CoBank Issues $300 million of Preferred Stock

DENVER (April 11, 2024) — CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced today that it has issued $300 million of preferred stock in a transaction exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

The new Fixed-Rate Reset Series L Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock (“Series L Preferred Stock”) has a fixed dividend rate of 7.250 percent until July 1, 2029, after which the dividend rate will reset every five years to a rate equal to the five-year U.S. Treasury rate plus a spread of 2.880 percent. J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley served as joint bookrunners on the Series L Preferred Stock transaction. The proceeds from this issuance will be used to increase CoBank’s regulatory capital and for general corporate purposes. 

"We are pleased with the timing of this transaction to take advantage of favorable market conditions and enhance our capacity to serve the borrowing needs of our customers,” said David P. Burlage, CoBank's chief financial officer. “Third-party capital supplements our member stock and retained earnings and is an important component of the bank’s capital strategy.”

With the Series L Preferred Stock issuance, CoBank’s total outstanding preferred stock is $1.925 billion. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains projections and statements that are not historical facts but instead represent only our belief regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside our control. 

These projections and statements may address, among other things, business strategy, competitive strengths, goals, market and industry developments, and the growth of our businesses and operations. It is possible that our actual results and financial condition may differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results and financial condition indicated in these projections and statements. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ, possibly materially, from those in the specific projections and statements include, but are not limited to: inflation, recession, the level of interest rates and relationships between various interest rate indices and actions taken by the Federal Reserve to manage the monetary policy of the United States; the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East and their impacts on global trade for grain, fertilizer and other commodities, transportation availability and costs, economic conditions and global food supply; government trade policies in the United States and other countries, including tariffs and other restrictions that impact markets for agricultural and other products; a decrease in the credit outlook or ratings of U.S. government debt and agency debt, including our securities and Farm Credit System (System) wide Debt Securities; changes in the economic environment that negatively impact the agricultural, power, communications, water and leasing industries; changes in the U.S. government’s support of the System, the agricultural industry, agricultural exports, rural infrastructure and rural economies, including passage of a new Farm Bill; the growing impact of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) trend in the financial services industry globally, including policies directed toward measuring the carbon impact from lending activities and efforts focused on reducing the impact of climate change such as the legislation recently passed in California; currency fluctuations that impact the value of the U.S. dollar in global markets; adverse food safety and weather events, disease, and other unfavorable conditions that periodically occur and impact agricultural productivity and income; catastrophic events such as wildfires, floods and other natural disasters, political unrest or other similar occurrences, which may have a direct or indirect impact on certain of our borrowers; changes in levels of global crop production, exports, imports, usage and inventories; credit performance of the loan portfolio; performance of the underlying collateral of our loans; loan portfolio growth and seasonal factors; weakening domestic and global economic conditions; volatility in energy prices including oil, natural gas and other fuel; geopolitical uncertainties, conflicts and government policy developments in the United States and throughout the world that may impact the industries we lend to, or, economic, fiscal or monetary conditions; legislative or regulatory actions that affect our relationships with our employees; actions taken by the U.S. Congress relative to other government-sponsored enterprises; actions taken by the U.S. government to manage U.S. immigration or fiscal policies; actions taken by the U.S. Congress to fund infrastructure improvements; changes to tax laws; our ability to attract and retain high quality employees; cybersecurity risks, including a failure or breach of our operational or security systems or infrastructure, that could adversely affect our business, financial performance and reputation; disruptive technologies impacting the banking and financial services industries or implemented by our competitors which negatively impact our ability to compete in the marketplace; regulatory actions or changes in investor confidence due to the recent disruptions in the financial services and commercial banking sectors; widespread health emergencies, such as pandemics, and the disruptions they cause to businesses and the economy; changes in assumptions underlying the valuations of financial instruments; changes in estimates underlying the allowance for credit losses; failure of our investment portfolio to perform as expected or deterioration in the credit quality of such investments; legal proceedings, judgments, settlements and related matters; environmental-related conditions or laws impacting our lending activities; nonperformance by counterparties under our derivative and vendor contracts; success of business model solutions focused on strengthening our ability to fulfill the System’s collective mission; and our ability to continue to partner with various System and other entities in light of ongoing consolidation within the System and the industries we serve. Consequently, all of the projections, statements and other information about future events are qualified by these cautionary statements and we cannot assure you that the results or developments anticipated by us or the projections will be realized or, even if realized, will have the expected consequences to or effects on us or our business, financial condition or results of operations. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to this information to reflect events or circumstances that occur or arise or are anticipated to occur or arise after the date hereof, except as required by law.

The list of factors is not all-inclusive because it is not possible to predict all factors. Additional factors that should be considered are located in CoBank's 2023 Annual Report. CoBank undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About CoBank

CoBank is a cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit System associations serving more than 77,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country. CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture, rural infrastructure and rural communities. Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and also maintains an international representative office in Singapore.

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