Why Virginia Commerce Bancorp Shares Popped

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of mid-Atlantic regional bank Virginia Commerce Bancorp (NASDAQ: VCBI  ) popped 13% after disclosing that it would consider putting itself up for sale.

So what: Before the opening bell, the board of directors for Virginia Commerce Bancorp announced that it's initiated a formal review of its strategic alternatives to determine if a sale or merger would help unlock shareholder value. As per the usual lawyer-esque jargon, there's no guarantee that this will lead to an actual sale of the company, however shares have soared as much as 26% over just the past two trading days.

Now what: Now we hurry up and wait, because strategic reviews rarely move quickly, especially for banks. I often discourage the practice of chasing a stock higher that's looking to sell itself to unlock shareholder value, because those moves are often done out of weakness. At 156% of book value, Virginia Commerce Bancorp appears pricey already, so I'm a bit concerned there will be only minimal upside in the stock, even if a buyout is sought and announced. That would be my way of saying I'd be happy to stay on the sidelines.

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