We are offering 35,000,000 of our depositary shares each representing a 1/40th ownership interest in a share of our fixed rate non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock, Series B (the “Preferred Stock”), with a liquidation preference of $25 per depositary share (equivalent to $1,000 per share of Preferred Stock). As a holder of depositary shares, you will be entitled to all proportional rights and preferences of the Preferred Stock (including dividend, voting, redemption and liquidation rights). You must exercise any such rights through the depositary.
We will pay dividends on the Preferred Stock, when, as, and if declared to the extent that we have lawfully available funds to pay dividends. Dividends will accrue and be payable from the date of issuance at a rate of 6.00% per annum, payable quarterly in arrears, on March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1 of each year, beginning on December 1, 2012. Upon payment of any dividends on the Preferred Stock, holders of depositary shares are expected to receive a proportionate payment.
Dividends on the Preferred Stock will not be cumulative. If for any reason our Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors does not declare a dividend on the Preferred Stock for any dividend period, such dividend will not accrue or be payable, and we will have no obligation to pay dividends for such dividend period, whether or not dividends on the Preferred Stock are declared for any future dividend period. Dividends on the Preferred Stock will not be declared, paid or set aside for payment to the extent such act would cause us to fail to comply with applicable laws and regulations, including applicable capital adequacy guidelines.
We may redeem the Preferred Stock at our option, subject to regulatory approval, (1) in whole or in part, from time to time, on any dividend payment date on or after September 1, 2017 at a redemption price equal to $1,000 per share, plus any declared and unpaid dividends, or (2) in whole but not in part, at any time within 90 days following a regulatory capital treatment event (as defined herein), at a redemption price equal to $1,000 per share, plus any declared and unpaid dividends. If we redeem the Preferred Stock, the depositary is expected to redeem a proportionate number of depositary shares.