First Hawaiian bank raises $485 million in IPO

First Hawaiian bank raises $485 million in IPO

First Hawaiian Inc controlled by BNP Paribas SA (France) had raised $485 million in an initial public offering (IPO), giving it a market valuation of about $3.21 billion

The IPO of Hawaii's oldest bank is the largest bank IPO in the United States since Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc spun off Citizens Financial Corp in September 2014. It is also the largest IPO in the financial sector since investment company Tekla World Healthcare Fund's $580 million IPO last June.

First Hawaiian said it had sold 21.1 million shares at $23 a share, the top of its $21-$23 range, confirming an earlier Reuters story.

Bank IPOs have been few and far between since the industry saw a spate of them in 2014, as the IPO market for banks reopened following the financial crisis.

There were fourteen bank IPOs in 2014 in the United States and only four in 2013 and seven in 2015, according to Thomson Reuters data.

First Hawaiian's offering is the banking sector's third U.S. IPO this year. Paragon Commercial Corp PBNC.O raised $25 million in June and Midland States Bancorp Inc raised roughly $73 million in May.

All the shares being sold in the First Hawaiian IPO are coming from BNP Paribas, which will be left with a roughly 85 percent stake in the company. As a result, the proceeds from the IPO will go to BNP Paribas.

In December, BNP Paribas said it was looking at "strategic options" for First Hawaiian as part of its plans to improve its finances and to respond to new and costly regulatory requirements.

First Hawaiian, which was founded in 1858 as Bishop & Company, has more than $19 billion of assets and operates 62 branches throughout Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. Hawaii, its primary customer base, accounts for 83 percent of its deposits and 70 percent of its loans.

BNP acquired a 45 percent stake in First Hawaiian when the French bank's subsidiary, BancWest Corporation, merged with First Hawaiian in a $1 billion deal in 1998. It later bought the remaining 55 percent of shares.

First Hawaiian's net income inched up to $54.9 million in the quarter ended June 30 from $54.6 million a year earlier. On a per share basis, profit was flat at 39 cents.

Goldman Sachs & Co, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BNP Paribas are among the underwriters for the offering.


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