The officers and directors of Virginia Commerce Bancorp Inc. have infused the Arlington company with $25 million in fresh capital, the first step in a larger capital-raising plan that its chief executive said would help it "withstand current pressures from increased credit costs" and "provide an additional cushion for unforeseen market challenges."

The $2.7 billion-asset company said in a press release late Thursday that capital was raised through the sale of trust-preferred securities to the officers and directors. The company also issued 1.5 million warrants with an exercise price of $6.83 and intends to raise $25 million in a private offering of equity instruments in October.

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