Heartland Financial USA, Inc. Recognized as a Forbes Best Bank in America for 2021

Forbes Ranked Heartland 52nd Among a Nationwide Group of Banks

Monday, February 8, 2021

Dubuque, Iowa—Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF) has been named a “Forbes Best Bank 2021.” In its annual review of the largest publicly traded banks and thrifts, Forbes ranked Heartland Financial USA 52nd among a nationwide group of 100 leading banking organizations with assets ranging from $9 billion to over $2 trillion. It’s the fifth consecutive year Heartland has received this recognition from Forbes.

“We are pleased to be ranked among the best banks in America. In 2020, we demonstrated our commitment to serving our customers and communities and produced strong results for our shareholders,” said Bruce K. Lee, President and CEO, Heartland Financial, USA. “The Forbes ranking reflects our success and outlook for continued growth and strong performance in 2021.”

Forbes Best Bank in America 2021

To compile the rankings, Forbes used data collected by SNL Financial through the third quarter of 2020 on the country’s largest publicly traded banks and thrifts. The data covered 10 metrics of financial health: return on average equity; net interest margin; nonperforming loans (NPLs) as a percentage of loans; nonperforming assets as percentage of assets; reserves as a percentage of NPLs; two capital ratios (Tier 1 and risk-based); and leverage ratio. Forbes generated its ranking based on an average of the individual ranks of each metric.