ALMA, Mich., July 24, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Thomas R. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Firstbank Corporation (Nasdaq:FBMI), announced the authorization by Firstbank Corporation's Board of Directors for the continuation of the company's common stock repurchase program. Activity under this program is routinely disclosed in public 10-Q and 10-K quarterly and annual filings with the SEC. The current action will re-establish authorization to repurchase shares for an aggregate amount of up to $5 million from this point forward.
Mr. Sullivan stated, "The updated authorization allows shares to be repurchased from time to time in keeping with the company's capital needs and desire to maintain a 'well capitalized' regulatory capital rating. We continue to have growth objectives and expectations, and plan to retain appropriate capital in the company to support growth opportunities." Sullivan continued, "Firstbank Corporation plans to continue to rely primarily on open market purchases using selected brokerage firms, on a rotating basis, to conduct its share repurchase activity."
The timing and amount of share repurchases will be determined by the company's management based on its evaluation of market and economic conditions and other factors. The company reported that the repurchased shares will be available for use in connection with the company's stock option plans, employee stock purchase and other stock benefit plans, and for general corporate purposes, including acquisitions.
Firstbank Corporation, headquartered in Alma, Michigan, including the July 1, 2007, acquisition of ICNB Financial Corporation, is a seven bank financial services company with assets of $1.3 billion and 51 banking offices serving Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Bank subsidiaries include: Firstbank - Alma; Firstbank (Mt. Pleasant); Firstbank - West Branch; Firstbank - Lakeview; Firstbank - St. Johns; Keystone Community Bank; and Firstbank - West Michigan.
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