Banks get cash infusion

| Print |  Email
Monday, December 01, 2008

PORTLAND As of mid-November, three Oregon banks are in line to get a federal infusion of cash.

Portland-based Umpqua Bank will get a $214 million cash infusion after selling that amount in preferred stock to the U.S. Treasury. Pending shareholder approval this month, Capital Pacific Bancorp in Portland will get $4 million. The Commerce Bank of Oregon will receive an undetermined amount from its parent company’s $1.4 billion Treasury investment. Zions Bancorporation owns Commerce.

The $250 billion Capital Purchase Program is meant to bolster healthy banks so they can lend more  and stimulate the economy. The feds are only investing in banks capable of paying it back, which has analysts scrambling to find out which banks didn’t make the cut, experts say.

“Behind the scenes almost every bank in the Northwest is applying for it,” says Ron Farnsworth, chief financial officer at Umpqua. “But they may apply and not get it, and that’s the investor’s concern.”  Umpqua’s stock value went up more than 20% since the announcement.

Concern has been raised about banks hoarding the cash. Participants must pay a 5% dividend on the shares issued to the government for the first five years of the investment, then 9% after that.

“There’s a lot of concern that banks have turned off the spigot,” says Capital Pacific CEO Mark Stevenson. “Even to their existing clients.”

Both Umpqua and Capital Pacific say they intend to lend the money to Oregon businesses immediately. 

JASON SHUFFLER


Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

More Articles

Playoffs pay off for the Ducks

The Latest
Friday, January 02, 2015
oregon-ducks-logo-helmet-thumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The University of Oregon football team looked unstoppable on the field Jan. 1 — and the university is reaping the benefits of the new postseason format.


Read more...

Powerbook Perspective

January-Powerbook 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


Read more...

Leading with the right brain

News
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
120914-manderson-thumbBY LINDA BAKER

On the eve of the Portland Ad Federation's Rosey Awards, Matt Anderson, CEO of Struck, talks about the transition from creative director to CEO, the Portland talent pool and whether data is the new black in the creative services sector.


Read more...

Dan and Louis Oyster Bar opens up to a changing neighborhood

The Latest
Thursday, December 11, 2014
121114-oystervidBy MEGHAN NOLT

VIDEO: Revamping a Classic — an iconic eatery stays relevant in a changing marketplace.


Read more...

The short list: 4 companies engaged in a battle of the paddles

The Latest
Thursday, December 04, 2014
pingpongthumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Nothing says startup culture like a ping pong table in the office, lounge or lobby.


Read more...

7 industry trends of 2015

The Latest
Friday, January 09, 2015
covertrends15-thumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Industry groups identify top trends for 2015.


Read more...

Corner Office: Steve Tatone

January-Powerbook 2015
Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS