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Nesbitt hotels file $100M bankruptcy

By   /  Thursday, August 2nd, 2012  /  Banking & Finance, Personal Finance, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Nesbitt hotels file $100M bankruptcy

[Editor’s note: See correction appended below.] Santa Barbara hotelier Patrick Nesbitt has placed a portfolio of eight Embassy Suites hotels into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing at least $100 million in debts. The bankruptcy filing, which gives Nesbitt’s companies protection from creditors while they restructure their debts, arises from a dispute with a lender over a Read More →

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K-Swiss profits fall as sales down 32%

By   /  Thursday, August 2nd, 2012  /  Banking & Finance, Earnings, Latest news, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on K-Swiss profits fall as sales down 32%

Athletic shoemaker K-Swiss stumbled into another large loss in the second quarter as its worldwide sales plummeted by almost one-third. The Westlake Village-based company reported an $11.6 million loss, compared to a loss of $20 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Worldwide revenue fell 31.5 percent to $44.8 million during the quarter. U.S. Read More →

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PacWest closes American Perspective deal

By   /  Thursday, August 2nd, 2012  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Central Coast, Latest news, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on PacWest closes American Perspective deal

PacWest Bancorp has wrapped up its $58.1 million acquisition of San Luis Obispo-based American Perspective Bank. The deal adds two branches, a loan production office and about $271 million in assets to Los Angeles-based PacWest’s portfolio and expands its reach up the Central Coast. The deal, first announced in April, trumped an earlier offer for Read More →

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Connexity caps funding at $3 million

By   /  Thursday, August 2nd, 2012  /  Banking & Finance, Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Connexity caps funding at $3 million

Ventura-based digital advertising firm Connexity has raised $1.1 million in a financing round led by Santa Barbara-based Rincon Venture Partners with participation from Santa Monica-based Siemer Ventures and has quit seeking seed funding. Connexity was founded by a group of digital ad veterans who previously founded Fastclick, which was sold to Westlake Village-based ValueClick for Read More →

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First California hires KBW to test waters for sale

By   /  Wednesday, August 1st, 2012  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Latest news  /  Comments Off on First California hires KBW to test waters for sale

In a move that could foreshadow the sale of the company, Westlake Village-based First California Financial Group has hired an outside investment bank and a law firm to undertake a “strategic review” of the company’s business plan and options. But it is not clear whether the hiring of advisers signals a deal in the works Read More →

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Community West lost $591K in Q2

By   /  Monday, July 30th, 2012  /  Banking & Finance, Banking Industry, Earnings, Latest news, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Community West lost $591K in Q2

Shares of Community West Bancshares soared 7.7 percent even as the Goleta-based bank reported a $591,000 second-quarter loss. The parent company of Community West Bank’s latest loss swings away from an $819,000 profit in the first quarter. Including $268,000 in dividends and accretion on preferred stock, Community West’s second-quarter net loss applicable to common stockholders Read More →

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Clean Diesel wins Honda contract

By   /  Monday, July 30th, 2012  /  Green Coast, Latest news, Technology, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Clean Diesel wins Honda contract

Ventura-based Clean Diesel Technologies said July 30 that it won a contract to supply catalysts for four- and six-cylinder Honda Accords, some of the best-selling models in North America. The company, known as Catalytic Solutions before a merger in 2010, makes catalytic converters in its Oxnard factory and has about 180 employees. Its converters clean Read More →