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IntroductionFirst Busey Corporation (“First Busey” or the “Corporation”), a Nevada Corporation, is a $2.5 billion financial holding company which was initially organized as a bank holding company in 1980. First Busey conducts a broad range of financial services through its banking and non-banking subsidiaries at 35 locations. First Busey is headquartered in Urbana, Illinois, and its common stock is traded on The Nasdaq Global Select Stock Market under the symbol “BUSE.”Banking And Non-Banking SubsidiariesFirst Busey currently has two wholly-owned banking subsidiaries located in three states, Busey Bank and Busey Bank, National Association (the “Banks”).Busey Bank, a state-chartered bank organized in 1868, is a full-service commercial bank offering a wide variety of services to individual, business, institutional and governmental customers, including retail products and services. Busey Bank has 22 locations in Illinois, one in Florida and one in Indianapolis, Indiana.First Busey acquired Eagle BancGroup, Inc., parent of First Federal Savings & Loan Association (“First Federal”), in October 1999. First Federal, located in Bloomington, Illinois, was established in 1919 as a federally chartered capital stock savings association. In June 2000, First Federal changed its name to Busey Bank fsb. At the same time, four of Busey Bank’s branches, located in LeRoy and Bloomington, Illinois, were transferred to Busey Bank fsb. In October 2000, Busey Bank fsb opened an additional branch in Fort Myers, Florida. In November 2001, Busey Bank fsb transferred its charter to Florida, and changed its name to Busey Bank Florida. Simultaneously, the Illinois assets of Busey Bank fsb were merged into Busey Bank.First Busey acquired First Capital Bankshares, Inc., parent of First Capital Bank on June 1, 2004. First Capital Bank merged into Busey Bank, bringing all Illinois banking operations under one bank charter.On July 29, 2005, First Busey acquired Tarpon Coast Bancorp, Inc., parent of Tarpon Coast National Bank and its subsidiary Tarpon Coast Financial Services. At the close of business on February 17, 2006, Busey Bank Florida merged into Tarpon Coast National Bank, and the surviving bank’s name changed to Busey Bank, National Association (Busey Bank, N.A.) consolidating all banking activities of the two banks under one charter. Busey Bank, N.A. is a nationally-chartered bank based in Port Charlotte, Florida. The bank has one other branch location in Charlotte County, Florida, two branches in Sarasota County, Florida, and five branches in Lee County, Florida. The bank operated under the name, Tarpon Coast National Bank, in its Charlotte County and Sarasota County locations until January 1, 2007, at which time those branches transitioned to the Busey Bank name. All other Florida locations began operating under the Busey Bank name on February 18, 2006.The Banks offer a full range of banking services, including commercial, financial, agricultural and real estate loans, and retail banking services, including accepting customary types of demand and savings deposits, making individual, consumer, installment, first mortgage and second mortgage loans, offering money transfers, safe deposit services, IRA, Keogh and other fiduciary services, automated banking and automated fund transfers.Busey Investment Group, Inc., a wholly-owned non-banking subsidiary, is located in Champaign, Illinois. Busey Investment Group is the parent company of: (1) First Busey Trust & Investment Co., which provides a full range of trust and investment management services, including estate and financial planning, tax preparation, custody services and philanthropic advisory services; (2) First Busey Securities, Inc., which is a full-service broker/dealer and provides individual investment advice; and (3) Busey Insurance Services, Inc., which offers a variety of insurance products. Busey Capital Management is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Busey Trust & Investment Co.First Busey Resources, Inc., a wholly owned non-banking subsidiary, located in Urbana, Illinois, owns and manages one real estate property which is not currently used in banking activities.First Busey Statutory Trust II, a statutory business trust, was organized in the state of Connecticut in April 2004. First Busey owns all of the common securities of First Busey Statutory Trust II.First Busey Statutory Trust III, a statutory business trust was organized in the state of Delaware in June 2005. First Busey owns all of the common securities of First Busey Statutory Trust III.First Busey Statutory Trust IV, a statutory business trust was organized in the state of Delaware in May 2006. First Busey owns all of the common securities of First Busey Statutory Trust IV.See Note 21 in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for an analysis of segment operations.CompetitionThe Banks compete actively with national and state banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions for deposits and loans primarily in central and east-central Illinois, southwest Florida, and central Indiana. In addition, First Busey and its non-bank subsidiaries compete with other financial institutions, including asset management and trust companies, security broker/dealers, personal loan companies, insurance companies, finance companies, leasing companies, mortgage companies, and certain governmental agencies, all of which actively engage in marketing various types of loans, deposit accounts, and other products and services.Based on information obtained from FDIC Summary of Deposits dated June 30, 2006, First Busey ranked in the top ten in total deposits in four counties, first in Champaign County, Illinois, first in Ford County, Illinois, fifth in McLean County, Illinois, and eighth in Peoria County, Illinois. Customers for banking services are generally influenced by convenience, quality of service, personal contacts, price of services and availability of products. Although the market share of First Busey varies in different markets, First Busey believes that its affiliates effectively compete with other banks, thrifts and financial institutions in their relevant market areas.Supervision, Regulation and Other Factors General First Busey is a financial holding company subject to supervision and regulation by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Federal Reserve”) under the Bank Holding Company Act (“BHCA”) and by the Illinois Bank Holding Company Act (“IBHCA”). Busey Bank, a state-chartered bank, is subject to regulation and examination primarily by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFRP”) and, secondarily, by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”). Busey Bank, N.A. is a nationally chartered bank and is subject to regulation and examination primarily by the Office of the Controller of the Currency (“OCC”) and, secondarily, by the FDIC. Numerous other federal and state laws, as well as regulations promulgated by the Federal Reserve, IDFRP, FDIC, OCC, and OTS govern almost all aspects of the operations of the Banks. Various federal and state bodies regulate and supervise First Busey’s non-banking subsidiaries including its brokerage, investment advisory and insurance agency operations. These include, but are not limited to, Federal Reserve, IDFRP, Securities and Exchange Commission, National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., Illinois Department of Insurance, federal and state banking regulators and various state regulators of insurance and brokerage activities.Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (the “Act”), a bank holding company that elects to become a financial holding company may engage in any activity that the Federal Reserve, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, determines by regulation or order is: (1) financial in nature; (2) incidental to any such financial activity; or (3) complementary to any such financial activity and does not pose a substantial risk to the safety or soundness of depository institutions or the financial system generally. This Act makes significant changes in U.S. banking law, principally by repealing certain restrictive provisions of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act. The Act specifies certain activities that are deemed to be financial in nature, including lending, exchanging, transferring, investing for others, or safeguarding money or securities; underwriting and selling insurance; providing financial, investment, oreconomic advisory services; underwriting, dealing in, or making a market in, securities; and any activity currently permitted for bank holding companies by the Federal Reserve under Section 4(c)(8) of the BHCA. The Act does not authorize banks or their affiliates to engage in commercial activities that are not financial in nature. A bank holding company may elect to be treated as a financial holding company only if all depository institution subsidiaries of the holding company are well-capitalized, well-managed and have at least a satisfactory rating under the Community Reinvestment Act.In addition to the Act, there have been a number of legislative and regulatory proposals that would have an impact on bank/financial holding companies and their bank and non-bank subsidiaries. It is impossible to predict whether or in what form these proposals may be adopted in the future and if adopted, what their effect will be on First Busey. Dividends The Federal Reserve has issued a policy statement on the payment of cash dividends by financial holding companies. In the policy statement, the Federal Reserve expressed its view that a bank holding company experiencing weak earnings should not pay cash dividends in excess of its net income or which could only be funded in ways that would weaken its financial health, such as by borrowing. First Busey is also subject to certain contractual and regulatory capital restrictions that limit the amount of cash dividends that First Busey may pay. The Federal Reserve also may impose limitations on the payment of dividends as a condition to its approval of certain applications, including applications for approval of mergers and acquisitions.The primary sources of funds for First Busey’s payment of dividends to its shareholders are dividends and fees to First Busey from its banking and nonbanking affiliates. Various federal and state statutory provisions and regulations limit the amount of dividends the subsidiary banks of First Busey may pay. Under provisions of the Illinois Banking Act (“IBA”), dividends may not be declared by banking subsidiaries except out of the bank’s net profit (as defined), and unless the bank has transferred to surplus at least one-tenth of its net profits since the date of the declaration of the last preceding dividend, until the amount of its surplus is at least equal to its capital.Federal and state banking regulations applicable to First Busey and its banking subsidiaries require minimum levels of capital, which limit the amounts available for payment of dividends. Capital Requirements First Busey is required to comply with the capital adequacy standards established by the Federal Reserve, and its banking subsidiaries must comply with similar capital adequacy standards established by the OCC, FDIC, and IDFRP, as applicable. There are two basic measures of capital adequacy for financial holding companies and their banking subsidiaries that have been promulgated by the Federal Reserve and the FDIC: a risk-based measure and a leverage measure. All applicable capital standards must be satisfied for a bank holding company or a bank to be considered in compliance.Failure to meet capital guidelines could subject a bank to a variety of enforcement remedies, including issuance of a capital directive, the termination of deposit insurance by the FDIC, a prohibition on the taking of brokered deposits, and certain other restrictions on its business. As described below, substantial additional restrictions can be imposed upon FDIC insured depository institutions that fail to meet applicable capital requirements. See “Prompt Corrective Action.” Prompt Corrective Action The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 (“FDICIA”) establishes a system of prompt corrective action to resolve the problems of undercapitalized institutions. Under this system the federal banking regulators are required to rate supervised institutions on the basis of five capital categories (well capitalized, adequately capitalized, undercapitalized, significantly undercapitalized, and critically undercapitalized) and to take certain mandatory supervisory actions, and are authorized to take other discretionary actions, with respect to institutions in the three undercapitalized categories, the severity of which will depend upon the capital category in which the institution is placed. Generally, subject to a narrow exception, FDICIA requires the banking regulator to appoint a receiver or conservator for an institution that is critically undercapitalized. The federal banking agencies have specified by regulation the relevant capital level for each category.Pursuant to FDICIA, the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, and the OCC have adopted regulations setting forth a five regulatory category rating system for measuring the capital adequacy of the financial institutions they supervise. Under the regulations, an institution would be placed in one of the following capital categories: (i) well capitalized (an institution that has a Total Capital ratio of at least 10%, a Tier 1 Capital ratio of at least 6% and a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of at least 5%); (ii) adequately capitalized (an institution that has a Total Capital ratio of at least 8%, a Tier 1 Capital ratio of at least 4% and a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of a least 4%); (iii) undercapitalized (an institution that has a Total Capital ratio of under 8%, a Tier 1 Capital ratio of under 4% or a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of under 4%); (iv) significantly undercapitalized (an institution that has a Total Capital ratio of under 6%, a Tier 1 Capital ratio of under 3% or a Tier 1 Leverage Ratio of under 3%); and (v) critically undercapitalized (an institution whose tangible equity is not greater than 2% of total tangible assets). The regulations permit the appropriate federal banking regulator to downgrade an institution to the next lower category if the regulator determines (i) after notice and opportunity for hearing or response, that the institution is in an unsafe or unsound condition or (ii) that the institution has received (and not corrected) a less-than-satisfactory rating for any of the categories of asset quality, management, earnings or liquidity in its most recent examination. Supervisory actions by the appropriate federal banking regulator depend upon an institution’s classification within the five categories. First Busey’s management believes that First Busey and its bank subsidiaries have the requisite capital levels to qualify as well capitalized institutions under the FDICIA regulations.FDICIA generally prohibits a depository institution from making any capital distribution (including payment of a dividend) or paying any management fee to its holding company if the depository institution would thereafter be undercapitalized. Undercapitalized depository institutions are subject to restrictions on borrowing from the Federal Reserve System. In addition, undercapitalized depository institutions are subject to growth limitations and are required to submit capital restoration plans. A depository institution’s holding company must guarantee the capital plan, up to an amount equal to the lesser of 5% of the depository institution’s assets at the time it becomes undercapitalized or the amount of the capital deficiency when the institution fails to comply with the plan. Federal banking agencies may not accept a capital plan without determining, among other things, that the plan is based on realistic assumptions and is likely to succeed in restoring the depository institution’s capital. If a depository institution fails to submit an acceptable plan, it is treated as if it is significantly undercapitalized.Significantly undercapitalized depository institutions may be subject to a number of requirements and restrictions, including orders to sell sufficient voting stock to become adequately capitalized, requirements to reduce total assets and cessation of receipt of deposits from correspondent banks. Critically undercapitalized depository institutions are subject to appointment of a receiver or conservator.EmployeesAs of December 31, 2006, First Busey and its subsidiaries had a total of 640 employees (full-time and equivalents).Executive OfficersFollowing is a description of the business experience for at least the past five years of the executive officers of the Corporation.Douglas C. Mills. Mr. Mills, age 66, has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of First Busey Corporation since its incorporation. In 2006, Mr. Mills assumed the role of President of First Busey Corporation. He has been associated with Busey Bank since 1971 when he assumed the position of Chairman of the Board. Mr. Mills’ son is David D. Mills, President and Chief Operating Officer of Busey Bank.Lee H. O’Neill. Mr. O’Neill, age 62, has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Busey Bank since September 2006. Previously, Mr. O’Neill served as Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer and Regional President of Busey Bank from 1985 to September 2006. Mr. O’Neill joined the Commercial Banking Division with Busey Bank in 1983.David D. Mills. Mr. Mills, age 36, has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Busey Bank since January, 2003. Previously, he served as Vice President of First Busey Corporation from December 2001 to January 2003. Mr. Mills began his career with Busey Bank in December 1998, as a Commercial Lending Officer. Mr. Mills’ father is Douglas C. Mills, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Busey Corporation.Edwin A. Scharlau II. Mr. Scharlau, age 62, has served as chairman of the Board of Busey Investment Group, Inc. since January 2001, and First Busey Securities, Inc. since June 1994. Mr. Scharlau has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of First Busey Corporation since January 2003. Mr. Scharlau served as Chairman of the Board of Busey Bank from June 1991, to January 2003. Mr. Scharlau has been associated with Busey Bank since 1964.Barbara J. Harrington. Mrs. Harrington, age 47, has served as Chief Financial Officer of First Busey Corporation since March 1999. She served as Controller and Senior Vice President of Busey Bank from December 1994, to March 1999. Mrs. Harrington has served in various financial and accounting positions since joining the organization in December 1991.Business CombinationOn September 20, 2006, First Busey entered into a merger transaction pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), by and between First Busey and Main Street Trust, Inc., an Illinois corporation (“Main Street”), to be effected through the merger of Main Street with and into First Busey (the “Merger”), with First Busey surviving the Merger. Following the effectiveness of the Merger, Busey Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Busey, and Main Street Bank & Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Main Street, will be merged, with Busey Bank surviving the merger. Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Main Street shareholders will receive 1.55 shares of common stock of First Busey for each share of common stock of Main Street (the “Exchange Ratio”) owned by the shareholder, with cash to be paid in lieu of fractional shares of First Busey common stock. The Merger Agreement has been approved by the Board of Directors and the majority of shareholders of First Busey and Main Street, and is subject to certain regulatory approvals, the receipt by Main Street and First Busey of opinions that the Merger will qualify as a tax-free transaction, and customary closing conditions.On July 29, 2005, First Busey Corporation acquired all the outstanding common stock of Tarpon Coast Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary Tarpon Coast National Bank a $177 million bank headquartered in Port Charlotte, Florida. This acquisition expanded the Corporation’s banking presence in southwest Florida into Charlotte and Sarasota County. The transaction has been accounted for as a purchase and the results of operations of both entities since the acquisition date have been included in the consolidated financial statements. The purchase price of approximately $35.9 million was allocated based upon the fair value of the assets acquired. The excess of the total acquisition cost over the fair value of the net assets acquired has been allocated to core deposit intangible and goodwill. The core deposit intangibles of $2.371 million are being amortized over periods ranging from three to five years.On June 1, 2004, First Busey Corporation acquired all the outstanding common stock of First Capital Bankshares, Inc. and its subsidiary First Capital Bank, a $239 million bank headquartered in Peoria, Illinois. This acquisition expanded the Corporation’s banking presence in central Illinois into Peoria and surrounding communities. The transaction has been accounted for as a purchase and the results of operations of both entities since the acquisition date have been included in the consolidated financial statements. The purchase price of approximately $42.1 million was allocated based upon the fair value of the assets acquired. The excess of the total acquisition cost over the fair value of the net assets acquired has been allocated to core deposit intangible and goodwill. The core deposit intangibles of $2.383 million are being amortized over periods ranging from three to ten years.Pro forma unaudited operating results for 2005 and 2004, giving effect to the Tarpon Coast Bancorp and First Capital Bankshares acquisitions as if they had occurred as of January 1, 2004, are included in Note 2 to the Corporation’s consolidated financial statements.Securities and Exchange Commission Reporting and Other InformationFirst Busey’s web site address is www.busey.com . The Corporation makes available on this web site its annual report on Form 10-K, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments thereto, as reasonably practicable after such reports are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in any event, on the same day as such filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Reference to this web site does not constitute incorporation by reference of the information contained on the web site and should not be considered part of this document.First Busey Corporation has adopted a code of ethics applicable to our employees, officers, and directors. The text of this code of ethics may be found under “Investor Relations” on the Corporation’s website.Item 1A. Risk FactorsThis section highlights the risks management believes could adversely affect First Busey’s financial performance. Additional possible risks that could affect the Corporation adversely and cannot be predicted, may arise at any time. Other risks that are immaterial at this time may also have an adverse affect on the Corporation’s future financial condition. Difficulty in combining the operations of acquired or merged entities with the operations of First Busey may prevent the achievement of the expected benefits of the transaction. First Busey may not be able to achieve the expected strategic and operating benefits contemplated at the time of an acquisition or merger. Many uncertainties are inherent in a business combination. These uncertainties may lead to lower than plan realization of benefits following the business combination. First Busey operates in a highly competitive environment. First Busey may lose customers, either its own or that of the combined entity, due to the combination. First Busey may also lose key employees, either its own or that of the combined entity, as a result of the combination. Obtaining required approvals and satisfying closing conditions may delay or prevent completion of the Merger with Main Street. Completion of the Merger is conditioned upon the receipt of all material governmental authorizations, consents, orders and approvals. First Busey and Main Street intend to pursue all required approvals in accordance with the Merger Agreement. No assurance can be given that the required consents and approvals will be obtained or that the required conditions to closing will be satisfied, and, if all such consents and approvals are obtained and the conditions are satisfied, no assurance can be given as to the terms, conditions and timing of the approvals or that they will satisfy the terms of the Merger Agreement. The terms and conditions of such consents, orders and approvals may require the divestiture of certain assets or operations of the combined company following the Merger or may impose other conditions. A down turn in the economy could have an adverse affect on the Corporation. The strength of the U.S. economy and the local economies in which we operate may be different than expected. Our business and earnings are directly affected by general business and economic conditions in the U.S. and, in particular, economic conditions in Central Illinois and Southwest Florida. These conditions include legislative and regulatory changes, short-term and long-term interest rates, inflation, and changes in government monetary and fiscal policies, all of which are beyond our control. A down turn in economic condition could result in a decrease in products and services demand, an increase in loan delinquencies, and increases in problem assets and foreclosures. Real estate pledged as collateral for loans made by us may decline in value, in turn reducing customers’ borrowing power, and reducing the value of assets and collateral associated with our existing loans. These factors could lead to reduced interest income and an increase in the provision for loan losses. Government regulation can result in limitations on our operations. We operate in a highly regulated environment and are subject to supervision and regulation by a number of governmental regulatory agencies. Regulations adopted by these agencies, which are generally intended to provide protection for depositors and customer rather than for the benefit of shareholders, govern a comprehensive range of matters relating to ownership and control of our shares, our acquisition of other companies and businesses, permissible activities for us to engage in, maintenance of adequate capital levels, and other aspects of our operations. The laws and regulations applicable to the banking industry could change at any time, and we cannot predict the effect of these changes on our business and profitability. Increased regulation could increase our cost of compliance and adversely affect profitability. We must effectively manage our credit risk. There are risks in making any loan, including risks inherent in dealing with individual borrowers, risks of nonpayment, risks resulting from uncertainties as to the future value of collateral and risks resulting from changes in economic and industry conditions. We attempt to minimize our credit risk through prudent loan application approval procedures, careful monitoring of the concentration of loans within specific industries and geographic location, and periodic independent reviews of outstanding loans by our loan review and audit departments as well as external auditors. However, we cannot assure such approval and monitoring procedures will eliminate these credit risks. Our allowance for loan losses must be managed to provide sufficient reserves to absorb potential losses in our loan portfolio. We established our allowance for loan losses and maintain it at a level considered adequate by management to absorb potential loan losses based on a continual analysis of our portfolio and market environment. The amount of loan losses is susceptible to changes in economic, operating, and other conditions within our market, which may be beyond our control, and such losses may exceed current estimates. Although management believes that the allowance for loan losses is adequate to absorb losses on any existing loans that may become uncollectible, we cannot predict loan losses with certainty, and we cannot assure that our allowance for loan losses will prove sufficient to cover actual loan losses. Loan losses in excess of our reserves may adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations. A significant portion of the loans in the Corporation’s portfolio is secured by real estate. A large percentage of the Corporation’s loans are collateralized by real estate. The market value of real estate can fluctuate significantly in a short period of time as a result of market conditions in the geographic area in which the real estate is located. Adverse changes affecting real estate values in one or more of our markets could increase the credit risk associated with our loan portfolio, and could result in losses which would adversely affect profitability. An adverse change in the economy affecting real estate values generally and, specifically, in Central Illinois or Southwest Florida, could significantly impair the value of property pledged as collateral on loans and affect the Corporation’s ability to sell the collateral upon foreclosure. Collateral may have to be sold for less than the outstanding balance of the loan which could result in loss. Construction and development loans are based upon estimates of costs and value associated with the complete project. These estimates may be inaccurate, and we may be exposed to more losses on these projects than on other loans. Construction, land acquisition, and development lending involve additional risks because funds are advanced upon the security of the project, which is of uncertain value prior to its completion. Because of the uncertainties inherent in estimating construction costs and market value of the completed project and the effects of governmental regulation of real property, it is relatively difficult to evaluate accurately the total funds required to complete a project and the related loan-to-value ratio. As a result, construction loans often involve the disbursement of substantial funds with repayment dependent, in part, on the success of the ultimate project and the ability of the borrower to sell or lease the property, rather than the ability of the borrower or guarantor to repay principal and interest. If our appraisal of the value of the completed project proves to be overstated, we may have inadequate security for the repayment of the loan upon completion of construction of the project. If we are forced to foreclose on a project prior to or at completion due to a default, there can be no assurance that we will be able to recover all of the unpaid balance of, and accrued interest on, the loan as well as related foreclosure and holding costs. In addition, we may be required to fund additional amounts to complete the project and may have to hold the property for an unspecified period of time. We have attempted to address these risks through our underwriting procedures, compliance with applicable regulations, and by limiting the amount of construction development lending. Changes in interest rates could have an adverse affect on the Corporation’s income. First Busey’s earnings and profitability depend significantly on its net interest income. Net interest income represents the difference between interest income and fees earned on interest-earning assets and interest expense incurred on interest-bearing liabilities. In the event that interest paid on deposits and borrowings increases faster than the interest earned on loans and investments, there may be a negative impact on the Corporation’s net interest income. Changes in interest rates could also adversely affect the income of certain components of the Corporation’s noninterest income. An increase in interest rates may also affect the customer’s ability to pay, which could in turn increase loan losses. In addition, higher interest rates could also increase the Corporation’s cost to borrow funds. The Corporation is unable to predict or control fluctuations in market interest rates which are affected by the economy. The Corporation relies heavily on information systems to service customers. An interruption in or breach in security of the Corporation’s information systems may result in a loss of customer business and reduced earnings. The Corporation utilizes and relies heavily on communications and information systems in every aspect of our business. Any failure of these systems could result in disruptions in the Corporation’s customer service management, management information, deposit, loan, or other systems. While the Corporation has procedures in place to prevent or limit the effects of a failure, interruption, or security breach of its information systems, there can be no guarantee that any such failures, interruptions or security breaches will not occur or, if they do occur, that they will be adequately addressed. The occurrence of any failures, interruptions or security breaches of the Corporation’s information systems could damage the Corporation’s reputation, result in a loss of customer business, subject the Corporation to additional regulatory scrutiny, or expose the Corporation to civil litigation and possible financial liability, any of which could have an adverse effect on the Corporation’s financial condition and results of operation. Ability to attract and retain management and key personnel may affect future growth and earnings. Most of the Corporation’s success to date has been influenced strongly by our ability to attract and retain management experienced in banking and financial services and familiar with the communities in our market areas. Our ability to retain executive officers, the current management teams, lending and retail banking officers, and administrative staff of our subsidiaries will continue to be important to the successful implementation of our strategy. It is also critical, as we grow, to be able to attract and retain qualified additional staff with the appropriate level of experience and knowledge about our market areas to implement our community-based operating strategy. The unexpected loss of services of any key personnel, or the inability to recruit and retain qualified personnel in the future, could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operation. Weather may adversely impact the Corporation. Central Illinois is a highly agricultural area and therefore the economy can be greatly affected by weather conditions. Favorable weather conditions increase the agriculture productivity and boost the economy while unfavorable weather conditions may decrease productivity adversely affecting the local economy. First Busey conducts a significant portion of its business in Central Illinois. As stated above, an adverse affect on the economy of Central Illinois could negatively affect the Corporation’s profitability.The Southwest coast of Florida is at risk of hurricanes each year which may cause damage to the Corporation’s assets. Hurricane damage could adversely affect the Corporation’s financial condition in a number of ways. Damage caused to a branch location could result in temporary closure and inconvenience to customers which could result in loss of customers and business. A hurricane could also affect the local economy and impact customers’ ability to meet loan repayment terms and adversely affect the Corporation’s financial condition. Hurricane damage could significantly reduce value of collateral pledged as security against loans made by the Corporation. Growth and its impact on the infrastructure of the Corporation. First Busey’s continued pace of growth may require it to raise additional capital in the future. The Corporation is required by federal and state regulations to maintain adequate levels of capital to support operations. As operations grow, the amount of capital required will increase. The Corporation may also be required to raise capital to support future acquisitions. The Corporation’s ability to raise capital will depend on conditions in the capital markets, which are outside of its control, and on the Corporation’s financial performance. If additional capital cannot be raised when needed, the Corporation could be subject to restricted growth which could negatively impact expansion through future acquisitions.Item 1B. Unresolved Staff CommentsNone. The Corporation has not received written comments from the Commission during the 180 days preceding the end of the fiscal year to which this annual report pertains.

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