Metrocorp Bancshares Inc. has a market cap of $91 million; its shares were traded at around $6.88 with and P/S ratio of 1.1.
Highlight of Business Operations:MetroBank was organized in 1987 by Don J. Wang, the Company s current Chairman of the Board, and five other Asian-American small business owners, three of whom currently serve as directors of the Company and MetroBank. The organizers perceived that the financial needs of various ethnic groups in Houston were not being adequately served and sought to provide modern banking products and services that accommodated the cultures of the businesses operating in these communities. In 1989, MetroBank expanded its service philosophy to Houston s Hispanic community by acquiring from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) the assets and liabilities of a community bank located in a primarily Hispanic section of Houston. This acquisition broadened MetroBank s market and increased its assets from approximately $30.0 million to approximately $100.0 million. Other than this acquisition, MetroBank has accomplished its growth internally through the establishment of de novo branches in various market areas. Since MetroBank s formation in 1987, it has established numerous branches in the greater Houston metropolitan area and currently has nine banking offices in Houston. In 1996, MetroBank expanded into the Dallas metropolitan area, and currently has four banking offices in the area.
Although the accounts of MCBI Trust I are not included in the Company s consolidated financial statements, the $35.0 million in trust preferred securities issued by this subsidiary trust is included in the Tier 1 capital of the Company for regulatory capital purposes. The aggregate amount of restricted core capital elements (which includes trust preferred securities, among other things) that may be included in the Tier 1 capital of most bank holding companies, including the Company s, is limited to 25% of all core capital elements, including restricted core capital elements, net of goodwill less any associated deferred tax liability. Amounts of restricted core capital elements in excess of these limits generally may be included in Tier 2 capital. The quantitative limits do not currently preclude the Company from including the $35.0 million in trust preferred securities in Tier 1 capital.
Commercial and Residential Mortgage Loans. The Company originates commercial mortgage loans to finance the purchase of real property, which generally consists of developed real estate. The Company s commercial mortgage loans are collateralized by first liens on real estate. For MetroBank, these loans typically have variable rates and amortize over a 15 to 20 year period, with balloon payments due at the end of five to seven years. For Metro United, these loans have both variable and fixed rates and amortize over a 25 to 30 year period, with balloon payments due at the end of five to ten years. As of December 31, 2010, the Company had a commercial mortgage portfolio of $718.8 million or 62.7% of the gross loan portfolio. The Company also originates two to seven year balloon residential mortgage loans, primarily collateralized by owner occupied residential properties, with a 15 to 30-year amortization, which are retained in the Company s residential mortgage portfolio. As of December 31, 2010, the residential mortgage portfolio was $38.7 million or 3.4% of the gross loan portfolio. The Company had no subprime residential mortgage loans at December 31, 2010.
Construction Loans. The Company originates loans to finance the construction of residential and non-residential properties. The majority of the Company s residential construction loans are in Texas and are for single-family dwellings. The Company also originates loans to finance the construction of commercial properties such as multi-family, office, industrial, warehouse and retail centers. As of December 31, 2010, the Company had a real estate construction portfolio of $35.3 million or 3.1% of the gross loan portfolio, of which $11.0 million was residential and $24.3 million was commercial.
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