Cathay General Bancorp 8-K 2010
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 1, 2010
CATHAY GENERAL BANCORP
777 North Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90012
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (213) 625-4700
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 1.01. Entry Into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On February 1, 2010, Cathay General Bancorp (the Company) entered into a Purchase Agreement (the Purchase Agreement) with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Goldman, Sachs & Co. (the Underwriters), providing for the offer and sale by the Company of 13,068,182 shares of its common stock, par value $0.01 per share, at a price to the public of $8.80 per share (the Shares). The closing of the sale of the Shares, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to occur on February 5, 2010.
In addition, pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, the Company has granted to the Underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,960,227 Shares.
The Purchase Agreement includes representations, warranties and covenants by the Company customary for agreements of this nature. It also provides for customary indemnification by each of the Company and the Underwriters against certain liabilities arising out of or in connection with the sale of the Shares and customary contribution provisions in respect of those liabilities.
The foregoing description of the material terms of the Purchase Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Purchase Agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 1.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
On February 2, 2010, the Company issued a press release announcing that it has priced the offering of the Shares as described in Item 1.01 above. The press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information furnished in this Item 7.01 shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Item 8.01. Other Events.
This Current Report on Form 8-K is being filed, among other things, to incorporate by reference exhibits into the Companys effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3, Registration No. 333-163070, and the prospectus dated November 19, 2009 included therein, the preliminary prospectus supplement relating thereto dated February 1, 2010, and the final prospectus supplement relating thereto dated February 1, 2010 in connection with the Companys offering of the Shares pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, all as described under Item 1.01 above.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
* This exhibit shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section, nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
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.
Date: February 2, 2010
CATHAY GENERAL BANCORP
By: /s/ Heng W. Chen
Heng W. Chen
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer