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Boston Private Financial Holdings Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

March 11, 2011 | About:

Boston Private Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:BPFH) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Boston Private Financial Holdings Inc. has a market cap of $542.6 million; its shares were traded at around $7.1 with and P/S ratio of 1.8. The dividend yield of Boston Private Financial Holdings Inc. stocks is 0.6%.

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Capital Requirements. The FRB has adopted guidelines which it uses in assessing the adequacy of capital when examining and supervising a bank holding company and in analyzing applications upon which it acts. The FRB's capital adequacy guidelines generally require bank holding companies to maintain total capital of at least 8% of total risk-weighted assets, including off-balance sheet items, with at least 50% of that amount consisting of Tier I (or “core”) capital and the remaining amount consisting of Tier II (or “supplementary”) capital. Tier I capital for bank holding companies generally consists of the sum of common stockholders' equity, perpetual preferred stock and trust preferred securities (both subject to certain limitations and, in the case of the latter, to specific limitations on the kind and amount of such securities which may be included as Tier I capital and certain additional restrictions described below), and minority interests in the equity accounts of consolidated subsidiaries, less goodwill and other non-qualifying intangible assets. Tier II capital generally consists of hybrid capital instruments, perpetual debt and mandatory convertible debt securities; perpetual preferred stock and trust preferred securities, to the extent it is not eligible to be included as Tier I capital; term subordinated debt and intermediate-term preferred stock; and, subject to limitations, general allowances for loan losses. Assets are adjusted under the risk-based guidelines to take into account different risk characteristics.

In addition to the risk-based capital requirements, the FRB requires top rated bank holding companies to maintain a minimum leverage capital ratio of Tier I capital to its average total consolidated assets (the “Leverage Ratio”) of at least 3.0%. For most other bank holding companies (including BPFH), the minimum Leverage Ratio is 4.0%. Bank holding companies with supervisory, financial, operational or managerial weaknesses, as well as bank holding companies that are anticipating or experiencing significant growth, are expected to maintain capital ratios well above the minimum levels. Total consolidated average assets for this purpose does not include, for example, goodwill, any identifiable intangible assets, and any investments in subsidiaries or associated companies that the FRB determines should be deducted from Tier I capital. The Company's Leverage Ratio as of December 31, 2010 was 8.77%.

In addition, any company would be required to obtain the approval of the FRB under the BHCA before acquiring 25% (5% in the case of an acquirer that is a bank holding company) or more, or otherwise obtaining control or a controlling influence over a bank holding company. In 2008, the FRB released guidance on minority investments in banks that relaxed the presumption of control for investments of greater than 10% of a class of outstanding voting securities of a bank holding company in certain instances discussed in the guidance. In 2008, BP Holdco, L.P., a company controlled by The Carlyle Group, became the largest stockholder of BPFH, owning a 9.98% interest in the Company at the time of the investment, and holds a 9.73% interest in the Company as of March 4, 2011. The Carlyle Group's investment is subject to certain restrictions under the terms of the investment agreement with BPFH. Under the agreement, The Carlyle Group cannot convert its non-voting preferred stock or exercise its warrants if as a result it would own more than 9.99% of the Company's outstanding common stock.

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