Philadelphia Fed brings enforcement action versus Quontic Bank

The Philadelphia Fed is needing Quontic Bank’s holding business to offer a cash-flow forecast for the rest of 2023, and to send a composed prepare for keeping enough capital to offer financial backing for the bank.

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A little New York bank that formerly contravened of risk-management requirements has actually concurred not to disperse capital without the authorization of its regulators.

The holding business for Queens, New York-based Quontic Bank on Wednesday participated in a composed arrangement with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. 

Under the enforcement action, Quontic Bank Holdings Corp. promised not to pay dividends, bought shares or make any other capital circulations without the Philadelphia Fed’s prior composed approval.

The holding business likewise consented to offer its regulator with a cash-flow forecast for the rest of 2023, and to send a composed prepare for keeping enough capital to offer financial backing for Quontic Bank.

Also celebration to the composed arrangement with the Philadelphia Fed is Quontic Bank Acquisition Corp., which owns and manages Quontic Bank Holdings Corp.

Steven Schnall, the creator and one-time CEO of Quontic Bank, passed away last summertime in a motorbike mishap. After Schnall died, his ownership stake passed to his spouse, Sherri Schnall, according to the bank.

Under Schnall’s management, Quontic established a track record as a tech-focused bank. It was the very first U.S. bank to provide a debit card with bitcoin benefits and among the very first banks to try out the metaverse.

“Since Steve’s passing, we have made some significant hires with substantial industry experience to ensure our mission remains intact,” Robert Russell, Quontic Bank’s president, stated in an e-mail Thursday.

The enforcement action by the Philadelphia Fed is the 3rd versus Quontic in 5 years. In 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency purchased Quontic Bank to establish a modified strategy that examined its capital adequacy in relation to its size and danger profile.

Then late in 2015, the OCC stated in a 2nd arrangement with the $584 million-asset bank that Quontic had actually stopped working to attend to particular regulative issues described in 2018. The OCC purchased Quontic to keep an overall capital ratio of a minimum of 13% and an utilize ratio of more than 9%.

Russell stated Thursday that the bank’s overall capital ratio since March 31 remained in excess of 20%. He likewise stated that the bank’s management and board of directors stay completely dedicated to attending to the problems determined by the OCC.

“The Bank has already made substantial progress and has added resources throughout the organization,” Russell composed in an action to a concern about the OCC’s 2022 authorization order. “It is important for our customers and the public to know the matters outlined in the Consent Order do not allege a risk to depositors’ funds and Quontic Bank is FDIC Insured.”

Russell likewise stated that Quontic Bank’s holding business, which is not openly traded, was not paying dividends prior to the most current enforcement action by the Philadelphia Fed.


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