Glacier Bancorp Inc. in Kalispell, Mont., is planning to issue up to 4.6 million shares in a public offering, and it said it would use the proceeds to "fund possible future acquisitions and for general corporate purposes."

In a press release late Monday, the $5.2 billion-asset, multibank holding company also said that it has filed a shelf registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission that would let it raise up to $250 million within a certain period through the sale of common or preferred stock.

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