Hanmi Financial (HAFC) has hired an investment bank to help it explore options that could include the sale of the Korean-American bank.

The Los Angeles company said in a press release late Wednesday that it had hired DelMorgan & Co. as its financial advisor. The company "has been engaged and intends to continue to engage in substantive discussions with certain strategic banks … regarding a possible business combination, merger-of-equals or sale transaction," the release said.

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