2. First Midwest Bancorp
Headquarters: Itasca, Ill.
Assets: $8 billion
Price/Book value: 1.0
First Midwest had a bulk loan sale of problem loans in the third quarter that reduced its nonperforming loans by 46%. "We positioned ourselves to lower our future credit costs, which puts us in a strong position to perform. The core business is doing well," First Midwest CEO Michael Scudder told Forbes.
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