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Park National Corp Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 28, 2011 | About:

Park National Corp (PRK) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Park National Corp. has a market cap of $1.01 billion; its shares were traded at around $65.67 with a P/E ratio of 14.53 and P/S ratio of 2.45. The dividend yield of Park National Corp. stocks is 5.73%.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns PRK: Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC.

Highlight of Business Operations:

In connection with the Vision Merger, Park entered into a First Supplemental Indenture, dated as of the effective time of the Vision Merger (the “First Supplemental Indenture”), with Vision and Wilmington Trust Company, a Delaware banking corporation, as Trustee. Under the terms of the First Supplemental Indenture, Park assumed all of the payment and performance obligations of Vision under the Junior Subordinated Indenture, dated as of December 5, 2005 (the “Indenture”), pursuant to which Vision issued $15.5 million of junior subordinated debentures to Vision Bancshares Trust I, a Delaware statutory trust (the “Vision Trust”). The junior subordinated debentures were issued by Vision in connection with the sale by the Vision Trust of $15.0 million of floating rate preferred securities to institutional investors on December 5, 2005.

On December 23, 2008, Park completed the sale to the United States Department of the Treasury (the “U.S. Treasury”) of $100.0 million of newly-issued Park non-voting preferred shares as part of the U.S. Treasury s Capital Purchase Program (the “CPP”) enacted as part of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (“TARP”) under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (“EESA”). To finalize Park s participation in the CPP, Park and the U.S. Treasury entered into a Letter Agreement, dated December 23, 2008 (the “Letter Agreement”), including the related Securities Purchase Agreement — Standard Terms attached thereto (the “Securities Purchase Agreement” and together with the Letter Agreement, the “UST Agreement”). Pursuant to the UST Agreement, Park issued and sold to the U.S. Treasury (i) 100,000 of Park s Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Shares, Series A, each without par value and having a liquidation preference of $1,000 per share (the “Series A Preferred Shares”), and (ii) a warrant (the “Warrant”) to purchase 227,376 Park Common Shares, at an exercise price of $65.97 per share (subject to certain anti-dilution and other adjustments), for an aggregate purchase price of $100.0 million in cash. The Warrant has a ten-year term. All of the proceeds from the sale of the Series A Preferred Shares and the Warrant by Park to the U.S. Treasury under the CPP will qualify as Tier 1 capital for regulatory purposes. The issuance and sale to the U.S. Treasury of the Series A Preferred Shares and the Warrant was a private placement exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), pursuant to Section 4(2) of the Securities Act. In the Securities Purchase Agreement, the U.S. Treasury has agreed not to vote any of the Common Shares it receives upon exercise of the Warrant. Any Common Shares issued by Park upon exercise of the Warrant will be issued from Common Shares held in treasury by Park.

The Securities Purchase Agreement contains limitations on the payment of dividends on the Common Shares from and after December 23, 2008 (including with respect to the payment of cash dividends in excess of $0.94 per share, which is the amount of the last quarterly cash dividend declared by Park prior to October 14, 2008). Park may not pay dividends on Park Common Shares (other than dividends payable solely in Common Shares) if Park is in arrears on the payment of Series A Preferred Share dividends. Prior to the earlier of (i) December 23, 2011 and (ii) the date on which the Series A Preferred Shares have been redeemed in whole or the U.S. Treasury has transferred the Series A Preferred Shares to unaffiliated third parties, Park may not declare or pay any dividend or make any distribution on the Park Common Shares other than: (i) regular quarterly dividends not exceeding $0.94 per share; and (ii) dividends payable solely in Park Common Shares. In addition, unless the Series A Preferred Shares have been transferred to unaffiliated third parties or have been redeemed in whole, until December 23, 2011, the U.S. Treasury s consent would be required for any repurchases of (i) Common Shares or other capital stock or other equity securities of any kind of Park or (ii) any trust preferred securities issued by Park or any affiliate of Park, other than (x) repurchases of the Series A Preferred Shares, (y) purchases of junior preferred shares or Common Shares in connection with the administration of any employee benefit plan in the ordinary course of business and consistent with past practice and (z) purchases under certain other limited circumstances specified in the Securities Purchase Agreement. Further, Common Shares may not be repurchased by Park if Park is in arrears on the payment of Series A Preferred Share dividends.

On December 8, 2010, Park entered into Securities Purchase Agreements with certain institutional investors, pursuant to which Park agreed to sell, in a registered direct public offering, (i) an aggregate of 71,984 Common Shares, (ii) Series A Common Share Warrants, which are exercisable on or prior to the close of business on June 10, 2011, to purchase up to an aggregate of 35,992 Common Shares (the “Series A Warrants”), and (iii) Series B Common Share Warrants, which are exercisable on or prior to the close of business on December 10, 2011, to purchase up to an aggregate of 35,992 Common Shares (the “Series B Warrants”) for total gross proceeds of approximately $5.0 million (the “Registered Direct Public Offering”). The aggregate compensation paid to the Placement Agent was $190,000. The aggregate net proceeds to Park from the Registered Direct Public Offering were approximately $4.8 million, after deducting compensation to the Placement Agent and legal and accounting fees.

At December 31, 2010, Park s subsidiaries (including Scope Aircraft Finance) had approximately $1,967 million in commercial loans (commercial, financial and agricultural loans and commercial real estate loans) and commercial leases outstanding, representing approximately 41.5% of their total aggregate loan portfolio as of that date. Of this amount, approximately $737 million represented commercial, financial and agricultural loans, $1,227 million represented commercial real estate loans and $3 million represented commercial leases. Vision Bank had approximately $226 million in commercial loans outstanding at December 31, 2010, representing approximately 35% of Vision Bank s aggregate loan portfolio at that date. Of this amount, approximately $66 million represented commercial, financial and agricultural loans and approximately $160 million represented commercial real estate loans.

The regulatory limit for loans made to one borrower by Park National Bank was $77.1 million at December 31, 2010. Vision Bank s regulatory limits for loans made to one borrower were $28.6 million for a secured loan or $17.2 million for an unsecured loan, at December 31, 2010. Participations in a loan by one or both of Park s subsidiary banks in an amount larger than $20.0 million are generally sold to third-party banks or financial institutions based on an internal Park loan policy. While Park National Bank has a loan limit of $77.1 million, total indebtedness of the largest single borrower within the commercial portfolio was $24.1 million at December 31, 2010.

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