This morning I took a nibble on the Dubuque, Iowa community bank Heartland Financial (HTLF) 7% fixed rate reset preferred shares (HTLFP).
HTLF is a $20 billion in assets regional/community banker which appears to be generally well managed, although net income was off a bit in the quarter ending 9/30/2022–primarily because their salaries and benefit cost jumped quite a bit from last year. Of course they have the typical losses on investment portfolios, as most banks and insurance company’s have had during this credit tightening cycle.
The fixed rate reset issue (HTLFP) has traded strongly since issuance in 2020 spending much of the time in the $26-$27/share area, but now is down to around $25.
The issue has a 1st optional redemption date on 7/15/2025—and the great thing is that the reset is at 6.675% plus the 5 year treasury (now 3.85%)–all things being equal this probably means the issue will be redeemed on 7/15/2025 or alternatively the coupon moves to over 10%.
Of course I don’t make recommendations, but I find this a good time (around $25) to lock in a decent 7% yield.