Robert Barba

Robert Barba is one of American Banker's community banking reporters. His beat includes covering community banks in the Midwest, but he additionally focuses on M&A activity and monitors bank failures nationwide. Robert has appeared on Fox Business to discuss bank failures and the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Prior to American Banker, Robert was a general business reporter at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, Fla., where he covered everything from biotechnology to the volatile Florida real estate market. He began his career as a business desk intern at The Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera. Robert is based in Chicago.

Recent Stories From this Author

Pinnacle Bancorp Announces Second Deal in a Month
October 31, 2014 Bank of Colorado in Fort Collins announced Friday that it is buying the $234 million-asset MontroseBank in Colorado's western...

MVB Financial & CFG Community Cancel Deal a Year Later
October 31, 2014 MVB Financial and CFG Community Bank have terminated their purchase-and-assumption agreement, a year after announcing the deal.

Capital Bank to Keep Mum on M&A Until It Cuts a Deal
October 30, 2014 The Florida company's business plan relies heavily on consolidation, but management hasn't announced a deal in more than two...

CIT Chief Says OneWest Deal on Schedule, Backs Tarullo's SIFI Plan
October 28, 2014 The $44 billion-asset specialty lender viewed its pending purchase of OneWest Bank as its way to get significantly over the...

Niche Businesses Made Florida Bank Worth Hefty Premium to Iberia
October 27, 2014 Iberiabank is excited to add equipment finance and an SBA lending platform when it buys Old Florida Bancshares. The deal also...

U.S. Bank Chief Defends His Optimistic Economic Outlook
October 22, 2014 Richard Davis, the head of U.S. Bancorp, is generally known for conservative, reliable guidance, but he is sticking by his...

De-Risking Hits the Bottom Line at Zions
October 20, 2014 Zions Bancorp.'s earnings fell 62% in the third quarter to $79.1 million as the company implemented a number of maneuvers to...

Astoria's Multifamily Makeover Advances
October 17, 2014 Astoria Financial in Lake Success, N.Y., set out a few years ago to become more commercially focused by going after more...

The Certainty Cash M&A Offers in a Volatile Market
October 16, 2014 AmericanWest is buying Bank of Sacramento for $60 million in cash. Although the deal was being negotiated well before the...

Wintrust's Profit Rises 13% on Loan, Fee Income Growth
October 16, 2014 Wintrust Financial in Rosemont, Ill., reported third-quarter earnings of $40.2 million, as increases in interest and fee...

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