Stifel Financial Corp. Announces Settlement of Oklahoma Transportation Authority Litigation and Closing Agreement with Internal Revenue Service.Business Editors
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 18, 2000
Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : SF) today announced that its principal subsidiary, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated ("Stifel"), and Sakura Global Capital, Inc. ("Sakura") have entered into a settlement agreement with the Oklahoma Transportation Authority ("OTA (Over The Air) Refers to any wireless system such as AM/FM radio and network television that uses open space as its transmission medium. "), formerly known as the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (formerly Oklahoma Transportation Authority) is a government agency for the U.S. state of Oklahoma that deals with issues regarding the Oklahoma turnpike system. It was started in 1947 by Governor Roy J. Turner. , relating to the 1992 OTA $608 million bond issue. In connection with the settlement, the settling parties also entered into a closing agreement with the Internal Revenue Service which preserves the tax-exempt status of the bonds.
The settlement agreement resolves the five year-old civil action filed by the OTA. The suit sought payment of an alleged undisclosed $6.5 million fee paid to Stifel by Sakura in connection with an advance refunding escrow for the 1992 bonds. The Company's portion of the settlement, which is fully reserved and will have no impact on the Company's earnings, equaled $2.1 million of the total settlement amount of $4.2 million.
Ronald J. Kruszewski, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Since joining Stifel in late 1997, one of our principal goals has been to resolve this litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. . We are pleased with the settlement, which removes a potential risk to the Company and its shareholders and, importantly, protects the tax-exempt status of the 1992 OTA bonds."
Stifel Financial Corp. is a financial services holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in general securities brokerage, investment banking, and money management with locations in 17 states, primarily in the Midwest. To learn more about Stifel, please visit the Company's web site at www.stifel.com.
For further information on the settlement, contact Company's counsel, Dennis M. Kelleher, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager mea·ger also mea·gre
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