This thread is approaching its third anniversary. I've left it dangling for quite a while, but now it's finally ready to tie off.
CPB announced yesterday that the Fed has lifted their enforcement action:
Central Pacific in Hawaii Sheds Enforcement Action - American Banker Article
This means that the bank can start paying dividends again (if they want to), and can tweak their capital ratios to be more competitive. I'm sure they'll get phone calls from the FDIC or the Fed once in a while, but I think both institutions are ready to move on.
The bank is a shadow of its former self, but it's been recapitalized and management is a lot better. It's much more a local bank, and I don't think they'll be jumping back into big Mainland lending anytime soon. They've steadily cut bad loans while making a couple years of profits. The Treasury sold their TARP shares a year ago. Larry Rodriguez did his CFO part for the recapitalization and then turned over the reins. John Dean (a veteran of other bank rescues) has pretty much finished his job, too, and is slowly edging toward the exit. The share price has been crawling up along with the rest of the stock market and is around $15.65/share as I post this.
I don't know when John Dean will leave or when CPB will start paying dividends, but this could be an opportunity to buy the stock (or long-dated call options) in anticipation. It might even be a good opportunity. The bank is unlikely to screw it up by paying too much dividend, so the initial payment will be pretty small. However over the next 3-5 years they'll learn how to live with dividend payouts again, and maybe they'll be added to more indexes. But it took quite a few months for the Fed to follow the FDIC in lifting their enforcement action, and it could be a while longer before the bank feels comfortable paying a dividend. I don't have a feel for that timing but I seem to be consistently early.
Don't get me wrong-- I'm not a shareholder and I'm not even buying individual stocks these days. I've enjoyed following the analysis, but I don't have any reason to buy this stock. However CPB seems to have climbed back out of the cesspool that they dove into a few years ago, and this is a good point to secure the tracking party.