Astoria Financial Corporation Announces Redemption Of Trust Preferred Securities

Apr 10, 2013, 10:14 ET from Astoria Financial Corporation

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE: AF) (the "Company"), the holding company for Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association, announced today that the 9.75% Capital Securities, Series A (CUSIP # 0426KAA9), and the 9.75% Capital Securities, Series B (CUSIP # 04626KAC5) (together, the "Capital Securities"), issued by Astoria Capital Trust I, an affiliated Delaware trust (the "Trust"), have been called for redemption.  The aggregate liquidation amount of the Capital Securities currently outstanding is $125 million.  The Capital Securities will be redeemed as a result of the concurrent prepayment in whole by the Company of its 9.75% Junior Subordinated Deferrable Interest Debentures due November 1, 2029 (the "Junior Subordinated Debentures"), which are currently held by the Trust, pursuant to the optional prepayment provisions of the Indenture for the Junior Subordinated Debentures.

The redemption of the Capital Securities is scheduled to occur on May 10, 2013. The redemption price for the Capital Securities will be 103.413% of the aggregate liquidation amount of the Capital Securities outstanding, plus accumulated and unpaid distributions to, but not including, the redemption date.

The Company intends to fund the prepayment of the Junior Subordinated Debentures with the proceeds of the Company's recent sale of depositary shares representing interests in the Company's Series C Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, which was completed on March 19, 2013.

This press release is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

About the Company

Astoria Financial Corporation, with assets of $16.5 billion, is the holding company for Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association. Established in 1888, Astoria Federal, with deposits in New York totaling $10.4 billion, is the largest thrift depository in New York and embraces its philosophy of "Putting people first" by providing the customers and local communities it serves with quality financial products and services through 85 convenient banking office locations and multiple delivery channels, including its enhanced website, Astoria Federal commands the fourth largest deposit market share in the attractive Long Island market, which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties with a population exceeding that of 38 individual states. Astoria Federal originates residential mortgage loans through its banking and loan production offices in New York, a broker network in four states, primarily along the East Coast, and through correspondent relationships covering nine states and the District of Columbia. Astoria Federal also originates multi-family and commercial real estate loans, primarily on rent controlled and rent stabilized apartment buildings, located in New York City and the metropolitan area.

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