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Regulators Shut 2 Florida Banks, Lose $140 Million

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Condo Vultures® LLC

Regulators have seized three bank, two headquartered in Florida and one in Oregon, resulting in an estimated loss of $185 million to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

First State Bank, a Sarasota, Fla.-based institution with assets of $463 million and deposits of $387 million, was shuttered on Friday, Aug. 7, producing a loss of $116 million to the FDIC's Deposit Insurance Fund. The FDIC ensures deposits up to $250,000 per account.

On that same day across town regulators were seizing the Community National Bank of Sarasota County, with assets of $97 million and deposits of $93 million. This failure resulted in a loss of $24 million to the FDIC's Deposit Insurance Fund.

The deposits of both Sarasota banks were assumed by Stearns Bank of St. Cloud, Minn. This is not the first time that the FDIC has worked out a deal with Stearns Bank to assume the deposits of a failed institution.

In June, Stearns Bank took over the deposits of the failed Minnesota institution Horizon Bank with assets of $87.6 million and deposits of $69.4 million.

For the year, regulators have seized six Florida-based institutions with combined assets of $14.2 billion and deposits of $9.8 billion. The six Florida bank failures of 2009 have resulted in an estimated loss of $5.4 billion, according to CondoVultures.com research based on FDIC data.

Florida ranks fourth in the country in 2009 for the greatest number of bank failures behind Georgia's 16 closings, Illinois' 13 closings, and California's eight closings, according to the Bal Harbour, Fla.-based consultancy Condo Vultures®.

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Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Im afraid we may see more and more of this in the next few months. There are FDICs that are struggling now.

Aug 11, 2009 01:11 AM