall be entitled to the same rights, indemnities, immunities and benefits as the Depositary hereunder as if explicitly named in each such provision.

Section 7.7       Holders of Receipts Are Parties.

The Holders of Receipts from time to time shall be parties to this Deposit Agreement and shall be bound by all of the terms and conditions hereof and of the Receipts by acceptance of delivery thereof.

Section 7.8       Governing Law.

This Deposit Agreement and the Receipts and all rights hereunder and thereunder and provisions hereof and thereof shall be interpreted and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. Any and all claims, controversies, and causes of action arising out of or relating to this Deposit Agreement and the Receipts, whether sounding in contract, tort, or statute, shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, including its statutes of limitations, without giving effect to any conflict-of-laws rule that would result in the application of the laws of a different jurisdiction.

Section 7.9       Inspection of Deposit Agreement.

Copies of this Deposit Agreement shall be filed with the Depositary and the Depositary’s Agents and shall be made available for inspection during business hours upon reasonable notice to the Depositary by any Holder of a Receipt.

Section 7.10     Headings.

The headings of articles and sections in this Deposit Agreement and in the form of the Receipt set forth in Exhibit A hereto have been inserted for convenience only and are not to be regarded as a part of this Deposit Agreement or the Receipts or to have any bearing upon the meaning or interpretation of any provision contained herein or in the Receipts.

Section 7.11     Force Majeure.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Depositary will not be liable for any delays or failures in performance resulting from acts beyond its reasonable control including, without limitation, acts of God, terrorist acts, shortage of supply, breakdowns or malfunctions, interruptions or malfunction of computer facilities, or loss of data due to power failures or mechanical difficulties with information storage or retrieval systems, labor difficulties, war, or civil unrest.

Section 7.12     Further Assurances

Each of the Corporation and the Depositary, respectively, agrees that it will perform, acknowledge, and deliver or cause to be performed, acknowledged or delivered, all such further and other acts, documents, instruments and assurances as the Depositary or the Corporation, respectively, may reasonably require in connection with the performance of this Deposit Agreement.

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Section 7.13     Confidentiality.

The Depositary and the Corporation agree that all books, records, information and data pertaining to the business of the other party, including inter alia, personal, non-public Holder information and the fees for services, which are exchanged or received pursuant to the negotiation or the carrying out of this Deposit Agreement, shall remain confidential, and shall not be voluntarily disclosed to any other Person, except as may be required by law or legal process. To avoid doubt, the parties hereto shall not be required to keep the terms of this Deposit Agreement confidential. To the extent Depositary processes personal information that would constitute EU Personal Data as defined under Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation), Depositary will comply with the provisions of the Broadridge GDPR Annex, found at https://www.broadridge.com/GDPR-Annex by using password ICS54903.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation and the Depositary have duly executed this Deposit Agreement as of the day and year first above set forth, and all Holders of Receipts shall become parties hereto by and upon acceptance by them of delivery of Receipts issued in accordance with the terms hereof.

 
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.
     
 
By
/s/ Bryan R. McKeag
 
Name:
Bryan R. McKeag
 
Title:
Chief Financial Officer
 

 
BROADRIDGE CORPORATE ISSUER SOLUTIONS, INC., as Depositary
 

 
By
/s/ Michael Golightly
 
Name:
Michael Golightly
 
Title:
Operations Supervisor
     
 
BROADRIDGE CORPORATE ISSUER SOLUTIONS, INC., as Transfer Agent and Registrar for the shares of the Corporation’s Series E Preferred Stock
     
 
By
/s/ Michael Golightly
 
Name:
Michael Golightly
 
Title:
Operations Supervisor

[Signature Page to Deposit Agreement]

EXHIBIT A

[FORM OF FACE OF RECEIPT]

[IF GLOBAL RECEIPT IS ISSUED: UNLESS THIS GLOBAL RECEIPT IS PRESENTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DEPOSITORY TRUST COMPANY, A NEW YORK CORPORATION (“DTC”), TO THE DEPOSITARY OR ITS AGENT FOR REGISTRATION OF TRANSFER, EXCHANGE, OR PAYMENT, AND ANY RECEIPT ISSUED IS REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF CEDE & CO. OR IN SUCH OTHER NAME AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC (AND ANY PAYMENT IS MADE TO CEDE & CO. OR TO SUCH OTHER ENTITY AS IS REQUESTED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF DTC), ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE, OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL INASMUCH AS THE REGISTERED OWNER HEREOF, CEDE & CO., HAS AN INTEREST HEREIN.

TRANSFERS OF THIS GLOBAL RECEIPT SHALL BE LIMITED TO TRANSFERS IN WHOLE, BUT NOT IN PART, TO NOMINEES OF DTC OR TO A SUCCESSOR THEREOF OR SUCH SUCCESSOR’S NOMINEE AND TRANSFERS OF PORTIONS OF THIS GLOBAL RECEIPT SHALL BE LIMITED TO TRANSFERS MADE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH IN THE DEPOSIT AGREEMENT REFERRED TO BELOW.]

DEPOSITARY SHARES,

EACH REPRESENTING 1/400th OF ONE SHARE
OF
7.00% FIXED-RATE RESET NON-CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E
OF
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.

SEE REVERSE FOR CERTAIN DEFINITIONS

Dividend Payment Dates: When, as, and if declared by the board of directors or a duly authorized committee of the board of directors of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Corporation”), and to the extent the Corporation has the funds legally available, it will pay cash dividends on Series E Preferred Stock (as defined below) quarterly, in arrears, on January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15 of each year, beginning on October 15, 2020.

BROADRIDGE CORPORATE ISSUER SOLUTIONS, INC., as Depositary (the “Depositary”), hereby certifies that Cede & Co. is the registered owner of depositary shares (“Depositary Shares”), each Depositary Share representing 1/400th of one share of 7.00% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E, liquidation preference $10,000 per share, par value $1.00 per share (the “Series E Preferred Stock”), of the Corporation, on deposit with the Depositary, subject to the terms and entitled to the benefits of the Deposit Agreement, dated as of June 26, 2020 (the “Deposit Agreement”), among the Corporation, the Depositary and the Holders from time to time of the Receipts. By accepting this Depositary Receipt, the Holder hereof becomes a party to and agrees to be bound by all the terms and conditions of the Deposit Agreement. This Receipt shall not be valid or obligatory for any purpose or entitled to any benefits under the Deposit Agreement unless it shall have been executed by the Depositary by the manual or facsimile signature of a duly authorized officer and, if a Registrar for the Receipts (other than the Depositary) shall have been appointed, countersigned by such Registrar by the manual or facsimile signature of a duly authorized officer thereof.

Dated:
 
Dated:
         
Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc., as
Depositary
 
Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc.,
as Transfer Agent and Registrar
       
By:

 
By:

 
Authorized Officer
   
Authorized Officer

A-1

[FORM OF REVERSE OF RECEIPT]

THE CORPORATION WILL FURNISH WITHOUT CHARGE TO EACH REGISTERED HOLDER OF RECEIPTS WHO SO REQUESTS A COPY OF THE DEPOSIT AGREEMENT AND A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF DESIGNATIONS OF 7.00% FIXED-RATE RESET NON-CUMULATIVE PERPETUAL PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES E, OF HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC. ANY SUCH REQUEST IS TO BE ADDRESSED TO THE DEPOSITARY NAMED ON THE FACE OF THIS RECEIPT.

The Corporation will furnish without charge to each registered holder of receipts who so requests the powers, designations, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other special rights of each class of stock or series thereof of the Corporation, and the qualifications, limitations or restrictions of such preferences and/or rights. Such request may be made to the Corporation or to the Registrar.

EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS

The following abbreviations when used in the form of ownership on the face of this certificate shall be construed as though they were written out in full according to applicable laws or regulations. Abbreviations in addition to those appearing below may be used.

Abbreviation
 
Abbreviation
 
Abbreviation
 
Equivalent Word
JT TEN
 
As joint tenants, with right of survivorship and not as tenants in common
 
TEN BY ENT
 
As tenants by the entireties
TEN IN COM
 
As tenants in common
 
UNIF GIFT MIN ACT
 
Uniform Gifts to Minors Act

Abbreviation
 
Equivalent Word
 
Abbreviation
 
Equivalent Word
 
Abbreviation
 
Equivalent Word
ADM
 
Administrator(s),
Administratrix
 
EX
 
Executor(s), Executrix
 
PL
 
Public Law
AGMT
 
Agreement
 
FBO
 
For the benefit of
 
TR
 
(As) trustee(s), for, of
ART
 
Article
 
FDN
 
Foundation
 
U
 
Under
CH
 
Chapter
 
GDN
 
Guardian(s)
 
UA
 
Under Agreement
CUST
 
Custodian for
 
GDNSHP
 
Guardianship
 
UW
 
Under will of, Of will of, Under last will & testament
DEC
 
Declaration
 
MIN
 
Minor(s)
       
EST
 
Estate, of Estate of
 
PAR
 
Paragraph
       

A-2

ASSIGNMENT

For value received, _______________ hereby sell(s), assign(s) and transfer(s) unto

INSERT SOCIAL SECURITY OR OTHER IDENTIFYING NUMBER OF ASSIGNEE

PRINT OR TYPEWRITE NAME AND ADDRESS INCLUDING POSTAL ZIP CODE OF ASSIGNEE

Depositary Shares represented by the within Receipt, and do(es) hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint   Attorney to transfer the said Depositary Shares on the books of the within named Depositary with full power of substitution in the premises.

Dated:
  
Signed:
  

NOTICE: The signature to the assignment must correspond with the name as written upon the face of this Receipt in every particular, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatsoever.

SIGNATURE GUARANTEED

NOTICE: The signature(s) should be guaranteed by a participant in a Medallion Signature Guarantee Program at a guarantee level acceptable to the Corporation’s transfer agent. Guarantees by a notary public are not acceptable.


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Section 5: EX-5.1 (EXHIBIT 5.1)


Exhibit 5.1

[Letterhead of Dorsey & Whitney LLP]

June 26, 2020

Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
1398 Central Avenue
Dubuque, IA  52001

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as counsel to Heartland Financial USA, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the filing by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) of a Prospectus Supplement (the “Prospectus Supplement”), dated June 19, 2020, to the Prospectus, dated August 8, 2019, included in the Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-233120) (the “Registration Statement”) filed by the Company with the Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), relating to the offer and sale by the Company under the Registration Statement of 4,600,000 of the Company’s depositary shares (including 600,000 depositary shares subject to the underwriters’ over-allotment option) (the “Depositary Shares”), each representing ownership of a 1/400th interest in a share of the Company’s 7.00% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E, $1.00 par value (the “Preferred Stock”), pursuant to that certain Underwriting Agreement, dated June 19, 2020 (the “Underwriting Agreement”), among the Company and Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, acting individually and as representatives of the several Underwriters named in Schedule A to the Underwriting Agreement.  The Preferred Stock is to be deposited by the Company with Broadridge Corporation Issuer Solutions, Inc., acting as depositary (in such capacity, the “Depositary”), pursuant to the Deposit Agreement, dated June 26, 2020 (the “Deposit Agreement”), by and among the Company, the Depositary and the holders from time to time of depositary receipts issued under the Deposit Agreement to evidence the Depositary Shares. Depositary Shares are to be evidenced by depositary receipts  substantially in the form set forth in the Depositary Agreement (the “Depositary Receipts”).

We have examined such documents and reviewed such questions of law as we have considered necessary or appropriate for the purposes of our opinions set forth below.  In rendering our opinions set forth below, we have assumed the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the genuineness of all signatures and the conformity to authentic originals of all documents submitted to us as copies.  We have also assumed the legal capacity for all purposes relevant hereto of all natural persons and, with respect to all parties to agreements or instruments relevant hereto other than the Company, that such parties had the requisite power and authority (corporate or otherwise) to execute, deliver and perform such agreements or instruments, that such agreements or instruments have been duly authorized by all requisite action (corporate or otherwise), executed and delivered by such parties and that such agreements or instruments are the valid, binding and enforceable obligations of such parties.  As to questions of fact material to our opinions, we have relied upon the certificates of officers of the Company and of public officials.

Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
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Based on the foregoing, we are of the opinion that:


(i)
The Preferred Stock, when the certificate evidencing the shares of Preferred Stock has been delivered to the Depositary as provided in the Deposit Agreement, and the Depositary Shares have been issued in accordance with the terms of the Deposit Agreement and delivered to and paid for by the Underwriters in accordance with the terms of the Underwriting Agreement,  will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.


(ii)
The Depositary Shares, when issued in accordance with the Deposit Agreement and delivered against payment therefor in the form of Depositary Receipts in accordance with the terms of the Underwriting Agreement, and upon the deposit of the Preferred Stock in accordance with the terms of the Deposit Agreement, will be validly issued and will entitle the holders of the Depositary Shares to the rights specified in the Depositary Receipts and the Deposit Agreement.

Our opinions set forth above are subject to:

(a)          the effect of any applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar law relating to or affecting creditors’ rights generally (including, without limitation, fraudulent conveyance laws);

(b)          the effect of general principles of equity, including, without limitation, concepts of materiality, reasonableness, good faith and fair dealing and the possible unavailability of specific performance or injunctive relief, regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law; and

(c)          limitations regarding the availability of indemnification and contribution where such indemnification or contribution may be limited by applicable law or the application of principles of public policy.

We express no opinion as to the enforceability of (i) provisions that relate to choice of law, forum selection or submission to jurisdiction (including, without limitation, any express or implied waiver of any objection to venue in any court or of any objection that a court is an inconvenient forum) to the extent that the validity, binding effect or enforceability of any such provision is to be determined by any court other than a state court of the State of New York, (ii) waivers by the Company of any statutory or constitutional rights or remedies, (iii) terms which excuse any person or entity from liability for, or require the Company to indemnify such person or entity against, such person’s or entity’s negligence or willful misconduct or (iv) obligations to pay any form of liquidated damages, if the payment of such  damages may be construed as unreasonable in relation to actual damages or disproportionate to actual damages suffered.

Our opinions expressed above are limited to the laws of the State of New York and the Delaware General Corporation Law.

Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
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We hereby consent to your filing of this opinion as an exhibit to a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by the Company with the Commission, which Current Report on Form 8-K will be incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement, and to the reference to our firm under the caption “Legal Matters” contained in the Prospectus Supplement.  In giving this consent, we do not admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.

 
Very truly yours,
   
 
/s/ Dorsey & Whitney LLP

CCH/GLT/BRR
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Section 6: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)


Exhibit 99.1


CONTACT:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bryan R. McKeag
June 26, 2020
Executive Vice President
 
Chief Financial Officer
 
(563) 589-1994
 
 

Heartland Financial USA, Inc. Announces Closing of $115 Million Offering of Depositary Shares

DUBUQUE, Iowa, June 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF) (“Heartland”) today announced the closing of its previously announced offering (the “Offering”) of 4,600,000 depositary shares (the “depositary shares”), each representing a 1/400th interest in a share of 7.00% Fixed-Rate Reset Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series E, with a liquidation preference of $25 per depositary share (equivalent to $10,000 per share of Series E Preferred Stock), including 600,000 depositary shares issued upon the exercise in full by the underwriters of their over-allotment option.

Heartland has applied to list the depositary shares on The Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “HTLFP.” Trading of the depositary shares on Nasdaq is expected to begin within 30 days after the closing date.

The total net proceeds to Heartland are approximately $110,827,500, including proceeds of the exercise of the over-allotment option for 600,000 depositary shares, after deducting the underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by Heartland. Heartland expects to use the net proceeds from the sale of the depositary shares for general corporate purposes, which may include, without limitation, providing capital to support organic growth or growth through strategic acquisitions, financing investments, capital expenditures, investments in wholly-owned bank subsidiaries as regulatory capital, and repaying indebtedness.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, D.A. Davidson & Co., and Piper Sandler & Co. acted as joint book-running managers for the Offering.

The Offering was made only by means of a prospectus supplement and an accompanying base prospectus.  For this Offering, Heartland filed a registration statement on August 8, 2019 (File No. 333-233120), and on June 22, 2020, a prospectus supplement to the prospectus contained in the registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in the registration statement, the prospectus supplement and the other documents that Heartland has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the company and the offering. You may obtain copies of these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, Heartland, any underwriter or any dealer participating in the offering will arrange to send you copies of the prospectus and the prospectus supplement relating to the offering if you request it by contacting: Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Attention: Equity Syndicate, 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL, 33716, or by telephone at (800) 248-8863, or by e-mail at [email protected]



This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the depositary shares, nor shall there be any sale of the depositary shares in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Any offering of the depositary shares is being made only by means of a written prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The depositary shares being offered have not been approved or disapproved by any regulatory authority, nor has any such authority passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the registration statement, prospectus or prospectus supplement.

About Heartland Financial USA, Inc.

Heartland Financial USA, Inc. is a diversified financial services company with assets of $13.3 billion as of March 31, 2020. The company provides banking, mortgage, private client, investment, insurance and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Heartland currently has 114 banking locations serving 83 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.

Forward Looking Statements

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. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by use of the words “believe”, “expect”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “estimate”, “project”, “will”, “should”, “may”, “view”, “opportunity”, “potential”, or similar expressions or expressions of confidence. 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 are detailed below and in the risk factors in Heartland's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 (as supplemented by the prospectus supplement described above and Heartland’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020), which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These factors include, among others: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Heartland and U.S. and global financial markets; containment measures enacted by the U.S. federal and state governments and by private businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; the deterioration of the U.S. economy in general and in the local economies in which Heartland conducts its operations; increasing credit losses due to deterioration in the financial condition of Heartland’s borrowers, based on declining oil prices and asset and collateral values, which may continue to increase its provision for credit losses and net charge-offs; civil unrest in the communities that Heartland serves; levels of unemployment in the subsidiary banks’ lending areas; real estate market values in the subsidiary banks’ lending areas; future natural disasters and increases to flood insurance premiums; the effects of past and any future terrorist threats and attacks, acts of war or threats thereof; the level of prepayments on loans and mortgage-backed securities; legislative/regulatory changes affecting banking, taxes, securities, insurance and monetary and financial matters; monetary and fiscal policies of the U.S. Government including policies of the United States Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve; the quality or composition of Heartland’s loan or investment portfolios; demand for loan products and financial services, deposit flows and competition in the Heartland’s market areas; changes in accounting principles and guidelines; the timely development and acceptance of products and services, including products and services offered through alternative delivery channels such as the Internet; Heartland’s ability to implement technological changes as anticipated and to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic delivery systems; Heartland’s ability to retain key executives and employees and the ability of Heartland and its subsidiaries to successfully consummate acquisitions and integrate acquired operations and the other risks described in Heartland’s reports and other documents filed with the SEC. These risks and uncertainties should be considered in evaluating forward-looking statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.

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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