Another Bank Six Feet Under

by Dual Income No Kids on May 10, 2009 · 0 comments

Hi All,

You saw this, right? It came out Thursday. Westsound Bank has been taken over by Kitsap Bank. Both are small institutions in Washington State.

Brutal. Here is the press release from the FDIC. It didn’t get as much coverage as least week’s news because only one bank went under, as opposed to last week when 4 were liquidated.

Release is below.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2009
Media Contact:
David Barr (202) 898-6992
Cell: (703) 622-4790
Email: dbarr@fdic.gov

Westsound Bank, Bremerton, Washington, was closed today by the Washington Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Kitsap Bank, Port Orchard, Washington, to assume all of the deposits, except those from brokers, of Westsound Bank.

Westsound Bank’s nine offices will reopen on Monday as branches of Kitsap Bank. Depositors of the failed bank will automatically become depositors of Kitsap Bank. Deposits will continue to be insured by the FDIC, so there is no need for customers to change their banking relationship to retain their deposit insurance coverage.

Over the weekend, customers of Westsound Bank can access their deposits by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards. Checks drawn on the bank will continue to be processed. Loan customers should continue to make their payments as usual.

As of March 31, 2009, Westsound Bank had total assets of $334.6 million and total deposits of $304.5 million. Kitsap will not assume the approximately $9.4 million in brokered deposits. The FDIC will pay the brokers directly. Customers who placed money with brokers should contact them directly for more information about the status of their deposits.

Customers who would like more information on today’s transaction should visit the FDIC’s Web site at http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/westsound.html.

In addition to assuming the failed bank’s deposits, Kitsap Bank will purchase $49.3 million of assets comprised of cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and loans secured by deposits. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.

The transaction is the least costly resolution option, and the FDIC estimates the cost to its Deposit Insurance Fund will be $108 million. Westsound Bank is the 33rd FDIC-insured institution to be closed this year and the second in Washington. The last bank to be closed in the state was the Bank of Clark County on January 16, 2009.

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