S&T Bancorp Inc. of Indiana, Pa., says cutting its dividend by roughly half will help it protect its capital and eventually jettison its government investment.

The $4.3 billion-asset S&T said Tuesday that it would pay a dividend 15 cents a share for this quarter; it previously paid 31 cents.

S&T said the reduction would save $18 million of capital annually, positioning it to lend more as the economy recovers.

It also said the savings could help it repay the $108.7 million infusion it received in January through the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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