LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (NASDAQ: OZRK) announced today that it has agreed to sell 2,098,436 shares of its common stock at a price of $52.42 per share, for gross proceeds of $110,000,015, before deducting anticipated expenses of approximately $25,000. The shares were offered to existing shareholders and institutional investors in a registered direct offering conducted without an underwriter or placement agent. The offering is expected to close on or about December 8, 2015.
The Company plans to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including a capital contribution to the Company’s bank subsidiary to support its expected growth in non-purchased loans and leases.
The securities described above are being offered pursuant to a shelf registration statement (File No. 333-203388), which was declared effective by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on April 13, 2015. A prospectus supplement relating to the registered direct offering has been filed by the Company with the SEC. Copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or from Bank of the Ozarks, Inc., P.O. Box 8811, Little Rock, Arkansas 72231-8811, Attention: Investor Relations.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of the Company in the registered direct offering. There shall not be any offer, solicitation of an offer to buy, or sale of the securities 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 registered direct offering will be made only by means of a prospectus, including a prospectus supplement, forming a part of the effective registration statement.
ABOUT BANK OF THE OZARKS, INC.
Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. is a bank holding company with $9.3 billion in total assets as of September 30, 2015 and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “OZRK.” The Company owns a state-chartered subsidiary bank that conducts banking operations through 174 offices in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, New York and California. The Company may be contacted at (501) 978-2265 or P.O. Box 8811, Little Rock, Arkansas 72231-8811. The Company’s website is: www.bankozarks.com.
CAUTION ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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