Orange County Business Journal

OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Investors Adapt to Changes in Post-Recession Market

‘Opportunistic’ Real Estate Scarce, Competition StiffOpportunity is still knocking for many of Orange County’s most active commercial real estate investors of the past five years, but it has required a decided shift in strategy.

By Mark Mueller November 10, 2014 midnight   $$ Share

Q&A

The Business Journal’s Jane Yu asked local bankers to discuss their and their clients’ thoughts on how to manage operations in a changing interest rate environment, where rates are expected to rise. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

Banks Post Biggest Jump in Assets Since Predownturn

23 Together See 35% Rise To $18.5 Billion In Year

Orange County-based commercial banks have notched the biggest year-over-year asset growth in the ongoing economic recovery and even since the few years prior to the recession.

Biggest Credit Unions Account for Bulk of Growth

Group’s Assets to $16.9B, Despite Declines for Most

Orange County’s credit unions built assets at a faster clip over the past year, when the biggest of the group pulled most of the gains.

Office Market’s Occupancy Levels Improve

The office market continues to experience positive momentum, pushing toward a full recovery. Occupancy levels are steadily improving due to constant demand, moving the market to near prerecession conditions.

Industrial Market Records Busy Q3

Orange County’s industrial market continued to record healthy levels of activity in the third quarter, ending with 2.8 million square feet of gross activity and resulting in 208,021 square feet of positive net absorption.

Fastest Growers Keep Pace

Public Cos. Combine for 24% Hike to $83B in Sales

The latest batch of Orange County’s fastest-growing public companies kept pace with last year’s mix, combining for a 24% growth rate on revenue.

Need for Speed

Why Fast-Growing Companies Matter to Local Economy

Fast growth matters. Having a deep pool of fast-growing public companies is a plus on many fronts for Orange County’s economy and community.

Questcor’s $5.8B Bow

Big Revenue Gains Precede Big Pharma Deal

The company that topped the Business Journal’s 2014 list of the fastest-growing large public companies based in Orange County has already taken itself out of the running for next year’s title.

Much Bigger Homebuilder

TRI Pointe’s Revenue Jumps 1,621%—Before Big Buy From Weyerhaeuser

If you think TRI Pointe Homes Inc.’s revenue growth over the past 24 months is eye-opening, just wait until next year.

Cold Heat

Cryoport Gets Goods There Cold, Grows Revenue by Nearly 400%

Cryoport Inc.’s chilly business is fueling red-hot sales growth.

OC Lures Professionals in More Ways Than One

Chance for Independence, Creativity Part of Appeal

Sunny winters aren’t the only draw for financial industry professionals to move to Orange County from Wall Street and other finance centers on the East Coast.

Financial Firms Add Advisers, Cut Total Workforces

Reps Jump 3.4%, Overall Staff Down 5% at Top 23

Orange County’s financial advisory firms combined to deepen the pool of registered advisers here while reducing the size of their overall employment bases.

Manufacturers That Survived Storm on Path of Growth

Expanding Local Plants, Adding Training Facilities

Manufacturing in Orange County is in growth mode, with many local companies—those that have weathered the recession and managed to notch consistent business gains—making investments in facility expansions and upgrading their training resources.

Companies Look to New Generation for Future

Recovery Growth, Offshore Jobs Return, Spur Hunt

Manufacturing companies and industry organizations are aggressively searching for young talent, with schools and businesses coming together to showcase advanced technologies and provide opportunities for hands-on work experience.