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FBR & Co. (FBRC): Voce Capital Expresses Disappointment in Management; Nominates Three Director Candidates

According to a press release referenced in a newly-amended 13D filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, J. Daniel Plants Voce Capital isn’t satisfied with the current management and the behavior of the board of directors of FBR & Co. (NASDAQ:FBRC), reporting that the stock is worth less now than when the management was appointed. Given the fact that Voce Capital still believes in the company’s value and potential under a better leadership, the investor said it had nominated three candidates, Jarl Berntzen, Michael J. McConnell and J. Daniel Plant, for election at the company’s 2016 annual meeting. The third-largest shareholder of  FBR & Co. (NASDAQ:FBRC),Voce Capital, which owns 387,025 shares or 5.2% of the company’s outstanding stock, reserves rights to create new proposals and take other actions regarding its shares and the company’s management.

FBR & Co. is an investment banking and institutional brokerage company that offers a plethora of investment-related services, including securities lending services to institutional investors, institutional brokerage and research, and investments in merchant banking, to name a few. Over the last 12 months, the company’s shares have dropped by 22.03%. For the fourth quarter of 2015, the company disclosed a net loss of $0.59 per share, missing the estimates of $0.44, while its revenue of $120.40 million was lower than the expected $182.10 million

Among the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey, five reported long positions in FBR & Co. as of the end of fourth quarter of 2015, including Voce Capital with the largest position. Other investors that were bullish on this stock are Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, D. E. Shaw’s D. E. Shaw, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

On the other hand, investors who lost interest in this stock and cut off their shares are Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management, which dumped about $5 million in stock, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management that dropped about $300,000 worth of shares.

You can access the original SEC filing by clicking here.

Ownership Summary Table

Name Sole Voting Power Shared Voting Power Sole Dispositive Power Shared Dispositive Power Aggregate Amount Owned Power Percent of Class
Voce Capital Management 387,025 387,025 387,025 5.2%
Voce Capital 387,025 387,025 387,025 5.2%
J. Daniel Plants 387,025 387,025 387,025 5.2%

J. Daniel Plants
J. Daniel Plants
Voce Capital

Page 1 of 7 – SEC Filing


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.
20549


SCHEDULE 13D

INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT

TO § 240.13d -1(a) AND AMENDMENTS THERETO FILED PURSUANT
TO 
§ 240.13d -2(a)
(Amendment No. 3)*


FBR & Co.
(Name of
Issuer)

Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share
(Title of Class of Securities)

30247C400
(CUSIP Number)

MARK SHAMIA
VOCE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC

600 Montgomery Street, Suite 210
San Francisco, California
94111
 (415) 489-2600
(Name, Address and
Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

April 18, 2016
(Date of Event Which
Requires Filing of This Statement)


If the filing person has previously filed a statement on
Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D,
and is filing this schedule because of Rule 13d-1(e), Rule 13d-1(f) or Rule
13d-1(g), check the following box. [ ]

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Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a
signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See
§ 240.13d -7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

*

The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for
a reporting persons initial filing on this form with respect to the
subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing
information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover
page.

The information required on the remainder of this cover page
shall not be deemed to be filed for the purpose of Section 18 of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Act) or otherwise subject to the liabilities
of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the
Act (however, see the Notes).

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CUSIP No. 30247C400

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

Voce Capital Management LLC
2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER
OF A GROUP

(a) [  ]   (b) [X]
3 SEC USE ONLY
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS
 
WC
5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL
PROCEEDING IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)
 
[  ]
6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 
CALIFORNIA


NUMBER OF

SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON

WITH:


7

SOLE VOTING POWER
 
– 0 –
8

SHARED VOTING POWER
 
387,025
9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
– 0 –
10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
387,025
11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED
BY EACH PERSON
 
387,025
12

CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW
(11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
[  ]
13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY
AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
 
5.2%
14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

OO

 

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CUSIP No. 30247C400

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

Voce Capital LLC
2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER
OF A GROUP
 
(a) [  ]   (b) [X]
3 SEC USE ONLY
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS
 
WC
5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL
PROCEEDING IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)
 
[  ]
6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 
DELAWARE


NUMBER OF

SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON

WITH:


7

SOLE VOTING POWER
 
– 0 –
8

SHARED VOTING POWER
 
387,025
9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
– 0 –
10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
387,025
11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED
BY EACH PERSON
 
387,025
12

CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW
(11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
[  ]
13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY
AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
 
5.2%
14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

OO

 

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CUSIP No. 30247C400

1

NAME OF REPORTING PERSON

J. Daniel Plants
2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER
OF A GROUP
 
(a) [  ]   (b) [X]
3 SEC USE ONLY
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS
 
WC
5

CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL
PROCEEDING IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)
 
[  ]
6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 
USA


NUMBER OF

SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON

WITH:


7

SOLE VOTING POWER
 
– 0 –
8

SHARED VOTING POWER
 
387,025
9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
– 0 –
10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
 
387,025
11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED
BY EACH PERSON
 
387,025
12

CHECK IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW
(11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES
 
[  ]
13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY
AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
 
5.2%
14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON

IN

 

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Page 6 of 7 – SEC Filing

EXPLANATORY NOTE

This Amendment No. 3 to Schedule 13D (the Amendment) is being
filed with respect to the beneficial ownership of Voce Capital Management LLC,
Voce Capital LLC and J. Daniel Plants (the Reporting Persons). This Amendment
supplements the Schedule 13D as previously filed on July 7, 2015 (as amended,
the Schedule 13D). Each Item below amends and supplements the information
disclosed under the corresponding Item of Schedule 13D. Unless otherwise
indicated herein, capitalized terms used but not defined in this Amendment shall
have the same meaning herein as are ascribed to such terms in Schedule 13D.

Item 4. PURPOSE OF TRANSACTION

Item 4 is hereby amended and restated in its entirety as
follows:

The Reporting Persons acquired the shares of Common Stock for
investment purposes because they believed that the shares, when purchased, were
undervalued and represented an attractive investment opportunity. The Reporting
Persons believe that the Issuer can create significant value for its
shareholders through enhancements to its capital allocation policies,
optimization of its capital structure and improvements to its corporate
governance, among other opportunities.

On March 18, 2016, Voce Catalyst Partners LP (Voce
Catalyst) 1, a Delaware limited partnership and record holder of one
hundred shares of Common Stock, delivered a Shareholder Nomination Letter (the
Letter) to the Issuer, notifying the Issuer of its intent to nominate three
persons for election to the Issuers board of directors at the Issuers 2016
annual meeting of shareholders. The full text of the Letter is attached hereto
as Exhibit 2 and is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

A
copy of the press release issued on March 21, 2016 relating to the nominations
is attached hereto as Exhibit 3 and incorporated herein by reference in
its entirety.

On April 5, 2016, Voce Capital Management issued a press
release along with presentation materials regarding the Issuer. A copy of the
press release and the accompanying presentation are attached hereto as
Exhibits 4 and 5 and are incorporated herein by reference in their
entirety.

On April 18, Voce Capital Management issued a press release
regarding the Issuer. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as
Exhibit 6 and is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

The Reporting Persons have engaged in, and intend to continue
to engage in, communications concerning the foregoing with officers and/or
members of the Issuers board of directors. In addition, the Reporting Persons
may communicate with the Issuers current or prospective shareholders; its
representatives; industry participants, research analysts and members of the
press; existing or potential strategic partners or competitors, investment and
financing professionals and sources of capital and credit; and other interested
or relevant parties relating to topics including, but not limited to, the
Issuers operations, prospects, business development, management, competitive
and strategic matters, capital structure, and prevailing market conditions, as
well as other investment considerations. The Reporting Persons may also consider
taking further action to protect their interests and the interests of
shareholders, which actions may involve plans or proposals of the type described
in Item 4(a) through (j) of Item 4 of Schedule 13D or the acquisition of
additional shares or disposition of shares beneficially owned by them, in the
public market or through privately negotiated transactions.

Depending upon various factors including, without limitation,
an ongoing evaluation of the investment in the Common Stock, changes in the
Issuers operations, business strategy or prospects, prevailing market and
industry conditions, other investment opportunities available to the Reporting
Persons, liquidity requirements and other investment considerations, the
Reporting Persons may, from time to time and at any time and in such manner as
they deem advisable (whether in the open market, through privately negotiated
transactions or otherwise), further acquire, hold, vote, trade or dispose of
some or all of the Common Stock, and may enter into financial instruments or
other agreements that increase or decrease the Reporting Persons economic
exposure with respect to their investment in the Issuer, and/or engage in
hedging or similar transactions with respect to such holdings.

The Reporting Persons reserve the right at any time to
formulate alternative plans, make other proposals or take additional actions
with respect to all of the foregoing matters referred to in this Item 4 of
Schedule 13D.

Item 5. INTEREST IN SECURITIES OF THE ISSUER

Item 5(a) is hereby amended and supplemented to add the
following at the end of such item:

___________________________________
1
Voce
Capital is the General Partner of Voce Catalyst.

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Jarl Berntzen, one of Voce Catalysts nominees to the board of
directors of the Issuer, acquired 2,000 Shares on April 1, 2016 and 500 Shares
on April 4, 2016. Mr. Berntzen disclaims beneficial ownership of Shares
beneficially owned by the Reporting Persons. The Reporting Persons disclaim
beneficial ownership of the Shares beneficially owned by Mr. Berntzen.

Item 7. MATERIAL TO BE FILED AS EXHIBITS

Item 7 is hereby amended to add the following:

Exhibit 6 Press Release dated April 18, 2016 (incorporated by
reference to Exhibit 1 to Schedule 14A filed by Voce Capital Management with the
Securities and Exchange Commission on April 18, 2016)

SIGNATURES

After reasonable inquiry and to
the best of his knowledge and belief, the undersigned certifies that the
information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Date: April 19, 2016

Voce Capital Management LLC
By: Voce Capital LLC
Managing Member
By: /s/ J.
Daniel Plants
Name: J. Daniel Plants
Title: Managing Member
Voce Capital LLC
By: /s/ J.
Daniel Plants
Name: J. Daniel Plants
Title: Managing Member
/s/ J. Daniel Plants
J. Daniel Plants

 

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