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PNC Financial Services (PNC), BOK Financial Corporation (BOKF): Two Regional Banks with Growing Potential

When the financial nation lost its bearings in 2007, many citizens turned to regional, local-owned institutions.  Basically, customers needed to trust their banking institutions. As a consequence, financial institutions like Pnc Financial Services (NYSE:PNC), Bok Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF), and Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI) experienced a pop in business.

Regional going national

PNC Financial Services (NYSE:PNC)

PNC Financial Services (NYSE:PNC) is the largest of the three banks. It operates in 19 states and has 2,800 branches, with $300 billion in assets and $210 billion in deposits. Revenue has increased in all 5 of its financial services. And, net income is reported to have increased 23% in the first quarter.

The Great Recession had a positive impact on PNC Financial Services (NYSE:PNC), as it helped the bank to double in size. Also, geographical expansion through cheap acquisitions, has allowed it to exponentially increase its customer base. Moreover, its client base has been widening considerably among all segments, seeing the biggest growth on the asset management side.

Financially, PNC Financial Services (NYSE:PNC) is in a better position than competitors since revenue has been rising since 2009. Also, assets have slowly, but steadily, risen since the same year. On the other side, cash flow decreased due to expansion and capital reinvestment but has been on an upward trend since 2010.

Lastly, management has proved to be intelligent about expansion as the balance sheet has remained spotless. Also, shareholders have been continuously rewarded with rising dividends.  The stock trades at around a 40% premium to book value, but given its management and its future prospects, it’s worth a look.

Commercial banker

Geographic expansion can not only be a desired objective but also an obstacle. BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF) has successfully expanded, and has recently been upgraded. The bank was born in Oklahoma, and today holds entities in the Southwest, Midwest, and Rocky Mountains, diversifying risks and transforming itself into a strong market competitor.

BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF) generates most of its revenue from commercial banking, allowing the institution to expand through acquisitions at neighboring states and new banks. Part of its success has to do with local sentiment which generates repeat business and a great deal of loyalty and trust.

On the financial side, the company has gotten rid of non-performing assets and credit losses. Additionally, management proved itself when it rejected the Treasury’s Capital Repurchase Program, and then performed above regulatory standards. Capitalization, liquidity, and diversification have allowed the bank to obtain a rating upgrade, while the economy slowly recovers.

It also offers a 2.43% dividend yield –with special dividends, which helps to make BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:BOKF) a good opportunity for investors. Analysts see Bok as well prepared to deal with future change in the banking industry. The low part of the cycle is about to end and now is the right time to look into this solid, locally focused, bank.

New bank, same management, old risks

Texas Capital Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:TCBI) has recently been able to perform above its peers, giving investors an opportunity to profit. Experienced management and wise underwriting, aided by a recovering market, allowed it to catch a growing market share.

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