Washington, D.C. 20549
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 17, 2019
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Item 8.01
Other Events.
As previously announced, Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (“Nicolet”) and Choice Bancorp, Inc. (“Choice”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated June 26, 2019 (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which Choice will merge with and into Nicolet (the “Merger”). Immediately following the Merger, Choice Bank, the wholly owned bank subsidiary of Choice, will merge with and into Nicolet’s wholly owned bank subsidiary, Nicolet National Bank (the “Bank Merger”), with Nicolet National Bank as the surviving entity in the Bank Merger. 
As of September 17, 2019, Nicolet received all regulatory approvals for the Merger and the Bank Merger.  Completion of the Merger remains subject to approval of the Merger Agreement by Choice shareholders, as well as to other customary closing conditions.  Assuming shareholder approval is received and conditions are satisfied, Nicolet expects to complete the Merger on November 8, 2019.  
Important Information for Investors
This communication relates to the proposed merger transaction involving Nicolet and Choice. In connection with the proposed merger, Nicolet and Choice have filed a proxy statement/prospectus on Form S-4 and other relevant documents concerning the merger with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION, CHOICE INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED MERGER OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NICOLET, CHOICE AND THE PROPOSED MERGER. The proxy statement/prospectus was mailed to shareholders of Choice on or about September 10, 2019. Investors may obtain copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents (as they become available) free of charge at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Nicolet are available free of charge on Nicolet’s website at www.nicoletbank.com.
Forward Looking Statements "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
This report contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which Congress passed in an effort to encourage companies to provide information about their anticipated future financial performance. This act protects a company from unwarranted litigation if actual results are different from management expectations. This report reflects the current views and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, company performance, and financial results of the management of Nicolet and Choice. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause Nicolet’s, Choice’s or the combined company’s actual results and experience to differ from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements, and such differences may be material. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and neither Nicolet nor Choice assumes any duty to update forward-looking statements. There are a number of factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements.
In addition to factors previously disclosed in Nicolet’s reports filed with the SEC and those identified elsewhere in this report, these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about (i) the expected benefits of the transaction between Nicolet and Choice and between Nicolet National Bank and Choice Bank , including future financial and operating results, cost savings, enhanced revenues and the expected market position of the combined company that may be realized from the transaction, and (ii) Nicolet’s and Choice’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this report that are not historical facts. Other statements identified by words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “targets,” “projects” or words of similar meaning generally are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Nicolet’s and Choice’s management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond their respective control. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. Actual results may differ from those indicated or implied in the forward-looking statements and such differences may be material.

The following risks, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: (1) the businesses of Nicolet and Choice may not integrate successfully or the integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; (2) the expected growth opportunities and cost savings from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; (3) revenues following the transaction may be lower than expected as a result of losses of customers or other reasons, including

issues arising in connection with integration of the two banks; (4) deposit attrition, operating costs, customer loss and business disruption following the transaction, including difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, may be greater than expected; (5) the terms of the proposed transaction may need to be modified to satisfy such approvals or conditions; (6) Choice’s shareholders may fail to approve the transaction; (7) reputational risks and the reaction of the companies’ customers to the transaction; (8) diversion of management time on merger related issues; (9) changes in asset quality and credit risk; (10) the cost and availability of capital; (11) customer acceptance of the combined company’s products and services; (12) customer borrowing, repayment, investment and deposit practices; (13) the introduction, withdrawal, success and timing of business initiatives; (14) the impact, extent, and timing of technological changes; (15) severe catastrophic events in our geographic area; (16) a weakening of the economies in which the combined company will conduct operations may adversely affect its operating results; (17) the U.S. legal and regulatory framework, including those associated with the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, could adversely affect the operating results of the combined company; (18) the impact of interest rates on margins and net interest income; and (19) competition from other financial services companies in the companies’ markets could adversely affect operations. Additional factors that could cause Nicolet’s results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in Nicolet’s reports (such as Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K) filed with the SEC and available at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning Nicolet, Choice or the proposed merger or other matters and attributable to Nicolet, Choice or any person acting on either of their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements above. Nicolet and Choice do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

Investor Relations & Media Contacts:

Scott Sitter – President & CEO, Choice Bank
Phone: 920.267.8052
Email: scott.sitter@choice.bank
Mike Daniels – President & CEO, Nicolet National Bank
Jeff Gahnz – VP, Marketing / Public Relations, Nicolet National Bank
Phone: 920.430.1400
Email: mdaniels@nicoletbank.com or jgahnz@nicoletbank.com

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: September 19, 2019
/s/ Ann K. Lawson
Ann K. Lawson
Chief Financial Officer

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