An affiliate of the private-equity firm Angel Oak is packaging bank-issued sub debt to minimize risk for bondholders. It recently completed its first securitization and has plans to issue two deals a year.
Increased investor appetite and the emergence of specialized debt ratings are expected to spur demand, and community banks are looking for ways to fund expansion and hedge against future economic downturns.
Ashton Ryan, who had been removed as CEO in December, had been serving as its president. The New Orleans company also agreed to sell preferred stock to directors to help it make payments tied to its subordinated debt.