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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Unofficial Problem Bank list increases to 949 Institutions

by Calculated Risk on 1/29/2011 10:26:00 AM

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

Here is the unofficial problem bank list for Jan 28, 2011.

Changes and comments from surferdude808:

Not the safest week in banking as the FDIC released its formal enforcement actions for December 2010 and closed four institutions including the largest bank headquartered in New Mexico. This week there were 15 additions and three removals. The changes leave the Unofficial Problem Bank list at 949 institutions with assets of $410.9 billion, up from 937 institutions with assets of $409.4 billion.

The removals include three of the four failures -- First Community Bank, Taos, NM ($2.3 billion Ticker: FSNM); Firstier Bank, Louisville, CO ($782 million); and Evergreen State Bank, Stoughton, WI ($246 million). The other failure this week -- The First State Bank, Camargo, OK was only placed under enforcement action in December 2010 (35 days before it failed) by the FDIC so it never made an appearance on the Unofficial Problem Bank List.

Among the 13 additions are First Federal Savings Bank of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown, KY ($1.2 billion Ticker: FFKY); The Heritage Bank, Hinesville, GA ($952 million); First American International Bank, Brooklyn, NY ($604 million); Park Federal Savings Bank, Chicago, IL ($216 million Ticker: PFED); and Premier Service Bank, Riverside, CA ($157 million Ticker: PSBK).

Other changes include the issuance of Prompt Corrective Action orders by the FDIC against The Bank of Commerce, Wood Dale, Il ($174 million) and the Federal Reserve against Virginia Business Bank, Richmond, VA ($129 million). Positively, the FDIC terminated the PCA order against AmericanWest Bank, Spokane, WA ($1.5 billion Ticker: AWBCQ).

After the monthly release of actions by the FDIC, it would not be unusual for the Unofficial Problem Bank List to trend down until the middle of next month as closings tend to outpace new order issuance during this part of the month. Overall, if trends persist, the list could hit CR's anticipated [1000] mark by the end of May 2011.