Saturday, March 30, 2013

Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 791 Institutions

by Bill McBride on 3/30/2013 07:14:00 PM

Here is the unofficial problem bank list for Mar 29, 2013.

Changes and comments from surferdude808:

As anticipated, the FDIC released its enforcement action activity through February 2013 this week, which led to several changes to the Unofficial Problem Bank List. For the week, there were eight removals and two additions leaving the list at 791 institutions with assets of $290.0 billion. A year ago, the list held 948 institutions with assets of $377.6 billion. For the month of March 2013, the list shrank by a net 18 institutions and assets fell by $12.8 billion. It is the third time over the past year the list has experienced a monthly net decline of 18 institutions.

Enforcement actions were terminated against Intervest National Bank, New York, NY ($1.7 billion Ticker: IBCA); Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Chillicothe, MO ($824 million); First American International Bank, Brooklyn, NY ($527 million); American Gateway Bank, Baton Rouge, LA ($404 million); Greer State Bank, Greer, SC ($360 million Ticker: GRBS); The State Bank, Fenton, MI ($308 million Ticker: FETM); The Harbor Bank of Maryland, Baltimore, MD ($249 million Ticker: HRBK); and East Dubuque Savings Bank, Dubuque, IA ($158 million).

Added this week were Marathon Savings Bank, Wausau, WI ($180 million) and Trust Company Bank, Mason, TN ($34 million). Trust Company Bank entered the list in an unusual manner through a Prompt Corrective Action order. Normally, an institution will first receive an enforcement action such as a Consent Order or Written Agreement that seeks corrective action for many operational areas. In contrast, a Prompt Corrective Action order solely addresses capital inadequacy. This is only the eleventh institution out of more than 1,600 to enter the list in this unusual manner.

The other change to the list this week is the FDIC issuing a Prompt Corrective Action order against Bank of Wausau, Wausau, WI ($53 million).

The Treasury recently released its monthly update to Congress on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) for February 2013. Treasury reported that 113 banking companies failed to make their required TARP dividend payment on February 15th. There are 85 institutions or their parent holding companies on the Unofficial Problem Bank List that failed to make the February 15th dividend payment (see spreadsheet). Within this group, 54 institutions have missed 10 or more quarterly dividend payments. There are 13 banks that did not make the February 15th dividend payment, but have been released from a formal enforcement action. Interestingly, the enforcement action terminations this week against Intervest National Bank, New York, NY ($4.6 million in non-current dividends); Greer State Bank, Greer, SC ($1.2 million in non-current dividends); and The Harbor Bank of Maryland, Baltimore, MD ($935 thousand in non-current dividends) occurred although the companies were unable to make the February 15th required dividend payment. While TARP was supposed to only flow to healthy banks, there are two banks that missed the latest payment that were under an enforcement action before receipt of TARP. Metropolitan National Bank, Little Rock, AR, which has missed 14 payments in a cumulative amount of $4.8 million, was under a Formal Agreement on May 28, 2008 but did not receive TARP until January 30, 2009. OneUnited Bank, Boston, MA, which has missed 16 payments in an amount of $2.4 million, has been operating under a Cease & Desist order since October 27, 2008 but received TARP on December 19, 2008. Many readers may recall OneUnited Bank because of the House Ethics Committee investigation of Representative Maxine Water’s ties to the bank (see, Ethics panel set to clear Rep. Maxine Waters).
Earlier:
Summary for Week Ending March 29th
Schedule for Week of March 31st