Hibernia National Bank
|Fate||Acquired by Capital One|
|Defunct||November 16, 2005|
|Headquarters||New Orleans, Louisiana|
| J. Herbert Boydstun, President & CEO|
Marsha M. Gassan, CFO
|Total assets||$22.3 billion (2004)|
Number of employees
|Footnotes / references|
Hibernia National Bank was a bank headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. The bank was the primary subsidiary of Hibernia Corporation, a bank holding company. In November 2005, the bank was acquired by Capital One.
In April 1870, 3 Irish businessmen co-founded the Hibernia Bank & Trust Company in New Orleans. Patrick Irwin was named the first President, Hugh McCloskey, the first Vice-President, and Thomas Fitzwilliam, first Secretary. In September 1870, the bank began operations.
In 1973, the board of directors hired 38-year-old Martin C. Miler, formerly an executive at First Union, to be the bank's president and chairman. In 1975, the Louisiana legislature approved multi-parish banking. By 1983, Hibernia grew to be the largest bank in the state in terms of assets. Despite its operations in Louisiana, the bank never lent heavily to the petroleum industry.
In 1989, the bank entered Texas via the acquisition of First State Bank of Pflugerville, which was shut down by regulators as a result of bank failure. In 1990, the bank acquired BancTexas after it also failed.
In 1991, Miler retired.
In 1992, the company sold its operations in Texas to Comerica for $63.1 million in cash. The company also recapitalized by giving Chase Manhattan Bank a majority ownership stake in the company in exchange for debt forgiveness.
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- "A Revamping At Hibernia". The New York Times. September 24, 1992.
- "HUB International to Acquire One of the Largest Louisiana-Based Insurance Brokers" (Press release). Business Wire. February 14, 2007.
- "Hibernia 'coasting' into Houston in big way". American City Business Journals. December 2, 2003.
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- "Capital One Completes Acquisition of Hibernia Corporation" (Press release). Business Wire. November 16, 2005.
- "Capital One and Hibernia Corporation Renegotiate Acquisition Price" (Press release). PRNewswire. September 7, 2005.