Saturday, February 19, 2011

Unofficial Problem Bank list increases to 951 Institutions

by Bill McBride on 2/19/2011 09:32:00 AM

Note: this is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources.

Here is the unofficial problem bank list for Feb 18, 2011.

Changes and comments from surferdude808:

Despite well wishes for a safe banking week, it was anything but with several failures and numerous additions to the Unofficial Problem Bank List. In all, there were six removals and 13 additions this week, which leaves the Unofficial Problem Bank List with 951 institutions with assets of $418.6 billion.

Assets increased by $5.6 billion, which is the largest weekly increase since November 5, 2010. Furthermore, the asset total of $418.6 billion is the highest it has been in nearly three months when they were $419.6 billion at November 19, 2010.

Among the removals are an action termination against Eaton National Bank & Trust Co., Eaton, OH ($190 million) and an unassisted merger as American State Bank, Tulsa, OK ($13 million) merged into Peoples Bank, Tulsa, OK.

All of the failures this week were on the Unofficial Problem Bank List and they include Habersham Bank, Clarkesville, GA ($396 million Ticker: HABC); San Luis Trust Bank, FSB, San Luis Obispo, CA ($306 million Ticker: SNLS); Citizens Bank of Effingham, Springfield, GA ($221 million); and Charter Oak Bank, Napa, CA ($136 million). Interestingly, Habersham Bank must have been on double secret probation with the FDIC as they never disclosed the Cease & Desist order Habersham Bank was under. In addition, the OTS issued a Prompt Corrective Acton order against San Luis Trust Bank, FSB only nine days before its failure.

As anticipated, the OCC released its actions through the middle of January 2011, which contributed to the numerous additions this week. Among the 13 additions are Wilmington Trust FSB, Baltimore, MD ($1.8 billion Ticker: WL); Southern Community Bank and Trust, Winston Salem, NC ($1.7 billion Ticker: SCMF); Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company, Louisville, GA ($941 million); Horry County State Bank, Loris, SC ($804 million Ticker: HCFB); and One Bank & Trust, National Association, Little Rock, AR ($439 million).

Other changes include Prompt Corrective Action orders issued by the Federal Reserve against the Bank of Whitman, Colfax, WA ($722 million) and Idaho Banking Company, Boise, ID ($195 million) and the OCC against Western Springs National Bank and Trust, western Springs, IL ($196 million).

Next week we anticipate the FDIC will release its actions through January 2011. Perhaps we should not issue any well wishes for a safe banking for the upcoming week given the carnage this past week.
CR Note: The FDIC will probably release the Q4 Quarterly Banking Profile in the next couple of weeks, and that will include the number of banks on the official problem bank list at the end of 2010.