Brian Argrett, CEO of City First Bank

By BOTWC Staff

Both City First and Broadway Federal Bank (BYFC) have maintained impeccable financial status as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) with a long history of advancing economic and social equity in moderate and low-income communities. The duo also plans to use its new status to create a national platform for other investors looking to make an impact in the community.

In the midst of a global pandemic, unprecedented unemployment and the very important social unrest going on in our country, C.D.F.I.s are the answer,” Brian Argrett, CEO of City First Bank said. “By building a bicoastal and

Wayne-Kent A. Bradshaw, president/CEO of Broadway Federal Bank.

national platform, we have  the opportunity to become a very attractive platform for impact investors looking to join this space.”

In the United States, there are 143 Minority Depository Institutions, but just 20 are Black-led according to the government’s latest data. A recent study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation found that such minority-led institutions outperformed traditional banks in originating mortgages and federally backed small-business loans to borrowers in low- and moderate-income census tracts, the New York Times reports.

The new institution will maintain its CDFI status, operating bi-coastally while still serving its current areas, with the hope of expanding to new potential markets in the near future. As a national bank, they will continue to operate supervised by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and be listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market.

The transaction, which is expected to close early next year, will leave Broadway stockholders with 52.5 percent ownership of the new company and City First shareholders with 47.5 percent ownership.