Biz Brief: Walmart Invests in Green Dot
"In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this month, Green Dot said it had issued 2,208,552 shares of Class A common stock to Wal-Mart," Reuters reports. Green Dot, which filed for an IPO earlier this year, has been in talks with federal officials to buy its own bank to extend the reach of its business. The Financial Times reports that the company "reached agreement in February to acquire Bonneville Bank, a small Utah-based commercial bank, for $15.7 million."
Walmart offers some bank-like services, including check-cashing, but state regulators have prevented it from actually owning a bank.