On the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I discuss the prospects and alternatives for a small bank that finds itself without an interested buyer. Frequently, we are finding clients and other depository institutions that have reached the internal decision that it’s time to sell, but when they check the market, the anticipated buyers are either not available, not interested, or at least not as interested as expected/hoped.
Before getting to those topics, we have a brief foray into me trying to avoid talking about college football, as well as updates on the proposed tax reform act and the announcement of the appointment of Jerome Powell to serve as Chair of the Federal Reserve Board.
Among the alternatives discussed:
- A sale to a credit union;
- A sale to a non-bank buyer;
- A merger of equals, strategic merger, or stepping stone transaction; and
- Longer term planning to set up the bank for a future sale.