Boy, what is the FDIC going to do come the fall? A summer Friday night is the perfect time to take over a bank, but the same action even on a Friday night in September will be noticed by a larger number of people.
From a practical standpoint, this is really one bank failure, since the two banks were under the same holding company, First National Bank Holding Company, in Scottsdale, Arizona. But this is considered to be a reasonably sizable failure.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Federal regulators shut down two national banks late Friday in the latest chapter of the credit crisis, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. successfully protected all depositors by selling the accounts to Mutual of Omaha Bank.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a division of the Treasury Department, revoked the charters of First National Bank of Nevada, based in Reno, Nev., and First Heritage Bank of Newport Beach, Calif. The FDIC was appointed receiver of both banks…..
First National Bank of Nevada had $3.4 billion in assets and $3.0 billion of deposits, making it a relatively large failure by historical standards — but much smaller than the $32 billion of assets that IndyMac Bank of Pasadena, Calif., had when it failed earlier this month…..
During the housing boom, First National Bank of Arizona made mortgage loans throughout much of the U.S. Even as the housing market was weakening, the bank revved up its riskier mortgage lending, an analysis of lending data by The Wall Street Journal showed last year.
A bank executive said at the time that much of the jump reflected borrowers who got second mortgages. The bank subsequently scaled back that business….
The second failed bank, First Heritage, was much smaller, with three branches, $254 million, of assets and $233 million of deposits. The OCC said it closed First Heritage Bank because it was undercapitalized…….
The FDIC said Friday night’s failures would likely cost the FDIC’s deposit insurance fund roughly $862 million.
Mutual of Omaha Bank has more than $750 million in assets and operates 14 retail branches in Nebraska and Colorado, as well as commercial lending offices in Dallas and Des Moines, Iowa. The bank, a unit of insurer Mutual of Omaha, has said it plans to build a network of community banks in fast-growing U.S. markets where its parent has an existing base of insurance customers.
“We would first like to reassure all customers of First National Bank of Nevada and First Heritage Bank that all their deposits are safe and accessible,” Jeffrey R. Schmid, Mutual of Omaha Bank’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. “Their deposits will automatically transition to Mutual of Omaha Bank and we will be open for business on Monday morning.”