Give a look at WABC. Headquartered in N. California, has the largest market share in 2 of CA's wealthiest counties: Marin and Napa. Has grown extensively via acquisition, and it appears might be ripe for a split. Some feel that WABC could be doing window dressing for a possible sale - wouldn't be out of the question - but either way you will make a wise investment.
I too am interested in others on the west coast. If you get any ideas, please post them here.
Bay View Capital Corp (BVCC) a definite power play and great turnaround Company. They have been acquiring thrifts and other finance related businesses during the past 18 months. They have a strong Bay Area franchise and a very aggressive new CFO and management team. Look for one or two acquisitions in 1998 and then BVCC will be set up to be acquired in late 1998 or 1999. The SF Bay Area including Santa Clara County is one of the hottest growing areas in the USA. Happy Investing!
BVCC has a 'paltry' ROA of .55% (I don't look at anything less than 1%), and a just as weak ROE of 9.16%. Contrast that with WFSL's ROA of 1.86% and ROE of 16.12% and at almost 10% cheaper per WFSL share, you'd be better off spending your money on more WFSL. Also, WFSL's Dividend Yield is 3.04%, whereas, BVCC Yield is just 1.19%.
SABB, MTTB and BSMC are somewhat expensive but are good long term investments. SLNB is well thought of by bankers and the public but it's so small it's next to impossible to get shares. HEOP is another growing bank, very small but shares will come to you if you're patient.