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First Republic Bank (FRC) Issues 3.5 Million Common Shares

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San Francisco-based private bank and wealth management company, First Republic Bank (FRC - Free Report) announced the public offering of 3.5 million shares of its common stock at approximately $287 million, excluding underwriting discounts and commissions and expected offering expenses. The offering is expected to end on or around Nov 18, 2016, subject to certain conditions.

First Republic Bank has permitted a 30-day option to the underwriters for covering over-allotments, if any. The option includes the purchase of an additional 0.525 million shares of common stock.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM - Free Report) , Morgan Stanley (MS - Free Report) , UBS Investment Bank and BofA Merrill Lynch, a unit of Bank of America Corp. (BAC - Free Report) , are acting as the joint book-running managers.

The net proceeds from this offering are anticipated to be used for general corporate purposes. These purposes might include funding of loans and purchase of investment securities. Further, debt repayment and other operational needs can be met through the funds.

During third-quarter 2016, First Republic Bank originated loans worth $6.5 billion. As of Sep 30, 2016, the bank’s total long-term debt came in at $4.6 billion.

Though the unsettled economic environment and stringent regulatory issues remain concerns, the latest capital raising move will aid the company in reducing its total debt burden to some extent. On the other hand, First Republic Bank’s capital ratios will improve and the bank will be able to pursue growth and acquisition opportunities.

First Republic Bank currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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