StellarOne Corporation (STEL) said late yesterday it repaid about $22.5 million in TARP funds.
The firm has redeemed its remaining 22,500 shares of the fixed rate cumulative perpetual preferred stock it had sold to the U.S. Department of Treasury in December 2008 as part of the Capital Purchase Program established by the Treasury.
CEO O.R. Barham said the repayment is good for shareholders, since the company will no longer have to pay a 5% preferred stock dividend, and good for employees as it relieves some added regulatory burdens.
StellarOne Bank is a traditional community bank serving the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, Shenandoah Valley, and Central and Northern Virginia.
It competes with larger rivals like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and BB&T (NYSE:BBT).
StellarOne shares were inactive in Thursday's premarket trading.
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