Private Banker First Republic Bank Sells a New Preferred Issue
By: Tim McPartland,
Private banker First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC) has sold a new preferred stock offering whose shares are now trading on the OTC Grey Market under temporary ticker FRCPP.
As a banking company, the issue is required to be non-cumulative, so if dividends are not declared they are gone forever. In addition, the issue is investment grade.
The issue has the normal five-year optional redemption that allows the company to redeem the shares at its discretion as early as March 30, 2021. Typically, the issuer will redeem the shares in what we call a “refinancing” transaction on the optional redemption date, if it can issue new shares at a coupon at least ¼-½% below the coupon on just-issued shares.
Complete details of the issue are available here.
To compare this issue with other First Republic Bank preferred issues outstanding, you can easily check them on our “swaps” page. The company has six other issues outstanding.
For those interested in buying on the OTC Grey Market, we offer a “primer” thatexplains the process.