Earlier this year, the leaders of Avenue Financial Holdings said they were mulling acquisitions of wealth management firms as a way to grow their fee revenues. Still with plenty of liquidity on their balance sheet, such purchases remain "a top priority," Chief Credit Officer Andy Moats (pictured) told analysts and investors Friday morning on the company's Q3 earnings call. There is still a lot of potential to tie such businesses into Avenue's private banking operations, Moats said, and his team is still carrying on "quite a few conversations" on the M&A front. But don't expect big news too soon, he added: Any significant news will likely have to wait until 2016.
Avenue shares (Ticker: AVNU) were up on the heels of the company's Q3 numbers. At about 1:40 p.m. Friday, they were changing hands at $13.25, almost 2 percent higher than where they closed Thursday.
One of the few local banks still very much dealing with the aftershocks of the Great Recession is looking to start a new, healthier chapter in its life. Scott Harrison at the Nashville Business Journal has the story of a planned capital raise at Nolensville-based Peoples State Bank of Commerce. The leaders of the $150 million bank are aiming to raise between $15 million and $25 million.
Peoples intends to use the proceeds to pay down $7.7 million in outstanding debt, “satisfy regulatory requirements and reposition the company to support continued organic growth,” according to the presentation.
The planned offering is expected to close in December. It would essentially recapitalize the bank, with more than 98 percent of ownership going to new shareholders. The report also says investors have the "opportunity to obtain board seats."
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