Magazine article American Banker

WesBanco Buying AmTrust Branches

Magazine article American Banker

WesBanco Buying AmTrust Branches

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Byline: Hebert

AmTrust Bank in Cleveland said Friday that it is selling five branches in Columbus, Ohio, because it needs to raise capital to satisfy regulators.

The $16.5 billion-asset AmTrust, under an order by the Office of the Thrift Supervision to raise capital after losing $305.7 million in the third quarter on bad real estate loans in Florida and Arizona, is selling all five of its Columbus branches to WesBanco Inc. in Wheeling, W.Va., for $20.9 million, or a 3.5% premium on roughly $601 million of deposits.

Ken Thomas, a Miami branch consultant, said the branch is "a drop in the bucket" for AmTrust. "The company needs to raise hundreds, not tens of millions of capital."

AmTrust could get as much as $300 million if it sold its 36 branches in Arizona and Florida, its most attractive markets, Mr. Thomas said. However, depending on fourth-quarter losses, that may not be enough to satisfy regulators, he said. …

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