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The banking picture on the South Coast got a bit clearer on July 15 when American Riviera Bank and The Bank of Santa Barbara announced an all-stock transaction that will combine the two lending institutions. The proposed merger, which still needs shareholder and regulatory approval, will combine two smaller companies into a three-branch community bank Read More →
Pacific Capital Bancorp, the largest banking company based in the Tri-Counties, turned a $70.5 million profit in 2011 after years of staggering losses. At the same time, First California Financial Group and Heritage Oaks Bancorp, the next two largest banks on the list, reported improved earnings for the year and bold plans to expand. Here’s Read More →
Banks based in the Tri-Counties reported mostly healthier third-quarter earnings, led by the largest lender in the region, which now has a full year of profits under its belt after a recapilization deal and ownership change last year. Here’s a closer look at how tri-county banks performed in the third quarter: Pacific Capital Bancorp [wikichart Read More →
Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and its smaller banking peers in the region are reporting improved earnings.