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The Carlinville National Bank, Carlinville, Illinois, Assumes All of the Deposits of Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company, Pittsfield, Illinois


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2009
Media Contact:
David Barr (202) 898-6992
Cell: (703) 622-4790
Email:dbarr@fdic.gov

Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company, Pittsfield, Illinois, was closed today by the Division of Banking, Illinois Department of Financial Regulation, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with The Carlinville National Bank, Carlinville, Illinois, to assume all of the deposits of Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company.

Due to the observance of Presidents' Day on Monday, Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company's two offices will reopen on Tuesday as branches of The Carlinville National Bank. Depositors of Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company will automatically become depositors of The Carlinville National 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. Customers of both banks should continue to use their existing branches until The Carlinville National Bank can fully integrate the deposit records of Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company.

Over the weekend, depositors of Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company 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 December 31, 2008, Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company had total assets of approximately $271.8 million and total deposits of $234.4 million. The Carlinville National Bank will pay the FDIC a premium of 1.75 percent.

The Carlinville National Bank will not assume $92 million in brokered deposits held by Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company. The FDIC will pay the brokers directly for the amount of their insured funds. Customers who placed money with brokers should contact them directly for more information about the status of their deposits.

Customers who have questions about today's transaction can call the FDIC toll-free at 1-800-331-6306. The 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 noon to 6:00 p.m., CST; and thereafter from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., CST. Customers who would like more information about today's transaction can also visit the FDIC's Web site at http://www.fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/cornbelt.html.

In addition to assuming all of the deposits of Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company, The Carlinville National Bank agreed to purchase approximately $60.7 million in assets, comprised mainly of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $100 million. The Carlinville National Bank's acquisition of all the deposits was the "least costly" resolution for the FDIC's Deposit Insurance Fund compared to alternatives. Corn Belt Bank and Trust Company is the twelfth bank to fail in the nation this year. The last bank to fail in Illinois was National Bank of Commerce, Berkeley, on January 16, 2009.

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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 8,384 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-22-2009




Last Updated 2/13/2009 communications@fdic.gov