SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 12, 2004
Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
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Kansas City, MO
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|Item 9. Regulation FD Disclosure|
The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K is furnished pursuant to Item 9 and shall not be deemed filed for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section. Furthermore, the information in this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into the filings of Commerce Bancshares, Inc. under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Item 9. Regulation FD Disclosure
Pursuant to the authority granted by its Board of Directors to repurchase up to 3,000,000 shares of its stock, the Company today purchased 400,000 shares of its common stock from family limited partnerships established by James M. Kemper, Jr. as part of the partnerships desire to diversify their holdings. The purchases were accomplished by private sale at a per share price of $49.74. Mr. Kemper is the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Company and father of current Chairman and CEO David W. Kemper and current Vice Chairman Jonathan M. Kemper.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|COMMERCE BANCSHARES, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Jeffery D. Aberdeen|
|Jeffery D. Aberdeen
(Chief Accounting Officer)
|Date: February 12, 2004|