SOURCE: First California Financial Group

First California Financial Group

December 08, 2009 06:42 ET

First California Announces Commencement of Common Stock Offering

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2009) - First California Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCAL), the holding company of First California Bank, today announced that it has commenced an offering of 7,500,000 shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering through Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. First California intends to grant the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,125,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any.

First California intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including funding working capital requirements, supporting growth of First California's banking business from internal growth and from possible acquisitions, and regulatory capital needs related to any such acquisitions. First California also may contribute some portion of the net proceeds to the capital of First California Bank, which would use such amount for similar general corporate purposes.

This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any offer or sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc., Equity Capital Markets, 787 Seventh Avenue, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10019, or calling toll-free (800) 966-1559.

About First California

First California Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCAL) is the holding company of First California Bank. The company specializes in serving the comprehensive financial needs of the commercial market, particularly small- and middle-sized businesses, professional firms and commercial real estate development and construction companies. Committed to providing the best client service available in its markets, First California offers a full line of quality commercial banking products through 17 full-service branch offices in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking information about First California that is intended to be covered by the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond the control of First California. First California cautions readers that a number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, such forward-looking statements. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or if any of the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements proves to be incorrect, First California's results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by such forward-looking statements. First California assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements, except as required by law. For a more complete discussion of risks and uncertainties, investors and security holders are urged to read the section titled "Risk Factors" in First California's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and any other reports filed by it with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The documents filed by First California with the SEC may be obtained at the SEC's website at These documents may also be obtained free of charge from First California by directing a request to: First California Financial Group, Inc., 3027 Townsgate Road, Suite 300, Westlake Village, CA 91361. Attention: Investor Relations. Telephone (805) 322-9655.

Contact Information

  • For further Information:
    At the Company:
    Ron Santarosa

    At PondelWilkinson:
    Angie Yang

    Corporate Headquarters Address:
    3027 Townsgate Road, Suite 300
    Westlake Village, CA 91361