Broadway Financial Corporation (“Broadway”) (Nasdaq-CM: BYFC) announced today that it closed on the sale of 18,474,000 shares of Broadway’s common stock in the previously announced private placements with institutional and accredited investors, raising $32.88 million in gross proceeds.
Broadway will use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including to originate loans supporting investments in multifamily affordable housing, small businesses, and nonprofit community facilities located in the low-to-moderate income communities in Southern California and the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area that are served by Broadway’s wholly owned bank subsidiary, City First Bank, National Association (the “Bank” and together with Broadway, “CityFirstBroadway”).
As disclosed previously, the investors included: Ally Financial Inc.; Banner Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Banner Corporation; Banc of America Strategic Investments Corporation, an affiliate of Bank of America Corporation; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Citigroup Inc.; First Republic Bank; clients and affiliates of Grace & White, Inc.; JP Morgan Chase; Texas Capital Community Development Corporation, an affiliate of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc.; and Wells Fargo Central Pacific Holdings, Inc., an affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.
“The closing of these private placements creates an exciting opportunity for CityFirstBroadway to partner with leading institutions in the country to significantly expand economic investments within the underserved urban communities served by our Bank. The proceeds from the investments will increase CityFirstBroadway’s total equity by approximately 30 percent, which in turn creates the potential for an increase in investments within low-to-moderate income communities by up to eight times that investment over time. In addition, our relationships with these leading institutions will help CityFirstBroadway leverage their expertise and resources to enhance the products and services we offer to our customers. We feel very fortunate to have garnered the support and implicit endorsement of such an illustrious array of leading organizations across the country,” said Brian E. Argrett, President/CEO and Vice Chairman.
About the Private Placements
Under the terms of the private placements, Broadway issued 11,221,921 shares of its Class A voting common stock and 7,252,079 shares of its Class C nonvoting common stock at a price of $1.78 per share.
Including the shares of Broadway that were issued in the merger of equals with CFBanc Corporation last week, the total number of outstanding shares of Broadway’s common stock has increased to 71,725,280 shares, comprised of 43,630,884 shares of Class A voting common stock, 11,404,621 shares of Class B non-voting common stock, and 16,689,775 shares of Class C nonvoting common stock. In addition, Broadway has 3,000 shares of Fixed Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, outstanding with a liquidation preference of $3 million.
Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, acted as placement agents to Broadway in connection with the private placements. Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP served as legal counsel to Broadway and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP served as legal counsel to the placement agents.
For more information about the private placements and merger of equals please visit www.cityfirstbroadway.com.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to sell, or the solicitation or an offer to buy any securities.
CityFirstBroadway is a leading provider of financial products and services to economically underserved urban communities and is supported by impact-focused investors and depositors who share CityFirstBroadway’s mission to close the racial wealth gap through the provision of capital. The Bank offers a variety of commercial loan products, services, and depository accounts that support investments in affordable housing, small businesses, and nonprofit community facilities located in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. Broadway is a bank holding company and Delaware public benefit corporation. The Bank is a Community Development Financial Institution, Minority Depository Institution, Certified B Corp, and a member of the Global Alliance of Banking on Values, entities whose values are aligned with sustainable solutions, healthier families, and more prosperous communities for our collective well-being. CityFirstBroadway has branches serving the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Southern California regions. For more information, please visit www.cityfirstbroadway.com.
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