Hanmi Financial Corp. announced Monday that it has hired the investment bank Cappello Capital Corp. to explore strategic alternatives to satisfy regulators.

The move by the $3.1 billion-asset company follows its filing of a $200 million shelf registration I in November.

In that month, the California Department of Financial Institutions gave it until July 31 to increase its shareholder equity by at least $100 million.

At Dec. 31, the of Los Angeles company's Hanmi Bank unit was adequately capitalized with a total risk-based capital ratio of 9.07%.

Since last year, Hanmi has said that it has in the works a capital infusion for as much as $100 million from two Korean companies. Of that, a $6.9 million infusion has been made, with the remainder awaiting regulatory approval.

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