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."
Columbia-based Community First Bank & Trust is, as of Sept. 29, no longer operating under any sort of extra regulatory requirements. The bank, which runs eight offices in Maury, Hickman and Williamson counties, had been under an informal memorandum of understanding with regulators since late last year. As recently as 2012, the bank faced a $15 million capital gap as it tried to bounce back from the real estate bust and meet the stringent extra conditions regulators were demanding.
Said Chairman Eslick Daniel in a statement this week: “The board is excited to be planning our future with a focus on serving our community and shareholders rather than correcting the problems of the past. We appreciate the support our regulators have shown in our efforts to improve the health of the Bank, and believe that the lessons of our past will make us a stronger Bank in the future.”
The arbiters of the Certified Financial Planner designation last week said they and local investment manager Kay Quinn in April agreed to a settlement that suspended Quinn's right to use the CFP mark until next January. At issue are a handful rules and ethics transgressions, including advising 55 Quinn Financial Partners clients to invest in a real estate securities that weren't registered for sale in Tennessee — for which the state's Department of Commerce and Insurance censured Quinn in 2013. Read the CFP Board's full release here and check out the 2013 state case against Quinn here.
Shareholders of Noranda Aluminum Holding on Monday voted overwhelmingly to approve a 1-for-7 reverse stock split, part of the company's plan to get back in the good graces of the New York Stock Exchange's listing standards panel. Noranda shares (Ticker: NOR) should this morning begin trading around $2.60. Its leaders also must still find ways to boost the Franklin-based company's shareholder's equity above $50 million.
The New York Stock Exchange's listings regulators have told Noranda Aluminum executives that they need to submit a plan to get the Franklin-based company's market value and shareholder equity back above $50 million. Late last month, the NYSE also told Noranda to get its stock price above $1, something the company plans to do via reverse split. Unless the global aluminum market rebounds soon and lifts Noranda's fortunes, this demand could be harder to meet.
Check out more information about the NYSE's latest letter here.
New York Stock Exchange officials have told Noranda Aluminum Holding executives that the slide in the company's share price to below $1 has put it in the listing standards doghouse. The Noranda team now has six months to get their stock back above $1 on a regular basis. To that end, they will host on Aug. 24 a special shareholders' vote on a 1-for-7 reverse split. Noranda shares (Ticker: NOR) rose more than 6 percent Tuesday to 56.5 cents.
The Tennessee Attorney General's Office and the state Division of Consumer Affairs have reached an agreement with auto dealer Wholesale Inc. that calls on the company to change its advertising. The deal comes after a complaint from a soldier stationed at Fort Campbell led to allegations that the company violated the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act in marketing a fictitious lender and saying it was marketing a limited amount of loans to military personnel. Check out more info here.