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Citizens Bank and Trust, Chillicothe, MO, Acquires the Insured Deposits of the Columbian Bank and Trust Company, Topeka, KS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2008
Media Contact:
David Barr
dbarr@fdic.gov
cell: 703-622-4790; office: 202-898-6992

The Columbian Bank and Trust Company, Topeka, Kansas, was closed today by the Kansas Bank Commissioner J. Thomas Thull, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Citizens Bank and Trust, Chillicothe, Missouri, to assume the insured deposits of The Columbian Bank and Trust Company.

The nine branches of The Columbian Bank and Trust Company will reopen on Monday as branches of Citizens Bank and Trust. Depositors of the failed bank will automatically become depositors of Citizens Bank and Trust. 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 The Columbian Bank and Trust Company Bank can access their money 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 June 30, 2008, The Columbian Bank and Trust Company had total assets of $752 million and total deposits of $622 million, of which there were approximately $46 million in uninsured deposits held in approximately 610 accounts that potentially exceeded the insurance limits. This amount is an estimate that is likely to change once the FDIC obtains additional information from these customers.

The Columbian Bank and Trust Company also had approximately $268 million in brokered deposits that are not part of today's transaction. The FDIC will pay the brokers directly for the amount of their insured funds.

Customers with accounts in excess of $100,000 should contact the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-523-8209 to set up an appointment to discuss their deposits. This phone number will be operational this evening until 9:00 p.m. CST; on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST; on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST. 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/columbian.html.

Beginning Monday, depositors of The Columbian Bank and Trust Company with more than $100,000 at the bank may visit the FDIC's Web page "Is My Account Fully Insured?" at https://www2.fdic.gov/drrip/afi/index.asp to determine their insurance coverage.

Citizens Bank and Trust agreed to assume the insured deposits for a 1.125% premium. It will also purchase $85.5 million of the failed bank's assets. The assets are comprised mainly of cash, cash equivalents and securities. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.

The cost to the FDIC's Deposit Insurance Fund is estimated to be $60 million. The Columbian Bank and Trust Company is the first bank to fail in Kansas since Midland Bank of Kansas, Mission, Kansas, on April 2, 1993. This year, a total of nine FDIC-insured institutions have been closed.

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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 8,494 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars – insured financial institutions fund its operations.

FDIC press releases and other information are available on the Internet at www.fdic.gov, by subscription electronically (go to www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html) and may also be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200). PR-69-2008




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