What Happened to Cybersecurity? Another Major Breach

Posted October 3, 2017 by Darla J. Brogan in From the Experts.

Yet again, millions of people have been exposed to unauthorized access to, and fraudulent use of, their information because of the inadequacies of “cybersecurity”.

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Darla Brogan

Darla Brogan

Senior Consultant

Contact Darla via email or phone, at 502-479-5251.


 

Jeff Morris Addresses Community Bankers of West Virginia’s 2017 CEO Directors Conference

Posted October 2, 2017 by Jeffrey L. Morris.

Jeff Morris, Managing Director, Financial Management, ProBank Austin, addressed the Community Bankers of West Virginia’s 2017 CEO Directors Conference on Friday, September 29, at Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WVa . Jeff’s one-hour presentation was entitled “Seven Secrets of High Performing of High Performing Community Banks”.

Jeffrey L. Morris

Jeffrey L. Morris

Managing Director and Principal

Contact Jeff via email or phone, at 419-517-1775.

 


 

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 Is “Too Big to Fail” Evolving Into “Too Small to Succeed”?

Posted September 20, 2017 by Michael M. Moran in From the Experts.

Coming out of the financial crisis so much attention, politically and economically, seemed to be focused on chants of “break up” the big banks. Irrespective of one’s view on the rationale of such a move — would global competitiveness potentially be exchanged for political expediency? Hadn’t some of the largest traditional commercial banks, such as JPMorgan Chase, effectively stepped up to deploy tremendous resources in helping resolve the haphazard ways of Great Recession poster kids like Lehman, Bear Stearns, Washington Mutual, etc.? Did some bailouts simply perpetuate the concept of moral hazard as few seemed to be truly held accountable during the chaos?

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Michael M. Moran

Michael M. Moran

Senior Consultant

Contact Mike via email or phone, at 517-749-3914.


 

Harvey, Irma and Equifax

Posted September 13, 2017 by Stephen D. Heckard in From the Experts

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Over the past couple of weeks, we have experienced three massive disasters. Two from Mother Nature that could not have been avoided, and one disaster that was man-made, Equifax, that should never have occurred. I have never experienced a hurricane and I hope that I never do. I have been the victim of identity fraud so the Equifax news triggered an immediate reaction.

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Stephen D. Heckard

Stephen D. Heckard

Senior Consultant

Contact Steve via email or phone, at 219-241-7058 or 800-523-4778, ext 419.

 


 

When It Comes to Core Conversions, Look Before You Leap

Posted July 31, 2017 in From the Experts.

Bank Director.com recently published an article by Jack Milligan, Editor-in-Chief for Bank Director Magazine,”When It Comes to Core Conversions, Look Before You Leap” (Link Below) which features helpful information for financial institutions faced with choosing a core provider from Steve Heckard, Senior Consultant, Technology Solutions, ProBank Austin.

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Cumberland Bancorp (Clarksville, TN) and Southeastern Bancorp (Dickson, TN) Announce Plans to Merge

Announced on July 21, 2017 – Christopher L. Hargrove, lead advisor.

Southeastern Bancorp, Inc. (“Southeastern”) and Cumberland Bancorp, Inc. (“Cumberland”) jointly announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement. ProBank Austin represented Cumberland as financial advisor in the transaction.

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Christopher L. Hargrove

Christopher L. Hargrove

Chairman and CEO

Contact Chris via email or phone, at 502-479-5218.


 

CRE Guidance: Could Require more Expertise/Equity/Examination/Experience/Energy/Effective oversite

Posted July 24, 2017 by Michael M. Moran in From the Experts.

Quite possibly, all or most of the above will apply as we take a slightly tongue-in-cheek spin on one of the industry’s better-known acronyms, and the accompanying regulatory guidance that likely becomes elevated in future exams. In our February post, Do the CCAR Scenarios Signal Regulatory Focus? (February 16, 2017 – link below), we expressed the belief that the annual CCAR and DFAST process might foretell potential regulatory “hot buttons” and/or primary areas of focus for the banking sector.

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Michael M. Moran

Michael M. Moran

Senior Consultant

 

Contact Mike via email or phone, at 517-749-3914.


 

We All Have Standards, Right?

Posted June 28, 2017 by Stephen D. Heckard in From the Experts.

Each one of us has our own set of standards, what we understand to be acceptable and what is not acceptable. Standards define a minimum of acceptable behavior and how we live our lives. In today’s Trends in Technology blog, “We All Have Standards, Right?” Steve Heckard asks, “is your bank protected by contractually-defined standards for technology services?” For every contracted technology service, there should be well- defined standards of minimally acceptable performance.

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Stephen D. Heckard

Stephen D. Heckard

Senior Consultant

 

Contact Steve via email or phone, at 800-523-4778, ext. 419.


 

The Board’s Vital Role in Lending

Posted June 27, 2017 by Vincent Van Nevel.

We have all heard this mantra time and again. “The board is responsible for safely directing the business and affairs of the institution in the best interest of shareholders, customers, the community, and in accord with the law.”

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Vince Van Nevel

Vince Van Nevel

Managing Director

Contact Vince via email or phone, at 502-479-5238.

 

 

 


 

Morris to Host Western Independent Bankers’ WIBinar on June 27

Posted June 26, 2017 by Jeffrey L. Morris.

On Tuesday, June 27 at 10 a.m. (PST), Jeff Morris, Managing Director of ProBank Austin, will present a WIBinar on “The Seven Secrets of Consistently High Performing Community Banks” to members of the Western Independent Bankers Association. WIB serves members in 13 states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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Jeffrey L. Morris

Jeffrey L. Morris

Managing Director and Principal

Contact Jeff via email or phone, at 419-517-1775.

 

 


 

Jeff Morris Addresses Virginia Bankers Association Annual Convention

Posted June 16, 2017 by Jeffrey L. Morris.

Jeff Morris, Managing Director of Financial Management at ProBank Austin, addressed the Virginia Bankers Association at its 124th annual convention held at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, June 18-24. Jeff’s breakout presentation was on “The Seven Secrets of Consistently High Performing Community Banks.” Jeff discussed how several key features are consistent among high performing community banks – one being the critical role of operating efficiency, other traits coincide with and solidify a bank’s long-term ability to provide consistent high value to shareholders, directors, consumers and employees. A copy of his presentation is linked below.

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Jeffrey L. Morris

Jeffrey L. Morris

Managing Director and Principal

Contact Jeff via email or phone, at 419-517-1775.


 

CECL: ONE YEAR LATER

Submitted by Adam Davis, June 13, 2017.

One year ago, on June 16, 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued ASU No. 2016-13 “Financial Instruments – Credit Losses: Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments”, which introduced the current expected credit loss methodology for establishing allowances for credit losses.  In the banking industry we have come to know this now by “CECL”.  As a banker, you may be on your way to developing a plan or you may be like many and wondering when and how you should start.

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Adam Davis, CPA

Adam Davis, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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Big Brother Actually is Watching

Posted June 7, 2017 by Stephen D. Heckard in From the Experts.

Big brother is watching…and it isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it is a very good thing, one that has the potential to strengthen the entire financial services industry.

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Stephen D. Heckard

Stephen D. Heckard

Senior Consultant

Contact Steve via email or phone, at 800-523-4778, ext. 419.

 

 


 

There has to be a Better Way

Posted May 24, 2017 by Michael M. Moran in From the Experts.

The Dodd-Frank Act became public law in the 111th Congress nearly seven years ago. Its objective, as the country moved through the Financial Crisis and the devastating effects of the Great Recession, was primarily four-fold:

-Promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system

-End “Too Big to Fail”

-Protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts

-Protect consumers from abusive financial services practices

 

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Michael M. Moran

Michael M. Moran

Senior Consultant

Contact Mike via email or phone, at 517-749-3914.

 

 


 

PROBANK AUSTIN TRANSACTION ANNOUNCEMENT: Doolin Security Savings Bank to Affiliate with First Mutual Holding Company

ProBank Austin Provided Advisory Assistance to First Mutual Holding Company

Lakewood, Ohio-based First Mutual Holding Company (“FMHC”), the largest member-owned mutual holding company of its kind in the Midwest ($1.7 billion) announced that New Martinsville, West Virginia-based Doolin Security Savings Bank, FSB (“Doolin”) ($48 million) has agreed to affiliate with FMHC, pending approval of regulatory agencies and of voting members of Doolin.

 

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The Cost of Saying Goodbye!

Submitted by Stephen D. Heckard, May 16, 2017

Two years ago, I was asked to review data processing contracts for a small bank to determine departure costs as part of a potential acquisition. We have a very active Investment Banking Division that provides assistance to banks looking to acquire and banks looking to be acquired. In either case from time-to-time, I am asked to provide estimates for terminating processing contracts and deconversion charges. I would like to share with you two recent examples regarding terminating processing contracts.

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Stephen D. Heckard

Stephen D. Heckard

Senior Consultant

Contact Steve via email or phone, at 800-523-4778, ext. 419.

 

 


 

 

Contracts – It’s All About the Fine Print!

Submitted by Stephen D. Heckard, April 26, 2017

I have a recurring nightmare that I will come back in my next life to practice contract law. I do not have a law degree, so hopefully that will minimize the chances. However, reviewing contracts is a significant part of my everyday duties, whether managing a core vendor evaluation or renewing a contract with an existing vendor. Since ProBank Austin has a very active Investment Banking Division, from time-to-time, I review client contracts or a target institution’s contracts to determine departure costs if acquired. My assignment is to specifically review a departure from existing processing agreements.

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Stephen D. Heckard

Stephen D. Heckard

Senior Consultant

Contact Steve via email or phone, at 800-523-4778, ext. 419.

 


 

 Has March Madness Led to April Anxiety?

Submitted by Michael M. Moran, April, 2017

A few months back, coming off the results of the Presidential election, we opined on the seemingly rocket-fueled rally in bank stocks. At the time, we posited the following as probable/potential catalysts underpinning the significant positive move in the sector:

Meaningful tax reform – might rates drop from approximately 35% to 25% or lower?

 

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Michael M. Moran

Michael M. Moran

Senior Consultant

Contact Mike via email or phone, at 517-749-3914.

 


 

Fintech – Be Current and Cognizant!

Submitted by Stephen D. Heckard, April 5, 2017

This blog concludes the Trends in Technology series on fintech, although I do plan on returning to the subject whenever I encounter a fintech subject that I think should be expanded upon. Each day, I invest approximately one hour reviewing email and other resources on fintech. It is possible that in the coming weeks something on fintech will catch my eye and become the subject of a future blog. We will see.

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Stephen D. Heckard

Stephen D. Heckard

Senior Consultant

Contact Steve via email or phone, at 800-523-4778, ext. 419.


 

And the Winner is…?

Submitted by Michael M. Moran, March 5, 2017

Bank stocks.

And no, I have not been handed the wrong envelope. Nor is this the analogous case of an unheralded #16 Seed knocking off a dominant #1 blue-blood in the NCAA basketball tournament that has become “March Madness” – shocking, but likely short-lived. As the chart below reflects, bank stock prices literally came to life after the events of November 8, fueled by expectations of tax cuts, regulatory relief, pro-growth sentiment in D.C., and a favorable interest rate environment. And while the run since the Election has been nothing shy of staggering, seemingly prevailing potential headwinds and countervailing prospective tailwinds make for an interesting environment as we sit here today.

 

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Michael M. Moran

Michael M. Moran

Senior Consultant

Contact Mike via email or phone, at 517-749-3914.

 

 


 

PROBANK AUSTIN TRANSACTION ANNOUNCEMENT: Central Bancompany Completes Acquisition of Bank Star One

ProBank Austin Served as Financial Advisor to Bank Star One

Central Bancompany, Inc., Jefferson City, Missouri, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Bank Star One, Fulton, Missouri. The acquisition was announced on August 19, 2016 and closed on February 23, 2017.  

 

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Fintech – A Few Additional Steps to Prepare for Fintech Disruption

Submitted by Stephen D. Heckard, March 6, 2017

Card fraud has been a vexing problem for all institutions. Recent fintech developments may begin to reduce that by increasing the authentication of the payee. One very intriguing method of authentication for card purchases is “selfie pay.” It is exactly as it sounds. A picture of the payee’s face is taken at time of purchase and is compared to a stored picture for verification. Presumably bad hair days won’t create a problem. MasterCard successfully tested this with First Tech Federal Credit Union last year and now is rolling it out in Europe.

 

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Stephen D. Heckard

Stephen D. Heckard

Senior Consultant

Contact Steve via email or phone, at 800-523-4778, ext. 419.


 

PROBANK AUSTIN TRANSACTION ANNOUNCEMENT: First Commonwealth Bank and First Guaranty Bank Agree to Merge

Submitted on February 28, 2017 – ProBank Austin Announces Second M&A Deal of 2017

February 23, 2017 First Commonwealth Bank, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, announced its agreement to merge with First Guaranty Bank, Martin, Kentucky (press release). The definitive agreement, which is subject to customary regulatory approval, has been approved by the Boards of both banks.  Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. It is anticipated that the merger of the banks could occur during the second quarter of this year.

 

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Fintech – A Few Additional Steps to Prepare for Fintech Disruption

Submitted by Stephen D. Heckard, February 21, 2017

In my blog, “Preparing for Fintech Distruption” I suggested two steps in preparing for the potential impact of fintech on community banks. These are two significant steps, ensuring that your Board is aware of this potential and discussing what alternative your core vendor can provide. However, there is much more that you can and should do to embrace fintech. Waiting until your bank feels the effects of disruption may be too late to effectively react.

 

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Stephen D. Heckard

Stephen D. Heckard

Senior Consultant

Contact Steve via email or phone, at 800-523-4778, ext. 419.


 

First Merchants Corporation (Muncie, IN) to Acquire Independent Alliance Banks (Fort Wayne, IN)

Submitted on February 17, 2017 – ProBank Austin Served as Exclusive Financial Advisor to Independent Alliance Banks, Inc.

(Muncie, In. and Fort Wayne, In., February 17, 2017) First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ: FRME) and Independent Alliance Banks, Inc. (OTCQX: IALB)(IAB) today announced they have executed a definitive agreement whereby IAB will merge with and into First Merchants, and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, iAB Financial Bank (iAB), will merge with and into First Merchants Bank.

 

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Do the CCAR Scenarios Signal Regulatory Focus?

Submitted by Michael M. Moran, February 16, 2017

Do the CCAR (Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review) scenarios signal regulatory focus? Put another way have preliminary indications about regulatory concern over developing CRE concentrations been subtly reinforced in this year’s stress scenarios? Some folks, particularly my family, might accuse me of probably diving a little too deep into numbers at times.

 

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Michael M. Moran

Michael M. Moran

Senior Consultant

Contact Mike via email or phone, at 517-749-3914.

 


 

2017 Community Bank Budget Review

Submitted by Jeffrey L. Morris, February 9, 2017

At ProBank Austin, we are always curious at this time of year to find out what’s on the minds of our community bank clients, and in particular, to better understand their plans and goals for the coming year.

 

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Jeffrey L. Morris

Jeffrey L. Morris

Managing Director and Principal

Contact Jeff via email or phone, at 419-517-1775.


 

Fintech – Are APIs in Your Future

Submitted by Steve Heckard, February 8, 2017

Application Program Interface (API) technology is a hot topic when discussing fintech. Today’s Trends in Technology blog, Fintech – Are APIs in Your Future?, defines API technology and explores the positive and negative applications that affect the banking industry.

 

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Steve Heckard

Steve Heckard

Senior Consultant

Contact Steve via email or phone, at 800-523-4778, ext. 419.


 

The Changing Role of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors in Community Banks

Submitted by Jon Doukas, April 12, 2016

Introduction. Traditionally, most executive compensation decisions have been handled at the December meeting of the board of directors, and these decisions were based on limited information and the board’s subjective judgment. However, executive compensation has become more complex. The passage of the FDIC Improvement Act of 1991 (FDICIA), Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act, and Securities and Exchange Commission Regulations, regarding executive pay communications to stockholders, have made compensation procedures and decisions more challenging. Media coverage and stockholder interest have also increased in recent years. The result has been the need to develop a more formalized approach to the institution’ total compensation programs.

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Jon Doukas

Jon Doukas

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Contact Jon via email or phone, at 502-479-5227.


 

Working the Appraisal

          – and Playing the Numbers

Submitted by Ann Scott, April 4, 2016

If loan underwriting and cash flow analysis are the main course of a loan, appraisals are typically considered a part of the appetizer. Actually, they’re the burgundy to the beef, the Alfredo to the fettuccine, the mint to the julep. It’s up to the appraisal reviewer to take a close look at the numbers. Do the rents used by the appraiser match the most recent Tax Return or FYE numbers? What about the expenses? Did the appraiser use a “market percentage” or the actual expenses indicated by the financial information?

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Ann Scott

Ann Scott

Senior Consultant

Contact Ann via email or phone, at 502-479-5292.


 

Appraisal Detail

          – Not Just Minutiae

Submitted by Ann Scott, March 14, 2016

Appraisals contain a lot of data. The information can be ignored or it can be viewed with an eye towards usefulness. Sometimes the untrained eye will gloss over details that are critical to a loan structure. Following are just a few items that can be critical to a lending decision.

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Ann Scott

Ann Scott

Senior Consultant

Contact Ann via email or phone, at 502-479-5292.


 

Risk Management and Strategic Planning

          – A Long Courtship

Submitted by Vince Van Nevel on March 10, 2016

Talk about risk management! Our neighborhood men’s group half-jokingly volunteered a friend, recently retired from the Air Force with combat “tours” in the Middle East, for a project some thought was a bit risky, declaring he was a risk taker. He quickly corrected us stating, in the military the whole idea is to identify risks in your mission and then make plans to minimize them while still accomplishing your goal with a highly trained and disciplined team. If the risk assessment presented too much risk they may scrap the mission and/or find alternative strategies to achieve their objective.

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Vince Van Nevel

Vince Van Nevel

Managing Director

Contact Vince via email or phone, at 502-479-5238.


 

C&I Lending Trends 2015

Submitted by Vince Van Nevel on February 23, 2016

 

Red Sky at Morning, Sailors Take Warning

For the first time ever, total outstanding commercial & industrial loans exceed total 1-4 family first lien loans, and stand at a record $1.842 trillion as of December 31, 2015. Total 1-4 family first lien loans stood at $1.836 trillion. If this was a horse race, C&I loans won by a nose! However, there may be a storm just over the horizon.

Many years ago when I lived in Chicago working for the OCC, I was certified to sail 30 foot sailboats on Lake Michigan. That is when I first heard of the rhyming weather rules of thumb, the other being “red sky at night, sailors delight.” The “on the water” portion of the certification was primarily spent learning how to depart from and return to the dock without destroying the boat. They wanted to know we could captain the ship safely and that we knew what we were doing; their version of risk management.

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Vince Van Nevel

Vince Van Nevel

Managing Director

Contact Vince via email or phone, at 502-479-5238.


 

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