ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. Announces Private Placement of $50 Million of Subordinated Notes

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., June 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNOB) (the "Company" or "ConnectOne"), parent company of ConnectOne Bank (the "Bank"), today announced that it has completed a private placement of $50.0 million in aggregate principal amount of fixed-to-floating rate subordinated notes (the "Notes") to certain institutional investors. The Notes are non-callable for five years, have a stated maturity of July 1, 2025, and bear interest at a fixed rate of 5.75% per year, from and including June 30, 2015 to, but excluding July 1, 2020. From and including July 1, 2020 to the maturity date or early redemption date, the interest rate will reset quarterly to a level equal to the then current three-month LIBOR rate plus 393 basis points. The Company has agreed to take steps to exchange the privately placed notes for registered notes having substantially the same terms.

The Notes have been structured to qualify for the Company as Tier 2 capital under regulatory guidelines. The Company plans to use the net proceeds from the sale of the Notes to redeem the $11.25 million outstanding of its Senior Noncumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock issued in 2011 to the U.S. Treasury under the Small Business Lending Fund Program, and for general corporate purposes including, but not limited to, contributing capital to the Bank and to fund future growth. The Notes were assigned an investment grade rating of BBB-by Kroll Bond Rating Agency.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., A Stifel Company, served as the joint-placement agents for the private offering.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any security and will not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offering would be unlawful.

About ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc.

ConnectOne is a New Jersey corporation and a registered bank holding company pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, and serves as the holding company for ConnectOne Bank ("the Bank"). The Bank is a community-based, full-service New Jersey-chartered commercial bank that was founded in 2005. The Bank operates from its headquarters located at 301 Sylvan Avenue in the Borough of Englewood Cliffs, Bergen County, New Jersey, and through its 23 other banking offices.

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CONTACT: Investor Contact: William S. Burns Executive VP & CFO 201.816.4474; Media Contact: Christine Marra, MWW 646-215-6888; cmarra@mww.comSource:ConnectOne Bank