Billionaire Wilbur Ross Getting Ready to Buy Distressed Banks

What is one person's misery is another's opportunity. Billionaire Wilbur Ross just received permission from regulators to buy a majority stake in Florida's First Bank and Trust Co. Many believe this is a platform to purchase other distressed banks.

What is one person's misery is another's opportunity.  Billionaire Wilbur Ross just received permission from regulators to buy a majority stake in Florida's First Bank and Trust Co.  Many believe this is a platform to purchase other distressed banks.

Per Bloomberg:

The agreement allows Ross, who previously said he was targeting regional lenders, to acquire 68.1 percent of the shares in the Indiantown, Florida-based community bank, subject to regulatory approval, Ross said today in a statement.

The bank has “good opportunities” to expand, Ross said in a Bloomberg Television interview today. “We view the whole financial services sector as a very interesting one.”

Ross has a history of purchasing one company in a distressed industry and using that as a vehicle for aggregrating other distressed companies and assets.

He joins Christopher Flowers in personally purchasing control of a bank.  Flowers recently was part of a team that purchased Indymac from the FDIC.

Sam Cass
Sam Cass: Sam Cass, MBA, JD, University of Texas at Austin. Always a fan of Leonardo Da Vinci.

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