Whitney got into trouble when it expanded into Florida amid a housing bubble that later and spectacularly collapsed, leaving the New Orleans-based Whitney with a slew of bad loans. The bank later took $300 million from Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, designed to prop up failing banks as the U.S. financial crisis worsened in late 2008.
One stipulation of TARP was that executives at banks taking the financial assistance are prevented from accepting severance packages. But because Whitney is merging with Hancock, which did not participate in TARP, Whitney execs may be eligible for the severance payouts, even though many of them were behind the bad decisions that landed the bank in trouble in the first place. The severance packages would likely be three times an exec’s “average gross income for the highest of three of the past five calendar years.”
The story has outraged Whitney shareholders, who are also learning that a second bank — identified by the Times-Pic as Lafayette-based IberiaBank — made overtures to Whitney about a merger. IberiaBank has shown robust growth over the last two years and has become the second-largest Louisiana-based bank behind Whitney. And while IberiaBank initially chose to participate in TARP, it later returned the money to feds.
Read more about the Whitney execs’ possible golden parachutes here.
A story on the merger that didn’t happen with IberiaBank can be found here.
An investment group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets will buy the Louisiana power company Cleco for $3.4 billion.
Local developer’s Lake Charles Gardens LLC purchases buildings and leases; land still owned by Dugas family.
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The Louisiana Treasury holds $18 million in Israel Bonds — bonds that earn 2.868 percent when the three-year U.S. Treasury is yielding 1.08 percent.
ABiz celebrates another class of Acadiana's most influential female trailblazers, the Lourdes Foundation honors a local philanthropist and MedExpress in Opelousas celebrates its 22nd year as the “little ambulance service that could.”
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Downtown’s newest live-work space for creatives doubles as a gallery for other upcoming artists to show their work.
A maritime case originating in Lafayette federal court could become a game changer for the oil and gas industry.
Here’s what’s at stake in the November Senate race — regardless of whether Republicans gain control of the upper chamber.
From the publisher’s in-box: ABiz reaches out to Lake Charles, time to “Come Home, Louisiana,” and now accepting nominations for Entrepreneur of the Year.
In late September Cleco and UL Lafayette showed off the Cleco Alternative Energy Center, where researchers explore ways to generate power by using renewable resources.
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Broussard will soon be the site of a new Courtesy Automotive dealership.
Event addresses the industry’s growing need for qualified employees by providing an industry specific networking event.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office announced Thursday that AT&T Mobility has agreed to a $105 million settlement with Louisiana and the other 49 states over allegations that the company added third-party charges to AT&T customers’ bills without their consent or knowledge.
Investors aren’t enthusiastic about parent company Gannett’s spinoff plan, and that’s bad news for employees.
Lafayette Consolidated Government was the victor at the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal in a suit brought against it by a billboard company that argued new(ish) zoning regulations prevented it from making good on a contract.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,081 from the previous week's total of 1,887. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,456.
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The U.S. Attorney in New Orleans says a Slidell man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with a claim he filed related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill.