First Sound Bank Raises $7.9 Million in New Capital and Completes Repurchase of TARP Preferred Securities

Feb 21, 2013, 06:00 ET from First Sound Bank

SEATTLE, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- First Sound Bank (OTCBB: FSWA) today announced that, in accordance with a negotiated agreement with the U.S. Treasury, it has retired all $7.4 million in preferred stock issued to the Treasury in late 2008 in exchange for capital received under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The Bank received regulatory approval to close on the agreement and repaid the Treasury on February 20.  

The agreement, which called for a 50 percent discount to purchase the securities and warrants and extinguish accumulated unpaid dividends of approximately $1.3 million, required First Sound to raise at least $7 million in new capital and meet certain other requirements. The Bank closed out its offering on February 15, 2013, raising over $7.9 million from individual investors.  

CEO Patrick Fahey, who was appointed to his position in January, 2012, stated, "This is a major milestone for First Sound Bank, as it has recovered from being one of the most troubled banks in Washington State to one of the healthier ones." The Bank was considered "significantly undercapitalized" a year ago, but with its increased funding, its capital ratios will now exceed the regulatory definition of a "well-capitalized" institution.

Fahey also noted that First Sound Bank has made significant progress on improving its asset quality, reducing non-performing assets from a high of $46 million to $4 million as of December 31, 2012.  "The Bank has benefitted from an amazingly loyal customer base and staff who have stayed with it through its difficult period,"  said Fahey. "As a result, First Sound Bank is poised to increase its lending to small- and medium-sized businesses and is better positioned to make larger loans with its increased capital base," he added.

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About First Sound Bank
Seattle-based First Sound Bank offers customized banking for small- to medium-sized businesses, organizations, not-for-profits and professionals in the Puget Sound region. The bank is committed to delivering personalized service, convenient access and competitive rates to support the needs of the business community. The bank offers online banking at plus an expansive banking network in the western U.S., as well as ATM banking throughout the country and abroad.

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