Saturday, July 25, 2009

Up to 64 Bank Closings

Lender Failures Reach 64 as Georgia Shuts Security Bank’s Units
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By Ari Levy and Margaret Chadbourn

July 25 (Bloomberg) -- Security Bank Corp.’s six Georgia subsidiaries and Waterford Village Bank in New York were seized by regulators, pushing this year’s toll of failed U.S. lenders to 64, the most since 1992.

The six units of Macon-based Security Bank, with total assets of $2.8 billion and deposits of $2.4 billion, were closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was named receiver, the FDIC said yesterday in a statement. State Bank and Trust Co. of Pinehurst, Georgia, assumed the deposits and agreed to share losses with the FDIC on most of the assets.

“The loss-sharing arrangement is projected to maximize returns on the assets covered by keeping them in the private sector,” the FDIC said. “The agreement also is expected to minimize disruptions for loan customers.”

Bank failures this year have cost the U.S. deposit insurance fund more than $13.5 billion, including $812.6 million from yesterday’s seizures, straining the FDIC reserves amid the steepest recession since the Great Depression. The FDIC has imposed an emergency fee aimed at raising $5.6 billion to replenish the fund, which fell to $13 billion, the lowest since 1993, at the end of the first quarter.

Security Bank, which lost more than $200 million in the past five quarters, mostly on loans to Atlanta builders and developers, said in November that it was seeking to tap the Treasury’s bailout fund. In April, with most of its units operating under a cease-and-desist order, the company withdrew the application.

Capital Infusion

The six banks’ 20 combined offices will open as branches of State Bank. To assume the deposits and assets of the failed bank, State Bank received a $300 million capital infusion from a group of 26 investors, led by Joseph Evans, former chief executive officer of Flag Financial Corp. Evans, who was joined by former Flag executives Dan Speight and Kim Childers, will be CEO of State Bank, the company said in a statement.

Waterford Village Bank of Clarence, New York, with $61.4 million in assets and $58 million in deposits, was closed by the state’s Banking Department, and the FDIC was named receiver. Evans Bank of Angola, New York, assumed Waterford’s deposits, and will share losses with the FDIC on $56 million of assets, the agency said. Waterford’s single office will open July 27 as an Evans branch, the FDIC said.

Waterford Village Bank had inadequate capital and management was unable to correct deficiencies bank regulators identified, Richard Neiman, New York bank superintendent, said in a statement on the agency’s Web site. The bank had become “critically undercapitalized,” Neiman said in the statement.

Banks including Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. and Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based BB&T Corp. said paying the higher assessment cut into per-share earnings. PNC said the fee trimmed profit 19 cents, and BB&T said the fee reduced earnings by 7 cents.

The FDIC insures deposits at 8,246 institutions with $13.5 trillion in assets. The agency reimburses customers for deposits of as much as $250,000 when a bank fails.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ari Levy in San Francisco at; Margaret Chadbourn in Washington at

Last Updated: July 25, 2009 00:00 EDT


In our local rag, they are saying Guaranty Financial Group Inc. is about to be taken over by the FDIC.


Staying Alive said...

Good post! Now let us hear one more time aobout how successful the Obama administration is a t fixing our broken economy. I am sick of these people.


Anonymous said...

Due to the large number of failed banks in recent months, there's an important issue regarding FDIC insurance depositors need to be aware of. There are specific time limits within which an insured deposit or safe deposit box must be claimed, after which the funds or property are forfeited.

Depositors should also note that due to the large number of mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry over the years, it is possible they - either as owner or rightful heir of a deceased family member - might well be entitled to an account or safe deposit box at a bank that has failed, and not even know it.

More than 1,400 banks and 700 savings institutions closed in the aftermath of the Savings and Loan crisis of the 1980s. The current credit crunch has put more than 80 banks into FDIC receivership in just the last two years, including the largest ever - Washington Mutual (WaMu) - with many more certain to follow.

For an explanation of the rules for claiming insured deposits at banks that have closed, and a list of failed banks and those that they have acquired over the years - go to

Anonymous said...

We haven't been doing too well bank wise here in Georgia, that's a fact.