Monday Q&A: The new bank on the block

It’s no fun to be a banker right now. Businesses are complaining about their loans or credit lines, and the government is getting more and more active in regulation. But an out-of-state bank thinks there is room for another in Richmond. This week, BizSense chats with Hugh Newton, the regional president of M&T Bank.

A Legacy on the Line

When Maggie L. Walker founded St. Luke Penny Savings in Richmond 106 years ago, she became the first female bank president in the country. The institution survives today as Consolidated Bank and Trust, but a proposed merger with an out-of-state holding company threatens the historical namesake.

Discount mortgages encouraging buyers

Just when it seemed mortgage rates couldn’t get any lower, First Market Bank dipped below 4 percent on mortgages for homes sold by homebuilders they lent to. Other banks followed suit, and the program is helping sell houses.

Eight Richmond branches now M&T Bank

Eight local bank branches previously operated by Maryland-based Provident Bank are under new ownership, and the new owner has a reputation for being SBA-friendly.

Two more Virginia banks merge

Eastern Virginia Bankshares and First Capital Bancorp announced today that they plan to merge. The all-stock deal is valued at about $27 million, with First Capital common stockholders receiving .98 shares of Eastern Virginia for every share of First Capital. Both banks are publicly traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

First Market Bank bought by Union Bankshares

Richmond-based First Market Bank was acquired by Union Bankshares Corp. in an all-stock deal valued at about $100 million. The new holding company will move its headquarters from Bowling Green to Richmond, although that will only bring a few jobs downtown.

It’s still good to be the banker

Tarp Schmarp. Executives at Union Bankshares Corp., the parent of local Union Bank and Trust and its 43 locations, earned slightly more in 2008 than in 2007, despite a rough year. The bank accepted $59 million in federal money as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, cut the dividend payment to stock holders by… Read more »