USA Bank

November 06, 2009 14:15 ET

Strategic Direction Decided: USA Bank Seeking Partner

PORT CHESTER, NY--(Marketwire - November 6, 2009) - USA Bank (OTCBB: USBK) announced today that it has completed the previously announced review of its financial position and strategic options, which included an assessment of current economic conditions and their continuing impact on the Bank's commercial real estate and construction loan portfolio.

Based on this review, the Bank has concluded that its loan portfolio has continuing exposure to the above referenced markets, which will be reflected in an addition to loan loss reserves when the Bank reports its third quarter 2009 financial results in November.

USA Bank has further concluded that it will be in the best interests of the Bank and its shareholders to pursue a transaction with either a strategic or financial partner to provide the capital needed to resume taking advantage of the strong market demographics of the communities it serves. To that end, the bank has authorized its financial advisor, Laidlaw & Company, to commence efforts to identify a partner for the Bank and to assist in the consummation of such a transaction.

The Chairman of the Bank, Fred A. DeCaro III, said, "While there is little doubt that completing a transaction will involve a new partner assuming a controlling interest in the Bank, it is also very clear to the Board that the fundamentals underlying the formation of the Bank remain strong despite the current economic environment."

About USA Bank

USA Bank began operations in 2005 as a community bank dedicated to serving the financial needs of individuals, families and businesses in Westchester and Fairfield Counties. USA Bank is staffed by experienced, community-focused bankers who are dedicated to offering the highest level of customer service and the latest technology to meet and exceed the expectations of their clients. The Bank's web address is

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These factors include, but are not limited to, those outlined in the Bank's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, which was filed with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and is publicly available from the FDIC's Accounting and Securities Disclosure Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20429 and on the Bank's website at

Contact Information

  • For more information call:
    Ronald J. Gentile
    President & CEO