Magazine article American Banker

One Thrift Plans Public Offering; Another Cancels

Magazine article American Banker

One Thrift Plans Public Offering; Another Cancels

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Byline: Bonnie McGeer

Territorial Savings Bank in Honolulu is planning to go public, and Community Bank in Brockton, Mass., is calling off its offering for now, in what has been a choppy market for mutual thrift conversions.

Only 13 conversions have been completed this year, compared with 26 for all of last year, according to Mike Shafir, an analyst at Sterne, Agee & Leach Inc.

The $1.2 billion-asset Territorial said it would conduct a standard conversion, selling all of its stock at once.

Community Bank had a standard conversion in the works, but it did not generate enough investor interest to complete the deal. It said Wednesday that it would return the money it has raised and try again next quarter.

Territorial aims to raise between $80.8 million and $125.6 million, which it would use to make more loans, build or acquire branches, or buy other financial services companies. It has 24 branches and plans to open at least two more over the next two years.

It also intends to repay trust-preferred securities with some of the money, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Nov. 14.

Analysts said one of Territorial's selling points is its pristine asset quality; its nonperforming loan ratio is zero.

Territorial must sell at least 8,075,000 shares at $10 each to complete the offering, but it could sell up to 12,563,750 shares if demand is high enough.

At the minimum level, the share price would equal 48% of Territorial's tangible book value - a figure that Theodore Kovaleff, an analyst at Granta Capital LLC, said could make the offering attractive for investors. …

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