Magazine article American Banker

Ryan Beck Seen with Fee Bonanza on People's Deal

Magazine article American Banker

Ryan Beck Seen with Fee Bonanza on People's Deal

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BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc.'s investment banking unit, Ryan Beck & Co. Inc., may have postponed its own public offering, but its participation in another company's upcoming stock offering has prompted an analyst to raise his earnings estimates for BankAtlantic.

Ryan Beck is to be the selling agent and joint lead manager for the syndicated offering that funds the conversion of Bridgeport, Conn.-based People's Bank to full stock ownership from the mutual form of organization in a deal expected early next year. Ryan Beck, a unit of the $6.5 billion-asset BankAtlantic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was to have gone public itself, but its parent, citing concerns about its profitability and unfavorable market conditions, decided to wait.

Analyst Jefferson Harralson at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc. wrote in a research note Friday that the People's offering could earn Ryan Beck of Florham Park, N.J., as much as $20 million of fees. He increased his first-quarter earnings estimate for BankAtlantic by 9 cents a share, to 21 cents. He also raised his full-year 2007 estimate by 9 cents, to 84 cents a share.

"Although we view this as a one-time event for BankAtlantic, we believe this does help with efforts to restructure Ryan Beck's operations and makes Ryan Beck more attractive in a liquidity scenario," Mr. Harralson wrote.

His estimate of Ryan Beck's deal fee was based on its being paid 1% of the People's subscription agreement and 0.6% of the syndicate offering. Ryan Beck is to work alongside Morgan Stanley of New York as book runner and global coordinator for the People's offering.

People's Bank, which has $10.6 billion of assets, said Friday that it planned to offer 127.5 million to 172.5 million shares of common stock at $20 a share, putting the offering's worth at $2.55 billion to $3.45 billion.

BankAtlantic did not return calls for comment. …

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