MetaBank

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MetaBank
Public
Traded as NASDAQCASH
Industry Financial Services
Founded Storm Lake, Iowa
United States (1954 (1954))[1]
Founder Stanley H. Haahr
Headquarters Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Area served
Nationwide
Key people
J. Tyler Haahr
(CEO)
Products Consumer banking, commercial banking, credit cards, finance and insurance, mortgage loans, prepaid cards, ATM sponsorship, ACH origination
Number of employees
549 (2015)
Website MetaBank.com

Meta Financial Group, Inc., is the holding company for MetaBank, a federally chartered savings bank, Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., MetaBank operates in several segments within the Banking and Payments industries: MetaBank, its traditional retail banking operation; Meta Payment Systems, its electronic payments division; AFS/IBEX, its insurance premium financing division; and Refund Advantage, EPS Financial and Specialty Consumer Services, its tax-related financial solutions divisions.

MetaBank, the retail banking division, operates 10 retail branches in four market areas: Central Iowa; Storm Lake, Iowa; Brookings, S.D..; and Sioux Falls, S.D.. MetaBank offers traditional banking services designed to serve the needs of individual, agricultural and business depositors and borrowers.

Meta Payment Systems (MPS) is a recognized leader in the prepaid card industry and provides innovative payment solutions delivered nationally in collaboration with market-leading partners. MPS focuses on offering specific product solutions in the following areas: prepaid cards, credit products, electronic funds transfer, Automated Teller Machine sponsorship and tax-related financial solutions.

AFS/IBEX provides short-term, collateralized financing to facilitate the purchase of insurance for commercial property, casualty and liability risk. Based in Dallas, Texas, AFS/IBEX originates loans through a network of independent insurance agencies.

Refund Advantage, based in Louisville, Ky., provides tax refund-transfer software for Electronic Return Originators (EROs) and their customers. Their software is used in over 10,000 locations nationwide and processes over one million refund-transfers a year.

EPS Financial (EPS) provides comprehensive tax-related financial transaction solutions. Their innovative, full-suite of solutions include refund settlement products, prepaid payroll card solutions and merchant services. EPS is headquartered in Easton, Pa..

Specialty Consumer Services (SCS) provides consumer tax advance services through its proprietary underwriting model and loan management system. Based in Hurst, Texas, SCS was a pioneer for no-fee refund advance products.

History[edit]

Founding[2][edit]

Original Storm Lake Savings and Loan Association building
Original Storm Lake Savings and Loan Association building

MetaBank’s predecessor, Storm Lake Savings and Loan Association, was founded in 1954 by Stanley H. Haahr and 34 depositors with an original subscribed capital of $10,000. In 1957, the bank was converted to a federal charter and its name was changed to First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Storm Lake.

The bank purchased the Bradford Hotel property in Storm Lake at Fifth and Erie in 1970, and construction was completed on the bank’s new headquarters in 1972. By 1993, the bank changed its name from First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Storm Lake to First Federal Savings Bank of the Midwest, a subsidiary of First Midwest Financial, Inc.[3] On Sept. 20, 1993, 1.9 million shares of stock in First Midwest Financial, Inc., were issued at $10 per share and began trading on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol “CASH.”[4]

Acquisitions[edit]

In 1994, Brookings Federal Bank, a federal savings bank in Brookings, South Dakota, was acquired and operated as the Brookings Federal Bank Division of First Federal Savings Bank of the Midwest.[5] In 1996, Iowa Savings Bank in Des Moines was purchased and operated as the Iowa Savings Bank Division of First Federal Savings Bank of the Midwest.[6]

Expansion[edit]

MetaBank Corporate Services Headquarters in Sioux Falls
MetaBank Corporate Services Headquarters in Sioux Falls

First Federal opened the doors to its first Sioux Falls office – a temporary facility – on Sept. 6, 2000.[7] In 2004, the Meta Payment Systems (MPS) division was established in Sioux Falls.[8] The next year, in 2005, all bank divisions under First Federal changed their names to MetaBank, inhabiting four market areas: Central Iowa; Northwest Iowa; Brookings; and Sioux Falls.[9] In 2009, MetaBank introduced a new retail product line and the MPS division became a leading issuer of rebate and gift cards in the United States and worldwide[10] and one of the top issuers of Visa, MasterCard and Discover prepaid cards.[11]

In 2014, MetaBank announced the acquisition of AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc., an insurance premium financing company based in Dallas, Texas.[12][13]

MetaBank announced the acquisition of Refund Advantage, a tax refund-transfer software company based in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2015.[14]

In 2016, MetaBank announced two acquisitions: EPS Financial in November and Specialty Consumer Services (SCS) in December.[15][16] EPS provides tax-related financial transaction solutions. They are headquartered in Easton, Pennsylvania[17] SCS provides consumer tax advance services through its underwriting and loan management system. SCS is based in Hurst, Texas.[18]

Corporate governance[edit]

MetaBank was founded as Storm Lake Savings and Loan Association in 1954 by Stanley H. Haahr, who remained on the Board of Directors until 1990 and served as board chairman from 1981-90.[19] James S. Haahr assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Meta Financial Group, Inc., in 1993.[20] J. Tyler Haahr took over the position of President and CEO in 2005.[21] And in 2011, James S. Haahr announced his resignation as Chairman of the Board. J. Tyler Haahr was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.[22]

Brad Hanson has served as President of the Meta Payment Systems division since its inception in 2004.[23] He was appointed President of Meta Financial Group and MetaBank in 2013.[24]

Glen Herrick joined MetaBank in 2013 and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Meta Financial Group and MetaBank.[25]

Cindy Smith joined MetaBank in 2015 and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for MetaBank.[26]

Locations[edit]

Metabank branch in Storm Lake

MetaBank is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota The retail banking division has locations in four market areas: Central Iowa; Storm Lake, Iowa; Brookings, South Dakota; and Sioux Falls. There are branch locations in the following cities:[27]

MetaBank Corporate Services and Meta Payment Systems division are headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota[28][29] The AFS/IBEX division is headquartered in Dallas, Texas,[30] with an additional office in Newport Beach, California[31] Refund Advantage is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky[32] EPS is headquartered in Easton, Pennsylvania[33] SCS is headquartered in Hurst, Texas.[34]

Awards and honors[edit]

MetaBank was included among the Sandler O’Neill and Partners “Bank and Thrift Sm-All Stars – Class of 2012,” which ranked the top 25 performing small-cap banks in the country.[35] MetaBank was also named fifth in the nation among top-performing, mid-size banks by the American Banking Association Journal in 2013.[36] MetaBank ranked among the top 25 among the nation’s community banks and thrifts, according to American Banker Magazine, in 2013[37] and was named to the Top 200 Community Banks and Thrifts list again in 2014.[38] MetaBank was named one of the top performing banks with assets of $1B to $10B by American Banker Magazine in 2015.[39] AFS/IBEX division was selected by the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) to be its exclusive premium finance company of choice in 2015.[40] In 2016, Bank Director Magazine named MetaBank the number one top growth bank of 7,000 banks nationwide.[41] MetaBank received an investment grade rating by Kroll Bond Rating Agency in 2016.[42] EPS was named “Business of the Year (25-100 employees) by Lehigh Valley Business in 2016.[43]

Meta Payment Systems division cofounder and MetaBank President Brad Hanson received a 2009 Industry Achievement Award from Paybefore in 2009.[44] MetaBank’s Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer John Hagy was named among the Top 10 Payments Lawyers by Paybefore in 2015.[45]

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