Department of Financial Institutions Announces New State Bank – Promerica Bank Will Open its Doors on November 7 in Los Angeles

Nov 6, 2006

San Francisco-The California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced today that the Department has approved the opening of a new state bank. Promerica Bank will open for business on November 7, 2006 in Los Angeles, California with an initial capital of $27.5 million. Promerica Bank will focus on serving the Hispanic business community and provide customized financial products and services to small businesses.

“I am pleased to welcome Promerica Bank — the 19th new bank to open in 2006, and to report that state-chartered banks continue to grow and prosper in California,” said Michael A. Kelley, Acting Commissioner of Financial Institutions.

“California’s financial institutions are symbols of safety and soundness. Their role in business and industry are important to the economy and to our own personal well-being. Maintaining the integrity of financial services remains our primary mission as the industry continues to grow. During 2005, assets for our financial institution licensees grew from $249 billion to $290 billion,” added Kelley.

During the last five years, 79 new state-chartered banks have opened with DFI approval. In addition, over 120 branches also opened their doors. Each new bank has its unique characteristics, which range from serving a small community or ethnic community to offering special services for small businesses and professionals.

Promerica Bank will be located at 888 South Figueroa Street, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90017. The bank’s main phone number is (213) 613-5000 and Fax is (213) 236-1102. The Web site address will be

Eloy Ortega will serve as President/CEO; Frank E. Smith as Chief Financial Officer; Xavier Chaves as Chief Credit Officer; and Maria Contreras-Sweet will serve as Chairwoman of the Board.

Like all California state-chartered banks, Promerica Bank deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), up to $100,000 per depositor.

DFI supervises over 700 financial institutions. The Department is responsible for administering state laws regulating state-licensed financial institutions: banks, credit unions, industrial banks, savings associations, trust companies, offices of foreign banks, issuers of travelers’ checks and payment instruments (money orders), and transmitters of money abroad. DFI reports to Business, Transportation & Housing Agency Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.