Friday, July 31, 2009

Corus Bank "Critically undercapitalized"

by Bill McBride on 7/31/2009 01:10:00 PM

From an SEC 8-K filed this morning:

As of June 30, 2009, Corus’ subsidiary, Corus Bank N.A. (the “Bank”) had preliminary Tier 1 capital of negative $157 million with a ratio of (2.1)%, and preliminary Tier 1 risk-based capital and total risk-based capital of negative $157 million with a ratio of (3.1)%, as reported in its June 30, 2009 Report of Condition and Income (“Call Report”) filed on July 30, 2009. As of June 30, 2009, the Bank was considered “critically undercapitalized” under the regulatory framework for prompt corrective action (“PCA”).
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Under the FDI Act, depository institutions that are “critically undercapitalized” must be placed into conservatorship or receivership within 90 days of becoming critically undercapitalized, unless the institution’s primary Federal regulatory authority (here, the OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) determine and document that “other action” would better achieve the purposes of PCA.
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At this point in time ... the Company believes that it is highly unlikely that it will be able to obtain additional outside capital that does not include the provision of substantial assistance by the FDIC or other Federal governmental authorities.
emphasis added
Just a matter of when ...

Also, from the WSJ: Regulators Are Getting Tougher on Banks
Federal regulators have escalated the number of wounded banks they have essentially put on probation ... The Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, two of the primary U.S. banking regulators, have issued more of the so-called memorandums of understanding so far this year than they did for all of 2008, according to data obtained from the agencies under Freedom of Information Act requests.

At the current rate of at least 285 so far, the Fed, OCC and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. are on track to issue nearly 600 of the secret agreements for the full year, compared with 399 last year. Memorandums of understanding can force financial institutions to increase their capital, overhaul management or take other major steps.
And the FDIC this morning announced twenty-seven cease and desist orders for June.

Consider this your preview for BFF.

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