The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR Part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.
The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The application also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States. Additional information on all bank holding companies may be obtained from the National Information Center Web site at www.ffiec.gov/nic/.
Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than May 30, 2003.
A. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Stephen J. Ong, Vice President) 1455 East Sixth Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44101-2566:
1. NHB Financial, Inc., Newel, West Virginia; to become a bank holding company by acquiring 100 percent of the voting shares of Northern Hancock Bank and Trust Company, Newell, West Virginia.
B. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Randall C. Sumner, Vice President) 411 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63166-2034:
1. Mercantile Bancorp, Inc., Quincy, Illinois; to acquire up to 39.95 percent of the voting shares of New Frontier Bancshares, Inc., St. Charles, Missouri, and thereby indirectly acquire New Frontier Bank, St. Charles, Missouri.
C. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (W. Arthur Tribble, Vice President) 2200 North Pearl Street, Dallas, Texas 75201-2272:
1. Eden Financial Corporation, San Angelo, Texas; to acquire 100 percent of the voting shares of Laguna Bancshares, Inc., Big Lake, Texas, and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of Laguna Bancshares of Delaware, Inc., Dover, Delaware, and Big Lake Bank, National Association, Big Lake, Texas.Start Signature
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 30, 2003.
Robert deV. Frierson,
Deputy Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 03-11045 Filed 5-2-03; 8:45 am]
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