Business Strategy and Outlook| Eric Compton, CFA |
Comerica is predominantly a commercial-focused middle-market bank, with over 90% of loans related to commercial lending and the majority of these related to its middle-market business. While the bank started in Michigan and remains a key player in this market, it has gradually expanded into California and Texas, which offer more growth potential. This has been a multiyear project and included moving the headquarters to Dallas from Michigan in 2007 and greatly expanding operations in Texas by acquiring Sterling Bancshares in 2011. Expansion in California has happened gradually for years, and the market has become Comerica's largest, with roughly one third of the bank’s loans now based there.