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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): December 31, 2019
 
 
Amerant Bancorp Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) 
 
Florida
 
001-38534
 
65-0032379
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation
 
(Commission
file number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification Number)
220 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
(Address of principal executive offices)

(305) 460-8728
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
 

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbols
Name of exchange on which registered
Class A Common Stock
AMTB
NASDAQ
Class B Common Stock
AMTBB
NASDAQ

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR§230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).
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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. o





Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
On December 31, 2019, Amerant Bancorp Inc. (the "Company") issued a press release announcing the redemption of all $26.8 million of its outstanding 8.90% trust preferred capital securities issued by Commercebank Capital Trust I (“Capital Trust I”) at a redemption price of 100%. The Company will simultaneously redeem all junior subordinated debentures held by Capital Trust I as part of this redemption transaction, which is scheduled for January 30, 2020. The release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8- K and incorporated by reference into this Item 7.01.
In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Number
Exhibit


SIGNATURE
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: December 31, 2019
 
Amerant Bancorp Inc.
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:
 
/s/ Ivan Trujillo
 
 
 
 
Name: Ivan Trujillo
 
 
 
 
Title:  Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary



Exhibit


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CONTACTS:
Investors
InvestorRelations@amerantbank.com
305.460.8728
 
Media
media@amerantbank.com
305.441.8414

For Release
December 31, 2019; 4:30 p.m.

AMERANT ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION OF $26.8 MILLION OF TRUST PREFERRED SECURITIES

Coral Gables, Fla. (Dec. 31, 2019) - Amerant Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTB and AMTBB) (the “Company”) announced today that it has called for redemption of all $26.8 million of its outstanding 8.90% trust preferred capital securities issued by its Capital Trust I. The Capital Trust I securities are being redeemed January 30, 2020 at the contractual call price of 100.00%. All related junior subordinated debentures issued by the Company to this Trust will be repaid as part of the redemption transaction.
Millar Wilson, the Company’s Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “This redemption of our most expensive fixed rate trust preferred securities currently outstanding will reduce our annual interest expense by approximately $2.4 million. It further reflects the active steps we are taking to continue improving profitability."


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About Amerant Bancorp
Amerant Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTB and AMTBB) is a bank holding company headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, Amerant Bank, N.A. (the “Bank”), and its subsidiaries, Amerant Investments, Inc., Amerant Trust, N.A, and Elant Bank and Trust Ltd. The Company provides individuals and businesses in the U.S., as well as select international clients, with deposit, credit and wealth management services. The Bank, which has operated for 40 years, is the largest community bank headquartered in Florida. The Bank operates 26 banking centers-18 in South Florida and 8 in the Houston, Texas area-and loan production offices in Dallas, Texas and New York, New York.  Please visit www.amerantbank.com or https://investor.amerantbank.com for more information.