The purchase of Santa Barbara Tax Products Group is the latest move by the prepaid card pioneer designed to lessen its dependence on retail giant Wal-Mart.
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Hancock CEO Carl Chaney
Prosperity Bancshares and Hancock Holding knew they would lose significant interchange income when they hit the $10 billion mark, but they were not quite ready for the increased regulatory scrutiny that came with that growth.
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Capital Bank Financial CEO Eugene Taylor
Capital Bank Financial shares a problem with other investor-backed companies built to make a lot of bank acquisitions: their stocks trade at low premiums because they are overcapitalized, but they are unable to deploy their capital in M&A deals because of those low stock values.

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Albina Community Bancorp is one of few lenders to recapitalize and sell its bank despite an overhang of trust-preferred debt at the parent company. Still, an investor is threatening to force involuntary bankruptcy — a sign of just how tough it is for banks to escape the trust-preferred trap.

Private-equity firms, as investor-driven organizations, have an obligation to consider cashing out when top-performing bank stocks are doing so well, according to James Lockhart, vice chairman and W.L. Ross & Co.

Yield-seeking investors have fueled a niche bond business that is financing community banks, through the sale of higher-risk, subordinated debt. It is unclear whether the banks need all that capital.

Richard Davis (left), Bill Rogers and Beth Mooney (Bloomberg News)
Big banks are still avoiding bank M&A, but the reasons are evolving. Plenty are still looking inward, while others are focusing on buying fee businesses. U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis says he doesn't want to be burdened with an integration when the economy takes off.

BB&T is back the business of buying banks for the first time in several years, even though most of its peers think regulators are opposed to big-bank M&A. BB&T's investments in compliance improvements make its executives feel confident about getting new deals done, CEO Kelly King says.

Banc of California has announced extensive community reinvestment goals as part of its planned purchase of 20 Banco Popular branches in southern California. The agreement, which appeased a community group that had opposed the sale, shows how much power such organizations wield when it comes to M&A.

Is CIT Group's acquisition of OneWest Bank a harbinger of sizable deals? M&A adviser Aaron Packles thinks so.

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