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2017 Bank M&A Statistics

January 3, 2018

Authors

Robert Klingler

2017 Bank M&A Statistics

January 3, 2018

by: Robert Klingler

It looks like we’ll end 2017 with a total of 263 bank and thrift transactions, representing a slight increase in the number of deals over 2016 (250), but well below 2014 and 2015 levels (307 and 294, respectively).  However, in light of the decline in total number of banks (and the dearth of de novo activity), 2017 basically equaled 2014 and 2015 transaction activity, with approximately 4.5% of institutions at the beginning of the year exiting through a business combination.  (2016’s 250 transactions represented approximately 4.0% of the outstanding banks at the beginning of 2016.)

Until and unless we see more de novo activities, it seems unlikely that we will return to 300 transactions in any given year.  However, on an annualized basis, the fourth quarter of

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Tax Reform for Sub S Banks and a 2017 Year-end M&A Review

December 29, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Tax Reform for Sub S Banks and a 2017 Year-end M&A Review

December 29, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

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the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I analyzed the Rose Bowl, pitting Jonathan’s Georgia Bulldogs against Jonathan’s In-Laws’ Oklahoma Sooners.  With critical generational analysis, Jonathan won me over to support Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs; I simply have to support Generation X over a Millennial. We then turned our focus to on-topic banking issues: the impact of tax reform on Subchapter S banks and a look in review at the 2017 banking m&a market.

For Subchapter S institutions, tax reform offers/requires a re-evaluation of the tax consequences of a Subchapter

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Acquire or Be Acquired 2018 M&A Simulation

December 19, 2017

Authors

Jonathan Hightower and Robert Klingler

Acquire or Be Acquired 2018 M&A Simulation

December 19, 2017

by: Jonathan Hightower and Robert Klingler

We are looking forward to running the M&A Simulation at Bank Director’s 2018 Acquire or Be Acquired Conference with our friends at FIG Partners.  This is the second year we’ve teamed up with FIG Partners to present a simulation of the community bank merger and acquisition sale process.  We’ve identified the basics of this year’s fictional banks, and are looking forward to another exciting simulation.

The simulation is an exclusive session at Acquire or Be Acquired, is open to 45 bank attendees only and fills up quickly.  If you’re planning to attend AOBA and want to ensure your spot in the simulation, please contact us.  If you’re interested in attending and haven’t already registered the conference, please contact us to receive our sponsorship code for a $400

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Bank CEO’s Success Strategies; A Conversation with DHG Financial Services

December 15, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Bank CEO’s Success Strategies; A Conversation with DHG Financial Services

December 15, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

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the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, I had a conversation with Suzanne Donner and Bill Walton of DHG Financial Services to discuss their new whitepaper on the insights of top performing community bank CEOs.   DHG Financial Services conducted a series of interviews with the CEOs of 22 top performing community banks and has compiled their insights into a fantastic white paper.  I was honored to receive an advance copy, and was thrilled to have Suzanne and Bill join me to discuss their findings.

The financial performance of the 22 banks selected demonstrates

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Snow, Cybersecurity and Data Breaches with Jena Valdetero

December 12, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Snow, Cybersecurity and Data Breaches with Jena Valdetero

December 12, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

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the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I were joined by our Chicago partner, Jena Valdetero, to discuss snow, cybersecurity and data breaches.  While Jena would normally be the one dealing with winter weather, it was Jonathan and myself watching the snow fall in Atlanta while Jena enjoyed a relatively warm, sunny day in Chicago.

Jena is part of Bryan Cave’s Data Privacy and Security Team, and joined us to discuss some of the current threats in cybersecurity and some of the steps that banks (and bank customers) should be

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Thanksgiving: Regulatory Relief and Tax Reform

November 21, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Thanksgiving: Regulatory Relief and Tax Reform

November 21, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

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the-bank-accountOn the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I discuss two business reasons for bankers to be thankful this holiday season, the Senate’s proposed regulatory relief legislation and legislative efforts for tax reform.

The Senate Banking Committee has released the text of proposed legislation providing real regulatory relief to community banks.  With ten Republican co-sponsors and nine Democratic co-sponsors, the measure would appear to have better odds than prior regulatory reform actions.   That said, no action is expected until sometime in 2018, and we’re still a long way away from adopted legislation. 

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All Dressed Up with No Place to Go

November 3, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

All Dressed Up with No Place to Go

November 3, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

http://media.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/p/content.blubrry.com/thebankaccount/The_Bank_Account_-_Episode_37.mp3

the-bank-accountOn 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

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A Potpourri of Bank Regulatory News

October 16, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

A Potpourri of Bank Regulatory News

October 16, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

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On the latest episode of The Bank Account, Jonathan and I discuss a veritable hodgepodge of new regulatory pronouncements, including the CFPB’s small dollar loan rule and the OCC’s guidance on CRA ratings.  But before we got to the bank regulatory issues, Jonathan first had to seek my opinion on the new Florida Gator jerseys (pictured).  I’m actually fairly proud in my restraint.  For the handful of listeners who enjoy this banter, I encourage you to view these rejected Florida Gator uniforms.  For those that wish we’d stick with banking, I assure you my interest in discussing college football has reached another low after this

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Webinar on Eliminating Bank Holding Companies

October 10, 2017

Authors

Bryan Cave

Webinar on Eliminating Bank Holding Companies

October 10, 2017

by: Bryan Cave

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Atlanta Partner, Robert Klingler, will be presenting a webinar on the Pros and Cons of Bank Holding Companies.  The webinar is hosted by Strafford and will begin 1:00pm Eastern on October 12, 2017.

In April of this year, Bank of the Ozarks, a $20 Billion, NASDAQ-listed, bank holding company, announced its plan to eliminate its holding company, which was completed in June.  In July, BancorpSouth, a $15 billion, NYSE-listed, bank holding company, announced its plan to eliminate its holding company.  With the inclusion of BancorpSouth Bank, only four of the 115 banks with more than $10 billion in assets don’t have a holding company; but that number has doubled in the last six months.

With Jonathan Hightower, Rob previously addressed many of

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Basel III Treatment of DTAs and MSAs

October 9, 2017

Authors

Robert Klingler

Basel III Treatment of DTAs and MSAs

October 9, 2017

by: Robert Klingler

We have heard, read and seen (and internally had) some confusion regarding the joint proposed rulemaking regarding the potential simplification of the capital rules as they relate to Mortgage Servicing Assets (MSAs) and certain Deferred Tax Assets (DTAs).

In addition to simply being complicated regulations, the regulators also have two proposed rulemakings outstanding related to these items. In August 2017, the banking regulators jointly sought public comment on proposed rules (the “Transition NPR“) that proposed to extend the treatment of MSAs and certain DTAs based on the 2017 transition period. Then, in September 2017, the banking regulators jointly sought comment on proposed rules (the “Simplification NPR“) that proposed to alter the limitations on treatment of MSAs and certain DTAs (and also addressed High Volatility Commercial Real Estate or HVCRE

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