May 15, 2023

GREEN BAY, Wis., May 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NYSE: NIC) ("Nicolet") announced that its Board of Directors has declared its first quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share to shareholders of its common stock. The dividend will be payable on June 15, 2023 to shareholders of record as of June 1, 2023.

"The initiation of a cash dividend represents an important milestone for our Company," said Mike Daniels, President and CEO of Nicolet. "The 'Why' behind the decision goes back to our foundational belief in creating shared success for Nicolet's customers, employees, and shareholders. While we remain an opportunistic growth company and will continue to use our capital to grow Nicolet, both organically and through M&A, and after discussing this over the years we believe this is the right time to declare our first dividend. The ability to reward shareholders while at the same time growing and serving our customers and employees is the essence of shared success. We thank the Board and our shareholders for their steadfast belief in Nicolet's purpose and values."

About Nicolet Bankshares, Inc.
Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. is the bank holding company of Nicolet National Bank, a growing, full-service, community bank providing services ranging from commercial, agricultural and consumer banking to wealth management and retirement plan services. Founded in Green Bay in 2000, Nicolet National Bank operates branches in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. More information can be found at

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All forward-looking statements included in this press release are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available to management at that time. Except as required by law, Nicolet disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement contained in this press release to reflect new information or events or circumstances that occur after the date the forward-looking statements were made.

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