(Update) According to Dow Jones News, USB sold 139 million shares at $18 per share. See the news at WSJ.
(Original) When I say cheap, I meant in relative terms.
My benchmark: Buffett endorsed 2 banks in Berkshire annual shareholder meeting: US Bank (NYSE: USB) and Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC). Many people did not know current Wells Fargo is not the good old Wells Fargo in the west coast, a little more than 10 years ago Norwest and Wells Fargo merged, and adopted the Wells name. Ok, back to the topic. Both USB and WFC stocks had a fun ride in the last 12 months. But more interestingly, as of today, WFC is down 5% YoY, while USB is down 42%. In the past 12 months a lot things have happened to Wells, the biggest one being the Wachovia acqusition. Both took TARP money. Both issued common stocks: twice for Wells (last Fall and last week), once fot USB (today). But the purpose of issing stocks is slightly different: Wells needed the money for captial, USB needs the money to pay back TARP.
First Quarter earning reports for the stocks I own (as of this writing, it could change without notice). This is mostly for my own benefit, I want to collect them in one place rather than go to different IR web sites. Listening to conference call is a mixed experience, sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it’s boring. The most interesting part is the Q&A session, where the analysts and management goes back and forth: and I get the most out of things there (most of time).
I learned about US Bank a few years ago after the FirstStar merger. My coworker told me that this is the only bank named after “US/United States” after Sept 11 (she implied no more bank will be approved using similar name). Later on I visited US bank branch with my roommate because he was US bank customer. I applied US bank visa card %0 balance transfer last year. They approved my card quickly and gave me a generous credit line 🙂