Harlem’s Carver Bancorp Takes A Pass On Dream Chasers: A Definitive Decision

January 31, 2024

In a strategic move, Carver Bancorp, Inc., the holding powerhouse behind Carver Federal Savings Bank, in Harlem, New York.

Announced its unequivocal rejection of Dream Chasers Capital Group’s offer to acquire a 35% stake in Carver’s common equity.

“… a keen consideration of reputational risks and structural deficiencies …”

The decision, as illuminated by the Board of Directors, was not simply about the numbers but rather a keen consideration of reputational risks and structural deficiencies.

Behind the Decision

Reputational Roulette: The Board underscored the substantial reputational risk linked to Dream Chasers’ leadership’s checkered regulatory history.

Regulatory Roadblocks: Anticipated hurdles for Dream Chasers included obtaining regulatory approval for a significant stake in Carver and qualifying as a bank holding company.

Inexperience Alert: Dream Chasers’ leadership lacked direct experience with federally regulated and insured depository institutions.

Financial Mirage: The Board expressed skepticism about Dream Chasers’ financial resources, deeming them unsubstantiated.

“… Carver’s intrinsic value, was considered unrealistically low. …”

Reality Check: The offer price, pegged against Carver’s intrinsic value, was considered unrealistically low.


The Board definitively concluded that any association with Dream Chasers would not align with Carver’s best interests, potentially jeopardizing its standing, shareholder relations, and community engagement.

Carver Bancorp

Carver Bancorp, Inc., the guardian of Carver Federal Savings Bank, has been serving African American and Caribbean-American communities since 1948.

Recognized as a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”), Carver is committed to community-focused banking services, contributing to local economic viability and revitalization.

Headquartered in Harlem, 75 West 125th Street At Lenox Avenue, New York, NY, Carver stands tall as one of the largest African- and Caribbean-American-managed banks in the U.S.

Looking Forward

As Carver continues to expand its online presence and banking services, the recent decision underscores its commitment to integrity, community, and strategic growth.

Cautionary Forward-Looking Statements

“… Carver acknowledges the uncertainty ahead …”

In navigating this pivotal decision, Carver acknowledges the uncertainty ahead and the dynamic nature of the financial landscape.

Forward-looking statements caution that actual results may vary due to a multitude of factors, risks, and uncertainties, outlined in detail in their Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

For more on Carver Bancorp, Inc., explore their website at www.carverbank.com

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