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Stifel Announces Global Settlement Regarding Wisconsin School District Litigation Matters

/ -- ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwired - December 08, 2016) - Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) today announced that it and its subsidiary, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated ("Stifel Nicolaus"), have reached a settlement of two civil lawsuits that relate to the sale of collateralized debt obligations investments to five Southeastern Wisconsin school districts in 2006. These settlements resolve all pending litigation related to this subject matter.

The first matter is a civil lawsuit filed against Stifel Nicolaus by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin on August 10, 2011. The second matter is a civil lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, filed on September 29, 2008, between Royal Bank of Canada Europe Ltd., on the one hand, and Stifel Financial, Stifel Nicolaus and the five Southeastern Wisconsin school districts, on the other hand. In early 2012, Stifel and the school districts previously reached a settlement that resolved the school districts' direct claims against Stifel.

"We are very pleased to have these issues, which relate to 2006 transactions, behind us," stated Ronald Kruszewski, Chairman & CEO of Stifel. "We are also pleased that the resolution of these cases will benefit the five Southeastern Wisconsin school districts with whom we have continued to partner in recent years."

Stifel does not anticipate the settlement will have an impact on its pre-tax results in the fourth quarter of 2016, as Stifel has adequately reserved for the cost of settlement. However, as disclosed in Stifel's third quarter 2016 10-Q filing, the settlement with the SEC is not deductible for tax purposes and we anticipate Stifel's provision for income taxes in the fourth quarter of 2016 to be negatively impacted by approximately $9 million.

Stifel Company Information

Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, that conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Stifel's broker-dealer clients are served in the United States through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated; Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc.; Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC; Century Securities Associates, Inc.; and Eaton Partners, LLC, and in the United Kingdom and Europe through Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited. The Company's broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Bank & Trust offers a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel Trust Company, N.A. and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A. offer trust and related services. To learn more about Stifel, please visit the Company's web site at

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