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): October 22, 2004
Commerce Bancshares, Inc.
|(State of Incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
Kansas City, MO
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
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|Item 8.01 Other Events|
Item 8.01 Other Events
On October 22, 2004 Commerce Bancshares, Inc. issued a Press Release announcing actions taken by its Board of Directors in addition to the declaration of a regular quarterly dividend. The Board of Directors approved a 5% stock dividend to be distributed December 13, 2004 to shareholders of record on November 29, 2004 and also authorized the purchase of an additional 4,296,580 shares of the Companys stock which takes the authorization to a total of 5,000,000 shares.
The Board also determined, pursuant to the Companys By-laws, to maintain the Board at twelve directors and thereby eliminate the vacancy created by the recent retirement of Mr. L.W. Stolzer.
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|
|Controller (Chief Accounting Officer)|
Date: October 25, 2004