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Section 1: S-8 (S-8)

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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 21, 2020

Registration No. 333-_______

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM S-8
REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
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HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
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Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
42-1405748
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
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1398 Central Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)
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Heartland Financial USA, Inc. 2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan

(Full title of the plans)
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Bryan R. McKeag
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
1398 Central Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
(Name and address of agent for service)
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(563) 589-2100
(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
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With copies to:
Michael J. Coyle
Executive Vice President, Senior General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Heartland Financial USA, Inc.
1398 Central Avenue
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
(563) 589-2100
Jay L. Swanson
Cam C. Hoang
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
(612) 340-2600
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b2 of the Exchange Act.



Large accelerated filer x
 
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated file o
 
Smaller reporting company o
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 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. ☐

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CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
Title of securities to be registeredAmount
to be registered
Proposed maximum
offering price per share
Proposed maximum
aggregate offering price
Amount of
registration fee
Common Stock (par value $1.00 per share) (1)
1,460,000 shares(2)
$26.19(3)
$38,237,400(3)
$4,963.21
(1) Also includes rights to purchase shares of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, $1.00 par value (the “Preferred Stock Purchase Rights”), which are attached to all shares of Common Stock. Until the occurrence of certain prescribed events, the Preferred Stock Purchase Rights are not exercisable, are evidenced by the certificates for the Common Stock and will be transferrable only along with the Common Stock. The value attributable to the Preferred Stock Purchase Rights, if any, is reflected in the value of the Common Stock.
(2) Includes (a)1,265,000 shares of Common Stock that may be issued pursuant to the Heartland Financial USA, Inc. 2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the "2020 LTIP") and (b) an additional 195,000 shares of Common Stock that were available for issuance or subject to awards outstanding under prior stock incentive plans of the Company that may be reissued in connection with the new awards made pursuant to the 2020 LTIP. Pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this registration statement also covers any additional shares of Common Stock that may be offered or issued under with such plans to prevent dilution resulting from stock splits, stock dividends or similar transactions.
(3) Calculated solely for the purpose of this offering in accordance with Rule 457(c) and (h) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, based on the average of the high and low prices for a share of Common Stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Stock Market on May 14, 2020.




PART I
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE
SECTION 10(A) PROSPECTUS

The document containing information specified by Part I of this registration statement will be sent or given to participants in the Heartland Financial USA, Inc. 2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan, as specified in Rule 428(b)(1) promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Such document is not being filed with the SEC but constitutes (along with the documents incorporated by reference into the registration statement pursuant to Item 3 of Part II hereof), a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.
PART II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

The following documents, which have been filed by Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (“Heartland”) with the SEC, are incorporated by reference in this registration statement:
(a) Heartland’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019;
(b) Heartland’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020;
(c) Heartland’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 11, 2020; and
(d) the description of Heartland’s Common Stock contained in Exhibit 4.12 to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, which updates any prior registration statement or report filed by Heartland under the Securities Act or any report filed by Heartland under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), including any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such description.

All documents filed by Heartland pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act subsequent to the date hereof and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered hereby have been sold or which deregisters all securities remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein and to be a part hereof from the respective dates of filing of such documents.
Item 4. Description of Securities.
Not applicable.
Item 5. Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

Not applicable.
Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

Heartland is incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware. Section 145 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DCGL”) empowers a Delaware corporation to indemnify any persons who are, or are threatened to be made, parties to any threatened, pending or completed legal action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of such corporation), by reason of the fact that such person is or was an officer or director of such corporation, or is or was serving at the request of such corporation as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation or enterprise. The indemnity may include expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with such action, suit or proceeding, provided that such officer or director acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in or not opposed to the corporation’s best interests, and, for criminal proceedings, had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was illegal. A Delaware corporation may indemnify officers and directors against expenses (including attorney’s fees) in connection with the defense or settlement of an action by or in the right of the corporation under the same conditions, except



that no indemnification is permitted without judicial approval if the officer or director is adjudged to be liable to the corporation. Where an officer or director is successful on the merits or otherwise in the defense of any action referred to above, the corporation must indemnify him or her against the expenses which such officer or director actually and reasonably incurred.

Article IX of Heartland’s Certificate of Incorporation, as Amended and Restated (the “Certificate of Incorporation”) provides that any director or officer of Heartland, and each person who serves at the request of Heartland as a director, officer or partner of another enterprise, shall be indemnified in accordance with, and to the fullest extent authorized by, the DGCL.

Article VIII of Heartland’s Bylaws provides that Heartland is required to indemnify its directors and officers under certain circumstances, including those circumstances in which indemnification would otherwise be discretionary. Article VIII of the Bylaws also provides that Heartland may advance expenses to its directors and officers as incurred in connection with proceedings against them for which they may be indemnified.

Heartland also carries directors’ and officers’ liability insurance.

Article X of the Certificate of Incorporation provides that, to the full extent permitted by the DGCL, a director of Heartland shall not be liable to Heartland or its stockholders for monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty as a director.

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.

Not applicable.







































Item 8. Exhibits.



4.11Form of Specimen Stock Certificate for Heartland Financial USA, Inc. Common Stock (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-4 (File No. 33-76228) filed on May 4, 1994).
23.1*Consent of Dorsey & Whitney LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
* Filed herewith






Item 9. Undertakings.

(a) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:
(i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933;
(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement; and
(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;
provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) above do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to section 13 or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement.
(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
(c) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933 and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act of 1933 and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.



SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Dubuque, State of Iowa, on May 20, 2020.
HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC.
By:/s/ Bruce K. Lee
Bruce K. Lee
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities indicated on May 20, 2020.
Signature and Title
/s/ Bruce K. Lee /s/ Lynn B. Fuller
Bruce K. Lee Lynn B. Fuller
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
(principal executive officer)
Executive Operating Chairman
(principal executive officer)
/s/ Bryan R. McKeag/s/ Janet M. Quick
Bryan R. McKeagJanet M. Quick
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(principal financial officer)
Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief
Financial Officer (principal accounting officer)
**
Robert B. Engel, Director Mark C. Falb, Director
**
Thomas L. Flynn, DirectorJennifer K. Hopkins, Director
**
R. Mike McCoy, DirectorSusan G. Murphy, Director
**
Barry H. Orr, DirectorJohn K. Schmidt, Director
**
Martin J. Schmitz, DirectorDuane E. White, Director

* Michael J. Coyle, by signing his name hereto, does hereby sign this document on behalf of each of the above named directors of the registrant pursuant to powers of attorney duly executed by such persons.
Dated:May 20, 2020By:/s/ Michael J. Coyle
Michael J. Coyle
Attorney-In-Fact
Executive Vice President,
Senior General Counsel and Corporate Secretary


           







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Section 2: EX-5.1 (EX-5.1)

Document

Exhibit 5.1

May 21, 2020


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

Re: Registration Statement on Form S-8

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Reference is made to the Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) that Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (the “Company”) intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, for the purpose of registering (a) 1,265,000 shares of common stock, par value $1.00 per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”), which may be issued from time to time pursuant to awards granted under the Heartland Financial USA, Inc., 2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) and (b) an additional 195,000 shares of Common Stock that were available for issuance or subject to awards outstanding under prior stock incentive plans of the Company that may be reissued in connection with new awards made pursuant to the Plan (such shares referred to in both of clauses (a) and (b), the “Shares”).

We have examined such documents and have reviewed such questions of law as we have considered necessary and 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 also have 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 opinion, we have relied upon certificates of officers of the Company and of public officials.

Based on the foregoing, we are of the opinion that:

The Shares to be issued by the Company pursuant to the Plan have been duly authorized and, upon issuance, delivery and payment therefor in accordance with the terms of the Plan, will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

Our opinions expressed above are limited to the Delaware General Corporation Law.

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement.

Very truly yours,

/s/Dorsey & Whitney LLP

JLS/CCH

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Section 3: EX-23.2 (EX-23.2)

Document

Exhibit 23.2

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

The Board of Directors
Heartland Financial USA, Inc.:

We consent to the use of our reports dated February 26, 2020, with respect to the consolidated balance sheets of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (the Company) as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, changes in equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2019, and the related notes (collectively, the consolidated financial statements), and the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019, incorporated herein by reference.

Our report dated February 26, 2020, on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019, contained an explanatory paragraph that states the Company’s Illinois Bank & Trust subsidiary acquired substantially all of the assets and assumed substantially all of the deposits and certain other liabilities of Rockford Bank and Trust Company on November 30, 2019, and management has excluded from its assessment of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019, Rockford Bank and Trust Company’s internal control over financial reporting associated with total assets of $449.0 million as of December 31, 2019 and total revenues of $1.0 million for the one month period ended December 31, 2019. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting of the Company also excluded an evaluation of the internal control over financial reporting of Rockford Bank and Trust Company.


/s/ KPMG LLP
Des Moines, Iowa
May 21, 2020

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Section 4: EX-24.1 (EX-24.1)

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Exhibit 24.1

POWER OF ATTORNEY

KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints Michael J. Coyle and Jay L. Kim, and each of them, his or her true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, each acting alone, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign one or more Registration Statements on Form S-8 registering shares of common stock of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. issuable under the Heartland Financial USA, Inc. 2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan, and any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments), and to file the same, with all exhibits and other documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting to said attorneys-in-fact and agents, each acting alone, full power and authority to do and perform to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, each acting alone, or the substitutes for such attorneys-in-fact and agents, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue of this Power of Attorney. This Power of Attorney may be signed in several counterparts.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the following persons has signed below as of this 20th day of May, 2020.

Signature and Title
/s/ Lynn B. Fuller/s/ Bruce K. Lee
Lynn B. FullerBruce K. Lee
Executive Operating Chairman and Director
(principal executive officer)
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
(principal executive officer and duly authorized officer)
/s/ Janet M. Quick/s/ Bryan R. McKeag
Janet M. QuickBryan R. McKeag
Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer (principal accounting officer)Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer)
/s/ Robert B. Engel
Robert B. Engel, Director
/s/ Susan G. Murphy
Susan G. Murphy, Director
/s/ Mark C. Falb/s/ Barry H. Orr
Mark C. Falb, DirectorBarry H. Orr, Director
/s/ Thomas L. Flynn/s/ John K. Schmidt
Thomas L. Flynn, DirectorJohn K. Schmidt, Director
/s/ Jennifer K. Hopkins/s/ Martin J. Schmitz
Jennifer K. Hopkins, DirectorMartin J. Schmitz, Director
/s/ R. Michael McCoy/s/ Duane E. White
R. Michael McCoy, DirectorDuane E. White, Director

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