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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 958 Institutions

by Calculated Risk on 1/28/2012 04:29:00 PM

This is an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources.

Here is the unofficial problem bank list for Jan 27, 2012. (table is sortable by assets, state, etc.)

Changes and comments from surferdude808:

Busy week with many changes to the Unofficial Problem Bank List as the FDIC released its enforcement action activity for December 2011 and they closed several banks. In total, there were 11 removals and six additions, which leave the list with 958 institutions with assets of $389.0 billion. A year ago, there were 949 institutions with assets of $410.9 billion on the list. For the month of January 2012, changes to the list were nine cures, six failures, four unassisted mergers, one voluntary liquidation, and eight additions. The list fell by 12 institutions during the current month and it is the seventh consecutive monthly decline after the list peaked on a month-end basis at 1,001 institutions in June 2011.

The FDIC terminated actions against Open Bank, Los Angeles, CA ($136 million Ticker: OPBK); Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Covington, LA ($110 million); First Security Bank & Trust Company, Norton, KS ($63 million); and West One Bank, Kalispell, MT ($44 million). Three banks were removed as they were acquired through unassisted deals including Ravalli County Bank, Hamilton, MT ($187 million); First State Bank of Red Bud, Red Bud, IL ($94 million); and Griffith Savings Bank, Griffith, IN ($89 million), which was acquired by United Federal Credit Union in the reportedly first successful acquisition of a commercial bank by a federally chartered credit union.

The FDIC stepped up its closing activities this week with four closures. The last time the FDIC closed this many banks in a week was on October 21, 2011. Failures include Tennessee Commerce Bank, Franklin, TN ($1.2 billion Ticker: TNCC); First Guaranty Bank and Trust Company of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL ($378 million); BankEast, Knoxville, TN ($273 million); and Patriot Bank Minnesota, Forest Lake, MN ($111 million). The failures in Tennessee are the first in that state since the on-set of the financial crisis. Conspicuously, the state stood out for not having yet experienced a failure. Ironically, the banking trade publication American Banker had an article today that questioned how much longer the state could remain failure free and said several lawyers thought the state banking commissioner wanted to avoid failures. While avoiding failures is laudable; however, some may say the delay in closing leads to higher resolution costs. As a share of their assets, the FDIC estimates the resolution of Tennessee Commerce Bank will cost 35.2% and BankEast 27.7%. Perhaps the reluctance for closings as mentioned in the article contributed to the high resolution costs of these banks.

The additions this week include Colorado East Bank & Trust, Lamar, CO ($829 million); Chambers Bank, Danville, AR ($722 million); American Gateway Bank, Port Allen, LA ($434 million); Pacific International Bank, Seattle, WA ($250 million Ticker: PIBW); Prairie Community Bank, Marengo, IL ($128 million); and Woodland Bank, Deer River, MN ($108 million).

The FDIC issued Prompt Corrective Action Orders against Mile High Banks, Longmont, CO ($1.0 billion) and Waukegan Savings Bank, Waukegan, IL ($88 million). Also, the FDIC issued an order terminating the deposit insurance of Fireside Bank, Pleasanton, CA ($278 million). Usually a chartering authority does not allow an institution to operate very long after receiving a deposit insurance termination order. Under a deposit insurance termination order, existing deposits eligible for insurance are covered for two years but any new deposits are not covered.
Summary for Week Ending January 27th
Schedule for Week of Jan 29th