FBR was founded in 1989 when Emanuel J. Friedman, Eric F. Billings, and W. Russell Ramsey borrowed $1 million to launch a research and securities trading firm specializing in the finance and real estate sectors. Hundreds of miles from Wall Street, these three entrepreneurs and 15 other employees established one of the most successful startups in the securities industry in the last half century.
Early on, we developed a disciplined approach to corporate analysis focusing on intrinsic value; an approach that critically examines the capital structure of companies as well as the competitive and growth opportunities within industry sectors. This discipline remains a core element of our corporate culture and is applied in our published research, investing ideas, and underwriting decisions.
In 2007, FBR & Co. (NASDAQ:FBRC) was spun out from its former parent as an independent investment bank. In its brief history, FBR has grown from a regional boutique firm with primary expertise in financial institutions into a highly regarded investment bank with broad national coverage across many industries including consumer, energy, healthcare, industrials, insurance, and technology sectors.
FBR adds value by understanding the dynamics driving rapidly changing industries by establishing specialized industry platforms that offer sector-concentrated expertise in research, trading, distribution, investing, mergers and acquisitions, and capital-raising.
We have the capacity to react quickly to meet the demands of a rapidly changing marketplace, and we are known for our ability to successfully complete even the most challenging transactions, often utilizing innovative structures. The ability to do this stems from FBR’s highly effective distribution capability. We believe our brokerage professionals – one of the most knowledgeable sales teams in the industry – are distinguished by their in-depth understanding of the companies and industries on which we focus. Many of our institutional clients have been long-standing investors in transactions that we have brought to market and have continued to have a close relationship with us as they have grown in size and assets under management.
As a firm, we take pride in being a good corporate citizen in the communities where we live and work. FBR supports and encourages our employees’ participation in community programs where their personal involvement makes a difference. The FBR Foundation encourages these commitments by directing corporate support to charities in which our employees and our partners play an active role.
In 2014, to commemorate its 25th Anniversary, FBR undertook a significant Corporate Giving initiative with the input, support and direction of employees. A committee of tenured employees was established to accept and review nominations from employees for special, one-time anniversary grants. As a result of this effort, over the course of its 25thyear, FBR will designate ten $25,000 grants to organizations making a sustainable impact on our communities. The organizations selected to receive these special grants include:
We are very proud to support these and dozens of other meaningful charities striving to improve the lives of people in our communities.
A leading capital markets firm, we have a national investment banking franchise, one of the best securities distribution capabilities in the industry, a highly successful institutional sales and trading business, and a well-regarded research team.
FBR seeks and attracts diverse, qualified individuals who are results-driven, self-motivated team players.
Our management structure fosters open communication and the flow of ideas across the entire organization. Our team-based culture allows us to respond quickly to client needs, offering innovative solutions and opportunities.
The overall spirit of the organization is dynamic and entrepreneurial. Employees enjoy an environment that is fast-paced, demanding and rewarding. We recognize individual contributions and provide opportunities for advancement and professional growth. All of this spells opportunity for those who work hard for our clients and organization.
We offer a highly competitive and comprehensive benefits program that rounds out a well-balanced total compensation plan.
I have been working at FBR full-time (More than a year)
Collaborative environment and fair compensation.
Highly competitive therefore focus areas may change sooner than anticipated.
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at FBR (Arlington, VA) in January 2017.
There was an initial phone interview to confirm my qualifications. A week later, I came in to do an in-person one-on-one interview with the analyst I would work under and another analyst. I was called back for a second round of interview where in had one-on-one interviews with department heads.
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