SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 15, 2010
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Commission file number
(State or other jurisdiction of
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
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P.O. Box 370,
Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
Item 8.01: Special Dividend to Shareholders
The Registrant hereby files this document to report changes related to Item 8.01.
* THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION IS BEING INCLUDED WITH DIVIDEND PAYMENTS TO BE MADE AS OF DECEMBER 15, 2010.*
December 15, 2010
We are pleased to mark the closing of another successful year at First Citizens Bancshares, Inc. with a special dividend to Shareholders. In addition to the fourth quarter dividend of $.15 per share, your Board of Directors voted to approve a special dividend of $.40 per share payable to holders of record as of November 15, 2010.
Action plans implemented over the past twelve months are clearly evident when comparing the balance sheet to one year ago. Growth in 2010 has been strategically steady and capital and liquidity positions much improved. Earnings during 2010 were challenged by an increased provision for loan losses, additional expense incurred in managing the higher level of other real estate and escalating premiums on FDIC insurance.
In spite of these challenges, the strength in core income streams and implementation of strict cost controls pushed net income and return on equity to levels well above that of peers. First Citizens' annualized ROE is a positive 10% versus peer return of a negative 16%. Adversity sometimes creates a sense of defeat within a company, a determination to excel in others. I am pleased to report that the desire for excellence is alive and well within the First Citizens Team!
Positive shareholder return and ongoing investor support are critical factors that allow us to go forward as an independent community bank. We appreciate your commitment to Bancshares as evidenced by your financial investment. Our goal is to continue to exceed peers in shareholder return.
/s/ JEFF AGEE
/s/ KATIE WINCHESTER