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): May 18, 2020

NICOLET BANKSHARES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) 
 
Wisconsin
 
001-37700
 
47-0871001
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
 
111 North Washington Street
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(920) 430-1400
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
 
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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 $0.01 per share
NCBS
The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company 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 1.02
Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.
 
As previously discussed, Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (“Nicolet”) and Commerce Financial Holdings, Inc. (“Commerce”) entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated February 17, 2020 (the “Merger Agreement”).  On May 18, 2020, Nicolet and Commerce entered into a mutual agreement to terminate the Merger Agreement (the “Termination of Merger Agreement”).  Pursuant to the Termination of Merger Agreement, the Merger Agreement was terminated.  The summary of the Termination of Merger Agreement set forth under this Item 1.02 is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete terms and conditions of the Termination of Merger Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 7.01
Regulation FD Disclosure.

On May 18, 2020, Nicolet and Commerce issued a joint press release announcing the termination of the Merger Agreement, a copy of which is filed 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.









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.

Date: May 18, 2020
NICOLET BANKSHARES, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Ann K. Lawson
 
 
 
Name: Ann K. Lawson
 
 
 
Title:  Chief Financial Officer
 



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