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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): November 7, 2019

UNITED COMMUNITY BANKS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Georgia
 
001-35095
 
58-1807304
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
 
(Commission file number)
 
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

125 Highway 515 East
Blairsville, Georgia 30512
(Address of principal executive offices)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:
(706) 781-2265

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:
 
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)
 
 
 
 
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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

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 per share
UCBI
Nasdaq Global Select Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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 8.01
Other Events
 
On November 7, 2019, United Community Banks, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that its Board of Directors approved an increase of its regular quarterly cash dividend to $0.18 per common share. The dividend is payable January 6, 2020 to shareholders of record on December 16, 2019. This represents a 12.5% increase over the quarterly dividend a year ago.

The Board of Directors also authorized an updated repurchase program of $50 million of its outstanding common shares that may be acquired through December 31, 2020. The shares may be repurchased periodically in open market transactions at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, or by other means in accordance with federal securities laws, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time without notice. The actual timing, number and value of shares repurchased under the program will be determined by management at its discretion and will depend on a number of factors, including the market price of United’s stock, general market and economic conditions, and applicable legal requirements. Repurchased shares will become treasury shares and may be utilized for general corporate purposes.

A copy of the Company press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
 
 
Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits. 
 
 
(d) Exhibits
The following exhibit index lists the exhibits that are either filed or furnished with the Current Report on Form 8-K.
 
 
 






 
EXHIBIT INDEX
 
Exhibit No.
 
Description
 
 
 
 
104
The cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted in 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.
 
 
UNITED COMMUNITY BANKS, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Jefferson L. Harralson
 
 
Jefferson L. Harralson
 
 
Executive Vice President and
 
 
Chief Financial Officer
 
 
Date:  November 8, 2019
 



Exhibit
Exhibit 99.1




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For Immediate Release

For more information:
Jefferson Harralson
Chief Financial Officer
(864) 240-6208
Jefferson_Harralson@ucbi.com



UNITED COMMUNITY BANKS, INC. ANNOUNCES
QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND INCREASE AND AN UPDATED SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM


GREENVILLE, SC, November 7, 2019 - United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) (“United”), reported that its Board of Directors approved an increase of its regular quarterly cash dividend to $0.18 per common share. The dividend is payable January 6, 2020 to shareholders of record on December 16, 2019. This represents a 12.5% increase over the quarterly dividend a year ago.

The Board of Directors also authorized an updated repurchase program of $50 million of its outstanding common shares that may be acquired through December 31, 2020. The shares may be repurchased periodically in open market transactions at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, or by other means in accordance with federal securities laws, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time without notice. The actual timing, number and value of shares repurchased under the program will be determined by management at its discretion and will depend on a number of factors, including the market price of United’s stock, general market and economic conditions, and applicable legal requirements. Repurchased shares will become treasury shares and may be utilized for general corporate purposes.

About United Community Banks, Inc.
United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) is a bank holding company headquartered in Blairsville, Georgia, with executive offices in Greenville, South Carolina. United is one of the southeast region’s largest full-service financial institutions with $12.8 billion in assets, and 147 offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. It operates principally through United Community Bank, its bank subsidiary,




which specializes in personalized community banking services for individuals, small businesses and companies. Services include a full range of consumer and commercial banking products, including mortgage, advisory, and treasury management. Respected national research firms consistently recognize United Community Bank for outstanding customer service. For five of the past six years, J.D. Power has ranked United Community Bank first in customer satisfaction in the Southeast. In 2019, for the sixth consecutive year, Forbes magazine included United on its list of the 100 Best Banks in America, and for the first time included United on its list of The World’s Best Banks. Additional information about UCBI and the Bank can be found at www.ucbi.com.