SOURCE: First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.

March 06, 2006 16:51 ET

First Midwest Bancorp to Offer 3,825,000 Shares of Common Stock

ITASCA, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2006 -- First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: FMBI) today announced that it had commenced a public offering of 3,825,000 shares of its common stock (excluding the underwriters' over-allotment option). The underwriters of the offering will have an option to purchase an additional 573,750 shares to cover over-allotments.

Net proceeds from the offering will be used for the previously announced acquisition of Bank Calumet, Inc.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods is acting as the lead manager and sole bookrunner for the transaction. Raymond James, KeyBanc Capital Markets and Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. are acting as co-managers.

Printed copies of the prospectus supplement relating to the offering may be obtained, when available, from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., 787 Seventh Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, New York 10019, Attn: Equity Syndicate, Telephone: 1-212-887-8968.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

First Midwest is the premier relationship-based banking franchise in the growing Chicagoland banking market. As one of the Chicago metropolitan area's largest independent bank holding companies, First Midwest provides the full range of both business and retail banking and trust and investment management services through 70 offices located in 50 communities, primarily in northeastern Illinois. First Midwest was the only bank named by Chicago magazine as one of the 25 best places to work in Chicago.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:

    Michael L. Scudder
    EVP, Chief Financial Officer
    (630) 875-7283
    www.firstmidwest.com

    First Midwest Bancorp
    One Pierce Place, Suite 1500
    Itasca, Illinois 60143-9768
    (630) 875-7450