Baylake Corp. Foregoes Dividend

February 28, 2008 - Sturgeon Bay, WI—Baylake Corp. (OTC BB: BYLK) The Board of Directors of Baylake Corp., today announced that they, in consultation with federal and state regulators, have decided to forego the cash dividend on the Company's common stock that historically had been declared and paid during the first quarter of the year.

“We believe that prudent conservation and deployment of our capital is the most important objective to create long term value for our shareholders, ” said Baylake Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Cera. “When you consider our growth objectives for 2008 in the context of the current challenging and turbulent economic environment, we believe this capital strategy will provide greater flexibility and opportunity to meet our forecasts for the year. We have worked very hard to make financial and operational improvements within many areas of the bank during the past twelve months. We hope that those efforts will reward the patience of our shareholders with improved financial results and enable us to resume quarterly dividend payments in the near term.”

The Company's ability to pay dividends is subject to various factors including, among other things, sufficient earnings, available capital, board discretion and regulatory compliance (see "Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities," Part II, Item 5 of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006). There can be no assurance when or if the Company will resume the payment of quarterly dividends at historical levels or at all.

Baylake Corp., the holding company for Baylake Bank, serves Northeast and Central Wisconsin from 28 community financial centers throughout Brown, Door, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Waupaca and Waushara Counties.


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