Oct 3 - Century Next Financial Corp., Ruston, La., (OTCBB: CTUY), the holding company of Bank of Ruston, has announced that because its common stock is currently held by less than 300 holders of record, it will terminate the registration of its common stock under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, by filing a Form 15 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in early October 2013. The company is taking this action in order to reduce the legal, accounting and administrative costs associated with being a reporting company under the Exchange Act. W
illiam D. Hogan, president and CEO of the company, stated, "We carefully considered the advantages and disadvantages of being a public company in light of our size and market capitalization and the costs and demands of ongoing compliance with SEC requirements. With this in mind, the board decided that it is in the best interests of the company and existing shareholders to deregister."
On filing the Form 15 with the SEC, the obligations of the company to file certain periodic reports, including Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, will be immediately suspended. The company anticipates that its common stock will continue to be quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board after deregistration to the extent market makers agree to make a market in its stock. No guarantee, however, can be made that a trading market in the company's common stock through the OTCBB will be maintained.
The company intends to continue to provide shareholders with financial information on a quarterly and annual basis through its website: www.bankruston.com. In addition, both the company and the bank will continue to provide semi-annual and quarterly financial reports to the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, as required, and intend to continue to meet all applicable auditing standards as a regulated financial institution.
Bank of Ruston, the wholly owned subsidiary of Century Next Financial Corp., has served Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, and the surrounding area since 1905. The bank is a full-service bank with two banking offices in Ruston. The Bank emphasizes professional and personal banking service directed primarily to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals and individuals. The bank provides a full range of banking services including its primary business of real estate lending to residential and commercial customers.